Biography

 

Education:           1978 - 1983           The School of the Art Institute /

                                                      Degree, Bachelor of Fine Art, 1988, Chicago

                           1976 - 1978           Columbia College, Chicago / Photography

Awards:               2007                    Governors International Grant - Hungary

                           2001                    Governors International Grant - South Korea

                           2000                    Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Grant

                           1997                    Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Grant

Exhibitions:         2016                    Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL Chicago solo show:

                                                    “Philatelic Adventures”,

                                                     April 1 – May 14, 2016

                              2015       The Metro Show, New York, NY, Carl Hammer Gallery, January

                              2014       Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL Chicago Art Fair, September

                                             Amory Show, New York, NY, Carl Hammer Gallery, March

                              2013       Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL Chicago Art Fair, September

                                             Amory Show, New York, NY, Carl Hammer Gallery, March

                              2012       Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL solo show: “Back from the Dead”, October

                                             Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL Gallery Artist Group Show / January

                              2011     111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA Last Gasp 40th Anniversary Art Show / March

                              2010       Vierter Stock Projektraum (VS) Berlin, Germany, Hey Baby, mochtest Du meine

                                                            Briefmarkensammlung sehen? “solo” November / January 2011

                              Artropolis Art Fair, Chicago, IL represented by Carl Hammer – Chicago IL, Philip Slein -      St Louis                      MO, and Jim Kempner Fine Art – New York City, April / May

                                             Philip Slein Gallery, St. Louis MO A Tigers Tale “solo” March/April

                              2009       Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York, New York, Ink Art Fair, Miami, FL - December

                                             Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL “30 Year Anniversary” /September - October

                                             OMR, Mexico City, Mexico “(SIC)” group / July - August

                                             Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL Chicago Art Fair, April /May

Exhibitions:         2008       Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL  “Reflection on the Subversive Elements of Life”

                                             Solo / September

                                             Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL Chicago Art Fair, April / May

The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago “Horns, Hooves, Wings, Fins, and Tails”     group- from the collection / January

                              2007       Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL “Consuming War” group. November

                                             Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL “New Takes” gallery artist show, July

                                             Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL Chicago Art Fair, April / May

                                             Haydee Rovirosa Gallery, New York, NY “Media Astra”  group. June

                                             Haydee Rovirosa Gallery, New York, NY ZonaMaco Art Fair, Mexico City, April

                                             Lubeznik Art Center, Michigan City, IN,“Latino Impressions: Portraits of a Culture”

                                             The Museum of Fine Art, Budapest, Hungary “Parastamp - Four Decades of Artistamp

                                             from  Fluxus to Internet” group. March – June

                                             San Francisco Mexican Museum, San Francisco, CA Colección Tequila Don Julio

                                           Traveling exhibition: White Box, New York, New York, Jan. / New World Museum

                                           Houston TX, March, /Aldo Castillo Gallery, Chicago, IL, April / L.AC.E. LA, CA  June.  

                             

                              2006       Westport Art Center, Westport, Connecticut “Global” group, November - December

                                             Augen Gallery, Portland, Oregon - solo, October

                                             Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon, “Illegal Art” group, September

                                             Pierogi 2000 Gallery, Brooklyn, New York Flat files /wall -Summer show

                                             Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL, “Illegal Art” group, February – April

                                            

                              2005       Lawton Gallery - The University of  WI, Green Bay, “Axis of Evil,” group. September

                                             The Glass Curtian Gallery – Columbia College, Chicago IL,                                         CA Project Navigator / Curator “Axis of Evil”, grp. April                       

                                             Diverse Works, Houston, Texas, “Thought Crimes” group

                                             Nexus Foundation, Philadelphia, PA,  Axis of Evil, group.  March /Curator & Navigator,

                                             Galerie W,  Heiden, Switzerland “3 Amerikaner” group, February

                             

                              2004       The Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, “American Beauty” March - April solo / reviewed

                                             The Chicago Tribune, Alan Artner

                                             The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA Project Navigator / Curator

                                             “SEXTABLOS“ - Jan - Apr, group /catalog                                    

Exhibitions:         2003       University of Indiana, Bloomington, Indiana - “Coming to terms with this everyday”                                  Nexus Foundation, Philadelphia, PA “Illegal Art: freedom of expression  in the

                                             Corporate age” group

                                             Espace Beauregard, Paris, France “ Paris Fantasmes” group

                                             The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Artist Gallery, CA”Illegal Art” group

                                             Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago - Guest Curator “STAMP! Artist Postage

                                             Stamps & Books from the Collections of the MCA & Bad Press Books”

                                             Gaea Foundation, Washington D.C. ”Illegal Art” group / Reviewed Washington Post

                                             The Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago,”Politics as Usual” group

                                             Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago “Zounds” group / Reviewed URL

                                             In These Times, Chicago “Illegal Art: freedom of expression in the corporate age” group

 

                              The Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI, “The                  
                              Stamp Art & Postal History of...” (Catalog)

                                             The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, “XICAGO”, group

                             

                              2001       The Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, group

                                             The International Museum “Olympus Center”, Moscow, Russia “ FATHERLAND –

                                             MOTHERLAND “ group (Catalog)

                                             Jeju Cultural Art Center, Jeju City, South Korea”Peace Island” group (Catalog)

                                             University Art Gallery, Central Michigan, Mt. Pleasant, MI                

                                             ”The Truth of Appearances” group

                                             Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT, “Art at the Edge of the Law”

                                             Group (Catalog)

                                             Oregon State University

                                             Augen Gallery, Portland, OR, Project Navigator / Curator “SEXTABLOS“ group    

                                             Anchor Graphics, Chicago group

                                             Print Makers Collabortive, Chicago,”The Stamp Show”

                                           Lyonsweir Packer Gallery, Chicago,“The Miami Art Expo” group

                                             Barrister Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

                             

                              2000       The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, “MULTIPLICITY” group

                                             Red Bud Gallery, Houston, Texas, Project Navigator /Curator, “SEXTABLOS” group

                                             Kittredge Gallery, Tacoma, WA, “The Stamp Art & Postal History of MT & MHDL”

                                             The University of Memphis Art Museum, Memphis, Tennessee, “Imposters”

                                             Barrister Gallery, New Orleans, LA, Project Navigator /Curator, “SEXTABLOS“ group 

                                             Museo de Filatelia, Oaxaca, Mexico, “Arte Postal” (Catalog)

                                             Blue Rider Theatre, Chicago, “The Trouble with Peggy: Pieces of Guggenhiem” group

                                             Oskar Friedl Gallery, Chicago, “A Decade of Vision” group

                                             United States Post Office, Pilsen Station, Chicago - solo performance

                                            

Exhibitions:         `1999      Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, “SEXTABLOS” Project Navigator / Curator, grp (Catg)

                                             Lovely Fine Art, Oakbrook, Illinois,“MHDL” solo

                                             Art Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago,“Art Papers, Atlanta GA” Guerilla booth

                                             Noyes Arts Center, Evanston, Illinois, “Story and Subtext” group

                                             Fluxus Museum, Wiesbaden, Germany, “Augenblick Blinks” solo performance

                                             Portland Old Town Arts Cultural Foundation, Portland, Oregon “Seeing Money group.

                                             The Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, “The Bug Show” group

                                             The Augen Gallery, Portland, Oregon, two-person show

                                             The Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, group

                             

                              1998       The Pearl Conard Gallery, Ohio State University, Manfield, Ohio, group

                                             TBA, UIC 400 Gallery, 1926, Chicago, “Concerning Truth” 3 venue group show

                                             The Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, group

                                             The Judy A. Saslow Gallery, Chicago, group

                                             Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, Wisconsin, “Looking Twice” two-person show

              

                              1998       The Columbia College Gallery, Chicago, “Mascaras” group

                                             COMPEX Rosemont Horizon Convention Center, Rosemont, IL ,“Fun in Philately” grp

                                             Caffe Baci, Chicago, “The Velvet Show” Project Navigator / Curator, group

                                             The Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA, “The Perforated Edge” two-person show

                                             VU Gallery, Bellingham, Washington, ”Fakes and Forgeries” group

                                             Morlen Sinoway, Chicago, two-person show

                                             Aron Packer / NIU Gallery, Chicago, ”Who we are” group

                                             The Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, California, group

                                             Aron Packer, Chicago, “The Stamp and Coin Show” group

                                             The Greg Kucera Gallery, Art Fair / Navy Pier, Chicago, group

                                             Meredith Kelly Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, “The Stamp Man” solo

                              1997       The Augen Gallery, Seattle Art Fair, Seatle, Washington, group

                              1996       Meredith Kelly, Santa Fe, New Mexico, two-person show

                              1996       The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, “Ten Years Later” group

                                             Guadalupe Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, ”Nuestra Senora II” group

                                             Caffe Baci, Chicago,“The Creature Show” Project Navigator / Curator, group                               

                                             Suburban Fine Arts Center, Highland Park, Illinois, ”Day of the Dead” group

                                             Beverly Art Center, Chicago, group

                                             The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, ”Folktales” solo

                                             Art Fair / Caffe Bacci, Chicago, ”The Red Show” Project Navigator / Curator, group

                                             A.R.C. Gallery. Chicago, ”Multiples for the 1990’s” group

                             

Exhibitions:         1995       The Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago, ”Imaging Aztlan” group

                                             The Oskar Friedl Gallery, Chicago,”Stamp Art” two-person show

                                             The Oskar Friedl Gallery / Art Chicago - Navy Pier, Chicago, group

                                             Kozuch Gallery, Chicago, ”Klown” group

                                             The Second Presbyterian Church, Chicago, ”Ascension” group

                              1992       Kulturwalter, Frankfurt, Germany, group

                              1982       The Museum of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL  - Chicago Vicinity Exhibition  group

Publications:       2009       Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art by Jennie Hinchcliff and   

                                             Carolee Gilligan Wheeler published by Quarry Books ISBN: 978159253537-8

American Beauty by artist, published by Bad Press Books – Chicago 

Miniature Messages: The Semiotics and Politics of Latin American Postage Stamps by Jack Child published by Duke University Press ISBN: 9780822341994

                              2007       Art & Laughter by Sheri Klein / Publisher I.B. Tauris - New York – London

                                             ISBN: 978-1850439318

                              2005       The Washington Post, District of Columbia, May 15th

                                             The Chicago Tribune, Axis of Evil: The Secret History of Sin exhibition review

                                              by Alan Artner April 21st,

                                             The Chicago Reader, Axis of Evil: The Secret History of Sin exhibition review

                                              by Fred Camper April 15th.                                            

                                             The Chicago Sun-Times, April 12th /13th

                                             Associated Press (Synicated Nationally and Internationally) April13th

                                             Hoy, Chicago, IL, April 13th

                                             The Red Streak,  Chicago IL April12th

                                             The Columbia College Chronicle, Chicago, IL April 11th / 18th /25th

                                             The Chicago Journal, Chicago, IL  March 31st

                              2004       Axis of Evil: Perforated Praeter Naturam, published by Qualiatica Press, Chicago, IL  book-curator and navigator Michael Hernandez de Luna ISBN: 9780975309605

                                             The Chicago Tribune, Chicago, IL Packer show review Alan Artner, April 16th

                                             The New Gatekeepers published by National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia

                                             University, NY April ISBN: 978-0974638300

                                             Art & Antiques, New York City, January

                                             Reason, Los Angeles, CA - January

                                             Atomic, Los Angeles, CA - January

                              2003       Wild Chicago: The Companion Guidebook to the Wildly Popular Television Show By Will Clinger, Mindy Bell, Harvey Moshman ISBN: 0762708166

Publications:       2003       The Hearld Times, Bloomington, IN - October 24th

                                             The Houston Chronicle - July

                                             Print Magazine, New York - July issue

                                             ARTFORUM, New York - Summer issue

                                             Linns Stamp News, Sidney, OH - July

                                             The Boston Globe,  Boston, CT - Associated Press - July

                                             The Recorder, San Francisco, CA - July

                                             Washington Post, Washington D.C. - Friday, May 23rd

                                             CAC, Chicago Review on the Illgal Art Exhibition  URL, Chicago, May'

                              2002       Juxtapoz, San Fransico, CA - Nov / Dec issue

                                             Maxim, New York, September

                              2002       Bizarre, London, England March Uk issue, April US, Canadian Issue

                                             The Chicago Reader, Chicago, IL, February

                                             The Chicago Tribune, Chicago, IL, February

                              2001       The Chicago Tribune, ANTHRAX stamp has feds  going postal Nov. 19th, Sean Hamil

                                             Art in America, NY, review “Art at the Edge of the Law” November            

                                             ARTFORUM, NY, review “Art at the Edge of the Law” October                                 

                                             NY ARTS, NY “Art at the Edge of the Law” L.P. Streitfeld, July / August

                              ­­2000       The New York Times, NY “The Long Arm of the Law reaches into the Gallery”

                                              William Zimmer, July 15th

                                             The Advocate & Greenwich Times, NY,“Art at the Edge of the Law”  Breaks New                                            Ground, L.P. Streitfeld, July 15th

                                             The Fairfield County Weekly, CT ”Freedom by any other name” Elisa Flynn, July 12th

                                             PLAYBOY, Chicago, July issue,pg. 6

                                             Art Monthly, London, United Kingdom ”Stamp of Approval”Henry Lydiate, June

                                             Newsweek, New York,  NY., International editions,South America, Europe, Asia

                                                June 4th, issues

                                             Print Magazine, New York, NY May/ June

                                             Art at the Edge of the Law, Ridgefield, CT, catalog for the Aldrich Museum of

                                             Contemporary Art / D.A.P. Distributuion ISBN: 9781888332179                                

                                             Art in America / Art Forum / Art News, NY, NY,  advertisment image for Art at the

                                             Edge of the Law at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, June, July, August issues

                                             The Vancouver Sun, Vancouver, Canada May 26th Andrew Scott

                                             The Chicago Reader, Chicago May 4th

                                             New City, Chicago May 3rd                                            

                                             Art News, New York City, NY advertisment for Art at the Edge of the Law, May issue

                                             Portland Mercury, Portland, Oregon”Sexatblos” Karrin Ellertson April 12th

                                             The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon,“Can we laugh at sex yet, Rudy?” Don Hicks, April 8th

                                             The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, “Sensuous“ Don Hicks, March 30th

                                             New Art Examiner, Chicago, Memphis , Tennessee, REVIEW “Imposters” March

                                             UR, Chicago,”Art and Soul” Linde Brady, February, page 16

Publications:       2000       Inside, Chicago,”SurrealStamps pass for Real, Redefined Art” M. Corrado, Feb., page 4

                                             ARTISTAMPS published by Francobolli D’ Artista, Bertiolo, Italy - AAA Edizioni / James

                                             Felter

                                             The Stamp Art & Postal History of Michael Thompson & Michael Hernandez de

                                             Luna, by artist,  published Bad Press Books, Chicago, ISBN: 978-0967757216

                                             The Houston Chronicle, Houston, Texas ”Hispanic protesters call art exhibit gross,

                                             racist” Ed Ascher pg. 40

                                             El Dia, Houston, Texas”Sigue la polemica por los’SEXTABLOS’“ Elvia Luna, Nov. 5th   

                                             The Other, Houston, Texas “SEXTABLOS” Randy Woods, Nov.8th, pg. 10

                                             Nerve Magazine, New York

                                             Blab Magazine, Chicago, issue #15                 

                                             The Times-Picayne, New Orleans, LA “Erotic Art show puts fantasies down of tin” pg 29

                              1999       Gamit Weekly, New Orleans, LA “SEXTABLOS” D.E. Bookhardt, pg. 54

                                             Gallery Magazine, New York,“SEXTABLOS” Michael Hernandez deLuna, July issue

                                             The News, Mexico City, Mexico “Can Stamps Stand as Art” E.Weinstein, Jan. 30th, pg. 24

                                             Arte Postal hacia el nuevo milenio, Oaxaca, Mexico, catalog for the Museo de Flilatelia

                                             The Hyde Park Hearld, Chicago,“Center explores sexual taboos” C. Glatt, Sept.29th,

                                             Suntimes, Chicago, ”Carnal knowledge of the spirit” M. Hawkins, Sept. 10th, pg. 47

SEXTABLOS: Works on Metal” by artist published by Bad Press Books / Luna Books, Chicago Publisher & Creative Director, artist. ISBN: 0967757214

                                             News Journal, Manfield, Ohio,”Art Exhibit puts money, stamps in different light”

                                              K. Palmer, February

                              1998       Concerning Truth, Chicago,”MHDL gets Stamp of Approval” December, pg. 2

                                             Deutsch GQ, Munich, Germany”Markige Kunst” November - pg. 26

                                             Scott Stamp Monthly, Sidney, Ohio,”For Art’s Sake” Peter Martin, November

                                             Blender, Copenhaguen, Denmark,”Undergraven Filatel” September

                                             JUXTAPOZ, San Fransico, CA, ”Going Postal” Jamie O’Shea, Winter Issue #17, pg. 6

                                             WIRED, San Fransico, CA ”Return to Sender” Gareth Branwyn, September, pg. 68

                                             The Face, London, England, pg. 27, No. 18, July

                                             Details Magazine, New York, “Postcards from the Edgy” A. Santella, June, pg. 40

The San Fransico Chronicles, San Fransico, CA ”Artful Dodger ”Rob Haeseler, May \18th,  Section 1, pg. 3

                              1998       COMPEX 1998 Directory, Chicago,”The Stamp Art & Postal History of MT & MHDL”

                                             Charles Berg

                                             Linn’s Stamp News, Sidney, Ohio ,”USPD sends ultimatum to Chicago artists: stop      mailing fake stamps or be prosecuted” Rob Haeseler, April 20th pages: Cover & 16

                                             The Chicago Reader, Chicago,”Fun in Philatelly” Fred Camper, Mar. 13th, pg. 36    

                              1997       PLAYBOY Magazine, Chicago, February Issue, pg. 45

                                             The Chicago Tribume, Chicago, INC column”Un-Stuck” Herdejs / Condlin

                                             New City, Chicago,“Stamp Act” Frank Sennett, February 12th, pg 18

Publications:       1997       The Chicago Reader, Chicago,”Strange Denominations” The Stamp & Coin Show

                                             /Aron Packer gallery, Fred Camper, Section 1, pg. 35 / July 25th

                                             The Santa Fe New Mexican, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Pasatiempo section “Stamps of

                                             Approval” K. McCloud, April 4th, pg. 48-49

                              1996       ANODYNE, Portland, Oregon, “Bogus Art” S. Haigh, February  pg. 27

                                             The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, ”Art on the Upswing” Randy Gragg, February 5th

                                             Chicago Artists’ News, Chicago,”Four Chicago Printmakers” Victor M. Cassidy, Sept.                                                 HOTWIRED, San Fransico, CA,”Stamps, Stencils, Stickers”S. Borruso. August 16th

                              1995       The San Fransico Chronicles, San Fransico, CA, Datebook”The Art of Stamping and Leah 

                                             Garchik, pg E8, June 12th / Nationally Synicated

                                             EXITO, Chicago,”La Vida es una Broma” Alejandro Riera, June, pg. 33                                                                        

                                             La Raza, Chicago,”Cuentos escondidos en pinturas” Sonia Vasquez, section: Panarama,                                                            May 23rd, pg. 13

                                             The Chicago Reader, Chicago,”Double Identity” Berthat Husband, Jan. 26th, pag. 20     

                                             New City, Chicago,”Reclaiming Aztlan” Benjamin Ortiz, January

                                             New City, Chicago, Review: Imaging Aztlan - The Betty Rymer Gallery / Lisa Stein, Dec.                                                    The Associated Press, Chicago,”Phony Postage gets Stamp of Approval” Tara Burghard,                                                              June 11th, Nationally Syndicated

                                             The Chicago Tribune, Chicago,”Phony Postage Art gets Stamp of Approval and It Really

                                             Delivers” John O’Brien and Jon Anderson, June 8th, Cover Story

                              1994       Prinz Magazine, Frankfurt Germany, May, page 85

                              1993       Stadtteil-Rundshau West, Frankfurt, Germany,”Urswuchsuger Honky Tonk” Henning                                                    Eichler, March 1st

                              1992       Midi Libre, Nimes, France,”Preparez vos Tablettes” April 10th, W3

 

Media:                  2005       For the Axis of Evil : the Secret History of Sin art exhibition at Columbia College

                                             WFlD - FOX TV channel 32, Chicago, IL Evening and Morning News April 11th & 12th

                                             CNN Internationally Syndicated News  April 13th

                                             Fox Cable News Internationally Syndicated     April13th                             

                                             CLTV Cable News, Oak Brook, IL April 12th

                                             CBS - Channel 2 / Early Show Talk Show -  New York, NY (National) April 13th

                                             CBS - Channel 2 / Evening & Morning News April 12th & 13th

                                             NBC - Channel 5 / Evening & Morning News April 12h & 13th     

                                             ABC - Channel 7 / Evening & Morning News April 12th & 13th

                                             ABC - Channel 7 / Good Morning America, NY, NY Talk Show (National)13th

                                             WGN - Channel 9 / Evening & Morning News April 12th & 13th

                                             Telemundo, Television - channel 44 / Evening News April 12th

                                             B.B.C  London, England with Peter Thompson  April 13th

                                             B.B.C London, England -  5-Live talk show April 14th    

                                             WBEZ 91.5 FM National Public Radio,Chicago, IL Axis of Evil: the Secret History of Sin              

                              2004       WBEZ 91.5 FM National Public Radio,Chicago, Program: 8:45, Steve Edwards, March                                                 interview from the American Beauty exhibition at the Aron Packer gallery

                              2002       Channel 11 / WTTW Television, Chicago,”WILD CHICAGO” January  

                              2001       KBS, Korean Television, South Korea, October 23rd

                                             Channel 11 / WTTW Television, Chicago,”WILD CHICAGO” January  7th and 12th

                              2000       NBC / KPRC-TV channel 2, Houston Texas,”SEXTABLOS”Jose Luis Leal, Nov. 6th

Media:                  2000       WB-TV News channel 39, Houston, Texas,”SEXTABLOS” Elizabeth Lee, Nov. 5th

                                             ABC  / KTRK-TV channel 13, Houston, Texas,”SEXTABLOS” C. Cisneros, Nov. 4th & 5th

                                             CBS / KHOU-TV channel 11, Houston, Texas,“SEXTABLOS” J.ason Whitely, Nov. 4&5th

                                             UNIVISION / KXLN-TV ch 45, Houston, TX,”SEXTABLOS” Enrique Teujillo,  Nov. 5th

                                             UNIVISION / KXLN-TV ch 45, Houston, TX,”SEXTABLOS” Andrea Gomez, Nov. 4th

                              1999       WBEZ 91.5 FM National Public Radio,”SEXTABLOS” Tony Sarabia, August 27th

                              1998       Channel 11 / WTTW Television, Chicago, ”WILD CHICAGO” April 25th & 30th /January                                                 24th and 29th

                                             WPWR-TV channel 50, Chicago, ”Ben Loves Chicago” May 3rd

                                             WFLD-FOX TV channel 32, Chicago,”Stamped Out” nine o’clock evening news, Feb.17th

                              1997       TELEMUNDO Television - channel 44, Maimi, Florida - studio interview, June 10

                                             Channel 11 / WTTW Television, Chicago, ”WILD CHICAGO” January  7th and 12th

HOTWIRED: Wired Magazine Website,  http / www.hotwied.com
WFLD-FOX TV channel 32, Chicago, ”Fox Things in the Morning” The Red Show /

                                             Rostenkowski Stamps, May 8th                       

                              1995       WFLD-FOX TV channel 32, Chicago,”Phony Postage” nine o’ clock evening news, Jun .

                                             CNN / Cable News Network, New York,”Stamp Art” The Oskar Freidl Gallery,

                                             Internationally Syndicated, June 18th                             

                                             WFLD-FOX TV channel 32, Chicago, ”Fox Things in the Morning” Chicago Tribune

                                             Article, Bob Sirot, June 8th

 

Public Collections:            Stanford University Libraries

Department of Special Collections, Stanford, CA

                                             The Blackstone Hotel  - Chicago, IL

                                             The Mexican Museum, San Francisco, CA

                                             Artpool, Budapest, Hungary

                                             The Herbert Johnson Museum of Art – Cornell University – Ithaca, NY

                                             McCormick Convention Complex Art Collection, Chicago, IL                     

                                             The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

                                             Jeju Arts Foundation, Jeju, South Korea

                                             Museo de Filatelia, Oaxaca, Mexico                 

Philatelic Adventures

 

Exhibition Dates:  April 1 – May 14, 2016

 

Artist’s Reception:  Friday, April 1, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.

 

 

Carl Hammer Gallery is honored to present the thought provoking art work of venerable Chicagoan Michael Hernandez de Luna.  Though steeped in controversy, Hernandez de Luna’s activist’s vision largely concerns itself with satirically exposing contemporary social disorder and moral misconduct.  In this, his newest body of work, he continues, as he has in the past, not taking the road most traveled by.  This exhibition commemorates an abundance of topics concerned with politics, religion, and sex by infusing them with a variety of popular culture images and other media material. 

 

As if his subject matter isn’t unsettling enough, Michael Hernandez de Luna uses the largely inept mechanism of an American institution, namely the U.S. Postal Service, to serve as co-conspirator in his tour de force antics.  Creating beautifully and seamlessly realistic looking stamp pages on a computer, Hernandez de Luna then affixes one of the stamps to an appropriately selected recycled envelope, and, addressing it to himself, sends the envelope with newly minted stamp to any number of willing collaborators around the world to be posted and sent back to its maker, all bearing the cancellation marks of the country/countries from which and the hands through which it has traveled.  Aside from the artist’s mastery evidenced in one’s visual perception of the creative process, Hernandez de Luna’s artistry enters completely and successfully into the realm of performance.  Needless to say, the artist and his craft are often mistaken as criminal.  He and his work have been derogatively classified with an amazing array of descriptive tagging.  By operating from a personal conviction that no subject is taboo, Hernandez de Luna relentlessly piques at any social condition which has a festering appearance and draws our attention to its irony, its incorrectness, and ultimately, if unacknowledged, its destructiveness.