I had a lot of fun for this art experience. My group first took pictures of a CSULB sign towards the rear of the campus. We then all herded onto a campus bus and took a ride to the Japanese gardens where I took many pictures. From there we headed towards the pyramid.In between we took pictures of the funny track and field sign before arriving at the pyramid.
Andre graduated from CSULB last spring with a BFA in Metals. He finds himself inspired by nature and objects that have a lot of details.He also enjoys looking at other artists creations. Andre is currently setting up a pilot art program for his sons elementary school. If the program is successful there is a strong possibility it would spread through the Long beach school district.
You can see a Tiki influence in Andre’s designs. Especially when you look at the hat with the multi color feathers coming from the top. Andres creations all have a lot of detail and pieces to them. He uses a lot of metal medallions with different patterns and designs stamped into them. Each medallion is different and very intricate.
Andre told us that he loves detail and it shows in his work. Every piece that he had on display in the gallery was very intricate. It is like each piece has about fifty smaller pieces attached to it.
This gallery featured many creations from multiple artists. I found Andre’s creations very imaginative. I found talking with Andre to be very informative also. He told us that metal working is pretty much the same since medieval times. I like the idea that metal could be both adaptable and rigid. You do not immediately think of metal as being malleable but under the right conditions it can change its shape very easily. I can easily see how that statement could be applied to people.
This weeks art experience had me decide between cuisine couture or coiffure. I decided to go with cuisine and that started with a trip to the Mitsuwa market in Torrance. This is a great Asian market and the food here is terrific. While here i purchased some top quality ramen and a sashimi platter and used them for my creation. It tasted as good as it looked too.
This week I had my classmate conversion with Gina HouseHolder. Gina currently majoring in Film ,and is a sophomore at CSULB with plans on getting her masters. When asked what made her decide to go into Film she mentioned how she loved being creative and all types of Art. Gina’s mother is a art teacher, so its easy to see how creativity runs in her blood. Gina loves volunteering and going to Disneyland for fun. Gina also stated that the Fuse gallery has been her favorite so far this semester.
Creating my name in graffiti was very fun and eye opening. This was one of those tasks where you don’t realize how hard it actually it until you try it yourself. My amazement on the works of art that can be created with a spray can grew exponentially after this art experience.
Samuel Jernigan is a recent CSULB graduate. He received his BFA in ceramics last fall semester and has applied to UCLA and Alfred State with plans on receiving his MFA in ceramics.Samuel is originally from Louisiana and later moved to Fresno County. Samuel enjoys reading comics and watching TV during the time he’s not sculpting.
The pieces were mostly composed of ceramic and acrylic paint. Samuel seemed to have a mix of sculptures that were true to size and some that seemed to have their scale magnified. The piece themselves seemed to be sculptures of childhood toys and other objects. A lot of the pieces were a mix of the untouched ceramic and the use bright multi colors for details.
The pieces seem to give the viewer s sense of nostalgia when you first walk into the gallery. The sculptures remind you of various children’s toys. The artist wanted to give the viewer a sense of alienation and belonging. The artist explained to our group that objects may be inviting to some while being alienating to others. This made me think about the recent controversy of Disney not having enough toys of the female lead even though she is the main character. So a girl could see all the male figures and feel alienated while the boy would feel welcomed.
I really enjoyed this gallery viewing. I liked how Samuel took us inside and used his art to visually explain the concepts he was trying to convey. You can tell that he really enjoys his creations in they way he communicated to our group. I feel the message of belonging and alienation that he is trying to convey through his art is relevant to many different social issues.
This week my classmate conversation was with Alanna Godinez. Alanna currently lives in Norwalk and commutes to CSULB. During her freshman year she decided on Psychology as a major and plans on becoming a Psychologist when she graduates. She plans on focusing on children because she doesn’t what to deal with adult problems. Her hobbies are watching TV and listing to music. Her favorite show is Shameless and she likes to listen to alternative rock.
This week my classmate conversation was with Devon Carus. Devon is somewhat local having grown up in Redondo Beach. Devon is a third year marketing major with aspirations on owning his own business one day. When asked for the reason he picked marketing as his major he said he always had an innate ability to sell and to get people to buy things. Devon is also interested in visual and musical arts. He plays the drums, guitar, piano,harmonica and a little bass. He learned to play guitar in 9th grade and he has loved making rhythms since an early age. He would love make beats and clicks with his hands at an early age. It was so bad his mom thought he had a early tick when he was a child.
Josh is currently an undergraduate at CSULB in the painting and drawing program and he plans on graduating next spring. Josh’s life at this moment is all about his art, he has no time for hobbies because he he enjoys creating so much. His current exhibit and much of his work is about life and death. He is interested in exploring the ideas and differences of life and death in his art.
The piece in the show depicted varying representations of the theme of life and death. One piece shows dead flowers that are laid out on a painted background. There was imagery of skulls and the large mural piece made me think of tombstones. Josh’s piece seemed to be multi-layered. His smaller pieces had a translucent foreground with a smaller work in the background. The flowers themselves were laid on a painted surface itself giving a second layer.
The overall theme of Josh’s gallery is life and death. He incorporated this theme in the depictions of skulls to his use of dead flowers. The art pieces themselves will one day die, because of the materials and methods used these creations will only last so long. The flowers themselves were given new life as art and will die again when the piece dies.
I found Josh’s exploration of life and death very interesting. I like the idea that even his creations for this gallery have a life and then will die. The way he gave the flowers dual purpose of showing this theme was very intriguing and has stuck with me since leaving his exhibit. I really enjoyed how the dead flowers were given another chance at life and purpose through his art.
The snap chat experience was pretty fun. I really hardly ever use the drawing capabilities on snapchat but after this experience i probably will do so more in the future. I was having a little bit of fun at work in my drawings and creating and sharing them was very fun. I also really enjoyed looking at some of my classmates snapchats and admiring their drawings.