ArtKristia Watkins

MR Herget

ArtKristia Watkins
MR Herget

It’s been a little over a year since City Gazettes last spoke with MR Herget, Miami-born self-taught artist now based in Los Angeles, and as I sat down with him at Small Tea I listened to a manifestation of big magic (which you can read more about in my review of Elizabeth Gilbert’s book).

A magic like Herget’s is a rare breed - it’s one that’s inherent in his very being, one that propels him to pursue his dreams without fear of the future, taking big leaps to reach huge achievements. 

His boldness has proved fruitful, with five upcoming shows in 2016 and goals to increase his collection of abstract works, Herget is on the fast track to success and shows no signs of slowing down.

“Everything I want to happen I’m going to make happen… I’m going to be the magician in my own life,” he said. “ It sounds crazy to a lot of people, but you can’t doubt results.”

Every single atom of Herget’s being is dedicated to his art. After dropping out of the University of Central Florida to focus on developing his artistic style, he worked as a server for several years before taking the plunge and becoming a full-time painter in 2014. 

 “It’s been the most amazing year of my life,” he said. “I’ve never looked back. I’m on board forever, you know.”

The principle of governing oneself has been his guiding light, Herget said. He defined this as controlling his thoughts until they manifested and making sure that every decision made was for his own progression. This force holds so much power over him that it became the namesake of his latest exhibit, Thoughts Became Things at CONTEXT Art Miami at the last Art Basel.

His was one of six galleries out of the dozens open during the week-long event to be a solo show. “Context is my ultimate manifestation,” he said. His latest abstract paintings and political commentaries made with oil on canvas that lined the walls served as a tangible translation of his perception of the world around him. “Everything [in the gallery] is pristine, and there is my little section of heaven: my canvases.”

His art goes beyond being visually pleasing. “It opens up so many conversations that I think are important… like Obama throwing up gang signs.”

His political pieces, namely “Democrips and Rebloodicans,” the aforementioned piece, and “There’s a New Gang in Town,” where police officers huddle up to strike a menacing pose, were inspired by rapper Kendrick Lamar’s third album, “To Pimp a Butterfly.” 

Listening to Lamar’s song “Hood Politics,” Herget thought to himself, this guy is the truth, he said. From that moment Herget decided he would work with Lamar in the future. But instead of waiting around, he took it upon himself to create the future he wanted and craved. Those two pieces were his statement to Lamar, telling him his intentions of a future collaboration. Like everything else in his life, Herget methodically acts in ways that shape his career to match up with his aspirations.

“It’s all [about] following that voice … having that vision to know what you want to do and who you want to work with,” 

Unstoppable magic like Herget’s permeates every interaction, every piece, every action, no matter how seemingly insignificant it may seem at the time; each is part of a foundation for a much grander career.

“Do I think my ability to create is much more powerful to the world than anything else I can do? I’ll do anything to make this happen.”