This weeks art experience was a walk through the campus taking pictures on our journey. I had decided that I wanted to take some pictures that had interesting angles to the and also take pictures that had lots of color to them. right off the bat I was able to see that this art walk made me actually look in detail at areas that I pass by on the daily walk to and from class. I noticed a pair of reflective sunglasses and thought how the bright color went with what I wanted to do and I was able to get an interesting picture. As we kept walking I also noticed that there was a group of middle school children who were also walking around, they in a way had to do the same as we did because they were being introduced to our campus just as like how I was introduced to a new way of looking at the places I had seen before.
Next we walked into the game area and I decided to take pictures of three of the table games. My favorite has to be the foosball table because whwn I look at the photo it reminds me of someone peeking in through the whole and secretly watching. The other pictures I liked because it made the tables look so much longer than they actually were. Its interesting how placing a camera a certain way can change a picture entirely, and how it can create movement in a still photo.
Finally we walked out to the fountain and I wanted to take a picture of how clear, clean, and blue the water looked. I wanted the picture to be engulfed by blue and show the miniature waves and ripples moving the water. On my wall back I took the same path as the art walk and noticed a flower I had walked by and liked the brightness of it and thought that I should be included with the rest of my picture also. This art walk gave us a new lens (no pun intended) that made me focus on the campus that I walk every, making me truly appreciate the small beauties of our campus that are sometimes ignored.
This week i spoke to Patrick Dong, who I found to have a similarity to myself. He is in the Karate club here at university. I found that to be very interesting because I used to do karate and was a second degree black belt. I also found out that he was into anime and that this was his fourth year here and he has enjoyed each year completely. Patrick also likes to watch Korean dramas which also reminded me of the occasional Mexican novelas that I watch. Finally we discussed how both of us just like to hang out with friends and have a good time something that I am sure everyone likes to do when ever they can..
Kristi Jensen is an artist here at CSULB who works with metal-smithing and also fiber art. She makes a lot of jewelry but only wheres some of it. She is graduating this fall and also knits on her free time. The metals she works with are mostly copper because it is cheaper and also still soft, but also uses steel and some silver but silver is more expensive. This is also the first show she curated and enjoys this exhibit because it of the variety of artists it shows. She told us some personal background like how she likes to read and drink red wine and also how she moved around a lot when she was younger and went to 10 different elementary schools.
when it comes to her art, it has many big curves and simple colors. Most of her artwork is untitled, and according to her she says that that is one thing she needs to work on. Her artwork conveys no specific image and she has a hard time speaking through her art. her art reminds me of the natural curves of nature, and one necklace she made reminded me of a rose with the coloring of a peacock.
One other art piece I saw was a metal vase/vessel made up of strips-
the simplicity of it reminded me of branches meeting together, or a wooded vase at the start of weaving.
this weeks art experience I decided to use sugar to make art. I decided to use only sugar because my stove decided not to work this weekend and i had remembered that i saw a video of someone making art with salt, so sugar was the solution. My first attempt at using the sugar I used a ruler to make a simple scene of a palm tree at the beach.
I used the back end of a paint brush to put in lines where needed. After I finished that I thought I should have made something more challenging and went on to make a lion face out of only sugar. I started off my making the nose/snout of the lion then moved on to making the rest of the face.
The difficult part is putting the right amount of sugar to show depth and shadows. 20 minutes later I finished and admired my work.and maybe even a little taste =)
Overall the experience was fun and also very difficult but still super fun. would love to practice and make it look even better.
this week i spoke to Christian Aguirre and I learned from him that he is a 3rd year here at CSULB and that he is a film major with a minor in History. IT used to be that he was a History major but he found that the real reason he liked history was it was telling a story about the past, he ultimately found that he can also tell his own stories by using film, more specifically screenwriting. On his free time he enjoys to play the bass, and he also told me that he used to play the French Horn. some fun facts are that he is left handed and drives a 98 accord. One thing that I found similar was that we both listened to Frank Sinatra. We talked about Sinatra’s voice and his talent and both agreed on his skill.
This weeks art experience was Graffiti. I have had experience with graffiti but only with stencils. I had done a Marilyn Monroe and also a hammer and clock that i put on a stop sign. (stop hammer time! get it? ) I had almost forgotten to do the project since it is valentines day, but i managed to do it very quickly in 7 min. i started off by finding some spray paint colors in my garage and grabbed the wood that i had used for a project a few weeks ago. Then I outlined my name in black to start it off.
as soon as i made the first letter i realized i made it to small so i came up with the idea to make each letter gradually get bigger. and then began to fill it in with red.
After I filled in the letters I put a cross on my O and my A and then had fun with it.
This project was really fun I feel i might paint over the one i made in the future and try again with more detail and better colors and brand, maybe even buy some different caps for them.
This week’s artist was Samuel Jernigan. The first thing you notice when entering is the giant heads and the cartoony sculptures that reminded me of animated sculpturing for Disney or Nickelodeon animation. Samuel’s art work is sculptures made of ceramic, and is a graduate student at CSULB in the BFA Ceramics program.He uses ceramic to bring his art to life and also likes to use color.
by looking at his sculptures you can tell that he has been sculpting for a while, 15 years, and thee amount of detail put in to the pieces show. He had children’s toys sculpted that looked very smooth and had sculpted hands that had texture in each knuckle. Most of his art seemed to look very happy and my favorite piece was the shark or dolphin(I didn’t get to ask), when i first saw it it reminded me of Jabberjaw the cartoon shark because of the smile. His pieces are also inspired by abandoned toys he finds at the flea markets goes to. He uses toys as inspiration for art waiting to be made.His showcase was centered around the idea of bringing abandoned toys together, and i find this so interesting. Overall his vibrant colors and his amazing sculptures are amazing and bring attention to any eye. His Ceramic sculptures are very lively and very enjoyable.
This week I spoke to Danielle Garcia, as we walked around looking at art I learned that she works at Disneyland. Although she loves working there, one of her big pet peeves is when people have strollers in peoples way at Disneyland. One thing that is super cool about Danielle is that she is Vegetarian! how long you ask? five and a half years! I couldn’t even do it for a month. She also is an animal lover and owns a pug named Miles who is 14 years old. She got Miles as a sweet 16 gift and has loved him since then. Danielle also likes going to raves and her favorite colors are green and pink. She also wishes to go to Japan one day because she is super into the kawaii culture, she even took Japanese all four years of high school. She’s very chill and likes to look at the different geometric shapes in abstract random looking art, and also does not use snapchat but was able to download and use it to take a pretty funny picture of the two dogs fighting on the art piece.
Josh Vasquez is an undergraduate student in the BFA Painting and Drawing Program at the CSULB School of Art. His gallery took about six months to complete and his artwork varied from portraits which were in a way dark and he also had roses spread on the ground. his use of dark colors like black and grey would contrast with the white and give an image of death. The skull images definitely showed death also. The only color I did see however where the color of the flowers on the ground, and those too were dead. They looked as if they where ready to turn to dust just by touching it. The artwork itself was smooth and curvy, also very bold in a way that made me just want to stare.
His art showed the color black and white and the representation between life and death He stated that he takes out his frustration into his art, and that he himself is in a different mental state while working on his art. His artwork shows a kind of Yin Yang/ reciprocal/ contradicting art. He showed black vs white, and glass vs canvas. These artworks show opposites coexisting to create something in unity.
This art gallery was very interesting to me, and I very much enjoyed it. the room itself was lit in a way that made the artwork feel that it was meant to be there, and the contrast of dark and light showed that it was made that way on purpose. When looking at the art you can automatically tell that there was some deeper meaning to it, and death was a very obvious one in my opinion.
For this weeks art experience with Snapchat i had a lot of fun using the drawing function to create something new and funny out of something else. I found it really interesting how many classmates took a picture of the same lady as i did but we each came up with different ways to draw her. I made her into a stripper, while some people went a different way and made her into an ice queen or warrior. I also took a screenshot of two other classmate’s Snapchat:
i found these both to be very funny especially the dog one, something about the googly eyes had my chuckle every time.