On March 21st I visited a gallery at the Albright Knox titled “Auto Herrera: Little Bits of Modernism”. Herrera is a Venezuelan artist who was born in 1959. He has a very loose style that incorporates collage into a variety of media. His art is very abstract expressionist and also a lot of his pieces are very large, and offer a very powerful feeling when seen in person.
One of the pieces I personally found to be very interesting was an Untitled piece that Herrera made in the year 2003. It is cartooney and very abstract at the same time. The whole piece was gigantic and took up roughly 20 feet of the wall. At a first glance it appeared to be just a gigantic, elaborate puke green dribble on the wall with loose form and construction, upon looking closer it was clear that a lot more was actually going on. Throughout the piece there are hidden cartoon elements taken from the classic movie “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”. It was interesting seeing the subject reveal itself in the piece and slowly come out of the shadows. It was also interesting seeing the contrasting meaning behind what most might think is simply a green scribble as opposed to subjects from a movie that everyone adores and it was interesting to see those forms reveal themselves in the piece.
Another piece that was very interesting from this gallery was an untitled piece from 2006. The medium was graphite on and coffee stained on paper. The medium here is very interesting and unique and provides an interesting aesthetic that could not have been achieved any other way. The subject of the piece is Bambi drawn in graphite all over the piece. It you look around the outside, you will notice legs being drawn near the border of the piece. Like the last piece, it was interesting seeing the forms of the legs come out from the shadows and reveal themselves in the piece. The piece as a whole is very loose and organic and has an aesthetic that is very ashy. The legs that are drawn little contrast with the background and didn’t quite stand very much. I think this enhances the piece because as elements become clear, the piece changes over time for the viewer.
Overall this gallery had a lot of interesting work that provided viewers with an interesting, refreshing experience that heavily conveyed abstract expressionism and was full of hidden subjects and meanings. This art proved to be very thought provoking and was like nothing that I had ever seen before. Juxtaposing cartoon images in a collage-like form with organic feeling shapes was an interesting aesthetic which helped the pieces to feel very playful and provided something that can only be described as beautiful.