MEET: artist Anthony Arevalo


(via Instagram @AssembledInHouse)
As the spotlight maker for the month of Minimalism, I turned to local artist Anthony Arevalo. I would call his work minimal, but there are a lot of other influences at play in his housewares and art. Anthony was kind enough to answer my 5 Questions, discussing his creative journey. Find more from him at AssembledInHouse.com.

 

 

Anthony Arevalo of Assembled in House

My name is Anthony Arevalo, owner of Assembled In House. I am an artist living and working in Dayton, Nevada. I primarily work with materials that bear the marks of a previous life - from common building materials to found objects bleached by the desert sun. My background in construction, formal art and bicycle mechanics have led me to a process that is calculated, contemplative, improvisational, and intuitive.

 


Q01: How did you get started in creating art?

I was introduced to art in the fourth grade by my now friend, and mentor Larry Kotik. He was hired by the elementary school principal (James Paige) to teach art to kids in their classrooms. Larry saw something in me, and with the permission of my teacher and parents, I soon started assisting him in other classes with younger students. When Larry's program concluded he invited me and some other students to participate in art lessons he taught after school on Fridays. This was my introduction to the study of art but not necessarily when i began creating art. Larry is well studied in Impressionist color theory, composition, painting, drawing and his classes reflected that. The foundation I gained at a young age led to an interest and commitment to study art.

I would say I started creating art somewhere around 2003-2004 after continuing to study through high school and college. This is when I feel like I started to create work that was mine and not heavily influenced in appearance by the things I saw in skateboard magazines and art books. The foundation and adherence to the principals I had learned was there, but I was enamored by the images I saw on glossy pages and thought the only way I would "make it" would be to mimic them. Those influences are still there but I can say with confidence that my work is now mine.
"Safe for Now" by Anthony Arevalo
("Safe for Now" by Anthony Arevalo)

Q02: What led you to working with the mediums we're currently seeing - wood and metal and reclaimed items?

You are currently seeing wood, metal, and other reclaimed items for a few reasons. Two being their accessibility and affordability. My Dad is a former carpenter and has piles of materials, mostly lumber, strewn about his property that he brought home from jobs in the past. Most of this stuff was headed to the landfill but he saw value in it and brought it home. Fortunately he never had enough room to store it out of the weather. Twenty-something years later its looking pretty good with surface textures and colors I'm drawn to. 

Metal is relatively new to my work. I can recall seeing it used in art and responding to its aesthetic, but never had access to tools or the know-how to manipulate it. With the help and generosity of my brother I've been able to incorporate it into some of my work in the last couple of years.

Reclaimed materials/items appear in my work because I love the story they tell. Anything from worn fabric to painted shelves pulled out of an eighty year old shed that smell like stale cigarette smoke. There is really something special, and intimate to me in that connection through an object to someone I'll never meet.    
Artwork by Anthony Arevalo of Assembled in House

Q03: What are some inspirations for your work?

I'm inspired mostly by my visual observations of the world, an insatiable thirst to answer the "what if" that exists inside of me, and the materials I find. Light, shadow, color, and the relationship they have with one another in the natural world interests and inspires me. 

I also find the story of the hard working, passionate rock-and-roll band very inspiring. That band who plays to small crowds, limping from town to town gaining one fan at a time.


Q04: What is a dream project, collaboration or piece?

My dream project is to build a modern, minimalist house in the mountains off of six-mile canyon road near Virginia City. 
Lamps by Assembled in House

Q05: Why make art at all? 

I make art because I don't do yoga or meditate. I'm familiar with the teachings/intentions of both and find that in the art making process. It's a way for me to connect and converse with myself and the world. I make art because I'm selfish in the most Ayn Rand usage of the word. I make art because I absolutely love it.

Remember this, "Jackson Pollock, is Jackson Pollock, because he was Jackson Pollock."

 

See more of Anthony's products and art at AssembledInHouse.com or on Instagram @AssembledInHouse.

 

 


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