Artist: Alvaro A.S.F
Exhibition: A Response to Classical Music
Media: Mixed Media, Paint, Music, Canvas
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
About the Artist
This week in class while we were in the galleries, I had the pleasure to meet the artist Alvaro A.S.F. from Guatemala. He is an undergraduate transfer student here at CSULB that is working toward his BFA degree in the School of Art’s Sculpture Program. He wants to become an art teacher and inspire kids on what they want to do in life. He is very passionate about art, as he described pursuing his dream of going to school for this after losing motivation when his parents did not support him on pursuing art initially.
Alvaro’s art installation, A Response to Classical Music, had many different parts to it which really caught my attention. In the gallery there was two large tarps laid out on the floor, one was white with a bucket of white paint and the other was a black tarp with different paint colors splattered around. This black tarp also had metal wires bent and shaped into different angles. There was also one black shoe covered in paint splattered all around like the tarp as well as pair jeans that was splattered with different colors as well. There was also a blue shirt laying on one of the metal wires that was not splattered with paint. On the white tarp there was a shirt and pair jeans that seemed as they were dipped into a bucket of white paint. There was also a laptop project a video onto the wall. The laptop also had a shit hanging off of it with paint splattered on it, seemed like it goes with the other shoe that was on the black tarp. The video that was showing was of the artists, Alvaro, dancing or rolling around the tarp with paint while the music of Beethoven Overture Fidelio.
Alvaro’s installation as his title insist is his response to classical music. He did not describe it as him dancing to it, as one may intercept it as it seems he was breakdancing but just more of how every one of his body parts reacted to the classical music. He states how he fell into a trance of different sounds of the overture with the search of new experience and language as each body part reacted different through the music. Different things helped with the way he responded as to the clothes he wore, the paint, his physical body parts and importantly the music. He showcased how the transition from a blank canvas started to the finish piece of all the paint splattered everywhere including on his clothing.
When I first walked into the gallery I was not sure what I was looking at first. It took me a few minutes to understand it and watching the video it really gave me great insight on what the artist was trying to do. I enjoyed him using classical music because that is something I feel a lot of young people tend not to use. Him having the video showing of what he did and showing his response to the music was great to see. Also for him to show the process it took for him to do this art piece from the start of a blank canvas on the floor with the clothes being blank as well was very insightful. Being able to hear from him first hand on his thought process and what things he did was also great as it made me feel more connected to the art installation. Seeing how he used every single part of his body in this piece is something different as a lot of art pieces tends to be someone just using their hands. Overall I enjoyed Alvaro’s art piece and will definitely look forward towards any of his future work to come.