Artist: Luis Arias
Exhibition: Welcome to the Weaving Machine
Media: Wood, Fabric
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
About The Artist
Luis Arias was born in El Salvador and moved to the United States in the 1980s while the government was involved in the country. He loves to visit Europe to learn about the art and culture of Spain, Portugal, and other countries. He also studied the language and really enjoys learning as many as possible. He really enjoys to watch soccer and play it but he goes for the team Real Madrid. His inspiration through out his art is women.
All of the pieces in this gallery were hand made. Each one of these pieces took him about 1-2 years event he loom. All of the pieces in the gallery are able to be used. For example one of the chairs in the gallery is used in his home. You can really see how much time he put into his pieces because of all the detail in the wood.
He made this gallery to really show the beauty of something that is hand made. Because you can really see the details in the wood and the detail in the fabric you can really see and appreciate the art that is hand made. He described his work as Anti- Walmart, meaning he wanted to make furniture and pieces of art that you could put in your house but that you couldn’t find in Walmart. I think that in other words he was trying to say that he was coming up with art that was unique. He stated how he really enjoyed working with wood because you could manipulate it and create what ever you want.
Going into this gallery I just thought everything was so detailed. It reminded me of Mexico. When I went to Mexico I just saw a lot of detailed furniture and this gallery really reminded me of it. I really loved how much detail each piece had and how you could really see that it took him time to create. I also loved to see how much he loved art and culture and how he really wanted to learn the art and culture of others.