Interview with Héctor Lara about his golden sculptures

“Fantasy, isolated from reason, only produces impossible monsters. Together with her, on the other hand, she is the mother of art and the source of her desires.”

Francisco de Goya


In his sculptures, the artist Héctor Lara expresses feelings and reflects concepts; feelings such as love-hate that feels towards the power of money over people and concepts such as the reification of the human body to market products and services awakening the sexual desire of the spectators. His predilection for the color gold, together with the figure of the nude, has marked an important stage in his artistic career, although he is open to continue exploring everything that art can cause in him.

1- What is the meaning of the gold color for you and why does it cover the sculptures completely of that color?

Gold for me is a vivid metaphor for the power of money over people, it is a way of expressing a love-hate that I feel towards it, and therefore towards capitalism, but I have to accept that you cannot fight against it; it is a perfectly geared mechanism without any fissure to end it; The only way that it will come to an end will be by the nature of its own wear and I would venture to say that none of us t will be able to witness it. When introducing the gold color next to the nude of Lust I try to send a message, which is necessary to explain to understand my work.

The gold color is a simple metaphor of how money has reified the human figure of both men and women, to a greater extent that of women, sexualizing and banalizing it, so that today the human body, its naked, Its natural aesthetic is traded through advertisements on television and prostitution networks and trafficking in human beings.

“Fábrica de moneda y timbre”, sculpture of the artist Héctor Lara

My artworks show nudes that invite the viewer to reflect on the wonderful nature of the complexion of the human body and show it in a more natural way to try to normalize the acceptance of a nude and end all the taboos that entails.

For all of this, the common name of all the artworks “Lust” ends up completing the meaning. It refers to exacerbated sexual behavior and lack of control over sexual desires when it comes to seeing a body, without realizing that a body is a body and nothing more, and that the day we manage to combat the concept that the human body can be treated as an object of desire, we will fight the lust and enrichment of many others thanks to it.

2- Do you consider making sculptures with another color? Why?

Of course! the gold color has been a stage that has accompanied me for quite some time, but that is already coming to an end; In fact, I am already working on new things. I suppose that a great part of artists, being the best known Goya, have gone through stages in which they have felt a greater predilection for some color.

“Fábrica de moneda y timbre”, sculpture of the artist Héctor Lara

3- How would you describe the sculpture “Fábrica de moneda y timbre””?

Fábrica de moneda y timbre” (“Coin and stamp Factory”) is a woman’s trunk made in Alamo70.

This is the sculpture to which I have the greatest attachment. Although it lacks of limbs, the trunk of this sculpture is expressive in itself for the curved and twisted shapes it possesses.

For me, it makes a very concise and direct criticism; It is a reproach to the use of woman’s body as a factory to produce money, and for the same reason is bathed in gold colors.

“Fábrica de moneda y timbre”, sculpture of the artist Héctor Lara

“One of the most beautiful things in life is work at ease”

Antoni Gaudí

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