1978 - 1983          

The School of the Art Institute / Degree, Bachelor of Fine Art, 1988, Chicago

1976 - 1978           Columbia College, Chicago / Photography



Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, Illinois



2007       Governors International Grant - Hungary

2001       Governors International Grant - South Korea

2000       Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Grant

1997       Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Grant



2016       Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL Chicago solo show: “Philatelic Adventures”,

April 1 – May 14, 2016

2015       The Metro Show, New York, NY, Carl Hammer Gallery, January

2014       Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL Chicago Art Fair, September

Amory Show, New York, NY, Carl Hammer Gallery, March

2013       Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL Chicago Art Fair, September

Amory Show, New York, NY, Carl Hammer Gallery, March

2012       Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL solo show: “Back from the Dead”, October

Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL Gallery Artist Group Show / January

2011     111 Minna Gallery,  San Francisco, CA Last Gasp 40th Anniversary Art Show / March

2010       Vierter Stock Projektraum (VS) Berlin, Germany, Hey Baby, mochtest Du meine

Briefmarkensammlung sehen? “solo” November / January 2011

Artropolis Art Fair, Chicago, IL represented by Carl Hammer – Chicago IL,

Philip Slein - St Louis MO, and Jim Kempner Fine Art – New York City, April / May

Philip Slein Gallery, St. Louis MO A Tigers Tale “solo” March/April

2009       Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York, New York, Ink Art Fair, Miami, FL - December

Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL “30 Year Anniversary” /September - October

OMR, Mexico City, Mexico “(SIC)” group / July - August

Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL Chicago Art Fair, April /May       

2008       Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL  “Reflection on the Subversive Elements of Life”

Solo / September

Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL Chicago Art Fair, April / Ma

The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago “Horns, Hooves, Wings, Fins, and Tails”    

group- from the collection / January

2007       Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL “Consuming War” group. November

Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL “New Takes” gallery artist show, July

Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL Chicago Art Fair, April / May

Haydee Rovirosa Gallery, New York, NY “Media Astra”  group. June

Haydee Rovirosa Gallery, New York, NY ZonaMaco Art Fair, Mexico City, April

Lubeznik Art Center, Michigan City, IN,“Latino Impressions: Portraits of a Culture”

The Museum of Fine Art, Budapest, Hungary “Parastamp - Four Decades of Artistamp

from  Fluxus to Internet” group. March – June

San Francisco Mexican Museum, San Francisco, CA Colección Tequila Don Julio

Traveling  exhibition: White Box, New York, New York, Jan. / New World Museum

Houston TX, March, /Aldo Castillo Gallery, Chicago, IL, April / L.AC.E. LA, CA  June.  


2006       Westport Art Center, Westport, Connecticut “Global” group, November - December

Augen Gallery, Portland, Oregon - solo, October

Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon, “Illegal Art” group, September

Pierogi 2000 Gallery, Brooklyn, New York Flat files /wall -Summer show

Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL, “Illegal Art” group, February – April


2005       Lawton Gallery - The University of WI, Green Bay, “Axis of Evil,” group. September

The Glass Curtian Gallery – Columbia College, Chicago IL, CA Project Navigator / Curator “Axis of Evil”, grp. April                                     

Diverse Works, Houston, Texas, “Thought Crimes” group - April

Nexus Foundation, Philadelphia, PA,  Axis of Evil, group.  March /Curator & Navigator,

Galerie W,  Heiden, Switzerland “3 Amerikaner” group, February


2004       The Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, “American Beauty” March - April solo / reviewed

The Chicago Tribune, Alan Artner

The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA Project Navigator / Curator

“SEXTABLOS“ - Jan - Apr, group /catalog                                    



2003       University of Indiana, Bloomington, Indiana - “Coming to terms with this everyday”                                 

Nexus Foundation, Philadelphia, PA “Illegal Art: freedom of expression  in the

Corporate age” group

Espace Beauregard, Paris, France “ Paris Fantasmes” group

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Artist Gallery, CA”Illegal Art” group

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago - Guest Curator “STAMP! Artist Postage

Stamps & Books from the Collections of the MCA & Bad Press Books”

Gaea Foundation, Washington D.C. ”Illegal Art” group / Reviewed Washington Post

The Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago,”Politics as Usual” group

Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago “Zounds” group / Reviewed URL

In These Times, Chicago “Illegal Art: freedom of expression in the corporate age” group


The Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI, “The Stamp Art & Postal
History of...” (Catalog)

The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, “XICAGO”, group


2001       The Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, group

The International Museum “Olympus Center”, Moscow, Russia “ FATHERLAND –

MOTHERLAND “ group (Catalog)

Jeju Cultural Art Center, Jeju City, South Korea”Peace Island” group (Catalog)

University Art Gallery, Central Michigan, Mt. Pleasant, MI ”The Truth of Appearances” group

Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT, “Art at the Edge of the Law”

group (Catalog)

Oregon State University

Augen Gallery, Portland, OR, Project Navigator / Curator “SEXTABLOS“ group    

Anchor Graphics, Chicago group

Print Makers Collabortive, Chicago,”The Stamp Show”

Lyonsweir Packer Gallery, Chicago,“The Miami Art Expo” group

Barrister Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana


2000       The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, “MULTIPLICITY” group

Red Bud Gallery, Houston, Texas, Project Navigator /Curator, “SEXTABLOS” group

Kittredge Gallery, Tacoma, WA, “The Stamp Art & Postal History of MT & MHDL”

The University of Memphis Art Museum, Memphis, Tennessee, “Imposters”

Barrister Gallery, New Orleans, LA, Project Navigator /Curator, “SEXTABLOS“ group         

Museo de Filatelia, Oaxaca, Mexico, “Arte Postal” (Catalog)

Blue Rider Theatre, Chicago, “The Trouble with Peggy: Pieces of Guggenhiem” group

Oskar Friedl Gallery, Chicago, “A Decade of Vision” group

United States Post Office, Pilsen Station, Chicago - solo performance


Exhibitions:         `

1999       Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, “SEXTABLOS” Project Navigator / Curator, grp (Catg)

Lovely Fine Art, Oakbrook, Illinois,“MHDL” solo

Art Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago,“Art Papers, Atlanta GA” Guerilla booth

Noyes Arts Center, Evanston, Illinois, “Story and Subtext” group

Fluxus Museum, Wiesbaden, Germany, “Augenblick Blinks” solo performance

Portland Old Town Arts Cultural Foundation, Portland, Oregon “Seeing Money group.

The Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, “The Bug Show” group

The Augen Gallery, Portland, Oregon, two-person show

The Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, group


1998       The Pearl Conard Gallery, Ohio State University, Manfield, Ohio, group

TBA, UIC 400 Gallery, 1926, Chicago, “Concerning Truth” 3 venue group show

The Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, group

The Judy A. Saslow Gallery, Chicago, group

Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, Wisconsin, “Looking Twice” two-person show


1998       The Columbia College Gallery, Chicago, “Mascaras” group

COMPEX Rosemont Horizon Convention Center, Rosemont, IL ,“Fun in Philately” grp

Caffe Baci, Chicago, “The Velvet Show” Project Navigator / Curator, group

The Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA, “The Perforated Edge” two-person show

VU Gallery, Bellingham, Washington, ”Fakes and Forgeries” group

Morlen Sinoway, Chicago, two-person show

Aron Packer / NIU Gallery, Chicago, ”Who we are” group

The Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, California, group

Aron Packer, Chicago, “The Stamp and Coin Show” group

The Greg Kucera Gallery, Art Fair / Navy Pier, Chicago, group

Meredith Kelly Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, “The Stamp Man” solo


1997       The Augen Gallery, Seattle Art Fair, Seatle, Washington, group


1996       Meredith Kelly, Santa Fe, New Mexico, two-person show


1996       The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, “Ten Years Later” group

Guadalupe Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, ”Nuestra Senora II” group

Caffe Baci, Chicago,“The Creature Show” Project Navigator / Curator, group                                        

Suburban Fine Arts Center, Highland Park, Illinois, ”Day of the Dead” group

Beverly Art Center, Chicago, group

The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, ”Folktales” solo

Art Fair / Caffe Bacci, Chicago, ”The Red Show” Project Navigator / Curator, group

A.R.C. Gallery. Chicago, ”Multiples for the 1990’s” group




The Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago, ”Imaging Aztlan” group

The Oskar Friedl Gallery, Chicago,”Stamp Art” two-person show

The Oskar Friedl Gallery / Art Chicago - Navy Pier, Chicago, group

Kozuch Gallery, Chicago, ”Klown” group

The Second Presbyterian Church, Chicago, ”Ascension” group


1992       Kulturwalter, Frankfurt, Germany, group


1982       The Museum of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL  - Chicago Vicinity Exhibition  group



2009       Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art by Jennie Hinchcliff and   

Carolee Gilligan Wheeler published by Quarry Books ISBN: 978159253537-8

American Beauty by artist, published by Bad Press Books – Chicago 

ISBN: 9780967757223

Miniature Messages: The Semiotics and Politics of Latin American Postage Stamps

by Jack Child published by Duke University Press ISBN: 9780822341994

2007       Art & Laughter by Sheri Klein / Publisher I.B. Tauris - New York – London

ISBN: 978-1850439318

2005       The Washington Post, District of Columbia, May 15th

The Chicago Tribune, Axis of Evil: The Secret History of Sin exhibition review

by Alan Artner April 21st,

The Chicago Reader, Axis of Evil: The Secret History of Sin exhibition review

by Fred Camper April 15th.                              

The Chicago Sun-Times, April 12th /13th

Associated Press (Synicated Nationally and Internationally) April13th

Hoy, Chicago, IL, April 13th

The Red Streak,  Chicago IL April12th

The Columbia College Chronicle, Chicago, IL April 11th / 18th /25th

The Chicago Journal, Chicago, IL  March 31st

2004       Axis of Evil: Perforated Praeter Naturam, published by Qualiatica Press,

Chicago, IL  book-curator and navigator Michael Hernandez de Luna ISBN: 9780975309605

The Chicago Tribune, Chicago, IL Packer show review Alan Artner, April 16th

The New Gatekeepers published by National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia

University, NY April ISBN: 978-0974638300

Art & Antiques, New York City, January

Reason, Los Angeles, CA - January

Atomic, Los Angeles, CA - January

2003       Wild Chicago: The Companion Guidebook to the Wildly Popular Television Show 

By Will Clinger, Mindy Bell, Harvey Moshman ISBN: 0762708166


2003       The Hearld Times, Bloomington, IN - October 24th

The Houston Chronicle - July

Print Magazine, New York - July issue

ARTFORUM, New York - Summer issue

Linns Stamp News, Sidney, OH - July

The Boston Globe,  Boston, CT - Associated Press - July

The Recorder, San Francisco, CA - July

Washington Post, Washington D.C. - Friday, May 23rd

CAC, Chicago Review on the Illgal Art Exhibition  URL, Chicago, May'

2002       Juxtapoz, San Fransico, CA - Nov / Dec issue

Maxim, New York, September

2002       Bizarre, London, England March Uk issue, April US, Canadian Issue

The Chicago Reader, Chicago, IL, February

The Chicago Tribune, Chicago, IL, February

2001       The Chicago Tribune, ANTHRAX stamp has feds  going postal Nov. 19th, Sean Hamil

Art in America, NY, review “Art at the Edge of the Law” November            

ARTFORUM, NY, review “Art at the Edge of the Law” October                                 

NY ARTS, NY “Art at the Edge of the Law” L.P. Streitfeld, July / August

­­2000       The New York Times, NY “The Long Arm of the Law reaches into the Gallery”

William Zimmer, July 15th

The Advocate & Greenwich Times, NY,“Art at the Edge of the Law”  Breaks New                                                    

Ground, L.P. Streitfeld, July 15th

The Fairfield County Weekly, CT ”Freedom by any other name” Elisa Flynn, July 12th

PLAYBOY, Chicago, July issue,pg. 6

Art Monthly, London, United Kingdom ”Stamp of Approval”Henry Lydiate, June

Newsweek, New York,  NY., International editions,South America, Europe, Asia

June 4th, issues

Print Magazine, New York, NY May/ June

Art at the Edge of the Law, Ridgefield, CT, catalog for the Aldrich Museum of

Contemporary Art / D.A.P. Distributuion ISBN: 9781888332179                                

Art in America / Art Forum / Art News, NY, NY,  advertisment image for Art at the

Edge of the Law at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, June, July, August issues

The Vancouver Sun, Vancouver, Canada May 26th Andrew Scott

The Chicago Reader, Chicago May 4th

New City, Chicago May 3rd                                            

Art News, New York City, NY advertisment for Art at the Edge of the Law, May issue

Portland Mercury, Portland, Oregon”Sexatblos” Karrin Ellertson April 12th

The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon,“Can we laugh at sex yet, Rudy?” Don Hicks, April 8th

The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, “Sensuous“ Don Hicks, March 30th

New Art Examiner, Chicago, Memphis , Tennessee, REVIEW “Imposters” March

UR, Chicago,”Art and Soul” Linde Brady, February, page 16


2000       Inside, Chicago,”SurrealStamps pass for Real, Redefined Art” M. Corrado, Feb., page 4

ARTISTAMPS published by Francobolli D’ Artista, Bertiolo, Italy - AAA Edizioni / James Felter

The Stamp Art & Postal History of Michael Thompson & Michael Hernandez de Luna,

by artist, published Bad Press Books, Chicago, ISBN: 978-0967757216

The Houston Chronicle, Houston, Texas ”Hispanic protesters call art exhibit gross, racist” Ed Ascher pg. 40

El Dia, Houston, Texas”Sigue la polemica por los’SEXTABLOS’“ Elvia Luna, Nov. 5th

The Other, Houston, Texas “SEXTABLOS” Randy Woods, Nov.8th, pg. 10

Nerve Magazine, New York

Blab Magazine, Chicago, issue #15                 

The Times-Picayne, New Orleans, LA “Erotic Art show puts fantasies down of tin” pg 29

1999       Gamit Weekly, New Orleans, LA “SEXTABLOS” D.E. Bookhardt, pg. 54

Gallery Magazine, New York,“SEXTABLOS” Michael Hernandez deLuna, July issue

The News, Mexico City, Mexico “Can Stamps Stand as Art” E.Weinstein, Jan. 30th, pg. 24

Arte Postal hacia el nuevo milenio, Oaxaca, Mexico, catalog for the Museo de Flilatelia

The Hyde Park Hearld, Chicago,“Center explores sexual taboos” C. Glatt, Sept.29th,

Suntimes, Chicago, ”Carnal knowledge of the spirit” M. Hawkins, Sept. 10th, pg. 47

SEXTABLOS: Works on Metal” by artist published by Bad Press Books / Luna Books,

Chicago Publisher & Creative Director, artist. ISBN: 0967757214

News Journal, Manfield, Ohio,”Art Exhibit puts money, stamps in different light”

K. Palmer, February

1998       Concerning Truth, Chicago,”MHDL gets Stamp of Approval” December, pg. 2

Deutsch GQ, Munich, Germany”Markige Kunst” November - pg. 26

Scott Stamp Monthly, Sidney, Ohio,”For Art’s Sake” Peter Martin, November

Blender, Copenhaguen, Denmark,”Undergraven Filatel” September

JUXTAPOZ, San Fransico, CA, ”Going Postal” Jamie O’Shea, Winter Issue #17, pg. 6

WIRED, San Fransico, CA ”Return to Sender” Gareth Branwyn, September, pg. 68

The Face, London, England, pg. 27, No. 18, July

Details Magazine, New York, “Postcards from the Edgy” A. Santella, June, pg. 40

The San Fransico Chronicles, San Fransico, CA ”Artful Dodger ”Rob Haeseler, May \18th,  Section 1, pg. 3

1998       COMPEX 1998 Directory, Chicago,”The Stamp Art & Postal History of MT & MHDL” Charles Berg

Linn’s Stamp News, Sidney, Ohio ,”USPD sends ultimatum to Chicago artists:

stop mailing fake stamps or be prosecuted” Rob Haeseler, April 20th pages: Cover & 16

The Chicago Reader, Chicago,”Fun in Philatelly” Fred Camper, Mar. 13th, pg. 36    

1997       PLAYBOY Magazine, Chicago, February Issue, pg. 45

The Chicago Tribume, Chicago, INC column”Un-Stuck” Herdejs / Condlin

New City, Chicago,“Stamp Act” Frank Sennett, February 12th, pg 18


1997       The Chicago Reader, Chicago,”Strange Denominations” The Stamp & Coin Show

/Aron Packer gallery, Fred Camper, Section 1, pg. 35 / July 25th

The Santa Fe New Mexican, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Pasatiempo section “Stamps of

Approval” K. McCloud, April 4th, pg. 48-49

1996       ANODYNE, Portland, Oregon, “Bogus Art” S. Haigh, February  pg. 27

The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, ”Art on the Upswing” Randy Gragg, February 5th

Chicago Artists’ News, Chicago,”Four Chicago Printmakers” Victor M. Cassidy, Sept.                                                

HOTWIRED, San Fransico, CA,”Stamps, Stencils, Stickers”S. Borruso. August 16th

1995       The San Fransico Chronicles, San Fransico, CA, Datebook”The Art of Stamping and Leah 

Garchik, pg E8, June 12th / Nationally Synicated

EXITO, Chicago,”La Vida es una Broma” Alejandro Riera, June, pg. 33                                                                        

La Raza, Chicago,”Cuentos escondidos en pinturas” Sonia Vasquez, section: Panarama, May 23rd, pg. 13

The Chicago Reader, Chicago,”Double Identity” Berthat Husband, Jan. 26th, pag. 20             

New City, Chicago,”Reclaiming Aztlan” Benjamin Ortiz, January

New City, Chicago, Review: Imaging Aztlan - The Betty Rymer Gallery / Lisa Stein, Dec.                                           

The Associated Press, Chicago,”Phony Postage gets Stamp of Approval”

Tara Burghard, June 11th, Nationally Syndicated

The Chicago Tribune, Chicago,”Phony Postage Art gets Stamp of Approval and It Really

Delivers” John O’Brien and Jon Anderson, June 8th, Cover Story

1994       Prinz Magazine, Frankfurt Germany, May, page 85

1993       Stadtteil-Rundshau West, Frankfurt, Germany,”Urswuchsuger Honky Tonk” Henning Eichler, March 1st

1992       Midi Libre, Nimes, France,”Preparez vos Tablettes” April 10th, W3



2005       For the Axis of Evil : the Secret History of Sin art exhibition at Columbia College

WFlD - FOX TV channel 32, Chicago, IL Evening and Morning News April 11th & 12th

CNN Internationally Syndicated News  April 13th

Fox Cable News Internationally Syndicated     April13th                             

CLTV Cable News, Oak Brook, IL April 12th

CBS - Channel 2 / Early Show Talk Show -  New York, NY (National) April 13th

CBS - Channel 2 / Evening & Morning News April 12th & 13th

NBC - Channel 5 / Evening & Morning News April 12h & 13th     

ABC - Channel 7 / Evening & Morning News April 12th & 13th

ABC - Channel 7 / Good Morning America, NY, NY Talk Show (National)13th

WGN - Channel 9 / Evening & Morning News April 12th & 13th

Telemundo, Television - channel 44 / Evening News April 12th

B.B.C  London, England with Peter Thompson  April 13th

B.B.C London, England -  5-Live talk show April 14th    

WBEZ 91.5 FM National Public Radio,Chicago, IL Axis of Evil: the Secret History of Sin        

2004       WBEZ 91.5 FM National Public Radio,Chicago, Program: 8:45, Steve Edwards,

March interview from the American Beauty exhibition at the Aron Packer gallery

2002       Channel 11 / WTTW Television, Chicago,”WILD CHICAGO” January  

2001       KBS, Korean Television, South Korea, October 23rd

Channel 11 / WTTW Television, Chicago,”WILD CHICAGO” January  7th and 12th

2000       NBC / KPRC-TV channel 2, Houston Texas,”SEXTABLOS”Jose Luis Leal, Nov. 6th


2000       WB-TV News channel 39, Houston, Texas,”SEXTABLOS” Elizabeth Lee, Nov. 5th

ABC  / KTRK-TV channel 13, Houston, Texas,”SEXTABLOS” C. Cisneros, Nov. 4th & 5th

CBS / KHOU-TV channel 11, Houston, Texas,“SEXTABLOS” J.ason Whitely, Nov. 4&5th

UNIVISION / KXLN-TV ch 45, Houston, TX,”SEXTABLOS” Enrique Teujillo,  Nov. 5th

UNIVISION / KXLN-TV ch 45, Houston, TX,”SEXTABLOS” Andrea Gomez, Nov. 4th

1999       WBEZ 91.5 FM National Public Radio,”SEXTABLOS” Tony Sarabia, August 27th

1998       Channel 11 / WTTW Television, Chicago, ”WILD CHICAGO” April 25th & 30th /January 24th and 29th

WPWR-TV channel 50, Chicago, ”Ben Loves Chicago” May 3rd

WFLD-FOX TV channel 32, Chicago,”Stamped Out” nine o’clock evening news, Feb.17th

1997       TELEMUNDO Television - channel 44, Maimi, Florida - studio interview, June 10

Channel 11 / WTTW Television, Chicago, ”WILD CHICAGO” January  7th and 12th

1996       HOTWIRED: Wired Magazine Website,  http /

1997       WFLD-FOX TV channel 32, Chicago, ”Fox Things in the Morning” The Red Show /

Rostenkowski Stamps, May 8th                       

1995       WFLD-FOX TV channel 32, Chicago,”Phony Postage” nine o’ clock evening news, Jun .

CNN / Cable News Network, New York,”Stamp Art” The Oskar Freidl Gallery,

Internationally Syndicated, June 18th                             

WFLD-FOX TV channel 32, Chicago, ”Fox Things in the Morning” Chicago Tribune

Article, Bob Sirot, June 8th


Public Collections:           

Stanford University Libraries

Department of Special Collections, Stanford, CA

The Blackstone Hotel  - Chicago, IL

The Mexican Museum, San Francisco, CA

Artpool, Budapest, Hungary

The Herbert Johnson Museum of Art – Cornell University – Ithaca, NY

McCormick Convention Complex Art Collection, Chicago, IL                     

The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

Jeju Arts Foundation, Jeju, South Korea

Museo de Filatelia, Oaxaca, Mexico                 

Philatelic Adventures


Exhibition Dates:  April 1 – May 14, 2016


Artist’s Reception:  Friday, April 1, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.



Carl Hammer Gallery is honored to present the thought provoking art work of venerable Chicagoan Michael Hernandez de Luna.  Though steeped in controversy, Hernandez de Luna’s activist’s vision largely concerns itself with satirically exposing contemporary social disorder and moral misconduct.  In this, his newest body of work, he continues, as he has in the past, not taking the road most traveled by.  This exhibition commemorates an abundance of topics concerned with politics, religion, and sex by infusing them with a variety of popular culture images and other media material. 


As if his subject matter isn’t unsettling enough, Michael Hernandez de Luna uses the largely inept mechanism of an American institution, namely the U.S. Postal Service, to serve as co-conspirator in his tour de force antics.  Creating beautifully and seamlessly realistic looking stamp pages on a computer, Hernandez de Luna then affixes one of the stamps to an appropriately selected recycled envelope, and, addressing it to himself, sends the envelope with newly minted stamp to any number of willing collaborators around the world to be posted and sent back to its maker, all bearing the cancellation marks of the country/countries from which and the hands through which it has traveled.  Aside from the artist’s mastery evidenced in one’s visual perception of the creative process, Hernandez de Luna’s artistry enters completely and successfully into the realm of performance.  Needless to say, the artist and his craft are often mistaken as criminal.  He and his work have been derogatively classified with an amazing array of descriptive tagging.  By operating from a personal conviction that no subject is taboo, Hernandez de Luna relentlessly piques at any social condition which has a festering appearance and draws our attention to its irony, its incorrectness, and ultimately, if unacknowledged, its destructiveness.