Artist: Alvaro Alverez Salazar
Exhibition: A Response to Classical Music
Media: Acrylic Paint, Metal Wire, Computer, Clothing, Music, Camera
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
Website: In Progress
Instagram: In Progress
Alvaro Alverez Salazar, or Alvaro A.S.F. as he likes to go by in his exhibition display, is a CSU Long Beach undergraduate transfer student who is currently pursuing a BFA in the School of Art’s Sculpture Program. Alvaro and his family immigrated from Guatemala to the United States at a young. He noted that as a young boy, his parents had observed that Alvaro was not an academic proficient student. Instead he focused on other aspects of life such as music, which he cites as one of his biggest inspirations. However, despite Alvaro’s seemingly lack of academic drive, he loves to learn about sciences such as biology and physics. His dream job is to become a teacher who doesn’t simply teach, but inspires. Lastly, Alvaro noted that he isn’t fully committed to the program that he is in. He claims that he is simply getting a feel for every program at the moment and that he may change programs in the future.
Upon walking into the exhibition gallery, the first thing anyone would notice is the classical music. Upon closer inspection we see one white canvas and one black canvas. The white canvas has white clothing on it and white paint on the side. The fullness of white appears pure and immaculate. As for the black canvas, which is covered in various colors of paint, clothes, and metal wire in a seemingly chaotic fashion. In the background we see how it was all made through a video played through a projector. Alvaro performs uncalculated movements on the canvas which become even disordered as the music becomes more powerful. The disorder through his movements is then marked on the canvas.
Alvaro explains that the video displayed in his exhibition was not meant to be interpreted as a dance. The artwork on the canvas is a result of not emotions or thought, but a trance brought on by the different sounds of Beethoven’s overture Fidelio. His body parts express the search of “new experience and language” brought on by the overture. Alvaro claims that the overture serves as a summary of “whole,” or as I interpreted it, life. The changes in the overture represent changes around us which we must adapt to, as expressed by his movement. Since Alvaro acted without thought or emotions, it seems to show how we react on autopilot. Without either, we don’t have a way to regulate our life.
To me Alvaro’s piece resonates to me as a display of life. The paint represents marks that we leave behind, much life footprints. As our the overture, which stands for our surroundings, change so must we. In our lives we have to respond and react to what happens around us. Life does not move at a steady pace. We have to speed things up later on and Alvaro’s movements express exactly that. I can see a connection between his artwork and my life through my education. When I first started going to school, life was easy, stress was nonexistent, and little effort was required. As I went up in grades, the stress become more apparent and more effort was required. Now that I’m in college, school requires more effort and creates more stress than ever before. The effort that I put into school represent “thoughts” which I must use to keep my life on track. When I stop putting thoughts into what I do, my life will begin to fall apart. However, if a first grader were to do so, it would have less of an impact. Alvaro’s piece displays how we would react if we didn’t control our lives while the world moves around us.