Artist: Kelvin Lopez
Media: printmaking, crystals
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
CSULB undergraduate Kelvin Lopez is working toward his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the School of Art’s Printmaking Program. Aside from art, he has other interests as well. Kelvin has two dogs, a Siberian Husky and a German Shepard. He is from San Diego, California. On his free time, Kelvin enjoys drinking beer, hanging out with friends, and listening to music. He also likes going to music festivals and shows because that is where he gets to meet people that have similar interests as him.Kelvin also collects crystals, which is the basis of his artwork. He has always been interested in art. He enjoyed experimenting with things and he was always wanting to make his own cool stuff. However, he never had the resources like he does now. Kelvin took an art class during his freshman year of high school and admitted that he wasn’t very good. He said that some of his fellow classmates would laugh at his work. This only encouraged and pushed him to be better and to work harder. Therefore, he took more art classes. Through these art classes, he learned value, contrast, how to paint, how to shade with pencil, charcoal, etc.
Kelvin’s artwork display was mainly about crystals. He had different shapes and types of actual crystals laid out. Around the walls were prints. They were all different, vibrant colors and each had their own unique shapes. Each print had a different meaning. All the prints were of crystals. However, what was inside the crystals were interesting. Inside his crystal prints, he had drawings of himself, his two nephews, etc. Most of his work was about his personal life. That is what is most important to him. He demonstrated that through the use of crystals.
Most of Kelvin’s work conveys his personal life, using crystals. It’s the idea of seeing things through crystals because every crystal has a different meaning, belief, or healing power. Kelvin believes that scrying is used to foretell the future or hidden knowledge. It’s his gateway of showing his past. Therefore, most of his work is about him and his personal life. It’s what he knows best. In his work, some pieces are of a younger version him, his two young nephews, and his dogs. Kelvin believes that the best subject matter of art is dealing with what you know, do, and practice. He takes in whatever is out there and creates something out of it, making it his own.
Kelvin’s work was very interesting and were all beautiful. I love his idea of portraying his personal life through crystals. I also enjoyed listening to him talk about his work and how passionate he was about it. The crystals were beautiful and I agree with him in that when I look into a crystal, it’s almost as if I can see other things within it. I also relate to him in that his personal life is what matters most. I’m not that into politics or other things, but one thing I’m very passionate about is my family and how they raised me to be the person I am today. I think it’s great that Kelvin portrays the things he loves through his artwork, such as his dogs and nephews. Those are some things that mean the most to him, which is why it would just come naturally to him.