The Kenneth A. Aidekman Family Foundation generously gifts Robert
Hernandez's (MFA 2009) Untitled
drawing to the Tufts University Permanent Art Collection in 2009.
Robert Hernandez, Untitled, 2007-8
archival ink marker, white Sharpie paint marker, and pencil
on birch plywood surface, 4 x 4 ft.; gift of Kenneth A.
Aidekman Family Foundation
"I find all of Rob Hernandez's works appealing. The key interest
for me is his ability to capture the essence of a three dimensional object in
simplified line. Rob's lines are elegant, economic and full of character. The
fact that his current work involves layer upon layer of line drawings does not
take away from the craftsmanship of each individually sketched layer. While
there are a lot of graffiti and cartoon influences in the figures and objects
that Rob creates, there is also timelessness in his drawing efficiency,
something he shares with great artists. The panels have a feeling of lightness.
They are not over-worked. Why this particular piece? It has everything. It has
sex, violence, a jet plane, a helicopter, weapons, Kim Jong-il, rabbits, pigs, a
wolf in clothing, women, gang members, a DJ, robots and more. It's an
everything-all-the-time assault on the visual senses. Hernandez's stated goal is
to process the overwhelming quantity of images presented to us by news,
entertainment and marketing media. It's all too much. The result can be pretty
messy, but one gets the sense of a young man trying his best to keep his head
above the rising tide of "garbage-in." Hernandez a way to go to deal with all of
this information successfully and then "re-present" it in a cohesive, organized
way through his own unique vision. He is the kind of artist you want to check
back with in the future to view his progress. I also believe that this is
youthful work that will appeal to undergraduate students. It encompasses
subjects and styles with which they are familiar."
-Kenneth A. Aidekman (A75)