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Voices: Arturo Herrera

Arturo Herrera

Monday, January 28, 2008
Gallery 400 Lecture Room
400 South Peoria Street

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Fragmenting, combining, and splicing images found in coloring books, cartoons, and fairy tales, Arturo Herrera s (born 1959) forms provocatively mine the viewer s unconscious to unleash dark psychological spaces. The artworks, crafted across a variety of media including collage, sculpture, relief, wall painting, photography, and wall hangings, recontextualize the source material to be purposely open-ended and elide clear borders. In this manner, Herrera investigates the history of modernist abstraction in which questions of the violence of figuration, subjectivity, and recollection are fruitfully engaged in a beautifully terrifying exchange.

Herrera s selected solo exhibitions include those at the Centre d Art Contemporain, Geneva; Centro Gallego de Arte Contempor neo, Santiago de Compostela, Spain; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Renaissance Society, Chicago; and MoMA/PS1, New York, among others.