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Arturo Herrera

Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

Arturo Herrera’s cryptic work coaxes us deep into psychologial woods, where, like the children in the fairy tales that inspire him, we’re forced to rely on instinct and imagination to find our way. In the wall painting, photographs, works on paper, sculpture, and reliefs recently on view, what was concealed or absent bore as much weight as what was visible, leaving the viewer to complete the picture with his or her own resources.

Many of the twenty-three collages on view (all works 2000) demonstrated Herrera’s penchant for cartoons, coloring books, and other childhood sources; one piece included intersecting violet lines attributable to the hero in the children’s classic Harold and the Purple Crayon. Herrera’s work attempts to rekindle a childlike state of mind in adults: to awaken the facility not just for conjuring something from nothing (like Harold) but also for giving in to the passions

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