Fremin Gallery has just unveiled plans for a public art exhibition that will feature seven playful origami-like sculptures from artist HACER which are on display at New York Plaza. This will be the first major art installation since Covid brought the city to a standstill and it will fun between 34 Street to 41 Street on Broadway from September 14 to November 23, 2021. The colorful, playful, and somewhat childlike sculptures convey joy and cheerfulness after a stressful year.
“Following more than a year of COVID-19 related restrictions, Hacer’s works bring cheer and optimism to the heart of New York City,” stated Emmanuel Fremin, owner of Fremin Gallery, the official press materials compiled for the unveiling.
Having grown up in the foster care system, Hacer initially used creation as a grounding practice for comfort in ever changing environments. Once legally declared as an independent adult, Gerado decided to redefine his personal identity choosing “Hacer” the Spanish verb: “to make” as his new name, he reinvented himself on his own terms free from his upbringing.
His work focuses on creating a nostalgic connection between the viewer and the piece. Hacer always had an innate interest in welding and architecture, which eventually translated into the delicate creation of works inspired by his childhood avocation after having worked under other accomplished artists and observing their techniques.
“The creation of this series of works has been a relevant forefront of Hacer’s career,” explained Fremin Gallery representative Jordan Wills. “It is only natural that he would continue with the concept of nostalgic delicacy using a medium which contradicts its dainty exterior. The use of bold colors such as yellow, deep orange and red are directly influenced by the striking yet fluid work of Alexander Calder. Not only this but translating a childhood perspective of vibrance and color. However, most of the tonality in these works is directly related to his experimentation with form and contour within the welded silhouette.”
This exhibition was made possible, in part, the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program (DOT Art) that partners with community-based, nonprofit organizations and professional artists to present temporary public art on NYC DOT property throughout the five boroughs for up to eleven months. Artists transform streets with colorful murals, dynamic projections and eye-catching sculptures. Sidewalks, fences, triangles, medians, bridges, jersey barriers, step streets, public plazas and pedestrianized spaces serve as canvases and foundations for temporary art. Over the past 12 years, DOT Art has produced over 300 temporary artworks citywide. For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/dotart @nyc_DOT, @nyc_DOTArt