Week 4 – Artist Conversation – Elmer Guevara & Robert Nehemiah

Exhibition Information

Artist: Elmer Guevara and Robert Nehemiah
Exhibition: Immaterial 
Media: Drawing and Painting
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery West
Website: none
Instagram: @3lmski1 (Guevara) & @WookieeWarrior (Nehemiah)

This piece comes from Elmer Guevara. His take on “breaking away” from the strict dimensions of art they were taught was by distorting the images. The image resembled a collage in my eyes.

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Nehemiah’s way of breaking away from the strict dimensions was by painting on unprimed surfaces, such as wood and cardboard.

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Nehemiah’s works were based on detachment from materialism. From this came the philosophy and those who inspired this philosophy were painted in his paintings. Guevara’s paintings depicted things and people who are often overseen, such as homeless people. He actually had the opportunity to talk to the homeless people, asking for their permission to be photographed as well as learning about them in the process.

What I had really enjoyed about this showcase was the fact that they were breaking away from the way they were taught to do art which was the “formal” way. They had mentioned that it is hard to break away from the traditional ways of painting and it can be frowned upon by others. I can relate to trying to distant myself from things I was taught and rather doing my own thing that I prefer. This can be related to both school, social life, and especially life at home.

Both Elmer Guevara and Robert Nehemiah are undergraduates working towards their BFA degrees. Both artists enjoy traveling during their free time. Nehemiah also has music as a side interest. They mentioned that due to being students, there is not much leisure time, which made me laugh because it was very relatable.

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