Artist: Alvaro Alvarez Salazar
Exhibition: A Response to Classical Music
Media: Paint, Music, Camera
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
Instagram: In Progress
About the Artist
For the first artist conversation, I had the pleasure of meeting Alvaro Alvarez Salazar. He was born in Guatemala but moved to the U.S at the age of 8. Since moving to the U.S, he has learned the English language and is the first in his family to attend college. He is a CSULB undergraduate student hoping to get his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the School of Art’s History Program. Salazar says that music has been his biggest inspiration throughout the years and would love to become an art teacher after graduating.
Alvaro Salazar’s project is called, “A Response to Classical Music,” which contains a video of him creating this artwork with music. He played the introduction of Beethoven Overture Fidelio during this project. Salazar moved any objects that would have gotten in the way of him “responding”, he set up cameras, and covered the walls and floors. Next, he played the music and let his body respond while creating this amazing artwork. He said that the music was the reason why he did the movements that he did which led to an amazing display.
Alvaro Salazar decided to do Beethoven Overture Fidelio because he liked the fact that it is just a musical and does not contain words. He states that he wanted to go out of his comfort zone and when he came across this music, he knew that he had to use it for his piece. After the three days of hard work, he first did not like his piece and didn’t see any potential in it. However, after getting positive feedback he decided to stay true to his art piece. He chose to include the clothes that he created the art piece with to demonstrate how it was before and after the art work.
Synthesis/ My Experience
When I first walked into the gallery, I was confused as to what was going on. However, after seeing the video of Salazar creating the project I found myself intrigued by the video. Therefore, I wanted to know more about the project so I had a conversation with Salazar. I found him to be very interesting and really enjoyed him explaining his project. I liked how he didn’t define his project as a dance or performance but as a “response” to the music. I love how his passion for music projected while talking about his project and how much effort he put into this piece.