The Alex Bult Gallery celebrates the new year with a solo exhibition by artist Sam Hernández entitled “Sculptures & Paintings.” Hernández, known primarily for his innovative work in wood, achieves poetic yet vigorous free-standing abstractions through such widely-varying tools as African adzes, Japanese saws, Native American crook knives, and high-powered sandblasters. From early work referencing the totemic, his more recent sculpture has moved in a looser, more lyrical direction as it simultaneously moves towards a powerful asymmetry and a more intuitively based manner of working.
Recipient of numerous honors including a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship, a Senior Fulbright Scholar Award, and Silicon Valley’s Artist Laureate, Hernández’s work has been featured in numerous books, exhibition catalogues, and articles, and has been shown in museum and gallery exhibitions internationally. It is included in numerous public collections including the Yale University Art Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Macedonia, and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Professor of Art at Santa Clara University 1977-2013, Hernández divides his time between California and Spanish Catalunya.
The exhibition will be on display beginning Thursday, January 8th through Saturday, February 7th, 2015. An opportunity to meet and speak with Hernandez will be possible at the preview on Thursday, January 8th from 6 – 8 pm, and at the opening reception on Saturday, January 10th, from 6 – 9 pm, at the gallery. The Alex Bult Gallery is located in midtown Sacramento at 1114 21st Street, Suite B. The gallery hours are 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. (916) 476-5540.