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G Hacer

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Born to teenage, Mexican-American gang members; I was abandoned at three months old and placed in a series of foster homes.

Lost in a lifestyle of violence/drug abuse, I escaped by creating a playful world that evolved from origami cranes.

In time my escape escaped me, I became the lifestyle with one reach: death.

In its grasp, I found Calder’s massive, red-orange, Los Angeles sculpture, “The Four Arches”. He/it gave me a new reach: life.

I decided I am not what happened to me, I am my response.

I broke from the violence of my birth name “Gomez-Martinez” by choosing “Hacer” [Spanish verb: “To make”] and became a sculptor who designs/builds large-scale, metal, origami-inspired forms in bold, solid colors.

It is the choice to be, as Calder and those like him, my part in a creative process that is bigger than me individually but impossible without the “me’s” collectively.

As I learn to shape my work, afraid, I move forward through the familiar unknown and learn to re-shape myself, lessening the past’s grip.

Like the dynamic, formative process hidden by my seemingly simple designs; my work’s simple existence aims to elicit a dynamic response about the viewer’s relationship to their formative process: childhood.

Through this interaction, we [like I with Calder] can all begin anew.                                    - HACER


Recent Exhibits

G Hacer participated in these exhibits:

Nov, 2011 RED
The Loft at Liz's
Jan, 2011 Los Angeles Art Show
Los Angeles Convention Center
Dec, 2010 LACMA LA Print: Edition 1
LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Nov, 2010 DUALITY
CB Gallery, 408 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Nov, 2010 Source LA
L.A. Mart
Jun, 2010 Metallurgy
Avenue 50 Studio
Click here to see all exhibits for G Hacer

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