New week, new escalator art
We’re proud to be a part of @sculptureinthecity, for the 12th edition of their world-class art trail around Central London – showcasing the amazing work by @arturoherrarastudio. The art installation reflects the dynamic movement of people using the space and mimics the traffic and activity of this large urban space in the City.
The Leadenhall Building
Mounted on The Leadenhall Building, the artwork is in constant flux, and appears to be faulty, with the letter L flickering In the word ALL, resulting in a change between the statements WE ARE ALL ONE and WE ARE ALONE. These two contrasting texts also offer a paradox: if we are all ‘one’, one is a multitude, and if ‘we’ are alone, to be alone isa shared experience. Adjacent is Arturo Herrera Untitled, 2022, a non-linear narrative which makes a range of references from pop culture to modernism, to reflect the dynamic movement of people using the space and the mechanical stairs of The Leadenhall Building’s escalators. This site-specific design, together with the work at 33 Creechurch Lane, created in vinyl, energises the area under the stairs with an all over composition that mimics the traffic and activity of this large urban space in the City.
Arturo Herrera was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1959, he currently lives and works in Berlin. Over the last 20 years, Arturo Herrera has developed an internationally celebrated, multi-layered body of work—from collages, felt sculpture, public commissions, and wall paintings. Herrera’s work has been exhibited internationally, with selected solo exhibitions including: Between, The Contemporary, Dayton OH (2023),Arturo Herrera: Constructed Collage, Ruby City, San Antonio TX (2022),From This Day Forward, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, England (2021);Together(wall painting),The Bass Museum of Art, Miami FL(2020),HOP, Kunst-station in Hauptbahnhof, Wolfsburg, Germany (2018); Sortario (public project), Bloomberg European Headquarters, London, England (2017);Track(wall painting),OGR, Turin, Italy (2017);Half-time(wall painting), Tate Modern, London, England(2016);Opener 29 Arturo Herrera: Day Before, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, New York NY (2015);Adam(wall painting), Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio TX (2013);Band(wall painting), NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale FL (2011); Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, England (2007);Hammer Project: Arturo Herrera, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles CA (2001);Before We Leave, Whitney Museum of Art, New York NY (2001).
His work appeared in the 2002 Whitney Biennial. Herrera has been the recipient of many
awards including a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Fellowship and The Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Selected public collections include: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco CA; Boston Museum of Art, Boston MA; Miami Art Museum, Miami FL; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago IL; Museum of Modern Art, New York NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY; Tate Modern, London UK; Staatliche Museen zu Berlin–Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin, Germany; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles CA; Dallas Art Museum, Dallas TX, among others.