Never Again by Oscar Hidalgo Balarezo

Design By:
Oscar Hidalgo Balarezo I'm a costarricense non-binary creative currently living in NYC with my husband and dog. I love taking care of plants, art, design, and reading the tarot. I received my B.Arch and set out to take on the world one creative project at a time. I have worked as a graphic designer/3D modeler/presentation designer/web designer since. I'm very quiet by nature and use my illustrations as a way to communicate my feelings about the world around me in a way I don't think words could ever do. I'm a member of visual artists collective WeMakeAmerica and volunteer for a number of organizations in NYC like Heritage of Pride, 350BK, etc. All of that aside, I believe the most important thing to know about me from the start is I'll always be available to lend a friendly ear to anyone who needs it.
Design By:
Oscar Hidalgo Balarezo I'm a costarricense non-binary creative currently living in NYC with my husband and dog. I love taking care of plants, art, design, and reading the tarot. I received my B.Arch and set out to take on the world one creative project at a time. I have worked as a graphic designer/3D modeler/presentation designer/web designer since. I'm very quiet by nature and use my illustrations as a way to communicate my feelings about the world around me in a way I don't think words could ever do. I'm a member of visual artists collective WeMakeAmerica and volunteer for a number of organizations in NYC like Heritage of Pride, 350BK, etc. All of that aside, I believe the most important thing to know about me from the start is I'll always be available to lend a friendly ear to anyone who needs it.

Each poster is hand-printed and handled, to make sure that only the highest quality is offered and sent out. The matte paper and high quality of inks make for a vibrant image which looks great both framed, and au-naturel. Printed in Los Angeles, CA, on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, heavyweight stock, high color gamut, using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology. Framed posters offer the same, museum-quality printed poster, but wrapped in a protective black frame. The frame is lightweight and includes a shatter-resistant acrylite front protector, so it won't break in the mail. International orders may be subject to customs duties & taxes.

Proceeds Support:
Proceeds support DreamCorps, a social justice accelerator founded by Van Jones that advances economic, environmental, and criminal justice solutions.

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Artist Statement

I designed it to support the gun control movement. It was originally used for signs carried by the WeMakeAmerica collective during MarchForOurLives2018, so I painted it on a cardboard shield. Now I have turned it into a digital file that I think will work very well when printed on apparel. I like how Never Again is a phrase that keeps on evolving. It has, for a long time, been linked to Holocaust commemoration. President Barack Obama used the phrase during his speech on International Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2011 when he said: "We are reminded to remain ever-vigilant against the possibility of genocide and to ensure that Never Again is not just a phrase but a principled cause". Elie Wiesel wrote in 2012: "Never again’ becomes more than a slogan: It’s a prayer, a promise, a vow... never again the glorification of base, ugly, dark violence”. It was also used in protests against the Muslim ban and in support of refugees, in remembrance of Japanese internment during World War II and recalling the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. And now the phrase is taking on yet another life: in the fight for gun control in America. To me, Never Again is a rebuke of passivity and inactivity, a call to action. — Oscar Hidalgo Balarezo