In Giant Origami Sculptures, Artist Hacer Folds Steel Like Paper
Hacer, whose chosen pseudonym comes from Spanish, meaning “to make,” was trained as a fabricator and has expertise in structural welding and cabinetry. These skills have translated directly into his artmaking, and are especially visible in his lively and complex depictions of animals. Rabbit Running (2009) shows an agile rabbit in action. Its front legs are thrust downward with its back legs brought high, as if leaping acrobatically. Painted in a rich cerulean, the complicated shadows cast by the various planes give the monochrome figure dynamism, enhancing its sense of movement.
Hacer describes his childhood as an important part of his art. His family was riven by drugs and crime and he grew up mostly in foster homes, using origami as a form of escape and healing. “Like the dynamic, formative process hidden by my seemingly simple designs,” he explains, “my work’s simple existence aims to elicit a dynamic response about the viewer’s relationship to their formative process: childhood.” As such, certain images are important to him, and recur frequently. Pegasus (2009), a smaller version of his public artwork at the Los Angeles Trade–Technical College, is similarly imbued with wonder. Tilted backward and supported by its rear legs and tail, the mythical winged horse beats the air with its wings and hooves, in stunning motion.
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“Spring” is on view at Scott Richards Contemporary Art, San Francisco, Aug. 6-Aug. 29, 2015.