Credit: Natasha Aftandilians
Michael "UNOPUEDE" Hernandez is a Los Angeles artist who works primarily in collage and mixed media. He explains, "Collage is a medium I began doing before I even knew what it was." His work has been shown throughout Southern California,
What kind of work are you doing now? Are there any specific influences you can share?:
Currently, I'm curating a group show at Avenue 50 Studio that is set to open this summer in July. In the 9-5 grind, taking some stabs at UI/UX design, which is a whole new world for me, and also working on album cover art for YANGA,a local cumbia band releasing their debut single on 7" vinyl this summer.
My influences specifically for the group show are coming from literature I've been reading recently, the multi-cultural landscape of Los Angeles, and my own studies of form and content that I've consistently used for my own work, past and present.
What do you think the art world needs?:
Ha! Do we have the bandwidth? The art world needs to drop the ego. Straight up. I can hardly have a conversation sometimes without all the feelings of animosity or jealousy. I also feel the art world needs more diversity within their closed institutions. I've experienced a couple of different "art worlds" and have seen this common thread, whether it be aesthetically or racially. Put the art first before the politics of who knows who or how much gross sales they made on their last show. Too many "gate keepers" and "approvers" and not enough willing to look and accept that someone deserves to be shown. Kind of a negative gripe, but it's my honest opinion.
What do you like about CAFAM?:
This is very easy to answer. If you come into or become a regular at CAFAM, you will get to know the staff. Which is my favorite. Since my first visit to CAFAM I've met amazing people, including the artists at their exhibitions, and have gained pretty solid and ongoing friendships thus far. A class act of individuals who are dedicated to things that matter so much to us all: the arts, community and their individual passions.
What is a fond memory you have of CAFAM?:
I have a lot of fond memories with CAFAM. My first would be an invitation in early 2012 to display my work for Maximo Gonzalez's Changarrito in front of the museum - which kicked off what would grow into celebrating with staff at the board chair's annual Christmas party. He also collects my work now. It's really developed into a family thang with CAFAM.
Do you have a favorite exhibition?:
This Is Not A Silent Movie: Four Contemporary Alaska Native Artists
Sonya Clark: Material Reflex
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