re:present L.A. Exhibition

May 3 – July 27, 2012 at the Vincent Price Art Museum

Plinio Hernandez

Statement

My fascination with Los Angeles lies in the large numbers ofdifferent immigrant communities that are located through out the city and county. The first immigrant rights march of 2006 and the ones that followed are impressive to me not only because of the political statement, but as an artist the uniform aesthetic that one saw throughout the marches in LA and other places in the US is central in these actions: The white t-shirts and the American Flag are synonymous with these marches. This act of unity is very moving to me, it is both at once an act of revealing and concealing. Revealing because the statement says, “Look, I am an immigrant” or “I support immigrant rights”. It is concealing because it creates one narrative out of thousands. Revealing and concealing are central in my practice that focuses on a familial and personal narrative of migration and memory. After the Deluge is a series of collages of various aerial perspectives of the immigrant reform marches that took place in Los Angeles since 2006. To create these collages I took images off the internet and made into various sized black and white ink-jet print outs and painted out the massive crowds with blue or white paint. Since the beginning of 2011 I have been using blue and white paint both as an aesthetic and conceptual act to point to the idea of nationhood, erasure, and the revealing and concealing of geographical displacement and emplacement.

Plinio Hernandez - After the Deluge (Triptych)

"After the Deluge" (Triptych)
(each) 18" x 24", Inkjet Printout Collage

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