Week9-Artist Conversation-Vanessa Olivarez

Exhibition Information

Artist: Vanessa Olivarez

Exhibition: Don’t be Careful, be Gentle

Media: Sculpting

Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

Website: www.tokioni.com

Instagram: tokioni

This week we met at the art galleries again, and I had the chance to to interview Vanessa Olivarez. Vanessa was the creator of the showcase featured as “Don’t be Careful, be Gentle”. Vanessa is currently a senior at CSULB and is working on graduating with a BFA in sculpting. Vanessa enjoys making videos and its trying to focus her artwork more on technology.

Vanessa’s gallery is mostly consistent of bright color and electronic items. She has a couple screens with videos playing as well as an electrical see-saw, which was my favorite of her collection. Vanessa says her show case was supposed to be bright in color, simply because she did not want it to look plane in white, so the room is toned in a bright pink. To keep her showcase bright, Vanessa covered the door entrance with a thick black curtain. In the center of the room was the sea-saw with two videos around it being played, which projected a little girl in a treehouse.

While hearing her speak, she said her art show case was not for a specific audience. It can mean different things to different people. As to the sea-saw, she said it portrayed her trying to find her balance in life. She also had a ballet music box which represented her childhood. Most of the stuff in gallery were things she got from home, so it was convinient for her. All of this took her 2 months to complete.

Personally i enjoyed Vanessa’s gallery. It was very original and eye catching. My favorite part was the sea-saw. It reminded me of my own childhood, of playing in the playground in elementary school. The only thing i would have changed from her showcase is the color, but i understand her reasons to put it and respect her color choice.

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Author: Gabriel Gonzalez

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