Salomón Huerta and David Pagel at MOCA Artist Talks
Featured at MoCA last Wednesday, Los Angeles art critic, David Pagel
goes one on one with figurative painter Salomón Huerta, a Los Angeles
artist who has exhibited at the Whitney Biennial, the Gagosian Gallery,
and LACMA. Huerta, who is known for his back of the head portraits and
luchador masked wrestler paintings, reveals a posture of reflecting
identity, while presenting a perspective of a confined persona. As his
paintings evolve, his methods and processes has taken on a similar
nature, having its own obscurity in identifying himself to his work.
Their conversation discusses Huerta’s methods of sanding down his images
three to four times over before it’s completion, he need for finding
peace in his paintings rather than pleasure. As some artist have the
fear of creating or completing works, Huerta’s release and detachment
from his work is through the destruction of the image in order to
maintain the objective of always creating something new.
Huerta discusses the physical problems of painting and the emotional questions while painting, and how fear comes into play. As one can have the discussion of fear and stage fright, Salomon Huerta speaks confidently with David Pagel on his ego and practice of painting. For more Q & A in the Green Room, visit http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org Huerta is currently represented with Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica and will have a solo show January 2011.