Artist: Ralph Acosta
Exhibition: ReLAX: Reimagining Los Angeles International Airport
Media: Mixed (e.g. Architecture, Video, etc.)
Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery
About the Artist and his Art:
Like last week’s artist, Cintia Figueroa, this week’s artist, Ralph Acosta, has a video production background, one which he utilized to help make his artwork in the current exhibition. Ralph in the past has had to learned software like Final Cut and Adobe After Effects to help, for instance, make the video of a different LAX airport. As mentioned during a discussion, Ralph has always had a thing for planes, so for his thesis he figured to focus in on that particular subject. Originally more of a branding project, “Reimagining Los Angeles International Airport” became so much more.
Indeed, “ReLAX: Reimagining Los Angeles International Airport” was a completely surprising and different kind of art. After nearly a year to do just the first part, it took what is already there in reality, in this case, an airport, and basically made it better. ReLAX was also essentially a visualization and model of what this newer airport would look like. The different font type, the geometry, and the architecture all served to attempt to improve what is considered to be one of the world’s worst airports. In addition, I loved it when as the students were asking Ralph numerous questions, at one point he got up and went to the gallery, with us following, to point out and further explain to us. This helped us get his point much more efficiently, and overall I had a positive experience.
I believe that Ralph has a very unique and compelling vision for something that certainly could use some improvement. Just take a look at the images below. This is not only the work of an artist, this is the work of someone who cares and is passionate about what he does. That is worth admiring.