For this weeks art experience I was very excited because I had never been to the Japanese gardens. What I was not looking forward to was the drawing aspect because I believe I am a terrible drawer. Once walking into the gardens, you kind of forget you’re still in Long Beach. Before actually settling down and beginning to sketch, I took a tour of the garden and my personal favorite thing about the garden were the bonsai trees. After exploring, I found a comfortable spot and began to sketch. I actually enjoyed the experience very much. Having to deal with the stress of finals and what not, when drawing i was very relaxed. Whether it was actually drawing or perhaps just the beautiful setting of the garden. I definitely had more fun in this weeks experience than in others. Overall i think i will definitely be returning to the Japanese Gardens.
Artist: Nick Bamford
Exhibition: No Name
Media: found objects, plaster, cement, wood
Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery East
Nick Bamford is currently an undergraduate in his last semester at Cal State Long Beach. Currently Nick is pursuing to major in the BFA ceramics art program. Nick exclaimed his work really isn’t inspired by anything in particular, more by the simple fact that he wants to create. Nick likes to think that his passion for art began after taking a simple ceramics course in high school. Although his parents don’t really have an appreciation for art, Nick continues to pursue art because that is what he likes.
The exhibit that remains untitled by Nick, is home to large-scale sculptures. This sculptures consist of random objects from shopping carts to windmills, while being held together by plaster, cement, wood. The sculptures maintain no shape in particular. They jut out at you in the dark room with rough sharp edges and twirling and flashing objects. An array of colors such as lime green and hot pink light up the exhibit. Nick exclaims there was no inspiration behind having his exhibit in the dark, he just believed it would be cool.
Nicks’ work is personal coming from different context and making them whole. That’s how Nick likes his work to be seen. All objects used in the sculpture, even though they may be random tie into Nicks personal life. Nick wants you to take in the pieces however they affect you. Again nothing really inspired Nicks work bedsides dos own artistic insight.
Overall Nicks exhibit was really appealing to me. The fact that it was one of the first exhibits that I have seen in the dark, I found to be really creative. The variety of objects he managed to put into each sculpture was impressive. I also enjoyed the idea of using the fluorescent colors on the sculpture to illuminate the dark room. I enjoyed this exhibit very much and definitely won’t be forgotten.
The concept of this art experience seemed very cool to me. I sort of saw this weeks art experience of kind of sending like a snapshot of your day, but you’re actually sending items rather than just an image. When creating my ACP I first was looking for items that are cool rather than looking for items that can tell a story. As for epherma, I to an extent agree with the definition of items or situations that are “short lived,” but the memories are eternal. In my ACP I have an article from my macroeconomics about guns and butter. This topic is not “short lived,” it has been a topic of discussion for ages. I also have a tag as well as a sticker. The Palace tag is one of my favorite streetwear brands. I could remember the day I received my jacket from London in the mail and believe this was a “short lived” experience. The “Round Two” sticker is a sticker from a cool vintage streetwear store on Melrose in Hollywood. I include the sticker just because the Round Two store is a business that I gain inspiration from. I also have my glasses from Beyond. I definitely don’t believe Beyond was a “short lived” experience. It was my first rave ever and I definitely remember it like it was yesterday. The experience itself is unforgettable. Last items I included in my ACP were my bracelets from Rosarito spring break 2016. It was my first time out of the county with out my parents. I was surrounded by fraternity brothers and it was definitely a wild 3 days. I enjoyed this weeks art experience because I feel like we took a trip to the dark ages and simulated a communication before cellphones controlled our life.
For this weeks classmate conversation I was pleased to meet Gabriela. Gabriela is a second year at Cal State Long Beach. Although currently undeclared, Gabriela plans to major in psychology. Gabriela is not to fond of school, so when asked what her favorite part was she said not much, since she isn’t a big fan of school. Gabriela commutes from the North Long Beach area, she said it gets kind of annoying. Gabriela spends most of her time hanging out with friends and enjoys listening to most music genres besides country. Gabriela shared with me that she would love to travel to historical sites such as Greece and what not, but she is very picky with food and doesn’t believe she would be able to get used to the variety of food. Fun fact about Gabriela is that she attended a Justin Bieber concert, I’m sure many people are jealous of this .
Artist: Jennifer Chen
Media: Digital Printmaking/ Painting
Gallery: Gatov West
Jennifer Chen is currently studying printmaking at CSULB. Already a graduate, Jennifer originally received her undergraduate degree in biology. She claims that after receiving her undergraduate degree in biology, she wanted to go an alternate route in her masters. Although biology and art are quite the opposite, Jenifer believes that her art work implements some science into it. I can definitely see where this is true.
The exhibit Succession is a variety of paintings that are made by a mix of printmaking and ink. In the paintings, it appears as if it is a computerized image. The trees appear digital and if they were cropped into a google satellite map. The images in the painting are sharp and jagged while the trees appear to be blobs in a digital world.
Jennifer describes the main goal behind the Succession exhibit as showing how an ecosystem will continue to seek equilibrium through continuous change. She makes this clear by showing in her paintings how different vegetation have changed through the suburbs. I believe Jennifer shows the trees in her paintings to be different to show how when google satellite sees the trees, they see the tree how it was at that moment and not how it will be in the future. I believe her paintings have a pattern and it shows how the deforestation is taking a toll on our environment.
I am a fan of Jennifer’s work because she manages to use the world and mix it with the digital realm. I enjoy how her paintings look and the overall inspiration behind her work. Overall the Succession gallery has been one of my favorites of the semester.
For this weeks artist conversation I met Charles Watson. Charles is from Huntington Beach and commutes to Cal State Long Beach. Charles was born and raised in Huntington Beach. Charles is currently in his fourth year of college,first year at CSULB. Charles previously went to OCC but is glad to now be at Csulb. Charles major is film and hopes to work with screenwriting and what not. Some of Charles favorite hobbies include listening to music, traveling, hanging out with friends, and watching movies. Charles says his favorite movie is 2001 A Space Odyssey. He has traveled to both London and Japan which I found interim ting because these are two places I hope to travel to. One thing Charles and I had in common was that we both like street wear clothes. Fun fact about Charles is that he is actually a black belt in Karate. He enjoys competing and enjoys it a lot since it gave him the opportunity to travel around the world.
Artist: Helen Werner Cox
Exhibition: Silent Screams
Media: Oil paint, pastels, prints
Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery West
Helen Werner Cox is a graduate student at Cal State Long Beach. She is currently in her final semester and is in the MFA drawing and painting program. Helen has prior teaching experience as she was an arts teacher and librarian at a high school and middle school in Boston, Massachusetts . At the age of eighteen, Helen attended BU of fine arts in Boston. Although she has many relations to Boston, Helen actually grew up New York, just outdie of Ithaca. Helen grew rather tired off the cold and rain in Massachusetts, which is why she made the move to California. With such beautiful California weather, Helen now enjoys to garden and reading both fiction and mystery novels .
Helen’s work consists of oil paint, pastels, and prints. The line work in Helen’s pieces are so crisp and bold. The lines in the drawing are sharply curved and are done with pastels on top of paint which she found to make the process faster. Using only pastel makes the process much longer. To create the lines that are found in the carousel horses, Helen uses shading in different locations along with an array of warm,dark, cool, and light colors.
The inspiration behind Helen’s pieces come from the antique carousels of the early 1920’s. Easily notable, the horses in Helen’s pieces have gaping mouths as to demonstrate screaming. She makes a connection from the screaming horses with the adults in todays society which she believes seem as if they are on a constant merry go round in life.
I found Helen’s pieces to be very bold and eye catching. The amount of time put into her pieces is shown through her beautiful detailed work. I think the meaning behind her work is a connection we can all make. We all go through the same routine day in and day out with either work, school, etc. Perhaps the meaning behind her work is to break the everyday routine and have some fun in life.