This week instead of the normal artist interview, we went on a walk around the campus. After reviewing the choices for tour guides, I decided to go on Madison’s tour. Of the many descriptions, her’s seemed the most interesting since it involved a lot of nature and art. We started by going to the shrubbery version of the CSULB sign. I had no idea that this had even existed! Next, we visited the Japanese garden on the lower part of the campus. I was extremely happy to have gotten to visit this part of the school since I had been meaning to visit it for a while. Our final stop was the pyramid. There, Glen spoke about a little bit of the history as well as the architecture. All in all, i thought it was a fun experience. I enjoyed it more than the normal Thursday routine since there was exercise involved, as well as the opportunity to get closer to some classmates.
This week, the project asked individuals to get artsy with food, clothing, or hair. When food is an option, I’m the kind of person to jump to it. Cooking has always been something I’ve loved doing from a young age. The feeling of knowing you made something that tastes this good is rewarding in its own artistic way. Anyway, I decided to make Spam Musubi for my project. I thought the idea of making a tower out of them would be fun, and seeing as to how it would look kind of cool for this assignment was an added bonus. All in all, the project was a little bit messy, but very worth it in the end. The longest part in all honesty was cooking the rice, since it required a lot of attention to prevent burning.
Artist: Kristi Jensen
Exhibition: Fuse (joining to form a single entity)
Media: Steel, brass, and copper
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
This week, I spoke with Kristi Jensen. Kristi is an artist in her thirties who decided to return to school to pursue her passion for metalworking. She is currently attending CSULB and working on a metalworking major in the art department. At first, Kristi began with a sculpture major. She continued down this road for a couple of months, but realized she would rather create compared to doing something conceptual. In total, Kristi has been working with metal for about two years. It was impressive to find that her pieces only take generally about three weeks. I was astounded by this since the sheer complexity alone is astonishing.
When it comes to Kristi’s work, the best words I can find to describe it are a mixture between Celtic, Abstract, and Egyptian. In their entirety, the pieces themselves include many gently curved lines. Also, there are others that are larger blocks of solid metal. The colors tended to be a flat brass, or a metallic silver for the most part. As a whole, I thought Kristi’s work was stupendous. It gave me a feeling that could be described as looking at a piece that was not made here. I thought jewelry/sculptures she was creating had a lot of depth, and can definitely be potent enough to have their own exhibit in a famous gallery.
Speaking with Kristi allowed me to grasp a more in-depth understanding of where the thoughts were emitted from pertaining to the pieces she had constructed. Kristi spoke a lot about the concept of creation when making any sort of art. She said that it was important to be able to visualize and conceptualize your work without any boundaries. I personally did get her drift relating to the idea of not having set boundaries, but at the same time was a tad confused by some pieces. All in all, a fair amount of the work displayed had no physical limit to what it was exploring. Its nice to see art that has no boundary nowadays.
As a whole, this gallery was a lot of fun to visit. It really captured this image of ancient metalwork with a postmodern feel. I thoroughly enjoyed the lighting and color of most of the pieces in the Exhibition. Though it was on a smaller scale, it felt like I had entered an exhibit at a large museum. I believe it may have had to do with the majesty of the pieces. Once leaving, I was left with a feeling of kindness and energy. I think this feeling primarily resonated from the art that had this almost brass or rustic hue. Ever since I was young, I have always liked how something rusted looked. The sheer depth of the color is normally what does it for me.
This week I had a conversation with Kordell. After the initial ice breaker questions were asked,(what is your major etc.) he explained that he was a very musically inclined individual. Aside from his current work studying biomedical engineering, he spends a vast amount of time playing guitar and keyboard. He also is in a band with a few of his good friends. His favorite bands include the Strokes, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Jack white. All in all, Kordell seems like a very rad guy who has a solid grasp on what he would like to do with his life. Keep moving, friend.
The concept of spray painting a name in bubble letters at first seemed quite easy, but actually proved to be much more difficult than expected. I started by creating my name how i would have wanted it to be created in bubble letters. Next, i began to spray paint the letters. The only issue was the paint came out in such a thick stream that it made the letters get covered completely by the paint. I attempted to add a silver shadowing to the letters, but only ended up messing up the letters further. I realize that my name didn’t come out quite how I’d wanted it to, but am still somewhat satisfied since this was my first instance spray painting any sort of art.
Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: The Weight of Whimsey & Ideas
Media: Ceramic clay, Glass, Sprat Paints, Wood
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov-Gallery West
When speaking with Sam, he told the crowd a plethora of fascinating facts about his life. Some more prominent ones were the fact that he is also very into biking. He spends much of his free time riding in mainly the mountains. On top of that, he is also an avid guitarist. It was interesting to find out that Sam’s inspiration for art actually came from his music. Sam also recently finished his BFA in in ceramics at CSULB last fall. From an outside perspective, it is clear to see that Sam’s art primarily explores the ideas of whimsical, cartoonish ideas. When asked how he got these ideas, he essentially stated that he never creates art he doesn’t find funny.
Sam’s work in its entirety is something out of a cartoon. It does make sense that he would create work of this type pertaining to how into the world of comic books he is. The work itself is very well put together. Each of his sculptures are crafted with such precision, and use of such few straight lines that it gives a feeling of a cartoonish figure. Many of the sculptures features are what I would explain to be balloon-like which creates a sense of warmth, as well as this concept of animation. To top things off, Sam also uses many bright colors which create a very whimsical mood in his pieces.
As a whole, the exhibit that Sam displayed had to do with the concept of un-fixing the fixed meaning of children’s toys. He demonstrated this with such things as the bust of the shoulders. Atop this piece was a rod for what would be an interchangeable headpiece. The primary headpiece he used was this ring tower of sorts. It was intriguing to hear that he viewed this piece as his favorite in the exhibit, since it gave off a bit of a strange aura. Though a few pieces came off as strange, it seemed that for the most part Sam was exploring a very well lit childhood theme.
In its entirety, I found Sam’s exhibit to be quite light. I liked how he made very simple cartoon figures into quite intriguing pieces. The exhibit left me feeling quite joyful, and in a good mood for the most part. I had been curious as to why I’d felt that way, but then I realized playing with toys resembling the ones Sam had replicated was a very joyous time in my childhood. Though it gave off this feeling of levity, there was also a sense of darkness behind some pieces. I believe it was just the sheer abstractness of some sculptures.
Artist: Joshua Vasquez
Media: Plastic Trash Bags, Ink, Red Rosin Paper, Flowers (of all types)
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
At first, Josh seems like a bit of an intimidating guy. But after talking to him for a moment, it is easy to tell that he is quite affable. Josh is currently an Undergraduate student in the Painting and Drawing program here at CSULB. Aside from that, he also thoroughly enjoys photography. When asked what types of art he prefers to create, he essentially stated that he depicts what ever he is feeling at the time. Judging by this exhibition and Instagram, it is clear to see that his work explores the concepts of primarily life and death.
Completely, I found Josh’s work to be very fascinating. The use of darker colors gives off a feeling of solemnity, and darkness when viewing a piece or pieces. He also uses many thicker rounded lines/shapes which contrast the straighter, narrower ones in the piece. The shapes he used primarily are very jagged which creates a feeling of intensity about the pieces. On the same topic of intensity, he would essentially only use shades of black for the painting aspect of the art. In a couple of his pieces though, he did use roses. Though these flowers were of many different colors, they all seemed wilted which went right along with the effect of his work.
In the creation of this art, it seemed as if Josh was in a rather dark place. When talking with him, it seemed as if he was rather short with the answers to the questions people had asked him. Also, his facial expressions and entire mood seemed very quiet/monotone. Once those had been displayed, it made it apparent that he was not in an extremely positive mood. It seemed that though he entitled this gallery Vida/Morte , he was primarily focused on the “Morte” part of things. It is hard to tell what people are thinking at times, but here I can tell you that he was not the happiest.
As a whole, I really liked this exhibit. I was kind of put into a darker part of my mind while inside of it, but essentially did enjoy the work I viewed. The canvases on the actual paintings were very rough looking, and art of that type primarily makes me feel good. Its difficult to explain, but I’ve always had a fascination with art that looks junky but still has great depth. From what I was able to obtain from Josh, I do agree that it is important to do art that expresses how you feel. I just kind of feel bad for him as a person since most of his art (including ones with many colors) seems quite solemn and radiates a negative vibe.
For the first classmate conversation, I spoke with David about the many topics and reasons that make us who we are. It began with some basic ice breaker information that was along the lines of his major and a bit about himself. He told me he is currently studying Computer Engineering, and would eventually like to work somewhere in which he enjoys his job. Through my observations, he would really like to design video games since this seems to be something he enjoys. To touch on that a bit more, he definitely considers himself a gamer and heavily enjoys tinkering with different electronics/devices. On another note, David said that he took the class because he likes how viewing art makes him feel. Also, he stated that it was a good opposition to his other classes in which everything is very logic/ math based. All in all, David seems like a cool guy who is happy with his work and interests. Keep on being you, man!
As it may be easily obtainable, I was in a bit of a guitar playing mood. As a whole, this project was quite fun to do. I had never thought I would find myself assuming a position in which I would be using snapchat as the main emphasis of an assignment. One of my favorite things about Snapchat is its ability to allow the user to create something and place it on a real life image or video. The fact that this project was based around that concept was stellar.
This week, we constructed plaster molds of our hands/ feet. As a whole this activity was a lot of fun. It was a bit messy, but the process of creating this mold was satisfying. Even though mine ended up looking like a middle finger, it was enjoyable to create. The most difficult part was insuring the plaster did not set before we had the chance to pour it into the holes we made in the sand. It was my very first time working with materials like this, and in doing so realized that drying plaster is a force to be reckoned with. I’m sure that farther down the road of life, this experience will serve as a solid stepping stone for working with these quick-setting viscous liquids.