Oh (or the birth of the Rocksteadys) 
a solo exhibition by Ricardo Morales-Hernandez
September 2015



Ella and El were the first ones, but not the only ones.
There were also all kinds of plants and animals, and water that flowed like a river.
It was perfect. Neither She nor He knew all about Salvatore. 
Far away, Fuckinger seemed to grasp the big picture.
It was the shoes that he hated the most. For him they were useless. 
Also, Ella & El were designed to multiply and that would cost him
land that he didn’t wanted to surrender and time he didn’t have.  

“Slippers,” —thought Fuckinger.
The master plan was looking partially good.

Ella & El deprived of their shoes and being seduced by the casual pink ballet slippers.
“Who doesn’t like Ballet,”—said Fuckinger to himself and his army (thinking of peacocks and swan lakes).  

Dancing was not the problem. 

If Salvatore didn’t watch everything, 
Fuckinger would come out abruptly to make the offer.
But Salvatore always pays attention. His eyes do not blink.
Knowing Salvatore, I think now that He was watching.

But the captain now had a big problem
and it was how to steal their shoes.”



Oh (or the birth of the Rocksteadys)
a solo exhibition by Ricardo Morales-Hernandez
La Productora, Santurce, Puerto Rico



In a simple and almost infantile “two-tone” (Black & White), Morales-Hernández creates stories thorough a prolific process of drawing and continuous graphic ordeal. Arraying digital drawings, charcoal/acrylic paintings and CNC engravings or sculptures to populate his multi-part stories. 

“Oh” (or the birth of the Rocksteadys) is the first chapter of a series of works put in display rediscovering the personal, political and cosmical arena of storytelling and visual representation. Taking into account the challenge to define experience in a global culture, “Oh”, also is in the words of the author; “the present onomatopoeic condition” and the typological surprise of a simultaneous personal and universal narrative. “Oh” is also the name of a vector file available in his personal website as part of the exhibition. This as others Morales-Hernández files can be collected, executed and performed in any venue with a set of instructions.

The practice of Ricardo Morales-Hernández(b.1980) consists in representing a personal, political and cosmic narrative. He uses analog, digital and biological media with a main focus in drawing. His works in occasions are fed by participative practices of  volunteers on internet, in nomad workshops in Europe or Latin America. Historical relations can be traced from: primitive markings, medieval marginalia, neo-expressionism, concrete art , conceptual and post-digital aesthetics while at the same time questioning the dominant discourses of contemporary art. He deserted studies in Media Arts, Religion and Social Sciences. Had been recipient of multiples residencies and awards among them AIR–CPW- Andy Warhol Foundation,National Endowment for the Arts, and the Center for Image Science in Austria. Currently he works from San Juan, Puerto Rico.


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