40DAYS4MADLIB is an ongoing body of new illustrations and digital art work by Ezequiel Olvera. This is Ezequiel's first body of work spanning the length of 6 months and continuing into 2015.
40DAYS4MADLIB is a series of illustrations that reflect Ezequiel's developmental journey of introspection by means of visualizing beats/hip-hop instrumentals. The initial intent for the body of work was intended as a means for Ezequiel to pay homage to and collaborate with LA producer and rapper Madlib (Otis Jackson Jr).
As Ezequiel produced illustrations visualizing beats and melodies with a wide variety of subject matters and styles, the core of the project remained a mystery of confusing yet emotional images for him.
Through a critique of the work by Mouth Editor Noah Smith, he was able to see that the consistent motifs and themes related back to many personal elements within his life. This realization ultimately focused the work into a method of psychological analysis, introspection and materialization of internal dialogue. This introspection was a catalyst for his digital dream journal: THENIGHTARCHIVE. A group of works in the illustration series directly correlate to significant dreams in this archive. This development also allowed him to branch off from Madlib's beats into other musical genres, as well as associate his visual style with deeper psychological issues within.
Currently, 40DAYS4MADLIB consists of 36 handmade works made from Toned Tan Sketch Paper, Blue Archival Paper, Watercolor & Sepia Tone Prisma Color. Upon completion, the original works will be available for purchase 10 days prior to the opening. All works which are not purchased will be deconstructed and assembled into a sculpture, thus transforming the remaining body of work into purely digital art. Ezequiel's involvement with online print communities has allowed the digital work to be affordable and more accessible to colleagues and young art collectors. The conversion to the digital environment is one which Ezequiel views as a seamless acceptance of an accessible viewing environment and digital culture. The work + music is online at 40DAYS4MADLIB.com.
In the upcoming months 40DAYS4MADLIB will expand into various digital mediums including an E-Book, Beat Compilation, and Video content. In 2015 Ezequiel hopes to internationally exhibit the work.
Ezequiel Olvera is a Los Angeles based visual and conceptual artist. He spent 4 years in the Bay Area attaining a BA in Fine Arts and 4 months in Burkina Faso, West Africa studying economics and photography. Upon returning from his studies in Northern California he worked as a Printmaker at Cirrus Editions in Los Angeles.