Larry J Ortega

Theologian practicing as an artist

The Art of Larry Ortega

“My art explains my life. My life explains my art”. Easy to say, harder to explain.

A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.”

Leonardo da Vinci

The cycles of nature provide for a sense of the sacred. Light exposes that sacred sense. My work captures the ambient light present in all rooms and stores the energy within the rare-earth minerals I use when casting the pieces. Light is an everpresent gift to the dark.

I use Light as a medium of expression—my work emits a bioluminescent type of light and color. The darker the setting the more prominent is the color and light effect from my sculptural pieces, they illuminate the darkness. The pieces “capture” light energy and stores and releases it.

A laser pen with white light creates a light wave on the surface of the work. Painting with UV light onto the work, creates a dramatic effect, grafitti light trails. The art becomes a surface to draw with light, unlike grafitti, the light trails disappear over a short time. Displays a very distinctive colour palette.

My main body of work has been my sculpture and photography of my sculpture. It is an art and science capturing the light emitted from my work. Rare earth elements are liberally cast into my work providing a most unique color palette. See my online gallery: https://larryjortega.com/obliq-art-gallery-stories-about-the-series/

I discovered that my studio was the best place to display my art. Obliq Art has been reborn in our studio/home.

photo of sculpture
The shape of ocean waves.

“Illuminate” will be my summer show and showcasing my latest series of work. The Agave surrounds our property, surviving the appetite of maurading javelinas. The plant protects itself with a needle-like spine. I see the sensualitty and the DNA of the desert embedded in this desert being.

Short video featuring a new series of work for the “Illuminate” show in August. Kevin Caron and Ceri Jones. This show will be at the West Valley Arts Council https://www.instagram.com/artshqgallery/?hl=en

Illuminate AK “Sunrays”

Soiree #6-an art-centric event

Soiree #6 was our first art-centric event for 2022. It was the largest private event we have hosted. Each soiree led to ideas to create events as an art opening, with food-fashion-and music. Our private studio is hidden in the hills along a private road ending in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Sunsets and moonrises provide for the start of our events.

We continue to increase our gallery space within our home. The back studio has black velvet walls to photograph my work and display as well. Expanding the wall spaces indoors and outdoors has inspired the installation aspect of an art show.

Over the years, we created gallery openings and other art-centric events through our downtown Phoenix gallery, Obliq Art.

As a result, we saw the opportunity to share the space with two other artists. Joey Melinda Morgan, a digital photographer https://www.artmixedup.com/ and sculptor Hector Ortega https://www.ortegasculpture.com/

The next day, we opened our studio with our guest artists for Art Detour 34. A steady stream of guest took the short hike to get to our event, but they were greeted with a cold beverage of choice, including a lot of wine and beer from the Soiree event. Obliq Art has been an Articipant for over a decade. https://artlinkphx.org/

Obliq Art-a gallery & more

Obliq Art was our brick and mortar gallery space in the Arizona Center in downtown Phoenix. We opene Gallery LUxx adjacent to Obliq Art to use for One Person Shows, art-centric events like Poetry readings and experimental theatre.

Obliq Art is our business used to promote our art work. I am the obliqartist on Twitter and Instagram.

Enroll on our website to get updates on our art and our art events including the private Soiree events. Enroll on this page or other pages. https://larryjortega.com/soiree-6/

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