Week 3: Artist Conversation

Exhibition Information:

Artist: Alvaro A.S.F

Exhibition: A response to classical music

Media: Different colors of paint on canvas with his own clothes/body

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery

Website: none

Instagram: none

About the Artist:

Alvaro A. S. F. is a fellow student and artist at California State University Long Beach. He was originally born in Guatemala. He came to the United States, specifically Los Angeles, when he was 8 years old. He’s a very unique and talented artist. When we asked what his plans for the future were, he responded, “my plan is now.” With his response we can conclude that he’s the type of person who lives in the moment. He did however admit that even without an exact plan, he is in pursuit of getting his bachelors degree. He eventually wants to teach art.

The origin of the first physical sculpture consisted of a blank black canvas placed in the middle of a classroom. It was surrounded by buckets of different colors of paint. The work of art came about through the response of Alvaro to classical music as it played in the background. As Beethoven’s Overture Fidelio filled the room, he responded with his body movement across the canvas, spreading different colors of paint in various ways from his fingertips down to his shoes. The art of the sculpture is not only in the finished project, but moreover in the process of how it was created. A video recording was made of the whole process from a ceiling angle down on Alvaro moving rapidly to the harmony of the song. At the other end of the room was a vary similar sculpture yet all white to contrast the the black and tainted one. The use of the white contrast added a vibrance to the whole art piece.

As I spoke to Alvaro, he answered many of the common questions that came to mind as me and fellow peers watched the video recording of the creation of his sculpture. At first glance one would assume that his body movement to the music was a dance performance. However, he emphasized that it was not a performance but a reaction or “response” to the classical music. That gave it more of a meaning to the sculpture. It was not planned rather it ran freely and untampered like flowing water. It came about right from the source.

I really appreciated Alvaro’s work for it was so much more that met the eye. He expressed a lot of his personality with this piece as an ambitious artist whose direction is not yet certain but definitely has a story to show to the world. I think as viewers we can learn from him that expressing yourself in ways that are not very common can truly be a work of art.

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