Rodrigo Hernández

'A Moth to a Flame'

In his practice, artist Rodrigo Hernández revitalizes questions posed by the avant-garde, dynamically infusing his formal vocabulary with metaphysical meditations informed by dreams, poetry, and history. Hernández explores cultural points of contact where prehistoric depictions of the human body connect with 20th-century movements like surrealism and futurism. Often playing with immersive installations, he investigates the tension between two-dimensional forms and their environments.

Signature image for Rodrigo Hernández exhibition
Rodrigo Hernández, O mundo real não alça voo (The real world does not take flight), installation detail, Pivô, São Paulo, Brazil, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon, Portugal.

In A Moth to a Flame, Hernández presents new works specially commissioned for the exhibition that explore the idea launched by Filippo Marinetti in the Manifesto of Futurism: "movement destroys the materiality of bodies." The exhibition refers to two other works that present different takes on materiality, movement, and the body: the novel A Moth to a Flame by Swedish author Stig Dagerman and Animal Locomotion, a work in the SCAD Permanent Collection by Eadweard Muybridge, a pioneering artist whose photographic studies of movement at the turn of the 19th century have become defining works.

Hernández’s recent solo exhibitions have been presented at venues including Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City; Pivô, São Paulo, Brazil; Kunsthalle Winterthur, Switzerland; Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Art Basel Statements; SALTS, Basel, Switzerland; Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon; Kim? Contemporary Art Center, Riga, Latvia; Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg, Germany; kurimanzutto, Mexico City; Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City; Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, the Netherlands; and Parallel Oaxaca, Mexico.

The exhibition is presented as part of SCAD deFINE ART 2020, the university's annual program of exhibitions, lectures, and performances held Feb. 18–20 at locations in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia.

Install Views


A Moth to a Flame is curated by Humberto Moro, adjunct curator for SCAD exhibitions.

Museum Admission

The exhibition is free for museum members and SCAD students, faculty, and staff with a valid SCAD Card and open to the public with the cost of museum admission.

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