According to dictionary.com, there are 2 main definitions that come up when I look up the term. The first one is “a network of friends, colleagues, and other personal contacts. The second definition is “an online community of people with a common interest who use a website or other technologies to communicate with each other and share information, resources, etc.” For me, the second term seems to fit more with term “social network” because of how much social media is embedded in our lives. Most people aren’t able to see their friends 24/7, so an online community where people can talk about their day or how they are feeling is a very useful in staying connected. When it came to making my own social network, I didn’t realize how closely related all my friends and acquaintances are. I actually thought it would be hard to link everyone together but in reality, it was actually pretty simple.
Artist: Daniela Ionescu
Exhibition: La Blouse Roumaine
Media: natural silk, hemp, cotton, wool
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
Daniela is at her final semester here at Cal State Long Beach completing her Masters in Art History. She moved to America from Romania 17 years ago after she got married and her son was born. At first she was an accountant, but after a while, she realized that she hated it. She then ended up going back to school to pursue Art History; even without her parents approval. After graduation she wants to work in a museum where one of their focuses are textiles.
Even though Daniela’s exhibit was relatively simple, I feel like it was still very nice to look at. All of these clothes are in fact from Romania and were all collected online(or in person) from all over the world. The pieces included women’s blouses, dresses, skirts, scarfs, a set of a man’s coat, blouse and trousers. These garments were placed onto wooden poles hung up on the walls and on mannequins.These clothes can range anywhere from few hundred to a couple thousand dollars.
Each article is an original so the story behind them are all different. The lighter color clothing are meant for the younger women and the darker color clothing are meant for the older women. Romanians are very fashionable when it comes to dressing up for holidays like Easter, Christmas, etc. They make sure they are never caught wearing the same outfit. And just by the look of how a piece of clothing was made, one could already tell what region or village they are from. Many people try to wear black because it represents riches and fertility. But even with that, one woman who use to own the blue outfit chose it because she thought the color was very optimistic. It is so hard to find these outfits, Daniela is only able to buy a few every year. Even though these pieces have a lot of historic value, the fashion industry usually ends up stealing these designs from this culture without appreciating where it all came from. This culture appropriation is something that has sadly happened all throughout time all over the world.
I found this exhibit to be very beautiful, especially when she talked about culture appropriation. Whether people realize it or not, culture appropriation is a huge issue in our country. Many people only see clothes as a way to enhance their appearance or express themselves, but never really stop to see if there is any history behind the garments and how much work it took from the natives to create it. I see this several times in the African community, Hispanic community, and the Native American community. If people were aware of this issue and stopped to actually learn the culture and talk to the people among it, I feel like there would be a lot more appreciation and a lot less appropriation.
So for my ACP, I decided to send it to my 7 year old cousin in Atlanta, GA. My package consists of the comic book Smile, Finding Nemo, Sleeping Beauty, coloring pencils, nail polish, lip gloss, a bracelet, and some fake flowers(she allergic to several different kinds of flowers, but always seems to admire their beauty). I haven’t seen my cousin in almost 3 years and with her birthday coming up soon, I figured I send her some stuff she might enjoy. She is very into coloring and getting slammed up so I thought it would be nice to give her some nail polish, lip gloss and colored pencils. As a kid growing up, Finding Nemo and Sleeping beauty were my favorite movies and Smile was my favorite comic book. I am hoping that she enjoys a little bit of my childhood as well. Even though I FaceTime and snapchat her and her family a couple times a month, I figured sending her a homemade gift would be a lot more exciting and comforting.
Artist: Dan Bonilla-Vera and Dalia Banuelos
Media: Photography, yarn,
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Maxine Merlino Gallery
This week I decided to visit Dan Bonilla’s exhibit. Dan is a senior here at Cal State Long Beach pursing a major in Studio Art. Back in high school, he was a bit conflicted on whether to major in music(he plays the violin) or photography. Once he took a photography class back in high school, he knew photography was his passion. Even though his major is studio art, he wants to be able to get in the Photography program. He has applied once so far and sadly, has been declined. His feelings towards this incident has pursuaded him to do this project with Dalia Banuelos.
When I first walked in, I was interested to see all the different elements used. There were photographs planted all over walls(some even placed in a trash can in the corner). Another thing that caught my attention was the yarn used to hold some of the pictures. one final and probably the most significant thing that was placed in the exhibit was the two human-like figures on the floor. They both represent Dan Bonilla-Vera and Dalia Banuelos.
The theme of the gallery was based on the frustration Dan and Dalia had on not getting accepted into the Photography Program here at Cal State Long Beach. Putting pictures in a trash can showed how the artists interpreted their rejections; pieces of garbage that belonged in the trash can.When it came to decorating, they put up yarn to show a different way in presenting photography. They used one string of yarn to hold all the pieces together. So with one cut, all the photographs would fall to the floor. The dark colors chosen were to show the frustration and negativity they both had and wanted to show to the viewers.
Just by glancing at the exhibit, I was able to feel the frustration the two artists had towards the university. Rejection is something everyone goes through and it is sometimes not easy to handle. Whether it is rejection from a school, a job offer, or even a girl, everyone copes differently. Some people turn that frustration into art projects while others turn it into smashed pieces on the ground. Dan and Dalia’s frustration was presented in a beautiful way that I wish the school would see.
So for this week’s Classmate conversation, I decided to talk with Arvan. Arvan is a third year biochemistry major. He loves to visit the beach with his friends. Even though he enjoys being with friends, he also loves having his alone time at the gym. When I asked him why he wanted to take this class, he said he wanted to learn more about art and see if he can find the artist within him.
Drawing is something I have always loved to do(even though I am not very good at it). In the beginning of the year when I figured out one of our projects was sketching at the Japanese Garden, I was pretty excited. Once I actually got to the garden, I knew I wanted to sketch the front of the garden, the back of the garden, and the little waterfall. When it came to drawing the front and the back of the garden was pretty simple, but when it came to the actual waterfall I ended up doing something different. I am not the best when it comes to drawing 3D figures. So with that in mind I decided to draw it using 2D shapes. This wasn’t really something I planned; it kinda just happened as I was sketching it out. Even though my proportions are pretty off and what not, I began to realize how beautiful each individual element was in the landscape. The way the fishes rushed up to get the food. The way the ducks would play with one another. Even the direction the water moved was pretty mesmerizing.
Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra
Exhibition: Manos De Oro
Media: Sculpture, video, mixed media installation
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Dulce is currently a senior here at Cal State Long Beach and is pursing a BFA in the School of Art’s Sculpture program. She is 25 and although her family is from Mexico, she lived in Chino, CA growing up. When she went to high school in an upper middle class, she was embarrassed about her family’s background and it took some time to try to and regain her pride back. Once she got into college, she first thought she wanted to major in Graphic Design and even Communications. But after some time, she knew that sculpture was her calling.
I was amazed to see all the different elements in her gallery. One thing that I really enjoyed were the many different photographs and portraits that were displayed on the wall(some were color and others were black and white). There was also various gardening tools that you see when you first walk in. Such as a lawn mower, hedge shears, and a shovel. What I noticed about all these tools was that were painted in gold; something that I found aesthetically pleasing. One final thing that I really did like was the video that was displayed in the video. This video was a man trimming some hedges and mowing the lawn. Even though this video was simple, I was able to see the real significance of the gallery as a whole.
When I did speak with Dulce, she seemed to put a lot of emphasis on her dad and his hard work. With her dad being a gardener, she was able to really see labor as a key for survival. Because of her dad, she is the main reason why she has a huge work ethic and puts in her all when it comes to getting her work done. When it came to the gardening tools, Dulce mentioned the reason why she painted them gold was because she wanted to show that she valued her family’s lifestyle just like how most people put a lot of value in gold.
Just by looking at the video and the gardening tools, I was already able to see the hard work her and her father go through. It in fact, reminded me of my mom(who is a single parent) and how she has to work 2 jobs just to make sure the family is kept together. Her work ethics has motivated me as well to not only stay in school, but to also get a job and help out with the family.