Artist: Alvaro A.S.Fall
Exhibition: A Response to Classical Music
Media: acrylics, metal and differend textiles on canvas
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery
Alvaro Fall is studying sculpture at the School of Arts CSULB. He is an undergraduate student who just began his third Semester. Alvaro was born in Guatemala and emigrated to the States when he was 8 years old and is now living in Los Angeles. After finishing his degree he wants to be an art teacher – or find an other way to work with kids, something he really enjoys.
When I met Alvaro at the exhibit rooms he was just about to explain his latest passion for classical music which is the basis for his sculpture.
The sculpture is a canvas (about 6’x 10′) layed on the ground and plastered with acrylic colors, metal sticks and clothings. most of the color is located in the center of the canvas. the paint sometimes reveals foot and handprints, so you can conclude the color was not applyed by brush.
The idea behind the sculpture is to give a visual response to a piece of classical music – in this case Beethovens Overture Fidelio.
Alvaro did this by dancing on the canvas, instinctively choosing colors and materials to apply them on it. He describes it as falling into trance and responding to the music with the whole body. The dance is not a planned performance but a direct and intuitive response.
The exhibition does not only show the sculpture but also a video that displays the process of building it. The camera is placed right above the canvas and Alvaro as he dances to the Overture Fidelio. It really is a joy watching him dance as his dance is very expressive and he uses breakdance techniques as well as ballet-like movements.
In my opinion the video adds a lot to the exhibition itself because it shows a lot of Alvaros personality and his wish to express himself. Alvaro is an ambitious artist who really flourishs in his art and I think thats a wonderful base for his sculptures.