Week 13- Artist Conversation- Laura Lopez

Artist: Laura Lopez
Exhibition: Selvatica
Media: Paint, Large canvases
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery

About the Artist

Laura was a really nice person born and raised in Columbia and is now here about to graduate with her MFA in Painting and Drawing. After she graduates she would like to do an artist residency if she can find one or she may return to Columbia. She also likes to sing and dance because they allow her to express herself in different ways.

Formal Analysis

Bright colors on large canvases show the impression of a jungle. Each canvas has different colors in it, but you can tell they are all of the same place. The paintings really grab your attention.  They are very vibrant because of the colors. The paintings make you feel happy as the colors really speak to you.

Content Analysis

Laura is exploring the nature that has been around her since she was a child. She wants to bring the jungle to life with color so that people can see it as something that is really beyond beauty. She wants to show that the jungle is alive and something worth exploring.

Synthesis / My Experience

I really loved the colors she used, allowing you to see the jungle in a new beautiful way. I’ve always wanted to travel and one place I would love to go is the jungle. Seeing her exhibit is making me want to go the jungle and experience it for myself. I would love to make my own interpretation of the jungle and give my own thoughts like she did. Her exhibit made me happy and I was really moved by all the extravagant colors.



Week 13- Classmate Conversation- Joseph

This week I met Joseph. He is a really cool dude from San Jose and he is a business management major in his 2nd year here at CSULB. He loves cars and enjoys snowboarding and music. He is starting a blog channel on YouTube over the summer and he works in the audio video industry. He also used to work at in n out. I really enjoyed meeting him, even though he’s a Sharks fan, and I hope to meet more cool people like him in the future.



Wk 12-Art Activity-Ethnography

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.

Wk 12-Artist Conversation-Travis Lober

Artist: Travis Lober

Exhibition: Work: It’s a Four Letter Word

Media: Mono Print

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery

Website: N/A

Instagram: N/A

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.

Formal Analysis

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.

Content Analysis

 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.

Week 11- Artist Conversation- Yujia Gu

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.

Formal Analysis

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,

Content Analysis

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.

My Experience

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.



Week 11-Classmate Conversation- Kevin Sharp

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.


Week 10- Art Activity- The Wedge

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.


Wk 10– Artist Conversation – Brittany Waters

Artist: Brittany Waters

Exhibition: #MoreThanASandbox

Media: Ceramics, Porcelain

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi-Gallery

Website: N/A

Instagram: Artbywaters

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.

Formal Analysis

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.

Content Analysis

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.