Federico Herrero



Site-specific installation; exterior latex paint

*This project took place as part of STAGES 2017 and is no longer accessible

Location: Tunnel connecting City Hall and Centennial Concert HallEntrance though City Hall 510 Main Street or Centennial Concert Hall building, 555 Main Street, through Steinkopf Gardens doors (in line with James Ave), Exit through Centennial Concert Hall Steinkopf Gardens only.
*Wheelchair access through City Hall Council Building only, to exit buzz security at tunnel entrance
Hours: City Hall entrance 8:30am-5:30pm (Monday-Friday), Concert Hall Steinkopf Gardens entrance: 10am-6pm (everyday)

Federico Herrero approaches the landscape and urban environment as both the subject and the surface for his work. Incorporating shape, colour, pattern and graphic lines, his paintings often move beyond the canvas to floors, walls, and architectural structures. Working within a constrained yet vibrant colour palette Herrero embraces an intuitive approach that creates opportunities to act responsively to site. For STAGES, Herrerro transforms the long and winding underground tunnel joining the Centenntial Concert Hall to City Hall into a fluctuating landscape of colour. He turns the grey concrete floor of the subterranean passage into a bright and somewhat dizzying surface with three distinct visual shifts and rhythms that winds with the tunnel from dense multicoloured patterning to flowing blues and solid yellows. There is a literalness in bringing the vibrancy of the light outside into the sunless underground as energized colours cover the staleness of grey.

Herrero has had numerous solo exhibitions. Language Melody is currently presented at Sies + Hoke, Dusseldorf where he is exhibiting a new body of work, for which the gallery is publishing a 300 page monograph including an essay by Chris Sharp and an interview with Sofia Hernandez Chong Cuy. He most recently exhibited as part of United States of Latin America at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit curated by Jen Hoffman and Pablo Leon de la Barra.  He has participated in numerous international exhibitions including the Venice Biennale where he received a special prize for Young Artists in 2001. Since then he has shown to much acclaim at the Havana Biennial (2003); the Aichi World Expo, Nagoya, Japan (2005); Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami (2008); Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles (2012); and Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain (2013). Herrero lives and works in San José.

Federico Herrero approche le paysage et l’environnement urbain à la fois comme le sujet et la surface de son oeuvre. Intégrant forme, couleurs, schéma et lignes graphiques, ses peintures reposent sur des toiles mais aussi des sols, murs et autres structures architecturales. Travaillant avec une palette limitée de couleurs, Herrero adopte une approche intuitive qui crée des opportunité de réagir au site. Herrero a exposé de nombreuses fois individuellement. Language Melody est actuellement présenté à Sies + Hoke, Düsseldorf, où est exposé un nouveau pan de son travail, pour lequel la galerie a publié une monographie de 300 intégrant un essai de Chris Sharp et une entrevue avec Sofia Hernandez

Chong Cuy. Il a exposé tout récemment au sein de l’exposition United States of Latin Americaau Musée d’Art Contemporain de Detroit organisée par Jen Hoffman et Pablo Leon de la Barra. Il a participé à de nombreuses expositions internationales telles que la Biennale de Venise où il a reçu un prix spécial pour les Jeunes Artistes en 2001.

Depuis il a exposé avec succès à Havana Biennial (2003); Aichi World Expo, Nagoya, Japan (2005); Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami (2008); Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles (2012); et Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Espagne (2013). Herrero vit et travaille à San José.