Closing the 2015 exhibition cycle, KaBe Contemporary is pleased to present José Antonio Hernandez-Diez, “Monumento 2018”.
This exhibition orbits around the key term “combination,” because of the strategies and creative approach the artist take, with uniqueness in the conceptualization and execution of the artwork. The object loses its status and original function without entirely losing its identity. Combining the objects via recomposition, transformation, and transfiguration, the piece acquires a new objectivity that could only have been visualized previously by the artist. In this sense, we become witnesses of the ingenuity behind the pieces; we are invited to delight in their brilliance, but not to partake in their creation.
José Antonio Hernandez-Diez
Born in Caracas, Venezuela 1964, currently lives in Barcelona, Spain A lot has been and will be said about Hernandez-Diez’s work. Since the 90’s he has been one of the most prominent Venezuelan artists in the international scene. With a body of work where satire is always on the orders of a social realism stained by a pop expression. Hernandez-Diez has explored many mediums, choosing the one most appropriate for each piece. Skateboards made out of bacon, giant acrylic nails, photographic compositions where shoes spell names of great thinkers are only a few samples of his radical proposal. Some of his most remarkable shows include: 1990 III Bienal de Video Arte; 1994 Cocido y crudo. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; 2003 La struttura della sopravvivenza / The Structure of Survival" . 51a Bienal de Venecia, Italy 2003 “José Antonio Hernandez-Diez”, New Museum, New York, NY, Curated by: Dan Cameron, Gerardo Mosquera.