Sam Hernandez – Focus on the Object/Selections: Two Decades
November 11 - December 17, 2014
Reception, Thursday, November 13, 5:30-7:00 with an Artist Talk at 6:00
(Closed November 27 & 28)
Focus on the Object / Selections: Two Decades features the wood, bronze and steel sculptures of Sam Hernàndez, as well as paintings from the last two decades. During this time period, his artwork moved in a looser, more lyrical direction as it simultaneously moved towards a powerful asymmetry and a more intuitively based manner of working. Although the work remains characteristically based in abstraction, the direction has been nourished by a more expressionist tone. His sculptures and paintings share a spirit and presence that demonstrate his fundamental admiration for the organic and natural while at the same time generating a sense of strength and power with lyrical overtones.
Sam Hernández is the recipient of a great many honors including a Senior Fulbright Scholar Award, and Silicon Valley’s Artist Laureate award. He has also had work featured in numerous books, exhibition catalogues, and articles, and has been shown in museum and gallery exhibitions internationally. Hernández’s artwork is included in numerous public collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Cantor Center at Stanford University, the Oakland Museum, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the New Orleans Museum of Art. He was Professor of Art at Santa Clara University from 1977-2013. Today, Hernández divides his time between California and Spanish Catalunya.