As the last week of the semester approaches, I will have to say that Art 110 has been one of the most interesting and fun class I have attended at CSULB. Never have I been at at class where we do lots of physical activities, and have conversations with one another; something that I really enjoyed about this class. Art 110 will most certainty go as one of my favorite classes here at Long Beach State.
I highly recommend to continue doing activities. I loved doing activities because most of the activities done were done with the help of family, friends, and loved ones. Plaster casting has to go as my favorite activity since I got to go to the beach with all my family and work on my art project. The plaster casting has to be followed by the Graffiti writing, and sketching in the garden. There really wasn’t any least favorite activity that I had. All activities that I was able to accomplish were very interesting and fun to do so.
Another thing I liked about this class was the fact that it was half online and half in class. I feel that as a student, lots of pressure gets taken off of my shoulders knowing we can perform over half of this class on our own time. This is a really great method of teaching. The SOA Galleries were really fun also. Getting to see all the other artists’ exhibitions made it fun and exciting to go to class every Wednesday. Classmate conversations is a brilliant idea. I have been in so many classes that are cut half the size of this art class; yet, I only know about 5 people. Art 110 however, was a lot different. I can easily say I interacted with over half of the class, that is an approximate number of 30-40 people that I got to know because of classmate conversations.
Being at Art 110 was perhaps one of the best decisions I could have made enrollment wise. I enjoyed this class, I looked forward to coming every week to class, and Professor Zucman, you were an amazing professor. Thank you for all the lessons, and keep up the hard work, you will definitely be remembered as one of the best professors I have met here in CSULB.
This week’s artist conversation activity was a little different than the previous conversations. This week, instead of seeing an exhibition of a certain artist, we saw various of artwork from a variety of artist selling their work. One of the rooms i decided to visit with a beautiful show of display was in the Marilyn Werby Gallery. Here, there were several paintings, portraits, wood crafts, and beautiful necklaces. There, I saw many paintings from previous artist displays like portraits from an exhibition of 3 weeks ago. It was a very pleasant feeling seeing so many beautiful display of artwork. One of the art that intrigued me was the wood craft they had. It was such a nice original work to see of paddles, spoons, and a lot other designs. Overall, it was a really nice experience seeing young great artists’ work selling such wonderful artwork.
For this week’s classmate conversation, I was able to meet Savannah. Savannah is a Hospitality major from Central Valley California. Savannah seem like she was striving for the best in her educational career here at Cal State Long Beach. She seem very eager as she was explaining her major to me and how she loved working with everyone, not just with one specific group of people. When I asked her the question of the week about how she thinks college will be like in 2036, she said it was definitely going to get more competitive. She said that she believes there will be a big difference between the elite schools and the junior colleges, as she believes that this generation would want their siblings or future kids to surpass their own education. Overall, it was a really nice conversation with her. She was really nice and had plenty to talk about what education will be like in the future.
Artist: Sage Garver
Media: Installations, Displays
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
For this week’s artist conversation, classmates and I were able to take a look at what the young artist, Sage Garver, had to offer. Sage Garver is a student here at California State University Long Beach. She is currently enrolled in the BFA program and is getting ready to graduate and finish her educational journey at Long Beach state. With a beautiful display of white cells and body parts, she gladly informed us more of what her gallery display was about.
Sage Garver had body parts such as cells, mitochondria, chromosomes, mitosis and DNA cells. In the center, she had really nice gold chains connecting a silver-diamond like chandelier. She made the body parts blend with the walls, so the whole inside of the gallery was white throughout with the exception of the middle piece. It was very relaxing, impressive, and a peaceful view for everyone.
Sage Garver said that her exhibition display represented the illnesses she has experienced in life. She said all the pieces represented all aspects of her life, from her everyday activities to the food she consumes during the day. She uses biological forms and systems to create a sculptural and spatial experience. She described how the cells being white was for the viewer to have a more heighten physical and censorial experience since the gallery was white already. When asked about the centerpiece, she said that she put it there in order for the viewers to have a more pleasant experience; however, everyone referred it as the nucleus so she decided to refer it to that as well from then on.
Being in the exhibition was a really nice experience. Her decision of the biology body parts blending in with the room was a really great decision. The centerpiece was something that really blew everyone away and being referred to as the nucleus was perhaps the best idea since the nucleus is also centered in a cell. Overall, it was really nice to take a look at her art work and nice of her to inform us more towards it.
Artist: Kyle Kruse
Exhibition: Janus Maxim
Media: Installations, Displays, Masks, Video
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
For this week’s artist conversation, I was able to see what Kyle Kruse offered to show us in the CSULB Art Gallery. Kyle Kruse is a senior student at California State University Long Beach. He is getting ready to graduate this semester coming up from the BFA program. Kyle offered a detailed and unique piece of art for everyone to see.
Kyle Kruse made the Marylin Werby Gallery into the Greco-Roman teaching myths of Prometheus, Janus, and Sisyphus. Kyle says that even though there are a variety of myths, no one knows exactly what happened, how they look, nor what they each did. They’re all myths he says, which he then added that he loves working with the narratives, rather than the images. He says that the myths he has heard helps him visualize what they each did, and he himself has enough information to make a myth from them 3.
Kyle describes these three Greco-Roman teaching myths as figures whom elucidate cycles of human progress. He said that Prometheus was the resulting birth of civilization for providing humanity with fire. He described Sisyphus as the god whom attempted to cheat death and breaking his society’s social contract. Lastly, Janus is described as the god of beginnings, endings, gateways, and transitions.
Coming into Kyle’s exhibition was very intimidating because of the fact that 90% of the room was pitch dark. However, once inside, it was very amusing. The masks made by the artist himself are so detailed and they each represent whom he believes they were. It was fascinating seeing his creations and the video he had inside was very interesting as well. Once hearing how he describes and interprets these Greco-Roman Gods, his story behind his exhibition made a lot more sense. It was a great experience seeing Kyle’s work.
For this week’s classmate conversation, I got the pleasure to meet Juli Yoshinaga. Juli Yoshinaga is a 3rd year student majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in marketing.
When I asked Juli the question of what she thought of fan art, she said she likes it. She said fan art is good regardless if its physically or emotionally, the time and effort the fan put to do an art piece together for someone should be aspiring. She added that she feels fan art is valuable, creativity, and it is a very nice gesture for someone to do art of them. When i asked her about her thought of Demi Lovato’s reaction to the fan after she saw what the fan had done, Juli said she disagrees with Lovato’s actions. She said Demi should have really appreciated that someone even took the time to think of her and do an art piece. Regardless of whether the drawing was good or not, Juli feels the art was unintentional and that by no means should have Demi Lovato reacted the way she did.
(P.S. I do apologize for not having an image, I took the picture on snapchat since it uses less memory and I forgot to save the photo).
This week’s art activity was really exciting. It was very interesting seeing how many people have known each other due to this class. There were so many strings of yarn attached with other people’s pictures, and they were all over the office. It was really exciting seeing how many connections people have done because of art class, and the networking was really nice too. I really enjoyed doing this activity even though it was very crowded in the office. But it was really nice being inside with so much excitement and positive energy from everyone. It was really fun connecting the yarn to classmates all the way across the room.
Artist: Tony Nguyen
Media: Installations, Displays
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
For this week’s artist conversation, I got the pleasure to meet and talk to Tony Nguyen. Tony is a senior student at California State University Long Beach currently enrolled under the Metal Program. With such energy and pride in his work, he showed us around and explained the theme and purpose behind his exhibition show.
Tony Nguyen says he believes he is still a child in an adult body. He says there is nothing wrong with holding on to your childhood memories, which is something that I agree with him. He explains how he was inspired by a man who explained to him the definition of Neoteny. Neoteny, according to his definition, is when an organism or individual maintains juvenile behaviors into childhood. Tony says he thought about it, and that he knew that Neoteny was in fact a perfect definition of his art work because he could not leave his childhood behind him.
While showing us around his exhibition display, Tony explained how all his work inside took him approximately two and a half years to complete. Each display took him about six weeks to accomplish, and everything inside was very detailed and interesting. Something that caught my attention was this very nice detailed crown. He called it a Monkey Crane Crown, and it was representing his triumph and strength throughout his educational career. He says he made it special for him because after five and a half years, he will finally be graduating from Cal State Long Beach.
Something that I enjoyed about Tony’s art display is that he had a story for everything. For example, the Monkey Crane Crown was made because he was getting ready to graduate, but why a Monkey Crown? He said that the Monkey Crown reminded him of a childhood TV show he loved watching as a kid. It was a beautiful experience getting to know his art work. Just like him, I would also want to carry all my childhood memories around with me. It is always nice to be reminded of childhood memories for me.
For this week’s art care package, I decided to make a small art care package to my girlfriend. She is someone who has been there for me for the past four years, and she is someone who I admire a lot and thank for always being there for me.
Sending her this ACP is different from sending her a snapchat because I feel like this is a lot more valuable for her. The time and effort spent on this would make her feel very special. It is similar to sending her a snapchat though because it is her receiving pictures (I also included pictures on the ACP). I certainly feel objects or letters gain more value as time goes on. Objects would mean a lot more to me as time goes on, rather than when I first got it. As time goes on, memories from when you first got the art care package or letters/pictures etc. will evoke and I’m sure will bring a nice feeling.
The time and effort should mean a lot to the person who is receiving the art care package because just the thought of the person thinking of you to send you something like that should make the person feel special. Preparing a meal with love perhaps is not as fast as you can get food at a McDonald’s drive-thru, but it should be a lot more special. Time and effort is something I feel is a lot more valuable than having something fast and easy to make.
Artist: Dalia Bañuelos and Daniel-Bonilla Vera
Media: Installation, graphics
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxime Merlino Galler
Instagram: @daliaeffect, @dbvqp
For this week’s Artist Conversation, I was given the pleasure to look at two artists’ work. Even though the work was done by two artists, I was able to speak to one of them and his name was Daniel-Bonilla Vera. Daniel-Bonilla Vera is a senior student at California State University Long Beach. He is in the studio art department but is pursuing a career in photography. His and Dalia’s work were very impressive; moreover, the story their work displayed was very interesting.
Daniel and Dalia both were rejected from the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program; hence, their reason to show their exhibition. Daniel still has one of the two chances/opportunities remaining; unfortunately, Dalia has been rejected both times. The rejection was taking really hard, which was the reason why they decided to make this exhibition. They are proud of their work so they decided to share it with people, alongside with their thoughts and feelings.
In their exhibition, something that was caught by the eye was the amount of yarn they used. When asked about the yarn, they said it was a way to piece all their pictures together. What was more interesting is that it was only one piece of yarn that connected approximately 20-30 pictures. Another interesting aspect of their display were the two very realistic and depressing bodies; one centered in the room, the other along a corner. Those two bodies represented Dalia (centered in the room) and the second body was Daniel’s (alongside the corner). A trash was also placed in the corner of the room next to the entrance. Daniel said that the trash was their for a significant reason. He said that they both took the rejections as if the BFA program was saying that their work belongs in the trash.
Although both artist were rejected from the program, I feel their work is amazing and very interesting. The way they set up the room and their creativity to set it up that way is very talented. Not only that, but their pictures look great! They really are two creative and unique artists that I feel that both should have gotten an opportunity to grow within the BFA program.