Wk 6- Photowalk

I went with the group led by Joshua Hyun and he took us down the quad area from the SOA Gallery complex. The first part of the walk consisted of all the sculptureart 110 photo walk 1s along the staircase from the quad area to the Kinesiology building. They are huge and very strange sculptures that I do not understand the meaning of. Of courart 110 photo walk 2se they are beautiful and catch one’s eye as they roam around CSULB’s campus, but I do not understand why those sculptures were chosen to be put in the center of our campus.
We then took a left at the bottom of the staircase and headed over to the fountain at Brotman Hall. Along the way their were a few scenic areas thaart 110 photo walk 3t we took pictures of. We finished by heading to the Japanese Gardens to see the influence of Asian culture on Cal State Long Beach. art 110 photowalk 4

 

 

 

Week 5 Activity- Cuisine

Immediately after hearing about the assignment I knew I would be doing the cuisine portion of the activity because I could eat my creation once I was finished. With that already decided, I brainstormed different types of food I could manipuart 110 beginlate into art as well as enjoy eating for lunch. Of course I landed on pizza as my best option, for pepperoni was simple to manipulate and I knew I would gladly eat my creation once I was finished. I went to the Vons near my place and purchased the cheapest frozen pepperoni pizza I could find (knowing that the cheap ones have mobile pepperoni). There were not as many slices of pepperoni aart 110 ends I was hoping for so my design was spotty and not as perfect as I had hoped, but the result was still close enough to be successful. My creation is titled “Pepperoni Peace-A”… because it’s intended to look like a peace sign on the pizza. I had a fun time arranging the pieces, and had a very good time after, when I got to enjoy the delicious pizza. I felt that I learned a minimal amount about the art of Cuisine, for real chefs spend hours on their creations in order to make them visually appealing as well as delicious. If I were to go back in time and do this assignment again i would have purchased a cheese pizza, and a separate block of pepperoni that i could cut up on my own. That way I would have had enough pieces of pepperoni to create the peace symbol without the gaps.

 

Week 5- Artist Conversation- Kristi Jensen

Artist: Kristi Jensen
Exhibition: Fuse; joined together to form a single entity
Media: Copper, some steel, silver, using a fire saw and sandpaper
Gallery: Max L Gatov Gallery East
Instagram: whipperton

As a child, Kristi moved around a lot, so much that she went to ten different elementary schools. She started her collegiate career as a sculpting major, but she was not into conceptual art. Metal, which she has worked with for the past two years, is her favorite material to work with because she finds it easier to manipulate. Kristi is a returning undergrad in the Metals & Jewelry section of CSU Long Beach’s School of Art. Her interests include metal (obviously), cooking, reading, fiber art, red wine, and spending time with her spouse. She doesn’t watch much television, has eight tattArt 110 Week 5 artistoos, and says that her biggest problem with art is naming her pieces. The art she creates has no specific message, according to her, and is not exploring any ideas but her creations are simply driven by process.

Simply put, her work is various types of jewelry ranging from elegant necklaces, to bracelets and earrings. Her work consists of “curvilinear, sweeping, gestured lines,” and all her work is made from some type of metal, typically copper but occasionally silver or steel. She uses elegant yet vibrant colors on her metals and also uses smooth finishing to make her jewelry more classy. The metal is cut with a fire saw and finished with sandpaper to make it smooth to the touch. All of the jewelry are fairly small, some of the necklaces are large in comparison to others, but everything in the exhibit was small enough to wear on one’s body. The smallest pieces were thin bracelets or tiny earrings.

When asked what her work was about, she had difficulty coming up with an answer, until she finally said that her work has no message. The process of creating the art is the experience she enjoys, rather than most artists who enjoy marveling at their creations once they are finished. Her work revolves around what she finds interesting to make, and fun to create. Most of her work in the gallery were class assignments, and she said that she will wear some of her creations on occasion, but only ironically. She finds inspiration from other people’s work, stating that she has thousands of things saved on Instagram and Pinterest, and uses these items or other pictures she finds in magazines to inspire parts of her work. This is a different kind of artist then the others we have spoken to, for even though she is technically making sculptures, it is in the fashion realm. Fashion designers do not necessarily try to explore ideas with their work, or express their feelings into their art. Granted, some do, but I believe she creates jewelry simply because she enjoys the process.

I have always been intrigued by fashion and fashion designers, wondering what caused them to create such bizarre clothing or accessories. I always assumed they were desperately trying to come up with a new design so radical that it becomes a fad or fashion statement to own a piece of their work. It never occurred to me that designers actually enjoyed the process it takes to create their artwork. This is what Mrs. Jensen wants us to think about when we observe, or wear, her pieces. She wants us to not focus on the final product, or endpoint, but rather enjoy the journey that it takes to get there. People nowadays are so goal-oriented, driven, and focused that they forget to enjoy the trip to the top. We can’t wait to enjoy our lives until we have reached our goal, because there is no final destination (other than death). There is no point where we can stop and admire what we’ve done without having any other ideas or goals that we feel need to be accomplished. Humans are ambitious at heart, so there never will be an end to the journey, so we might as well enjoy the view.

Wk 5- Classmate Conversation

I talked to Madison Braverman in class this Thursday and we discussed all sorts of topics. We started off with generic facts about one another, she is a second yeaArt 110 week 5 classmater human development major from Northridge, CA. She’s involved with school through her sorority Delta Zeta, and is also on a club volleyball team here at CSULB. If she could travel anywhere in the world she would travel to Europe in its entirety. She doesn’t like carbonated drinks (soda, beer, etc.), but if she could have drinks with anyone it would be with her deceased older brother. Her favorite candy is Kit-Kat bars, and she likes all kinds of music but made a point to say that she hates scream-o. When asked the most important question on Earth… Chuck Taylor’s or Vans?… she responded with Chuck’s, which I was happy about because I was wearing Converse.

Wk 4- Artist Conversation- Samuel Jernigam

Artist: Samuel Jernigam
Exhibition: 3 selves, The Weight of Whimsy & Ideas
Media: Metanna brand, spray paint, ceramics, paint pens
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: In IG bio
Instagram: samueljenndri

Samuel is an undergrad student in the Ceramics program in the School of Art at CSULB. He said his interests are ceramics and reading, but he found his inspiration for the arts from his musical talent. At 10 years old he began to play musical instruments and that allowed for his natural progression into art. Throughout his life he has had challenges with money which spurred a 3 year job at a Farmers Market as well as street performing for a brief stint. Beyond his art interests, he also indulges in comics and biking, but art dominates is what he is most passionate about. For example, sometimes when he is creating sculptures, or other various forms of 3D art, he will be locked in the studio for 14 to 16 hours a dayart 110 fishy. His passion was tested when he was forced to live out of his car for three years while aspiring to become a successful artist. His life achievements and low points have influenced him to create art that explores loneliness and belonging, stating that, “absurdity moves people, logic does not.”

His work is a collection of sculptures in various sorts of colors, sizes, and shapes, that all have a similar theme: toys. Some sculptures clearly resemble toys, while others are very abstract or appear to be in a cartoon. Samuel Jernigam stated that if he had to describe his work it would be simply, “giant toys.” The majority of his sculptures are characters or animals, with either exaggerated, bright, vibrant colors, or basic earth tones. All the pieces are created by ceramic material and then spray painted to add coloration. The characters are smooth and curved, and although they vary in size, they are all relatively small sculptures under 3 to 4 feet.

The sculptures Samuel creates are to humor people in some way or form. Some sculptures are so ridiculous looking that they are amusing, and even he said that he never creates art he doesn’t find funny. His use of absurd characters, clashing colors, and exaggerated expressions allow him to make art that he enjoys on a comedic level. Samuel is a very easy-going, carefree man, and his laid back mindset definitely influences his work. Seeing as he doesn’t care much for money or possessions, he has the ability to create art that he truly enjoys, rather than attempting to create art that others enjoy.

The toy sculptures made me feel nostalgic, as I began to reminisce back to when my only thoughts were about ways to enjoy myself. The artist wants us to laugh, but also wants us to look back and realize that we should never stop looking for ways to enjoy ourselves. Whether it’s through the medium of visual art, or through playing with toys, it is important for us to have fun. I have not created any ceramics or sculptures but I can relate my work and work ethic to Samuel’s. As a pianist, I never learned songs to play that would entertain others, I learned songs that entertained me. I believe strongly that artists should not be influenced by others, for art is a representation of an individual’s feelings, emotions, and thoughts.

Week 4- Classmate Conversation

I met and talked to Kordell Tan this on Thursday this week and we learned a lot about each other. He is a first year Biology major and he commutes from his home in Anaheim. He is very involved in the music scene (which intrigued me as a pianist), such that he plays guitar, iArt 110 clasmate pics in a band, manages said band, and even has occasional gigs with his group at local venues and restaurants. Obviously his favorite genre of music to listen to is hard rock, although he emphasized that it was just his primary choice because he listens to and loves all kinds of music. His favorite food is Mexican in general, but emphasized that Tamales are his favorite. He played high school basketball (as did I) so that fact and our shared interest in the music scene allowed us to have a fluid and interesting conversation.

PS. I have no idea why the pictures are sideways but I can’t figure out how to flip them back.

Week 3- Classmate Conversation

To make up for missing class last week, I am doing two classmate conversations, the first one being with Bez Middleton from Huntington Park. He is aArt 110- school pic second year criminal justice major and he commutes from his home nearby. We then talked about our hobbies and passions to see if we had anything in common, and it turns out we both: love to play and watch basketball, like Hip-Hop, and said that Italian food is our favorite. Although he is an Oklahoma City Thunder fan, we still got along, even with my favorite team being the Chicago Bulls. If he could visit one place in the world it would be Spain in its entirety. His favorite shoe brand is Nike and he loves to draw.

Week 2 Activity- Plaster Casting

IMG_3112Me and Morgan Moore went together to Belmont Shore and just so happened to pick the worst day to do it. Sunday was incredibly windy and cold, as you can see by the trees and my sweatshirt in the picture, but we managed to complete the project. We each made a few holes and filled them with plaster but when we came back the wind had shifted the sand and covered up our holes, so it took a while for us to find where our castings were. I dug mine out and held it with two hands as it began to disintegrate in the wind, thankfully Morgan snapped this picture before it broke in half. The project itself was interesting, but it would have been much more enjoyable if we went on a day with better conditions.