Arturo Herrera

El Coyote

El Coyote, is a new work in progress, and a sub-series of “The National Bird.” It explores issues of transnationalism, the meaning behind one’s settlement, and different concepts behind crossing a border, an imaginary or physical one.

El Coyote, mask, a sub-series from
“The National Bird,” performance art. Sketch, acrylic on paper. 8 x 8.25” (20.32 x 20.95 cm.) 2019.

Studio update 02/28/19, 03/04/19, 04/18/19

Painted, next is making the base

Latest, a fitting session

The Coyote is begining to take shape!

El Ganso

El Ganso is part of the series entitled, “The National Bird,” inspired from different migratory birds, building on the idea that these birds can traverse territories without checkpoints, any time, anywhere, freely.

El Ganso, from the series “The National Bird.” Performance art. Plaster, acrylics, gems, wire, andleather. Print 16 x 20” (40.64 x 50.8cm.) Digital medium format. 2019.
El Ganso, from the series “The National Bird.” Performance art. Digital medium format 16 x 20” (40.64 x 50.8cm.) 2019.

“while crossing el borde,” El Ganso, #02, digital medium format. 7 x 7” (17.78 x 17.78 cm.) 

*Fitting session. 12/04/18

Performance Art
Detroit, MI
October, 2018

Performance art,
The ritual of our Bodies

A 4-day long performance workshop entitled, "Performance Art: The Ritual of Our Bodies," was held on weekend days this past October from 11 am to 4 pm. Among the participant's artists was a group of students from the Print Media Department at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. 

During this time, we embarked on a series of exercises to directly integrate what we regularly do in our lives and
use it in performance art. As such, we created several temporary altars.

The work inspired by traditional Latin American roots using elements of food, jewelry, garments, and sculptural forms to speak to current and relevant issues. The workshop’s artistic approach was influenced by
the works of such artists as Guillermo Gómez Peña, Balitronica Gómez,
Saul Garcia Lopez—La Pocha Nostra, and Yves Klein.

Participants used practical knowledge through the use of sounds and movements to increase self-awareness and comfort in their own bodies and consciousness of the space surrounding them.

The project was intended for artists from any medium, with or without any experience in performance art, who were interested in exploring it further.

The space was facilitated by CAVE Detroit, an artist-led organization based in the Milwaukee Junction in Detroit.

Performance Art

The National Bird

"The National Bird" is a series of performance art and sculpture works made from ideas of transnationalism; the meaning behind one's citizenship and settlement. The first part of the series is inspired by three migratory birds: La Guacamaya (the macaw,) El Ganso (the goose,) and El Aguila (the bald eagle.) The series resorts to the different behaviors and characteristics of the birds using performance art; also, it incorporates traditional dances and personal rituals while speaking about the privilege of choice of travel through and settlement within the borders. The costumes are inspired by Mestizo cultures from  North and Central America. The sculptures heads are made from chicken wire, gemstones, acrylics, and plaster.

La Guacamaya

La Guacamaya, from the series “The National Bird.” Performance art, plaster, acrylics, gems, wire, and leather. Print 16 x 20” (40.64 x 50.8cm.)
Digital medium format. 2018.
La Guacamaya, performance photography, single digital images, medium format.  GIF file 0:20 sec on Loop. 2018.

El Ganso

El Ganso, #03, #01, digital medium format. 7 x 7” (17.78 x 17.78 cm). 2019.

El Águila

El Águila, mask, work in progress. Performance art. Sketch, acrylic on paper. 8 x 8.25” (20.32 x 20.95 cm.) 2019.

Performance Art            
Artist in Residency
AS220 2018

Volteado De Piña - Pineapple
Upsidedown Cake

Volteado De Piña - pineapple upsidedown cake, performance art, 2018.
AS220 Artist-in-residence; presented as part of the Queer Latinx Cabaret, on June 15th.

100 questions - Civic Test

Sample questions:
1. If the president can no longer serve, who becomes President? 

  • The Speaker of the House
  • The President Pro Tempore
  • The Vice President
  • The Secretary of State
2. What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen? 
  • Give up loyalty to other countries
  • Disobey the laws of the United States
  • Never travel outside the United States
  • Not defend the Constitution and laws of the United States
3. The idea of self-goverment is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words? 
  • Congress shall make
  • We the Colonists
  • We the People
  • We the British

Images:  1. A220 Residency - with various items needed for the performance, including Guatemalan hand woven bands 2. Table setup behind the audience inside the Black Box Teathe 3. Residue of the performance, a table with all the ingridients to make a pineapple upside down cake 4. Audience shot during the performance, picture by Shey Riv 5. Iteration #02, Cherries 6. Iteration #03, Rodajas de Piña
7. Iteration #04, Caña de Azucar