Jonathan Hernandez's work is a conceptual investigation into both the physical and symbolic structures that order contemporary experience. He reflects on language. city structures such as roads and lampposts. images from the mass media. and commerce, creating a oeuvre in which the substructure of various systems or linkages between them are revealed. He resists. however, offering definitive conclusions, allowing the viewer to create associations between the various images and contexts he creates, a process that inevitably generates more questions tan answers. In earlier works dealing primarily with the built environment and the natural world. Hernandez deftly skirts the line between humor and critique, pointing out the absurdity of modern society in series such as Conozca Mexico (1996-2000) and Real Estate (2000-2004). In his more recent collage work Hernandez creates what he calls "detonations," which are a "kind of ping-pong game between events, context, and circumstances that heightens the power and meaning of things." In these images he addresses the machinations of political power and symbolism, as well as broader themes such as language, the sublime forces of technology and destruction, as well as the consumption and circulation of images. Hernandez creates tenuous webs for the viewer, allowing the power of juxtaposition and suggestion to generate insights and new ways of understanding the world around us.
Jonathan Hernandez earned a degree in visual arts from the ENAP Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City.
His most important solo exhibitions include: Desastre Natural, Alberto Baraya & Jonathan Hernandez, Casa del Lago, Mexico City (2014-2015); La reforma tiene muchas decenas de periódicos pero ni un solo hombre, La Caja Negra, Madrid Spain (2012): Zooloquio. Colloquium organized in collaboration with Alberto Baraya and Luisa Ungar, Universidad de Ios Andes, Bogota, Colombia (2012): Caleidoscopio, Galeria Nara Roesler, Sao Paulo (2010); Naturaleza Muerta, Artista invitado Pablo Sigg, kurimanzutto. Mexico City (2010); La ruta natural, La Caja Negra, Madrid (2009); Cliches, Contradictions & Ping-Pong, Krinzinger, Viena (2009).
He has participated in various group shows such as: America Latina, 1960-2013, Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico; Foundation Cartier, Paris France (2014); Paparazzi! Photographes, stars et artistes, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (2014); Mexico: Inside Out, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas United States (2013); Resisting the Present: Mexico 2000 I 2012, Museo Amparo, Puebla Mexico; Musee d'art mod erne de la Ville de Paris, Paris France (2012); Distant Star/Estrella Distante, an exhibition around the writings of Roberto Bolano, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, United States; kurimanzutto, Mexico City (2011).