Week 3- Artist Conversation-Alvaro A.S.F




Artist: Alvaro A.S.F

Exhibition: A Response to Classical Music

Media:Paint, Mixed-Media, Installation

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

email: arturo830@gmail.com

website: in progress..

instagram: N/A

About the Artist:

Alvaro A.S.F., is a transfer student who is working hard toward BFA undergrad degree in the School of Art’s Sculpture Program. He is currently a California State University of Long Beach Student. As for his future goal, he wants to become an art teacher and to “inspired others to do in their lifetime.” He first started with his interest in classical music and from listening to it he then wanted to keep exploring classical music. His inspiration and artistic will not only inspired me, but everyone around the world.

Formal Analysis: 

Alvaro’s creation called A Response to Classical Music, have major parts such as the canvas and blank installation space. He begins his project with a blank installation space, similar to a black canvas for a painting; “however his clothing and the floor piece index the process of changing responses to Classical Music.” Inside the gallery room, the left side, there was a canvas that he painted white because he feels like the space was too emptied so he started to reference the first to step to the black installation space.He did it to make it look natural. Also, on the right hand side, there was a black installation space that have a mixture of spattered from his response to Classical Music with black background. He shared A response to Classical music begins with his body with his body through a process of responding to music. He also mentioned that it is not a dance perform even when people thinks it’s a dance performance. In his project, he uses the audio of Beethoven Overture Fidelio. When he was responding to the classical music, he “fall into a trance of different parts of [his] body that have a response to the overture.” When he responded to the sound of the music, he “fall into a trance of different sounds of overture in search of new experience.” Also, the “language through different parts of his body that have a response to the overture.” His describes his response to the overture with great details. The clothing that he wear was from his everyday clothes that he wore. In his project clothing he wear are described as his physical body, the paint, the audio and the movement of his body that are part of the “sculpture painting piece.”

Content Analysis:

Alvaro’s project is about his own response to Beethoven Overture Fidelio classical music with just the audio. He shared with students that he listened to all types of music, but he finds classical music easier to respond because he was curious and he had a different respond. He stated that when he was downloading musics from iPod, it is by accident that he finds the Beethoven Overture Fidelio. The movements of the body is not a break dance, it is his way of responding to the Beethoven music that he listened to. In the future, he would like to try a different genre of classical music. As we interviewed him, we were curious if he have a special outfit that he used for the his artwork, but instead the clothes that he used are his everyday comfort outfit that he wears usually.

Synthesis/My Experience

When I was entering the Marilyn Werby Gallery, I was amazed from looking at his artwork. From watching the video that was displayed for us, I wouldn’t think it would have a such meaning. The video that he displayed to us was the artist, who is responding, to the classical music. When the artist incorporate music with body movements, this reminds me of how my friend and I responds to hip-hop, music such as Korean pop, Cambodian cultural music, and christian’s music. I was inspired that artist was able to create a great project that was relatable to an individual. This shows that art can be create from own movements and music which all of us are listening to everyday.







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