Week 15: The Future Me

  1. If I were to be looking in the near future for something that I would see myself doing. I hope I would be a physical therapist, working in a rehabilitation center, which is what I intend to graduate with. I chose this major because its a stable career that is always needed and I can live comfortably with. Also married eventually with a kid, living in a cozy home having goldfish as pets and living a eventful/ adventurous life. Where I can enjoy the outdoors and away from tourist populated areas but not a farm like village.
  2. If this future didn’t work out for me, I think id be waitressing, living in an apartment with my current boyfriend and just hustling day in and day out to get by. While going on a big trip once a year on vacation. Realistically, I think this is the most like me. Im smart with my money and don’t need the materialistic things in life to keep me happy. As long as I’m healthy and smiling I think I would be nicely off with this lifestyle. I try to be as optimistic as possible with certain situations. So I see it as if the dream job were to disappear by tomorrow, I look at it as another opportunity that has different benefits to offer.
  3. If I were financially secure, I wouldn’t want a job at all. I wold love to relax and enjoy quality time with family and friends. I would love to travel around the world while taking them with me. Im  very family oriented and as long as I have them I  would be fine. I also wish that I would have unlimited accessibility to a gym with every piece of equipment and a personal trainer inside. I would also like to be able to change the poverty around the world with the income id be accumulating over time.

Classmate Convo Week 15

1Mharjorie is a chemical engineering major who transferred from LBCC to CSULB. Surprisingly, this is her first semester and the first time she’s changed her major. Considering that she used to be a Nursing student at the community college. However, she liked math and took a chemistry course and liked it a lot more! Luckily all her science courses she previously look just transferred over to her current major. So it has a little in common and isn’t completely different. Her dream career would be making pharmysudicals, like drugs. Although right now she is a office assistant for a nursing agency. With that job she has she told me sometimes she regrets changing her major. A main reason why is she works in pay roll and she sees the large numbers on the stubs thats like a hit to the stomach. Originally Mharjorie is from the Philippines and moved to Long Beach at the age of ten and about one year ago moved to Carson. Hobbies that keep her busy are the pretty basic activities. Such as, work the gym and school. Overall it was a pleasure speaking and meeting Mharjorie we had a few good laughs!

Sketching In The Japanese Garden

11.jpgSketching at the Japanese Gardens is a must! Not only was it the most satisfying and relaxing class I’ve ever had, It was also the most encouraging reward! Something about sitting in a tranquil and refreshing environment while also seeing amazing sights makes you loosen up and draw freely. Rather than criticizing your own work and wanting to quit. The only thing I did not like so much was trying to sketch in a rush with the multiple 30 second sketches. On the bright side there were more things I loved. I loved the fact that I couldn’t erase, it was neat seeing if I was able to make something of the small mark
12.jpgor akward line I drew. I also enjoyed the openness of the assignment, which was literally to draw anything you saw or any angle you wanted to draw the scenery from while playing against time. I liked being able to visually see the assignment than sketching it from a book or online I also liked that fact that I drew with an opened mined and was relaxed enough to the point where I just let the pencil move on its own. Overall I was surprised how my sketches looked. Im usually drawing stick figures or flowers and it was nic1e doing something different for a change. Such as drawing rocks, grass, trees and fish. I think this assignment was my favorite!

Classmate Convo- In The Gardens

1.jpgDiana was chosen one! Diana Is a freshman here at CSULB from Torrance California, she was hoping to actually go to a UC, but didn’t get in so she attended here. A crazy fact about Diana is that she never pre visited this school in fact she just showed up the first day and gave it a shot. I personally think that is super brave but she fell in love with the school luckily and doesn’t regret it at all. The one thing she dislikes however, is the walking! Which I can imagine can get pretty frustrating depending on how far apart classes are with the amount of time you have to get there. Apart from that she was a Marine Bio major but changed it to Mechanical Engineering, a  main reason was because she hates chemistry but is very good at math. A plus side is that Diana lives close by to good companies which are in her specific career path. She wanted to minor in film because she loves taking pictures and editing videos but doesn’t have the time. Considering that those two fields have nothing in common and are complete opposites, but that would be her dream job. Diana and I had multiple things in common especially music and sports and I ended up learning about a few new artists I need to look into. All in all it was a pleasure meeting Diana and it was nice that our conversation just flowed.

Week 13: Artist Conversation

Artist : Krystal Ramirez

Media: insta- kgrmetalcraft

Website: http://www.kgrmetalcraft.com

Gallery : Dr.Maxine Merlino Gallery

Metal smithing and Jewelry Design

Krystal Ramirez specializes in metal smithing and jewelry design and is one out of the two graduating out of the metals art program here at CSULB. She is originally from Huntington Beach which isn’t too far away which is how she ended up here at this university. This is her grand finale now and she is using this exhibition to expose her work as her BFA show. Krystal Ramirez hasn’t always worked with metals, in fact it all started her senior year at an arts high school with an emphasis in drawing and painting when she took a jewelry class and then suddenly got inspired.

tableThe art exhibition consists of six metals that sit on plate like circles, arranged at a dinner table. On these plates are a random objects made by the artist herself. For example, there was a bracelet that clasped on to her wrist that she displayed for us. On the others are a set of utensils ( a fork, spoon and knife). A small bowl and a vase completely opposite of one another and a neat little object of two hands that join together like magnets, which was pretty interesting. When talking to the artist she stated that she was most comfortable working with copper but it is easiest to work with silver. Her ultimate goal is to make these items or most pieces of her art food safe so that way they have a better purpose rather than just being on a display shelf being useless.

Her work serves as an exploration of the relationships that are formed around the dinner table, reflecting on the people that have been a part of her journey and the influences they have had on her. The truths that were shared and continue to nourish her as an individual, drive her creativity and enhance her humanity. The plates are a cohesiveness function that deal with personal inspirations which is why the dinner table as well as its components are extremely family oriented.

unnamed-13Clearly I find the exhibition of  La Cena Esta Servida very interesting,  I think I personally relate a lot to it .  The dinner table is where everything literally gets laid out on the table, especially when you have a big family. The dinner table is where you get confronted, meet important people, where you or your friends get put on blast, talk about things that make you uncomfortable, where you get in trouble and lastly where everyone had time to talk about their day and just relax and laugh. To me this exhibit was awesome and something that I easily related to.






Week 13 Classmate Convo

duy.jpgDuy  is a freshman here at CSULB who came here to study all the way from Vietnam. A fun fact about him is that he actually chose this school because he forgot to write his personal essay, which automatically eliminated him from enrolling in a UC. Which I found hilarious, and he didn’t choose Fullerton because friends he knew of where already attending. Although he believes that all schools are the same , yeah some might be a little more prestigious than others but the education opportunity is equally the same as long as you put in the effort. Duy is a computer science major who wants to work somewhere along the line of a software developer in programming. His major definitely shines through when he starts talking about all the video games he enjoys playing, he can go on and on about those. His favorite game is called League of Legends, which is a karate like fighting game. Overall Duy had me laughing pretty hard and it was a pleasure to meet him.

Fun Fact: His favorite animal is an Owl and Turtle!

Ethnography , Week 12



( Here in my room was where I spent The dark ours of this experiment, After I chose my room I realized I chose the darkest spot in the house! I have no windows in the room but in the bathroom connected to the side, which made my stay feel like an eternity!)

A day without electricity, was a day without seeing! My experience with no light was liberating yet so frustrating. It wasn’t bad, until the sun went down and the night got later and later. I thought the experience would be easy, thinking that “ok well when the sun goes down and it gets to the point where I can’t see, I’ll just fall asleep”. Well that mentality went to shit as soon as I asked myself what I was planning on eating, I was going to make something quick and easy, but how with no light and not using any microwave. Or what about brushing my teeth and taking off my makeup. I had to hover my hand over the sink to find my makeup wipes and my toothbrush without knocking everything off. By the time I layed on my bed I began to wonder about everything I wasn’t able to use. For instance, my phone which was about to die,  that is my alarm clock, communication, reminder, calendar and news. Pretty much my phone assists me with everything that lets me function smoothly throughout the day! As relaxing as it was without electronics and the internet to distract me from nature’s beauty and actually having to talk to someone physically.  It was frustrating not being able to see clearly or at all. Plus not planning my day around the time just made it more difficult and dinner probably would have been a lot more satisfying if it wasn’t just cereal. Overall I think it would be cool to live in an era where electricity isn’t present. Although there are many benefits to having light, I think people are a lot happier, communicate well and know how to keep busy without becoming a zombie on social media!

Week 12 Artist Convo

1.jpgArtist: Alice Andreini

Website: Andreiniart.com

Exhibition: No-Man’s Land

Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery

Alice Andreini is a Drawing and Paintings major with Studio Practices here at the California State University of Long Beach. Alice Andreini is originally from Minnesota who did theatre as her undergrad while set designing and creating scenic paintings. While also using  this exact exhibition as her thesis! Hopefully, in the future Alice will use her studies and fulfill her dream as a teacher here at CSULB in a college level painting class.

The strategy she used for this exhibition,  was the idea of squareness that uncovered the machine behind landscaping. To her art isn’t always gridded but it was more of a new style she had discovered and just rolled with. Other than art, she loves to read poetry, Facebook it and read philosophy, which she considered boring to the average person. The artist stated that she didn’t pursue art until recently but she always wanted too. However,  was scared because art is hard and not practical at all, she never heard anyone say how comforting it is to make a living off art.

1.jpgTo the artist the landscape framed in the exhibition revealed ideologies of a culture. The authenticity of the nature that typically is used to veil the economics, cultural and material considerations that go into the production of landscape as a universal ideal. She started from a specific , concrete place that involve golf courses as a subject that encapsulates the sentimentality and allure of American pastoral. Working with such a specific topic and goal  Alice unravels and unveils creating a new realm that may also be viewed as experiencing a new world.

As I walked around this exhibit, I noticed the grid like structure to each piece of landscape. I loved Andreini’s art because I felt each piece had a grey like simple boring color but then bursted with many hues of bright color seeping through the gridded lines. Making it seem as if the boring world underneath was being shattered and forming into something much more beautiful. Overall I do believe the artist achieved her goal in creating a new realm because that is the exact feeling I got after starring at each art work before I read her description or interviewed her.

Week 11: Tracing Gun Violence in The U.S.

g3Artist: yujia Gu

Exhibition: Gun Violence

Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

Media: none

Yujia Gu is an international student that attends here at the California State University of Long Beach in the art program. Both her and her family were extremely worrisome on her transferring to the U.S. due to the mass shootings and gun violence they heard so much of. However, she did it. She moved out here and decided to actually research on the specific area of concern and realized it was as serious as her and her mother thought.   Astonished at the statistics found of various cases of gun violence.

g2The exhibit gave off the feeling of a dark and excluded room, with black draped curtains at the entrance of the gallery. When people stepped foot in the exhibit there was a large piece of writing on the walls with multiple pictures of guns. As well as a piece of glass that hung just off the center of the ceiling that depicted the multiple people injured or killed by gun violence. It was extremely real, Yujia Gu’ saying that was written  on the wall stated ” In order to protect, people buy”. Which is exactly what is happening, people who feel threatened and scared for themselves or their families are buying the same weapons that they are against, which is ironic. Not only is it making more and more people purchase them, its getting them out there as well. It seems as if its fairly easy for people to get their own hands on one and its quite frightening as well.

g1The overall purpose of the exhibition was to make people realize how serious and infamous the gun violence is. As well as to give viewers a clear presentation and inform people of the violence that happens around them on the daily. The artist said that she was in complete shock when she saw the statistics here than from any other places or countries. Although she stated what the problem was she didn’t quite give the solution that shed prefer other than buying the weapons that the same exact people are scared of.

In my opinion it is a lot different to hear or see on the news with the big titles and heaadings of papers about these incidents or crimes. Than when you actually are facing their profile and pictures directly head on. It really gets you thinking about what these people have left behind, whether its a spouse, kids, pets their jobs or whatever it may be, it truly is heartbreaking. I thinks its incredibly to have it be known about this very current event because it is such a problem we have today. I also thought it was touching that she incorporated the images of the victims that were projected on the glass. It was a intense exhibit that was informative and deep.

Week 11: Classmate Convo

4.jpgThis weeks art assignments were to pair up or form groups of three and discuss the image we think we can all agree or connect with The two student I was able meet were Gabriela who is a freshman her at CSULB, and originally from LAX and hawthorne area. I learned she is also a kinesiology major here but she is taking the Occupational Therapist road which was pretty cool. Sohee was the second student I met in our group, she is a third year foreign exchange student from South Korea, who came all the way out here to pursue her dream in graphic design which I found interesting. We came together to make a triptych or three image panel of something that we agreed on, and we chose the awareness of gun violence in the world today. We chose this topic because we all agreed that these exhibits in the galleries were the most real. As in, the art presented in the galleries that we have seen are creations done by artists as either a hobby or done on a topic that they enjoy doing. Or on a personal issue that they personally struggle with or have  overcame. As where the art presented  here was a global issue that many people are aware of because it is a big problem today! We defined beauty as a something that was undefined or open to interpretation, too many people have different opinions of what they consider beauty. So we figured beauty can be in a person, objects places or type of emotion. Something that isn’t beauty would be something or someone mean or traumatizing. Someone with a bad soul or bad intention, or something with a bad vibe or    intention. And as for sublime when we googled the word it gave us a definition of a specific level of something that either makes an image great or horrible. However, from the group talk we learned it was something more like a deep almost terrible place.