Wk 15 – Artist Conversation – Patricia Martin

Exhibition Information

Artist: Patricia Martin

Exhibition: Holiday Sale (not really an exhibition)

Media: fabrics, dye, zines

Gallery: Dutzi

Website: patriciamartinartist.com

Instagram: @patriciamartiart

About the Artist

Patricia Martin is a student at California State University, Long Beach, who is currently working on her Masters of Fine Arts. She plans to graduate in two years. As an undergraduate, Patricia worked on color reproduction. At the Holiday Art Sale last Wednesday at CSULB, she had some of her work out on display and available for sale. The work included scarves, clothes, and zines. The scarves are what really caught my attention. Apparently they were dyed with natural colors, which was really cool. She said she also teaches privately on the side and has her own business.

Patricia said the scarves were dyed using natural colors. She said the process, simply, was taking an item (leaves, barks, flowers, some kind of coloring) and placed in alcohol and then boiled in water. This can extract the dye/color from the material, which you can then use for dying purposes. There were several scarves on display, each with their own unique color and color design. She used fabric, cut it to size, and then used her all-natural dye to color the scarves uniquely. My favorite was the yellow one with the grey and white spotting in the interior.

Patricia also created quite a few zines, which I actually didn’t notice were hers until I was just leaving. The zines were small, paper books-like things. They had a design or drawing on the front with the title of the zine. Inside contained funny and witty lines.

I thought it was particularly cool that all of her scarves had a realistic, natural looking color. Some scarves that use artificial dyes have an unnatural color and hue to them. Patricia’s scarves all had colors that could be seen everyday in nature. As a biology major here at CSULB, this really appealed to me.

 

 

Wk 14 – Classmate Conversation – Lucas Fuentes

Yoyoyoyo what is up guys.

This week I talked to some person name Lucas. He seems aight. Turns out he’s a biochemistry major in the CNSM college. He’s actually the second biochemistry major I’ve met through these classmate conversations, the first being Tina Tran. One of the interesting facts he told me was that he has never gotten an A in a class for some reason. That’s cool I guess.

Anyway, this week’s question wasn’t really a question. It was more like a command but who cares. “Describe what the College Experience will be like for a student in 2036.”

So, right off the bat he says, “Trump will screw everything up and there won’t be any college anymore”. At this point I kind of just nodded my head and smiled. Then he said he was half-kidding, and went on to say everything will be technology based. There might not be any physical classes, like no textbooks and it would mostly be online. Also there will be hovercars.

That’s it folks. Have a good winter break.

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Wk 14 – Art Activity – Instagram

What’s up guys.

This week we had to post a few pictures to Instagram, tag them as #art110f16, and check out the “group portrait”.

Overall I thought it was a cool little project. Before this activity, I had never used Instagram before, so this was a learning experience for me. Luckily, the app was free and super easy to use. Instagram’s (C) sleek and clutter-free interface in combination with its easy to access abilities made using Instagram (C) a blast.

No I wasn’t paid to say that, but damn it I should’ve been.

For some reason a lot of the pictures were taken at California State University, Long Beach. I’m not sure why, it’s quite the coincidence. But it was cool to see that some of the spots (landmarks, activities, shops) at CSULB had their pictures taken multiple times by different people at separate times.

There was also a hilarious picture that featured a blurry picture of a tree with a caption that said, “I tried to take a picture of a squirrel but it ran away”.

I took 4 pictures total. Two of them were just of different activities that were available that day on campus, like the therapeutic animals that were outside of the art building. I also took a picture of people studying in the SAS Center (with a sick filter) within the Hall of Science, where I work and spend at least a couple hours every day.

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Wk 13 – Classmate Conversation – Marcelo Ceballos

HELLO HELLO HELLO ONCE AGAIN

I LOST MY READING GLASSES SO UNFORTUNATELY I HAVE TO TYPE EVERYTHING WITH CAPS LOCK ON SO I CAN ACTUALLY READ IT. I’M SORRY IF THIS MAKES IT SOUND LIKE I’M MAD AND/OR YELLING AT YOU.

Just kidding so this week I talked to some guy (or girl? not sure couldn’t tell) named Marchelo. He’s a pretty cool guy/girl thing and it turns out (s)he’s actually a 5th year Biology major at California State University, Long Beach just like me! What a coincidence. This was the first time I met Marchalo my entire life. Or maybe I met him freshman year and have been friends with him since. I don’t remember. But that’s irrelevant.
As we conversed, it seems to me that Marchaelo is strangely into snails. I guess he has a snail farm at his house, which is home to over 1,200 snails belonging to 18 species. Some even have counter-clockwise shells (which are rare according to wikipedia).
Anyway, this weeks question was the age old question of “Which pill do you choose: the red pill, or the blue pill?” or something like that.

Machaelo said he would take the blue pill. It said this because it claimed “ignorance is bliss”. Not knowing anything is the key to happiness. As soon as you start searching for truths and answers you can never stop, and will never be as happy as you once were. It’s better, and more convenient, to just take the blue pill and live a normal, happy life. To him/her his/her own I guess.

As Michael Jackson once said, “You’re ignorant”.

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Wk 12 – Artist Conversation – Sage Garver

Exhibition Information

Artist: Sage Garver

Exhibition: BIO

Media: sculpture, ceramic, foam

Gallery: Dutzi

Website: N/A

Instagram: N/A

 

About the Artist

Sage Garver is currently a fourth year undergraduate attending California State University Long Beach. She plans to graduate in spring with a bachelors degree in Fine Arts Sculpture. Although she wasn’t entirely sure she wanted to be a Sculpture major, she eventually chose that, along with some practice in digital arts. Sage went on to say that she does not want to pursue graduate school (immediately, at least), but instead move to Hawaii to live with her sister, who currently lives there. Some of Sage’s hobbies include, but are not limited to: hiking, swimming, and cooking various Asian foods.

Formal Analysis

Sage Garver created an exhibition she called BIO. There were two main aspects to it: the foam designs on the walls, and the sculpture suspended in the middle of the room. This exhibition, as opposed to others, incorporates the entire room into the piece. The walls had various designs and shapes placed onto them. There were lines, bumps, large circles, small circles, all made out of foam that were attached to the wall and painted white (the color of the wall). The sculpture in the middle of the room was made of various pieces. It contained golden chains and foil to create a sculpture.

Content Analysis

BIO is an exhibition that represents the food that is eaten, how it affects the body, and the body itself. The walls with the various designs all resemble the pictures of cells everyone grows up looking at in high school biology textbooks. There are linear designs that resemble the endoplasmic reticulums and golgi apparatus. There are also small circles that resemble smaller, round organelles such as ribosomes, lysosomes, and larger ones that could be a nucleus. Besides things at the cellular level, the foam designs also appear to resemble stuff at the macro scale. For example, they could be different parts of the cardiovascular system. The sculpture in the middle represents a person’s body.

Synthesis / My Experience

I really enjoyed Sage’s exhibition. As a Biology major, the designs on the walls jumped out at me immediately. How could a biology major not notice cellular designs, no matter how abstract? I really likes how she represented the cell and the body, and felt like she covered it quite well. I’ve always been interested in nutrition and how those ingested chemicals and molecules interact with and create what our body actually is. That, coupled with the fact the exhibition also dealt with disease, really attracted me to the her exhibition and take particular interest in it.

Wk11 – Classmate Conversation – Allison Cruz

This week over at the art galleries I might a cool new person! Her name is Allison Cruz. It turns out she’s actually a Studio Art Graphic Design major! How cool is that? An art major taking an art class! Who would’ve thought.

Alison said besides graphic design, when she was younger she really enjoyed oil painting. She was originally a Psychology major when she first came to CSULB, but quickly realized she did not like that. She then began taking classes at a community college (OCC) before transferring back to CSULB as a Graphic Design major. While at community college, she was tempted to go to school to become a neurodiagnostic technician. I have no idea what that is but it sounds cool and complicated. I just kind of smiled and nodded my head as she said it.

After she graduates, which should be this spring, if everything goes to plan, Alison wants to get into freelance graphic design work. She said she chose graphic design because she really likes art, but wanted a major that could be more easily applied to the expanding technological advances the world sees all the time.

Anyway, we discussed Demi Lovato for some reason. Maybe it was the Classmate Conversation Question of the Week or something. Apparently Demi Lovato and some other people got into an argument over something and we had talk about it. The question was:

“What is you opinion on fan art? Do you think that the singer reacted in a justified manner or not (In other words, Do you agree with her conclusion or opinion?).”

Alison said she likes fan art, and that fans should keep doing what they do because it shows appreciation towards the celebrity/performer/character/etc. She then went on to say that Demi Lovato was being rude towards the artist, and that since he is the artist, and it is his own interpretation of Demi, then he can draw it however he wants. Hell, if some made an awesome picture of me I’d be grateful even if it made me look different than what I really am. Have some apprectiation and respect, Demi. Jeez.

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Wk11 – Artist Conversation – Kyle Kruse

Exhibition Information

Artist: Kyle Kruse

Exhibition: Janus Maxim

Media: film, sculpture, wood, dirt on floor

Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website: kylekruseart.com

Instagram: kyle.kruse

 

About the Artist

Kyle Kruse is a fourth year senior at California State University Long Beach. Kyle is currently working on his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Print Making. He plans to graduate this year, and created this exhibition, Janus Maxim, for his senior project. He said he has never lived in the same place for more than year before moving to Long Beach, where he has lived for the past 6 years. After he graduates he said he might want to move to the United Kingdom, where he aspires to obtain his Masters of Fine Arts in Visual Anthropology. That, or he wants to move to New York.

Formal Analysis

Kyle Kruse created an exhibition he titled Janus Maxim. His exhibition consisted of several things, namely the: wooden engravings, the mask sculptures, and the films. The exhibition took place in a dark room, with black curtains covering the doorway so little light could enter the room. The floor also had a thin layer of crusty dirt which was immediately apparent when entering the room. Towards one end of the room were three wooden engravings and three masks place upon stands. The wooden engravings portrayed Greco-Roman mythical figures Prometheus, Janus, and Sisyphus. The all seemed to resemble deformed animals; one a bird, one a mouse, and one a bull. At the base of the wooden carvings that were hanging on the wall, there were three masks, each one based off of the same creature the carvings were based on. At the far end of the room was three TV’s, each playing a different film of a person doing various things with a different mask on in each one.

Content Analysis

Kyle said his goal was to provide a place where people could “take the role of the onlooker”, someone who is in the void, a place between time, life, or the absence of either of the two. The wooden images were there to create an idea of the concept of what life is, and imitations of things that can not be sensed. The masks (or bones and skins) represent the things that could not be reached. The empty space between the masks and the TV’s represented the Void, the area without anything. The TV’s on the far side represent the donning of these masks, and life and humanity.

Synthesis / My Experience

I thought Kyle’s exhibition, Janus Maxim, was very cool. Without even considering the philosophical portion of the exhibition, the sculptures, engravings, environment, and films were all very cool looking. They were also slightly creepy, but that added to the psychological effect it had on me and others. The Greco-Roman theme also appealed to me. I’ve always been a history fan of the Antiquity era. I’ve always enjoyed reading Greek myths and epics throughout my life. Kyle’s attempt to encapsulate the void and how it would feel to exist in such a place was well done. The dirt on the floor and eerie lighting have the exhibition an ominous feeling, one which someone in the void might feel. If they could feel.

Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – Dalia Banuelos & Daniel Bonilla-Vera

Exhibition Information

Artist: Dalia Banuelos & Daniel Bonilla-Vera

Exhibition: A Non-Degree Exhibition

Media: sculpture, photography, paintings, various

Gallery: Maxine Merlino

Website: dbvphotography.com

Instagram: daliaeffect, dbvphotography

 

About the Artist

Dalia and Daniel are both undergraduate Studio Art majors at California State University, Long Beach. They are both seniors, and plan to graduate in spring. Dalia and Daniel have known each other for 2 years. Both of them attended community colleges before transferring to CSULB. Dalia said one of her main hobbies (besides creating art) is martial arts. Daniel likes to create various kinds of art pieces, and particularly enjoys carving. He was actually practicing his carving as we were interviewing him!

Formal Analysis

Dalia and Daniel created an exhibition that included several pieces. There were around 20 pieces in all, although it was hard to count individual pieces, because there was a sculpture that contained several photographic pieces within it. There were several paintings on the left side of the exhibition from where you first walked in. The paintings depicted various effects, taking on a granite or sandstone-like appearance. On the right side of the room from the entrance there were several pieces on white canvas that appeared to have an ink-like effect. The canvases were white, with black ink used to create images and designs on the canvas. At the back of the room was the sculpture. On the floor lay two mannequins of people curled up in the fetal position. They were both fully clothed, with their faces covered. Above them was a network of strings, that bridged the gap between and connected many photographs. The color of the string was black.

Content Analysis

Dalia was saying that A Non-Degree Exhibition represented both Dalia’s and Daniel’s attempts at getting into the Bachelors of Fine Arts program at California State University, Long Beach. They were both rejected from the program, and decided to harness their emotions and previous art pieces to create a new one. When the applied to the Bachelors of Fine Arts program, they had to submit some of their work. After they were rejected, they used those pieces that were included in their applications to create the exhibition. The two mannequins on the ground represented themselves, with their art strung out above them.

Synthesis / My Experience

I really liked Dalia’s and Daniel’s A Non-Degree Exhibition. As a non-art major, it really showed the “other side” of the art world. Anytime I, as a non-artist, go to look at art, it’s all art that was approved by a higher-up and, for the most part, generally considered “good” art. A Non-Degree Exhibition showed me what it’s like to not have your art approved and be considered “good” by a higher-up. I thought all of the pieces were good, at least as good as all the other pieces I’ve seen in the galleries this year. The emotions created from experiencing the exhibition reminded me of the times where I failed a test or did poorly on a project. A would study to the point where I thought i understood the material, but when I get my grade, it would show otherwise. My answers to the free-response questions would not be considered adequate to the professor, and I would be marked down for it, while I thought my answers were great.

 

Wk 8 – Art Experience – Sketches

This week we got to do some sketching! I was pretty excited about this one, because we got to meet at the Japanese Gardens on campus. I’ve been to the Japanese Gardens twice before this, and both times were really cool. They have tons of plants and great scenery; the perfect place for some good ol’ sketching. Well, it would have been, if I wasn’t so terrible at sketching in the first place. Man, I thought I was going to draw some awesome scenic pictures that were going to change the world as we know it. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Check this out:

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These are the first two 30 second sketches I made. The first one is supposed to be my good friend Lukas standing under a tree. It only took me one sketch to realize that my artistic ability peaked in the third grade. It was also really hard to draw something in 30 seconds, and I felt pressured to finish my sketch or else it would look even worse and incomplete. The bottom picture is supposed to be a bridge next to a tree going over some water. Who woulda guessed.

I then did the 5 minute sketch, which, in my opinion anyway, was better than those two previous sketches. Here it is, in all it’s glory:

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Ah ha! A little better but still pretty bad. This one had much more detail, but unfortunately the quality of the details wasn’t very good. I also realized I had no idea how to draw leaves. Or branches. Or anything. But I tried, and that’s all that really matters in the ends of thing, right? I hope.