Proyectos Monclova inaugurates the exhibition Esto es así by Cuban artist Orestes Hernández, made up of wooden sculptures, paintings made with acrylic and animation, works with which the artist shows part of his pop, irreverent and free imagination.
Hernández has a particular interest in ordinary objects and has stated that his creative process has a certain organic unconsciousness, as he experiments with all technical and material possibilities. The latter is relevant in the sense that Hernández's generation, as he himself has mentioned, turned its back on political art of social commitment, as it focused more on turning towards artistic processes and techniques in an attempt for “escaping patriotic rhetoric.” Despite this, his work has been related to his country, but also with images that are part of the global imaginary around the dynamics of cultural consumption. In his work, the artist creates characters with gestures, looks and shapes that nod to pop culture and are reminiscent of certain cartoons from the eighties and nineties of the 20th century, as well as elements that refer to consumerism. For this reason, the title of his works is allusive to certain products of daily desire or expense, such as Aeropostale, Sprite, Manzana and Lollipop.
The Cuban art critic Sandra Sosa Fernández has mentioned that the main themes in the work of Orestes Hernández are a “pretext for painting, they nest a sensitivity where, from a pop paroxysm, some motifs of French painting from the end of the century crash. XIX such as Japonism, African sculpture, primitivism, with formal solutions that recall the style of certain authors of the time.” And in this sense we can understand the multiple strokes in Hernández's painting, in which a search for movement, a wide palette of colors and the superposition of images can be found.
In the work of Orestes Hernández (Holguín, Cuba, 1981) there is a constant propensity to short circuit and break. His objects and installations dismantle artistic reality in search of new ways to confront creation. In the case of painting, a production that connects with his video work, Orestes displays the “cut and paste” aesthetic and contemporary visual saturation. More than an artist, Orestes is a cultural chronicler of his time. After graduating from the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in 2006, Orestes has participated in numerous personal and collective projects. Among the most outstanding are “Happy, Fierce and Amen”, LKB/G, Hamburg, Germany; “The first adventure”, at the Knoerle & Baettig Gallery, Switzerland; “The evildoer arrived”, Servando Gallery, Cuba; “High Fidelity”, Cristo Salvador Gallery, Cuba; and the group exhibitions “ABUC, Eleven Cuban Artists”, at the Swiss gallery Mai 36; “Illness Has a Color”, collateral to the XIII Havana Biennial; “Art x Cuba. Contemporary Perspectives since 1989”, Aachen, Germany; “Overseas”, held in Halle 14, Center for Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany; “To break the walls”, at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana and “Around the corner”, at the La Casa Encendida Cultural Center, Spain. On the other hand, his work has been part of important artistic events such as the Havana Biennial and the Contemporary Visual Art and New Film Festival in Berlin.
— Proyectos Monclova