Wk13- Artist Conversation- Krystal Ramirez

Exhibition Information

Artist: Krystal Ramirez

Exhibition: La Cena Esta Servida

Media: Metal

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery

Website: http://www.kgrmetalcraft.com

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

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About the Artist

     Currently, Krystal Ramirez is finishing her last year at California State University, Long Beach pursing a Bachelor of Fine Arts with the emphasis in metal and jewelry. Every since she was a little kid, Krystal loved to draw and paint. She stated how it gave her a sense of freedom since there are no boundaries. She attended Orange County School of Arts in Santa Ana for visual arts. When she took a class involving jewelry and then she immediately fell in love with it. Initially pursuing a degree in child development, Krystal knew that it was not for her and she stuck with her heart to focus on her art pieces.

Formal Analysis

     Within Krystal’s artwork, she utilizes different types of metals, such as pewter, copper, brass,steel, silver, and many more, to create pieces of art that represent a large dinner table filled with different types of plates and utensils. In addition, Krystal was able to create a dim effect that is evident and similar to many fine-dining restaurants. The way Krystal displaced her pieces was really engaging and warming because she displaces her exhibit as if it was inside an actual home.

Content Analysis

    Krystal’s work serves as an exploration of the relationships that formed around the dinner table. She stated that her art pieces are a directly reflection of the people that have influenced her. Ever since she was young, Krystal always admired the ritual of meal preparation. Something about the raw materials that were turned into such magnificent pieces but being so savory at the same time constantly interests Krystal. Another reason why she created the art pieces and exhibit the way she did was because she greatly valued family time. As a result, she chose to create an atmosphere and exhibit of the dinner table because it was the location at which big decisions were made and truths were shared.

Synthesis/ My Experience

     I really enjoyed the exhibit because I can relate to what Krystal was trying to express through her exhibit and artworks. Similar to Krystal, I would also share many big news and decisions with my family. In addition, it was the place where I was able to bond with my family the most since we are all busy with our own things in life. After viewing the exhibit, it made me reminisce about all the things that happened at my dinner table back at home. 

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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.

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.

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.