Week15-Artist Conversation-Nancy Young

Artist: Nancy Young
Exhibition: As the Crow Flies
Media: Printmaking, ink,  lithography, reliefs, wood, sketching. sand,  metal
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery
Instagram: N/A Website: N/A

This week in Art110 I got to see the artwork of Nancy Young. Nancy is a senior at CSULB and will be graduating this semester with a BFA in printmaking. Printmaking has become a huge passion for Nancy and has helped her overcome substance abuse and depression. She loves having a medium that she can express her feelings through in a healthy way. She is not in this business for the money and just wants to do art because it brings her joy. Right now Nancy works as a programmer in Orange County.

The exhibition we saw this week of Nancy’s was named “As the Crow Flies”. When viewing her artwork you can see a consistent use of dark and neutral colors. This color choice, I believe makes her pieces even more powerful. The shapes used throughout her pieces are mainly organic shapes. She incorporates nature into her pieces. Also the main shape used throughout her pieces is a crow. Also on the floor in her exhibition there was a star made out of sand but sadly this was messed up by an oblivious student. Each of her pieces have different textures throughout them and either have a feeling of flowing or staccato.

The reason behind the naming of this exhibition is because Nancy wanting to bring across the feeling of being able to fly above the hardships of life. She chose to use a crow as the main symbol for this because it is a harsh bird but still is able to fly. Representing the hardships of life but how important it is to still learn from them and let the hardships make you fly. Nancy has been through hard times in her life and she is so grateful to art for giving her a second chance.

Overall my experience with talking and viewing Nancy Young’s artwork was very enjoyable. It was interesting to hear about her life experiences that affected her into creating this art work. I love hearing when people are able to find joy in art when they are struggling. Art is so powerful and has the beautiful ability to affect people’s lives for the better. Nancy sharing this with the world is amazing and I am happy to have seen it. I hope to see more of her artwork in the future.

 

 

 

Week15-Conversation-Jaz Tabar

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This week in Art110 I had a conversation with a girl named Jaz Tabar. Jaz is a freshman at CSULB. She moved to Long Beach for college from San Diego. Since she is a first year she has been living in the dorms this past year. She has really enjoyed her time at Cal State Long Beach so far and is excited to come back in the fall for her sophomore year. Right now Jaz is studying sociology as her major. Also she hopes to add film as a minor. Jaz is very passionate about social justice issues and wants to bring them to the attention of the public through the medium of film. In her free time Jaz enjoys listening to music and discovering new bands. She also loves going to concerts and sometimes like to attend raves. An interesting fact about Jaz is that she is apart of Alpha Pi Omega, which is a co-ed community service fraternity and she really loves it.

Week14-Activity-Sketching in the Garden

For Art110 this week we got assigned to do an activity called, “Sketching in the Garden”. For this activity we went to the Japanese Gardens on campus at CSULB and sat there to draw 6 different drawings. 3 of the drawings had to be realistic and the other 3 had to be abstract. Also along with this drawing activity we had to include 6 pictures along the same guidelines, 3 abstract and 3 realistic.

Going into this activity I was excited because even though I am not very good at drawing I love being in nature. Getting to yet again go to the Japanese Gardens and experience the beauty within seemed like it was going to be relaxing and fun. Of all the things that I have the opportunity to draw I think that nature is my favorite. Even though I do not find myself to be an exceptionally good drawer, it’s still a fun process and I love trying to depict nature through pen and paper.

Drawings:

When arriving at the garden I decided to sit down near the water because it is my favorite part of the garden. As I sat I started to think of what I would like to draw. The first thing that caught my eye was the animals. So I decided to try and depict a fish and a bird as well as I could. These drawings were a little rushed though because I knew I had to complete 4 more drawings. It was really fun to sit and look through the garden while deciding what to draw. It created a peaceful and calm atmosphere. The final realistic drawing that I did was of the entire pool. I decided to draw this because, again it is my favorite part of the garden.

When I moved on the abstract drawings it was harder for me to decide what to draw. I have never really been an abstract drawer though through this process I realized I like this drawing style a lot. The first object that caught my eye for these drawings was the tree I was sitting next to. The reason that this caught my eye was because when I looked at it I thought of the energy that it has flowing through each of its branches. I tried to express this energy through my drawing. After completing this drawing, my mind was encapsulated with the idea of energy so as I looked around the garden I started to see everything in regards to this. Then as I was looking around I saw  a ripple happen in the water because a stone was tossed in. This immediately got me inspired to do an abstract drawing about the energy that produced that ripple. My final abstract drawing was of a bird that flew by the garden. Again with this drawing I tried to represent the energy flow of the bird through my lines.

Pictures:

The next part of this assignment was to take 6 pictures. The first three pictures were easy to take because they just had to be realistic. I took them of what I had already been drawing. One of the pool in front of me, another of the tree standing next to me and the third picture was of a red fish. The abstract pictures took me awhile to take because I wasn’t sure at first how to take them. After thinking for awhile, I came up with the idea that I really wanted to be up close to the objects I captured, to see if I could reveal their texture through the photos. The three photos I took were up close pictures of a rock, some moss and a fish’s scales. My favorite of these three (and of all the photos I took) was the up close picture of the fish’s scales. I definitely think that I was able to capture its texture through the photograph.

Overall this assignment was actually really fun to participate in. I loved being able to be in nature and I really enjoyed the abstract work that we did. I definitely enjoy taking abstract pictures and drawing abstractly more than realistically.

Week13-Activity-Care Package

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For this week in Art110 class we got assigned to do an activity called care package. We put our names in a hat and also drew someone’s name out. The person’s name I got was Peter Bay.

In my package I sent a carrot pencil holder, a colorful pencil and a GameStop wrist band. This was an interesting activity because usually people send “gifts” to people electronically now instead of actually making a physical gift to send to them. Though I do not know this person at all so it is a bit odd to send a gift to someone I do not know. I have no personal connection to them or have any idea what they like. Usually gifts are personal and have meaning behind them but for this assignment it was just to a random person. I think it would be cool if instead of just having a random person we could instead be asked to send gifts to someone who we think is really important in our life. Though it is cool to share this with classmates.

Overall this activity was an interesting idea but I don’t completely understand the point behind it. It did make me think that I should send more personally made gifts to the people I love though.

Week13-Artist Conversation-Ihab Ali

Artist: Ihab Ali

Exhibition: Eyewitness

Media: Dry wall, Car, Sheets

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website: N/A

Instagram: @ihabali

This week in Art110 class I got to see the art of Ihab Ali. Ihab is originally from Damascus. He moved to America when he was 14 years old. Ihab is a student a CSULB and he is planning on graduating this semester. He studies art at CSULB and will be gradating with a BFA. The art show he put on for us this week is apart of his senior show. The biggest influence on Ihab’s art is his memories from Syria.

This art show was different then any other I have seen. It made a very strong impression because of that. A few of the materials that went into creating it are dry wall, burlap, sheets, and a car. Lighting also was a big factor with this art exhibit. The light and material evoked a dark and mysterious feeling in the viewer. It made a very big impact on me when I walked through it.

When speaking with Ihab he relayed the important of his time in Syria. He wanted to show the poverty and destruction that can be found there. I definitely felt this strongly when I walked through his exhibit. It was a very powerful experience to hear Ihab speak about this and then to walk through his exhibit. The design of the art exhibit and reasoning behind it was beautiful.

Overall Ihab’s exhibit was very powerful and meaningful to me. I feel especially with all that is happening in the Middle East right now. It is important to understand what people are going through. The way in which Ihab displayed this was in a very dark way but it really made it so the impact lasted. It was really inspiring to see the strong emotional effect that the design of an art exhibit can have on the viewer. I hope to see more of Ihab’s art in the future! (:

 

Week13-Conversation-Tareena Woods

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This week in Art110 class I had a conversation with a girl named Tareena Woods. Tareena is a freshman at CSULB. At the moment she is studying film at CSULB. She wants to become a producer or an editor in film.

Tareena lives in Buena Park with her dad and her uncle. She commutes to school and its about a 20 minute drive. She has a dog named Dexter and he is turning 2 years old this summer.

In Tareena’s free time she likes to hang out with her friends and family. Also she lives to go to the beach, watch Netflix, listen to music, read, do community service and also try new foods. Tareena’s favorite foods are tacos, ice cream, KBBQ and acai bowls.

Tareena loves art but doesn’t feel that she is very good at it. She loves being in Art110 and is sad that the course will be ending so soon.

It was lovely to talk with Tareena and I wish her the best in her future at CSULB.

Week12-Artist Conversation-Tiffany Le

Artist: Tiffany Le

Exhibition: Thau

Media: Illustration

Gallery: Gatov West

Website: http://www.letealeaf.com

Instagram: @letealeaf

This week in Art110 class I had a lovely conversation with an artist named Tiffany Le. Tiffany Le is a student at CSULB studying for her master’s degree. Tiffany is planning on graduating from Cal State Long Beach this May with an MFA. Tiffany started doing art when she was very young. Her mother tells her that at the age of 3 she was copying art off of cereal boxes. Besides working on art projects Tiffany loves to go hiking and spend time with her pets. This exhibition of Tiffany’s, that we got to see on Thursday in Art110 class is her capstone project on Vietnamese-Americans Identity.

Tiffany does a lot of her artwork printed on canvases. She uses water color pencils, ink and charcoals. In this exhibition there was also a very large constructed paper mache boat in the middle of the floor. This boat was constructed with paper and LED lights. When you look at Tiffany’s artwork you can see that she uses a very large contrast with colors. The main colors used throughout her pieces are blacks, reds and yellows. The contrast between the light color of yellow and the darkness of black intensifies her artwork. A lot of the lines used throughout her pieces are organic lines. Her pieces seem to flow throughout the page. There is not stark separation between anything in her pieces. The main shape used in her artwork in the shape of a boat. The combination of the organic shapes and the large contrast of colors gives off the feeling of a chaotic flow.

When talking with Tiffany about what the purpose behind her art was I was very shocked. Tiffany said that her artwork was a commentary on the Vietnamese experience and refugee struggle. The reason she wanted to address this issue is because her mother and father were apart of these refugees who had to escape from Vietnam. They escaped using boats and this is the reason for her consistent usage of boats in her artwork. The refugees would escape at night so that no one would find out. This is the reason for why her artwork is created with such dark colors surrounding the shapes. Tiffany’s family doesn’t really talk about this event and the only way Tiffany got them to tell her was by saying that it was for a school project. Before this project Tiffany hardly knew anything about her parents experience with being refugees. Each of Tiffany’s images has a story behind it. These stories come from real stories she has heard from her family of the hardships they encountered. Tiffany wanted to bring individuality to each of her art pieces. She wanted to bring light to an issue that is not really discussed in America. Also while bringing light to this issue Tiffany hopes to raise awareness for the Syrian refugees who are going through these hardships right now.

I think Tiffany’s artwork is beautiful and it really touched my heart to hear her tell us stories about what her mother and father had to go through. It is beautiful to bring awareness to such an important issue through art. This is one of the reasons I admire art so much. It has the ability to create powerful messages. I wish Tiffany the best with her future in art and hope to see her artwork again.

Week12-Activity-Geocaching

Geocache’s we tried to find:

The geocache we set up:

For our activity this week in Art110 we were assigned to go geocaching. Not only did we need to go find a geocache but we also had to create one on our own. I have done this before with my family so going into this activity I though it was going to be easy for me. My family use to go geocaching together a lot when I was in high school and younger. Geocaching is a really fun activity and makes you feel like you are going on a treasure hunt. Also usually geocaching involves going on a hike and I love hiking so this Art110 activity seemed to be an awesome choice.

One of my classmates, Shannon and I decided to do this activity together. First we decided to tackle the task of finding a geocache. After we were done with our conversations during Thursday class we  looked up geocaches around us and found a lot. I was surprised to see how many geocaches there are hidden around my campus. On Thursday we went looking for a total of two geocaches. This venture turned out to be unsuccessful. The first geocache we went looking for was called Immortal. The GPS coordinates for this cache that landed it right outside one of the film buildings on campus. The hint for this geocache was “slow and steady wins the race”. It was very easy to locate where the GPS said that the geocache was but then when we went looking around the area for the cache we could not find anything. Also nothing stuck out to us that connected to the hint for the cache. This was frustrating to look so long and not be able to find anything so we decided to go look for another geocache. This next geocache was called “State Rights Vs. Federal Authority” The GPS location brought us to a point on the wall that separates CSULB from the veterans hospital next door. The hint for this cache was “wall”. This hint obviously led us to believe that the cache was hidden in or near the wall. So we decided to go up to the wall and look carefully along it. Sadly, this ended with no success in finding the cache. This was very aggravating to have looked for two caches and to have found none so we decided to give up for the day and try again on Friday. The next day (Friday) we met up and decided to go find a geocache near my house. This geocache was .2 miles away from my house and was called “Just Hanging Out”. The hint for this cache was “wol”, which to be honest we did not completely understand. We went to the GPS coordinated for the cache and ended up on a bridge that overlooked a river that feeds into the pacific. For this cache there was a very laid out description of where the cache was and details on how to find it. We followed all these instructions, read all the details and yet still we could not find it. The clues given to us seemed to point to the cache being hung on the fence that rain along the bridge but we looked up and down the fence and could not find anything. To say the least we were aggravated. To have looked for 3 different caches and to not find a single one was very frustrating. So we decided to move on setting up our own cache.

Again Shannon and I did this activity together. We brought a Altoid’s case and filled it with little trinkets. These included an eraser, a ring, a flower and a braided colorful string. We went below a bridge to place this cache and decided to put it in a drain hole on the side of a concrete river bed. We then found out the coordinates for the cache and recorded them. They were: Latitude: 33’47.329’N   Longitude -118’06.221’W . This was really fun to get to place a cache with cute little trinkets in it. It would be awesome to actually add it to a the online geocaching system but Shannon and I did not know how to do that. If I was to decide on a hint for this cache it would be “Altoid” ;p . We hope one of our classmates goes and tried to find our cache! It is really cute and we promise that they will definitely find it.

Overall this activity was a little stressful because each geocache we went looking for we could not find. I use to love geocaching with my family but we always ended up actually finding the cache, making the experience truly fulfilling. To be constantly looking for a cache and not be able to find it is just a bit aggravating and makes the experience not as fun as it should be. After searching for these caches and not finding a single one I wonder if  the cache has been moved by a person who did not know it was a geocache, since that is something that can happen to geocaches. Muggles can find them and destroy the game. The placing of our geocache was really fun though and it made me want to create more geocaches for people to find. Possible go on hikes and hide caches for people to go find. (:

Week12-Classmate Conversation-Alanna Godinez

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This week in Art110 class I had a wonderful conversation with a girl named Alanna Godinez. Alanna is a 19 year old Freshman at CSULB. She actually just turned 19 this past Monday. So Happy Belated Birthday Alanna! Alanna is enjoying her time at Cal State so far and is looking forward to her future at the university.

Alanna is from Nowalk, California. She has lived in California her entire life. Currently she lives at home with her parents and commutes to CSULB. Right now she is studying Psychology at CSULB and is looking into possible becoming a therapist. She has always really enjoyed helping people and she wishes to do this in her career. Alanna enjoys talking to people and helping them feel better when they are venting. She feels that she is very in-touch with emotions and is a great help to her friends when they are having problems so why not share that skill with the world!

Alanna grew up with 3 brothers and no sisters. She has always really wanted a sister but still feel incredibly blessed with the siblings she already has. Her brothers have helped her have a tough outer skin. Alanna’s family owns 6 cats and no dogs.

An interesting fact about Alanna is that she loves pizza and mac-n-cheese. (:

It was really nice to meet Alanna and I wish her the best with her future at CSULB.

If you’d like to learn more about Alanna this is her wordpress page: Alanna Godinez 

Week11-Activity-Turning Pages

This week in Art110 class we had a guest, Marta Troya come in and introduce us to an activity she called Turning Pages. In this activity we visited the CSULB library and the bookstore. Marta’s idea was for us to challenge our surroundings. This was interesting because I never thought to do something like this in these areas on campus. Before the activity even started I knew that it was definitely going to be an interesting experience.

First our class made our way to the CSULB library. When we got there we went upstairs to the second floor and each choose a children’s book to bring downstairs with us to read. Once we chose our book we proceeded to follow Marta downstairs to form a big circle a corner of the library, near the computers. At first this idea of reading books in the library did not seem like it would be “challenging” the space but the reaction we got from the people around us told me otherwise. With advancements in technology it is becoming less and less common for people to read books. Now people just go to the library to use the computers so students forming a large group and sitting down to read was odd to our onlookers. Also the fact that we were such a large group made it so we stuck out much more. It is so interesting and a little sad to think that it is a spectacle now to actually see a group of people reading books in a library. Glenn and Marta both told us not to document the experience so that we could really be in the moment. Sitting there reading children’s books and seeing the looks we got from the people outside of our class was very interesting and eye opening.

The next place that we went to was the CSULB bookstore. For this part of the activity we were able to document the process so the photos above are from that. Before we entered the bookstore Marta told us to wander around the space and blend ourselves in. Try on clothes, play music upstairs and look at the items around the store. While doing this we had to keep in mind to be aware of our surroundings and really try to take everything in. Walking around the store with this activity in the back of my mind created an interesting view of the bookstore for me. It separated the layout of the bookstore more precisely in my mind and let me be able to see the unconscious actions of other costumers. To be able to observe an area like this instead of blindly walk through it was very intriguing.

Overall I really enjoyed this experience. It was eye opening to everyday things that I do not notice. It also gave me a much better grasp of the nature of space around me. It was very interesting to examine spaces and understand there meanings from an outward perspective. Being able to challenge the space and see what the reaction would be.

Marta Troya was a very wonderful speaker to get to meet and speak with. Experiencing the way she thinks about the spaces around us was fascinating. I hope to see her again. (: