Rodrigo Hernández works with various classical media and techniques of art making, including drawing, sculpture and painting. His projects range from object-making within a devoted studio practice to site-specific and research oriented projects. For his residency at Società delle Api Hernandez chose to start from the realization of a large ceramic and/or glass piece. His sculptures often become a first person narrator, a story-teller around which a collection of writings is gathered and told. In this case, it will start as such: “What can i say? I’ve tried different ways but I only move in the night, with the dark and cold air of the moon. You can only see me in the dark, when you can’t really see me. I’m dead for the day. I shoot straight into your eyes and awake your blindness. Light of a thunder or my movement dispelling the night. (…)”
Beginning with these narrative and formal hints, Rodrigo Hernández will engage with the local community around Società delle Api’s residency in Grasse (FR) by means of production. Grasse and his surroundings are historically known as a craftsmanship-rich area, where on the second half of the 20th Century many European artists have collaborated with and commissioned work to local artisans. Hernández will follow the same path, and invite a writer to join and help him implement the fictional aspect of his work.
Rodrigo Hernández (Mexico City, Mexico, 1983) lives and works between Lisbon and Mexico City. He studied at the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Karlsruhe with Silvia Bächli in 2010-2012, and at Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht in 2013-2014. In the last years he has been a fellow of the Laurenz-Haus Stiftung in Basel (2015), Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart and the Cité International des Arts in Paris (2016). Recently his work has been exhibited in venues such as: Istanbul Modern; PinchukArtCenter, Kiev; GaMec, Bergamo (2018); ZKM Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe Resonanzen; Kunstverein Nürnberg, Nürnberg; Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht; Gladstone Gallery, Brussels; MendesWoodDM, Brussels, (2017); 12th Bienal Femsa Monterrey, Monterrey; 5th Moscow Bienal for Young Art, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, (2016); Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich;, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (2016).