Acrylic, metal lacquer and colour pencil on marbled paper made by the artist
33 × 45 cm
This is a unique painting, made in a series of 7 variations
about this work
Always interested in simple materials and traditional ways of processing them, Rodrigo Hernández learned the artisanal process to marble paper during a recent residency at Istanbul Modern’s International Artist Residency Program in Turkey. The title Galata refers to the place where Hernández learned to marble paper – in one of the oldest neighbourhoods of Istanbul.
The painting depicts a human figure constructed around the number 7, and is one of the seven paintings on paper Rodrigo Hernández made in the context of our public project Billboard Series.
about Rodrigo Hernández
Rodrigo Hernández is interested in simple materials such as paper, copper, wood, and steel; and in manual and artisanal ways of processing them. At first glance, the works he makes may seem simple, but they all carry complex questions about the world around us.
Hernández constantly refers to art history and to elements of literature to explore a number of man-made concepts – such as the idea of time, for example, or what makes us human. With works that can take very different forms, such as paper-mâché sculptures; copper bas-reliefs; paintings, and space-filling installations, Hernández explores utopian ideas, and how these ideas can recur in other ways in art and literature.