For this week’s art 110 activity was finger painting. The experience was cool because it was a pretty wide open assignment, so I was able to take it in any direction that I wanted. The assignment invoked a lot of creativity because we didn’t have to paint anything specific as well as the abstract nature of finger painting. The experience was easy because I simply sat down and let myself finger paint the first things the came into my head. It was overall a little hard not to paint anything specific at all because my mind travels to specific objects, but for the most part my painting is abstract. There are a couple of specific subjects within my finger painting but even those subjects are a bit abstract. It’s confusing to paint something with no subject matter but if you can clear your head and go with the flow of your own energy then it can come easier. It is liberating to create a piece of abstract work like this because it can be seen of the kind of person you are or what is going on in your head at the time. This activity was different from graffiti writing in that in graffiti writing we had a specific subject to create which was our name, so the range of creativity was limited in comparison to this abstract finger painting activity. I personally can’t find any real visual connection between my finger painting and my graffiti art work but maybe some people will have some similarities in their two pieces of work. Overall, I found creating abstract work to be fun and a great way to invoke creativeness.
Artist: Brittany Waters
Exhibition: SOA Holiday Art sale
Media: Ceramics, Jewelry
Gallery: Max Gatov Gallery
For this week’s artist conversation, I got the chance to talk with Brittany Waters who was selling some custom made jewelry. Brittany is a senior at CSULB, pursuing a BFA in Ceramics. She is originally from Sacramento which is where her interest in art was first discovered. She said that she remembers her father drawing bunnies when she was a child and that was one of her earliest memories of her interest in art. She said she also became more interested in art when her father bought her markers and colored pencils.
The exhibition was comprised of work made by Brittany Waters. Some of the work included necklaces and ceramic bowls. A lot of her work is very ocean inspired which isn’t surprising as she is not from a beach city and now she is going to school at CSULB. Brittany said that the jewelry pieces took about 15 to 30 minutes per piece to make. She created the jewelry pieces with pre made molds. Waters said that the ceramic bowls took about 1 to 2 hours per piece.
The works in this exhibit were clearly inspired by ocean by the colors and textures of the jewelry and ceramics. Many of the pieces are colored grey, blues, turquoises, blacks, and greens. The shades of the colors are all very ocean inspired, the colors remind me of a gloomy day at the beach. The textures of the dishes and bowls reminded me of nature because of their slight imperfections. The combination of the colors and textures of the work really came together well to make some really cool pieces.
When I first walked into the exhibition, I had to change my usual thought process as we have been evaluating regular art exhibitions. Although this exhibition did contain art, it felt a little different just because it was the SOA Holiday sale so everything in the room was for sale. After I got passed this, I really enjoyed all the work on display. Waters’ ocean inspired ceramic work is awesome and would be a great addition to anyones home or kitchen.
I would say that the three activities I enjoyed the most from my Art 110 experience were 1. Landscapes with a Corpse, 2. Graffiti Writing, and 3. Zines and Flip Books. I enjoyed the photography work with landscape with a corpse. The graffiti and zines were cool because I felt like I was really able to personalize the works and makes them my own. My three least favorite activities were 1. Automatic drawing, 2. Art care package, and 3. Instagram. I didn’t like the automatic drawing because I felt like it was a little odd. Instagram was cool in that we got to take some nice photos, but it felt a little invasive like we had discussed in class. The hybrid was appropriate for this class and I felt that there was a healthy balance between class and online activities. Visiting the SOA galleries was nice because we got a chance to interact with the artists and really got a good understanding of the artists/ exhibitions we were writing about. Seeing other classmates blog posts is valuable and adds a sense of community to the class. Beacharts along with everyone’s word press sites make it feel like we have our own little social network for art 110. WordPress is a good tool that definitely stands to benefit a lot of us in our future endeavors. The art talk of the week video is useful because it allows professor Zucman to condense a lecture into a shorter time. Also, because it is a lecture video students can watch the video on their own time, which makes the class schedule more flexible in comparison to a normal in-class lecture.
For this week’s classmate conversation I got the chance to meet Megan Chung. Megan is a sophomore nursing major at CSULB. We talked about what we think the college experience will be like in 2036. Megan said that she thinks virtually no paper will be used in college in twenty years. I thought that was a fair assumption to make considering the fact that we already turn a majority of assignments in online, and many students now take notes on their computers instead of with a paper. I also added that college will probably be more affordable in twenty years. Many people have been protesting for reducing the cost of college, so I assume it’s only a matter of time before people start lobbying in D.C. Megan is a really cool classmate, you can check out her website at meganchung07.wordpress.com
This week I got the chance to talk to my art 110 classmate, Nkechi Okoroma. Nkechi is studying food science at CSULB. We talked a little about our class guest, Carla Dauden. It’s crazy how Carla got four million views on her video regarding her disdain for the fifa world cup situation in her home country of Brazil. We agreed it was cool that she was able to raise awareness for something that was initially overlooked. For the question of the week “ Red pill or blue pill?” from the movie The Matrix, she said that she would pick the red pill because she is generally a pretty curious person, so she would be anxious to explore. I said that I would pick the blue pill, I would be afraid to explore because I am afraid I might find out something that I shouldn’t know. It was cool to talk with Nkechi and if you want to learn more about her, check out her website at nkechiokoroma.wordpress.com
Artist: Connor O’Brien
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
For this week’s artist conversation I got a chance to talk to Connor O’Brien, the artist that put on the exhibition Mentia. Connor is from Los Alamitos; he is a senior at CSULB pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography. O’Brien says that he has always enjoyed photography, especially studio photography because there is more control of the photographs environment. Six years ago Connor’s father was diagnosed with dementia, which is the inspiration behind this exhibition. Mentia is O’Brien’s final assignment before he graduates from CSULB.
Connor O’Briens exhibition, Mentia, is comprised of a video being projected on the wall in the Merlino gallery. The subject of the video is Connor’s father, Michael O’Brien and his dementia. The video conveys the everyday life of Connor’s father, his brother, and Connor himself. In the video you see how O’Brien’s father is cared for by their family. Viewer’s get to see Connor and his brother helping their father get up to walk and go to the shower. The video also shows the two brothers helping their father shower and put on his clothing. O’Brien said that the video was shot in one day. He also added that his cousin made the music that is playing in the background of the video.
O’Brien says that his father’s illness has dramatically changed his life as well as his family. His father’s symptoms began about fifteen years ago but it didn’t affect his father until about six years ago when he began to experience major issues. He was then diagnosed with dementia and quickly began to lose his memory. Connor said his father is unpredictable now and his emotional state varies from day to day. O’Brien created the exhibition Mentia in order to bring awareness to dementia.
I found Mentia to be a very emotional piece of work and it is awesome to see that the artist is raising awareness for dementia. O’Brien really opens up his personal life to the viewers of this exhibition which I find to be very brave and courageous. The video reminded me of how fragile life is and how quickly things can change for anyone at anytime. I think the video was well put together and the music matched the video well. I salute Connor and his family for taking care of his father in times of need, and I praise Connor for opening up his personal world through this exhibition.
For this week’s artist conversation I got a chance to talk with Henry Pham. Henry is a third year Aerospace Engineering student at CSULB. He is interested in astronautics and is looking to go into a career in aerospace engineering. Since he is looking to go into the aerospace field we talked a little about modern advancements in the aerospace sector and I asked him what he thought about Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX. We also discussed the question of the week, “Does it have to look like art to be art?” We agreed that something doesn’t have to necessarily look like art to be art. Art is in the intent of the creation, so if someone creates a piece and it is intended to be art then it is art. Henry is an awesome classmate, you can check out his website at beholdthephamily.wordpress.com