b. 1994

Jonathan Herrera is a print-based studio artist and teacher from Chicago, IL and currently residing in Minneapolis, MN. He graduated with a BFA from the Minneapolis College in Art and Design in 2017. His work has recently been exhibited at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN; The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN; and Annex Gallery (solo), Chicago, IL. Herrera has recently participated in various artist residencies and fellowships including at Spudnik Press, Chicago, IL; High Point Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis, MN; Art Colony, Grand Marais, MN; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; and is a current FY2018 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant recipient.

Herrera explores various relationships between collective memory and historical instances of state-sponsored violence and trauma inflicted on politicized bodies. He constructs print-based objects, installations, and environments that echo lived experiences of those who are no longer with us. Print-based processes translate the content through symbolically revealing the act of remembering in producing tracings and impressions. Slicing open wounds into wood, burning the surface of lithostone with acid, and the crushing of ink on paper under immense pressure, re-animates acts of violence that carries through an art-object’s final presentation.
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