Wk 3 – Conversations – Jarand Abad

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“Sketchbook, Page 8″
38″ x 58”
Acrylic on canvas, 2014

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“Sketchbook, Page 12″
38″ x 58”
Acrylic on canvas, 2014

In the Werby Gallery, I was mesmerized by the vibrant paintings pictured above. The paintings were abstract and I tried to decipher the meaning behind them because of the color and marking choices. They were created by Jarand Abad, who I interviewed right after seeing them.

When I asked what his art expressed, I was surprised when Abad replied that there is no sense of feeling in them–his artwork is his sense of exploration of his own creativity. His art is just an exploration of color relationship, mark making with a notion of several layers due to heavy editing–adding and subtracting parts that seemed fit. Abad chose this specific style to express his work because he is very intrigued by color and has been challenging himself to explore more on the subject.

In choosing colors, Abad follows his own strict set of rules. He first begins by choosing a base color. Then he picks two complementary colors. He would usually aim for two warm and two cold colors to use. Through this process, he uses color aid paper to help pick and choose the colors that would look great together. Abad also explained to me how mark-making worked: as he is occupied in doing something such as watching TV, he would have a sketchbook on his lap and with pen in hand, would allow his hand to make marks on the paper. The images that he sees in his head is what dictates his mark-making and since he doesn’t look at the paper during this entire process, all his marks are made by chance.

Abad is pursuing art because at the end of the day, it’s his own language. He believes that his creativity shines through his art. Through art, he is able to speak to people with his own creative voice, which he finds very important to do so. Abad is a senior at CSULB, so it will be his last year here. His plans for the future are to move to New York, take a year off of school, experience the real world and see where his art takes him, then attend graduate school. His main goal is to experience life on his own with his art and to later learn more in grad school.

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