Wk13-Artist Coversation-Laura López

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Artist: Laura López

Exhibition: Selvática (wild)

Media: Drawing and Painting

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery

Artist, Laura López, is currently finishing her MFA. Her artwork is inspired by nature, and the wisdom and beauty within it. Laura’s work shows her admiration of nature and philosophy of pantheism. Ultimately, Laura sees the jungle as her “true home.”

In each of Laura’s paintings there is a great amount of detail. Through the use of color and pattern, Laura creates a beautiful interpretation of the wild jungle. While bright and bold colors are present in each painting, Laura also paints a few pieces using a more monochrome style.

When painting, Laura says her work “explores how pattern and color function as structural elements to build imagery and composition, and construct a visual narrative about the natural world.” Overall, her paintings show her love of nature and bond with it as well.

Although I know little about pantheism, I admire the love Laura has for nature. Her art is an inspiration, as well as the story behind it. I’m inspired by the drawing and painting talent Laura has. I enjoy painting as well, and appreciate seeing intricate and creative paintings.

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Wk9-Artist Interview-Vanessa Olivarez

Last week I was given the opportunity to interview Vanessa Olivarez. After speaking to her for a while, I learned she loves film. In her art gallery there was a video of her dancing on screen shaped in a trapezoid. The screen was interesting how it was floating in the air.

Most of what Vanessa had on display was presented in some form of video. Another art piece she had on display was karaoke lyrics. The lyrics were a poem written by her. After speaking with her, I found out she loves karaoke, which is why her poem was expressed in that format.

Overall, I learned that the gallery, “Tender” was a small glimpse of Vanessa’s mind and inner thoughts. In her gallery she was able to create a style and feeling while also showing her ability to manipulate light and audio. I learned the audio was a kids toy piano.

Once I walked into the gallery, I felt that I had entered into a place far from CSULB. Vanessa did a great job at creating a uniquely styled environment. I enjoyed the colors that all the screens gave off, and the colored lights she used.