Artist: Alvaro A.S.F.
Exhibition: A Response to Classical Music
Media: Acrylic Paint
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery
As a CSULB undergraduate, Alvaro is a part of the School of Arts, studying sculpture. Originally from Guatemala, he moved to the United States when he was 8 years old. He started in Los Angeles City College and eventually transferred to CSULB.
Alvaro was self-taught in drawing and practiced a lot as a child. However, sculpture and painting are not the only types of art that he’s interested in. He also experiments with ceramics, printmaking and photography. He aspires to be a teacher after he graduates and is interested in working with kids and adults to teach them about art.
The exhibition consisted of two canvases laid out on the ground and a projector playing a video of Alvaro and his process of creating his piece. He considers his pieces to be sculpture/painting and uses acrylics to paint on a large canvas placed on the ground using his entire body. In addition, he includes his materials – the shirt, denim jeans, wiring, and paint bucket – to make it a sculpture as well. What’s unique about Alvaro’s style is that he creates his paintings by listening to classical music and letting his body respond to the music through dance, depicting dance styles like breaking and lyrical. A variety of colors are used on a black canvas; the rhythm of the lines is consistent and texture of each line seems to be unique, representing a new body movement every time.
Describing his pieces and ideas, Alvaro passionately talks about how everything in the world is connected. As you go on with life, you see how everything relates and comes together. Evidently, he illustrates this through his sculpture/painting piece by combining two physically different types of art into one. His project is not a dance performance, nor is he directly responding to thoughts or emotions, but purely to the music he uses, and this response is seen in the form of a colorful, abstract painting. Listening to Beethoven Overture Fidelio, he uses his body to respond to the music in order to find new experiences and languages.
Alvaro caught my attention with his unique approach to expression and the passion that he showed when talking about his ideas and experiences. He preaches the idea that everything in the world relates together and is somehow connected. He accurately proves this by combining different kinds of art. I understand that the movements performed through dance can be seen in a two-dimensional and abstract form. His ideas have definitely opened my mind to a different type of thinking and perspective of the world around me. He communicates to the audience the idea that the world is not black and white and that everything around us is in harmony. His art helped me realize that understanding that everything around you is somehow related to one another can induce exploration of each idea and discover new ways of seeing the world and everything that it consists of.