Erick Alejandro Hernández | Excerpts from a Shared Horizon
Yossi Milo Gallery is pleased to announce Excerpts from a Shared Horizon, an overview of recent paintings by Erick Alejandro Hernández. The exhibition will be presented in the gallery’s viewing room through Friday, August 20.
The works in Excerpts all take place at the shift between night and day. Caught within the red glow of this ambiguous dawn-or-dusk, the paintings’ central figures are enveloped by rings of yellow paint and submerged within green and purple shadows. Frozen within this moment, a lion settles into a wearily pensive state, while a man at the ocean pauses at the brink of coaxing a boat either away or towards himself. From the banks of the Tiber to a tropical wilderness, the figures collectively lose themselves to individual moments of contemplation.
The artist emphasizes this shared transitional timeframe by populating his paintings with the faces of his close family and friends, and with repeated motifs such as banyan trees. For instance, the foreground figure in Tocando el Tres is a younger version of the same man with the boat, while the lion under the banyan tree is also seen intertwined with a man reclining by the Tiber. Such repetitions create intimacy across these small- to mid-size works, much like seeing the same beloved actors in different plays.