When I first heard that our art activity involved no electricity or anything in that nature, I was super sad. I thought it was going to be super boring and i wouldn’t be able to actually do it. At first, it was really hard, my friend and I just kept awkwardly staring at each other hoping something fun would happen… which nothing did at that time. An hour goes by and we find ourselves talking about everything. We got to know each other SOOOO well. I learned things about him that i didn’t already know and i felt that made us so much closer. (which is really nice because i like him lol) We went outside for a little bit, laying on the grass (but we got really itchy so had to come inside). We even started drawing, which here is a pic of what i was able to start. !
Living without electricity was very liberating and i feel like my mind was more at ease. If i was by myself i feel like i would have been bored at some points but honestly i would do it again. Obviously it limits you on your activities but it still does not have to be boring. People back before electricity, i feel, could do it, because they had no reason to be doing so. They found other past time activities to do. Social Media, the television, did not effect their lives at that time. My ideal level of life activity would be about 60% whilst my connectivity i would like it to be 40%. I have a high percentage for connectivity because the world is evolving and the great internet is our main means of communication and opportunities. But of course, my life activity would have to be higher because i am a very interactive person.
my living room…
and my messy bedroom lol.
Artist: Alice Andreini
Exhibition: No-Man’s Land
Media: Drawing and painting
Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist
Alice Andreini is graduate student at CSULB’s School of Art and is majoring in drawing and painting, working on getting her Master’s degree in Fine Arts. This exhibition served as her thesis for her degree. She is originally from Minnesota but found her self in San Diego a couple months back and then ended up in Long Beach for school. She always had an interest in art as a child but was too scared to pursue it as a career since it was not practical for her situation. Due to this, for undergraduate degree she went with medicine science initially, but then eventually switched to theater arts when she came to realize that she needed to pursue at least some type of art course. When Alice is not working on her paintings in the studio she enjoys reading philosophy and poetry in her free time. After she receives her Master’s degree, she plans on to continue to create paintings and become a college professor. How cool!
When I first walked into Andreini’s exhibition, I first laid eyes on five very large canvases (except for one canvas that was small and black and white). The paintings were detailed to the max. They contained many colors and layers of paint that gave them a sort of 3D effect. The pieces also had several geometric lines and shapes that gave the paintings an illusion of a virtual grid. It was transparent that these were landscapes of golf courses but with a bit of abstraction and surrealism. Golf courses are known for being very nature filled and picturesque. However, Andreini challenges this notion with her paintings by creating a new way to experience nature in her eyes.
Andreini mentioned that the way her landscapes are framed, shows her ideologies of a culture. In the US, there is a frame for nature where it is presented as an uncontaminated “truth” even though it as already been appropriated as a body of symbols. According to Andreini, nature is regarded as a “pure” form but it’s innocence has been ruined and used to profit through expansions of territories and “owning the most land”. In her art, she reveals the constructs and seductions of the landscapes. The golf courses represent the allure of the American pastoral but she works them into a net of spatial and ideological constructs that are unveiled to create a new realm where perceptions are disrupted. This her new way of experiencing the world that we live in.
Synthesis/ My Experience
Initially, it was weird to think of nature as being something related to technology, considering that technology is anything but natural! I had no clue that her paintings were nature landscapes because they do not resemble anything natural. It is quite intriguing how she created a landscape while making it look like an movie creators rough draft piece. Her art opens eyes and makes you think entirely different on nature and its relational qualities towards technology.
Artist: Yujia Gu
Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence in the USA
Media: Installations, Info-graphics, LED display.
Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
About The Artist
Yujia Gu is a student at CSULB’s School of Art and is working towards getting her Masters in the fine arts. She moved to the United States from Asia about three years ago and has really been liking her time going to school and living in Long Beach! At first, she was hesitant to move to the US at first because of all the known gun violence news going around, which they heard overseas. Her mother was extremely worried for her safety but she was determined to study in the United States.She wanted to learn for herself if the gun violence was real or not.
In her exhibition, Gu reveals some crazy statistics about gun violence here in the US. Her exhibition includes statistics about mass shootings, the similarities of gun violence among different countries, the amount of children killed by guns since Newtown and many more. The way these statistics are presented is essential to the art show. She includes an info-graphic map that points to the places where gun violence happened during the last 72 hours in the US. She also has an LED display showing the number of people who have been shot. The most mind blowing part of her exhibition was the writing on the wall that reads “More and more people are buying guns to protect themselves from more and more people who are buying guns.” This is to show that gun violence is an endlesscycle that will take a lot of time and effort to be resolved.
Before coming all the way to the States, Gu did extensive research on gun violence in the United states. Her interest in it is what inspired her exhibition. The purpose of it is to make more people realize how serious gun violence is here. In her research, she has discovered that schools, business buildings, and places that are more active and populated have a higher risk of having gun violence. Her main goal is to inform the viewer about all the gun violence happening around us and to encourage them to understand that it is necessary to learn how to properly use guns.
Synthesis/ My Experience
Yujia Gu’s exhibition was so eye opening. Seeing/reading the amount of people who have died or have been effected from gun violence is astonishing. People like Yujia who live in other countries take it more seriously than we do and that is so sad. She came to our country scared that gun violence could effect her if she were to come here. Gun violence is a serious issue in our lives and gun control needs to be improved. Her exhibition was absolutely amazing and she truly taught me so much.
On Wednesday April 12, I met up with Sarina and John. I know the guidelines were to meet up with someone old and new, but honestly it has been so long since i have talked to John so we thought we should catch up again! Update on Sarina and I, we are actually very good friends now! We have similar classes together and just get along very well, I’m super happy about that! Sarina mentioned that yes, school has gotten harder but she is still determined to declare her major (social work) in a timely manor. She is about to turn 19 soon, May 4th to be exact. And she plans on taking some summer courses at LBCC to speed up the process! Freakin goals.! And for John, well everything pretty much is the same. He is super excited for school to be over and for summer to start. He is doing well in all of his classes and everything just seems to be going smoothly so that’s good too!
It was so nice catching up with John, and its always a good time with Sarina because she is actually a good friend of mine now. With that being said, we forgot to take a picture, so here is a silly one of Sarina and I in our Comm 110 class.
Artist: Amy Duran
Exhibition: Forever By Your Side
Media: Ceramics, Mixed-Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
About the Artist
Amy Duran is in her senior year at CSULB’s School of Art. She will be graduating this May with her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, majoring in Ceramics. She transferred from Cypress Community College to CSULB to pursue her passion for art . Her interest in art has always been there ever since she was just a little girl. She has her own shop on Etsy where she sells special brooches that she makes herself using her ceramics skills. She also loves to decorate cakes in her leisure time. Duran is also a huge fan of vintage fashion and nail art. She currently lives in Buena Park with her family, where she loves to spend time with her puppy and her bunny.
Amy Duran’s specialty is in ceramics. Walking into her exhibition I saw a large doll house-like structure that one could walk into and see her art. Walking in to the dollhouse was like walking into to a storybook which is exactly what Duran wanted the viewer to experience. On the three walls, she showed us scenes that are the visuals for the fable that is being told on the pages of a beautiful gold story book by each station. The visuals are extremely detailed ceramic sculptures of people and animals she has created to accompany the story of a girl who is scared of growing apart from her inner child.
In her exhibition, Duran uses the story to express her own personal struggles of feeling like she never belongs and feeling anxiety of forgetting her inner child while moving on to become an independent young woman. In the visuals, she tells the viewer it is okay to feel afraid as an adult, and that after childhood we often feel a nurturing reassurance from the stories we read and watch. For this exhibition she created sculptures of toys and pets that she she once had claiming that it is with these things that we form our first and most intimate relationships with in our lives and that they are memories to be truly cherished.
After experiencing Amy Duran exhibition I was in complete awe. I fully agree with her that moving into adulthood can be an unknown and scary journey. It is easy for people to lose themselves in the journey. However, she encourages us to feel free to live our deepest imaginations and thoughts because that is where our inner-child will always be and unafraid to come out and play. Thank you Amy Duran, I truly loved every part of your exhibit! And also, I work with your boyfriend Andrew at Unleashed by Petco
Artist: David DeSantis
Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlin Gallery
David realized he wanted to pursue a career in art once he turned 18. David has always had a interest for art. All seemed to have started at a very young age. He really enjoyed to doodle motorcycles in his younger years. He probably did this because he has always loved exciting and new things to get the “blood flowing”. He mentioned that Long Beach has one of the most pristine and top art programs in the west coast. This is his first full showing. And he was super excited to be able to show us and talk to us about his artwork!
“Everyone sees/interprets things differently. I could paint a happy face and it could mean so many different things to many different people, and that’s the beauty of art.” David mentioned that his work is based on experimentation’s with figurative imagery and expressive mark makings. He said since his art is abstract it has multiple meanings. A different meaning for different people. His influences our music within his artwork.
Personally, i thought David’s artwork was truly unique. I love how he incorporates music and figurative imagery in his pieces. I really liked the red samurai piece because of the positive feelings i received from just looking at it. He is a pretty unique guy with a insanely creative mind that is truly inspiring.
On Wednesday, March 15th, I had a conversation with a lovely girl named Sohee Son. She was born in South Korea, and is 21 years old. She is an exchange student here at CSULB and has only been here for two months. I asked her what she loves about California and she clearly stated that she loves the weather! (agreed) She currently has no job but if she did she would want to be a cashier. She is a junior here majoring in graphic design. Drawing is one of her most favorite things to do. Hence, the reason for her graphic design major. Sohee loves the beach, and she loves the talk show with the Conant guy. She thinks he is really funny. Overall, Sohee was so sweet and easy to talk to.
For this week’s activity, Finger painting, I was kind of not really looking forward to it. I just thought of it being a giant mess with no purpose. Continuing on, I ended up picking the colors yellow, green, and red (Non-toxic paint of course). I chose these colors mainly because i like the way they blend together and how rustic and beautiful they look. I started with the color green because i thought it would be a good base color. I then added some yellow and then last but not least, i added the red. In doing this activity, it came out to be easier than i expected. I thought the paint was going to get all over my hands, clothes, and just everywhere! haha. But surprisingly it did not! The idea of painting with no subject is definitely more fun. Being told to paint certain things, (I believe) defeats the purpose of art for the artist. So being able to paint whatever and go in any direction makes it more spontaneous and fun. This experience was very relaxing and liberating because it kind of took my mind off of my everyday stresses. My final product came out to be this circular, curvy, beautiful mess. lol. When i compare this experience and art to other pieces I have seen, I can definitely see the beauty in everyone’s art work. We can take finger painting is SO MANY different ways which is a beautiful concept. Overall, i really did enjoy this weeks art activity because it changed my perspective on finger paining.