Saúl Hernández-Vargas There is nothing for us in the thickness

September 21, 2019 – December 22, 2019 Cecily E. Horton Gallery

About the Exhibition

In his series There is nothing for us in the thickness, Saul Hernandez-Vargas simultaneously recalls familial intimacy and political resistance with three square ceramic pieces made with distinct mud samples from the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Repurposing wax produced by his own grandfather’s practice as a jeweler in the 1960s, Hernandez-Vargas engages a deeply interpersonal narrative that further invites viewers to interrogate the Mexican State’s usage of nineteenth-century jewels to promote a homogenous identity and consequently a unified political identity. 

About the Artist

A Mexican visual artist, editor and non-fiction writer, Saul Hernandez-Vargas’s work operates in conjunction with his academic research and art practice. His current interests include speculative design, construction of histories, archives, and geology. He holds an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and is currently working on his Ph.D. at University of Houston. He was also an artist in residency at Nagoya University of Arts (Japan), Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (España), and FieldWork (Marfa, Tx). For 6 years, he has served as an editor for numerous publications in México, founding projects as Yagular Magazine and sur+ Ediciones. Additionally, he also worked as a professional lithography printer in the Taller de Artes Plásticas Rufino Tamayo and Taller La Chicana, in Oaxaca, Mexico, his home town.