Harris Art Gallery Features New HACER Exhibition

February 3, 2014 by University of La Verne

Transforming a piece of steel or a sheet of paper into art is child’s play for Los Angeles-based Artist Hacer, whose University of La Verne exhibit, Shape Form Space, will run February 3 through March 6, 2014. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The solo exhibition, which will be in the Harris Art Gallery on the main campus, will feature large-scale sculptures “rooted in narratives of childhood play.”

Growing up, Hacer often entertained friends with his ability to create various different animals out of single sheets of paper.

His new exhibit features metal works that are based on small-scale paper animals that give the illusion the paper objects have grown or the observer has suddenly shrunk.hacerr

Each steel sculpture is proportionately accurate and has the same features of its paper counterpart.

“The grand scale of Hacer’s origami-based metal sculptures opens a new world for viewers to explore,” Director of University Art Galleries Dion Johnson said. “This exhibition has wonderful balance between highly-skilled showmanship and heart-felt narrative”

“‘Bixby’ and ‘Mr. Dion,’ the centerpiece sculptures of the exhibition, portray an encounter between a baby elephant and an adult mouse,” Johnson said in his forthcoming curator’s essay. “The rodent is confidently positioned atop three highly polished stainless steel boxes engaging the calf at eye level. The close proximity implies that their interaction is one of benevolent curiosity and genuine interest. Both creatures are handsomely dressed in a monochromatic magenta-violet pallet, which identifies their individual attributes while unifying their shared space.”

Hacer, who was born in 1976 in Ventura, California studied structural welding and motorcycle mechanics at Los Angeles Trade Technical College and has worked co-fabricating and finishing sculptural works by Jeff Koons, Ellsworth Kelly and John McCracken.

His permanent sculptures are on display at the Autry National Center of the American West and at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Hacer has exhibited extensively throughout the United States at galleries, art centers and museums with solo and group exhibitions in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Detroit, Dallas and San Antonio.

His work has also been featured in numerous publications including Artillery Magazine, Public Art Review Magazine, Riviera Magazine and Bunkerhill Magazine. For further information please visit the artist’s website: www.g-h-studio.com.

When: February 3, 2014 – March 6, 2014
Reception: Tuesday February 4, 6-8 pm
Regular Gallery Hours: Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: The Harris Art Gallery, located in the Landis Academic Center at the University of La Verne. 1950 Third St. La Verne, CA 91750.

Contact: Dion Johnson, Art Galleries Director, djohnson@laverne.edu, 909-593-3511 ext. 4273.

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