This week’s art experience involving pre-planned walks through campus. These walks took us through different places so we could take some pictures of places we enjoyed. I took part of Crysta Tim’s walk. Crysta took us through various fun and recreational areas on campus. Those areas included the outdoor shopping areas outside the bookstore, the first floor of the USU and the fountain outside Brotman Hall. My favorite part of the outdoor shopping areas was the small bus converted into a small shopping bus. I’ve never seen it before so I had to take a picture of it. The USU also surprised me. I knew the first floor of the USU had a lot recreational activities but the giant Jenga surprised me. I will have to try that sometime. Lastly, my favorite part of the Brotman Hall fountain experience was the view of the pyramid from the fountain. The top of the pyramid peaked out through the tree line.
This week I met Jonathan Behzadian. He transferred from OCC in Riverside to study Film and Electronic Arts. Once he graduates he wants to work in the film industry as a behind the scenes kind of guy but if the opportunity presents itself, he might act. He doesn’t have a favorite movie but two movies that came to mind were 5th Element and Deadpool. We talked about our common interests and one of the biggest things we had in common was soccer. He played soccer in high school and he is currently a soccer coach for kids ages 3-8.
Artist: Kristi Jensen
Exhibition: FUSE: join or blend to form a single entity
Media: Jewelry, sculpting and mixed media.
Gallery: Gatov Gallery East
Kristi Jensen was part of this Thursday’s gallery FUSE. She is a senior studying art in metals and jewels. In a way she’s a perfectionist when it comes to her art. She explained how she cannot relax until the piece is finished and waits until the very last minute to name her work.
Jensen uses a variety of metals to create her artwork but the media she uses the most is copper. Her reasoning behind using copper is simple, its cheap. The artwork Jensen creates vary in shapes and sizes, while most of them look very smooth. The intricate designs take an average of three weeks to complete.
Jensen’s interest in metals came from her grandfather who fixed TV’s. Her grandfather was self-taught and for that she admired him. Although Jensen says there is no specific meaning behind her pieces, the thought of her using metal because she can remold it means nothing she uses will go to waste.
I enjoyed my time in the exhibition and looking at Kristi’s work because I am used to seeing jewelry sold in stores. Her jewelry seemed different, more unique. Also, knowing that those pieces were made by hand made it that much more interesting.
This week for my classmate conversation I met Alyssa Castro. She is a first year from Victorville, CA studying Political Science. She lives on campus in the Hillside dorms but she wants to move into an apartment with her friends. Her interests are going to the beach and listening to music, more specifically, listen to hip-hop, reggae and heavy metal. Her motto is Dessert Life.
Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsy and Ideals
Media: Ceramics, Spray Paint, Sculpture
Gallery: Max L Gatov Gallery West
Samuel recently graduated from CSULB with a Bachelors of Fine Arts with an emphasis in ceramics. Samuel mentioned that he has been on and on with art since about the year 2000. His interest in ceramics came from a previous job where he got to know materials very well. Most of the work in his exhibition was put together within four months.
His art was mainly focused on ceramic pieces. A lot of his pieces used very little color. Some of the ceramic pieces looked like fishes while others looked like body parts. The fishes looked like they were straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. All of his pieces looked very smooth and round.
Samuel’s exhibition revolved around the idea of reducing alienation and increasing the feeling of acceptance. His way of doing this is by using objects related to childhood memory which he believes may inspire “more than the simple naive and nostalgic escape into sentimentality”. He wants the observer to reminisce on their childhood memories and feel comfortable enough to participate in the community, therefore becoming less alienated.
I really enjoyed his exhibition because it did make me remember some childhood moments. The fishes that looked like they belonged in a Dr. Seuss book were the pieces that triggered these reactions the most.
The art experience for this week involved graffiti art, or street art. During class we watched parts of a film named “Bomb it” which followed graffiti artists in various countries. I have seen street art before but watching the film I saw the different styles that can be implemented into graffiti depending on where you are from.
Above is my attempt at graffiti art. I tried doing my name but it is way harder than it looks. This was actually my second attempt at my name since the first one had too much paint dripping. What the graffiti artists can accomplish with spray paint is actually amazing, after realizing how difficult it is to do a simple name.
This week as an art experience we used the social app snapchat. Personally, snapchat is the social app I use the most. I started by taking pictures of some of the photos in one of the art galleries. The bottom pictures are my favorite two.
The second pair of pictures are of screenshots from classmates who take pictures of the same galleries. I enjoyed seeing my classmates creativity using snapchat and the way the use the app.
Artist: Josh Vasquez
Media: Painting, discarded flowers.
Gallery: Max L Gatov Gallery West
Josh is currently an undergraduate student working on his bachelors in Art from CSULB, more specifically from the painting and drawing program. He is from the Los Angeles area and his interests revolve around painting and art. He has a very interesting take on life and death and he expresses it through his paintings.
As stated before Josh’s main focus is painting but his gallery consisted of various art pieces. For example his piece “Los ojos” was constructed using acrylic on red rosin paper and discarded flowers. His reason for using discarded flowers was to express the life cycle. The flowers were seen as dead and with no use to some, but Josh gave them a new life in his piece.
His gallery revolved around the theme of life and death. Many of the art pieces incorporated flowers or skulls in them. Josh intended the meaning of the skulls and the flowers to be very literal representation of life and death. Josh wants to hint at the idea of art having a life span. His art pieces will have a life spam of their in own, therefore life and death.
Josh’s gallery was a good visualization of life and death. His perception of the life cycle was brought to life by his art work and made me think of the simple concept of life and death. The first thought that came to my mind while he was explaining his use of discarded flowers was everything comes and goes. Meaning that everything has an end. I have never gave much thought to life and death but speaking with Josh for a minute or two made me think about the meaning a little deeper.