You are invited to celebrate the opening of the first solo show by San Francisco-based, Mexican-American queer artist Alexander Hernandez called Stayin’ Positive at FLXST Contemporary. A mixed-media, textile and fibers artist, Hernandez creates wall sculptural hangings from found fabrics, textiles, and other material that represent iconic figures personal in popular culture and within his personal social network who identify as queer, gay, transgender, and HIV-positive. The artist highlights the resilience of HIV-positive people during the COVID-19 pandemic through his whimsical and fantastical creations.
The opening reception takes place on Saturday, February 27, from 5:30 to 8 pm. Reservations must be made to attend the opening.
The gallery is on the second floor, Suite 220 (to be let in, please select the gallery’s name on the intercom). There are stairs and an elevator to reach the second floor.
You must book a time slot for the opening reception using the TOCK app or website. Face masks are required at all times in the gallery.
WHAT: Opening Reception: “Stayin’ Positive”
WHO: Alexander Hernandez
WHEN: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 5:30-8 pm
DURATION: February 27 – April 11, 2021
GALLERY HOURS: By appointment only. Or T-Th: 1-3 pm; and Su: 2-5 pm
WHERE: FLXST Contemporary, 2251 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 220, Chicago, IL 60616
ABOUT THE ARTIST
ALEXANDER HERNANDEZ is a mixed media artist, whose art practice revolves primarily around textiles and found objects. He was born in Huajuapan de Leon, Oaxaca- Mexico, and raised in Grand Junction, CO. The artist currently lives in San Francisco, CA. He received his BFA (2007) in Painting and Drawing from Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design in Denver, CO, and an MFA in Studio Art (2012) from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA. The artist has participated in many notable art residencies, including MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA; San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA; Root Division in San Francisco, CA; Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, NC; Mark Rothko Art Center in Latvia; and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, among others. He will be participating in ACRE’s art residency for Summer 2021.
Image credit: “Hatching Cal,” printed and found textiles, 45w x 55h inches, 2019-2020