Wk. 12 – Artist Conversation – Alice Andreini

Alice is an art student at CSULB.  When she is creating her art, she likes to call into question the ways we view the world.  She also tries to hold a singular viewpoint of a coherent perspective while she is working.

In these pieces, she says that the problematic position of the sovereign viewpoint is addressed through revealing the constructs and seductions of the landscape.  Basically, she broke apart the landscape and showed all the little pieces and lines of it all.  These landscapes were from a golf course in a certain, concrete spot.  She tells us that she un-veis, warps, and reveal a new realm, where presumptions and positionalities are bewildered and disrupted.  She basically took this landscape, and tore it somewhat apart and recreated it in her own way.  Alice says after all of this, there is space for afterthought, and maybe even a new way to view and experience the world.

I like the art she is creating here because like she said, it is giving me a new way to view the world.  The way she breaks everything apart into pieces and then puts them back together in her own sort of special way is very intriguing to me.  I find it so interesting because it really does change the way that you see everything and makes you think twice when you see things.  This change in view of the outside world is really cool because you can start seeing things different than other people do and see it the way you want to, not the way you’re supposed to.

Gallery: SOA Galleries

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Wk. 12 – Ethnography

My friends and I recently went on a camping trip in Mammoth.  It’s a good thing that we did, because it fits this project perfectly.  While we were there we barely used our cell phones, other than to take the occasional picture.  Our days were spent fishing in the little river and hiking out on the trails.  At night, we built a fire and made dinner and then talked around the fire and looked at the stars.  Once it started getting late, we all got ready for bed and went to sleep in our sleeping bags in our big tent that fit all of us.  This trip was honestly very relaxing and it felt really good to get away from everything and to just enjoy the outdoors.  It really felt nice not worrying about being on my phone all day and just enjoying the people and the world around me.  Without my phone, I was also able to fall asleep very quickly and stay in a deep sleep until the sun woke me up.  I believe that days like that, just being out in nature with no phones or electricity, should be common practice for everybody because it really lets you enjoy life and helps you to realize that it all doesn’t really revolve around our phones and electricity.IMG_1152.JPG

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Wk. 11 – Artist Conversation – Nichole Borgo

Nichole Borgo is a student at Cal State Long Beach and is trying to earn her BFA in Ceramics.  In her art for this gallery she’s creating a type of memory map that deals with the fickle and fleeting nature and explores ways of preserving them.  She likes to get an old photograph and put it on a clay model to try and represent the deteriorating memory and the permanence of the photograph and the connection with both the fragility and strength that is found in the ceramic object.  She also connects these photos and the ceramics with wire to show the connection between the moments in time and to sometimes show a form of energy.

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Wk. 11 – Classmate Conversation – Toria Painter

This week for my classmate conversation I met Toria at the art galleries.  She is in her third year at Cal State Long Beach and is trying to earn her BFA in dance.  Her main focus and hobby is modern dance.  Toria grew up in a small town in Northern California and says that she loves the outdoors.  Also, she is a huge sports fan and told me that baseball was her favorite sport and that the Giants were her favorite team.

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Wk. 10 – Architecture and Urban Planning

My new design for the wedge on campus would be to make the space bigger.  I think this new design would improve the flow in this area by creating more space for people to walk there and keeping the what has become known as a shortcut on campus, rather than getting rid of it.  This bigger area could even make it so that people could walk either direction in the wedge space rather than just only one person being able to pass through at a time, which really slows things down in this area.  Also, this would be a better solution than just getting rid of the wedge because it has become a very well known spot on campus and I think people would be upset if it was taken out or blocked off.  I came to this decision of design choice because I thought it would improve the walking space on campus and it wouldn’t get rid of the well known spot on campus.

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Wk. 10 – Artist Conversation – Brittany Waters

Brittany Waters is an art student at CSULB and is in her senior year.  She is going to be graduating at the end of this semester on May 26.  She is very excited to graduate, but is also sad because she really loves CSULB and it’s art.  After she graduates, she plans to stay for the summer in order to use the painting facilities on campus.

Her work this piece was inspired by the endangered green sea turtles that are actually near Long Beach.  These adolescent turtles are staying in warm waters where they can mature safely until they are adults and are ready to return to the ocean.  For this piece, she created 118 replica baby turtles.  Her whole art work was of a beach where the turtles are hatching out of their eggs in the sand, and are then crawling out of the sand and trying to make it to the ocean safely.  Each turtle she made took 2-3 hours, so that means she took her time and put a lot of detail into each one.  I thought this piece was amazing because each turtle is very small and had a lot of detail in them, and it sent a powerful message about how they are endangered and need to make it safely to the ocean in order for their species to survive.

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Wk. 8 – Finger Painting

This weeks activity was actually a pretty fun one.  I haven’t done finger painting since I was very young, so this really brought me back to being a little kid and just painting to have fun.  I especially liked it because there was no right or wrong thing to paint either.  Having no specific subject to try to work around was very relieving and made it easy to just have fun with it and make random markings and shapes with my fingers.  I tried to give the different colors of paint a little bit of their own area and then mix them where the areas would meet.  I didn’t want to mix them all completely across the paper because I wanted to be able to see each color in its own spot.  The spots where they did meet though were really cool because I got to see exactly what color it made when mixing the colors together and seeing what difference it made when more of one color was added than the other.  It’s definitely a lot different than a lot of paintings I’ve seen because it has no subject or purpose really and it definitely looks like its done by a child.  The picture doesn’t do it much justice but there is definitely some interesting colors when you look closely at where the colors are mixing.

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Wk. 7 – Artist Conversation – Juliana Bustillo

Juliana was born in Long Beach where she attended Wilson High School and is currently a drawing and painting major at CSULB.  Once she receives her degree, she is also planning on attending grad school.  She first discovered her artistic abilities when she was younger, and people also used to tell her that she had good artistic abilities.

The art she created for this show was based a lot on doodling.  It is called the doodle the mindless act, where the conscious-state is undue and the focal is highly performed.  It is meant to allow performance between the creator and the created.  I think that this means that she is allowing herself to be connected with the work that she is creating by not thinking and just doing what feel right or just happens in the moment.  For this piece of art she created geometric shapes  to create something banal, yet very significant.

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Wk. 6 – Artist Conversation

I recently bought a piece near the ocean and decided to build a house there.  Because of the danger of big waves or even just high tides reaching my home, I decided to build the house up above the ground on sort of stilts.  This was necessary so that if the water made it all the way to my house, it could not get inside and destroy all of my possessions and ruin my home.  I thought it would be safer to have the house above the ground rather than on the floor, because the area I was building it was known for having very high tides.  I always wanted a home near the ocean, so I took the risk of buying property in this treacherous area and fixed the problem I’d be facing by brainstorming and coming up with this idea of avoiding the water by being above it where it couldn’t reach me.

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Wk. 5 – Automatic Drawing

This week’s project of automatic drawing was definitely a new experience for me.  I have never done anything like this before when having to do art projects.  Normally I really have to focus on what I am drawing because I am not very good at art, so it was interesting closing my eyes and not really worrying about what I was creating.  My friend and I were definitely laughing a lot while trying to do this because neither one of us has had to hold a pencil or anything with a partner while trying to create an art project.  Once we had finally calmed down and started drawing, we found it really weird how the marker started moving on its own.  It was even more intriguing how it actually looked kinda cool once we stopped and opened our eyes.  Because our eyes were closed the whole time, we had no idea what we were creating, but we both thought what we ended up with was pretty cool once we looked at it.  We liked how it actually had some shapes to it and wasn’t just a couple of random lines everywhere across the paper.  My friend even said that he actually wants to try this with his girlfriend now.

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