Wk 15 – Artist Conversation

Artist: Amy Duran
Exhibition: Love Houses
Media: Ceramics, Sculpting, Painting, Film
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: N/A
Instagram: polkadot.pony

About the Artist

Amy Duran is on her last year at CSULB and she is in the Sculpting BFA program. Amy has always been into sculpting and she also enjoys creating stop motion films. She is into fantasy movies like Harry Potter. She transferred to CSULB from Cypress College.

Formal Analysis

Amy and her colleague Luis Casas created the display Love Houses. Luis created all the vases and ornaments while Amy decorated them with liquid clay squeezed from a cake decorating bag. The vases and ornaments are all made from clay ceramics and all the art pieces carry a festive holiday theme considering the ornaments are either christmas trees, flowers, or ducks.

Content Analysis

The display is named Love Houses because Amy’s last name paired with Luis’ last name means forever and house so they thought about their friendship and considered the name Love Houses. The art itself reminds me of Christmas. The vases are painted on the interior either red or green and they have decorative designs all around them that reminds me of a christmas tree being decorated or the christmas decorations you’ll see all around houses. All the mugs seem to be great for hot chocolate and hot drinks as well!

Synthesis / My Experience

I think this display was perfect for the holiday season, and the name having a meaning behind it makes it all the better. I’m sure it all took a lot of time but it’s amazing to see what teamwork can do when it comes to art. You can definitely tell Amy is into cake decorating with the types of designs she is able to create. I also love her other work, which is a reinterpretation of little red riding hood, but in this case, the wolf is actually in love with the girl!

 

 

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Wk 15 Activity – Finger Painting

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This week we did finger painting. I never ever tried finger painting, but it reminds me of the elementary school days where it didn’t really take effort to create something artistic and cool. The experience was pretty awesome seeing what kind of designs you can trace with your finger and what patterns you’re able to create. It was easier than I expected it to be because you can literally do anything and it will look cool. I think the fact that I didn’t have any subject to base my painting off of allowed me to move more freely and it wasn’t frustrating at all because there was no goal. This is similar to graffiti as in having to use the medium of paint but they are very different as well because you are using two different types of tools to create something and they both create completely different effects.

Wk14 – Group Portrait

I think our group portrait looked pretty weird and messy to be honest. There is no real clear and concise theme, just a bunch of pictures that people took of their days jumbled into one hashtag feed. A lot of people didn’t really care about the art aspect of the activity and they just posted pictures of daily life. I feel if there was a theme to be incorporated it would have looked way cooler! I feel like it’s not really a community at all, most people are just trying to get their assignments done. I do see a connection with people posting pictures of campus itself though which can say that we all go to CSULB.

Wk 14 – Classmate Conversation

This week I interviewed Daniel Velazquez, he is a third year attending CSULB. He is currently majoring in electrical engineering. He says he chose this major because it requires a lot of math. To me that seems pretty frightening and boring but to Daniel he says that he enjoys math which I don’t hear very often from people. He says he’s been good at math since he was a kid and that is all he was good at. The major also involves a lot of building which he also likes. He enjoys being able to work hands on with materials. Aside from school he likes to go for runs because he used to run cross country in high school just like me! He also likes to bike whenever he has the time to. I still suck at riding the bike. I forgot to take a picture with Daniel as well 😦

Wk 12 – Artist Conversation

Artist: Sage Garver
Exhibition: BIO
Media: Mixed Media, Sculpture
Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
Website: N/A
Instagram: N/A

About the Artist

Garver is a current undergrad attending CSULB. She is in the Sculpture BFA program has enjoyed doing art ever since she was a kid. She didn’t fully pursue her art career until she transferred here from community college. She has travelled to many places in the past and plans to move to Hawaii after she graduates to further work on her art. The whole process creating her exhibit took a month including making the pieces and putting them up. Garver also loves swimming, hiking and cooking and commutes to school.

Formal Analysis

Garvers exhibit features numerous shapes attached to the walls. These pieces are made of polyurethane foam and plastered on, protruding the walls. There are many circular donut shaped pieces. In the middle of the exhibit there is a gold chain attached to wires that are surrounded and melted with iridescent film creating a beautiful and unique object.

Content Analysis

This exhibit is supposed to represent the illnesses that Garver experienced throughout life. They vary from the types of food she has eaten to everyday activities. She wants to express her frustration with losing the power to control her body due to these physical problems. The surface of the walls are used to represent the interior of the body, having problems and illnesses “protrude” from the clear walls. You can see it almost as a mutation. The middle object represents the outside of the body, gold and beautiful, but nobody truly knows what lies within.

Synthesis / My Experience

I think this exhibit was unique, I didn’t think someone could come up with the idea of altering the foundation of the gallery itself and it looked to me like it took a lot of time. The most interesting part for me was the iridescent wires that stood out aside from everything else. It was amazing to see how the iridescent film conformed to the twisted wires creating an entirely new shape. I also really love the whole idea and how it was delivered.

 

 

Wk 11 – Artist Conversation

Artist: Kyle Kruse
Exhibition: Janus Maxim
Media: Textiles, Wood, Live Action, Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery
Website: kylekruseart.com
Instagram: kyle.kruse

About the Artist

Kyle Kruse is currently a senior attending CSULB, he is in the School of Arts Printmaking Program and was born in Northern California. He has never stayed in a city for over a year and is now currently residing in Long Beach. He plans to pursue his dreams in the UK after graduation and earn an MFA but he is still open to different opportunities.

Formal Analysis

The exhibit gave off a very haunting and dark vibe. The materials he used were rugged textiles, almost like a tarp material. There was dirt on the floor, and a variety of art pieces of different mediums. Three TV’s on a separate wall playing various short films. There were masks that represented physical versions of the woodblock carvings on the walls and they each represented odd creatures that could be found in the film itself. Dim lights outlined each piece and color was very dull.

Content Analysis

When talking to Kruse, he explained that each represent the Greco-Roman characters Prometheus who gave fire to humans and was punished by being chained to a rock, Janus who controls time, space and transitions, and Sisyphus who was punished for cheating death and was punished by continuously having the push a boulder up a hill only to have it roll back down on him. The entire exhibit stands for what it named for, which is Janus. We go through our days living life but we don’t realize how we are constantly moving through the Void and going through multiple transitions and how the idea of time and space are intertwined between those transitions.

Synthesis / My Experience

This is by far the most interesting exhibit I’ve experienced by far. I relate so much to the dark and eerie vibe that is given off by this exhibit and I can see the effort put into each individual piece. It is amazing to see how talented one can be so many different forms. I loved how complex the idea behind this exhibit was and it really opened my mind to the deeper things of life and the things we usually aren’t used to thinking about.

Wk 10 – Artist Conversation

Artist: Kristi Tristao Jensen
Exhibition: Lineage
Media: Mixed Media, Vitreous Enamel, Fine Silver, Copper, Sterling, Bronze, Patina, Gold Leaf, Steel, Wood
Gallery: Werby Gallery

About the Artist

Jensen has always been interested in art growing up. Her grandmother was very creative and her grandpa as well.  She transferred here from Santa Monica college and is in the Metals BFA program. This is her first solo show but she has done previous group shows at her previous college and also in high school.

Formal Analysis

This exhibition features all the metal pieces that Jensen has created over a long period of time. It involves necklaces, and also metal representations of different objects like nut shells, sea urchins, etc. She says that each piece takes a different amount of time. The three metal pieces in the middle of the exhibition took her a month a piece and her necklaces take around 6 months to make. The necklace “lemonade” and the three main pieces “fraternal” in the middle are her favorite. I believe all of these metal works involve different types of metals and colors which produces different results and visual effects.

Content Analysis

I believe all of these pieces were made to represent some form of method or technique. Each piece has a unique development that stands out. Fraternal has jagged and straight textured edges. Urchin has round, gold and silver embossed shells with various bumps and the necklaces are also made through a completely different method. So all of these creations are presented to outline and emphasize a certain craftmanship.

Synthesis / My Experience

This gallery was very interesting because I never truly thought of how hard it would be to craft metal into actual art pieces. It is such a unique choice of material to work with rather than using cardboard, or paper, foam etc and I give props to Jensen because working with metal requires a lot of patience and hard work. Jensen loves playing with fire as do I so maybe I some day would also like to work with this art form.