Artist: Elmer Guevara and Robert Nehemiah
Gallery: CSULB School of Art
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Week four, we met Elmer Guevara and Robert Nehemiah who are two undergrad students here at CSULB. they are both in the painting department and love to break the chains that are put on modern day artists. Both of these gentlemen are striving for a BFA and then graduate school. In this exhibition, there were multiple paintings of people out in the Los Angeles streets and portraits. After talking to them, we discovered that they depictions of those on the streets were real life homeless people that Elmer had interviewed and asked permission to take pictures of. Each piece is individually depicted based on Elmer’s first perception of them, for example, the picture Gregg which is shown above seems to be in motion, that is because Greg himself, moved a lot while speaking to Elmer. Robert likes to work with fragmentation and interesting canvases for his pieces, like the portrait of his grandmother, which was painted on old cardboard.
So, first look into the exhibition, you got a feel for the city streets. now it’s no secret that LA is covered in the less fortunate, but still, somehow, the depictions hit hard. Elmer and Robert were both born and raised in Los Angeles so they feel very connected to it in their artwork. Each piece was different from the last, due to the individuality of the people they tried to depict. Robert’s portraits were of his mother, grandmother, close friend and himself. He said that he chose those people because they either inspired him or helped him get to where he is today. Though I found both of these artists works to be beautiful, I did favor Elmer’s. the composition of their pieces was something else that caught my eye; everything was so out of the ordinary, like Robert’s canvases. Even in his own self portrait, the lines were slightly smeared, almost always showing motion in both artists’ work, it was really interesting.