Instopia

28 Apr 2021 — 12 Jun 2021

Diango Hernández Mujer esperando, 2021, Pure pigments and acrylic on coated cotton, 188 x 140 cm, Courtesy Galerie Barbara Thumm
Diango Hernández Mujer esperando, 2021, Pure pigments and acrylic on coated cotton, 188 x 140 cm, Courtesy Galerie Barbara Thumm
Galerie Barbara Thumm presents Instopia, Diango Hernández’s sixth solo show at the gallery.
Instopia is a radical and timely show for this moment of flux in which the boundary between the virtual and physical worlds is becoming increasingly porous. It is the first physical manifestation of Instopia, Hernández’s Instagram art project, begun in 2015, which he explains thus:
"The process begins with me finding an image of one of these luxurious spaces on Instagram or online. Then I design a virtual artwork, it could be painting, a mural or a sculpture, that I think would look perfect in that particular, photographed space. Then I digitally place my artwork into the image of that space and post up this new picture onto my Instagram account. The work only becomes Instopia only when makes you believe that it’s 'real’.”
At Galerie Barbara Thumm, Hernández, for the first time, exhibits paintings and sculptures that began their existence as virtual objects within his Instopia.
Nick Hackworth