Wk 13-Art Experience-Art Care Package

This week we were told to send a classmate an Art Care Package. The package was supposed to be full of different items that resembled ephemera. After learning about ephemera (items of collectible memorabilia, typically written or printed ones, that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity), I decided to put a bunch of random stuff in the care package. I honestly have never met the classmate I got, so I couldn’t send a lot of personalized items. For this assignment I decided to go through my house and find any little trinkets or random items that could go in my art care package. Personally I believe everything is art whether the random mardi gras necklace I found , the Beach first aid kit, random tickets, To-DO lists, Jewels, Close Pins or Fake Flowers they all symbolize art in some way. I also colored 2 wood letters “A and G” which were my classmates initials. I consider most of these items to be ephemera, but I hope my classmate likes the package and finds some use or symbolism in some item I sent her!

Sending someone an ACP is similar to sending someone a Snapchat because it should only have use for only a short time. The package is full of items that can not be used for long Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 1.50.17 AMand a snapchat can only be viewed for a max of 10 seconds. On the contrary the ACP is different then a snapchat because a snapchat is sent digitally and only last seconds while the package is mailed and items can be kept I think ephemera has different value to everyone. What one may consider trash, another may consider very precious. I think some ephemera’s can gain value over time while others can lose value over time. I believe every person and item will be different. For example an old parking ticket may be meaningless to one but an old marking ticket can also have meaning if it symbolizes a days someone got promoted or had a great date, etc. I recently just want to Coachella and believe my wristband will be very meaningful! There is a difference between art that is seen by many people, like a painting in the Museum of Modern Art, and art that is seen by few, like the ACP you send to someone because one type of art is recognized and truly valued and displayed to endless people while the ACP is not. On the other hand, a person may have way more individual love and appreciation for an ACP then some piece of art in a public museum. Someone can take a Snapchat and a friend on the other side of the globe can view it, all within seconds. To make an ACP and send it even to a nearby friend will take days. Snapchat is amazing because it is remarkable to be able to receive photos and information so quickly. On the contrary I believe slow is better because it shows someone put time and effort into what is sent. I feel like anything hand made or created such as an ACP has way more “love” and care then anything store bought. I may have a young spirit but I will always have an old soul.


Wk 13-Artist Conversation-Ihab Ali


Artist: Ihab Ali

Exhibition: Eyewitness

Media: Dry wall, car, burlap blake sheeting, paint, lights

Gallery: CSULB School of Art Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website: NA

Instagram: ihabali


This week I had the pleasure of meeting Ihab Ali who is a very talented artist in the Undergraduate Program of BFA Ceramics at Long Beach State. He was born and raised in Syria for the first 14 years of his life and grew up in a very political home. When I asked him about his hobbies and interests, he said he is interested in making stuff and constantly being in the studio. I did learn his favorite food is pizza with pineapple, mushrooms and olives. He is Arab American as his father is from Iraq and his mom is from Syria and he lived a major part of his life in America. Many aspects of life and personal experiences inspire his work. He went to a Politically charged show in Italy titled “All the Worlds Future” and found an immense amount of inspiration in the show. He believes we are bound in our own culture and that also inspires him. He has lived in California for years and believes the state is an isolated place. His beliefs are due to the fact we receive everything through a camera. Ihab seemed so passionate about his work and his hard work and endless time put into this exhibit was noticeable.

His exhibit was different then any exhibit I have viewed previously. Ihab created an Installation Theatrical piece of reality. His exhibit displayed pure chaos. His exhibit presented poverty and abandonment. When walking through the exhibit, he hoped the viewer would have thought provoking questions such as “Where is the media?” “Where is everyone?” and  “Who will clean up the mess?”. When talking about the formal qualities of his work, Ihab explained how his advisors called his work “manipulative”. He manipulates his exhibit so when someone walked through they would experience the scene as an eyewitness. In all of his work he believes in tight lines rather than straight lines. Furthermore, Ihab is intimidated by color because he has trouble with how other people make opinion of his color choices. He loves to play with black and white and throws glass in his work because it is lose and abstract. He had to use a plethora of materials for his Exhibit. To be very specific he used 35 sheets of dry wall, an old car, 110 square feet of burlap and other small items like a camera, television, red paint resembling blood and a cup from Syria. I believe all of his materials impacted his exhibit for the better.

His exhibit is truly about displaying a bombed area and to present a politically charged world, most Americans know very little about. Most things Americans know about the world are just through the news or pictures. He knows that the world can be a political asylum with no embassy or protection and wants to help show the truth and become a Political activist Artist. Through his exhibit he was able to tap into memories and have honest conversations with his parents. His parents even got the opportunity to view the exhibit and said “Where is your art?”. Although, the whole exhibit was a creation of art, they didn’t view it that way because the bomb scene seemed natural to them. Although I found that very sad, it also showed what an incredible job Ihab did at making his exhibit extremely accurate.

Ihab stated at one point in our conversation that “The way I think is based off of the way I was cultivated” He is pretty much sating we can’t get out of our culture and our past will always influence our future which I genuinely believe to be 100% true. Ihab was such an awesome artist to talk to. He was so down to earth and had such a friendly personality. Even after class ended we continued to chat and I could tell he is such a well rounded intelligent guy. He is truly passionate about his work and I believe he will only achieve greatness in the future. I look forward to seeing his future work and very glad I got to meet him.

Wk 13-Classmate Discussion-Destiny Farihi

This week I was fortunate enough to meet Destiny Farihi. She is majoring in Chemistry, which I admire her for because I hate chemistry with a passion. She is a hard working student and makes a school a priority in her life. When I asked her what she likes about chemistry she said she likes Chemistry because everything around us has something to do with it. Everything has molecules and everything works because of chemistry. She chose it as her major because she wants to eventually go into pharmacy and work in a hospital where her mom works as a nurse.

IMG_5075She is also very involved in school as she is on the schools Division 1 Competitive Cheer team and her favorite part of being a school cheerleader is being able to be involved in such a large school like Long Beach. Destiny has made so many new friends and memories she knows she’ll never forget as a cheerleader. I loved when she told me there is  really an amazing feeling, being on the floor at a huge basketball game in the pyramid, something that doesn’t really compare to anything else!! I can see what an amazing cheer program we have here through her and know the importance of being involved.

When I asked Destiny to tell me fun facts about herself I was most interested to find out she has done gymnastics for 12 years, has children size 3 shoe size, addicted to the show the Office on Netflix and her absolute favorite thing in the world is adventures. Additionally, her biggest pet peeve is when people eat or drink loudly and she is horrified of feet. She is so kind and well rounded and I think anyone would be lucky to call her a friend.


Wk 12- Classmate Discussion-Danielle Dallas

This week I decided to interview the honorary student of the class Danielle Marie Dallas. Danielle was my freshmen dorm roommate at CSULB. Her and I were complete strangers just a little over 2 years ago, and now we know one another very well. Although we lived just 3 feet apart for a year and spend multiple days a week together I believe there are always new things to learn about a person. IMG_4275

I asked her questions that I honestly have never asked her before and found all of her answers fascinating. When I asked her What personality traits do you look for in a friend and in a significant other? She continued to tell me she looks for someone with a strong sense of humor. Danielle is someone who is very funny and witty therefore most of her interactions involves some form of humor. She goals to surround herself with people who can reciprocate that wittiness. Danielle and I have truly gone through the last year and half of college together , so I was really curious to find out 5 goals on her life’s to-do list?

  1.   To Travel the world
  2. Graduate College
  3. Become a successful business person
  4. 100% support her parents
  5. Become completely happy with the person she is and to spread joy and happiness to everyone and everything around her.

Many people regret things they do in life, so I asked her if there is something she regrets? She told me she tries not to use the word “regret” because it’s a term that she believes has a very negative connotation. Danielle said something she looks back on and wishes she could maybe ‘change’ rather, is how long it took her to become somebody who speaks for themselves and doesn’t let the opinions of others bother them. I loved that she said that because personally I do not believe in regretting either and love seeing how much she has grown as an individual in the past year.

I have to say I believe living in the dorms  has had the biggest influence on my college career thus far. Danielle was a big part of this reason, so I thought asking her questions about Dorming would be applicable.I asked, What advice do you have for someone looking for a roommate? The advice she would give somebody looking for a roommate is to keep an open mind. Everyone will encounter many different types of people and some you will connect with while others you won’t. Don’t discredit yourself if you don’t find somebody right away. College will bring a plethora of new people into your life; there is at least one person you are bound to connect with so don’t get discouraged! Personally I loved forming, and think it should be mandatory for all freshmen, so I asked her if she thought dorming freshman year was beneficial?

She 100% believes that dorming was extremely beneficial. Without dorming she would not have met the girls who make up one of my immediate friend groups and without dorming I feel that I would not have had the true first year college experience that I think everybody should have. Living together on a floor with 60+ other girls really teaches you a lot and a sense of community begins to form.

When asked, What did you learn from having a roommate? She said to go from living in a home where you know how everything works and how everyone operates to suddenly being uprooted and put in a completely new environment with somebody who is virtually a stranger to you is somewhat of a shock. From having a roommate I learned that a lot of things are compromise. This process taught me how to live with somebody even though we had differences here and there. It showed me how quickly a stranger can go from being just that, a stranger, to somebody who is a friend and basically a new family member, and it taught me how much you can learn about somebody and how many memories can be made in just 9 months in a 8 x10 room.

I ended asking if she liked her freshman roommate, ( even though I was the freshmen rooomate) She said I was awful and then admitted she was kidding and said she loved me and we will be forever roomies!

There is truly no one else I would have wanted to live in an 8 by 10 box with, adventure with, or spend my every Tuesday/Thursday with. I am grateful DD decided to be an honorary student and it is an honor to watch her excel in a class she is not getting graded in.

Week 12-Artist Conversation-Travis Lober


Artist: Travis Lober

Exhibition: Ink 16: The West: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Media: Acrylic Plastic, Etching Needle, Sand Blasting Machine, Ink

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website: No Website

Instagram: No Instagram

This week I had the amazing opportunity to go to Coachella Music Festival, so I interviewed an artist 2 weeks go for this weeks artist conversation. I was fortunate to have met Travis Lober, who is an Undergraduate student at CSULB in the BFA Print Making School of Art. he is coming back to school and chose California State University long Beach cause he was accepted to the Graphic Design program. After taking some classes he realized he had a bigger passion and interest in Print Making and switched his major. Lober was born in San Hose, spent a lot of his life in Girloy California and only moved to Long Beach 2 years ago. He used to be a Construction Modeler and has played soccer for 14 years. He explained how it is very hard to have homies as he spends atleast 25 hours per week at school! This exhibit is titled: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly, and the students job was to create a piece that resembled this title and concept. Due to this, Travis’s work explore the good, the bad and the ugly of his old jobs.  He thought spiders truly resembled this concept. Travis wants to get his Masters Degree and teach college level art in the future.

In this whole exhibit. Travis created one piece that took him over 25 hours. He work is very technical and very particular as well. All of his lines are very precise and how each line meets up is very important to him. He said that how his art looks is way more important than the meaning of each piece. He uses acrylic plastic, etching needle, sand blasting machine and ink. Additionally, the actual type of print is dry point. He really enjoys working on long vertical manners, as he thinks squares are boring. I found it very interesting that at times he uses dots over lines to make his art more exact. Travis told me how his piece being monochromatic, allows viewers to see the image over the color. I believe his work truly drives emotion without the use of any color.

The artist was really trying to embody the exhibit theme with something he knew best: spiders. He drew three different spiders to truly represent, the good, the bad and the ugly. Travis told me how there are lots of processes through trademark and construction, as well as are even though they are all romanticized. All of his work is based off of his previous career.

I think this exhibit has an amazing concept going, because life is all about the good, the bad and the ugly. There are endless good and bad things in the world so to find pieces of art that embody all these concepts was very fascinating for me. I honestly really liked Travis Lober’s  take on the exhibit. I loved how he related the good, the bad and the ugly to something prominent in his life, which was his past career. I believe incorporating something personal into art makes it more real and meaningful as well. I look forward to seeing what great art he produces in the future.