This week’s experience was very nice and relaxing. It fell on a perfect week, because midterms are starting. It was a nice way to get away from studying and just appreciate the amazing school I go to. I wanted to capture the beauty of CSULB in my pictures. My favorite place on campus is the Japanese Garden. Every time I go, it takes my breath away. My last three photos are all pictures of the Gardens, just at different angles. I love the coy fish and their vibrant colors. My Photowalk Guide was Joshua Hyun. He did a great job taking my group to the places that makes CSULB stand out from other schools. Even with the heat, he managed to keep us at a steady pace and give everyone a sufficient amount of time to take our pictures. What he could work on is knowing more about what he was showing our group. Most places, he had a good idea of the background of what we were looking at. However, there was a few things that he did not know much about. Overall, I had a great experience during the Photowalks, it was definitely much needed after a week of taking tests.
This week’s experience was super hard for me to decide on. I knew for sure I wasn’t going to dye my hair because I barely dyed it dark brown 2 weeks ago. I thought about doing couture but I’m not super into fashion. So I decided something with food would be cool. My next problem was that I live in the dorms and there aren’t any kitchens to cook in. So I improvised and made cookies in a cup and cooked them in my microwave. I was hesitant because I didn’t use exact measurements or anything like that. So after lots of guessing, mixing, and 50 seconds of warming up later, I had my cookie in a cup. It was actually super delicious too which surprised me. I even made more for my friends after experimenting with mine. Overall, I would say it was a very successful experience. Next time, I would definitely need to invest in some measuring spoons and cups so my ingredients could be measured correctly.
Artist: Andre Ritter
Exhibition: Fuse: Join to Form a Single Entity
Media: Mixed Metals
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
This week I was able to talk to Andre Ritter. He no longer attends CSULB, he recently graduated last spring. He majored in metalwork. Due to his passion for art, he said that at one point he lived in his car because he spent a majority of his time working on his pieces. He said that currently he does not have a job in his field, but he has a huge project to work on. He is hoping to develop an art program at his son’s elementary school. He is in collaboration with CSULB and us hoping that two rooms at the elementary school will soon develop into art studios. He wants to leave his legacy with the youth and help expose them to art.
Ritter’s work was very symmetrical. Looking at all his work, it felt like all of his pieces just fit together. In his lamp, all of the metals had their own design but all fit perfectly with one another. He uses a water jet to cut his metal because he says that its a cleaner cut than razors. There is lots of detail within his art work. His work consisted of straight lines and geometric shapes.
When talking to Andre Ritter, he explained how closely he pays attention to detail. He believes that every piece should be filled and there should be no empty spaces. He even joked a bit and said he sometimes feels like he had agoraphobia because of his need to fill up space in his art and rooms. He gets his motivation from lots of different places. Some comes from other artist, some from nature, and he even gets some motivation from motion.
I loved his art work. I was very impressed by what he could do with just pieces of metals. Looking at all of the details, I could not imagine that amount of time it took to create each piece. They were all very appealing to the eye. I especially liked his lamp. It looks like something I would have in my backyard when I have my own house. The way the shapes all mixed together creates a look that I really enjoy.
This week I talked to Kimberly Gutierrez. She was super easy and fun to talk to. She is a second year student who is majoring in nutrition. The reason why she is majoring in nutrition is because she loves food and believes its the best medicine. She knows that food can either help a person, or hurt them. She wants to find the best way to be a dietitian and also be a personal trainer as well. In her free time, Kimberly likes to be outdoors, go to the gym, sleep, and also eat. She is taking Art 110 because she wants to be able to find a way to appreciate art.
Artist: Samuel Jernagan
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsy and Ideals
Media: Ceramics, Paint, Sculptors, Wood
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
This week, we got to meet the artist Samuel Jernigan. He is an artist from the Central Valley, which I found super interesting since that’s where I’m from as well. Jernigan is a graduate student from CSULB with a BFA in ceramics. He expressed that at one point he lived in his car due to the fact that he wanted to work on his art pieces for 16+ hours a day. His inspiration comes from abandoned toys from flea markets.
His art consisted of mainly ceramic pieces. Some of his pieces were very bright and full of life. Others were more bland to show how they were abandoned pieces. Each piece resembled different toys. They also all had something wrong with them. For example, in the picture below, one piece shows a doll head. The head has eyes that look different to show that it represents a used toy. Because his work was ceramic, all of his pieces had a smooth finish to them.
When talking to Jernigan, he said his inspiration came from abandoned toys. He wants to bring both the idea of belonging and abandonment together within his art. He is bringing a purpose to the toys that were left alone and abandoned. He claimed that he wants his audience to look at his art and think back to their childhood. He wants his audience to remember the toys from their past, and to remember the times where things were easier.
I really enjoyed his gallery. It reminded me of Dr. Suess, which is what I think the artist wants. Each piece was unique from the other which I found fascinating. Sometimes artists tend to repeat their ideas of their pieces, but I did not see that with his art. I spent a lot of time in his gallery because I wanted to soak in each piece. He took me back to my childhood and made me reminisce to a time when things were carefree and stress free.
This week I met Vanessa. She was super cool and fun to talk to. She is majoring in social work which I found super interesting since I’m a psychology major. She said that she is not quite sure if she wants to do an office job, or take on actual cases. Vanessa is hesitant about taking cases because she does not want to get attached to the children. I totally understand. She told me that she is from Long Beach and graduated from Mayfair High School. In her free time, Vanessa likes to shop, hang out with friends, go hiking, and she absolutely loves going to the gym.
I actually had a hard time with this week’s project. I really wanted to go to Venice for the art experience, but my plans fell through. After that, I had no idea what to spray paint on. After running around for a few hours, I finally found a box that I could spray. As you can see from the pictures, I’m definitely not an artist. This was my first time ever using spray paint, so it was super fun. I was a bit nervous though since I was using spray paint in front of the dorms. Overall, I had a fun experience and I’m glad it all worked out in the end.