For this week’s art experience I decided to go without electricity from 8pm onward. My plan was just to study for the night. I studied for 2 hours under a candle. After a long day at school and work, I could not study anymore. After two hours of no electricity and studying, I decided to go to sleep around 10pm. I drifted off to sleep and woke up the next day at 9am. When I woke up I felt well rested and was keen on using electricity again.
Artist: Alice Andreini
Exhibition: No-Man’s Land
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov East
About the Artist
Alince is a graduate student at CSULB. She is currently working towards her MFA of Art’s Drawing and Painting Program. Her work mainly revolves around architecture and how it is used in society.
In this exhibit, Alice uses many lines to form squares. She uses straight and curve lines in her work. Some of her pieces are small and some are very large. The colors in Alice’s work range from dark colors to very bright colors.
Alice’s work focuses on the constructs that we have in society, such as building and other architectural structures. Alice wants to show her audience that buildings and other structures are artificial and were not there to begin with. Her work focuses on what is beneath the surface of the architectural structures in our society. She wants to try and connect these structures to something more like romanticism, idealism, or capitalism.
Looking at this exhibit and talking to Alice has given me a new perspective of the world around me. Before going into this exhibition, I didn’t really think about building structures. After going into this exhibition and listening to Alice’s ideas, it really gave me new insight on how to perceive the building around me.
For this week classmate conversation I got the pleasure of talking to Donovan. Donovan is from Westminster and is a freshman. He told me he really enjoys the college life compared to high school life. He is majoring in Business Economics. On his free time he likes to attend car meets, take pictures, and hang out with his girlfriend.
If you want to know more about Donovan Le, you can visit him at https://donovanleblog.wordpress.com/
Artist: Yujia Gu
Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence In The USA
Media: Graphic Design
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
About the Artist
Yujia Gu graduate from CSULB in graphic design and working towards her MFA in the School of Art’s Graphic Design Program.
In this exhibition, Yujia put phrases and statistics that are associated with gun violence. There is a piece that shows a timeline on mass shooting starting from last year. Yujia also hung a transparent screen with black and white photos of people who were victims of gun violence and behind the screen there is a wall with a list of names.
In this exhibition Yujia wanted to raise awareness on gun violence. Yujia believes people are buying guns to protect themselves from people who have guns. This becomes an endless loop that Yujia wants to bring awareness to.
Synthesis/ My Experience
I really like the topic of this exhibition because over the past year there have been numerous media reports on gun violence. I also like all the statistical data Yujia put in her work. I feel like she did a really good job on trying to raise awareness on the potential dangers guns can bring.
For the USU wedge, I decided to move the decorative architectural nest to the pillar in order to close the wedge. I came up with the idea pretty quickly and believe that by doing this, it would force students to go around instead of taking a short cut that may lead up to awkward confrontations with fellow students. I honestly don’t think students would be talking about the new change because most students are too busy with their lives to even realize that there has been a small change on campus.
Artist: Brittany Waters
About the Artist
Brittany is a senior at Cal State Long Beach and is about to graduate with her BFA in Ceramics. Brittany attended Sierra College in northern California, where she got her AA degree. Brittany has tried painting and sculpturing but her passion lies in shaping clay. Brittany got into sea turtles when she visited Hawaii and wanted to raise public awareness to these creatures.
In this exhibition, Brittany tried to recreate a beach scene. She brought in real sand and combined it with a video of the ocean and the sounds of the waves. For the baby turtles, they were made from ceramic. The turtle were very detailed and basically looked like the real deal.
Brittany wanted to show that the beach is not just a place where humans but is also a place where sea turtles go to reproduce. The noise and lights from human and street lights are disrupting the turtles natural habitat. Brittany wants to raise awareness to this situation so that humans and turtles can share the beach.
Synthesis / My Experience
Out of all the exhibitions this week I think #MoreThanASandbox was by far my favorite. I like how detailed the baby turtles were and how Brittany went out to get real sand. After seeing this exhibition I will go out and tell my friends about how we should be more careful when we go to the beach because we are not the only ones using it.
This was a really fun activity. I have never used spray paint before so I didn’t know what I was doing. I tried to do bubble letters but that did not go well so it end up looking like what you see down there. After this activity I might go ask my friend who he into graffiti art to teach me a thing a two about spray paint art.
Artist: David DeSantis
Exhibition: Day Dreamer
Media: Print, paint, ink
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
David DeSantis is a senior at CSULB and will be graduating with BFA in printmaking. David was born and raised in Long Beach and is currently living in Westminster. He talks about how he always love art, but was never serious until college.
In this exhibition, most of the artwork was painted on paper. David used around 3-4 different colors in all his work. In his work, he used splatter paint on most of his artwork, and some of them it seems like he just randomly smear paint to create different type of lines.
David usually listens to music while creating his art. While listening to music, he just lets the beats move his hand, which kind of reflects his work. Most of his artwork seems like he just randomly splatter paint onto the paper and some seems like he is randomly smear paint onto to the paper.
Synthesis / My Experience
I really like the pieces that didn’t really have any mean to them. It just seems to me like David just let the songs he listened while doing his artwork guide him.
This week I got to talk to Andrew Hoang. This is Andrew’s first year at CSULB. He is currently undeclared but has an interest in accounting. On his free time he likes to play games and hang out with friends. When he is not playing games or going school, he works part time at a Chinese restaurant. Overall, Andrew seems like an interesting person who is fun to hang around.
If you want to know more about Andrew, visit his website at https://ahoangblog.wordpress.com/
Going into this activity, I didn’t really know what to paint. Thinking of what to paint was frustrating because creativity is not my strong point. Not being able to paint combine with lack of imagination lead me to just do hand prints. Actually doing the activity was really fun, it reminded me of what I used to do in elementary. Compared to other paintings, I think my work turned out fine. I don’t really want to compare my work to other artists who devote most of their time to art.