This week’s photo walk was really fun for me because I found some hidden treasures of CSULB. For instance I never knew we had a sign made completely of plants, or that there was a meditation portion in the Japanese Garden. It was cool to walk around and capture the elements of what our school really is all about. In my photos I was focusing mainly on forms of life, whether it be plants, people, animals, etc. Living things are what make up this planet, so to get still images of that is incredible. I wanted to get people or things in their natural habitat to make my pictures realistic of what it was like to be there in that moment, nothing staged. Our guide Maddy was amazing! She was full of energy and explained everything as she brought us to it, and gave the reasons why she wanted to take us there. She even asked us about ourselves, and seemed genuinely interested in our answers. The best part of the walk was when we didn’t walk. We took the shuttle from upper campus to the gardens. Our bus was packed with art students, and it was a site to see! All in all this was a cool experience, and I loved learning new things about our campus.
Growing up I’m sure almost everyone’s parents told them not to play with their food, that it wasn’t good manners. This art experience was a fun one for that reason, I got to play with my food, and justified it because it was for an assignment. When I was younger I used to love play-dough, and that is how I got the idea to cut shapes out of a quesadilla. Since I didn’t have stencils I used a knife, and it was actually a lot harder to do than I had originally thought. It didn’t come out as elaborate as I wanted it to, and you can really only make out the heart shape. Next time I would use cookie cutters, which I didn’t have access to , because you would definitely be able to make out the different shapes. I learned that food can be fun, and it isn’t always a bad thing to play with your food.
Exhibition:Fuse:Join to form;single entity
Gallery:CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: no website, in the works
About the Artist
Krystal is an undergraduate student in the 3-d media program, specification metals. Her interests outside of art include thrifting, antiquing, and DIY stuff. When asked the ideas that her work explores, Krystal told us about her drawing and painting background that she uses as a base for inspiration. She likes the techniques that they use to draw figuratively, and pulls from this to create some of her pieces. Movement and linear forms are the main focus of her work. She was drawn to working with metals in high school when she took a jewelry making class at her arts high school, and has loved it ever since.
As mentioned above, the artist works strictly with metals. This exhibit was made up of work from multiple artists, but Krystal specifically was responsible for creating the salt and pepper shakers seen in the first picture. The surface of these were smooth, and they followed a slightly bent, C shaped curve. The color was silver as in unison with the metal used. These were unlike any other salt and pepper shakers you would see see everyday, they were uniquely shaped and modern in their design.
Krystal told us that she uses movement and linear forms in her work, and this was seen in the two shakers. With the C shaped curve, it was almost like they were a continuous movement, flowing. When creating her art Krystal doesn’t think so much, but mainly just pulls from her past to create her pieces. Her pieces also go hand in hand with her hobby to DIY, since what she creates is something that she “does herself” and she is working with her hands.
This exhibit resonated with me for two reasons. The first is because of the title: fuse. This means joining things together, and in our life we will have to fuse together many things. For example families join together in marriage, and in relationships. The other reason this exhibit stuck out to me was through what Krystal told us about her hope for the future. If she can’t find a career with the work she is doing now, she would go back to school for industrial design and incorporate her love for metal in that line of work. This stuck out to me because it showed her dedication and passion for working with metals. She is determined to stick with this work even if she has to alter what she originally intended to do with it. People who are passionate about their work, love what they do everyday. That is the reason I am going to school today, to find a carrer that I am passionate about, and excel in it just like Krystal has.
This week I interviewed Jamie Filosa for my classmate conversation. She is a second year at CSULB, and her hobbies include going to the beach and sleeping. She is also a member of Delta Zeta sorority on campus, and she even holds a position. As VP of Philanthropy for her sorority, Jamie takes care of required study hours, she plans philanthropy events, and keeps track of all the volunteer work and hours that the members of the sorority participate in. The reason Jamie wanted this position is because she is passionate about the philanthropies that this sorority donates to: speech and hearing. Jamie knows that we all take speech and hearing for granted everyday, and she can’t imagine a world without it, so she thinks it’s cool that we give somebody that back. Overall I learned that Jamie is passionate about helping others, and that is a fantastic quality to have!
Exhibition:Weight of Whimsy and Ideals
Media:Metanna brand spray paint, ceramics
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
About the Artist
Samuel Jernigan just graduated from CSULB last fall with a BFA in ceramics. He is interested in reading comics, binge watching cartoons, playing music, and eating, but he especially loves coffee and beer. He said he starts every day with a coffee, and ends with a beer. When we asked Samuel what his work explores, he told us alienation and belonging are the primary ideas of this exhibit, and of most of his art. Another interesting thing about Samuel is that he just applied to UCLA and Alfred State Ceramics for their graduate programs. When creating this exhibit, Samuel would work on four of five pieces at a time because you can only mold the clay so much before it deforms. Because of this, he would start on multiple pieces, then come back and finish them later. So upon finishing the few that he started, it would take a span of a couple weeks.
As mentioned above, the majority of Samuel’s work is made from ceramics or spray paint. Occasionally he will use wood, steel, or paint, but his main focus is on ceramics. This work was unlike anything I have ever seen. What first caught my eye is that is was very brightly colored, mainly pastel colors. No two works were alike, he used a lot of heads with add ons such as the shoulders with the rings for a head. The work was smooth in texture and everything was three dimensional. A lot of his work was also large scale.
When you first walk into the gallery you get a sense of youth. His work resembled all children’s toys but with a twist. The artist mentioned to us that he never makes a sculpture that he doesn’t think is funny.This relates to his idea of alienation and belonging because he wants us to question the norms of society. These sculptures more than remind us of our childhood toys, but challenge our thinking. These aren’t your conventional toys, but you still get that feel of our youth, with an added pressure to resist hierarchy and let go of the ideals we have so strongly held onto. He wants his work to bring together communities, and push the boundaries of what we think is normal and acceptable.
Overall I loved this exhibit. This work was like nothing I had ever seen as an art form, with such a powerful meaning. Samuel put a lot of thought into this work, and I admire that because I think we should all give 100% of ourselves to our work. This generation that I have grown up with, is much more accepting and tolerant than generations past, which is why I think this work speaks to college students well. We are the next CEOs, congresspeople, and doctors who will shape the future. It is our job to experience new ways of thinking and doing things. I think that was Samuel’s hope in the exhibit, for college students to think back to their childhood, from where they began, and look forward to embracing what the future holds. Be the change. That’s what I got out of this powerful message.
I think this is by far my favorite art experience so far in the semester, but I also had the hardest time with this one. I am the least artistic person you will meet, I can barely draw stick figures; so when I had to draw bubble letters I started to freak out a little. I got some tips from my roommate, who is a design major and I tried to draw it in pencil first. It didn’t go so well, so I decided to free hand it, thinking it would easier to fill in. As I began with the blue spray paint I realized that you could barely make out my name, so luckily since we were required to use two colors, I grabbed the other can and began to outline, hoping that would make the letters distinct. To my surprise it turned out very well, and you could make out my name. I like my poster so much I am thinking about hanging it on my wall. Overall I had so much fun doing this, even though it began with a little frustration.
Every week when I do these conversations I try to come up with questions that aren’t generic. Questions that give you more insight into how the person thinks, and what they are interested in. For this conversation I interviewed Destiny Farihi who is a second year on the Long Beach State Cheer Team with two of my roommates. I asked her if she could have dinner with any one person who would it be. She replied, Bradley Cooper from American Sniper because he is “super cute.” Next I asked her if she had ever had the desire to be famous, and she told me no because she wouldn’t like all the attention on her. The money would have been nice, she added, but not the spotlight that comes with it. Finally I asked her if she had a crystal ball that could tell her something about the future, what would she want to know. She told me she wanted to know if she would make it through pharmacy school, since it is her dream to become a pharmacist and work in the hospital with her mother who is a nurse. These questions helped me learn about more than just the surface level things about Destiny, and I even learned about her hopes for the future.