Artists: Elmer Guevara & Robert Nehemiah Sanchez
Media: Paints (Arcylic, Oil), Canvas, Cardboard, Tarp, Metal, Wood
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov West
Instagram: Elmer-@3lmski1 Robert- @wookieewarrior
About the Artists
Robert Nehemiah and Elmer Guevara are both from Los Angeles where they both attended different colleges. Robert was attending Rio Honda College and Elmer was attending EAST LA College in the past.Elmer and Robert are both undergraduate students working towards their BFA degrees in the School of Art’s Drawing and Painting Program. Elmer has always been drawn to art at a young age and he began working with graffiti art. Meanwhile, Robert was working towards becoming a firefighter but realized that his passion was to creating art. They decided to work together because they found that their work was similar and created an exhibition called Immaterials.
In this exhibition both artist use oil to paint their portraits. Robert painted on different materials such as cardboard or wood he would find in LA while Elmer would paint on big canvases. They both liked to use dark and more serious colors in their works as they were trying to capture the real life in LA. Robert’s paintings look more antique because of how he did his paintings on different materials. They looked much older than Elmer’s because of this. Elmer had interviews with people in the streets of LA and painted about his experiences with them. For example, one of his paintings has a man with his face all disfigured and he said he did this because during the interview with this person he was moving a lot and wanted to capture that in his painting. I found this part of his art extremely interesting.
When you look at their artwork you see and think of many things. They like to draw pictures of friends, family, or even themselves and they also draw portraits of the homeless people of LA. They would try to capture the moments they would see when in LA. What they are trying to do is get more attention from the viewers to bring the issue of the homeless to light. Many homeless people are neglected form society and I think this is a very good cause for this art. Robert uses the materials to show that trash and scrap materials are not just waste, they could be reused and recycled and become something better. They are showing us that no matter what, anything can be used as art.
Synthesis /My Experience
I wanted to write about these artists because I immediately felt something when I walked into that exhibit and saw all the things that they were about. Being from LA I was able to easily connect to these artists and I appreciated everything that they did. I found their art to be some of the coolest stuff I have ever seen. Just everything about Elmer’s canvas paintings and Robert’s paintings on different materials was what caught my eye. This was the exhibit that caught my eye the most so far out of all the ones that I have seen.