FUNAMBULO DE LA NOCHE
"TIGHTROPE WALKER OF THE NIGHT"
Belas Artes in collaboration with Mexican Department of Foreign Relations hosted this amazing traveling exhibit in St. Louis.
By the acclaimed contemporary Mexican artist Sergio Hernandez whose artwork addresses the relationship of the night with the honorific, the sensuality, the unconscious and death.
Sergio Hernandez is often grouped among Mexico's most recognized visual artists. Drawing inspiration from dreams, his Mixtec ancestry, mythological animals, and the distinct quality of light in his native city of Oaxaca. Hernandez creates paintings and etchings that have been exhibited in museums such as el Museo de Arte Moderna in Mexico and Germany's Kunsthelle Wurth as well as at SAMA in San Antonio.
Personal experiences also factor into such themed project as El Circo, a series that references a family death. According to the article " Art in Progress," Hernandez grandfather perished in a vast of burning oil while fooling around drunk on the tightrope of a circus that visited his Oaxacan village. While Hernandez' "Funambulo de la Noche" (Tightrope Walker of the Night) appears to touch on that tragedy, the exhibition's basis is broader: night's association with dreams, sensuality, unconscious and death.
It is a great honor and pleasure to have the work of Hernandez in St. Louis. This exhibit is travelling the U.S. as part of a collaboration between Mexico and the United States. Art is a wonderful way to unite two communities, two cultures, two nations.