Artist and curator Jillian Hernandez is showing how women take the ordinary and make it extraordinary at her group show Everyday Charms screening at O Cinema. Though, she says there's no specific gender component to the exhibition, all the artists happen to be women. The videos she's chosen to screen will have you thinking about the way everyday things can be made magical. The works also lend a critical eye to how certain everyday things are done.
Hernandez told us, "The way I approach curating is I have really close relationships with artists and what I like to do is give them the means to show the new stuff they're working on."
Miami based artist Susan Lee Chun's video shows both her and her mother making the typical Korean dish kimchi. Hernandez says, "You can see how much better her mom is at it, no matter what the instructions are, and kind of the struggle with it." It explores generational and cultural differences, taking an intimate peek at a very specific ritual of womanhood.
Hernandez wants people to come away seeing, "everyday things they do as a creative process." Not just the typical stuff, but you can be creative with, she says, "the text message you sent, the outfit you put together, or way you respond to an email." Everyday life can be a creative process.
Other artists she's excited to introduce Miamians to are Shana Moulton who, she notes, "re-imagines domestic spaces and home healing therapies into surreal and psychedelic narratives," and Amber Boardman
, who works with voicemail based videos.
Hernandez is a Ph.D candidate researching contemporary art by women and girls in Miami. She explores sexuality and embodiment, especially looking at how young women express their sexuality. In the vein of artist Luis Gispert, who, she says, "takes inspiration from girls' fashion, girls of color, primarily." She's also an independent curator, and is showing at an all-female exhibition at Fountain Art Fair called Prettier Than Everything, where artists respond to what it means to be pretty and attempt to pervert our notions of it.
Hernandez is also the outreach coordinator at MOCA and runs the Women on the Rise program which she created in 2004. She and other local, female artists teach at-risk girls about contemporary female artists. They offer the girls education on contemporary female artists and also provide them with, she notes, "ways to make their own images and make their own representations and also just to have a good time." Everyday Charms runs along the same lines, offering women a way to express their everyday lives as something less profane, and somehow sacred.
Everyday Charms is up now O Cinema featuring works by Amber Boardman, Susan Lee Chun, Disorientalism (Katherine Behar & Marianne Kim), Crystal Pearl Molinary, Shana Moulton, Ali Prosch, TM Sisters, and Jen Stark. This Saturday and Sunday, Hernandez is also monitoring Women Art Revolution!, directed by Lynn Hersham Leeson at 90 NW 29th Street.
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