Wk15 – Classmate Conversation – Alanna Godinez

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This week my classmate conversation was with Alanna Godinez, who is currently a freshman here at CSULB pursuing a career in Psychology. Since the  9th grade, Alanna had already decided on what she wants to do with her life by heading toward the psychology field. One thing that I found out that is a true accomplishment is that she is the first amongst her family to attend a four year university, which gives a more of a reason to pursue her career. Even though she is a full time student, she still manages to have a job as well. She works at Norwalk Regency Theaters on weekends. When I found out where she worked I was sort of surprised because I used to to go there very often but never noticed Alanna or I just don’t remember seeing her. Also, she likes her job but sometimes its the opposite, but who doesn’t have that feeling about a job you’re not planning to keep forever or as a career. I found Alanna to be friendly and very optimistic; I’m glad I got the chance to formally meet and converse with her.

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Wk15 – Artist Conversation – Nancy Young

Artist: Nancy Young
Exhibition: As The Crow Flies
Media: Printmaking, Ink Through Relief Painting
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
Website: None
Instagram: None

For this week’s artist conversation I had the pleasure to meet with Nancy Young  who is currently working in her BFA in printmaking. The exhibit she had this week was actually her last since she will be graduating pretty soon. Although it is her last showcase, she has had the opportunity since she’s been here at CSULB to showcase all of her work. The year that Nancy arrived at CSULB was 1984. Unfortunately while she was here, she was forced to leave because of her academic probation. The reasons why she went into academic probation and left was because she had issues with substance abuse and her bipolar disorder. Even though through her hardships, she decided to come back and pursue her passion, and here she is now.

In her work, Nancy uses different methods of printing, not only one. But the two main types that she specializes in are intaglio and photopolymers. For those who don’t know how intaglio work, its actually really simple according to how Nancy explained the process to me. First, she lets the ink rest on the block, next she draws into the ground to expose certain aspects of the metal she is using, and lastly exposes it to acid. Before going onto the other process, her work consists of printmaking on several surfaces such as metals, rubber, paper, and has many pieces with flying crows; hence, the title of her exhibit. The photopolymer process involves printmaking in a digital sense, meaning not by hand. So for this process it involves having many pictures being exposed to UV lights which causes the polymer to harden while on the plates.

The inspiration behind her work actually comes from a deep personal level. In other words, things that have happened in her life which have had huge impacts on her life. For example, some occurrences she has used as inspiration was her dos, griefs and losses, and lastly here husband which unfortunately passed away a few years ago. By using these parts of her life gives her work a sense of deeper meaning which could explain the reason why she uses crows flying a certain direction in her printmaking. I believe the meaning behind her work and the crows is that it is a reflection among us as humans and the things we go through in life cannot break us, but yet we keep moving on to better or hopeful things. Lastly, one thing Nancy mentioned was that getting inspiration off the internet isn’t the best idea since anyone can success it and can get inspired by something that perhaps someone else had already seen or have been inspired by. Therefore, she believes having your own personal influence and inspiration is key.

Overall, I really enjoyed this weeks gallery and exhibit listed by Nancy Young. It has demonstrated to me that no matter what you go through in life you can always prevail. This was evident through how she used her loss of her husband and incorporated it in her work. Not to mention the substance abuse and bipolar disorder she had, she still decided to come back and graduate. So far, this has been the best gallery showcase because it connected to me in a personal level.

Wk 14 – Art Experience – Sketching in the Garden

In my representational drawings and pictures I chose to do a sketch view of the right side of the Japanese Garden from when you enter. As you can see the walkway, the fence, the trans, and the lake along with the ducks that were there. My second one was about how a certain bush that had pink flowers looked so genuine alongside the stone rocks and lake. My last representational drawing and picture was a view from the back side of the Japanese Garden looking towards the entrance.

For my abstract I chose to do it on a fish in the lake, someone walking into the Japanese Garden, and what seemed to be some sort of little lamp statue. Of all three, I’d have to say the hardest was to draw the person walking in because I find it difficult to show motion within a drawing. Same goes for my the fish drawing, because it was moving, I tried to show some sort of motion. The last one was the easiest to me because it was static and not dynamic. Overall, I really enjoyed this weeks art experience over the classmate conversation and artist conversation.

Wk13 – Artist Conversation -Nick Bamford

Artist: Nick Bamford
Exhibition: Untitled
Media: Foam, Wood, Plaster, Cement
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov-East
Insta: @nickbamf4d

For this weeks artist conversation I had the pleasure to talk to Nick Bamford. I found out that he is a CSULB undergraduate who will be graduating this semester with a BFA in ceramics. His plans after graduating is to continue his education by applying to graduate school. But before he ever got interest in art he lived around North California and then moved to Huntington Beach where during high school he found his passion for art, specifically ceramics. He mentioned he loves to play the guitar and has a younger sister majoring in accounting.

His art exhibit was uniquely interesting to me because of the use of Black light in all of his work. The Black light is what I believe to be his major tool when creating his pieces because its what defines his work. The black light brings out neon colors that make objects that seem sort of random to life and have meaning. Having that said, his gallery gave off a sense of randomness with no actual meaning behind his work, but I believe his meaning is that you can create something beautiful and interesting out of nothing or randomness. He used shopping carts, bird cages, lamps, flags, various materials, and so on.

Bamford’s exhibit was mainly about being abel to bring basically anything to life however you want. In this case, Bamford used the power of black light to his advantage and make interesting artwork. His work does not reflect the traditional sculptor, it resembles a sculptor who is branching out and adding his own twist. Going back to the use of black light, it made the whole room feel like its purpose was to make anything look amazing and cool. It added a distinctive characteristic to his artwork.

In the end, I enjoyed Bamford’s artwork because I am surprised as how he got a shopping cart to look as great as he did. It demonstrated to me that anything can be beautiful if you’re looking for a deeper meaning. The use of random objects sure supports the way I received his message. But once I was done looking at his gallery and walked out, I had to look back and admire what he has done.

Wk13 – Art Experience – Art Care Package

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I am going to send my Art Care Package to Francisco Miranda. In it I included, a picture of myself when I was around 5 years old at Mexico, a receipt for a PlayStation4, three colored bracelets from I’ve gone to go play soccer, redouble bracelet for a soccer tournament called Neymar’s Five that I attended this past Saturday, a sharpie, a string paddle ball, and a pamphlet of Grand Theft Auto 5 video game.

An ACP can be similar to a Snapchat because in a way you’re sending someone some sort of message that you want them to understand. But because times have changed, people would prefer to do something else over an ACP, i.e. Snapchat. I believe Ephemera can be significant no matter what it is. In other words, depending on what it means to the person who sent or what it can possibly meant to the person receiving it.

Wk13 – Classmate Conversation – Patrick Dong

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This week I had the pleasure to meet with Patrick Dong. He is currently a senior here at CSULB as a mathematics major. He also mentioned he wanted to continue his education towards a PhD after he has obtaining his bachelors degree. Patrick has multiple hobbies which include karate, long boarding, photography and swimming. Even though he was various hobbies he likes to spend most of his free time with family and friends. Patrick didn’t always live here in the US. He came from Vietnam 10 years ago with his family and later on as a high school student he attended Jordan High in Long Beach. His favorite food is Korean BBQ and enjoys tacos as well. Overall, our conversation went really well and I’m glad I got the chance to meet him.

Wk12 – Artist Conversation – Jennifer Chen

Artist: Jennifer Chen

Exhibition: SUCCESSION

Media: Digital Print, Print Making

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: None

Instagram: None

The artist that I chose to have a conversation with this week was Jennifer Chen. Jennifer specializes in printmaking and digital printing. She is currently headed towards achieving her  masters in Fine Arts. In her work, she utilizes a masking technique after printing her images which gives her a different appeal and makes her work unique. She also uses photoshop as a tool to edit her images. But before deciding that art was her thing, Jennifer’s first interest was in the sciences, Biology.

Jennifer’s artwork consists of many pieces that seem to have a microscopic feel to them. You will notice that they seem to be over head of cities and populations. Most of her work is green due to all the trees in her images. I don’t think you can tell from the images above but her work tends to give off a glossy look to it, this is because Jennifer masks her artwork to give it a 3D look. Even on some of her images on the bottom left corner you can see it says “by Google”. It makes it seem like her artwork is basically a satellite picture overhead a certain place.

When asked why does she do the certain work that she provides to her viewers, the answer is to see how beautiful the world is and how it maintains itself. In other words, she mentioned that even though there are natural disasters that wound mother earth, in the end, the world will repair itself with time and come back similar to the way it was before. Which in a way makes sense as to why she does what she does and what she puts in her art. She has large pieces that require more time than the smaller ones because they involve more processes.

Overall, I enjoyed this gallery and so far its been my favorite. The reason is because I’m still in aw of how amazing her work is. The first time I walked in to the gallery I couldn’t believe that someone could actually paint such a thing but then realized it was a combination of printing and painting. I think that this kind of art is so unique and it certainly diversifies itself when comparing to other artists’ work.

Wk12 – Classmate Conversation – Eli Yee

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This weeks class conversation I had the pleasure to meet Eli Yee. He is currently a sophomore here at CSULB and is majoring in Fashion and Merchandising. Even though he wanted to change his major to something in business, he mentioned he decided not to because he is already too far into his major. He is 20 years old and his birthday falls on Valentines Day. He also has a couple of hobbies which include drawing and painting. He enjoys to do it on his own time, he even gave me his instagram. I saw a couple of his pieces and they seem really well done. In the end, it was a nice friendly conversation.

Wk10 – Artist Conversation – Helen Werner Cox

Artist: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: Silent Screams

Media: Oil, Pastel, Maker, Inks, Crayons, MonoPrints, Basswood Carving

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery West

Websitehttp://www.helenwernercox.com/

Instagram: No Instagram

For this weeks gallery I decided to visit and write about Helen Werner Cox and her exhibit, Silent Screams. She is currently attending CSULB and is aiming for her Masters Degree in the Fine Arts Program of Drawing and Painting. I found out that she had to move away from home in order to pursue her dreams as an artist. So at the age of 18, she moved to Massachusetts where she studied fine arts. I would consider Helen to be very experienced since she has 30 years of teaching art at highs cools and middle schools. Some hobbies that she enjoys is gardening and reading fictional books.

Helen’s work involves the use of oil paints, pastels, and prints. In the art piece  with the carousel horses, Helen utilized her materials to add warm, cool, light, and dark shadings in order to create the line drawing. Because Helen discovered that using only pastels take up too much time, instead she used pastels on top of oil paint which also gives it that sharply curved detail. She also gave everyone a piece of advice saying that it is always better to be organized, which I forgot to mention that she actually writes things down in one of her journals all her ideas so she does not forget them later.

Antique carousels carved in the early 1920’s is what inspired Helen and her work because that’s what it resembles. The main reason why all the horses in her work have their mouths open is to portray her deeper meaning behind the art. The meaning behind the horses with their mouths open as if they were screaming is to compare that with how adults are today in our society and how they are always on merry go rounds throughout their life.

Overall, I found Helen and her work to be very unique. Especially because her work revolves around using oil paint and pastels rather than the other artists we’ve have here before. Her work shows just how much hard work and dedication is needed to fulfill such amazing pieces. Her message regarding who adults relive these cycles such as “merry go rounds” really connected with me because in our lives we find our selves doing things over and over again. For example, wake up, go to school, work, and then the next day and after that repeat. I enjoyed this weeks art gallery, especially Helen’s work.

Wk10 – Art Experience – Instagram

This weeks art experience involved the whole class to become social which I thought was pretty cool. As my day went by, I made sure to take interesting pictures of things that I did that Thursday. My first post was after I was leaving our at class, as you can see it seems as if the Latino club were protesting against something that had to do with immigration and the police. That is why my post caption was “Si no gritas, eres migra” which translates into “If you don’t scream, you’re immigration”. The second picture I posted was about going to Ross and luckily finding a nice pare of soccer shoes which I really needed at the time. The third picture I posted was after I finally got home and just wanted to play some video games, in this case The Division. The very last picture was after I played soccer at Goals Soccer Center. I took the picture after we were done playing which is why it seems so dark. I usually go with my friends from Monday through Thursday from 10 to 11 pm. Overall, this weeks artist conversation was different and really showed how everyone connected to one another through social media and post about their day.