By Cynthia Montes
LBCC students got free tickets and an in-depth lecture from artist Stanislav Orlovski, an art department teacher, to the “Drawing Surrealism” exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Saturday, Nov. 17.
Orlovski is one of the three contemporary artists included in the historical survey of surrealist art work.
More than 200 drawings and other works on paper, the museum’s exhibit represented 90 artists from 16 counties.
The artists include Andre Masson, Picabia, Tanguy, Max Ernst, Klee, Man Ray, Dali, Goya, Breton, Miro, Picasso, Jean Arp and Pollock. Rachel De Ruyter, 21, an art major, said, “It’s great to learn from an artist’ perspective. It’s phenomenal to see your teacher achieve what you dream as an artist.”
Ruyter said the show changes one’s point of view as to what one can do with materials in modern times. One of the pieces of , Nocturne 2012, is a black-and-white collage of birds, skulls, disembodied eyes, botanicals, night skies and broken sculpture.
A moon-illuminated black bird flies on the left and disappears. Then another one flies to the right and is gone.
Seconds later, an irregular door-shape light appears at the center. Through it, black-and-white patterns of changing shapes and tones pass by.
The door-like light changes into dripping shapes that run below the bottom and disappear. A head of a woman appears, her hair undulating and her black eyes wide open.
The light traces a large key hole, through it appears different objects. Then the key hole slowly crumbles.
Orlovski’s work combines traditional drawing in charcoal, ink, Xerox transfer and collage with projected hand-drawn animation on a wall.
The animation has 24 frames per second and it takes 15 minutes to see the entire combination of images for each work. The works uses perhaps more than 100,000 images, Orlovski said.
“This is a very site-specific work,” Orlovski said. “It took me six months to do.”
Lynette Mota, 31, an art major, said, “He is such a great inspiration. He is also a great teacher who lets you develop as an artist, without pushing you into a box.”
At the museum, Orlovksi also talked about the history of surrealist view and the writers, poets, philosophers and painters who were its early proponents. With his 25 or so drawing and painting students, Orlovski discussed the techniques of surrealist artists, such as automatic drawing.
“To sit down and draw in the stream of consciousness style. To tap a place beyond reason, the unconscious.”
He said the surrealist artists investigated hallucinations and visions to present their images. They also used existing material and reconfigure them into new ways.
Garrett Sweeting, 29, an art major, said, “It’s valuable to me personally that the teachers at LBCC are professional contemporary artists. You can see their works, their techniques. You can see your teacher grow as an artist and you grow, too. It’s inspiring and builds your confidence.”
The show is curated by Leslie Jones of the museum’s department of prints and drawing and is open through Jan. 6. The museum is located at 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles and its website is lacma.org.