In this weeks art experience we had to take a few pictures on Instagram and relate our experiences with others. My two posts are on the left. On my posts there is one image of the pyramid which is the moment i took the picture once i got out of class, also where i parked. At the image to the left of it is me holding a Boba drink in which i got right after i left from school. The other two photos on the right are from my friend. One of his posts its a picture of an artist’s art. I found this very interesting because me and him are both fans of cars. On the other image he posted a picture of his neighbors car freshly washed. In terms of relating our images there is nothing to relate to, my images are of the things i do right after school and my friends are of his taking pictures of cars. Although our images don’t relate we do have a connection in between. The connection is the cars, i am a big fan of cars and although I did not take pictures of cars I feel like we have a connection to the similarities we like most, which are cars. This activity was a fun way to see what others like to take pictures of or what they do right after class which was my case but what i liked best about the activity was the connection i found with my friend.
This week I was able to meet Bez Middleton for the classmate conversation. Bez Middleton comes from a city named Huntington Park where he commutes from every day from school. Bez is currently undeclared but is trying to get into criminal justice which i found interesting because at first I was planning on doing something with criminal justice but changed my mind. Bez comes from a High School in bellflower called St. John Bosco. Bez on his free time loves to go out to the park and play basketball and on his own time go out with his friends as well and listen to music. His favorite sport team is called the Cincinnati Bengals and his favorite type of food is italian which is one of my favorites. a fun fact about Bez is that he is good at drawing although he does not like it. The reason why Bez took this class is because its a break from his other classes. One thing bez wants to get off his bucket list is skydiving. Bez is a really chill and outgoing person recommend making friends with him.
Link to website http://www.bezmidd.wordpress.com
Artist: Helen Werner Cox
Exhibition: Silent Screams
Media: Oil, Pastel, Crayons, MonoPrints, Basswood Carving
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gallery Gatov-West
About the Artist:
This weeks artist conversation was with Helen Werner Cox. Helen comes from her home town named Ithaca, New York. Where she left at age 18 to Massachusetts to study fine arts. From there her career was just getting started where she was teaching Middle School and High School art for 30 years. Being a teacher at this point motivated her to go for her masters degree which took her around 13 years in the city of Boston. It wasn’t until later on where she got an opportunity for a teaching job in a Middle School in the state of California. This job in which took around 17 years but not only was she a teacher, she was also a librarian at the city of Long Beach for 13 years. Helen is currently a student at CSULB where she plans to get her masters in Fine arts of Painting and Drawing. And although Helen loves Art she also has some hobbies of her own which are gardening and reading fictional books on her own time. She also has her own ways of motivating herself, one in which she always carries a notebook every time. The notebook is used to write down any great thoughts or ideas she can use for her art and instead of forgetting them later she has her notebook with her to write them down.
Helen’s art involves many aspects but what it is is art that wants you do look into and have a better meaning of it most importantly the art is trying to bring you into the image, bring the image to life thats what the image really is as Helen explained. The image is made with long Mono printing paper in which she uses to draw her art onto. She uses different types of oils, crayons, and basswood carving for her art and also pastel. The nature of the line is different types of lines in which some are connected and some are not. There is not shape necessarily but there is rhythm, which is the texture of the art being made by the dark colors and in some bright images to stand out. Is most of her art pieces she only uses two types of colors one in which is dark and another in which is light. Each image has its own way of standing out and on Helen’s images the lighter texture in color is what stands it out.
Helens images are about a kids ride which are mostly found in parks, carnivals or in fairs and other locations. This ride is called a carousel, which relates her art about the horses in the carousel. Each art piece of the horse is not only just a horse it has a deeper image. While having my conversation with Helen she stated that each horse in her art has a more detailed meaning of expression. Which explains each horses different look and color in her art. Helens ideas in which she is trying to explore is the fact that she wants to show the works how society is stuck on a track ,comparing it to the horses on the carousel on how they keep going in circles just following each other but the not expressions or emotions they really have. I can relate to this because I also feel like society is on a track just going in circles, most people in society just want to do the same as others and not really think about themselves.
Synthesis/ My Experience:
While looking at Helens art I had many meanings in which came to my mind based on her art. To me her art means how this world is filled with many followers, if one person does this then the other does it as well, and at times its for bad things and things we shouldn’t follow. In her art she explains that it is based on a carousel and is expressing the emotions of the horses within her art. But also states that society is stuck on a track going in circles. To me it has me thinking that society is not following their own dreams but instead just following others and not thinking deep down to their emotions or expressions to know what they really want to do. Instead just follow others peoples footsteps when in times they shouldn’t. In my perspective what i feel Helen is trying to state is that we need to get out of the circle society is following and make our own path to where we can follow our dreams and own path.
In this week art experience we did an automatic drawing. The person to whom I decided to do the activity with was my brother. At first it felt funny because both has to be really close and try to stay still, so me and my brother we just laughing the whole time. This made it difficult because we kept moving the pencil around and was having us draw all ugly. Although it was great doing the art experience because it helped us be patient and wait for the outcome of our drawing on how it was going to look after we stopped and opened our eyes. Once we both decided to stop and look at the art we noticed it was around the same position but a few scribbles around from the laughing at first. Although our drawing was ugly one thing for sure that we learned was to be more patient, if we were to stay more patient our art would have been better and not all around the paper. It was a fun experience, it was a while me and my brother laughed a lot and was really fun as well.
Artist: Brianna Joy
Media: Screen Printing, BFK Printing paper
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist:
Brianna joy comes from a small town called Modjeska Canyon here in California. The town is very small to where its highest number of population recored is around 1000 people. Her transition from there to here in long beach was different, because of how she was used to a small town , compared to Long Beach a bigger city. She went to Orange County High School of Arts, where she had already had a great start in her art career. She now is a transfer student from Orange Coast college where she decided to transfer to CSULB chasing her career in screen printing. Brianna is expected to graduate this year with her BFA. Brianna loves screen printing but although that is her passion she also has some interests. Se loves to play spots and do yoga as well in her free time. Some of her favorite sports she likes to play are surfing and snowboarding. Her top activity she likes to do is go hiking.
Brianna’s art is a mystery in which she wants us to look really deep into, wants us to find out what the art really is. The only colors used are black and white. One one of her art pieces she draws a self portrait in which she felt can mean many things her other art pieces she made she uses lines and curved textures to demonstrate a different image compared to her other ones. On some she uses a bolder black to make it stand out on the others she uses a normal volume of black and white together. The media in which she uses is BFK printing paper, she uses this to has a better touch with the materials she uses. The shape of her art is not specific, she uses wavy lines that are jagged and curve all around. Although there is a rhythm, in her art you see a patter on how the lines curve around forming the art and making it more understandable.
All of Brianna’s art has many meaning and different interpretations, some to whom she wants us to look deep into ourselves and think very deeply about. But while having my conversation with her she explained that her art is meant to show the shift of change from her past to her present, the way in which things changed from her after coming from a smaller town and going right through a bigger city. Since it was a shift to her she wants to show her emotions and feeling through art and how it didn’t change the way she is but the way she saw things from a different perspective. She wants others to know that sometimes moving around from one place to another is not bad, instead it can open many doors to new opportunity’s for yourself but also help you grow as a person.
Synthesis / My Experience:
While looking at Brianna’s art, there were many things that her art work meant to me. In my perspective her art means her past and how her present has changed because of it, not in a bad way but in a good way. This resonates to me because I can relate to her in many ways. Brianna comes from a small town with a small population, and coming to Long Beach was a big shift for her seeing a bigger city, more people, and a lot more things to do around. I can relate to her from experience based on where I come from. I come from a “ghetto” neighborhood and a not so great High school, and coming straight out of High School to a four year University was a big change for me, I didn’t really know what to expect or what to do. But later on i adapted and shaped my way into it. And this resonates me and Brianna in a great way because I know how it feels to go from one place to another and see a difference change and adapt to it.
Have you ever just randomly met someone then out of no where like the same things and click in many ways. Well this week it was Leon Phung who i met and ended up being good friends with. Leon Comes from Vietnam, he currently commutes from West Minister. He is a second year like me and is studying civil engineering but also wants to minor in mechanical engineering. Leon hates chemistry and loves physics, in which i found interesting because i also love physics as well. Leon has many interests as well, especially with cars. He loves to go out on a drive around the canyons and by the beach in his Scion Frs. He also loves to modify his car. Leon also on his free time likes to go work out. The place in which he goes to work out at is 24hr fitness. Leon also loves to hear music, he likes all types of music , one of his favorite artists is Linkin Park. Nevertheless leon is a big fan of movies, his favorite movies to go watch are all the fast and furious movies. leon is a really outgoing guy, my classmate conversation his him was great, i look forward to talking more with him about cars again.
Link to Website: Leonvonapple.wordpress.com
This week our Art Experience activity was creating a group video. Our group created a video on how art creates friendships but not only that, how it also art creates different reactions to different people. In our video the first two people’s reactions were different then me and my friend who came out in the end. The two people in the beginning had an amused and interested reaction to the art they saw. Me and my friend in the second part of the video had reactions of being confused since we didn’t get the art or the meaning of it. Although there were different reactions to the art there were friendships that were made which was our point in the video. Everyone in the video started talking to one another to try to understand the art, and compare each persons perspective on the art being looked at. I learned during the art experience that friendships can be made through art and can cause people to understand the art when interacting with one another. Art always will create friendships and the best ones as well.
Artist: Andrea Lauren Williams
Media: CSULB School of Art, Gatov-West
Gallery: Ceramics, Raw Clay, Cement, and Mason Stains.
About the Artist:
Andreas home town is Riverside, where she was born and raised. Most of her art work is very religious, which would be described as Christian art, as she stated. Andrea is currently a mom, she has one daughter. She also has several pets and animals which are pigs, dogs and chickens. Andrea is currently an undergrad at CSULB in which plans to graduate by the end of this semester. Her major is in Ceramics. Although Andrea spends much of her time with art, there is an interest in which she also spends her time at. Her main interest is music, music always ran in her family, she knows how to play the drums and use to be in a band before. Music is her main interest in which she spends most of her extra time if its not with making art.
Andreas art work is a mixture of many materials. The materials she includes in her art would be ceramics, raw clay, cement, and mason stains. Most of her art pieces are images of people. The shapes of her art work are not a specific shape but they do perform a pattern. The pattern they perform are mixture of the cement and raw clay in which form the physical image of the human she creates, and the color gives it more texture within the art piece. Andrea only uses one color over all in her art pieces. The color she uses is like an orange red and the rest of the color is from the clay and cement she uses. The texture based on my observation looked very rough, rough because of the cement and clay she used.
Andreas artwork is about many things, but is about and relates to one big aspect which is mostly religious. The meanings of these images don’t portray the image it should, instead Andreas images are meant to show a twisted version of the original images made before. When I had my conversation with Andrea, I asked her why the twisted and different aspect to the image, her response was that she wanted to create something new and unique with a different set of idea but instead of an original look, a twisted one instead. Also her reason for her art is to create a strong image of how she is very religious and how strong of a believer she is of from being a Christian. She not only wants people wondering why a twisted illusion was created but at the same time question the art and what it really means..
Andrea has many ways and images to explain her art, but in my perspective I would also agree that her images mean to be very religious and twisted in a way as well. I believe she is trying to tell a story within each art piece she creates, and although it looks twisted I don’t feel that thats the main reason behind it. I just believe its her way of making the image come to life. Based on my observation I believe Andreas art work does resonate to me in a way, one; she is a Christian and strong believer so seeing this art in a way brings back memories of story’s I have been told from the bible. Also, based on my life experience there has been times where I questioned art and tried to figure out what they really meant, and in these images I not only questioned the art but the true meaning to the image.
On this weeks Classmates conversation, I had my conversation with Amber. She is a very interesting and amusing person to talk to. She is a freshman who’s major is in film. There are several reasons why she chose fils, one was because she wants to become a producer and also be behind the camera. But thats not it, she also wants to become a music producer, and a publicist in which handles and manages different events. Amber currently dorms at CSULB, her home town is Los Angeles. While having m conversation with amber i asked her how was the shift from LA to Long beach and she stated it was awesome, she also stated that she loved the weather, and loves to explore a lot. Amber also currently works in a Victoria Secret in Santa Monica. Amber favorite types of food is sushi and cecar salads. Her favorite music artist is Tory Lanez. And her favorite movie is The Sand Lot, and also La Casa Blanca. Amber is a very interesting person who i recomend meeting and hanging out with.
Ambers Website: https://Aboldenimages.wordpress.com