Artist: Luis Arias
Exhibition: The Weaving Machine
Media: Wood & Fiber
Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery
Website or Instagram: none
Luis Arias is a student in the Fine Arts Wood program at CSULB and is set to graduate in May. He was born in El Salvador and moved to the U.S. as a kid after the invasion of his country in the 80’s. Luis loves to travel, especially to Europe and places like Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Romania. He also enjoys immersing himself in the different cultures and languages of the countries he travels to. Additionally, Arias makes bowls, maracas and other musical instruments. He even replicated a small yoyo and made it a much larger scale while maintaining its working ability.
Arias’ work includes two deck chairs, wooden stands and a handmade loom which he used to make all of the pieces in the exhibit. He utilized both wood and colorful woven fabric in many of his pieces. Although all works are untitled, Arias says that each is self explanatory because he wants the pieces to be functional and able to be used by many. In the woven stool and box, Luis incorporates geometric forms and sharp lines in his design. Using the loom he built himself, Luis created each of the pieces with extreme accuracy and precision which is clear in all of the work shown.
The works in the exhibit are both art pieces and practical items that can be used in everyday life. Luis made it evident that is no real deeper meaning to the pieces he makes, but instead he wishes to create a variety of items that people can enjoy. The unique and original works he creates can not be found in general stores such as Ikea or Walmart because it is all handmade and completely different than what is being sold today.
Luis Arias is a passionate artist that puts a lot of work and thought into each of the pieces he makes. I find that his work projects the idea of being yourself and not following what the majority of others are doing. Instead of following the mainstream art work, Arias’ sticks to his individuality and perfectly represents this in the various items he makes with his own two hands. I would love to have a unique, colorful deck chair or even a beautifully woven stool made by Luis Arias in my future home.