FOR THE LOVE OF L.A.
For the Love of L.A. highlights the broad and expansive array of Angeleno creativity across diverse disciplines and geographies. New artists and works of art will be posted every Tuesday for a 13-week period. More than 35 artists in total will be featured with a platform to express their views of Los Angeles that are relevant and reflective of the current time through music, dance and visual culture.
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For the past couple of years, I have been making drawings around East L.A. and its neighboring areas. I usually spend a couple of minutes contemplating a landscape before drawing it.
During those minutes many subtle things happen. Cypresses point towards the sky, tall palms sway back and forth, and trees full and heavy with leaves seem to expand and contract. As the scene plays out, sounds begin to emanate from the hillside, at first a bit abstract, yet as they continue, they become more familiar, a barking dog in the distance, children yelling and laughing, the bells from a passing ice cream truck, all of them come together and give a distinct “sound” or a flavor to the neighborhood.
This short animation with sound is meant to evoke that feeling. Within this short animation I explore the subtle movements of things which are off in the distance, and I try to draw a picture with sound. For me, drawing is usually a very solitary endeavour, animation and sound are not part of what I do, so a special thanks to Carlos and Cynthia for assisting me in turning a drawing into an experience.
Manuel López was born in 1983 in East Los Angeles. He attended East Los Angeles College before transferring to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he earned his BFA in painting and drawing. His work is informed by his keen observations of the built environment, focusing primarily on the neighborhoods and communities in and around East L.A., where he lives and works. His paintings and illustrations capture the textures of everyday life as depicted through the densely packed residential architecture, vegetation, infrastructure and advertisements that he sees. Rendered with exacting detail, López’s work evokes his memories of the people and places that he encountered growing up in East L.A. and Boyle Heights, and documents the reality of an ever-changing region. López presented his first solo exhibition in 2018 at Eastern Gallery Projects in Los Angeles’ Chinatown. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions at the Río Hondo College Art Gallery’s SUR:biennial (2019), the Vincent Price Art Museum, Monterey Park (2018), and the Abrazo Interno Gallery at The Clemente, New York (2015), among others.