This week I spoke with Maddy. She is currently majoring in the Human Development program with a minor in psychology. Alongside that, she’s on her second year and is absolutely loving it. Maddy is originally from Northridge and lives here in Long Beach. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, and simply chilling with people. She said she also plays on the Volleyball Team here at CSULB. I decided to do this thing where we asked each other what would be the first thing that comes into our mind if we had no sort of commitment and plenty of free time. Maddy said that she would choose to hang out with friends. I asked her why, and she said it was likely due to the matter of it being one of her favorite things to do. She then explained that human interaction is something she loves, and partaking in it makes her feel well. Thinking about this myself, I felt that this is likely the reason I spend so much time with others. All in all, I felt as if I was graced with the opportunity to talk with a very down to earth, artsy, and extremely positive individual. Keep on doing you Maddy, cause the direction you’re moving in is certainly a good one.
This week, in acknowledgement of Instagram day, we took photos and left them all with a specific hashtag to create a class collage of sorts. I decided to take photos of completely random things in my daily life. From my acoustic base, to a Japanese dinner, the project maintained its excitement. I’m the kind of person who enjoys art in most forms, and photography is definitely included in that classification. Though I don’t do much of it, it was still a solid experience. Looking at the class collage, I noticed a lot of similarity. Many people just took photos of random things, while others spent more time taking selfies pertaining to how they planned to kick off the break. As a whole, I noticed some connection between my own and other classmate’s activities. Though it felt very separate, there was this feeling of unity since I kind of knew some of the people I saw in the photos. Fun project all in all, good choice Glen!
Artist: Helen Werner Cox
Exhibition: Silent Screams
Media: Oil pastel (mainly). Some linoleum cuts
Gallery: CSULB School of Art. Gatov Gallery West
Helen was born in Ithaca, NY. She spent a fair amount of time studying in Boston at BU during her younger years. There, she received her Bachelor’s degree from the school of fine arts. Next, she spent quite some time in Boston as an art teacher. One day, she decided what she was doing was not fulfilling enough. In result, she moved to California and began to work on her Master’s degree in the Drawing and Painting program. She is currently two months away from graduating. Helen’s work primarily makes her seem like she is very interested in carousels. She seems to have a fascination with the horses on them.
Helen’s work here is quite fascinating. She uses many vibrant colors to paint these horses/ carousels in a way that they really stand out. In use here are many oil pastels. It seemed as if she would draw the entire thing out, but normally would paint the horses much more vibrantly than the carousel itself. The rhythm of each entire piece had a very soft vibe. Not to mention the line structure. It was difficult to find lines that looked even remotely sharp. Even those that met as corners seemed rounded.
All in all, it seemed that Helen’s work in Silent Screams had to do with a fictional concept. Looking back on it now, she made it seem as if these horses were all attempting to make sound vocally. It seemed from speaking with her that what was on her mind was an idea of the horses screaming out because their space bubbles were being violated. What gave me this idea was that I noticed Helen tell multiple to be careful of the work in the gallery. (even though they were not close to it) It also seemed that she was attempting to explore a whimsical concept. Though some of the horses did look frightening, there were many others that seemed very happy. Another ide was that she had quite happy carousel music playing in the gallery.
Walking away from the gallery, I felt as if the work left me in a happy yet eerie mood. The pieces all seemed to use bright colors, but there were mostly darker primaries. Not to mention the dim lighting. I’m not entirely sure if the segment of the Carousel music was meant to seem that dark, but it definitely came off that way for me. Carousel music has always instilled this feeling of fear personally. I always related carnivals to creepy places when I was younger. I think it may have been the fact that I watched Stephen King’s It at a young age. As you know, clowns are a part of carnivals. As a whole though, I liked the exhibition. Everything was very well made, and you could certainly tell that there was much love behind the pieces.
Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig
Exhibition: All work, All play
Media: Copper, Silver
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
When arriving at the art galleries, I was unsure of who to speak with. I noticed a gallery in which the roof was used in a part of the display. From what I’ve seen so far no artists have used the roof in their displays, so that’s why I decided to talk with Sean. She happens to be an undergraduate student here at CSULB currently working on her BFA in the Metals program.
She also expressed that this was her last semester here, and her first ever show. As a whole, Sean stated that her work primarily explores her daily life, and own personal interests. Though some of her work explores random thought as well as.
Most of Sean’s work emphasizes a very visually pleasing aesthetic. She spoke a lot about her work emphasizing her own ideas, and just looking at the way she dressed/ wore her hair really tied this together for me. For the most part, her work used a lot of softly curved lines. Though some were more jagged than others, her pieces still maintained a feeling of elegance. Many dark colors were used as well. I feel as if the use of these really helped to embellish the lighter colors within the sculptures and jewelry.
After speaking with Sean for some time, I was able to get a grasp on what her ideas with the work in this exhibit were. She focuses mainly on the concepts of creating a sculpture at first, and gradually forms it into a piece of jewelry. Her own daily life is stressful, so I was able to easily see how certain pieces of the art had protrusions that seemed more pronounced. She also made it clear that she was trying to explore a very comedic feel with the exhibit itself. Though none of her work was something that should not be seen by a younger generation, she posted a sign on the door stating, “Warning: Mature Content Ahead” This would pertain more to the fact of people understanding some of the pieces.
In its entirety, I really enjoyed Sean’s exhibition. The art here resembled pieces that I felt as if I would see in an ancient history museum. The work itself kind of sat with me since I enjoy things that have a level intensity, but are also emitting a very soft feel. This specific concept was very relatable for me since that is a concept I try to address in my music. Going from low intensity to high intensity in the same sequence is an idea that is not easy to create, but she is able to capture effectively in this instance. On top of that, I liked her ideas that pertained to the exhibit as well. One thing that really sat with me was the mature content warning. Humor such as this is a large driving force in my daily life, and I’m glad it’s a large one in hers as well. Great job, Sean. Your exhibit is superb.
People wonder who is this greenish orangish character here on the moon base, whats his deal, why are his clothes all torn? If you really would like to know, I’m Fawkes McCrane. (pronounced Fox) I haven’t always lived here on Moon Base Alpha. I actually lived on earth in an earlier part of my life. You probably think I’m crazy. Nobody survived the world war between the Federation and the Resistance after the bombs dropped back in 2106. Thats where you’re wrong. I was a scientist for the Resistance during this time. We had been developing different types of fallout shelters to keep people safe in the case of a nuclear war. When the Federation finally played the nuclear card, only two of these shelters had been completed. One of which I had been fortunate enough to have a spot in. As we felt the initial crackle of the first bomb hitting Fort McArthur about 6 miles from us, we began the sealing process of the hatch. Everything seemed fine. For about three months, a group of about 70 (including myself) began our new lives. About a week later people started getting sick, very sick. This illness would essentially drive the host insane before killing them completely. My neighbor Mary was one of the unlucky ones. I remember it like it was yesterday. We were sitting in my quarters watching a stand up comedy act this comedian Jeff Dunham from the 21st century had made. She said to me “Isn’t that funny!” I said, “What is?” The tape had stopped completely maybe a minute or two prior to this. At that she cackled and bit my hand. I kind of shoved her off and she sprung up and ran down the corridor. After this point, I had never seen her again. She was one of my best friends, and I’m damn near sure I loved her. Days later, us vault dwellers began picking up a broadcast from a place called Moon Base Alpha. They spoke of salvation from this wasteland of a planet. As our rations had been running low, the council made an executive decision to evacuate the vault and relocate to the Moon Base. I’ll never forget the day that the drop-ships came. There was a role call made to assure nobody was left behind. Everyone was there, except Mary. They had no idea how she had gotten out. Every entrance to the vault was sealed. I had the option to stay behind and attempt to find her, or ensure I would continue to live. I decided to get on the ship. We all arrived at this base, and were assigned jobs. The slip of paper I was handed said Bartender. I was not happy with it, but was dealing with my own problems. The bite on my hand. It had started getting worse and worse since we had gotten to the moon base. I began having hot flashes, cold sweats, and high fevers. The doctors in the medical unit were absolutely baffled with what had been going on. Not able to supply any more rations, they had to send me back to my quarters. That night was the longest of my life. It felt like I was going through the pain of gaining three feet in height in about two minutes. My clothes began to tare, and I could not help but scream out in agony before passing out on the floor. I woke up about three days later. The first thing I did was look in the mirror. It was odd because the mirror was now so much lower down than it had ever seemed. My muscles had all quadrupled in size, all of my hair was gone, and I had gained about three feet in height. Did i mention I was one of the scrawniest humans in the bunch beforehand? I called my boss soon after, he was heated. I told him to not be mad, but to just please meet with me in person. I went to meet with him, and he seemed to be very understanding after that point. The doctors on the Moon Base all ran tests to find out what had happened. Again, they were able to derive nothing. The only difference this time was that I had somehow become immune to radiation. To this day, I still work as a bartender here on the Moon Base. The job gets tedious, but my three friends/colleagues help to keep me sane. I continue to study science and bounce ideas off of them as to how I can get back to Earth. I know that the radiation soaked planet will no longer effect me. Mary is down there somewhere, and I need to get to the bottom of exactly what it was that made her bite change me.
Read my colleagues stories here. Maybe they will have some fascinating things to say
This week, I spoke with Chris. Chris happens to be a third year here at CSULB in the Mechanical Engineering program. He hopes to take this degree and work on aircrafts one day. In terms of this, he hopes to be able to be the one to design and personally fix the issues they are having. When it comes to the time he spends away from his schooling, he has a few different hobbies he’s passionate about. Chris really enjoys playing water polo, guitar, and considers himself an avid gamer. We were able to bond on his interest with music and talked for quite a while about that. I was able to deduce that he prefers an acoustic classical style of playing over electric. I found his views to be very intriguing since I am very into that specific style as well. All in all, talking with Chris was a stimulating conversation. Hope our worlds collide again some day.
Artist: Almira Nikravesh
Media: Hydrocal, Digital Sculpting, C&C
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
Almira is currently an undergraduate student in the sculpture program here at CSULB. She is working on her BFA, and is nearly finished at this point. When speaking with Almira, she really only made it apparent that she was interested in weight lifting as her only hobby. I then asked her about the book she was reading, she proceeded to tell me the title and what it was about. Next, I asked if it was mandatory that she was reading that, she said “no”. Finally, I stated “So you like to read, then?” and she said “I’m glad you were able to deduce that.” In that, I would say that it would be safe to say she enjoys reading as well. I really was interested by how the ideas of her work explore parts of her life. Here, she created a replica of this silk carpet her family had all of her life. The feet around the edges represented the many who would walk near the carpet, but were told to be weary of the carpet itself.
In its entirety, the gallery Farsh struck me as quite unusual. It consisted of a digitally sculpted replica of a silk carpet, surrounded by many identical pairs of feet. The feet looked almost as if they were a plaster mold, but the texture seemed too grainy. They ended up being made of Hydrocal, which has a tendency to dry with a far grainier texture. For the most part, everything in the gallery had very rounded shape. The rug in the center had many rounded shapes within it as well, though the sculpture itself was a rectangle. When looking closely at the rug in the middle, it looked as if there were many peaks and plateaus. (such as in a mountain range) The texture of this looked almost as if it were made of sawdust, or sand.
When speaking to Almira about the exhibit. It was clear that she was passionate about it, but it was stressful for her to have to keep her distance from this rug growing up. She spoke about how her parents made it absolutely certain that nobody step on this carpet (though it was in the middle of the floor). She said she found it quite tedious to find different routes around the house if she had something that may stain the carpet. She also spoke about how she felt that carpets were meant to have a few small stains on them to represent that they had character, and for twenty-two years this one was stain free. I found it intriguing that she based the exhibit around the limitation to do something, because I hadn not ever seen an exhibit with the same concept. Another fascinating tidbit was that she partially replicated this carpet so that she would be able to lay on it, and do what she wanted with it. Finally, she spoke about how this was now hers and the fact that she could do whatever she wanted with the carpet was quite freeing.
As a whole, I thought this exhibit really stood out for me. It reminded me of parts of my childhood in which I was not allowed to do something that the other kids could. Kind of a strange concept, but a very prominent memory. In terms of perspective, I had an easy time relating to Almira. Though she seemed a bit gruff about opening up about herself, she did really say a lot once you got her started. The artist’s ideas kind of sat with me and are still apparent. The reason for this is because I’ve always been somebody who’s into sculpting, and the concept of tying my past into something I’m creating is something I love to do with my music.
This week, the art experience stood out as particularly fascinating to me. Generally, when people think of art, they imagine something created by a single entity. When the assignment was introduced, I became enthralled. After sitting down and reading the instructions, I realized that the person I was doing this with needed to be somebody who I knew or wanted to get to know well. In result, I asked my friend Mel to help me out with this. We put on some rhythmic music and let the pencil do its thing without speaking a word. This continued for about 5 mins, and then she got an itchy nose and had to terminate the sequence. Though we had a lot of fun doing this, I did expect it to be a bit larger in scale. I wanted to take a photo of the both of us drawing this since the position we sat in looked cool; but we could not find a way since it was only the two of us, and all four of our hands were being used in the process. All in all, I thought this assignment was very entertaining. I liked how it had you almost meditate in synchronicity with another while doing this, and the fact that our relationship grew closer from performing this.
For our video project, we had been totally stumped on what to do. Then, i was visiting with my friend Melanie and she took a hit from her vape. This gave us some inspiration. We decided to make a short video showing just how creative somebody can get with a single inhale from a vape. In result, we came up with this. The idea has been there for quite a few minutes, and in all honesty were thinking it was going to take many a try. The group ended up lucking out. We did not only get a good video, but actually managed to capture one of the best tornados I had ever seen done in person. All in all, this project was fun, and not too difficult. Generally things that aren’t very difficult don’t satisfy me, but this first take perfection did.
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.