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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Wk. 5 – Artist Conversation -Katia Swihart

Katia Swihart is an art student at Cal State Long Beach.  She is a visual artist and prepares like a method actor would.  To prepare she will meditate and then channel self-induced emotional states.  For this one she channeled rage and grief, and used suppressed anger from her childhood and from continuing relationships to help her choose colors and composition.  She uses everyday objects in her sculpture based art and they all hold personal value to her.

Katia uses her art to help tell her narrative of her life.  The works in the gallery included parts of her life such as jobs and moving throughout her college career.  Many pieces of her completed works include things from her home, comics, crafts made by children, and random fabrics that all remind her of her childhood.  She seemingly places them randomly on paintings and sculptures and then purposefully blurs the lines between the paintings and sculptures.

The work of art in the gallery that caught my eye was the mattress in the middle of the room.  I noticed that it was ripped in many places and had lots of colors thrown onto it.  This obviously drew my attention to it instantly as I entered the room.  When I got closer I noticed that in the rips on the mattress there were bits and pieces of comics.  I recognized a few that I had skimmed over when I was younger at book fairs in elementary school.  I thought that was very cool to see and thought it was interesting that she was using them to make art.  Then, I also noticed the rainbow colored parachute on the back of the mattress.  This also reminded me of elementary school because we used to play a game using one where we ran underneath and had to try not to get caught underneath it.  These aspects of her art made me more interested in it because it was something that I felt I could relate to at first glance.

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Wk. 4 – ACP

I chose to send my ACP to my friend Garrett who recently transferred from CSULB to USF.  I wanted to send it to him because he is my best friend and I don’t get to see him all the time like I used to be able to.  I think sending an ACP is similar to sending a snapchat because it is getting the opportunity to share something that you stumbled upon with a good friend.  The only thing that makes this different from sending it in a snapchat is that I won’t be able to get an instant response from Garrett right after I send it to him.  I think that almost makes it better though because then the anticipation to hear back from him gets to build for a couple of days until he receives it.  I believe that ephemera is precious because it does gain value over time, even if it doesn’t gain monetary value over time.  Also, I think that art seen by few and art seen by many is one in the same because the main reason it is being made is for the person making it.  Not as much for the people who are going to see it.  The items I included in my ACP were a couple of pictures from when we were younger that I stumbled upon on my laptop when going through old pictures and then a project that I made for him in a photo class that I took in high school of one of his favorite classic cars.

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Wk 4 – Artist Conversation – Josh Vasquez

Josh Vasquez is an art student at CSULB.  He says that because of this, a lot of his art tends to be more “assignment” based.  Something he really wanted to do this these works that he was creating was to finish them without getting any feedback beforehand.  Josh wanted to do this so that he can really see how far he has come with his own voice.  All he wanted to make his art and exhibit it, and not have any critiquing in the middle of that process.

This pieces that he created were inspired by Los Angeles sunsets, which he used to pick his colors for the paintings, and Los Angeles county as a whole.  The base layer of his paintings contain stand-alone phrases of poetry that Josh said he wrote about Los Angeles by imagining that it was a lady.  Then, he would use basically the same colors of paint that he used to write the phrases to cover them up; similar to the process used to cover graffiti in cities.  He actually even wrote the phrases in different styles of graffiti in his paintings.  I thought this was very interesting and found it very cool when I really looked at the paintings and noticed that I could actually see some of the graffiti written phrases through the colors on top of them.

I found this art that Josh made very intriguing and eye-catching when I walked into his gallery.  I really enjoyed the colors he used in his paintings, and those colors are actually what first caught my eye when I was walking into his show.  Then, after being drawn in by the colors of the paintings, I began to really look at them and started to see the phrases underneath the paint.  It shocked me at first and then I realized that I actually thought it was really cool.  I was amazed that he was able to make it so that the phrases could actually be at least partially read behind all the painting that he did on top of them.

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Wk 3 – Artist Conversation – Mimmi Haddon

Today we went to the art galleries to view some works by a couple of different artists.  One of the artists there was Mimmi Haddon,who has a master in fiber arts, and creates her art using t-shirts.

One of the pieces of art that she created was extremely interesting to me, because it was something that I would never imagine could be made using t-shirts.  I didn’t get a chance to find out what the piece was officially supposed to be, but it looked like a solid pole leaned over at an angle with a circle at its base.  This caught my attention because when I think of t-shirts, I do not imagine them making a solid structure.  I would like to find out more about that piece and figure out how she was able to make the t-shirts stay together and stay in a solid shape as they were.

The art that she was showing today was made my cutting up shirts and then sowing them together in ways that she saw fit to create organic forms.  She started with 100 t-shirts on this one and actually decided to buy more and ended up using somewhere around 300.  Her work caught my eye at the gallery because she uses many different colored shirts to create her art so it really makes it stand out.  Also, she creates very large works that really catch you attention when you enter the room.

What this gallery of works meant to me was that things that one person considers old and trash, can actually end up being beautiful and a work of art for another.  Mimmi’s art showed me that everything that is old is not always necessarily useless, but can be used to create something beautiful.  It’s like that old saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

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