INSTALLATIONS > The Fire, 2020

The anchor of this temporary, virtual exhibition (June 2020) was a large burned sign that once read "27 Acre Land For Sale, By Owner, 818.568.9999". Hernandez was originally drawn to the sign after noticing that someone had spray-painted the words “Abolish Class Society" on top of it. A week after he finished a small painting of this tableau in summer 2019, the entire Glendale hillside and sign burned in a wildfire. Shortly after the fire, Hernandez removed the charred sign and constructed a modular apparatus with the intent of temporarily displaying it in contested landscapes. Inspired by the history of predatory land use in American history, Hernandez creates a memorial to the myth of American Exceptionalism. In its temporary desert installation, the sign is flanked by six concrete paintings, created from reconstituted chunks of broken red curbs in Los Angeles. Once demarcating “No Parking” zones, the concrete surfaces are now painted with images representing our national identity and current crises. In the center of the installation are seven bibles, embossed with gold names, punctured with holes corresponding to the number of times the individual was shot.

Sunset, June 16th 2020, BLM Land east of Twentynine Palms, CA
c-print in burnt walnut artist frame, Edition of 5 plus 1 artist proof
16" x 24" x 2.5"
2020
The Black House
acrylic on concrete
25" x 49"
2020
The Black House
acrylic on concrete
25" x 49"
2020
Abolish Class Society
acrylic and 24k gold leaf on concrete
25" x 49"
2020
Frederick Douglass
acrylic and silver leaf on concrete, walnut artist frame, burned 2x4 supports
25" x 25" painting
2020
Frederick Douglass
acrylic and silver leaf on concrete, walnut artist frame, burned 2x4 supports
25" x 25" painting
2020
Hall of Justice
acrylic on concrete, burnt 2x4 support structure
25" x 25" painting
2020
Before and After
acrylic on concrete
8.5" x 5.5" each painting
2019
Hall of Justice
acrylic on concrete, burnt 2x4 support structure
24" x 24" painting
2020
Before and After
acrylic on concrete, burnt walnut support structure
8.5" x 5.5" each painting, structure
2019
Holy Bible
acrylic and 24k gold leaf on concrete
2019
Holy Bible
acrylic and 24k gold leaf on concrete
8.5" x 5.5"
2019
Double-sided, Before and After
c-prints in burnt walnut artist frame
96" x 36" x 2.5"
2020
Double-sided, Before and After
c-prints in burnt walnut artist frame
2020
Double-sided, Before and After
c-prints in burnt walnut artist frame
96" x 36" x 2.5"
2020
Memorial Bible - Floyd
bible with gold text
2020
Memorial Bibles
bibles with holes and gold text, American flag stripes, wood table
2020
Memorial Bibles
bibles with holes and gold text, American flag stripes, wood table
2020