This was such a cool class to take. A lot of the activities were huge stress relievers and some of them will definitely be on my list for redoing. My 3 favorite would have to be landscapes with a corpse, automatic drawing, and finger painting. These 3 projects didn’t have a lot of structure and made it very open to basically do whatever I want with it. My 3 least favorite were the Flip books, sketching in the garden, and Art Care package. These 3 projects were a bit time consuming for me and I’ve always liked projects that were quick and simple. I think I sill do love face to face a lot better. Taking both a hybrid and online class this semester really opened my eyes on how I really don’t like sitting on computer for hours completing homework assignments. I rather just sit in a class and have a professor lecture at me. I really did like the Art talk OTW and classmate conversations but I feel like we visited the SOA a bit too much. I think maybe going to the University Art Museum is something the students can check out once in a while. The weekly blog posts were pretty sweet and a easy way for the professor to check to see what the students were up to. Being exposed to a weekly blog now gets students interested in making a blog not just for their professionalism but also to as a fun hobby.
I really enjoyed this last art project we had to do. It was pretty much just like how i expected. I was relaxed creating my work of ark while watching my current favorite show on Netflix, “Shameless”(I would totally recommend watching it by the way). The fact that had a project with no subject was a bit liberating and relaxing. Letting my mind run free is something I rarely do and now that I get to do it on my study break for finals was in fact pretty nice. In relationship to the Graffiti writing project, they do have some similarities. They are in fact very similar by allowing us to create this piece of work anyway we want. The differences though would have to be that the graffiti project had some structure in what we had to do while the finger painting didn’t have much structure at all. Those were in fact, my two favorite projects.
Artist: Ally Richardson
Exhibition: CSULB School of Art Holiday Art Sale
Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
Ally is a senior art education student here at California State University, Long Beach. She’s in fact grown up in Long Beach all her life. For her project, she collaborated with other art students at the school to create the many different metal jewelry. She made bobby pins, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. When asked about her inspiration to her art pieces, she said Cherry blossoms because it is her favorite flower.
Instagram is a very huge platform that millions of people use a day. It’s a space that people use to show their followers what they eating, doing, not doing, etc, etc. Seeing everyone in the Art 110 class post about their daily lives was so interesting. Some people were eating, petting their dogs, bored in class, on the bus, or simply taking a selfie. The fact that we all seemed to be doing completely different things at the exact same time is very cool for me. We are all living the same exact day, just differently and that is what makes the universe so great.
Artist: Connor O’Brien
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
Connor is a senior here at Cal State Long Beach working towards his BFA in Photography. He grew up in Long Beach, California and has always had a passion for taking pictures with his camera. He especially enjoys Studio Photography because he feels he has a better sense of control. When he’s not going to school or taking care of his father, he goes out to enjoy some live shows.
When I walked in, I was actually surprised to just see just the screen displayed. These past few months, I have been so used to walking into these very busy exhibits with many different types of media plastered throughout the entire room; it was nice to see the short film made by Connor that spoke so many words. With the video capturing the day-to-day life of Connor, his brother, and his dad, I could feel the struggles all 3 of them are experiencing. It took Connor a day to film, but took him a while to edit and figure out what he wanted to put in the final video. The music was made by his cousin in response to the video; which I think matches perfectly with the video.
Connor and his family started noticing minor problems with his father 15 years ago, but major symptoms didn’t arise until a year before his diagnosis. With the video that he displayed, he wanted to show awareness about the day to day life that not only Dementia victims go through, but what their loved ones go through as well. Connor said that his dad goes through many cycles-it can range from randomly crying to not talking to anyone. Before his dad’s illness, he use to a very healthy and active person. He also would teach Special Education students at Wilson High School in Long Beach.
Even though I don’t know anyone personally who has dementia, I have always been interested in the illness. It’s crazy to see how someone’s life can change so drastically within a relatively small period of time. Even with the video, I don’t think I can truly understand it until I know someone personally that has it; and I think that goes with about any illness-physical or mental.
I decided to do this week’s classmate conversation on Henry. He is a 3rd year and is majoring in Aerospace Engineer. I’ve known Henry since the beginning of class, but we haven’t done a classmate conversation up until this week. When we did our first project together at Seal Beach, I knew right of the bat he was going to be a cool friend to have in class. You can check out his site down below.
Artist: Kyle Kruse
Exhibition: Janus Maxim
Media: Wood, film, sculpture, fabric
Gallery: Marylyn Werby Gallery
Kyle is completing his final year here at Cal State Long Beach with a BFA in Printmaking. He started as a Physics major but once he switched over, he felt like he learned more as an art major. After graduation, he wants to move to the United Kingdom or New York and maybe get an MFA in Visual Anthropology. On his spare time, he loves to rock climb and listen to podcasts.
When I first walked inside the room, I noticed it was very dark and the floor was a bit muddy and slippery. I turned to the right to see 3 wooden frame carvings on the wall and 3 wooden carved masks placed right in front of them. I turned to the left and I see 3 screens playing videos about the different masks.
Kyle wanted to create an exhibit that uses different senses to interpret the exhibit. By doing this, it would be easier for more and more people to interpret it i their own way. Kyle wanted to add many different ancient Roman and Greek myths because it was something he always saw in school.
I thought this was a very interesting exhibit to say the least. I loved how it was very dark and mysterious. I loved how he incorporated not only the carvings, but also the videos and the wet sand on the floor. Having all those different elements made it easier to not only feel something, but to interpret it in my own way.