Wk6-Art Experience-Photo Walk

For this photo walk we were exploring the waterworks of CSULB. First, we went to the fountain and then made our way to the Japanese garden. Along the way I was to able to enjoy the nature of every day life on campus that I don’t appreciate. We have a beautiful campus and going on this photo walk I was able to true pay attention and admire its beauty. In the pictures I was trying to capture the campus beauty, in all its nature. At Brotman fountain we found ducks and it was so beautiful! I believe that the tour was not bad but it would’ve better if we had some time to stop and take good pictures and it would’ve been nice if they talked  a little of why they choose those locations. Overall, I really enjoyed this art experience.

Wk5-Art Experience-Coiffure

For this art experience I decided to dye my hair red! I’ve never dyed my hair before so I thought this art experience was a great excuse to do something fun and daring! I was so nervous because I wasn’t sure if red would even go with my skin color. I love the end results. My mother did me the favor of dying my hair and once she started I was totally panicking but it was too late to go back. This was actually a very fun experience for me and I achieved the color that I wanted its not too bright flaming red but its also not so burgundy its the right shade for me. Through this art experience I was able to learn how you can create art through many ways and in this case my hair. I love trying new hairstyles and all but dying my hair was something i just never did but there is always a first time for everything. I believe that if i could do this again I’d probably do something with couture because the way one dresses can really say a lot about a person. In the pictures I included the process of dying my hair, the hair dye, and a before and after pictures.

Wk5- Classmate Conversation-Florenz Baltazar

IMG_5545Florenz is a first year here in California State University, Long Beach. He is trying to get into the nursing program. He enjoys hanging out with friends and eating new foods. He also likes to watch a lot of TV and play video games such as Pokemon and Kingdom Hearts. He really enjoys getting to meet new people. Florenz decided to take this course because he wanted to discover new art and be more involved in the art world because he wasn’t at all before this class.

Wk5- Artist Conversation- Kristi Jensen

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Artist: Kristi Jensen
Exhibition: Fuse: Join to Form A Single Entity 
Media:  Metals and Jewelry
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East and West
Website: She does not have a website
Instagram: whipperton

The artist that I meet for this exhibition is Kristi Jensen. Kristi Jensen is pursing a Bachelor in Fine Arts at California State University, Long Beach. She is in the metal and heels program and is going to graduate next semester. Jensen first started as a sculpture major but soon realized it wasn’t for her when she discovered metals. She has been working with metals for about 2 years now. Jensen hopes to be able to make a living from what she is passionate about which is metals. Jensen also likes to knit, setting things on fire when doing metals, fiber art, reading, and enjoys the show the Walking Dead. She said her artwork didn’t have a specific message she wanted to convey but rather driven by the process making.

For Kristi Jensen’s artwork she had a silver ring, a glass necklace that was greenish, blueish, and had some brown to it as well, and lastly an interesting piece of metal that as she described “an onion like metal”. Some of the tools she used were saw, sandpaper, and hammers. She used copper which she said was cheaper and silver but silver is more expensive. All the artworks had different forms but you can tell how precise each form was and really demonstrated how much work she put in the process making. Jensen said that her art takes about 3 weeks to complete because she has to first sketch it and then make it. She really enjoys the process because she is able to light things on fire. Jensen said that her favorite was the necklace because she enjoys the technique. The texture of her artworks is very smooth and the necklace was the most colorful.

Although Jensen said that her work conveys no specific message but rather enjoys the process. Her inspiration was her grandfather. When she was 5 years old she would always enjoy watching her grandfather fix and take apart TV’s and she found the process of fixing things intriguing. She enjoyed messing around with things and in the end create something extraordinary. Jensen also said that she was very bad at naming her art as most of her piece are called “untitled”. Yet, she hopes to be able to name her artwork in the future.

I really enjoyed this art gallery because its another type of art form that I didn’t know about. I enjoy drawing in my spare time but using metals is something I never I thought about using. It astonishes me how people are able to create beautiful works from metals. Although this specific artist wasn’t expressing a specific meaning through her art she enjoyed creating new things which I believed is really amazing. She has some really great artwork and I can tell the process making is the best part. My favorite piece was the necklace because the way the colors coordinate with each other was beautiful and I really like necklaces.

 

Wk4- Classmate Conversation-Aaron Dela Rosa

Aaron Dela Rosa is a first year here at California State University, Long Beach. With a major in Psychology. During his free time Aaron like to go out, draw, and play Pokemon. He is also involved in the club here on campus called Circle K international.  Once he graduates Aaron hoped to travel the world and live life to the fullest. At this exhibit Aaron told me he was intrigued on how the artist was able to demonstrate two different ideas of abandonment and togetherness. IMG_5518Aaron Dela Rosa

Wk 4-Artist Conversations- Samuel Jernigan

Artist: Samuel Jernigan

Exhibition: Weight of Whimsey and Ideals

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: http://cargocollective.com/samueljernigan

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

Samuel Jernigan is a graduated student here at California State University. He graduated and got his  bachelor in fine arts and is in the Ceramics program. He was applied to USC and UCLA to pursue his masters degree. He is from central California/Bay area. Many of his interest include playing guitar, binge watching but besides that he mostly spend his time in the studio. Jernigan’s inspiration comes from flea market, thrift stores, and his feelings of awkwardness. Although his first chose wasn’t in ceramics he decided to pursue a career in this because he was exposed to the material and knew a lot in ceramics.

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For all of Jernigan artwork he did sculptures but his sculptures were with great precision. the media and material for this artwork was ceramics and the sculptures came in many different forms and sizes. Also many of the sculptures were had color ad reminded me of childhood toys. Many of the artworks had smooth textures but some did have a more rugged texture.

I found that his art work had a lot of childlike characteristics. When asked how he would describe many of his art works he said “they are like giant toys”. Since many of his sculptures are inspired by broken mistreated toys he found at flea markets. Jernigan also mentioned that most of his inspiration is from his feelings of awkwardness. Yet through his art he is able to demonstrate their beauty because to Jernigan its all about belonging.

I really enjoyed Samuel Jernigan artwork because i enjoyed seeing other peoples interpretation of awkward feelings and randomness. I also enjoyed how he was able to transform his inspiration of broken toys and demonstrate their beauty. I never thought of the stories my old toys are able to demonstrate. He was able to capture this essence because when I looked at each art work I knew that had a story to tell.

 

Wall Writers

This week’s art experience was graffiti. I believe that everybody knows about it and has seen it one way or the other. I remember that I would always here in the news how graffiti is an ongoing issue and till this day it still is. Many people say it’s a problem and it makes our cities look ugly. I myself was one of those people I thought graffiti made things look ugly and a symbol that this was the “ghetto”. But from this week’s art experience I learned that graffiti can be used for many things. Such as a way to express yourself, propaganda, signify territory, etc. From this film clip I was able to see the history of graffiti and learn what it meant to those who started the whole graffiti phenomenon. I learned how graffiti started from some guys simply writing their names on walls. To one guy “Taki 183” who started writing his name everywhere. Graffiti became more known to people because of Taki and then more people started doing what he did. Soon after graffiti was everywhere it had many different artist signature names. Later on graffiti was a way to signify gang territory. At this point graffiti was thought to be connected with violence and gangs. Then one day a man decided to get all the best and well known graffiti artist to come to his studio and create art. From there graffiti was sold and was now thought as an art form. Lastly, many artist started adding color and designs to their names so there names would be more noticeable. This film also included many historical records and took a really long time to make. Around 5 intense years of researching, collecting information, and conducting interviews. I really enjoyed this film because I was able to get a different perspective on graffiti and learn new interesting facts about it as well.  Wall_Writers-documentary

Wk3-Art Experience-Snapchat

For this week we were suppose to use the drawing tools snap chat has to offer. I actually like snap chat but I don’t usually post on my story quite often unless I find something quite interesting. I mostly use snap chat to snap my friends individually doing silly things. I do use the drawing tools but prefer using the text tools more. I really enjoyed this experience because I was able to meet new people and get to see their creativity when using the drawing tools.

Wk3- Classmate Conversations-Chris Williams

Chris Williams is a 1st year at CSULB. With a major in aerospace engineering. He is also involved in two clubs: Circle K International and American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics. He wants to graduate within three years and wants to either work with space x or go to grade school and graduate. As for the art exhibition, Chris stated “I felt it was very surreal and I felt almost humble because it represented life and death”.Chris Williams IMG_5466

Wk3-Art Conversation-Josh Vasquez

Artist: Josh Vasquez

Exhibition: Vida/Morte

Media: Ink Markers

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: http://joshvasquez.com/

Instagram: @joshybehr

The artist Josh Vasquez is an undergraduate student at California State University, Long Beach within the painting and drawing program. He is from Los Angeles and art is his life. He is set to graduate next spring. Vasquez has been drawing since he was a toddler but he never took art serious but it soon became his life. Within his art Vasquez demonstrates his interest within two topics, life and death. Which was his main focus in the gallery Vida/Morte.

For his art work he uses trash bags, ink markers, wood panels, flowers, and paper. In his biggest piece he used brown paper and black brush strokes. Within this piece there are many different shapes and lines but all in black. For the floor piece he used brown paper and flowers on top of the brown paper, on the brown paper he had many different black lines. He didn’t have much color for his pieces it mostly consisted of black and white since the overall theme was life and death.

Vasquez’s art exhibition was based around the idea of life and death. He wanted to show the beauty within these two opposite concepts through the use of flowers and skulls. To Vasquez these symbols express more than the mere idea of life and death but to explore a deeper meaning of masculinity and femininity. Another great element represented through his art is time, for example, the life span of the flowers won’t surpass that of the paper beneath it. His artwork is also his interpretations of many other famous master painters.

This exhibition was an open opener. I mean we all that we don’t live forever. Life will one day come to an end for everybody. Even though we all know this, I myself don’t give it much thought. When seeing his art and how he only used mostly black and white to illustrate life and death made me realize how life can be both dark and colorful as well as death.