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Hugo Heredia Barrera
Artist Name: Hugo Heredia Barrera
Title of Piece: Untitled
Media: fabricated metal and hot formed glass
Dimensions: 8'H x 30"W x 30"D
Retail Price: $8,000 + tax
Artist’s Statement: Liberated soul, to emerge, to travel, and to escape, to generate, to imagine and create. The liberty of the soul to fly to an infinite place where it will capture an idea which will settle until it becomes a concrete form. Exploration at the almost liquid structure of glass when heated and the various techniques to manipulate it, combined with the strength, but insubstantial body of metal when set to high temperatures. It is a journey through the complexity and simplicity of the mind; it is simply the combination of glass, metal, and something more. It is my espiritu libre.
Artist Bio: Most people say that Hugo Heredia Barrera is a sculptor. But really, he is a choreographer—the choreographer of a dance between a most unlikely pair—solid steel and fragile glass.
To understand his work, one must understand the power of fire. Born at temperatures of over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, Hugo’s pieces combine glass and metal in impossibly intimate and beautiful configurations. Colors and materials fuse and weave in effortless splendor that defies the rigid nature of his mediums and is possible in a few places other than the surface of the sun.
Upon encountering Hugo’s work for the first time, one is struck by a profound sense of contradiction: what should be heavy, seems weightless. What should be brittle, seems flexible. What should be fragile, seems strong. What should be solid, seems liquid. It is as though the artist discards all the rules of the universe as we know it and rewrites them to his liking.
His work indludes a huge breadth of concepts and items, ranging from the most practical tables to huge, abstract gallery installations; but each item is infused with his breathtaking defiance of the basic principles of matter.
Hugo comes from a lifetime of artistic creation. From the young age of six, when his father first taught him how to weld in the family workshop in Querendaro Michoacan, Mexico, Hugo has worked to master the techniques of his craft. He studied civil, architectural, and mechanical engineering in San Diego, CA. He has worked as an independent contractor in both Mexico and the US, creating architectural adornments for exclusive residences in Mexico and Rancho Santa Fe, CA, and has done precision glass molding shaping for a scientific glass company with clients like NASA, the US Navy, and Lockheed Martin.
Hugo has exhibited his work at galleries, museums, and events throughout Southern California, including California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA; San Diego International Airport; Bonita Museum, Bonita, CA; University of San Diego; American Craft Council San Francisco Show; Patrick Moore Gallery, San Diego, CA; and Affaire in the Gardens, Beverly Hills, CA. He has been interviewed by many publications and media sources, including the National Broadcast Telemundo, Fox News, Channel 8, and the local La Prensa and The San Diego Union-Tribune.
Photo: Nick Ruddick