On November 19, 1998, Arturo Herrera will launch a project for the world wide web, entitled Almost Home, the tenth in Dia's series of artists' projects for the web. The address for the project will be http://www.diacenter.org/herrera.
Arturo Herrera employs a wide variety of media to create collages, photographs, sculptures, and site-specific murals that explore our psychological relationship to narrative. For his project for Dia's website, he has created one hundred collages, some of which include subtle animations. His collages combine cartoon imagery with other formal elements, resulting in works ranging from playful to abstruse, and often featuring surprising juxtapositions and associations. Herrera exploits the flatness of the screen, which in negating the texture of the individual elements, presents a unified image difficult to deconstruct. The collages will be presented as diptychs, a convention Herrera has employed with previous work based in photography and drawing. In this case, however, the combinations will be determined by the visitor who can opt to replace one panel at a time with a subsequent image.
Funding for Dia's series of artists' projects for the web has been provided by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund and the New York State Council on the Arts.
Previous projects which can still be visited on Dia's website include Diller + Scofidio's Refresh, Kristin Lucas's Between a Rock and a Hard Drive, Claude Closky's Do you want love or lust?, Tim Rollins and K.O.S.'s Prometheus Bound, Cheryl Donegan's Studio Visit, Molissa Fenley's Latitudes, Susan Hiller's Dream Screens, and Komar & Melamid's Most Wanted Paintings.
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