Leah Perez was born and raised on the West Side of Long Beach. This is her third year attending CSULB and her major is Child development, but she is still unsure of what she wants to do and be. Things people wouldn’t know about her by just looking at her is that she has a twin. Leah is mixed with Samoan, El Salvadorian, and Japanese. This year she has lost about 80 pounds. Right know she is in a point in her life where she is working on bettering herself. Which means going to school, work, working on her health and staying positive.Her hobbies include going to the beach, playing basketball, hanging out with family, and do karaoke. Leah favorite food is Pho and Chinese food. She is very passionate about music, she doesn’t sing or make music, but listens to it 24/7 and it gets her through the day. In the future she sees her self graduating and doing the job she loves.
Artist: Helen Werner Cox
Exhibition: Silent Screams
Media: Oil, Pastel, Maker, Inks, Crayons, MonoPrints, Basswood Carving
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery West
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For this week artist conversation I talked to Helen Werner Cox. Cox is a graduate student here at California State University, Long Beach and this is her last semester. Cox is trying to get her Master in Fine Arts and is in the Drawing and Painting program. Cox grew up in New York and at the age of 18 moved to Boston, Massachusetts. She has been teaching for 30 years. Her first 13 years of teaching she taught art in Massachusetts. Cox then moved here to California and was offered to teach middle school kids and taught them for 3 years. She then applied for a position to be a librarian at the middle school and worked there for 14 years. Some of her hobbies include gardening and reading. Her idea came from a merry go round because in society we spin in circles with only adults.
For many of her pieces she used oil and pastels, printmaking, mono prints, carving, and water based materials such as crayons and colored pencils. For one of her art pieces she spent 4 hours on a huge merry go round and sketched. For the big pieces she used oil paint and large brushes. She first painted black and brown lines then mixed red and blue. Later she focused on shading because of lights and dark. Then she switched materials in order to finish her pieces. Most of her pictures, especially the big ones, were done with pastels. Cox also took many print making classes and has incorporated that in her art work pieces in the gallery.
The idea behind this art gallery is merry go round carousel because it is visual metaphor of society.There is a paradox within this carousel because usually they are for children and usually made for children but she wanted to include adults. The carousels are a representation of life going in circles . The horses are actually symbolically suppose to represent humans. If you pay attention to their faces you can see how they are either scared because this is how we face life sometimes. The horse go up and down to represent the mistakes we constantly make in life. Much of her inspiration came from her times at Griffin Park where she sketched for hours.
I really appreciate this artist ideas because I’ve never thought of carousels in this perspectives. Although I’ve never seen it like this way it really gives me something to think about it. We constantly make mistakes in our life and on a daily basis. We face so many challenges in our life and our reactions at times can be scared but we keep moving forward.
I Stlyer Crook am a secret spy which is my I identity must be kept a secret. I live a double life as I am a substitute teacher on my spare time but the majority of time I am killing criminals. When I was younger I was part of a case study and from that experiment I gained powers. Such as the ability to become invisible, incredible strength,and the ability to read and control minds. It was due to these abilities that I decided to become a spy. She wanted her life to have some meaning and instead of doing evil she decided to but her powers to good use. Through my many travels I have made good friends and some foes. One of the friends I made was a young pilot named Riley Smith . Another one of my friends is Orphelia , she has such a great dream and is finally going to be able to pursue it. Lastly I encountered a foe named Princess Consuela Banana Hammock don’t let the whole princess thing confuse you because she can be a handful. That’s it for now, I have to run.
Dominique Gomez is a freshmen majoring in biology here at California State University, Long Beach. She is from Garden Grove and isn’t currently involve in the clubs on campus. Dominique wants to be a Veterinarian and once she graduates college wants to go to vet school. She enjoys playing soccer, hiking, drawing, and going on adventures. She is planning on double major with engineering but still on the verge. She listens to a variety of music. Dominique’s favorite food is Italian food and her favorite drink is sweet tea. Her favorite animal is lion and she loves cats!
Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig
Exhibition: All Work All Play
Media: Metals, Silver, Copper
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery
This weeks artist was Sean Cabanig she is an undergraduate who is graduating this semester at California State University, Long Beach. She is considering going to graduate school and wants to travel to use those memories into her artwork. Cabanig was been doing art since she was a little kid, but didn’t touch metal until about 4 years ago. She was born and raised in Los Angeles and has lived in Long Beach for the past 5 years. She had originally applied to CSULB with the major creative writing but then switched to studio art. It wasn’t until her 2nd year that she realized she wanted to to be in the School of Arts Metal program. Some of her interests are reading Manga, video games, and loves cats. Cabanig inspirations comes from her environment, emotional behavior, and humor.
In her art she uses many different types of metals such as metals and copper. Cabanig art comes in many different forms because she also did jewelry. Her artwork consists of necklaces, rings, in many shapes and sizes. Her artwork had different textures ranging from smooth to rough, heaving looking pieces. In each piece you could tell the precision and effort she put into each piece. As Cabanig had mentioned the time it takes to make a piece depends on the complexity of the piece but it generally takes about a day or more. The process starts off as a sketch then turned into a mold, and lastly the piece is made with the metal material accessible.
Cabanig’s work is inspired from her environment, emotional behavior, and humor but most of her inspiration comes from experimental. As the title of the gallery “All work, all play”, refers to what she wants to accomplish yet have fun during the experience. This is shown through her art because in her artwork you can see the hard work she put in. Even though the whole process is difficult she is able to have fun doing what she loves. For Cabanig she believes that you can’t simply wait around to be inspired you have to go out and do something. The fact that she can see what she created and how hard she work to create it was enough for her.
I really liked what this artist was trying to say. So many people wait for a big moment to happen for them but in reality life is about making big moments happen. I like how for her everything about her surroundings is he inspiration. I can relate to her mentality and agree with her. I enjoyed how her artwork had variety and showed not just one thing but many.
For this weeks art experience I decided to recruit my roommate to help me out. This experience was actually quite interesting, at first because we were totally laughing! It felt so awkward and funny so we were both laughing so hard. We did this project in our dorm room and we used a blue sharpie. While holding the sharpie apparently we were putting to much pressure that we accidentally ripped the paper and made a couple holes in the paper. So, for next time I would try to not but so much pressure on the marker and not hold it so firmly as my roommate told me I was doing. Overall, this was a great experience because I was able to do it with my roommate and we had a great bonding time.
Mia Miller is a freshmen majoring in Film at California State University, Long Beach. She wants to be an editor and work for Warner Bros. Mia loves horror, action, and anime movies. Her favorite movie is The Help, and her favorite book is The Host. She is planning to either double major in Japanese or minor in it. Interestingly she is going to travel to Japan before spring break. Mia’s favorite food is streak, green beans, and potatoes. Her favorite drinks are sparkling water, Dr.Pepper, and water. Her favorite music is hard metal, rock, alternative rock, and instrumental. Mia’s favorite band is Avenged Sevenfold.
Artist: Brianna Joy (Bri Joy)
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov East
Brianna joy is currently an undergraduate here at California State University, Long Beach working to get her BFA. Joy is the School of Art’s Printmaking program and is expected to graduate this year. Joy originally went to Orange Coast college but transferred to CSULB in order to get her degree. She grew up in a very small town but when she moved to a big city it was a huge culture shock. This transition has greatly impacted her artwork. Besides art some of her hobbies include yoga, surfing, hiking, snowboarding, and skateboarding. Joy’s artwork explores her transition from a small town to a big city.
All of Joy’s artwork is print making. In her art showcased at the gallery she used only two colors, black and white. Shes uses BFA paper that is actually pretty expensive for her artwork. Since her artwork is on a larger scale she has to print her artwork in pieces and then piece them back together. Joy uses organics art and the lines consists of twists and turns or are straight and jagged. Although her work seems simple it actually complex because one simple mistake and she has to start all over.
Joy’s art exhibit is called Merge because her art tries to incorporate her transition from a small town to a big city. Demonstrating both her past and present. She is able to showcase this by using contrasting colors of black and white to show the two different environments she lived in . Brianna Joy isn’t like most of the artist because she wants to be genuine in her artwork and prefers to be in the presence of her peers. Her transition from a small city to a big city is what has “merged” her into the person she is today. Neither one defines her but both have had a great impact in her art and life.
I really enjoyed what Brianna Joy was trying to demonstrate in her art. Even though her artwork may seem simple its actually more complex when you really think about. I have always lived in big cities so I’ve never experienced what she’s trying to demonstrate but I can see it through her art. I also really like how she came to do her artwork by a glitch in her computer. Usually some artist would start over but she was able to take a malfunction and turn it into beautiful artwork.
For this week art experience we did a group video on college problems we college students face. Our group consisted of Chris Williams, Aaron Dela Rosa,and Justin Marquez . At first we were unsure on whether doing a music video or a video on college problems. We in the end decided to do it on college problems. This was a very interesting project because it was fun doing a video on problems we college students face on a daily basis. The problem that I faced was that I am a horrible actor but I did an okay job. Through this experience I was able to get to know my fellow classmates better and had fun doing this video.We shot both my part and Aaron’s part in my dorm room. We were there for a while because Chris would take different angles. Chris was our producer and he did a great job putting it all together and he was very easy to work with. I believe this experience went great, the video came out good, but it would’ve been cool if we were able to do a skit all together.
Justin Marques is a freshmen here at California State University, Long Beach. He is studying computer engineering. Outside of his school life, he works at Pacific Theaters in the Americana as a projectionist. After college he wishes to go straight into the work force, working for a business that needs computer engineers. Justin found the exhibit peculiar because it mixed religion and a depiction of a women replacing Jesus but he was able to understand what the artist was trying to say.