Helen Werner Cox is currently a graduate student looking to complete her MFA in Drawing and Painting Figurative program. This will be her final year at CSULB. Helen is originally from Trumansburg, NY. While in New York she taught High School and middle School for 30 years before moving to Boston where she taught for 13 years. As a hobby she enjoys gardening at her home were she has California native plants and fruit trees.
Helen’s pieces are very diverse. She has large color paintings, large sketches, small sketches, a small sculpture, and a small three-dimensional panorama. the majority of the pieces in the exzhibit give the feeling of circular movement. When looking closley at the large painting. I could see large circular strokes that facilitated the circular movement of the painting.
Theme of Helen’s work revolved around the carnival atmosphere, in particular the Merry-Go-Round. In these pieces she gave the horses life where the would in real life be plastic or wood. The horses themselves look like they are screaming in all of the pieces.
I found this exhibit to be very creepy. Which meens that I enjoyed it tremendously. There was even carnival music playing in the backround and that added to the creepy atmosphere of the exhibit.
This weeks art activity was very interesting. I was fun to see all the different activities of my classmates in a collage on Instagram. I think we formed a group, I saw activities that I also enjoy doing in the class collage. I even has some comments from classmates on some of my pictures. It really felt like we formed a close art class community on Instagram .
This week I got a chance to talk to Elizabeth for my classmate conversation. Elizabeth is currently a freshman majoring in fashion merchandise. She picked fashion as a major because she loves everything about fashion , clothes and shopping. Her favorite color is pink but she told me that is is probably not the shade that I was thinking of. She really loves to eat sushi but she does not like salmon. She told me that salmon seems to always be slimy when it is served. Her favorite movie is “Finding Nemo” ans she is very excited that the sequel will be releasing soon. Elizabeth also loves outdoor activities like going to the beach and snowboarding.
My classmate interview was with Kyle Shishido. Kyle is a currently a freshman but with his AP credits he is listed as a sophomore. Kyle originally though about majoring and Bio but after careful consideration he decided on Film. He told me that he wanted to major in something that he would and enjoy. Kyle loves movies and playing video games. His favorite video game right now is Bloodborne and he really enjoyed The Revenant with Leonardo Dicaprio.
William Brigham is currently in his last semester at CSULB. He transferred from OCC and will get his B.A. in Metal this semester. He enjoys working with metals because he likes to create “cool stuff that’s practical”. I asked him what types of knives he is interested in and he told me that he liked the curves of Persian knives. He described how he found American bowie knives to be not very pleasing to look at.
William makes different types of pieces with metal. In his collection you will see many different types of knives and various other pieces. The process he used to form the pieces is called layering. He would layer various materials and press them together before finally cutting them to a desired shape. William found this process to be his favorite when he is making his pieces.
Williams exhibition contained many cool looking pieces. The knives all had unique patterns that are layered int them. Even the hardwood handles on the knives were intricately shaped.
I really enjoyed all of William’s pieces. His knives were very amazing and the patterns that he layered into them were all fantastic. When I ever have the funds I would love to have a commissioned piece from William. The whole time I was there my eyes kept on going back to the intricate designs on a pocket watch he had on display.
I havent had a name in a long time, but the people here on Moonbase Alpha call me Mr. Darhk so that will do for now. Theres nothing that happens in the seedy underbelly of this place that I don’t know about. I may not always be the cause like they think, but that never stops me from using the situation to futher my plans.
This art experience was very fun. IA friend helped me with this art experience and it was hard for us to stop laughing. I like our finished product and I am glad we choose to use two separate colors in our drawing. I liked this assignment because when I think of automatic drawing i think about communication with ghost and spirits and that perked up the fun factor. I think I may have even captured a ghost in one of my pictures. Presently i don’t know how I feel about that.
Brianna Joy is currently in her last year of the CSULB Printmaking program in pursuit of her BFA. Brianna transferred in from Orange Coast College to join our CSULB family. She started printmaking in high school and came into college looking to pursue that art. Brianna comes is from a small town in the Santa Ana mountains.
Brianna’s pieces were created using printmaking. She uses black and white in a linear pattern to form images. Her work is very large and complex. I found myself having to look at her work at varying distances to be able to take in the totally of a piece. I noticed that as you went around the gallery the less straight the lines of her pieces were and more curves we seen.
Being In the CSULB CECS program the first thing that entered my mind when I looked at some of Brianna’s pieces was that it looked like a digital circuit. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that what Brianna was aiming for. A merging of digital and organic. Brianna’s overall theme is to show how to things can coexist together and she has done a splendid job.
I really enjoyed Brianna’s exhibition. The concept of merging ideas together plays a role in everyone lives. Personal relationships are all about merging two separate identities into one functional unit or partnership and watch the two separates coexist as one. My favorite piece was ‘Circumvent’.There was something in the mix of straight and subtle curved lines that appealed to me.
For this weeks artist conversation I talked to Marylin Try. Marylin is a second year Kinesiology major. She currently has no plans for after she graduates but she plans on doing some traveling. Her favorite book is Pride and Prejudice, however she told me she dislikes reading books more than once. She is the youngest in her family and she has lived in Long Beach all of her life. It was really fun getting to know Marylin, she is very fun and energetic it seems like a great person.
Andrea currently is a senior in the CSULB ceramics program, and her gallery is titled Sacrifice. She resides in Riverside with her husband and children. Being a wife and mother gives her the motivation and enjoyment to pursue ceramics because they are such a positive influence on her life. She enjoys art and music, she used to play drums in a band she was in.
Andrea’s pieces are created using ceramic and cement. The colors that are used give a dark and earthy feel to the pieces. The pieces are full of texture some very rough like the main images and others seem smooth like the miniature sculpted baby hands. Her work is multi dimensional and can looked viewed at different angles.
Andrea’s work in this gallery focuses on the sacrifices women make for motherhood. There is imagery of women in different phases of motherhood. There is also representative images of motherhood, for example the baby hand molds and the sculpture of a pelvis.
I found this exhibition interesting. I like how she juxtaposed the religious sacrifice of Jesus with the sacrifices that women make to become mothers. It also serves to show motherhood as a symbol of the divine. The exhibit made me think about the sacrifices women make with their body and their time to have and raise children. Seeing Andrea’s work was both an enjoyable and thought provoking experience for me.