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Michael Hernandez

Artist Statement

My work engages glass as a versatile sculptural medium with unique abilities to capture time and movement. As I work on a piece, I am always considering the visual narrative; not one thatis linear in time, but one that unfolds as the piece is experienced. My influences are broad, stemming from my interests in the history of abstract sculpture and painting, cartoon imagery, 80's pop culture, and design, and toys designed for play and pleasure. My studio practice is heavily engaged in experimenting and exploring unique qualities of glass, as an amazing vehicle for color and its mutability to create tactile, visceral surfaces and forms. Through studies in color, form, and materiality, my exploration is rooted in the space between seduction and repulsion, where taste and tradition are stretched, perverted, and redefined.

Education

2008-2010

MFA, Sculpture/Dimensional Studies, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY

1999-2003

BFA, Glass, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS

 

Selected Exhibitions

2019

Can’t Touch This (installation), Museum of Neon Art, Glendale, CA

Chroma, Fort Houston, Nashville, TN

2018

Shines Through, Huntington Beach Art Center, Huntington Beach, CA

Vetro Illuminato, Borengo Studio, Murano, Italy

2017

Wake, A Ship in the Woods, Escondido, CA

The Art of Plasma, Museum of Neon Art, Glendale, CA

2016

Flat Earth, A Ship in the Woods, Escondido, CA

Luxus, (installation in Gaffer District) Corning, NY

Allied Craftsmen, Sparks Gallery, San Diego, CA

Illuminations, Museum of Neon Art, Glendale, CA

2015

Gaffer Exhibition, Pilchuck Gallery, Seattle, WA

Sparks: California Glass Networks 1962 to Present, The Glass Movement Catches Fire in California, Carmen Castellano Fine Arts Gallery, San Jose, CA

E-merge/Evolve: Rising Talents in Kiln Glass, Belleview Art Museum, Belleview, WA

2014

Object Object!!: A Selection of Smaller Works, Helmuth Projects, San Diego, CA

E-merge, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR/Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA

2013

Ripe, Boehm Gallery, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA

2012

RAM Annual Exhibition, Richmond Art Museum, Richmond, IN

Glass: A Juried Biennial, curated by Katherine Gray, Minnetrista Center, Muncie, IN

Urban Glass MFA Competition, Front Street Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Diverse Perspectives, Cinema Gallery, Urbana, IL

2011

Odd Couples: Collaborations in Glass, Flame Run Gallery, Louisville, KY

 

2010

Young and Loving, Galleri S12, Bergen, Norway

Terraforming (MFA Thesis Exhibition), Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY

2009

Natural Distortion: A View of Cultural Landscapes, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA

2008

Global Warming at the Icebox, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

E-merge, Bullseye Connection Gallery, Portland, OR

 

Professional Experience

2016-present

Editor, GASnews, Glass Art Society, Seattle, WA

Board of Directors, Glass Art Society, Seattle, WA

2019

Artist-in-Residence, STARworks, Star, NC

2018

Artist-in-Residence, STARworks, Star, NC

2017

Artist-in-Residence, STARworks, Star, NC

2013-2016

Print Committee, Glass Art Society, Seattle, WA

Contributing Writer, GASnews, Glass Art Society, Seattle, WA

2015

Visiting Critic, California State University, Fullerton

Gaffer (Craftsperson-in-Residence), Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

2013

Visiting Artist, California State University, Long Beach

2010-2013

Glass Facilities Manager, Ball State University, Muncie, IN

2012

Visiting Artist, California State University, San Bernardino

2006-08

Artist-In-Residence/Technician, Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN

 

Teaching Experience  

2013-present

Assistant Professor/Glass Program Head, Palomar College, San Marcos, CA          

2017

Embrace the Moment, Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY

2016

Transforming Light, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

Path of the Illuminati, Urban Glass, Brooklyn, NY

2010-13

Glass and Neon Instructor, Ball State University, Muncie, IN

2011

Hot Glass Techniques for Sculpture, Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN

2008

Mold Your Mind, Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN   

2007

Fire and Ice, Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN 

 

 

 

Awards and Publications

2017

New Glass Review 38, Corning Museum of Glass

2016

 “The Museum of Neon Art Switches Back on in LA,” Hyperallergic, 3 February 2016.

Nomination for Irwin Borowsky Award, University of the Arts, Phildelphia, PA

2015

Nomination for Irwin Borowsky Award, University of the Arts, Phildelphia, PA

2014

E-merge Catalogue, Bullseye Connection, Portland, OR

Nomination for Irwin Borowsky Award, University of the Arts, Phildelphia, PA

2012

Glass: Urban Glass Quarterly, “Urban Glass MFA Competition 2012,” Urban Glass, Spring 2012

Spotlight, “Michael Hernandez,” Emporia State University Press, Fall 2012

2011

GAS News, “School Profile: Ball State University,” Glass Art Society, Dec. 2011/Jan. 2012

2009

Graduate Diversity Fellowship, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

Sculpture, Review: “Global Warming at the Icebox,” International Sculpture Center, September 2009.

GAS News, “Student Profile,” Glass Art Society, Jun./Jul./Aug. 2009

New Glass Review 30, Corning Museum of Glass

2008

Graduate Diversity Fellowship, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

E-merge Catalogue, Bullseye Connection, Portland, OR

Graduate Teaching Assistantship, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY

Full Scholarship, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY

Full Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

 

Hernandez earned a BFA from Emporia State University (KS) and an MFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University (NY). He has done residencies and taught workshops in sculptural approaches to glassblowing, kilnforming, and neon at Pilchuck Glass School, Urban Glass, and a number of other institutions around the US. His explorations in glass span a wide range of technical approaches to the medium. Hernandez shows sculptural objects and stages installations in exhibitions in galleries, museums, and non-traditional venues throughout the US and abroad.

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