For this weeks art activity we had to spend a night without electricity. I thought this would be impossible for me as I spend the most time on my phone before I go to sleep compared to the rest of my day. I really wasn’t looking forward to doing this activity. The activity was just as hard as I expected too. I repeatedly found myself looking for my phone or going into each room looking for the light switches and other things like that. It was also an extremely frustrating activity in my opinion. I already sleep good and feel liberated so I didn’t feel any benefit from this activity. I understand why some people would benefit from this but it was not for me. Living without electricity is obviously better for nature for many reasons, but as long as we use electricity in moderation and continue to use alternate sources of electricity the environment should be fine in my opinion. Living without electricity is much more boring and limited. Since I am not used to living without it I found trouble finding something to do so just decided to go to sleep earlier than usual. I am not sure how people survived without electricity but I am just lucky to not be them. I am thankful for all that I have now and I wouldn’t change anything about my current lifestyle.
Artist: Travis Lober
Exhibition: Work: It’s a Four Letter Word
Media: Mono Print
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
Lober is in his fourth year as a Printmaking Bachelor of Fine Arts student at Cal State Long Beach. Travis Lober was in the construction industry for years before becoming an artist. There is a connection between construction and his artwork. As a carpenter, he remodeled kitchens and bathrooms and became aware of the immense importance of tools. Lober is planning on getting his maters degree after graduating.
The artwork showed different types of tools that he used in construction. The prints had neutral colors such as gray and silver. The prints allow the audience to see boring items to be more interesting. I thought the concept was really cool. Also, one of the prints showed how ordinary shoes can look exciting. The exhibit was very appealing.
A tool, in his definition, is anything that helps a person get a task done. So wearing a pair of shoes helped him create and remodel when he was a carpenter. Which means that in his eyes almost anything people use is a tool. The pieces shows his previous experience in carpentry, and shows the raw beauty of tools.
Synthesis / My Experience
I really liked this exhibit because I am very familiar with carpentry and construction. I have worked construction before and I was able to relate to his exhibit. Tools help create such beautiful things so I’m happy to see an exhibit that shows how beautiful tools can be.
Artist: Yujia Gu
Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence In The USA
Media: Graphic design
Gallery: CSULB Art Galleries, Dutzi
About the Artist
Yujia Gu is in her third year at CSULB as an MFA major in graphic design. Gu originally received her MFA in graphic design in China, but came to Long Beach to further her education, and gain more experience. Her work explores cultural differences in terms of behavior, ways of thinking, and living styles.
The exhibit was a visual representation of gun violence. Gu used vinyl to construct images of guns, people, and words on the walls of the exhibit. She also used other forms of media including photography, glass, and projection. Her exhibit was very powerful and immediately caught my attention,
Gu’s exhibit ‘Tracing Gun Violence In The USA” addresses the extreme issues involving gun violence in the U.S. by comparing percentages to other countries. She said that there was definitely gun violence in China, but it was a lot worse here in the states and she had a definite fear as we all should.
When I walked into Gu’s exhibit I was immediately drawn in by the visuals that she had in her exhibit. On the wall to the right as soon as you walked in was the big giant vinyl and that definitely caught my attention and reading it was definitely something that moved me. Gu is definitely concerned as we all should be about gun violence.
This week I met Kevin Sharpe while looking through the galleries. He is a CSULB Sophomore and he is majoring in communication studies and is also going to minor in criminology. He plans on getting his masters in communication which is really cool. Kevin is a sports fan with his favorite being baseball. His other hobbies include camping and he is really into clothing. He also has never really been into art but has found himself enjoying art more after taking this class. Kevin is a cool dude and I look forward to meeting more people in future classmate conversations.
For my “Wedge” design, I decided; instead of creating an entire new structure, simply keeping it simple and keeping the weirdly placed structural wall that causes the “Wedge” but putting a large hole through it to shift it from a wall to a make-shift arch that students can walk through as well as the rest of the pathway and the “wedge”. This design would probably steer the students through the newly designed easier way through instead of going through what used to be the easier way.
I had thought about maybe taking it off and making something new, but like in anything architectural… its probably there for a reason and making something entirely for esthetic purposes would hardly be a logical solution.
I believe that if this design were to be put in place, a year from now students will probably say that it was an ingenious, simple and quick way to fix a slight structural quirk.
Artist: Brittany Waters
Media: Ceramics, Porcelain
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi-Gallery
About the Artist
Brittany Waters has been a California girl her whole life and she currently lives in Downtown Long Beach grew up in California. She is a senior at CSULB and planning to graduate this year with her BFA degree in the School of Art’s Ceramics Program. After graduation, she plans to move to Oregon and further her education by getting a Masters degree. She is going there because she wants to stay on the west coast but it is also different form California which is really cool.
Her exhibit shows what it is like to view a nest of sea turtle hatchlings at the beach. Waters showing has sand with pieces of shells and rocks from Seal Beach. Also, she has an umbrella and beach chair on the sand. The show’s main feature were the turtles made out of white clay. The eggs were made out of porcelain. Also, she made 118 sea turtles. The sea turtles were very detailed and looked very real. The turtles were going towards the water. She also had a projector that replicated the movement of the ocean. People can definitely get a real life feel from her exhibit.
Her showcase of sea turtle hatchlings is something that is not seen at California beaches because the California beaches is not a safe and healthy environment for baby turtles to thrive in. The California beaches are too polluted and noisy for them .Water’s exhibit helps viewers to get a taste of what the California beaches can be like with baby sea turtles going toward the water if our beaches weren’t so hazardous to them. She chose to work with sea turtles because she wanted to bring attention that all sea turtles are endangered. Therefore, more people being aware of this problem can potentially help make sure sea turtles are being protected from extinction.
Synthesis / My Experience
I am always at the California beaches which is why this exhibit got my attention as opposed to the other ones this week. I am completely aware, as is Brittany, of the pollution and noise that the beaches are dealing with these days and am also very concerned about the wildlife in this area. I am hoping that this exhibit has a big impact on people and has them realize that this is a serious issue. Overall I really enjoyed this exhibit and hope that many other people did as well.
This weeks art activity was to write my name in bubble letters with spray paint. This was one activity that I enjoyed a lot more compared to some of the other ones. It was my first time using sprat paint and it was actually way more fun than I first expected it to be. I didn’t have the chance to go to venice beach but I found an old piece of cardboard in my garage and figured that it would work just fine. I was luckily able to get a result that I was satisfied with on my first attempt which was really cool. I am also lucky to go by such a short name since I had a limited amount of space on the cardboard that I found. I was also only able to find orange and white spray paint in my garage and decided to do a white outline and fill it in with my orange spray paint. This was an activity that I enjoyed and it was really fun to use spray paint for the first time.
Artist: David Desantis
Exhibition: Day Dreamer
Gallery: School of Art, Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
CSULB undergraduate David Desantis is working toward his BFA degree in the School of Art’s Printmaking Program. He grew up locally and now lives in Westminister. He spent his early days wanting to become a designer for Jesse James motorcycles but then realized that it would be a tough thing to accomplish. He then decided that drawing was what he always wanted to do.
Most all of David’s work consisted of dark colors or dark themes. This probably comes from his strong influence from hard rock and dubstep which are his favorite types of music. His artwork that consisted of the wolf was inspired the Nine Inch Nails song called Bite The Head. He uses music in most of his artwork and when doing his stuff, he always has music playing really loud so he can lose himself in the artwork that he is doing.
This exhibit really showed us how creative he is. A lot of his artwork has a bunch of random lines and markings that really give his art a unique feel to it. He always wanted to make art his own way and does that with every piece. His work often seems abstract and a little chaotic which I believe is a result of the type of music that he listens to to inspire his work. His work is unique because of the many ways someone can interpret his artwork.
Synthesis / My Experience
I loved his exhibit. When I walked into the galleries his exhibit was the one that immediately caught my eye and I was drawn in by the unique style that his artwork portrays. I am a huge fan of music so I felt a connection while talking with him and I was able to relate to his art. The most important thing to me is to be able to connect with art, which is why I really loved his work. The fact that he just puts music on and stares out his window until he comes up with something that he wants to draw is just really cool to me.
I was not a fan of this project because I felt it more a waste of time than anything. I’m sure that this experience must have been freeing for any tortured artist but I am neither tortured nor in need of freeing. I respect this project since I know some people must’ve liked it but I wasn’t very fond of it.
It wasn’t very inspiring, it wasn’t very hard and having no subject or inspiration for my project was very frustrating. But hey, on to the next project! We cant like every project we do because we all have different tastes, opinions and talents. The one thing I liked about this project was the fond memories of preschool that it brought me.
This week I had the pleasure of meeting Carry a 3rd year health care administration major. Her goal is too eventually work at a hospital once she leaves CSULB. A sport that she used to play was tennis and she likes to garden. She even has her own organic farm! Over spring break she plans study a lot. She was a very interesting person and I am very happy that I was able to meet her.