Wk 4 – Artist Conversation – Elmer & Robert

Artists: Elmer & Robert
Gallery: CSULB School of Art
Instagram: Elmer – 3lmski1
Robert – wookieewarrior

About the Artists:

Both Elmer & Robert are undergraduates and are planning to move onto their masters degree. Elmer was born and raised in LA, which we can see from his work. His work comes from the inspirations and interviews from the homeless, located in Los Angeles. He likes to travel. Robert is from Pico Rivera. He has been drawing since he was a little kid. His hobbies also include music.

Formal Analysis:

Elmer’s work consisted of larger rectangular pieces and Robert’s work consisted of smaller irregular pieces. Elmer based his art on interviews of homeless people he met in Los Angeles and that was where he found his common ground on. They weren’t just random people, he got their names, such as Greg. His art piece on Greg represented the man himself. Elmer noticed that Greg moved a lot with his arms and that is how he painted the pieces, to show movement and gestures. He combined his pictures he took of Greg to produce the final piece. He also considered his surroundings and fragmentation. His pink panther piece that he used to divide the two gallery rooms also gave the same LA vibes to the room.

On the other hand, Robert’s theme is direct painting. His inspiration comes from materialism. Since some of his art was painted on cardboard, his work is “temporary”. He painted his mentor, mother, grandmother, and himself. He says art is like finding his own voice. He played with a lot of things like sculpting and prefers everything to be hands on.

Content Analysis:

Their inspirations were very unique and interesting to hear. The fact that Robert paints some of his pieces on cardboard instead of simple canvases is different. In addition, I think Elmer’s work on the homeless is amazing. Often times I believe that the homeless is always ignored. People ignore them and pass by them when they ask for change. To think that Elmer actually took the initiative to go ahead and interview them on a personal level and create an art piece influenced by them is one of the nicest things I’ve heard anyone do.  I believe it makes people like the ones he interviewed feel special and have a meaningful place in the world just like everyone else. I admire that. Robert’s theme of painting people who have placed a huge impact on him is meaningful as well.

Synthesis/My Analysis:

I think that Elmer’s work inspires me to always give anyone and everyone a chance to speak. People that he interviewed probably had a lot to say and a huge background story. I expected them to be happy to have someone to listen to them, even if it was just for a quick moment. It teaches to never judge a book by its cover. I also believe that Robert’s work is meaningful as well, because his mentor, mother, and grandmother was said to have been a big impact in his life. He gave back to them by giving them each their own unique art piece.


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