Anthony Hernandez is a Mexican American Artist based in Los Angeles. I viewed his exhibition at the recently re-opened SFMOMA.
The exhibition will be on view September 24, 2016 through January 1, 2017. This is his first retrospective and the show encompasses his life work for the early stages of figurative street photography to the abstracted images of people influenced spaces.
As stated in the label text at SFMOMA, Hernandez found his calling when he started to stray away from photos of people, removing the personal aspect and focusing on what is left behind.
The beautiful images below show scenarios and landscape that have traces of humanity and tell a story of what went on here without actually showing the cause. The viewer must infer meaning by imagining Hernandez’s treks into the unknown and uncomfortable world of the homeless and other marginalized groups.
Beach portraits from early street photo series
Love the colors and textures
What happened here?
Abandoned mattress and homeless camp
Something quaint and something sad simultaneously.
Hernandez’s vision explores the unknown and unpopular lifestyles of his invisible subjects. We are left wanting to know more. How did this person come to this place? How long will they stay? What happened?
So far the information I have found about Ihti Anderson has been only on his website and esoteric print magazines about visionary art and music festivals. He started as an artist creating backgrounds for psychedelic music parties and has continued to create images and make immersive decorations for such events.
Ihti Anderson’s work is etherial, and light filled consisting in energy patters and light trails that geometrically emanate from and around his subjects. The images look digitally created but actually they are hand painted with brush and airbrush using UV reactive paint.
His work is also found on custom wearable art, motorcycles and cars, and both indoor and outdoor installations of decor. The decorations often consist of stretched fabrics which are airbrushed and illuminated in 3-D overlapping shapes that create a colorful relaxing atmosphere for contemplation.
Ihti did not study art but rather practiced it from a young age. He draws upon sacred geometry and the symbols found in cultures all over the world in addition to his imagination which he believes has now boundaries.
“The development of our own imagination, gives us wings, and they help to fly through the worlds of our subconscious, from my own experience I can say, that these worlds much more broader and multidimensional than the world we see with our eyes.” – Ihti Anderson
“This art opens doors to other dimensions, into the worlds of the subconscious, expressing what is hidden from ordinary human eye, presenting other creatures and objects that can not be touched or explain.” – Ihti Anderson
His work can be purchased on the web site Art Collider and on his own website:
Artist Mario Martinez, who also goes by Mars-1, was born in Boulder, Colorado and grew up in Fresno, California where he was inspired by graffiti art, comics, and science fiction. Through his visual art, murals and sculptures he creates worlds of material and etheric atmosphere in complex acrylic paintings swirling with colorful geometric forms and strangely familiar organic shapes. His paintings depict visions of transcendent and universal subjects like worm holes, nuclear physics and celestial phantoms. Martinez often collaborates with other artists such as Alex Grey, Brendan Monroe and Doze. Guests of the Symbiosis Gathering at Pyramid Lake were able to watch a collaboration take place between Mario Martinez, David Choong Lee, Damon Soule, and Oliver Vernon. http://www.mars-1.com/Symbiosis-Pyramid-Lake
Henrietta Shore was born in Toronto in 1880. Inspired to follow the path of an artist she found herself in New York where she studied at Art Students League with William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri and fellow student Georgia O’Keeffe.
I first saw her work in the Santa Cruz Downtown Post Office. These 6 murals are agricultural depictions of life on the California Coast.
Henrietta Shore exhibited her artwork with O’Keefe in New York and befriended Photographer Edward Weston in California. She also travelled to Mexico where she painted portraits of Jose Clemente Orozco and Jean Charlot. She worked in a modernist style that focused more on the idea of the painting rather than representing it traditionally.
Living Visionary Art Culture – Realizing the Power of Imagination