Galleria Franco Noero

10154, TORINO

Arturo Herrera
Solo show

02 April — 16 May 2009

For his second solo exhibition in Torino at Galleria Franco Noero, Arturo Herrera continues to intervene into a variety of popular culture sources to critically ask the legibility and effectiveness of abstract forms at large.

Attempting to redefine the relation between recognizable appropriated images and modernism, the artist taps into a collectively accessible set of meanings to articulate them differently. The new definition or reorganization of the fragments of the modernist abstraction project proposes another condition: that of being neither legible nor abstract.

Embracing both mass culture and modernist strategies such as fragmentation and re-composition, the artist delves into an area full of associations that he hopes to make meaningful for public evidence. Herreraʼs polluted abstract art combines the easy legibility of everyday sources and the critical opacity of abstraction to propose another dissected and contradictory reality. In collages, cut felts, photography and wall paintings, the artist sets up a never solved tension between perception and recognition. More than eradicating and fragmenting the image, Herrera dislocates and fragments abstractionʼs legibility.

Herreraʼs project for the gallery includes several series of small and large scale collages. A eight meter felt and a wall drawing. All the elements in the exhibition propose a dialogue with Casa Scaccabarozziʼs domestic past and current use as partial home and art gallery. Itʼs layering of floors and private histories recall the essential aspect of collage of juxtaposing the unrelated to suggest relationships among fragments.

In Piazza Santa Giulia the artist proposes an installation of three large scale collages adapted to the architectural proportions of the project space. The images taken from found book clippings were enlarged to probe the readability of seemingly monumental abstract shapes, suggesting a sense of unfamiliarity rich with associations and ambiguity.


Arturo Herrera (Caracas, Venezuela, 1959) lives and works both in Berlin and in New York. Among his most recent public solo exhibitions: Castles, Dwarfs, and Happychaps, The Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield - CT; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Kettle!s Yard, Cambridge (2007). Among group exhibitions: Prospect.1 New Orleans, New Orleans (2008); Perspectives in Latin American Art, 1930-2006: Selections from a Decade of Acquisitions, MoMA, New York (2007). His most recent solo shows in private Galleries are at Galeria Fortes Vilaça, San Paolo; Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York (2008); Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (2006).

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