TOGETHER | December 2021
A curatorial project with
Marisa Tellería and Gonzalo Hernández
We are presenting, in special collaboration, the work of two talented Latin American artists whose work we will showcase at TOGETHER, a new hybrid arts project that will take place this upcoming week during the Miami Art Week. We are delighted to showcase the curatorial project Promised Land, which presents in dialogue the work of Marisa Tellería and Gonzalo Hernández. This project explores and investigates the concept of identity and origin interpreted in the work of these artists from a personal, social and political perspective.
Promised Land questions borders, idols and paradises, and speaks from an intimate and current context about the experiences of those who find themselves between two realities, beyond inherited norms and promised lands.
Marisa Tellería (b. Managua, Nicaragua, 1963)
is a multidisciplinary artist who works with painting, sculpture, and installation from traditional and ephemeral materials. Tellería investigates visual perceptions and sensory experiences in an attempt to understand and expose how we relate to physical phenomena and social contexts. Her work generates experiences from an abstract and minimalist approach, which invites us to slow down and look closely at both what is and what is not there.
Tellería moved to the United States in 1978 during the civil war in her homeland. In 1993, she earned a BFA from Florida International University in Miami and, in 1996, an MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, after receiving several awards and distinguished fellowships. She has lived and worked in Washington DC, New York City, Miami, and Managua. Her work has been shown in museums and galleries in the US, Latin America, and Europe. Selected museum shows include the Brooklyn Museum, El Museo del Barrio, the Albright Knox Gallery, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Perez Art Museum. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Frost Museum of Art, and the Weatherspoon Museum. Her works were also included in biennials at the Museo del Barrio, the Contemporary Museum, Dominican Republic, and Fundación OrtizGurdian, Managua, among others.
Gonzalo Hernández (b. Lima, Peru, 1991)
studied at the Corriente Alterna School of Visual Arts (Lima), has an MFA in Textiles and an MA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design, and is an artist-in-residence at Bakehouse Art Complex (Miami). His multidisciplinary artistic practice addresses personal narratives related to contemporary dilemmas such as work, success and failure, and identity. Starting from autobiographical events, his sculpture, painting, photography, installation, and video are particular to his perspective as an immigrant, while they also target broader cultural associations. Eliminating the distinction between art and life, the artist considers many everyday situations and materials as viable to include in his work, where daily encounters with text and language become a place for symbolic interpretations. Collages on paper serve as preliminary compositions of his most recent series, based on the great private collections of Miami, the history of contemporary Peruvian art, or scenes from Lima (Peru), which reflect on the fate of the contemporary creator and the complexity of the art system.
Hernández has participated in an international group and individual exhibitions, among which are "Almost There" at Laundromat Art Space (Miami); “) :)," at the Scad Museum of Art; Sorry Not Sorry: positions, dispositions and oppositions in the CCPUCP (Lima); TheArtistasMuse at the Gutstein Gallery (Savannah); Georgia Artists of Hispanic / Latinx Origin at the Georgia Museum of Contemporary Art (Atlanta); and Threaded, MCC Art Gallery (Mesa, Arizona), among others. Hernández was part of Chuquimarca's first residency program in Chicago in 2020 and was also an Artist in Residence at Long Road Projects & Erie Arts and Culture in Erie, Philadelphia.