Wk 13- Artist Conversation-Ihab Ali

Artist: Ihab Ali

Exhibition: Eyewitness

Media: dry wall, car, burlap, black sheeting

Gallery:CSULB School of Art, Murilyn Werby Gallery

Website:no website

Instagram:ihabali

About the Artist

Ihab is an Arab American from Damascus. He lived there for 14 years before moving to America where he has since lived for 11 years. He is a ceramic artist with a BFA in ceramics, and this is his senior show. In his free time he likes to go to his studios and do more art. We basically got the feeling that art is his life, and we even hard a hard time getting him to tell us his favorite food, which is pizza with pineapples. His work explores the ideas and memories he has of his homeland.

Formal Analysis

As mentioned above the media used is dry wall, burlap, and lots of black sheeting. The exhibit consisted of a dark setup, almost looking like an underground tunnel. It had a scary feel to it, and all the pieces in the exhibit represented different parts of Ihab’s memories of his homeland. The sketches in the wall were very staccato and abrupt, most likely to best imitate what it would have looked like in the war torn times of his home.

Content Analysis

When creating this exhibit, Ihab had flashbacks or memories of what it was like growing up in Syria. He described it as a theatrical piece of reality that potrays poverty destruction and abandonment. The artist included what he had seen on tv or the media, as well as pieces of what he could remember. Ihab’s aim was to try to show western cultures what is was like to be in Syria during that time.

Synthesis

What I took most from this exhibit was the fact that Ihab was trying to educate Americans. There are always a lot of stereotypes surrounding his people as are there stereotypes about everything and everyone in America. Maybe if we were a little more educated we wouldn’t be so quick to judge and assume things about people. This resonated with me because being in sorority always comes with this negative stereotype that we pay for our friends, and that we are all stuck up and rude. If people only knew the truth about our organizations maybe they wouldn’t be so quick to stereotype, and that is what Ihab’s goal was through this exhibit.

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Wk 9-Artist Conversation-Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Artist:Sean Joy

Exhibition:All Work All Play

Media:copper and silver(metals)

Gallery:CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery

Website:no website

Instagram:personal instagram only, no art instagram

About the Artist

Sean is an undergrad here at Cal State Long Beach, this is her last semester, and her first art show! She is a part of the CSULB School of Art’s metal program, and she is currently working for her BFA. Sean originates from LA, but is living in Long Beach currently. She actually got the opportunity to dorm here for 2 years, and is now on her fifth and final year. Outside of art, Sean enjoys reading, some gaming, and she loves cats. When she is in the studio she likes to experiment, and keep active in that way. Her work journals her emotions or activities of her daily life. Sometimes she is just practicing the projects given to her in her classes. Sean also likes to inject her humor into her work if she can. An example of her using emotion in her piece is seen in the picture above of the choker and balls. An interesting fact about Sean is that she actually applied here for creative writing and poetry, but at SOAR she immediately changed to studio art. After two years she decided she wanted to go into metals instead of drawing and painting because it was new and exciting, and she didn’t know there was such a program like it.

Formal Analysis

As mentioned above, the media used was metals such as copper and silver. Sean’s work is very unique, and each piece is different. If I were to describe the nature of one piece such as the choker, I would say the balls are smooth in texture, and the chains are rough as you would imagine. It is similar to a piece of jewelry that any girl would wear, but it carries much more meaning, and isn’t necessarily used to fashion purposes. The color of her work matches the metal she uses: so silver for silver and copper when she used copper metal, she added no additional color.

Content Analysis

When creating this exhibit, and all her pieces, Sean really uses her emotions in that moment. You must have patience to be able to succeed in this kind of work, and Sean values that. She loves that metals can be perfected in their technical aspects. This allows her to match her work to whatever she feels in that moment. Sean believes that she can’t just sit and wait for inspiration, she must simply do, and see what comes of it. In the end when she reviewed her work, she was happy that she worked and played hard.

Synthesis

The art was nice, but the explanation Sean gave behind her work was what really stood out to me. Sean said that patience, perseverance, and acceptance are all important in what she does, and I can very well relate. Being a pre-nursing major is a pretty hard road to take in college. I currently just applied to the nursing program at Long Beach, and another one back home. I need all those virtues that Sean mentioned above, since it is really up in the air where I will be going to school next year. You have to apply to nursing school, you don’t just get in, and that’s scary. I need to learn to let go and accept that wherever I end up, and whatever I’m doing, will be where I’m meant to be.