Wk3 – Artist Conversation – Alvaro Alvarez

Artist: Alvaro Alvarez
Exhibition: A Response to Classical Music
Media: Paint, Sculpture
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby-Gallery
Website: N/A
Instagram: N/A

About the Artist

Alvaro Alvarez is an Undergraduate student at California State University, Long Beach and is working towards his BFA degree in the School of Art’s Sculpture Program. He made the decision to attend CSULB and further his education in art after attending Los Angeles City College where his interest for art began. He started his art journey with an interest in drawing and sketching then later developed a passion for sculpting.

Formal Analysis

This exhibition included a canvas, which was a sheet, paint and classical music. The media used would be painting, photography and sculpting. The art shows various lines and shapes. There are several different colors used. I would say this piece is abstract because there is no one object being formed by the many lines and shapes.

Content Analysis

After speaking to Alvarez about his exhibition and listening to him tell me about his work, I realized that this piece was unique. It was unique for one specific reason that really caught my attention: he was not thinking. Alvarez made it clear to me that his intentions were not to incorporate thoughts or emotion into his exhibition but just respond to the environment: classical music. By allowing his body to move with no control he expressed himself beautifully through his art.

My Experience

This exhibition was moving to me because while no emotions were meant to influence the outcome of the piece, emotion was certainly a result from observing the art. In my personal experience, I have developed the habit of overthinking. We go about our days and we often think too much. We do not allow ourselves to make spontaneous decisions and respond to our instincts. In certain situations, it is not wrong to decide to put our thoughts and emotions aside and just react.

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