Week 9- Artist Conversation-Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Exhibition: All Work All Play

Media: Metals

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werbt Gallery

Website: N/A

Instagram: N/A

This week in Art110 I got the pleasure of viewing the beautiful artwork of Joy. Joy is from LA and has lived in Southern California her entire life. She is currently enrolled at CSULB and studying in the metal art program. She has been attending CSULB for 5 years now. Joy is currently 23 years old. She has two brothers who are older than her, 29 and 31. Joy says that she loves experimenting with her art and does not keep one concept when doing so. She has loved to work with art this way since she was very young. In her downtime if she is not creating an art piece Joy likes to hang out with her boyfriend and play video games or experiment with new foods.

Walking around Joy’s gallery I got to see all of her beautiful art pieces. Her main medium that she creates all her pieces out of is metal. The shapes she uses throughout her artwork are very organic. The colors used within her artwork are silvers, brass, black and white. All very solid strong colors. Her pieces look smooth to the touch and very inviting to the eye. They give off a calm feeling and a very straight forward look. There is not a lot of complexity within the piece and that gives the piece a quiet beauty. A lot of her art pieces seem to be able to have a function. For example she creates a lot of jewelry pieces, such as necklaces and also a finger brace. Joy actually relayed to me that her favorite piece in her collection was the finger brace.

The title of the exhibition All Work All Play definitely is evoked through her pieces. Joy said that she does not go along one common theme and that is shown throughout her art work. Each piece has a very strong individuality in regards to the next. All her pieces seem very playful. As if she has the idea of just having fun when she decided to create them. I love seeing artwork made this way because it I feel however the artist felt while creating an art piece is felt by the viewer when they see it. So with Joy’s artwork the viewer can feel the “fun” she had and gets to enjoy it second hand.

Walking through Joy’s gallery was very happy and enjoyable. Each of her art pieces where very different from each other but also very straight forward. When talking with Joy you can see that all she wants is to have fun with her art and create pieces that evoke the same feeling in her audience. I wish her all the best in her future endeavors and hope to see more of her artwork.

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