The Studio Showcases the Unique Work of Artist Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia
As SJ Shop goes into its third year, we are finally coming out of our pandemic shell and wanting to engage more with the public. We are planning an ongoing series of exhibits by featured artists as part of this initiative. Having recently been appointed to the Board of Governors of Otis College of Art and Design, I have had the fortune of meeting some of the talented faculty as well as the graduates who live in L.A. So it naturally followed that I would feature some of them in the Shop’s exhibits and collections.
My studio is pleased to feature the work of Mexican-born artist Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia
who is on faculty at Otis College of Art and Design. Lorenzo’s work integrates materials from around the world, including beads, paper, and embroidery, using universal techniques such as weaving, painting, and carpentry.
The Journey of an Artist
Lorenzo received a scholarship to study engineering but declined instead to pursue an education in art at UCLA, from which he earned his BA in 2003 with a focus on print-making. He received his MFA from Otis in 2007 and has been a professor of Illustration in the Department of Communication Art at the college for 14 years.
Lorenzo developed his weaving technique while attending graduate school. “Weaving is an ancient art in Mexico,” Lorenzo explained. “It can be used for strictly functional purposes, such as for sleeping mats or to make crafts. It’s a universal shape that can be found all over the world.” I am drawn to these pieces because they seem so simple, like something anyone can make, yet they are so intricately complex. They are woven to be two-sided, with imagery and context appearing on both sides.
Tar and Sand Paintings on Linen
So he started out trying to create something geographically linked to L.A., choosing tar as a reference to the La Brea Tar Pits and sand from the beach. “The imagery is a syncretism of Indigenous and European iconography as a way to acknowledge the cultural mix of the communities in the area,” he continued. I love these works because they seem to merge Aztec images with modern art.