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Creating work that has a sense of timelessness

"Evening Out" by John Andro AvendañoTo keep myself engaged in the process every day – I switch mediums – from painting to drawing, to sculpting in wood or metal, to woodcuts – using anything I can to make something that I like. The whole idea of creating is to make something I like to look at. And I feel that once someone buys a piece, it keeps giving back. Every time you look at it, it gives the viewer something different, something new It’s like rereading a great book you fell in love with. Once you get past the first read, you can unpeel layers and layers. Every time you read it again, see it again, you discover new pieces in a novel or a painting. That what artists and writers are doing – creating works that are timeless. I’m not interested in creating a shocking piece of art, you know, a tinfoil formaldehyde shark, or large duplicates of medical pills, or images of dead heads wrapped in plastic with eyes bugging out. That’s not for me, not what I’m after. There may be a market for that, but I leave that for other artists to do. Through my searches – I’m striving to create beauty, and make something that’s everlasting, I want to create something you’d put up in your house, and every time you look at it you discover something new. That’s what I like to think about, like to do, like to share. Living in the world now, people don’t want to look at art that feels like it’s stuck in the 1970s. They want a feeling of timelessness and expansiveness. People want a piece that remains fresh – time after time.

Art is a search for your inner truth and a fight against inner lies

"Imagining" by John Andro AvendañoI find in my searches it comes down to believing or not believing what other people are telling you. Too many people believe lies, or are living lives based on lies, and it might not have even started maliciously. For instance, our parents believed certain things. Due to either how they were raised, or circumstance they grew up with. My dad and I used to go scuba diving in Palos Verdes, and as we drove home past all the large mansions, he’d ask me, “Isn’t that a beautiful home?” I’d say, “It sure is.” Then he would tell me, “There’s a criminal living in that big house. He’s stealing all the money that the rest of us have to work hard to get.” Over time, I figured out that was a lie. And I had to find a way to overcome that lie. Lies like that are passed along, in families, and in society, every day. Someone’s out to get you. You’re not good enough, you don’t look this way, you don’t sound this way, you’re too large, too thin, too old, too young. All of these daily judgments are lies. What do you do when someone you know is a liar and they tell you something? It doesn’t bother you, since you don’t believe anything they say. But, growing up, you believe people who love you and so you’ll just believe certain things. And they believed lies they were told, and they think they are helping you. So, in order to accomplish your dreams, you have to stop believing lies telling you that you aren’t good enough, and you can’t do it. Start listening to yourself instead. Which sounds easy, until you realize it also involves un-conditioning your mind and to stop believing all the lies you grew up with and accepted. You have to discover within, which are your own lies and truths. Everyone has to figure out what is real and what is false. I’m not saying this is anything new. I’m just saying, as an artist, it’s something I had to discover on my own through search. And that’s why searching and looking and being curious leads you to places where you’ll find answers that you can apply to your life, and to make art that comes from deep inside yourself. This is what worked for me.