Artist: Alvaro A.S.F
Exhibition: A Response to Classical Music
Media: Paint, Mixed Media, Music, Installation
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
Website: in progress
Alvaro A.S.F is currently a Cal State Long Beach Student pursuing a BFA degree in the School of Art’s Sculpture Program. Alvaro grew up in Guatemala and then later on in his childhood, moved to the United States. Even though he is the first to go to college in his family, his parents thought he wasn’t “academically driven” which lead to him not staying focused. But after some time, they are now more accepting of who he is and what he wants to purse. Ever since he was a kid, he loved working with his hands and he knew he wanted to purse a career with his creativity. Once he graduates, he wants to be able to get his teaching credentials and become an art teacher.
The art piece Alvaro decided to do has many different elements. Before I even walked inside of the gallery, I noticed some Classical music playing in the room. I later learned after reading Alvaro’s description, that the piece was Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture. Once I walked in the room, I noticed two tarps; one that was white and another one that was completely painted. The white tarp was decorated with white buckets, white clothes, and a palette filled with paint of many different colors and the other tarp simply had some clothes with paint on them and some long twisting metal wires. Interested by the layout, I turn to a video. At first, it was thought that Alvaro was performing some kind of break dance, but in fact he was simply responding to the music by randomly using his body to paint many different colors on the tarp.
Even though myself and many of my classmates thought the Alvaro was performing a dance routine, it was in fact far from that; it was simply, a response to Classical Music. Alvaro listens to all kinds of different music, but the reason why he chose Classical music was because it was contemporary. And also as a generation, we don’t listen to it often. Alvaro mentioned that when he saw the video for the first time, he hated it and thought it didn’t have any response. He also mentioned that his video didn’t have any emotions and he tried to not let that affect his piece. Even though there was no emotion in the piece, that doesn’t mean he didn’t have a response. As for the tarps, he wanted to show his viewers his “before and after” experience. When adding the final touches to his exhibit, he decided to add the wires. He essentially wanted to “Add more movement” to the display.
When I first walked into the exhibit, I didn’t know where to look. The tarps, video, and even the shoe sitting on his computer all caught my attention all at once. Even though I found this all intriguing, I was a bit confused as to what it all meant. Once I read his description and talked to him, everything clicked; everything he laid out was all a part of the process in his response to the music. Alvaro’s whole experience made me realize that everyone has a response to just about anything whether we realize it or not. It could be music, movies, a mountain view, a drink, etc. There are times where there are no emotions to our responses, but there could also be times where there are many different emotions to our responses. Whichever the case may be, someone or something in fact, influences these responses; whether we realize it or not. Now even though there are no emotions in regards to Alvaro’s response, there still might of been some influence. Alvaro was a person who has tried martial arts, break dancing and in the event of getting ready for his artwork, only got 3 hours within the last three days. With that in mind, I can see that this influence made his response a lot more powerful.