the documents live as matter to carry out a conversation into sustainability addressing problems to remediate while challenging the inherent qualities of the material and how society constructs material norms for the work to be adjacent to the material, as well as having work equally respectful and challenging as it acknowledges the space before being providing
Alamo Artworks is the initial idea of branching out as a visual artist's. the story started in 8th grade when my art teacher enjoyed my final so much she went out to show
the collage to the upper class former art teacher Jill Ewing, art teacher and modern shaman where she was able to help me discover energy and introduced to individuals within San Antonio's art community and was the initial one to make the introduction to ceramics
and got me Seeking out Community classes as well as making the introduced me to Artist, Dennis Smith, of Southwest School of Art, where he allowed me to take his full adult advanced throwing class to help improve my technique on the potter's wheel which lead that year to a Success in district and state TAPPS competition
That following year (sophomore year) a conference call with Taylor Browning over a board positions on Artpace Teen Council is a success
Followed up with a interview at Southwest School of Art Bee Nation,
furthering my connection to San Antonio's art community.
learned about the endless artistic control and possibilities of the artists workspace
and the seeing the curve on skill versus conceptual work while introducing myself to the resident artist after a behind-the-scenes tour of tools and technology with Artpace Head Fabricator, Riley Robinson.
Networking at San Antonio First Fridays and various art shows around Texas led to opportunities to work and collaborate with artists locally, nationally and internationally. Exposure to charitable organizations led to the discovery of art donations for worthy causes. For instance, while still in high school, I participated in a Chili Bowl event where I donated ceramic bowls that could be used for chili with the proceeds going to the arts. Local TV channel 12 segment"Where's Clouseau?" included one of my bowls to entice the public to donate. Over the years, other charitable events followed, raising upwards of $700 per bowl, becoming part of permanent collections and being honored as largest fundraiser.
Upon recommendation by other Artpace Board members, I enrolled in the North East School of the Arts, or NESA, a nationally recognized magnet school preparing artists for success in all areas of the arts, where I refined my craft with access to studios before, during and after school. It was during these early years that I was able to travel to and view some of the world's finest art creations such as the Mona Lisa in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, Germany's Berlin Wall, recognized as the worlds largest outdoor art exhibit, the Bean in Chicago, Stonehenge in England, and the world's largest museum, the Hermitage of St. Petersburg, Russia.
In 2014, during my Junior year, I was selected as the first male representative from Artpace to attend the International Teen Convening at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston, Massachusetts. Collaborating with art students from across the world in a city with a vibrant art community was a combination to further ignite my desire for a career in the arts. I saw and heard what my friends and new peers were creating.
During my senior year at Antonian College Preparatory (ACP) High School, the alma mater of my parents, I was the first student in the history of ACP to take an advanced art, Art II, credit. Combined with a digital media credit offered by Mr. Ramirez, I re-mastered my portfolio which led to a successful National Portfolio Day and increased funding for ACP's art department.
It was easy to decide to attend the School of the Museum of Fine Art (SMFA) at Tufts University, in Boston. Attending a school with a multi-disciplinary approach to an art degree, in a city overflowing with college students eager to create, discuss, and debate, has been the perfect environment in which to learn and share.
My brother once told me that perfect timing is a blessing from the Lord. I truly believe that being in the right place with the right skills and having met the right people, played a key role in the development of the artist that I am today.
At the young age of six, I had already decided what I wanted to do for the rest of my life when I responded to a teacher that I planned to wander the world in a Volkswagen bus painting portraits. It wasn't until many years later, in middle school, when I was chosen to showcase my art during an exhibit, that the compliments received from viewers further fueled my dream. I learned in a child development course that many artists are discouraged between the ages of eight and eighty until they learn that skill and creativity is on a horizontal scale rather than a vertical scale.
After almost four years and 95 college credits completed, with another National Portfolio Day to prepare for, I am allowing my life to experience new opportunities, stepping into the realm of the unknown, excited to configure mediums and processes to showcase a blueprint of my education, while hoping viewers will see my art for the first time, but not want it to be their last. I will strive to make a positive, lasting impression and hope to inspire others to do the same. I truly believe that "if you're passionate about what you do, you'll feel like you never worked a day in your life." (Samuel Adams Boston Lager)
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Mission statement before college 2016
ENTERING THE CONVERSATION
Creating a conversation in the art world starts with knowledge that can be acquired through life experiences or formalized learning. Although apprenticeships are stressed in other countries, I chose to enroll in a state of the art traditional classroom setting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, a world-class, university city with a vibrant art community. Attaining an interdisciplinary bachelors degree in fine arts allows me to use various mediums, from 2D to 3D to VR, in order to better understand the subjective nature of art. Students from all over the world gather in Boston to discuss their unique cultures and viewpoints on 21st century topics.
LEARNING FROM THE CONVERSATION
Weekly critiques in college allow me to have a better understanding of my art through other artist’s reactions, feelings, and points of view. It is from these critiques that I hone my perspective of the conceptual aspects of setting and time in today’s art world and navigate through small box galleries to slowly build my name, eventually working my way towards a broader audience.
CONTINUING THE CONVERSATION
\My mission is to convey my knowledge to future art students and channel their vision so they can best continue their conversation with all things considered.
Artist Statement - 2020 "My work is a space for nature to inhabit. While these works are documented in spacetime in a question for function in active settings, the documents live as matter to carry out a conversation into sustainability addressing problems to remediate while challenging the inherent qualities of the material and how society constructs material norms for the work to be adjacent to the material, as well as having work equally respectful and challenging as it acknowledges the space before providing to nature."
Statement of Purpose and Intent – Blake Oliva
I foresee my life as a true artist, always pursuing my passion for creativity while upholding my art appreciation. After completing interdisciplinary art classes at SMFA Tufts in Boston, I bring my creative energy and excitement to produce art that will be environmentally conscious and evoke an awareness in our society of our natural resources. I make art that makes the art – “while providing to nature and upholding my morals of being respectful, challenging and acknowledging space." I plan to further develop my art skills and promote my interests in sculpture, all while using the resources of the earth to bring awareness to the environment. I look forward to fully embracing the next exciting steps in my career as an artist. God Speed.