A close home-town friend from Oakland, CA
I think sending somebody a care package is very similar to sending a snapchat because you are sending them something from your end of the world while they are still in theirs.
I think it is also different though because the amount of time to send a snapchat is so much faster than sending actual mail. However, I think that sending an ACP is much more meaningful and special than just a simple snapchat. You can keep the items in an ACP but a snapchat lasts only up to 10 seconds.
I personally like ephemera because I feel like every small item has so much meaning to it. It was acquired through a specific event in time that can never be relived again. It holds a lot of special memory no matter how small that memory is, it is a piece of your life per say. Some might think it’s trash because they are not very sentimental in nature.
I think seeing a painting in a museum is different from an ACP because an ACP might be made specifically for a certain person and it just wouldn’t have the same effect on someone else the same way it does for the specific person
Just like I mentioned, time does matter. I think having the mail be send slower is better because it lets them anticipate something that they are receiving and I guess with snapchat, faster is better because you can send a quick message or cute picture in just seconds and get your idea, expression, etc across.
There definitely is no love in a Mcdonalds meal as compared with a home cooked meal. A snapchat does not have as much meaning as an ACP because you don’t put as much effort into it. You simply hold down a button and press send. An ACP takes time to collect, create, and imagine what that other person would enjoy.
Artists: Dalia Banuelos & Daniel Bonilla-Vera
Media: Photography, Apparel, Yarn
Gallery: Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
Dalia and Daniel are both photography students at CSULB. They decided to create this exhibit because they have both been rejected by the photography BFA program. After her second rejection, Dalia decided that she would respond in the most necessary way. She talked to many studio art undergrad students and asked if they would want to partner up with her on this exhibition. Daniel was the one who took this opportunity to create something amazing. Daniel is a senior at CSULB. He says that he has always had a love for photography ever since he took a class in high school and now has a knack for art all in itself.
The construction of this gallery is very unusual but carries a deep message. There is a single string that encompasses the entire gallery holding up numerous neutral toned photographs and creating a “web” of photos. Beneath the photos lies two depressing figures dressed in hoodies. One is kneeling down face to the ground and the other is lying in fetal position in the corner. There are also photographs placed upon the walls and framed by yarn.
I believe this exhibition is about the rejection of the work these two artists had put into the BFA program. There is so much dark and depressing material here that it is only right to suggest that this gallery was made as an act of rebellion towards the program and represents how they put so much effort into doing something right but still didn’t accomplish their goal so the only option left is to do the complete opposite. Usually pictures are supposed to framed and hung up neatly where in this case they are scattered on yarn with clips. Even the trash can filled with photographs represents how they feel like all the work they put time into is not good enough. Actually, the whole exhibit is a composition of rejected work.
Synthesis / My Experience
The exhibition has so much potential to relate to. Everyone has experienced failure and rejection in their life and when I saw this it made me think of all the work I created that didn’t meet my own expectations or the expectations of others. It really lights a match somewhere deep in the heart and for me it pushes me to do something better, to create something better and this is why I believe failure is so important in the process of success. Just like Dalia and Daniel I would have done something similar if I was rejected from the program I was trying to get into because of my work. I feel like they really pushed their boundaries and it makes me hope that they get into the program just based off of this amazing exhibition
This week we went to the Japanese garden to sketch and practice our hand eye coordination skills. I felt like this was such a relaxing experience because I love nature and have never been to the japanese garden before this. I stayed a little but over class time just because it was so relaxing. I love sketching and try my best to draw everyday. These practices were awesome new ways of sketching and although not all of my sketches are very great, I found this activity very enjoyable.
This week I met Monique Alcala. She is a 4th year civil engineering major and decided she wants to be in civil engineering because it pays very well. She is super great at math and was thinking about being a teacher at first but if she could find a career that pays much more, than why would she? She is interested in architecture but long beach doesn’t offer that program so she’s thinking about taking more classes in that field after she graduates. She finds that something everyone should experience is music. Specifically an musician named Eric Prydez because she says that his performances are more of a visual experience with the addition of music. She told me that if she were to have child she would want her kid to be able to create and express themselves artistically but she would tell them that they need to face the reality that society does not give enough credit to artists as they should receive and that she wants her kid to have a stable career and income. Some of the same apps we have is soundcloud, twitter, instagram, snapchat, vsco and venmo
Artist: Nathaniel Paderanga
Media: Drawing, Painting
Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
Nate is currently a senior from San Diego. He is in the Drawings and Paintings BFA program at CSULB. He used to be a kinesiology major after he graduated from high school and transferred here to study art. After he graduates he plans to pursue a job that he has lined up, but if that doesn’t work out he wants to go to grad school and acquire his credentials for teaching because he wants to be a full time teacher. He likes to work at night and enjoys working out, playing basketball, and hanging out with his family.
The art that has been showcased is very realistic and portrays images of Nate’s culture, family and past. He uses contemporary realism to paint landscapes and portraits and uses an oil paint medium to create composition. There are no clear defined lines in a lot of the paintings but they are painted in a way where you need to see the image from a distance to fully see what is going on. When seen up close, you can see the amount of colors and details that are painted into the canvas.
During the interview, Nate stated that a lot of his paintings are dealing with the social injustices and problems that are seen in his everyday life. He says that a lot of these paintings were inspired after his mom passed away. After such an experience he began to realize and see all the things that his mother wanted him to know about, and so he turned it into art. He also has portraits of his grandparents, so a lot of his work is influenced by family and the issues they had to deal with.
Synthesis / My Experience
Personally I was amazed by the paintings. I can see that Nate is super talented with his art form and I think he was very successful in expressing his message through his art. He mentioned that his favorite painting was the one of his house as a kid. I enjoy his art because it has a lot of sentimental and nostalgic value to it. He even said he doesn’t remember a lot of things very well but he tries his best to replicate it the way he remembers and I think it is a great way to stay connected with your roots. It speaks to me because it really reminds me of the family gatherings I used to have and my own relatives and family members.
I have never really been into making flip books but i find it to be pretty fun to make and simple as well. You can literally take flip books into a career and create very detailed and crazy storylines! Or you can be like me and make the simplest flip book ever. I just bought notecards, drew a short story of myself being blown up by a missile and stapled the cards together. I think it turned out well!