(close up) “Remio, Thor, Oldboy, Boar, Regis, Big Ugly, Chava” 24” x 35.5” Mixed Media on Canvas
Last week surfin’ the inter webs reading one of my favorite blogs, L.A. TACO I came upon the coverage they posted of the opening reception for Sergio Hernandez’s, Good Sport exhibition at AS ISSUED Art+Design Bookstore in Costa Mesa, C.A. The opening reception took place May 11th 2013, I attended the show a few days later. I had been aware of SURGE’s work for some time now but I had not been able to view it in person. The exhibition at AS ISSUED was the opportune time to take a trip to the city of Costa Mesa and view Mr. Hernandez's art en vivo.
Drawings on Book Covers 8” x 10.5” each
Researching Sergio, I learned he is a graffiti, painter and tattoo artist native to San Diego, California with deep roots in the city of Tijuana, Mexico. I was also informed when at the exhibit SURGE has an association with street duo DABS MYLA. After learning about the DABS MYLA connection, I could picture how well there work would meld together with their use of quirky caricatures and the dynamic use of coloration in their street pieces.
"Books" 5.5" x 8.5" Marker on Paper
The AS ISSUED space is located at The LAB, which is O.C.’s renowned urban “anti-mall”. This had not been my first trip to The LAB, but it had been years since I last visited the location. So many that the AS ISSUED space used to be a Tower Records music store I visited in my good ‘ol D.J. days. It was interesting to see how the topography of the shops at The Lab had morphed since my last visit.
"Good Sport" acrylic on paper 20.5"x26.5"
Entering the Art+Design Bookstore, the first and my favorite piece I saw was Sergio's titled piece for the exhibition "Good Sport", in which the artist depicts a stout Mayan warrior with a skull in one hand and a Macuahuitl in the other. After fully basking in the "Good Sport" piece, my attention then turned to Sergio's collaboration with tattoo artist Tyler James Densley titled “Girl & Skull”, a whimsical vintage tattoo flash inspired artwork. SURGE's smaller marker and pencil works on paper were also a very entertaining pieces. In the pencil on book page works Sergio depicted images of history, pop culture and tattoo art.
(Detail) collaboration with tattoo artist Tyler James Densley titled “Girl & Skull”
Sergio Hernandez's artwork fit perfectly at the AS ISSUED Art+Design Bookstore, with many of SURGE's literature theme pieces being exhibited. From depictions of books as characters to actual drawings on book pages.
Exhibition runs until June 9th
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