Diango Hernández: 'If I send you this'
Sep 6 – Oct 12, 2011
An exhibition of new work by Diango Hernández titled, If I send you this, will open at Alexander and Bonin on Tuesday, September 6th. For this exhibition the artist has transformed the architecture of the first floor gallery to accommodate two site specific installations.
In these installations the artist has re-imagined the geometric ‘cat eye’ of Gordon Matta-Clark’s 1975 “Days End” as an escape from a space of restriction to a space of freedom.
In the main gallery, Hernández is re-removing these shapes, 'exeunts' as he has termed them, from the walls and repurposing them as the tables of an imagined agency of international transit and transition. Each table is fitted with a center-piece; a square Plexiglas container within which international stamps circulate endlessly. By juxtaposing the ‘exeunt’ and signs of international correspondence, the artist draws from his experience of the American Embassy in Cuba; a building unused for its intended purpose since January 1961.
Visible from this bureaucratic space through a Plexiglass window is a reliquary; a floor covered in carefully looped magnetic tape loomed over by yet another 'exeunt', this time cut from a large sheet of paper and lit from above by a neon tube. The magnetic tape, mute without its accompanying audio device, reiterates the barrier between audience and content, past and present. The motifs embodied in the installations recur in collages, sculptures, letters, and paintings on view through the first and second floor of the gallery.
Born in Cuba in 1970, Diango Hernández began his artistic practice as a co-founder of Ordo Amoris Cabinet, a group of artists and designers who focused on invented solutions for home design objects to compensate for a permanent shortage of materials and goods. In 2006 he exhibited at the Biennale of Sydney and the São Paulo Biennial and in 2005 his work was exhibited in the Arsenale as part of the 51st Venice Biennale. His work has been the subject of several one-person museum exhibitions: Kunsthalle, Basel (2006), Neuer Aachener Kunstverein (2007) and Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen (2009).
In November 2011, Hernández’ work will be the subject of a survey exhibition at Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto in Italy.