Título: Arturo Herrara - Boy And Dwarf
Condición del libro: Brand New
A young boy and a dwarf give this book its title, but at first glance, it's hard to make out anything like them in Arturo Herrera's collages. Only a closer look will reveal the telling details in the work's rich texture: the bellows of an accordion, a dwarf's cap. Are these pictures representational or abstract? According to Herrera, "The challenge is, how can an image so recognizable, like a dwarf, have another meaning that I impose on it? Is it possible? Can I make something so clear ambiguous? Can I uproot it?" He can: The ambiguity of his collages slows down the gaze so that the figurative and the abstract cease to be simple opposites. And the repeated motif gives the eye free rein to study the method and virtuosity of Herrera's take on abstraction. This recent series of 74 large-format collage works on paper is based on two comic figures: an old dwarf and a young boy who plays accordion. The "front views" come from a children's coloring book, and Herrera commissioned an illustrator to draw "back views" of the figures. These are blown up, colored in and then layered with complex collage structures until the images almost disappear beneath the vivid surface abstraction.About the Author:
Arturo Herrera was born in 1959 in Caracas, Venezuela. Solo and project-based exhibitions of his work have been held at Brent Sikkema Gallery in New York, the ICA Philadelphia, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, P.S.1 in New York, and The Renaissance Society of the University of Chicago, as well as on the website of the Dia Art Center. He is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, ArtPace, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation. Herrera is currently an artist resident at the DAAD in Berlin.
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