I have never really been much into art, but some of these activities really did make it entertaining for me. The first two activities that we did in this class were actually some of the ones that I enjoyed the most. They were fun to do because I have a friend in the class and we worked together on these first two activities and really had a good time doing them. Another one I enjoyed doing was the art care package because I made a care package to send to my best friend who transferred schools recently. I enjoyed that one a lot because I don’t get to see him as much as I used to so it felt good setting up a care package for him because I missed him and it reminded me of how much fun it was being able to hang out with him before whenever I wanted to. One I didn’t like was the zine and flip book activity just because it seemed complicated to do and I decided not to do it because I didn’t exactly understand it. Another that wasn’t one of my favorites was the automatic drawing because it was hard to sit still enough for it and it just didn’t work that well for me. The last that I didn’t like that much was the graffiti drawing activity because I am not very artistic so I didn’t feel motivated to do it. If I had to make any changes to the class I would just make beach board more involved in the process because I know how to use it well and it would help me to stay organized and remember to do the work.
This week I met Shannon Jenich in class. She is a human development major in her second year at CSULB. During high school she was in the njrotc program for all four years that she was there. She also used to play tennis while she was in high school. After college she is planning on becoming a nurse practitioner as her career for her life.
This week our class met in the Japanese Gardens on campus. In the gardens, we were instructed to make some sketches of the things we saw. This included a pond, lots of plants and trees, lilypads and and fish in the water, a little bridge, etc. While doing these sketches, one of our challenges was to not look down at our paper and to just try and have our pencil recreate what our eyes were seeing. This was not an easy task for me. I have never been very good at drawing and then now not being able to look down at what I was drawing made it even more challenging. I have to admit that I did break this rule every now and then to look down at what I had. I enjoyed this day in the gardens because it was very relaxing and calming place to hang out. I also thought it was cool seeing all the fish and how big some of them were. I enjoyed doing the sketches in the beginning when we were allowed to look down at our papers and what we were drawing, but my sketches did no justice to the beauty that was in that garden.
This week I met Eliza Karpel at the Japanese Gardens. She is a first year student at CSULB and is majoring in Fashion Merch. Originally, she was from the East Coast, but moved to California 3 years ago. Her family now lives in Roseville, which is near Sacramento. In her free time, Eliza enjoys going swing dancing for fun. When she was in high school she was a part o the marching band. Once she graduates college, Eliza wants to travel Europe sometime in her future.
Artist: Laura Lopez
Exhibition: Selvatica (wild)
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, SOA Galleries
Laura is an art student at CSULB who is trying to earn her Degree Master of Fine Arts. She says the art she makes is really inspired by nature. She loves how nature builds and creates all sorts of life form and that they are all interconnected and grow together in ecosystems. Through her work, Laura tries to construct a visual narrative about the natural world. One of the things that fascinates her the most is forests and how everything in them is all connected and is just a little piece of something bigger.
What I like about Laura’s art is the very bright colors that she uses to recreate the amazing colors in nature. I also like how she likes to paint things from nature more than anything else. I like this because I too love nature and realize that it really is beautiful. Natures beauty makes it the perfect thing to use as a muse to create art.
This week I met Anthony Doo for my classmate conversation. Instantly we both knew that we had met before and discovered that we actually went to high school together and graduated the same year. Anthony is now in his second year at CSULB and is a film major. On the weekends he enjoys hanging out with his friends and also enjoys watching movies. He took this class for a pre-requisite for another one.
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
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.
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.
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.