Week 9- Graffiti Writing

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.


Week 9- Artist Conversation-David DeSantis

Artist: David Desantis
Exhibition: Day Dreamer
Media: Printmaking
Gallery: School of Art, Merlino Gallery
Website: N/A
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rapturefineart/

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.

Formal Analysis

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.

Content Analysis

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.


Week 8- Art Activity-Finger Painting

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.


Week 8- Classmate Conversation- Carry

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.


Week 7- Artist Conversation- Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek

Artist: Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek
Exhibition: Doodles in Space
Media: butcher paper, drywall paper, roofing paper, toilet seat covers, white paint
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: MaccabeeShelley.com
Instagram: Juliana Bustillo – @juliaanaaaab, Tidawhitney Lek – @tidawhitney

About the Artist

The artists who created this exhibitioin are Julianna Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek. Unfortunately Julianna was not at the exhibition, but I was able to interview Tidawhitney. Tidawhitney is a senior and this is her last semester at CSULB. Tidawhitney is working towards her BFA degree in Drawing and Painting. She plans on moving to the east coast and pursue her Masters degree there. She also said that her and Julianna worked well together creating this exhibition.

Formal Analysis

Before entering there was a huge cardboard wall that covered the right side of the entrance. On left side there was a sign that said to come in. Once you walked past the cardboard there was black an SUV white paper all over the place in so many different shapes and patterns. It was really interesting seeing all the different ways that the artists made the papers flow throughout the room.

Content Analysis

I loved the way everything flowed throughout the room. I feel as if the artists wanted the audience to see their own path throughout the room. The room made me feel very creative and opened me up to many different views of how to visualize the room.

My experience

I enjoyed being in this room. When I walked in I felt kind of lost because of how random the exhibit felt in my mind. At first I felt as if there was no structure in the room and it made me feel creative to look at the room in many different perspectives.

Week 7- classmate conversation- Gabriela Urbina

This week I met Gabriela. She’s an awesome person that I’m really happy I met. She happens to be from the same hometown as me. It was cool to meet someone from Downey just like me. We happen to have a lot in common. We went to the same high school and we were able to talk about so many things. She is going to CSULB to become a teacher. I’m happy to have met her and I can’t wait to get to know her more.IMG_2472

Week 6- Artist Conversation-Amy Williams

Artist: Amy Williams
Exhibition: No Redemption Value
Media:  Mixed-Media, Installation
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, DutziGallery
Website: N/A

I found the exhibit made by Amy Williams to be extremely interesting and inspirational. I love the meaning behind her exhibit and I was truly moved by it. She said it beautifully in her artist statement. She said that “There are many things in our human experience that tend to be forgotten, ignored, or passed by that I consider important and beautiful.” Those are such beautiful and true words that everyone should think about. Her exhibit was not the most appealing to the eye, but it was by far the most beautiful to me after I understood what its message was. In todays society it is very common for certain things or people to be forgotten because they’re not the most typical or attractive things, but those same things may also be the most meaningful to someone else which is why it is important to remember Amy’s message and see the value in everything. Her exhibit was truly inspiring and I hope many more people felt the same way about it that I did and learned a lot from it.


Week 6- Zines and Flip books

This project was actually harder than I expected, and it took more time than I was planning. I came to realize that, when creating a flipbook, you need to keep all images centered in the same position and the same spot for it to work. Sadly I realized this after my first flipbook.

I chose to keep it simple and within my realm of possibilities by drawing something I am familiar with. Being a baseball pitcher, I decided to draw a fast-approaching baseball. Another ick that happened with the first flipbook was that it kind of looked stupid since I didn’t make the ball rotate as it was approaching, so it just looked like a levitating ball. I fixed that within the final flipbook though.

For something so ridiculous, alot of time and effort was spent on it, and that kind of made me think about those artists that work on stop-motion movies and how much time and patience it must take to do so.