Week 9: Artist Conversation

Artist: David DeSantis
Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlin GalleryIMG_3211

Artist background: 
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!

Content Analysis:
“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.

My Experience:
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.


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Classmate Conversation

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. IMG_2869

Week 8 Activity: Finger Painting


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.



Artist Conversation: Elena Roznovan

Exhibition Information

Artist: Elena Roznovan
Exhibition: Stop & Stare
Media: Video Installations
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
Instagram: @eroznovan

About the Artist

Elena Roznovan is a graduate student here at Cal State Long Beach’s School of Art. She is on her second year and is working on getting her Master’s degree in the Fine Arts, majoring in Sculpture. For her undergraduate studies she attended the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. Over there, she accumulated all of her sculpting skills. She is from Moldova, a country that is next to Ukraine. Her interests in art began with drawing and painting and then graduated to installations when she moved to California. Where she is from, California is known for its light and space and therefore making her want to create this interactive installation for us all to enjoy.

Formal Analysis

Roznovan’s specialty work is  video installations. In this exhibition, she presents a moving image of a California dessert with a projector. With the image she adds colored optical props that make the image seem as if it is 3D or moving, even though in actuality, it is still. These square optical props look as if they are our windows that we can step through to get the full desert feeling. The optical frames also have 2D and 4D content that when looked at create a 3D type of  experience to her audience.

Content Analysis

Roznovan’s work investigates concepts of phenomenology, time, and the way images are put together to prove a point. She creates video installations that challenge the viewer’s perception and expectation of moving pictures and the space in which they are standing. For this exhibition she was inspired by the lightness and openness of California’s dessert. With the use of outdoors and a pairing with optical props, Elena is able to bring the combining of one’s perception through phenomenology of space and time.

Synthesis/ My Experience

Roznovan made a claim that when her audience sees her installations, they can sometimes feel anxious when their perception is messed with, or they can feel at ease and meditate. My experience seeing this installation was the more calm and at ease. I walked in, sat down and stared at her projection for a couple of minutes. Looking at the image, i felt very contempt, and almost hypnotized. Being there, made me forget about my responsibilities

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for a period of time and made me focus on her art. Truthfully, it was a wonderful experience and I have never seen art like this before. Elena is extremely talented and her art truly opened my eyes! Thank you for letting us see your beautiful work!

Week 7: Classmate Conversation

On Wednesday, March 8th, I talked with a super sweet girl named Marisa! It is her third year here at CSULB and she majors in exercise science (thinking about Kinesiology). For Marisa’s future job, she wants to rehabilitate our veterans. How cool! She decided to go to CSULB because she did not want to go out of state and Long Beach is a great school! She currently works at Blue Water Restaurant as a hostess and her birthday is July 20th. Marisa is the second youngest of six kids. She has 2 brothers, 3 sisters, and they are all 2 years apart. She loves to play sports and loves hot cheetos. (same asf) Marisa was very nice and a pleasure to talk too. I forgot to take a picture but I do have the link to her blog. Go check it out!

I just checked out her blog and found out that she is an angels fan. smh hahah

Image result for dodgers and angels images(please excuse the profanity)


Artist Inspiration: Amy Williams

Exhibition Information

Artist: Amy Williams
Exhibition: MFA Ceramics
Media: Ceramics, Porcelain
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

The moment I walked into Amy Williams exhibition and saw these rope-like strings hanging from the ceiling, with these little pods hanging from them, I realized it reminded me of a the forest.Whether it was from a movie or when I would go camping with my family as a kid. I’ll talk about camping.

Once a year, me and my ENTIRE family  go on our annual camping trip. We never went to the same place twice because apparently that was “too boring”. So every year was always different and we always were so curious as to our next destination. (This year we’re going to Yosemite!) This trip that I am mentioning now takes place in Oregon. Camping in Oregon, for some reason, felt so different. The camp sites felt a little more swampy and “spooky”. Amy’s piece reminds me of that time, walking through those fallen vines, feeling the dampness from it. Brought back so many fun, scary, yet awesome memories. Our family camping trips are always so so so so so much fun. And seeing her piece really brings me back to these positive times in my life. They way she lit her piece, emphasizing the shadows, reminds me of waking up in my tent to the sunrise. Such a beautiful piece that can mean so many different things to many different people.

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Week 6 Art Activity: Flip Book

For this weeks art activity I decided to make a flip book. Coming up with an idea was a challenge, but I found my “match”. I wanted it to be humorous, yet informative. So, with that in mind, I introduce you to… How to be: Bomb (For the ladies) I did a step-by-step instruction guide to succeed in being “bomb”. It was hard finding the steps, especially because everyone’s idea of “being bomb” is different. (This is not to be taken seriously! lol) All i did to make the book was use some card stock and staples. For a future flip book I’ll probably do something related to school or makeup. This activity was a lot of fun, although I may not be the best artist I don’t think this came out too bad.

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Week 5: Automatic Drawing

img_2065When I read that this week’s activity was to draw I was excited! I like to consider myself as a somewhat decent drawer. Bur of course this was not like any other “normal” types of drawing activities. We need to work with a partner, close our eyes and let our “spirit” draw for us. The materials we used for this project was:

  1. Drawing paper 22×30 “Rives BFK”
  2. Table as a surface to draw on
  3. Oil Crayons (From Daiso)

Before we actually started, I thought “How the heck are we supposed to do this?”. It seemed scary and strange to not like the art we were making, but if you really think about it, that is the main point of this activity. We let our mind and our spirit guide us away, which ended up being very interesting. I thought it was either going to be a mess or something so weird you can interpret millions of ideas into.

The Process

1. We started with placing our drawing paper on the table with two chairs on each side of the table.

2. After we got everything in together, we choose the first color we wanted to start to draw with. We both chose black because it’s our favorite color and very mysterious, just like us. lol.

3. We both put our hands or fingers on the crayons, closed our eyes and started to draw. Initially, it felt reeeeaallllyyyyy weird because it felt like we were just drawing a bunch of scribbles. DO NOT DO THIS ACTIVITY WITH YOUR BROTHER! LMAOO

4. After we used the first black crayon, we changed our color to a lighter blue and did the same thing.

5. As the last color we chose was yellow because we wanted something different and bright to make the black and lighter blue pop! With the last color  we really sped up the pace. Both of the black and the blue color brought out similar shapes and a feel, here and there in different sizes, but when we used the yellow crayon, which just got crazy because my brother is very heavy handed!


As you can see, this project got a little crazy! There are some circles here and there, with the occasional scribble. We tried hard to actually create something pretty but we got this. I do like our color choices because they go very well together. Overall, this project really showed me the importance of art with your eyes open and having a not-so-heavy hand.img_2067

Week 5: Artist Conversation – Emily Barnett


Artist: Emily Barnett

Exhibition: Recent Works on Paper

Media: Printmaking and Lithograph

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Website: emilyannebarnett.com

Instagram: @emily_b_anne

Emily Barnett is currently an MFA printmaking student at CSULB. She received her BA in Art at Humboldt State University in the year of 2014. The piece on “Recent Works on Paper” consists of artwork that are intended to visualize experiences with mental illness. She uses an image based on a portrait of herself as a young child looking anxious. She states, “The paintings and painting elements are translating my personal experiences. The painting themselves can be influenced by past or current emotions.”

Former Analysis: Out of her five artworks in the gallery, three of them have a young child looking afraid and anxious, possibly scared of something. All but one of her pieces have teddy bears incorporated in them, it maybe a small or large teddy bear. Her portraits are very colorful,including all of the primary colors and more. One of her pieces stands out the most to me, which is the one with the scribble, child-like feel. She says that she is making her art intentionally childlike and the “messy”, “out-of-place” look, makes it seem as if a child had created this piece.

Content Analysis: Her art is intended to show her audience what a person with different kinds of mental illnesses might go through in their life. Explaining the reason for the scribbles throughout most of her paintings. Her work is also based on what she has been through, her experiences, and the emotions she has felt. “I am also making my art intentionally childlike, this stylistic choice is more visually connect to childhood and by this I try to evoke experiences relating to or are connected to childhood”, said Emily.

My Experience:  Initially seeing Emily’s work, i was indifferent about it. I never thought or even could imagine what the actual story was behind all of her pieces. After talking with her, my personal opinions and feelings towards her art changed immensely.  After I read her artist statement, I was able to see the connection between her art and what it is intended to show. It was a pleasure looking at all of your beautiful art. I am truly inspired!

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Artist Conversation #2: Jenny Cho

Exhibition Information

Artist: Jenny Cho
Exhibition: Inprocess
Media: Drawing and Painting
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
Instagram: cxthxdx_gxrl

About the Artist

Jenny Cho is an undergraduate student working towards her BFA degree in the School of Art’s Drawing and Painting program. This spring 2017 will be her last semester here at CSULB. Her interests involve breaking the stereotypes put on women in our society. Her art/ideas give us a piece of her own personal experience with prejudice as well as stories of others.

Formal Analysis

The main piece I will be focusing on today of Jenny’s is called Mirror/Image. She created this piece in 2016 which is made with mixed media and electrical diodes on watercolor paper. The nature of the piece is very clean and straight. Jenny uses bright and vivid colors that create different textures on both sides of the piece. On the side that she uses crayon with, brings a rugged feel, While the side that she paints creates a softer and more delicate approach to her piece. With her piece being woven in with other materials, that brings a sinuous feeling to its entirety.

Content Analysis

With Jenny’s Mirror/Image piece, she is playing off the duality of two sides of a story. Each side being completely different, are actually apart of one being. She also mentioned the relationships between men and women and how they should become accepting of each other. She feels as if her piece represents Buddhism the more she thinks about, but ultimately she is not exactly sure. Jenny strongly believes in the idea that two things make a whole, and also how men and women should interact with one another. Not only does her piece represent us people, but it also shows the relationship between nature vs technology, hence the drawing of the flower. We normally would think of these two as complete opposites but really they mimic each other. This is how she believes we should interpret it. Nature ultimately depends on technology to survive and vice versa. There is a quiet strength in her work that she wants her viewers to understand.

Synthesis / My Experience

When I originally saw Jenny’s piece i just thought it was a beautiful piece and very colorful. IT was not until actually asking her the details of her art is when I fully understood it all. She really made me think of the bond women currently have with men in our society and that truly opened my eyes. There are a lot of issues in our lives with prejudice and just not completely understanding everyone’s point of views. When she mentioned the relationship between technology and nature I initially was doubtful and thought that made absolutely no sense to me. As for now, it all works together. Without nature technology would be essentially nonexistent, and without technology I feel that nature probably would not be as appreciated as it now. Jenny really tries to emphasize the importance of women’s art. She is trying to make it seem more of an art rather than just a craft or hobby for women. The strength in that statement she made really stuck with me.


Thank you Jenny for your time, and for displaying your beautiful and one-of-a-kind art!

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