Wk. 13 – Artist Conversation – Laura Lopez

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.



Wk. 13 – Classmate Conversation – Anthony Doo

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.


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



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


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.


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.


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.


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.