NEW MEMBER EXHIBITION
January 4- 29, 2022
HECTOR H HERNANDEZ, BENJAMIN MEFFORD,
& EDDIE REED
Becoming a Member Owner at Blackfish Gallery is an achievement! For 42 years, interested artists have undergone an extensive jury and interview process before being invited to join our membership. Help us celebrate our four newest members at their debut exhibition at Blackfish Gallery!
Above: Angennette Escobar, “Mexicana-Americana-Tejana-Chicana,” acrylic, wood and found objects on canvas, 24” x 48”, 2018
Escobar’s body of work is a deeply personal exploration of her Mexican heritage as an American citizen. Body imagery intertwined with religious objects brings together her cultural identity and heritage, as well as her corporeal reality as a human being. Her dynamic use of symbolism, surrealism and Mexican folk art are ways in which she channels memories of place and time.
HECTOR H HERNANDEZ
Hernandez is best known as a muralist, with a focus on social and cultural issues and an approach influenced by Mexican academic painting traditions. His background in cultural anthropology and social sciences has helped him develop the context for his narratives. This exhibition is a unique opportunity for viewers to gain insight into how the artist also develops smaller, personal pieces whose culturally relevant images and symbols often make their way into his large-scale murals, in addition to exploring aspects of social and cultural change.
Above: Hector H Hernandez, “Our Universe,”, graphite on paper, 6.5’x13’
Mefford is an interdisciplinary artist with a passion for sculpting with natural materials, especially stone. His works unfold from material studies, possess geometric qualities, deal with gravity and balance, and relate to the elements. Archetypal symbols such as knots and cycles of life help him contemplate questions about perception, time, and interconnection.
Above: Benjamin Mefford, “Ceci N’est Pas Une Banane Jaune,” stone (olivine), 10x18x4”
Over time, Reed’s work has shifted from creating art that replicates nature to making art that educates others on who he is and what it means to him to be a Black man in America today. His work stimulates conversation about the meaning of life and adds to a new narrative: a multi-layered and complex storyline that challenges preconceived attitudes and leads to a new focus on encouragement, hope, and resilience for those lesser known voices of a multicultural America.
Right: Eddie Reed, “I Can’t Save You,” acrylic/mixed media on wood,
Thursday, January 6, 4:30-8pm
Virtual and In Gallery Reception
Live on the Blackfish Gallery Facebook Page 4:30-5pm in gallery from 5-8pm.