The Wedge – Where the USU meets the Road!!

11.jpgAs to why people don’t walk around, I have no idea! But hey I get inline as well to try to take the shortcut. So I have never really payed attention as to what the big pieces of marble stood for or represent. But I have no idea as to what architects where thinking when they designed it. Let alone officially placed it there!!! So my idea is this. In the pictures posted the pieces of marble have cut outs which kind of form this window like structure. Why don’t we cut all the way through the marble to form two doors on both sides. I know   its not much but two doors is way better than a small crack students try to rummage through. Especially if we weren’t allowed to remove them entirely due to the meaningful purpose they might have.

My idea is Genius!


Artist Conversation

2.jpgGallery: Merilyn Werby Gallery

Instagram: polkadot.pony

Exhibition: The exhibition is her

Amy Duran started off at Cypress City college and transferred here to CSULB after her second year. Her current status is that she will be graduating in spring as a BFA Ceramics major from Cal State Long Beach.

It was a little hard to ask the artist any questions that were personal because it was actually her brother who we got to interview. However, we did learn that the exhibit was her displayed as all the small doll like figures in the showcases. And that the animals in them as well were her previous pets that meant so much to her in a time of need. The art pieces she created eventually told a story of how she would actually like to make props for movies. Apart from the art we got to hear Amy enjoys baking cakes and decorating them with extravagant designs and images.

Amys art is very detailed and defined. Each display unravels its own story and looked like it was extremely time consuming due to the manny effects it had. Not only was the art able to be spun around it was also able to bring out certain characteristics as well as hide others. While also having front and back images completely different from one another, which was fascinating to see. The art piece was literally created like a small scene from a play, it had curtains that draped down the sides as well as props, a character (her) and a backdrop with a small book like diary that told a story.

The story is based on Amy’s personal struggles of never quite fitting in with the crowd, feeling anxiety overgrowing apart from and forgetting her inner child. While at the same time having this emotion overcome her wanting to be free all at the same time. The displays were constant reminders that told her it was ok to feel afraid as an adult. Her art also showed another classic side to femininity, giving it power and replacing the connotations as symbols of weakness and vulnerability with strength and capability. She believes keeping the memories close will aid in not forgetting what made her the person she is today.

Overall I found this exhibit quite interesting, from the look of it; it seemed to be someone reliving their childhood as if they wanted to go back in time. However, once I had read the notes she had posted before we entered I noticed the whole exhibit had this darkness to it that I guess you really had to pay attention to. After realizing that the image portrayed both good and bad times it made sense as to why the images were able to be turned around and pulled with. It literally depicted some of the untold stories with out having them come out of her own mouth.unnamed

Finger painting!!!

dogThis was the funnest activity yet!!!! So the dog pictured here is something that me and one of my friends who is also my neighbor tried to create. Some short quick information about my neighbor is that she is actually going to school for art at LBCC . She had recently shown me her sketches that she is drawing as part of her assignments on the way back home. So I had told her about mine. Although she draws naked people right now she thought mine was still pretty fun and easy lol. So I started out by getting a white crayola tube of paint then got several small little containers of paint that normally come with cheap kids coloring books. I found what seemed to be a pretty simple picture of a dog painted on pinterest. However, once I tried the first time I immediately  made up a much simpler version. I chose to finger paint the first time because recently last week I saw on Facebook an artist who uses her hands to paint. They were amazing pieces of art! I wish I remembered her name so I could have uploaded a link or at least her name to search her up. I remember watching her video and she had said “its like using ten brushes at the same time!” The art she created was super colorful and had this texture to it. Mine on the other hand looked like a blob ! Maybe its because I tried doing  it with no spaces in-between so it just looked like a big awkward shape. Until, Fabi my neighbor helped me out and loaned me a brush since it might have been a little easier. I thought This was the funnest one yet because it literally kept me laughing the entire time. An I can honestly say I am proud of are work!






Week 8 : Classmate Discussion

For this weeks classmate conversation I got the chance to meet Salmah with an “h”! We had to move thiconvos conversation along very quick, due to the short amount of time that Glenn left us with lol. However, we did end up with the basics. Salmah is a first year here at CSULB and is taking this art class as a general ed. Right now, she is undecided when it comes to picking her major but she still has plenty of time to venture off and experiment with multiple ones. Occupational therapy is her future job description as of now but she wants to look into it a lot more before she enters that field.  She chose this school not only because she really enjoyed visiting but because some of her closest friends from her home town in Englewood attend too. Salman is the only child, and loves to sing and dance although she doesn’t think she has the vocals or good coordination.

Fun fact: Salmahs been to Malaysia 3 to 4 times!

Artist Conversation

unnamedArtist: Elena Roznovan

Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Instagram: eroznovan

Exhibition: Stop and Stare

Media: video installations

Elena Roznovan is a 2nd year grad student here at CSULB in the MFA program of sculpture and new genre. After doing her undergrad at Marilyn University in Baltimore she chose Long Beach to continue a new chapter in art. She is originally from the SSR from a small town known as Moldova, and plans to venture off and travel around the world. Curiously awaiting to see different changes of scenery and see how her art will evolve.

Elena’s inspiration comes from many artists especially Robert Urwin, who she can relate to and connect with on many personal levels. Elena started her work as a painter, then slowly transitioned into interactive installations that are inspired by light in space. The piece that was displayed in the gallery as pictured felt very surreal, almost as if the image was your current location at which we were all standing. Then there were these colorful laminate frames that hung down that we were able to see the backdrop through.

 The artists initial job title would be to create video installations, that are made with any piece of scenery or individual ideas. That investigates phenomenology, time and the way images are constructed. She wishes to apply for residencies all over the world to get a feel for the change of scenery and different landscapes, including a variety of wide ranged pieces. The purpose of her artwork is to challenge the viewers or audiences perception or expectations regarding moving pictures and spaces in which they are inhabiting. Elena uses both the environmental aspect and optical props that give off a mediation type feel, that ultimately take a 2D image and create a 3D experience.

Overall, I feel like this exhibit was a very interesting piece, that was open for interpretation. The part that I enjoyed the most was getting to talk to the artist herself, she made it so that her work can make you feel however you wanted it to, at anytime, with no in particular vision. It was simply to look at the image with an open mind and state what you feel and see. To me, it was like looking at a colorless bland landscape that had the potential of having so much life and brightness. Which made it seem like you can either view this mural with the great potential that it has to become something amazing. Or look at it as the old washed up piece of land that it is. Which to me makes  the difference of realizing that your truly happy or miserable.







Classmate conversation

We haven’t done one of these in what feels like forever, and we both forgot to take a picture!!! I guess we got so caught up in our conversation that it didn’t even cross our mind, until I began to write. (so I added a pic that goes with our convo ).Anyway, Laura is one of the classmates that I got to meet and introduce myself to. I learned quite a lot from her, with the brief 15 minutes or so that we had. This ipreferables her first year attending CSULB as a human development major. She is originally from Lakewood CA, and chose this school knowing that its close to home, while her 2 older siblings influenced her as well as they attended this university. It was funny once she said she was a first year because I completely got the impression that she was my age, but nope! She’s only 18 which I thought was funny. Her hobbies consist of quite a few things. Her most recent that she had just picked up is painting. She plays softball and enjoys watching sports like football and baseball. We had the softball part in common and watching other sports but our favorite teams happened to be rivals!  Her 2 dogs are even named after the players lol.  I found her job quite interesting, she works at Petco and I found her job quite interesting. She works with mainly cats and dogs and plans events as well as finding adoption groups. She’s the second manager at just 18! So cool!


I Knew it Reminded me of something!

For this art activity it was surprisingly hard for me to choose a topic that I can base a non fiction or fictional story off of. The art galleries consisted of so many items that reminded me of certain things in my life or memories that  flashed in my head as I processed the looks of some of the unnamed1.jpgpieces of work. However, there was one piece that I couldn’t get out of my head or pretend as if I never saw it, because it stayed in the back of my head through out  the entire class period. It was different colored tube like trails intertwined within each other, with rings that you can drag from one end to the other. Now this wasn’t the splitting image of the one I’m use to but it is pretty darn close. This maze like puzzle was one of the main reasons why I would agree to go to the doctors for regular check ups or appointments. No matter what the reason is even today, the vibe of a clinic or hospital freaks me out! I hate them so much, with a passion. However, as a kid this small gadget gave me the small bit of motivation I needed to at least make it to the front desk or waiting room that it was in. The one that I remembered was about 3 feet tall and had small skinny wired trails that looped in all sorts of directions that had bright colorful shapes that you would be able to drag across and make loud noises with as they all crashed, one after the other in the small quite waiting area. Even though its probably the lamest story you’ve heard, I thought it was pretty neat how I  instantly thought of that when I probably could have used my crazy imagination on a different piece. O well!

Its the Little things

unnamedRather than the little things that most people think I’m talking about, I’m talking about the exact opposite. Now, I know whoever is reading this is going to think that I’m going to talk about all the cute small things my boyfriend does for me, but I’m not. Im talking about the dumb small things we constantly fight over! For instance, I took pictures of the 3 small conflicts we always seem to bicker about, even though there are quite a few more. Here we go,  Cause number one. The crazy ex girlfriend that always seems to stalk him. Now, I’m from a small town where everyone is all up in your business and might even know things about you, that you yourself  haven’t even  discovered yet. So trust me when I say people will see you, they’ll talk about it and eventually it will get to the wrong person. Anyways, she’s one of the main reasons we bicker, for multiple reasons. Once in a blue moon he will go out, which is perfectly  fine with me. I get it, he can’t be with me 24/7. Guy time is necessary just as girl time is for us ladies. However, I swear this chick has a radar whenever he’s a certain distance or  a timer that rings when its perfectly convenient for her to attack. Even though he lets me know what happens and I trust him, its the jealousy that kills me! I get super jealous, and it makes me seem like the psycho! But thats a whole other level of arguing. Cause number two, I don’t even want to say it cause I might sound crazy and controlling, but its phones! Who can he possibly be talking to or searching or looking at, that is munnamed4.jpgore important than me! I mean come on, when were at dinner or hanging out for short periods of time. Leave the phone alone, and carry on a convunnamed3.jpgersation with  me. Although most of the time its quick peeks to check scores, he’s a big sports fan. Last but not least, decision making. And its mainly on what to eat. Now, this turns into more than  it should only because he tries to be nice and go for what I want to eat. But it never works out because he’s super picky. Its always an “I’m not feeling it “,or “nah  that doesn’t sound good ” or “what about….” So its pointless for me to say anything, which makes it go back and forth and a lot longer than it should be. Plus on top of that, one of us is usually beyond hungry, and you don’t mess with people who are hungry!

Art Activity :Automatic Drawing , I See A Person

For the automatic drawing, me and my roomate sat on the floor and let the pen just go with the flow. For a minute we did begin to laugh, because we just kept going  around circles, so things did feel weird and we didn’t know if it was supposed to look how it did. A couple minutes later though, one of us would pull in one direction while the pen just kept gliding, then the other would get control and so on and so forth. The end result had kind of tripped us out because we saw a old lady. The dark circle towards the bottom is a low bun, she has a dark big eye with a dot below that makes her look creepy. A long sharp bent nose and a pointy chin. Overall, we were surprised at our outcome because it definitely felt like we had no idea what we were doing, or what this would turn out like.

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Artist Convo#3

Artist: Emily Anne Barnett

Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Instagram: Emily_b_anne

Media: Printmakingunnamed

Exhibition: Recent Works on Paper

Emily Barnett from Northern California and has taken drawing seriously for the past nine years.  After completing her undergrad from Humboldt State University she transferred and is now a current grad student here at Cal State Long Beach in the printmaking program. She uses the combination of portraiture and abstraction to unravel the emotions of mental illness.

Her artwork consists of a young version of herself with stuffed bears surrounding her. Most of her pieces pop on the plain white canvas with all other objects filling in space. The artwork she produces are actually lithographs that are drawn on limestone. The work she had displayed took any where from four days to 3 weeks, so there is a wide range of a time span.

Emily has suffered from anxiety and depression her whole life. Which she strongly advises to cure right away if possible. In college there are many stress factors that can break people and she really  made it clear to seek help with all the resources we as students are available to. Which is what her series of work and topics depicted. She stated that the little girl in each of the drawings were her, and the animal portrayed is Pooh Bear from Winnie and the Pooh. She told us the childhood stories of her struggling with the illness, and told us the bear represented her comfort object as to how she dealt with it. The emotions her work had shown were a lot more than looking at the frames and seeing a sad little girl. The frames represented  a life, a childhood story and an illness millions of people deal with daily.

As far as Emily bringing awareness to this illness, I’m all about it. I have never been able to see a artist show lifelong challenges they live with and have to cope with themselves. Especially, when they don’t have the chance to change it. Ive met people that deal with symptoms and emotions like this but never how it effects them. I think Emily is able to touch many people on a personal level, and its a great topic to bring the attention to.