Unframed: Sin Fronteras; Recent works by Hector Duarte 

Herron Galleries

Four Stars

Hector Duarte's themes are big and so are his large-scale canvases,

eight of which are exhibited here. They're perhaps better described as portable murals. When unrolled, they encompass most of the wall space of Herron's Eleanor Prest Reese and Robert B. Berkshire Galleries. Duarte paints with vivid colors in acrylic, often in thick, bold strokes, in a style that often seems stolen from the graffiti art you might glimpse on the car of a passing El train in Chicago. In "Cristo Migrante (Immigrant Christ)," you see Christ in agony, with arms spread out cross-like as if commanded to do so by the Border Patrol. As he falls towards the water—presumably the Rio Grande—in which he's already waist deep, you can see the concertina wire that lines the top of the border fence segue into his crown. This work, elaborating on the theme of Christ's death, reflects a certain duality in the life of this Mexican-born painter. That is, on the far side of the fence you see the skyline of Chicago where Duarte now lives most of the time. Redemption is also a theme in this painter's work; in "Disappearing Borders" you see a cyclone fence transform into a butterfly. Through July 29; 317-278-9423 www.herron.iupui.edu.

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