Artist Talk: Jonathan Hernández

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Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD says
DETROIT CITY: Jonathan Hernández, Vulnerabilia
Vulnerabilia is built upon Jonathan Hernández’s fascination with our media-saturated present. The title of the series evokes the idea of “vulnerability” while referencing the delicacy of the original materials that Hernández uses as well as the form and fragility of life. Cut directly from the daily news, the thin membrane of the paper and the sensitivity of the ink make these images contrarily permanent, frozen in time, and ephemeral. With obsessive cataloging and arranging, Hernández creates a kind of visual encyclopedia of various moments—both catastrophic and rather ordinary—that define contemporary human life. The collages presented at MOCAD include both pre-existing works from the series as well as new compositions that Hernández has made for the exhibition related to the city of Detroit: architectures abandoned; the faces of politicians peering furtively at their watches; car crashes and small-scale catastrophes. Hernández’s appropriation transforms these mundane images with great unease into a tapestry of uncertainty, ambiguity, and intrigue.

Hernández is joined by Jens Hoffmann, MOCAD Senior Curator at Large.

This multi-year program of exhibitions (Detroit Affinities), performances (Detroit Stages), educational programs and publications (Detroit Speaks) will place local artists in a global context while investigating the city’s current artistic, political, cultural, and economic realities. Presenting ten sequential solo exhibitions representing five pairings of Detroit artists with artists from elsewhere, the Detroit Affinities series seeks to reveal correspondences, similarities, and differences in the artists’ respective practices. DETROIT CITY is generously supported by Quicken Loans.
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By: Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD

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