Artist: Luis Arias
Exhibition: The Weaving Machine
Media: Wood, Metal and Fabric
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
About the Artist
Luis Arias is an undergraduate who should be graduating this May. He will be receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Art Education and woodwork. He is originally from El Salvador, but currently lives in Los Angeles. Luis mentioned that he enjoys traveling. In addition he enjoys playing soccer; he even wears a necklace of a soccer cleat, and a soccer ball around his neck. He says he enjoys physically playing rather than watching or than the idea of coaching.
Luis’ artwork reminded me of Mexico in which everything is manmade. It reminded me of the time it takes to make things by hand and how if you go to a furniture store in Mexico you will most likely see the owner working on another furniture piece. I realize that so much work often goes unappreciated because often people walk by things without admiring the detail that goes into each curve, line, and woven part of furniture. Luis’ art was very natural wood looking. The texture was soft and bumpy because of all the woven texture within it.
While conversing with the artist I learned that Luis’ inspiration for this exhibit stemmed from the idea of women. Luis described his art as something he wanted to be admired and appreciated. I was very inspired to learn that Luis built the loom in his exhibit with the idea of having one of his own without having to spend money on something he really could not afford. Luis is very detailed and takes his time on all of his art pieces.
Synthesis / My Experience
I truthfully was in love with this exhibit. I enjoy looking at work that is traditional. I admired Luis’ artwork because I feel that many people do this kind of art for a living, but it often goes extremely unappreciated because its seen as production rather than art, and to see such beauty displayed this way seemed amazing. My uncle works making furniture, and often tells us stories about how people do not appreciate the quality of it and try an lowball. I know that it is different from Luis’ art, but I love the fact his art is being displayed to be admired.