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Artwork of UT Art faculty chosen to display in London exhibition

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Dan Hernandez, Assistant Professor of Inter-Disciplinary Art/Foundations – The University of Toledo Department of Art

Dan Hernandez, one of the University of Toledo Department of Art’s newest faculty members has work in an exhibition currently on display in London, England in the Shizaru Gallery. Hernandez’s work will be in excellent company among works from Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, and Ed Ruscha.

The exhibit, titled “Bad for You,” explores the relationship between art and vice. The exhibit’s web site states, “Artists explore these many themes through various moralistic viewpoints. Some works celebrate, disregard and revel in what is seen as being ʻBadʼ whilst others raise alarm and aim to forewarn the consequence of a life of decadence.”

In September, Hernandez held his first solo show, “Genesis,” at the Kim Foster Gallery in New York. “Genesis” refers to the artist’s visual dialogue between religion, mythology, and pop culture. The word “genesis” can refer to the literal definition, the Bible text of the same name as well as the video game system, Sega Genesis. Notions of all three as well as other ideas are incorporated into his work in this exhibit.

Photo Hernandez's "Wall Fragment with Flying Transport"

Wall Fragment with Flying Transport

Hernandez’s work is often referred to as “high pastiche.” He combines a variety of disparate elements in his work but does so expertly, in a unique way that is artistically sensate.

Beth Rudin DeWoody, one of Forbes top 200 art collectors in the world, attended his show and bought two of his multi-media works, “Colecotari Invasion” and “Destruction of Atega Intelari.” DeWoody is also the curator for the London exhibit “Bad for You,” and chose another of Hernandez’s works—“Wall Fragment with Flying Transport”—for the show.

Hernandez, UT Assistant Professor of Inter-Disciplinary Art/Foundations, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2000 from Northwest Missouri State (Maryville, MO) and a Masters of Fine Arts in 2002 from American University (Washington, DC). He is currently represented by Kim Foster Gallery in New York City. His work has also been presented in numerous galleries including solo shows at Kim Foster Gallery (New York City, NY) Madhouse Gallery (Toledo, OH), the Fine Arts Gallery at Mott Community College (Flint, MI) and Kresge Gallery at Lyon College (Batesville, AK), and group exhibitions at the Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo, OH), Desotorow Gallery (Savannah, GA), Gallery Project (Ann Arbor, MI), Hype Gallery (Milan, Italy), Strohl Art Center (Chautauqua, NY), and many others. Dan was selected for an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellency Award in 2011.

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