Wk 13-Artist Conversation-Laura Lopez

Artist: Laura Lopez
Exhibition: Selvatica
Media: Drawing and painting
Gallery: Werby Gallery
Instagram: @artelauralopez

About the Artist

Laura has always had a passion for art. She grew up painting and drawing as a little kid. She is also very interested in dance and music. However, dance and music have not  influenced her as much as the visual arts. Laura was born in Columbia and CSULB happens to be her first American school! She is pursuing her MFA in in Painting and is graduating from CSULB at the end of this semester.

Formal Analysis

Laura’s exhibition “Selvatica” is her own vibrant and colorful interpretation of the jungle. Her colors are bright and loud in her paintings and her images are abstract because she makes pictures of various different animals and plants with different shapes. These images give off such strong energy because of their vivid colors and shapes. The pictures Laura paints are based off of the jungles of South America, where Laura is from. Although random, Laura’s paintings have various lines and shapes that sort of direct the viewer’s eye towards a specific part of the painting.

Content Analysis

Laura tries to paint a picture of her homeland in her art. She uses vibrant colors to give off energy and vibes rather than painting for visual effects. However, what she depicts is still visually appealing. Her homeland is vast and large with many different types of animals, some vicious. However, there seems to be peace in it all. The tigers depicted aren’t covered in blood from preying, they seem at peace and calm. One would have to travel to Columbia to truly feel the jungle’s presence.

My Experience

I enjoyed this exhibition a lot because of the energy the room gave off. The exhibition itself was full of color and I felt happy while I was in there. The art was spectacular and very different from other painting styles. I love the pieces because they tell a story and Laura shares her own personal experiences in her paintings. The word “Selvatica” actually means wild in Italian. Laura’s exhibition was nothing but wild to say the least. It was a pleasure to get to talk to Laura and I hope her the best of luck with her painting career.

Wk 13-Classmate Conversation-Mathieu Bourgeault

This week I had the pleasure of meeting fellow classmate, Mathieu. Mathieu is attending his second year here at CSULB. He is pursuing a degree in business finance. In addition to studying hard, Mathieu also plays baseball for CSULB. He works part time at an italian restaurant as a waiter. He’s canadian and also speaks fluent french! We both have a mutual hobby in snowboarding. Mathieu was also born in Long Beach but lives in Downey at the moment. I’m happy I had the pleasure of meeting Mathieu this week and I wish him the best of luck in his studies and in his baseball career.IMG_5630.JPG.jpeg

Wk 12-Artist Conversation-Travis Lober

Artist: Travis Lober
Exhibition: Work: It’s a four letter word
Media: Printmaking
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
Website: N/A
Instagram: N/A

About the Artist

Travis is attending his final semester here at CSULB and will be graduating with his BFA in Printmaking. Prior to changing to printmaking, he transferred to CSULB wanting to pursue Graphic Design. Travis fell in love with printmaking after he took an elective class in it. Immediately he knew he needed to change his major. Travis is from Northern California like me! Through his exhibition, you can see Travis’ true passion for printmaking.

Formal Analysis

The prints themselves are black and white and depict images of typical work tools and items. On the right side of the exhibition there are four prints side by side. These prints connect together to complete one whole image. The image shows what seems to be a truck with wood in the bed and an electric saw being used to cut wood. The image quite literally shows “work in progress.” The frame that holds these four images together is actually made of 2×4 which can be easily seen. I believe the prints are purposefully black and white to imply that they aren’t complete, or that they are an unfinished product. 

Content Analysis

These huge prints also convey a message about Travis. Travis’ work quite literally shows images of a working class. I think these images are a metaphor Travis’ work as a whole. His career in printmaking is a work in progress and although he has worked hard to get to where he is today, he still plans on further improving himself in anyway he can. We are constantly working from birth to retirement. We work to stay alive, to support our families, and to buy the things we want. Working is something we do most of our lives and we work hard everyday to better ourselves, and in that we can see beauty. Working itself is an art, in the fact that it can be fine tuned and improved through practice and dedication and can be appreciated by others. In addition to being a work of art, Travis’ exhibition shows the art of work.

My Experience

I personally loved this exhibition. It was very well lit and the prints were very beautiful. Having a manual labor job at the moment, I own and use many of the tools depicted in the prints at the exhibition. I could resonate with Travis’ work because I personally see the art of working, especially with tools. I believe Travis is incredibly talented in his printmaking and I know he will apply his skills and knowledge to become successful. Keep working towards your goals Travis and I wish you the best of luck. 

Wk 12-Art Experience-Ethnography

This week I learned about Pre-Electric Culture. I chose to stay in my house for this experience, specifically my living room. I spent from dawn till dusk in my living room with nothing but myself to keep my occupied. I turned my phone off and put it away. I turned the lights out. I was unable to have access to television, internet, or electricity for a night and I can confidently say that I would not survive pre-electric culture on a daily basis. During the first hour of this experience I layed on my couch with my dogs and talked to them as if they understood me. Finding it hard to stay occupied with something, intense boredom fell upon me during hour 2 or this experience. For the duration of the time I spent awake, I fell into deep thought. I thought about my life and where it’s going. I thought about what I want to do for the rest of my life. Lastly, I thought about some of my goals and dreams and what I have to do to accomplish them. This experience is one I will never forget. Being a millennial, I was on the verge of going absolutely crazy. However, this experience was extremely humbling. I have a newfound appreciation for those who lived in these times and I live in awe about how they haven’t gone completely insane. I survived one night being lost in my own thoughts. I could not imagine spending my entire life like that. It felt as if I was the last human on this planet. I cannot fathom where their minds must have wandered off to when in such deep thought for so long. I am grateful for being born in this technological age and I am aware now of just how fortunate I am as a millennial. My mind wandered off in deep thought until I fell asleep. I don’t know around what time I fell asleep but I reckon it was fairly early because I woke up on my own around 7 o’clock am, which is very unlike me. IMG_5621.JPG.jpeg

Wk 11-Artist Conversation-Yujia Gu

Artist: Yujia Gu
Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence in the USA
Media: Mixed Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
Website: yujiagu.squarespace.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yujia_gu/

About the Artist

Born in China, Yujia came to America for school. She is working towards her MFA in the School of Arts Graphic Design program. However, CSULB is not her first school here in the states. Yujia actually studied in New York for five years before transferring to CSULB. Yujia describes school back home as extremely strict. She was amazed with how much freedom we have as students here at Long Beach. However, she loves it here in California and will be sad when she has to leave.

Formal Analysis

Yugia was inspired to research gun control and gun violence here in America when she first moved to the states. Before leaving China to pursue her MFA, her mom warned her of the shootings that occurred not only in Long Beach and New York, but all over the United States. This triggered her interest in the subject and she then created “Tracing Gun Violence in the USA.” The exhibition is clear and the message is strong, way too many people die a year in the U.S from gun violence. Whether it is from police shootings, citizen shootings, or school shootings, any shooting is too much. The message on the wall spoke incredibly strong when read aloud. People are buying guns to protect themselves from more and more people. This message repeats and repeats itself until there is only one person left with one gun. The message is clear, we need some type of gun control.

Content Analysis

The exhibition has an incredible amount of meaning in the fact that shootings are not foreign to many of us today. It seems as if every other week you hear about someone with a gun killing another person or even many people. When compared to the amount of killings there are by gun in Canada, our number is astronomical. Another part of the exhibition was the amount of children killings by gun in the U.S. This part of the exhibition speaks louder than the rest because of the subject. Children are innocent and have their entire lives to live. No child deserves to die at the hand of a gun. All of the children’s names were printed in red on the wall; a list of about one hundred children. Next to their names was a sheet of glass that had a picture of each child listed on the wall.

My Experience

After attending this exhibition, I firmly believe gun control is a must. There is way too many bad people with guns doing horrible things to not only other people, but innocent children. Gun laws should be much more strict because obviously the U.S has a problem with guns. With gun control being such a hot topic in today’s society, this exhibition could not have any better timing. Before this exhibition, I did not firmly believe guns were that much of a problem in America. Although politics are a touchy subject for most, gun control is something that needs to be addressed and resolved now.

Wk 11-Classmate Conversation-Alicia Castro; Roy Mandanas

This week I had the pleasure of meeting two new classmates, Alicia and Roy. Alecia is attending her 2nd year here at CSULB and she loves it here. She is working towards her  Psychology major and is hoping to be something along the lines of a therapist when she graduates. She’s from Temecula, California and lives on campus. Roy is attending his first year here at CSULB and loves it so far. He’s from Carson, California and commutes to school. He’s working towards his Political Science BA and hopes to use it in law. Roy is also apart of PAC, which is a Filipino based club here at CSULB. During the course of our conversation, we shared stories of our horrible past jobs. I worked as a lifeguard at a waterpark and hated it, while Alecia used to work at Baskin Robbins. Unfortunately she wasn’t too fond of working there either. Roy on the other hand has never worked before, so we suggested to never work at Baskin Robbins or at a waterpark as a lifeguard. Unfortunately through the course of our discussion we forgot to take a picture together as a group. I hope to see these two more often during class meetings.

Wk 10-Artist Conversation-Amy Duran

Artist: Amy Duran
Exhibition: Forever By Your Side
Media: Ceramics, Mixed-Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
Instagram: @polkadot.pony

About the Artist

Amy is a senior here at CSULB. She is finishing out here last semester here at CSULB and will be walking the stage this May with a Bachelor’s degree in the fine arts. She transferred here to CSULB from Cypress college with a degree in ceramics. Amy grew up with a passion for art and she still has that passion today. She sells a lot of her work on a website called etsy. She likes to spend time with her family along with her dog and bunny.

Formal Analysis

Upon walking into the exhibit, you see a pink house and nothing else in the room. The exhibition was very well put together and obviously had a lot of time and effort put into it. The pieces were interactive will pulley levers which animated her ceramic pieces. Immediately upon walking into the house, there is a sense of being in a fairytale. Each piece had a book with a piece of the story she was trying to tell, much like in the opening and closing of the movie Shrek. The story is about a girl who fears growing up and leaving her childhood behind.

Content Analysis

The exhibition itself is a metaphor for what Amy feels. Much like the girl in the story, Amy feels she has lost sight of her childhood self now that she is an adult. In the story, the girl has many toys, one of which being a teddy bear which she loves dearly. Amy explains that it is these toys that we reside all of our childhood dreams and memories with. Besides with our families, these toys in which we spend almost all of childhood with are our first relationships, even though they are inanimate objects.

My Experience

My experience at the Exhibition was one to remember. Amy went above and beyond to create this incredibly display while also showing a side of herself and sharing a part of her past. I can relate to Amy’s message of forgetting our childhood selves because I also feel disconnected from what I once believed as a kid. Although normal, I never want to forget what it’s like to be a kid. Amy’s work and effort displayed in this exhibition shows her passion for art and I am certain she will thrive in her field. I wish the best of luck to Amy.