This week’s activity was a PhotoWalk around campus. As soon as I heard about the event, I knew I wanted to be a guide. I wanted to be a guide because I love people and don’t mind leading a group, as well as I hope to actually be a school tour guide one day. I lead the walk so I had a very different experience then my classmates. Instead of focusing on taking pictures and enjoying my surroundings, I was more focused on making sure everyone else was enjoying their walk as well as completing their tasks. I had a lot of fun showing students some of my favorite parts of campus. We went to my favorite CSULB sign which is behind the Language and Theatre Buildings closest to Bellflower st. From there I got my whole group on a campus shuttle to continue our tour at the Japanese Gardens. From there we proceeded to the Campus rebound Walter Pyramid! As I took or posed for each photograph I was trying to find good lighting, people I was happy to be surrounded by, smile as big as I could and take photos that I would be willing to publicly post in the future. I was the guide, so all I can say is I hope I did well. I really tried to interact with each person and make sure everyone was doing okay through out my whole tour. In the future I wish I was able to learn everyones names, because knowing people on a personal level can make a tour more personable. I think I did well, but that is not up to me to decide, I mainly hope everyone else enjoyed their walk. I loved how I showed some students places of the school they have never seen before. Overall, this was a great and gratifying experience!
Artist: Kristi Jensen
Exhibition: Fuse: Join To form Single Entity
Media: Copper, Steel, Silver, Fire, Saw, Hammer and Sand Paper
Gallery: CSULB School of Art: Gatov Gallery East
Website: No Website
This week the art exhibit consisted of pieces from over 30 artists, but I was fortunate enough to have the honor of meeting and interviewing Kristi Jensen. Jensen is such a down to earth woman. Although Kristi started as a sculpture major,she realized she was not into conceptual art. She is currently an Under Graduate student at CSULB, hoping to graduate in the school of Art in the Metals and Jewelry BFA program. Jensen likes metal very much, as she believes they are easier to manipulate. She grew up moving a lot and even attended 10 different elementary schools. When asked what ideas her work explores, she really did not have an answer as she explained all of her pieces are classroom assignments. She doesn’t watch much television, but loves to cook, read, knit, drink red wine and hang out with her husband and dogs. Kristi Jensen is different than most other students in her program as she is a returning student and older than most.
Kristi Jensen and I talked about her formal qualities for a few minutes and I found it interesting that although she is a remarkable artist she doesn’t believe in the “art talk”. At first she did not believe all of her work was cohesive but then another artist came and observed all of her work and made her realize there was a curvilinear sweeping gesture through each piece of art. All of Jensen’s pieces range in size, as she thinks a piece any size can be a beautiful piece of art. Kristi Jensen’s pieces have a very clean and smooth finish and almost all of her work has curvilinear lines or shaping. She loves working with metals. Jensen most commonly uses copper as it is cheap and soft. Additionally, on occasion she uses steel and loves to use silver, but that is difficult because it is so expensive. Kristi told me how she uses all of her spare money on tools because to create great art, one needs an array of tools. The 2 most common tools she uses are hammers and saws. Plus, she always need fire to help bend and shape the metals.
Kristi Jensen’s pieces along with all the other artists pieces were class assignments so there was no inner inspiration. I asked what makes her different from the other artists, and she explained how she is known for always having her work turned in on time. Furthermore, she is known for having a “corky” color palette. She mainly uses blue and lime green and orange. There is nothing Kristi Jensen does not like about metal. She said “It is Badass, you work with fire” and she recommends it to everyone. Her dream is to find a living doing something with metal while making money. Her and I both found it very ironic that she makes a lot of jewelry but rarely wears any. Jensen told me how she is very bad at naming any of her pieces and goals to work on finding a purpose in every piece she creates too.
Personally, I really enjoyed this exhibit. The Title Fuse: Join To form Single Entity , really embodies the fact that 30-40 artists all created pieces to fill one exhibit. All the pieces were very different but complimented each other very well. I think metal is so interesting as one can keep re-burning it and shaping the piece to get a new look. The artist explained how it is very satisfying to finish a piece and although I am not an artist I could relate to the feeling. Additionally, Kristi talked about how she was driven by the process and I think that relates to life as people are driven by the journey rather than the final destination. Over all I really enjoyed this weeks artist discussion are art exhibit.
Since I was a little girl I have loved fashion. Since I can remember I was trying to make and create my own clothes and outfits. Till this day I love thrifting and think one can truly express their individuality through what they wear. I went home to my parents house this weekend and went through bags of lost and found. I got a bunch of different old items that were going to be given away, with the plan to cut them up and make them something new. In these photos I took a red simple sweater, cut off the sleeves, added a v-neck and fringes. Next I took a very old beach cover up dress and cut the top half to make the dress a crop top and cut the straps to give the shirt a criss cross back. Style is truly a way to say who you are, without having to say a word. This weeks project was a lot of fun and proves that “Ones mans trash is another mans come up”.
I have been in over 20 classes on this campus, but for the first time this class is actually in a sense “forcing” all of the students to talk and really meet someone and learn about their life. I didn’t know this classmate, and the idea that within less than 30 minutes, I am going to be able to write an essay on him is crazy. In college, most people go to class and leave class without making many friends or really meeting people. We only tend to surround ourselves with people in our circles or groups we are involved in, but this class goes against the college norm of class interaction and I am starting to really like that. This week I had the pleasure of meeting Dennis. We started our conversation with the basic fundamental questions. He is a 2nd year majoring in Marketing. He has always been very passionate about music and loves playing the piano, but the sad reality of our society makes money essential, and finding a career within music is very difficult. Therefore, with marketing he hopes to get into sports or media advertising. I found it very interesting that even though he has spent the majority of his life in Northern California (Livermore), and thinks Nor Cal has better vibes and is wonderful because that is his roots and family, he wants to end up living in Southern California. He said So Cal has better weather and makes him feel better all around. While talking to the professor we discussed how everyone needs an escape, something to do or somewhere to go when times are stressful or tough. During those times he plays basketball and goes to the beach. When I asked him his favorite quote he quickly said :“Good artists copy, great artists steal”. I love quotes, but have never hear this one prior. I perceived it as good artists deface what they take while great artists may steal the material but make it better and different. If one notices an amazing artist they find out exactly what he or she has done rather than just copying what they think they have done. Dennis was a very laid back, amiable, and a well rounded guy. It will be nice to have yet another familiar face in the class and it is also remarkable that after such short conversation I know so much about him.
Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsy and Ideals
Media: Ceramics, Spray Paint, Wood Panels, Steal
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
This week I had the honor of meeting and talking to the artist personally. He recently graduated from his Ceramics Under Graduate program at CSULB in Fall 2015. With the goal of getting to know the artist on a more persona level, I asked him to tell me some fun facts about himself and his back round. I was very grateful I asked this question, as I found out what an interesting and amazing individual he is. He told me at one point in his life he was working in a studio for 14-16 hours a day, and was barely home, so he ended up living in his car while working in the studio for a little over three years. I found this remarkable as it showed how passionate Samuel was about his artwork. I also found out he loves to read all types of books, especially comic books. Samuel talked about how he loves bike riding and biking helps him because when he is doing art for hours at a time he tends to get locked up within his own head. Additionally, two more fun facts I learned about Samuel, was that he loves chocolate donuts and collects pens that write well. Overall, his main interests in life are ceramics and reading.
Samuel’s work is one of a kind. All of his art work were beautiful sculptures. I asked Samuel to describe his art work and he only said two words : “giant toys”. All of his pieces had beautiful curvature and those that did have color were bright, vibrant and fun. He said he uses a specific type of German spray paint he buys in Compton to get a perfect finishing touch and color. He mainly uses ceramics but to add height and stability to some of his pieces he also uses wood and steal. All of his sculptures were smooth and had a clean finished look.
Samuel said the whole gallery took him about 4 months. He had a variety of sculptures and each piece was individually unique and special. His work explores alienation, loneliness and belonging. He said “I would never find work I did not find funny and absurd”. He explained to me how absurdity moves people while logic does not. His work really embodies oversized fun toys for children. He intended for viewers to look at his work and reminisce on their childhood when times were simple and toys were always fun to have and play with. His work combines two contrasting concepts of alienation and belonging by creating toys that would have been left by their owner, as well as toys that every child loves and plays with regularly. The artist made all of his work very thought provoking and spoke about each piece very eloquently.
Personally, I loved Samuel’s exhibit! I thought his work was very captivating. I genuinely loved talking to the artist, as he was a very down to earth guy. I also really appreciated how humble of an artist he was for the impeccable sculptures he created. Furthermore, I really liked the meaning behind his whole exhibit. I found it very fascinating that he was trying to create big toys while combining the concepts of loneliness and belonging. There have been so many toys over the years that have been thrown away or not really played with, so that he took some of these toys and put a twist on them to make them belong and make them alluring was remarkable. I think the concepts he used relate to everyones life in one way or another because people want a sense of belonging, but at times everyone has felt alienation as well. I appreciate how the artist chose very relatable and impactful topics to explore in his sculptures. Overall, the artist was very likable and his exhibit was admirable.
This week we focused on the art graffiti. Growing up I never really understood the art aspect of graffiti, as my parents would describe it as someone defacing property most of the time! After learning about graffiti I realized many people express their creative ability through graffiti and I believe there should be more places people can legally do graffiti. Although I could not make a trip to Venice this weekend as I had work, I got cardboard and decided to spray paint my name. Spray painting was not as easy as I thought it would be. I tried doing an outline and everything but using the cans is tricky. My friend and I bought two contrasting colors so our names would really stick out. The task was fun and I hope one day I have the opportunity to go to Venice and practice some more. I truly gained a respect for how talented some artists are at spray painting and creating the beautiful graffiti pieces they do.
A simple hello could lead to a million things. For this weeks classmate conversation I decided to talk to a familiar face; Ms. Jamie Filosa and get to know her on a deeper level. She is majoring in Sociology with a minor in Psychology, but when I asked her what career she wants to pursue, she explained how she does not know but really doesn’t want to work a desk job. She is interested in working in the criminology field or with people who have PTSD. Additionally, Jamie is Vice President of Philanthropy in Delta Zeta sorority and takes her job very seriously. She is so passionate and loves what she does. I have heard Jamie really impacts her sorority for the better and is such a hard working and kind member.
Due to the fact Valentines Day is this weekend, I thought that would be the perfect topic and way to get to know Jamie better. Jamie’s Valentine this year is her boyfriend, who she has been with for two and a half years. Her boyfriend recently got a puppy so they plan on playing with her, getting breakfast together and going to see the movie “Deadpool”. Although she has a valentine, she believes Valentines Day is the stupidest excuse for a holiday. She thinks people should love and show appreciation to the people that are important to them every day of the year. I loved that she said that, because I totally agree. We both have the same idea and it was exquisite to relate on a personal level. Although, the holiday is cute and sappy, we believe people should not wait for once a year to show their love. I continued to ask her what love meant and she said love to her is unconditional, you can’t love someone half way. If you love someone you should make them a priority and do anything and everything you can to have their back and just be there. I thought her definition of love was very beautiful and I could relate her definition to how I feel about people I love in my life. Her dream date would be to go to Magic Kingdom in Disney World and spend the night in Cinderella’s Castle. Furthermore, her favorite love movie is “The Notebook”, even though she is bound to cry every time. Plus, she loves country songs that talk about love. Lastly I asked her if she had to give advice to anyone who may be feeling down on Valentines Day what would she say and she responded very eloquently. Jamie said she would tell them to not be sad! That Valentines Day is just a day for companies to make money off of people being in love. That someday they’ll find someone who will treat them well every day and not just on a dumb corporate made up holiday.
I am so glad I got to talk to Jamie this week. She is such a down to earth person and seems to spread love wherever she goes. Her boyfriend is definitely a lucky guy and I hope she had the best Valentines Day ever because she deserves it. If anyone sees Jamie around, you should get to know her. She is very friendly and is really a lovely human being! I look forward to learning more about her in the future and am grateful to call her a friend.
Artist: Joshua Vasquez
Exhibition: Vida/ Morte
Media: Black spray paint, rosin paper,trash bags, sharpies, wood panels, flowers, canvas
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
I recently had the honor of meeting Joshua Vasquez, who is an undergraduate student at California State University of Long Beach. He is currently enrolled in the School of Art in the BFA Painting and Drawing Program. Joshua is from downtown Los Angeles and explained how he has loved art since he was young and has painted sine he was a child. Even though, he has been doing art projects for most of his life, he didn’t start getting serious about art till about 2 years ago. I was fortunate enough to view his solo gallery, which was featured at CSULB. His gallery was filled with an array of art work, which were beyond captivating.
His work explores the ideas of life and death but is truly inspired by the differences between the two concepts. When asked if anything specific motivated him to create this gallery he simply responded “no”.The majority of his pieces in Vida/ Morte consisted of black and white jagged lines. Many of lines went in a circular motion and some were shaded so the there would be more contrasts in the black and white combination. Contrary to all the black and white, there was a floor piece with flowers which had very colorful petals. Each line looked effortless, but when looking at each complete piece, one could notice deep thought was put into the placement of everything.
Joshua told me how he used wood panels and canvas as a basis for a lot of his pieces. Plus, he used spray paint and sharpies to make most of the black color. Furthermore, I personally found it most fascinating that he stretched out trash bags to symbolize the transparency between life and death and show his work through another perspective. He also used red rosin paper, black paint and countless dried flowers. I admired how he used a variety of supplies, and I believe by doing so his work was more appealing and unique.
Personally I really enjoyed his art gallery, as each piece was thought provoking. None of his art was very similar but each piece was able to compliment the other very well. I thought his gallery was cohesive and had many underlying symbolisms of life. One example I conversed with some other classmates about was that none of the lines in his work were perfect, as nothing in life is perfect. Plus, each piece of art balanced another piece of art and they were all similar in at least one way. I believe this is similar to people, as everyone is connected some how and each individual may be connected but still balances the world out in their own way. I found these underlying symbolisms to relate to my personal beliefs on life.
Overall, I genuinely appreciated the gallery and could tell Joshua put a lot of hard work into it. He definitely was to the point and seemed to be a great, deep and intelligent man. Joshua created a beautiful exhibit, and think he only will create better in the future years to come.
Our art project this week, is very fitting for all of the students being apart of the millennial era. We were told to take photos on snapchat and draw all over them to enhance the photo in some way. My two photos are very different but still follow the directions. My first photo was inspired by the professors hair. He had a vibrant blue and pink color and the blue made me think of the ocean, therefore surrounding his head I drew and ocean scene with a surfer going down his wave/hair.My second photo was inspired by a sign my sorority and favorite fraternity held up at the Basketball game last week captioned: Sports. I saw the sign hung up on my friends wall and thought how many different sports games this sign could be taken to so I drew a variety of sports I hope to attend and cheer on at our school.
I had to choose two classmates photos on snapchats as well. I chose Jayson Fields Super Bowl Snapchat because I thought it was creative and fitting for the weekend. Secondly I chose Dominique Gomez’s photo as it depicted flowers she drew in an empty vase. I am obsessed with flowers and feel people to often overlook the beauty of flowers, so that she drew different kinds of flowers in a vase was very amazing to me.
Thursday was the first day we had to go find a random classmate and find out about their life. This discussion was described as a “Bar conversation that goes well”. By that the professor meant, when you first meet someone one always asks the same generic questions… What is your name? What is your major? How old are you? etc. But, to meet someone and connect on a more personal level, find out things such as where they want to travel to, what inspires them and what they enjoy doing creates a better connection and discussion. I went up to a girl Dominique and I am so happy I did, she is very shy but such a lovely soul. In the 20 -30 minutes we talked I found out a decent amount of information. Starting with the basics, as she is a 1st year at CSULB who commutes and is majoring in Biology. Dominique is 18 years old and is from garden Grove. After I asked her all of these, we started to play the game 20 questions. I asked her to describe herself in 3 words and she stated : shy, athletic and caring. Additionally, if she could travel anywhere in the world she would go to New Zealand, her favorite animal is a lion and her favorite type of food is Italian food!
My favorite question I asked her was : What were the biggest differences between high school and college? She began to explain how in college, one can truly go a full day with out talking to a single person, where as in high school one talked to many people everyday. Likewise, in high school you know everyone because you grow up with them but in college you are constantly amongst endless strangers. I loved this question so much because I related to her response on a personal level. When I was in high school, I could go anywhere on campus and feel comfortable and talk to almost someone in every group, but that changed immensely when I entered college. There wasn’t that same sense of comfort and that was the hardest thing for both of us to adapt to. I found it amazing, I was able to connect with someone on a personal level so quickly.She is someone I will be excited to see in class and around campus from now on and she is such a beautiful person.