Wk12- Art Experience -Ethnography

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      Before the sun goes down, I plan to stay inside my recreational vehicle, known as a RV. After performing this art experience, I realized how hard it was to kill time. As a result, I found this art experience very hard. During the time where I used no electricity and technology, I used a candlelight as my main source of light. I would simply just read books and study to kill time. It was really frustrating because I am always used to using my computer and phone every second of the day. After reading, the worst part was sleeping! I was always anxious if I got a message and knowing the fact that I can’t turn on my phone. In my opinion, I believe that living without electricity is more harmonious with nature because I was able to look out into the stars and observe how beautiful the night sky looks! I believe that people in the old days had constant stimulation through talking to one another.

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Wk12- Artist Conversation- Travis Lober

Exhibition Information

Artist: Travis Lober

Exhibition: WORK: It’s a four letter word

Media: Printmaking, wood, and tools

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery

Website: N/A

Instagram: N/A

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About the Artist

Currently, Travis is attending California State University, Long Beach’s School of Arts with the emphasis on printmaking. Initially, Travis worked in the construction field before fully pursuing his passion as an artist. As a construction field worker, Travis has a deep love and interest for his tools. In addition, he truly loves every single aspect and process that takes place on the construction site. Also, he likes to work with machinery and having that feeling of control as well as the ability to create things.

Formal Analysis

Travis utilizes bright lights to display his work. To hang up his work, Travis uses wooden boards as a frame to hang them up. In addition, Travis utilizes multiple tools that are commonly used in the construction field within his pieces. These pieces include wooden frames, measuring tools, and other metal pieces. To create his pieces, Travis utilizes multiple colors of paint that are relatively similar to the color of the tools he uses in the construction field. Majority of his pieces incorporate different types of patterns depending on what material he is creating. Also, Travis utilizes multiple shades of a color to create depth.

Content Analysis

According to Travis during the interview, he stated how the purpose of his exhibit was to express his love for tools. The tools reminded him of the different smells, sound, and vibrations that came from using a particular tool. From that feeling Travis obtains, he expresses it within an art piece. For example, the piece that was above his exhibit name was the one that I drew interest. Travis wanted to incorporate two things that he really loves doing and fuse them together. I was able to observe the different types of tools and material Travis works on and deals with frequently.

Synthesis/ My Experience

     I really enjoyed observing the exhibit and observing how Travis was able to blend his passion and love for the construction field and art together. It was really interesting to see how he was able to combine two thing that were quite different and producing magnificent pieces that work so well together. In addition, I was drawn to the small intricate details that Travis produces. It amazes me how Travis utilized multiple shades of certain colors to provide such deep depth.

Wk11- Artist Conversation- Yujia Gu

Artist: Yujia Gu

Exhibition: Tracing

Media: Vinyl, multimedia, photography

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery

Website: yujiagu.squarespace.com

Instagram: N/A

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About the Artist

     Initially, Yujia was from Beijing, China. However, she traveled to California to attend California State University, Long Beach’s School of Arts with the emphasis on graphic design. Yujia finished her bachelor’s degree in China and came to school here for her master’s degree. Yujia is very adventurous and loves to go out. When she has free time, she loves to go hiking, watch movies, and attend museums. Ever since she was young, Yujia loved to draw and she still continues to do so.

Formal Analysis

     Yujia utilizes bright lights to project on the art pieces as well as the statistics due to gun violence. To create her artwork, she utilizes vinyl to create the figures and the names that were affected by gun violence. In addition, there were two television screens to project the location within the United States where situation occurred. Besides television screens, there were photos displaced that were quite abstract of many of the victims. Immediately entering the exhibit, it provided a sad and depressing feeling. Yujia uses bold colors that contrast to make her statement stand out more.

Content Analysis

     According to Yujia during the interview, she stated how the purpose of her exhibition was to make people realize how serious gun violence is. Having a close relationship with her mother, Yujia constantly contacts her mother on a daily basis. Her mother is deeply worried for her since she has noticed that more international students are getting killed due to guns. As time progresses, the amount of victims due to gun violence has been increasing at an alarming rate. Yujia wanted to raise awareness to the victims that got their lives taken away. By doing so, she created a statement using images of guns and humans stating how more individuals are buying guys for protection; however, the more people buy guns, the more incidents there were.

Synthesis/ My Experience

     This exhibit spoke out to me because I never realized how many cases there were due to gun violence. Just recently, there was a school shooting in the San Bernardino area. It is really scary how one day, there could be one on campus. Looking at the art pieces and the victims, it gave me chills through my spine because the list was quite long. Overall, I really enjoyed the exhibit because it opened my eyes about how guns has been a problem that has not been given the attention that it deserves.

Wk11- Classmate Conversation- Aaron Vito and Kiara Courtney Lacambara

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 Today, instead of doing a normal classmate conversation, I met two new friends today! The first one would be Kiara Courtney Lacambara, also known as “KC”. KC is currently a nursing major who aspires to be a nurse one day. She told me that she wanted to be a nurse because it provides her satisfaction when she helps people. On her free time, KC loves to watch Korean dramas and play different types of sports with her friends. However, she stated she does not have much time since she is always studying for her classes. She talked about how hard it was to get into the nursing program. When I first talked to her, she gave me a friendly, positive, and cheery vibe. I will definitely talk to her more often as time progresses!

     The second person I met today was Aaron Vito. Although Aaron was quite reticent at first, we opened up to each other. As we started talking, I got this really positive and friendly vibe from him. As if right now, Aaron is currently majoring in biomedical engineer. He stated how it is super hard since he has to take many science classes as well as engineering classes. During his free time, Aaron loves to watch anime and break dance. Aaron is in a club on campus where he dances. I believe that the club was called the Filipino American coalition.

If you want to know more about them, check out Aaron’s and KC’s website!

https://aaronvito.wordpress.com/

https://itskaycierey.wordpress.com/

Wk10 – Artist Conversation- Clare Samani

Exhibition Information

Artist: Clare Samani

Exhibition: Dressed

Media: paper, ink, clothes, and print

Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Website: N/A

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/clares_printing/

About the Artist

     Initially, Clare lived in the San Fernando Valley; however, she temporarily moved to Long Beach to attend school. Currently, Clare is attending California State University, Long Beach’s School of Arts with the emphasis on printmaking. Ever since she was just a child, she loved to draw and paint. She stated that she loves to do those activities because you do does not require any sense of direction. Afterwards, when she started to attending college and took a printmaking class, and she immediately fell in love with it. As if right now, Clare wants to go graduate school in Louisiana to further study printmaking.

Formal Analysis

     Primarily, Clare works with articles of clothing that she is either given, found, bought, or observed. She tries to focus on exploring the symbolism and identity that is affiliated with people and clothing. In her paintings, she blends different types of colors that create a really bold effect that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Generally, many of her art pieces has a huge contrast from the article of clothing that’s being expressed and the background. In addition, Clare exemplifies different types of patterns that solely depend on what type of clothing that she is working with.

Content Analysis

     Within each of Clare’s pieces, her love for fashion, especially American fashion, is evident. Clare’s produces artwork that were influenced by pieces of clothing that she either found, clothing that her friends wear, or clothing interest her that she observes on other people. The piece that caught my eye was the casual white dress shirt piece. Clare stated that she gather inspiration for that piece when she found that shirt lying on the floor within the campus. Afterwards, she was inspired to create a piece of art using that shirt she found.

Synthesis/ My Experience

     I really enjoyed Clare’s ideas and painting because I have similar pieces of clothing that she has painted, such as the dress shirt painting. Similar to Clare, I have a huge love for clothing and fashion. I would always browse online to look and shop for clothes. My favorite type of style would be streetwear. Although streetwear was not incorporated within her artwork, it is really intriguing to see different types of clothing that Clare works with and what fits into her interests.

Wk10 – Art Experience- Architecture: The Wedge

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     The wedge on the wall has always irritated me for some reason. After fitting through that gap on a weekly basis, I came up with the idea to remove the stone buildings. I went to the wedge myself and took some photos to see how college students maneuver around the stone monument. I’ve noticed that most students would go through the wedge instead of going the other side into the appropriate entrance. I found that it would be a lot easily if they move the stone monument to another part of the campus and simply leave that area blank. In addition, I would want to increase the roof and put water sprinklers on top. The reason I want to do so is because majority of the year, it is blazing hot. The walk from the parking lots and dorms to the University Student Union is really long, which leaves students to sweat in the blazing heat. The water sprinkler and additional shade will drastically help!

Wk9- Artist Conversation- David DeSantis

Exhibition Information

Artist: David DeSantis

Exhibition: Day Dreamer

Media: paper, ink, screen printing , flexiglass

Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Website: N/A

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rapturefineart/

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About the Artist

     David Desantis is currently a fourth year in California State University, Long Beach pursing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking. David draws his inspiration from various music genres and creates a sense of abstract art. He stated that his favorite types of music are hard rock and dubstep. His artwork contains figures that are slightly recognizable but remain abstract. Currently, David commutes from the city of Westminster to California State University, Long Beach. Initially, David wanted to be an artist that spent most of his time customizing the designs on motorcycle. However, he opened up his options and wanted to customize snowboard. From snowboards, David wanted to escape the demands of the corporate and produce designs and artworks that he wanted to instead of what others wanted.

Formal Analysis

      Each of David’s art pieces was influenced by either a certain beat, rhythm, lyric, or title of certain music genres, especially hard rock and dubstep. He mainly utilizes paper and ink to produce his pieces along with music to give him inspiration. David’s intentions for each piece was  to obscure it to make it abstract but make it recognizable, whether it is a human figure or an object. For each piece, it has a different nature of each line. Some pieces were straight, jagged, sinuous, while some had only smooth patterns.

Content Analysis

      In David’s art pieces, he wanted to experiment on figurative imagery and how certain songs produce a different image within his mind. The one that caught my attention the most was the one that was the helmet of a shogun. In this piece, David wanted to express his admiration and interests in Asian culture and anime. He stated how the helmet symbolized a demon which was used to scare away their enemy. Also, the piece was inspired by a certain song called Gem Shards from an artist known as MUST DIE!.

Synthesis/ My Experience

     I really enjoyed David’s art exhibit because it was a mix of recognizable art and abstract art. It had a balance of being abstract and being recognizable. It was not totally on one side of the spectrum. I really the art pieces because I was able to observe how David felt as he was listening to the music while painting. When I look at the painting and the song, title, or rhythm that he was inspired by, I could hear the song go through my head because I have a similar taste in music as David’s type.