Back From The Dead

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The Happy Gardener, 2012 Digital Print And Envelope W/ Hand Cancellation 16 X 20 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and Carl Hammer Gallery
Back From The Dead

740 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60654
November 2nd, 2012 - December 22nd, 2012
Opening: November 2nd, 2012 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

River North/Near North Side
Tuesday through Friday 11:00 to 6:00, Saturday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, other times by appointment


Back From The Dead, literally,the art work of Michael Hernandez de Luna once again takes center stage in Carl Hammer Gallery. In 2010, the artist suffered a devastating loss of over 600 artworks, archival materials, tools, machinery and musical instruments due to flooding. Physically and mentally depressed, Hernandez de Luna, because of his art, has managed to rise above it all. Back From The Dead serves as testament of the artist's pluck, perseverance and survival skills, all the while providing him with a new take on life and its meaning.      

As an image maker, Michael Hernandez de Luna remains fascinated by the endless channels fueling the energy of his stamp designing, his art. The art styles and forms of Fluxus, Dada, protest and performance, news, religion, politics, social media, entertainment and gardening have played immensely in influencing his work. As in its past incarnations, the new work is loaded with mockery, distaste, humor and sarcasm, all the heart and soul of his work from the get-go. After 18 years, his craft displays the same amount of vigor, fun and mischievousness.

The future of de Luna's work, as we know it, will soon be determined by his collaborator, the U.S. Postal Service. Already the U.S.P.S. has undergone a remake of its postage cancellation and has dropped the flag from their cancellation process. Hence, the impact on this new body of work is visibly noticeable, a medley of fake-looking cancellations, one might say. Viewed as a crucial collaborator in his art making process (though the U.S.P.S. will never acknowledge it) the end of postage cancellation poses a possible deal breaking future for the continuation of this artist's craft and craftiness. Everything, however, has an end. And yet, at least for this artist, ends become new beginnings. So, until postage cancellation fades away into extinction, Michael Hernandez de Luna will continue to entertain and agitate us through his stamp art, as his mind will be set on staging his return, Back From The Dead.