Wk8 – Artist Conversation – Luis Arias

Artist: Luis Arias

Exhibition: The Weaving Machine

Media: Wood Clothe

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery

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This week, I observed the art of Luis Arias.  Luis is an undergrad here at CSU Long Beach.  He will be graduating at the end of this semester with a B.A. in wood work.  Luis was born in El Savador but he now resides in Los Angeles.

Luis made a weaving machine out out of wood, cloth, hinges, and steel cables.  The weaving machine is a functional machine that is able to create textiles.  Once completing this machine, Luis used this machine to make textiles which were featured in other works of art in the gallery.

Luis found his passion of weaving threw a class that he was taking.  However the class was to expensive to continue so he decided that he would make his own weaving machine so that he could continue his passion.  It took him six months to complete the machine.  I asked him what his inspiration was to complete this project and if he was trying to prove something with this machine.  He responded by telling me that his passion for making textiles drove him to make the machine, however, he hopes that people will look at the machine and be inspired by it.  He wanted to prove that everyone is capable of achieving what ever they want to with time and effort and don’t let anything get in your way of achieving your goals.

I was thoroughly impressed by not only his art work, but the fact that he was able to fallow a passion to the extent to create his own machine in order to continue was astonishing.  It was is perseverance and willingness to go after a passion that really resonated with me.  His words about not letting any thing get in your way to achieve your goals made me look inside my self and what I am currently doing in life and what my goals are and see if i had that sort of firey passion to achieve my goals.

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