Wk 12 – Art Experience – Ethnography

20170423_231357.jpgWell. This was a….weird one. To say the very least. First of all, my life is basically dependent on technology as I am a Computer Science major. I bath in electricity and technologies. So a day without a technology would be…difficult. But alas, this was this week project, what can I do? Saturday, the day where I would usually just let go and have fun, instead, I now was forced to live without my precious computer. Sitting there, I thought it was pointless not to do anything, so I decided to take a walk. It was my first time walking around our neighborhood. I actually walked quite far, lost in thought. We apparently have not one, but THREE parks near our house. Also, I lived two streets away from a rich community where everyone has two stories houses and garden so massive it was basically a flower field. They were quite a joy to look at. Too bad I couldn’t take a single picture. We also had a creek a few street over the next neighborhood. There wasn’t much water, but there was a small wooden bridge that you can walk over. It was my first time walking across a wooden bridge, pretty freaking scary. We have a HUGE water reservoir near the main street that has a GIGANTIC water tower thingy. It was REALLY cool. The walk basically took up half the day since I woke up at around 1 PM. Once I return, it was time for dinner already at around 5-6 PM. I ate with my family and then proceed to my room. I slept at 8 that night. Mr. Glenn, I hope you are reading this because although the morning was fun, it forced me to sleep at EIGHT. EIGHT, who even sleep at eight. At least I got to wake up REALLY early the next morning, instead of around 12 – 1 PM like I usually do, I woke up at around 5-6 AM. Oh well, I got to spend the whole Sunday with my computer so that was nice.

Wk 12 – Artist Conversation – Alice Andreini

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Artist: Alice Andreini
Exhibition: No-Mans Land
Media: Painting, Oil, Wax
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery

About the Artist:

Probably the longest I ever talked to an artist. Alice Andreini almost immediately stands out as she is probably one of the oldest person there in the gallery. I did not ask for her age for obvious reasons, but I once I started talking to her, I realized she was quite old. Alice has been working in the art industry for a long time. Alice used to teach at a community college for perspective arts and landscape arts. Which she incorporated into her art now. Alice is currently aiming for a Master degree in Fine Art and apparently, the writing on her wall was meant to be part of her thesis. Which no one understands and complained about, which she fixed while we were talking. Alice enjoys social media in her spare time like Facebook and such when she isn’t drawing. Alice was a lot of fun to talk to, be it a bit hard to follow at the time due to the difference in our level.

Formal Analysis:

What draw me into this gallery was Alice’s unique style of art, especially the scale of her arts too. Most of them were humongous, towering over other galleries’ arts. However, that wasn’t the only thing that made it so interesting. Alice drew landscapes and used different colorization to give each piece a unique feel. Alice also like to draw in this grid, perspective-ish style that made her arts look like it came from a game.Alice like to draw ‘random’ objects that seemingly does not fit the art but add to the uniqueness of each piece. I find them quite interesting, especially when I can create stories about some of the ‘random’ objects.

Content Analysis:

The thing that amazed me the most is the story behind Alice’s art. My apology, Alice, I probably will butcher your ideas since it’s so advance but let me give it a try. One of the most important ideas from Alice’s art is that it is not really a representation of anything. Although the landscapes in her art are real, she changes them to give them different feeling and different representation. Actually, they all are golf courses, just painted differently and with a different perspective. THat’s another important idea from Alice’s arts. Most of it is based upon perspective and how it can be warp into something more interesting. However, Alice also drew grids to show how even as warped as the perspectives are, they still somewhat contain, grounded within reality. It’s a fine line between, surrealism and realism. Alice actually compared it to something like a virtual reality, not exactly real, but not exactly fake either. It was quite interesting to listen to the idea and inspiration behind Alice’s arts.

Synthesis/My Experience:

It was a great pleasure talking to Alice. She was quite knowledgeable and I enjoyed our time together. I hope she finish her thesis and clean it up since it was quite confusing the first time I walked in. I actually almost walked out because of how confusing it was, but I  glad I stayed and listens to her stories.

Wk 11 – Artist Conversation – Yujia Gu

img_3484.jpgArtist: Yujia Gu
Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence in the USA
Media: Graphic Design
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

About the artist:

Wow. The moment I walked in, I was amazed. I knew I had to talk to Yujia, her gallery was amazing. Not only that, but Yujia was amazing herself. She is a student here at CSULB and is working toward her Bachelor in Fine Art. Yujia wants to work toward a Master degree in Fine Art in her dream school, LSU – Baton Rouge. Outside of art, she likes to hang out and spend time with friends and watches movies.

 

Formal Analysis: 

The gallery was amazing the moment you step in. I was greeted by a giant gun made by people, smaller guns, and texts. It was an overwhelming sight. It actually took me awhile to take it all in. On the wall, there were ‘holographic’ pictures that were really well done. The bottom of the wall was lined with the percentage of gun-violence comparatively to Canada and America almost sextuple the amount of gun violence that Canada has.

Content Analysis:

Yujia made this exhibit to bring awareness to the amount of gun violence in America. She said was interested in the colossal amount of gun violence that we have here in American compared to China. This is note-worthing because, from a foreign perspective, we have very loose gun-control laws. Yujia’s mom was actually worried about Yujia being in the United state because of the massive amount of gun violence that we have in America. Yujia’s gallery also gives a really good perspective of how our gun violence compared to that of Canada. It might be exaggerated, but it sends a very clear point.

Synthesis/My Experience:

This exhibit is probably my third favorite gallery of all time. It was so well done and detailed. When I first walked in, I couldn’t even believe my eyes. For the third time in a gallery, I exclaimed without realizing “Wow…” Someone actually went through all the work to put sands into an exhibit. Not only that, but it was not just a little bit of sands, it was a lot of sands. But that was not even the most amazing thing. Brittney handcrafted hundreds of individual turtles. She did not even half-ass it either, I look at each one of the turtles and each turtle was so beautifully created and detailed. It was mind-blowing how someone could have the patience and energy to create hundreds of turtles individually like that. I also love turtles, my second favorite animal.

 

Wk 11 – Classmate Conversation – Amilcar Perez

Oh man. Amilcar Perez. Or what I like to refer him as, A.P. AP is a really amazing person. We have so much in commons, except for his love for movies. AP is as much of a movie nerd as I am a computer nerd. That’s why his major is in Film. However, he is minoring in Web Application which is really cool. Unlike me, he is a second year though. Have not met a single freshman… Anyway, AP wants to be a director or a screenwriter with his degree. He would like to direct or write an action/adventure film. Something similar to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s works. His favorite movie is Donie Daku. AP also enjoy watching anime, especially Cowboy Bebop. It seems he also enjoy GTO which is something we both liked and talked extensively about. AP favorite game is League of Legends, which is also my favorite game so we got to talk about that too. AP was pretty damn cool, too bad he’s bronze.img_8407.jpg

Wk 10 – Artist Conversation – Brittney Waters

20170405_141135Artist: Brittney Waters
Exhibition: #MoreThanASandbox
Media: Clay, Varnish, Sand
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
Instagram: @artbywaters

About the artist:

I have not actually gotten a chance to meet Brittney in person. However, I had the pleasure of talking to her through her Instagram. She seems like a wonderful person, very outgoing and bright personality. Brittney is currently a senior at CSULB and is working toward her Bachelor of Fine Arts for the Art Ceramics Program. What influenced her to begin working on this gallery is her trip to Hawaii when she saw an exhibit for sea turtles. She realized that many wildlife is not supported unless they can be used as an entertainment for us. That why you see many sea turtles, but never any sea turtle nestings as they are not very entertaining.

Formal Analysis: 

Brittney’s turtle. Oh my god. They are amazing, absolutely amazing. Each one is carved by hand and has its very own design, be it not very married but still. Brittney made about a hundred individual turtles and that not counting her prototypes or scrapped sculpture. Not only that but each turtle are so detailed, it’s really amazing. Brittney even went to dipped her turtles in sands to give them texture and authenticity. Brittney also set up a little beach for the turtles with real sands. Which is going to be a pain to clean up. She also has a video playing of the beach to give you the illusion that the turtles are walking to the beach.

Content Analysis:

Brittney made this exhibit to bring awareness to sea turtles. The fact that we never saw a single sea turtle nesting is extremely alarming and concerning. Brittney wanted to make this exhibit as realistic and entertaining as possible in order to bring awareness to preserving sea turtles. She thinks that our society only cares for things that entertained so she decided to create an exhibit to entertain others about sea turtle nestings.

Synthesis/My Experience:

This exhibit is probably my third favorite gallery of all time. It was so well done and detailed. When I first walked in, I couldn’t even believe my eyes. For the third time in a gallery, I exclaimed without realizing “Wow…” Someone actually went through all the work to put sands into an exhibit. Not only that, but it was not just a little bit of sands, it was a lot of sands. But that was not even the most amazing thing. Brittney handcrafted hundreds of individual turtles. She did not even half-ass it either, I look at each one of the turtles and each turtle was so beautifully created and detailed. It was mind-blowing how someone could have the patience and energy to create hundreds of turtles individually like that. I also love turtles, my second favorite animal.

 

 

Wk 10 – Art Experience – Architecture & Urban Planning – The Wedge

So this week, I have to redesign the dreaded “wedge”. It is one of our school most loved to hate spot. EVERYONE WALK THROUGH THERE even when there is ABSOLUTELY no space to walk in. Worst, there is traffic coming to BOTH ways so it made the “wedge” even more cramped than it already is. So, I decided to give it more space to walk between, since that is the ‘wedge biggest problem. Not make it bigger though because people really ‘LOVE’ the ‘wedge’. I just moved one of the benches over so that there would be more space to walk between. I also removed some part of the black marble thing to make two entrances. That way, the ‘wedge’ can support two traffic instead of one, freeing up space. One of the problems with this solution, however, is that there isn’t much room to sit on the bench since people would be walking through you constantly. But no one sits on that bench anyway. But the biggest benefit to this design is that there would be TWO ‘wedges’ instead of one. That should keep student talking about it for DOUBLE the time.

Wk 9 – Art Experience – Grafitti

Eh, probably not one of my favorites art experience. Partly since I suck at it and partly because the pain of buying spray paints was painful. It was pretty expensive at Walmart, clocking in at about 4 dollars for one can, I couldn’t afford more than two. Not only that but I had to wait for 10~ minutes for someone to open the glass door for me to buy it and another 10~ just for people to confirm that I was 18 and above. Oh man. That was a big hassle, parking also sucked. Anyway, back to the graffiti itself, it smelled horrible and as mentioned before, I sucked at it. Even with paper marking where to go and only TWO letters to draw, there was no way for me to mess up, and I messed up. I can’t aim to save a life and I kept missing the line. In the end, I just filled the whole thing in with paints in frustration. Did I mention it smelled bad? Because it was. Sigh. Not one of my favorite for sure, but I guess the experience wasn’t half bad.17521716_1415258835208376_454350834_o

Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – Vanessa Olivarez

Artist: Vanessa Olivarez
Exhibition: Tender
Media: Film, Sculpture, Sound
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery

About the artist:

Oh man. This gallery. I was about to poop my pants the moment I walked into the gallery. The reason why I walked into Vanessa Olivarez’s gallery was because Mr. Glenn was talking to the artist so I thought, “Huh, this could be interesting.” And it was all too interesting. The sound, the video, haunting is how I would have described it. Anyway, this isn’t about me but about Vanessa Olivarez. Vanessa Olivarez is currently in her final semester at CSULB. She will graduate, hopefully, in May with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sculpting. Vanessa said she liked video filmmaking more, which I then ask why she didn’t study Film. Vanessa said that Sculpting allowed her to work with multiple media rather than just focusing on Film alone. She also enjoys singing karaoke.

Formal Analysis:

Vanessa Olivarez’s gallery, for a lack of another word, out of this world. It was amazing. Spooky sounds were playing as you walk around. The room was completely dark and there were films playing. The films were overlapping each other, creating its own special effect. Vanessa also created her own special with a “hologram”, a piece of glass suspended with video playing off it. In the corner of the gallery, there was a small TV with a headphone that you can put on to cut you off from the gallery but not completely. Vanessa also included a karaoke, which she like to do, with a poem she made playing. There were also many sculptures scattered about that was part of the entire gallery. Honestly, everything was very well put together.

Content Analysis:

Vanessa Olivarez’s gallery was meant to give you an image of the deepest part of her thoughts. Everything she made was purely instinctual and nothing was…on purpose. Vanessa made all of the work inside the gallery pieces by pieces. Whenever something would come to her, she would make it and somehow made it all fit. It was supposed to represent a safe space for you to just….think. To let yourself feels everything around you. And I felt scared. “It wasn’t to be scary,” she said right after she said you can feel anything.

Synthesis/My experience:

I felt scared, for the first time in a long time with a gallery. But it was also the first time I FELT something. Usually, most things just intrigued me but Vanessa’s gallery truly peaks my curiosity. She is the second artist that I actually talk to right with my own will rather than just listening in to whatever was popular or easiest at the time. It was scary. But it succeeded in making me feel. So I guess you could say the gallery was a colossal success. One of my favorite for sureart3.jpg

 

 

Wk 8 – Art Experience – Finger Painting

This art experience was probably the most fun I had with art in awhile. So with everything prepared, the papers and paints I got from a nearby Target, I start to get to work. At first, I had no idea what I was doing, just doing random strokes. However, one stroke after another, a form start to appear, a fish. With more finger strokes, the body of the fish start to get finished. As I was finishing up the head, my sister walked in and saw me working. She asked if she could help, I said sure. It was the biggest mistake and the best idea I had in a long time. What was suppose to be a fish turn into a large piece of work. She KEEPS ON ADDING THINGS TO NO END. “Let add this, no no don’t stop, let add more stuff.” Eventually, we actually FILLED the paper with paints. Honestly, I was amazed. We somehow spend an hour FINGER PAINTING. Geez. And now it was REALLY late. So I finished up and in the end, we have A LOT of fun. We actually hang the art upon the wall.17547204_1415259051875021_1639799913_o.jpg

Wk 8 – Classmate Conversation – Gabriella Salazar

*cough* Sorry for posting this so late *cough* Got a fever and then a cold T^T *cough* Back to the blog I guess. ANYWAY. Sickness aside, last week I met with a SUPER cool person. Her name is Gabriella Salaza and she actually talks to me first. Now, it caught me off my guard completely because girls usually don’t talk to me first..yea…But this isn’t about me, IT’S ABOUT GABRIELLA. Now, Gabriella is a really outgoing person. She is currently studying Political Science as a Senior. Gabriella is from Bakersfield, which was pretty cool since I never even heard of it. We talked A LOT about politics. She really likes politics and I was really interested in her points of view so we talk for awhile. Gabriella does not have exactly the highest of opinion about our government. She didn’t even want to be a politician, even with her Political Science degree. Apparently learning about politics made her hate our government even more. So she instead wanted to be a private investigator. Gabriella boyfriend’s aunt suggested to Gabriella the job after seeing how Gabriella was so good at talking to people. I a hundred and ten percent agree with that. Gabriella was someone who you can easily just..talk to for hours about anything. Gabriella also has a German Shephard she loves very much. She really likes big dogs and not small dogs because small dogs bark too much.