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Angelus is an investigation into Gregory Michael Hernandez’s interest in the human impulse to map, interpret and represent our environment and ourselves. He is particularly interested in the ways that visual information is manipulated to correspond with bias and assumptions. Angelus explores the contrast between the built environment and the empty canvas through the dichotomy between the “city” (specific locations within Los Angeles) and the “desert” (the wilderness east of Twentynine Palms, California in the Mojave Desert). The city of Los Angeles features prominently, both as subject and, more literally, an object: broken sidewalks and curbs were pulverized to rubble and reconstituted with Portland Cement to create paintings and a sculpture.

Gregory Michael Hernandez

Gregory Michael Hernandez
Soda Lake Graveyard, 2013
C-prints, artist frame
42 x 106.5 in (106.51 x 270.51 cm)

Gregory Michael Hernandez

Gregory Michael Hernandez
Eulogy for Osama Bin Laden, 2011 – 2013
C-prints, walnut artist frames
3 frames, each 41 x 29 in (104.14 x 73.66 cm)

Gregory Michael Hernandez

Gregory Michael Hernandez
Ghosts of the 110 Freeway #1, 2013
Acrylic paint on concrete over doorframe, walnut artist frame
81 x 37 in (205.74 x 93.98 cm)

Gregory Michael Hernandez

Gregory Michael Hernandez
Ghosts of the 110 Freeway #2, 2013
Acrylic paint on concrete over doorframe over doorframe, walnut artist frame
81 x 37 in (205 x 93.98 cm)

Gregory Michael Hernandez

Gregory Michael Hernandez
Ghosts of the 110 Freeway #3, 2013
Acrylic paint on concrete over doorframe, walnut artist frame
81 x 37 in (205.74 x 93.98 cm)

Gregory Michael Hernandez

Gregory Michael Hernandez
City of Los Angeles Marathon Seal, 110 Freeway, 2013
Acrylic paint on concrete, walnut artist frame
30 x 30 in (76.2 x 76.2 cm)

Gregory Michael Hernandez

Gregory Michael Hernandez
A Monument to Infrastructure (Bunker #1), 2013
Concrete, acrylic paint, wood, hardware
76 x 76 x 76 in (195.58 x 195.58 x 195.58 cm)

Gregory Michael Hernandez

Gregory Michael Hernandez
The Angelus Army, 2013
Hand cut c-prints on archival mat board, walnut artist frame
40.5 x 206 in (107.95 x 523.24 cm)

Gregory Michael Hernandez

Gregory Michael Hernandez
Proposal for a Monument to Upward Mobility, 2009-2013
Hand cut c-prints on archival mat board, mounted on panel
152.5 x 18 in (387.35 x 45.72 cm)

Gregory Michael Hernandez

Gregory Michael Hernandez
In From the Wilderness (Labyrinth in Perspective), 2013
Hand cut c-prints on archival mat board
96 x 96 in (243.84 x 243.84 cm)