Brown Blue is a process based artwork that started at the beginning of the pandemic in May of 2021 (around the beginning of the pandemic) and culminated May 2022. I collected water gallons I bought over the pandemic and made into a sculpture to represent a marking in time by the vital consumption of water. Brown Blue is the antithesis to a work I created in 2018 titled Falling Up; unlike the hung bags full of water in 2018 this sculpture sits on the floor devoid of water and an ephemeral dissonance.
Sebastian Hernandez is an LA native and multi-disciplinary artist who received a B.A. in Art Practice and Dance and Performance Studies from California Berkeley in 2016. They make art that ranges from drawings to paintings and performance artworks. Hernandez employs a feminist theoretical analysis, queer theory, brownness and notions of collectivity as modes of thinking and generating works. Shifting and complicating Mexican and Chicano narratives in the contemporaneous social imagination.
Their artmaking is influenced by an embedded connection to their indigenous Aztec/Mexica heritage and the history of the brown body in relation to the U.S.-Mexico borderland. Sebastian's movement-based practice is informed by their long-standing practice of Danza Azteca, Vogue, and the more recent wide range of modern dance techniques they acquired at Cal. Sebastian's work inherently challenges traditional notions of space as they deal with their work's interdisciplinary nature within both art and dance contexts.