786, Archival digital print, 2012

German HerreraManifest

January 12 - February 9, 2013



Saturday, January 12, 6-9pm


SMITH ANDERSEN NORTH is pleased to present recent work by German Herrera. His images inhabit the space between the familiar and the unknown, never fully surrendering to either but holding our attention in the tense and enigmatic in-between. Herrera generates the sense that what is seen is not an end in itself, but a gateway to the imaginative subconscious, dream states, and myth. Herrera writes, “The images are not the product of an idea or an association of such, but a form of mapping, of appropriation.” His images make visible the world of Spirit, and they refuse to reveal through the mere act of looking. As with all things new, one has to let go of what is known to gain access. 


The oldest of five siblings in a family of psychologists, Herrera inherited his love for photography from his maternal grandfather and an interest in music from his father and maternal grandmother. In 1978, he traveled from Mexico City to California to study photography and became interested in Afro Cuban drumming. In 1980, he returned to Mexico and devoted himself to music and commercial photography. In the late 1980s, he traveled to Cuba, where he produced his final body of documentary photographs, after which he stopped working with the camera for eleven years. This period led to a process of self-investigation and included two years of training in Core Energetics (a Neo-Reichian mode of psychotherapy), which contributed fundamental information to his current imagery. His interest in spirituality took him to India, where he lived for six months. In 2001, Herrera returned to photography and discovered the potential of the digital environment as a creative tool.


Herrera received an Artist Residency at the De Young Museum in San Francisco in 2006. He is also the recipient of two Marin Council grants and has been nominated for the Eureka Awards, granted by the Fleischhacker Foundation. His work has been exhibited in North and South America as well as Europe and is part of many permanent collections, including the Bolinas Museum, California; Green Library at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California; Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and Harry Ransom Research Center, Texas; Museum of Photographic Arts of San Diego, California; Portland Art Museum, Oregon; and the Zoellner Arts Center (Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania).       


German Herrera lives in San Rafael, California.


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                                                                                                                                                            Traveler, 2012