Week 8 – Artist Conversation – Luis Arias

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Artist: Luis Arias

Exhibition: The Weaving Machine

Media: Wood, Metal and Yarn

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website: No Website

Instagram: No Instagram

About the Artist: Luis Arias is an undergraduate who is working on getting his BA in Art Education, more towards the wood program. He is currently a senior here at CSULB and is planning on graduating this year in May. Luis plans on visiting Europe and living there for a couple of years. He currently has no kids and the reason is because he likes to travel and if he was to have kids, his traveling days would be over. He enjoys watching soccer, but has no special team, but if he did he would choose Real Madrid. He likes to work with wood because he says that he can be creative and combine other pieces to form new ones.

Formal Analysis: Majority of the pieces made by Luis are made out of wood and of course metal to put it together. The yarn itself is there to help make the piece that the weaving machine makes. Thea pieces itself have variety of pieces in different sizes but yet tend to hold everything in place to keep the work stable and balanced. These art pieces are actually really stiff which would make the art piece less difficult in maybe breaking or coming apart. It may just be wood and no color, but yet it still captivates someones attention.

Content Analysis: Arias intention was to show that even by working with just wood itself people can be creative. He actually built the weaving machine out of scratch with just the materials he had. It took him only six months to get the machine complete. He used several type of woods to build the machine.

Synthesis/My Experience: Overall, this weeks artist conversation made me think how by being so creative, creativity has no limit. Just the fact that he himself put so much effort into it, made me think how much he really enjoys doing this.

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