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.
I was very excited for this weeks art experience since nearly every one has one now a days. It was verry interesting to see what my classmates shot photos of since there’s such an array of students. So my approach was to just spam post the pictures before the deadline, which I did. I mostly took photos of the night my friends and I had. My favorite photo I took was of a digital sign outside a massage parlor. Strange but yea that was my favorite picture. When I looked up our hashtag I found that I shared many similarities with my classmates. Most posts were either of food or just hanging out. Overall I think our group portrait has a little bit of everything.
For this weeks classmate conversation I met Nicole Chovit. Nicole is currently a senior undergraduate at Cal State Long Beach and is graduating shortly. Nicole also hopes to continue school at Csulb to receive her masters in human development. Nicole would like to become a social worker or a school counselor. She would prefer working with high school students since they would be more relatbale. Nicole has prior experience working with younger children which is why she would prefer older children. Nicole has CSULB in her blood. I say this because she has a parent who works on camps and she also went to preschool at CSULB. Some of Nicole’s hobbies are baking and traveling although she claims to be a home body. Nicole hopes to travel the world no place in particular. A fun fact about Nicole is that she is actually Philippino.
Dank Waters was a multi millionaire on earth, due to owning the largest pharmaceutical drug company. Dank was infatuated with immortality, so he spent his last dollars inventing an immortal pill. Now broke and with eternal life, Dank figured he should move to moonbase alpha since it was much cheaper than earth. One week later, Dank hears the news that earth has blown. Dank was shocked! He loved Earth more than life and he loved life. Stricken with grief,Dank now has focused his life on sharing his wisdom and spreading stories of what life on earth once was.
Karim and I share many conversations on moon base alpha about what lies ahed for his soccer career. He asks me many questions that even with my wisdom I, I don’t hold the answers. I always advise him to stay patient and believe in his talents since that is what got him on moon base alpha
Stefan Grippen I love coming to Stefan’s bar. It is probably one of my favorite places on moonbase alpha. I get to meet a lot of women as well as drink till I’m passed out. Stefan may hate me for causing a ruckus at his barber he knows I’m probably his best customer. As for Stefan…. he makes good drinks I guess.
chip 2000 I am very interested in Chip 2000 as i believe he is the only individual who has landed on moonbase alpha through some sort of time warp hole. I am very interested in Chips ideas, even though he usually reads my mind which becomes very annoying. Although Chip thinks he’s the best I always manage to block him from really seeing my hatred towards him.
Artist: Sean Joy Cabanig
Exhibition: All Work All Play
Media: metals, silvers,coppers
Gallery: CSULB, Marilyn Werby Gallery
This week I had the pleasure of meeting Sean Joy Cabanig. Sean is currently an undergraduate in the bfa metal department at Cal State Long Beach. Cabanig is originally from Los Angeles, but is currently living in Long Beach. Some of her interests include cooking, reading , and playing with her cats. Sean likes to keep busy and she believes it helps her creativeness. Her work is influence by her daily life. She is very open to her work as where she draws her inspiration from. Sean also like to inject humor and show her charisma in all her pieces.
The formal qualities of Cabana’s work consist of mainly metals. They all share the same color tone as from a rusted brown to a shiny finished look. Cabanig first starts off with a concept sketch before she even begins to work with the metals. She than gathers her metal piece probably copper, and then begins to work her piece from a sheet of metal. Her pieces vary from a very rustic necklace to a copper penis. The texture and finish of her pieces vary; while some are vary shiny to the finish and others dull. As well as her bowl and dish pieces that look very delicate and would probable break if actually put into use.
Cabanig’s work is inspired by her everyday experiences. Not much specific was on her mind while creating these pieces. She tries to invoke some sort of humor or charisma into work to show who she really is as a person. Her works are inspired by everyday scenarios which I found to be interesting .
I found this weeks artist to be very interesting. I always though as an artist you gathered your inspiration from a particular subject or object. Cabbing was the opposite her work is inspired be everyday life which she endures. This gave me the belief that really anyone cam do art. Cabanig may have some strange pieces, but I like that she isn’t phony and isn’t scared to she her work that’ s inspired by reality or the real.
This week I had the opportunity to meet Bez Middleton. Bez is a second year student at CSULB and is currently undeclared. Although undeclared, Bez is leaning towards becoming a criminal justice major . Bez went to Saint John Bosco High School which is very close to where I went to high school, Bellflower. Bez currently lives in Huntington Park and commutes to campus. Bez favorite sport is basketball which he enjoys playing on his free time as well as hanging out with friends. Fun fact about Bez is that he is really good at drawing, but he hates it. Sort of odd I thought since I’ve always wished I was able to draw. Dez favorite teams are the Cincinnati Bengals and the OKC Thunder. Some things Bez and I shared in common were that we both like sneakers a lot. Another fun fact is that Bez is actually friends with one of my fraternity brothers.
For this weeks art experience I didn’t know what we were gonna due. When discussing it in class I didn’t get what the point of this was, didn’t seem like any fun either. When actually trying to explain what we were about to my friend he didn’t get the concept either. I began to set up and tried to get relaxed. It was pretty weird at first and nothing was happening. I just told my friend to relax while we sat across the small table. He’s a smoker so relaxed with his cigarette while I watched tv. When he didn’t think of what was actually going on yeh pen began to move. I feel like the pen only began to move though because we tried pushing it. Overall I didn’t really like the experience but it was an experience so to say.