Artist: La Rosa
Exhibition: La Rosa
Media: Acrylic, Spray paint, Candle wax on canvas
Gallery: CSULB School of Arts, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
La Rosa is an undergraduate, third-year, trying to get in the Bachelor of Art program for drawing and painting. He was studying finance until last semester when he decided that, since he was already doing free-lance art, he should study it as well. He has been interested in art for his entire life but only began making it for a career two years ago. He told us that he likes to keep his art faceless and only introduced himself as La Rosa. He also stated that was reason why he was not present at his exhibit while our class visited. “Typically, I don’t talk to people about my art, I like to stand back to see how they react,” he explained.
La Rosa specializes in painting but has just expanded into photography as well. The exhibition was mostly acrylic and spray paint on canvas. However, one piece used candle wax and another was acrylic on photographs. Most of the pieces were very colorful, using vibrant hues of purple, pink and blue. For the most part, La Rosa “colored outside of the lines,” literally. Most pieces had paint that went onto the frame.
La Rosa’s main message was that he likes to paint about “human emotion, broken love and youth.” This message was easy to receive when looking at the works. One painting had the words, “her heart sank the moment she realized, at last, how much she wanted him,” written beneath; a simplistic but heartful and relateable message. The paintings were usually messy, almost as if they were painted in a fit of emotion. The messiness could also mean that love is messy, which is true. Most painting were done in pinks and purples, colors that are typically incorporated with love and emotion.
I think that La Rosa did an excellent job capturing human emotion. The pieces evoked feeling when you looked at them, and I think that’s what he was going for. My favorite piece was Love Letters, purely for the look. It was messy and smudged, but it was beautiful, regardless. I think this is simliar to the way love is: it’s messy, blurry, and unrefined but that is what makes it so special. With love, you’re taking a chance that it will be ugly or recieved the wrong way, just like La Rosa did by making art that went outside the lines.