Opening December 29th, Corazón y Alma, Spanish for Heart and Soul, will feature a variety of heart-shaped wall sculptures by Nicholas Herrera, created in the New Mexico artist’s typical folk art style. Herrera is an Outsider artist who primitively utilizes natural pigments, wood, tin and recycled metal as artful materials. Herrera often refers to his work as “arte de mi corazón” or “art from my heart.” The gallery’s salon-style hang of Herrera’s hearts will be a poignant display of the artist’s impassioned and individualized artistic style. “The thing about folk art – it’s something from the soul,” says Herrera. “It’s nothing you read in a book, it’s something you live. It’s something that lives in you. That’s what folk art is all about.”
Herrera’s hearts come in a variety of sizes, styles and materials. “Keep on Knocking but You Can’t Come In,” is made from wood and nails and features a carved closed door in its center. Another portrays St. Valentine with a three-dimensional painted carving placed inside a tin heart. Metal from a 1946 Dodge truck was re-purposed for “Corazon de Finta,” and “Still Pumping at 53” is a free standing sculpture made from hand-carved wood and is painted with natural pigments.
Join us for an artist reception with Nicholas Herrera on December 29th, 5-7pm and see the show on display through January 20th. Preview pieces below and follow the link at the bottom of this post to browse the full show in the online exhibition catalog.
View our exhibition catalog to see more of Herrera’s hearts and purchase online.