Artist: Luis Arias
Exhibition: The Weaving Machine
Media: Wood, Cloth
Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery
About the Artist:
Luis Arias is in the Fine Arts wood program and will graduate in May. Originally from El Salvador, Arias came to the U.S. after the invasion of El Salvador in the 80’s. One of his greatest passions is travel, specifically within Europe. A tried and true free spirt, he immerses himself in the culture of the particular country he visits. Arias has no family of his own because he believes it will intrude on his passion for travel.
My father is a Union carpenter and has taught me the importance of building things/working with your hands, because of this I was quite drawn to Arias’ beautifully crafted furniture. The wood he uses is masterfully finished and is of the best quality. Each piece is functional, beautiful, and intriguing. The cloth perfectly compliments the woodwork; the colors are very light in nature.
One piece in this exhibit that I found extremely interesting was the loom that Arias had built himself. He was essentially making something so that he could make more things; Arias is the maker that our society so sadly lacks today. Briefly, he mentioned that an inspiration for this exhibit was the female gender, something he felt should be admired and appreciated. My favorite snippet from the conversation was that wood can be manipulated into anything we can imagine.
I found Arias to be very interesting yet simple. He likes travel and making things with his hands, two very simple ideas but rare in this era. I truly appreciated all of his work and hope to maybe learn the skill of wood working one day.