This week’s galleries were finally back to the regular schedule, where around four artists that all usually go to CSULB each have a small exhibit to themselves. I’m glad these artists in particular were given the space because they all had works on the larger scale. Furthermore I was intrigued by the mind-warping work of Jesse Lubben, who I had the pleasure of interviewing.
Jesse starts by taking an aimless drive, usually in nature, until he sees something or finds a place that catches his eye. He then walks around letting his camera guide him to what will be the subject of each work, sort of. He then takes those photos, color adjusts them, rips them up, folds them, creates 3D objects with them and rephotographs the new creation. He even goes through this process multiple times sometimes, but it all makes sense in the way that it creates a truly unique and multi-dimensional array of shapes and colors.
When asked about his artistic background, he said he’d been drawing geometric designs since about high school but has studied art at CSULB for three years. When asked about his influences, he mentioned the writing of Loren Eisley, who talked about the geographic history about any one object in any given environment. He says that the Eisley’s writing helps him to think about what went into something as simple as a building being in a certain place. The materials had to all be gathered from somewhere and put together obviously, but furthermore one thinks about the rock used to build the building, and what cosmic collisions and weather shaped the original structure that the rock could have come from. This philosophy is very relevant because Jesse’s work forces you try to retrace what steps he may have taken, bit by bit, and what the original image may be.
Lastly we talked about art as a concept. I love that sometimes the perspective and angles of Jesse’s work don’t make a lot of sense and he said that most good art has some kind of contradiction. He also mentioned that humans have an engrained desire to want to solve things and so his work forces you to appreciate for long periods of time because it’s virtually unsolvable.
Check out his work here: http://jesselubben.com/