Wk15- Artist Convo- Nancy Young

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Artist: Nancy Young

Exhibition: As the Crow Flies

Media: paper, ink, transparencies, litho stone

Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

Website: none

Instagram: none

For this weeks artist conversation, I had the opportunity to hear the context and background of Nancy Young’s work. She plans to graduate from CSULB this year as she majors in printmaking. She mentioned to students that she attend the university when she was younger, but stopped due to her grades and personal issues such as being bipolar. Now that Nancy has returned to school, she utilizes what she learns from her classes to make her work better and last (be looked upon in the future) rather than the money it makes. Nancy currently works in OC as a programmer.

For her exhibition, “As the Crow Flies,” Nancy decided to name it this because she traveled around So Cal for the classes, exhibitions, and workplaces she’s attended in her time. When looking at her work of art, I also noticed that she depicted the figure of a crow in some of her pieces. Looking at the exhibition she set up, her work consisted of different contexts and images she depicted in her work. Her work also varied in sizes which showed her versatility to work in small or bigger canvas and still be able to get her work across to the viewers. As printmaking is a timely form of art, one can tell these pieces took awhile to make, due to the levels/steps one must complete for printmaking.

When looking at her artwork, one can see the work Nancy has put into her work. One thing that she mentioned to the students was that she was grateful for another chance to attend school and now she was going to graduate with a BFA in printmaking. The work she has put up in the gallery resemble the art she wants to last in the future as she mentioned before. Most of her work vary in context, yet most had the idea of nature in it. For example, one piece had a tree, another had a crow, and another had the sky and a bridge. She likes using black, grey and white in her work.

Overall, I liked the idea of Nancy’s work and the way each had its own main image. I enjoyed more the story behind her work and why she continues to strive for her art. She returned to school and was able to finish because her love for art, which should tell students something. Ultimalty, I really enjoyed this convo as my last for Art110 class and enjoyed the semester.

Wk15- Classmate Convo- Vanessa Betancourt

For this weeks artist conversation, I met Venessa Betancourt, who I did not know prior to Thursday’s class meeting. From our small conversation, I got to know a lot about her interests and what she likes. Vanessa is from Bellflower, where she commutes from. She is currently a first year social work major, which she plans to use in order to do office work or to be in charge of cases. Some of her hobbies include hiking, going to the beach, and hanging out with friends. Vanessa’s favorite color is burgundy. Her biggest fear is not succeeding. The first thing she notices about people are their eyes and smile. Something we have in common is that we both like Italian food and music in general (aside from country). Her favorite artist is J Cole. If Vanessa can travel anywhere in the world, she said she would like to visit Italy. One thing on her bucket list is getting a full tattoo sleeve. Overall, it was cool getting to know Vanessa because we share some interests and I found out we take Hist 173 before this art class. Vanessa’s website: https://vanessabetancourt.wordpress.com


Wk14- Art Experience- Drawing in the Garden

For this weeks art experience, the class had to go to the Japanese Garden instead of the galleries to draw sketches of the garden. For the assigment, we had to draw six sketches, in which three are representative and three are abstract. For the three representative I concentrated on the garden and the pond. I put more details into my sketches. For the abstract, I basically sketched quickly and never lifted my pencil off the paper. This was easier because I kept drawing other lines over the ones I messed up on, which then added detail to them. For these drawings, I drew quick lines in forms of leaves for the trees and bushes in the garden. What was difficult in the assignment was drawing the animals in the pond because once you looked back at them, they were no longer in the same spot. This made it more fun as it took memorization for me to continue my sketch. Overall, I loved this assignment because we got to spend times outside of the gallery and got to sketch at the Japanese Garden.

Wk13- Art Experience- Ethnography

For this weeks art experience, I decided to do ethnography, which is the pre-electric culture experience. Because I missed out on Tuesday, I decided to choose a different art experience I can still participate in. Although this assignment was not to difficult, it was somewhat boring until I knocked out. The purpose of this was to experience what people did when there was no electricity where they were and determine how you wanted to spend your time. I spent the time in the living room of the house and turned off the television before I started. I started off by talking to a friend that was with me, but after a while in the dark decided to let time pass by. I went to sleep and wanted to get this over with since it was late anyway. I figured that it was more difficult for those in the past because they dealt with this all day and couldn’t pass through time. image

Wk13- Classmate Conversation- Carlos Cucufate

This weeks classmate conversation was with Carlos Cucufate, who I already met prior to this conversation. Carlos is currently here at CSULB as a Business Administration Management major. Carlos graduated from Animo Leadership in Inglewood, where he lives and commutes to CSULB from. Carlos told me that both his parent are from Salvador and the last time he’s been there was in the 9th grade. Some interests me and Carlos enjoy iclude playing  basketball, playing video games, and listening to rap/hip hop. Carlos also enjoys to play and watch soccer. He told me his favorite artist is Nas and his favorite sports team is Real Madrid. Another thing we have in common is that we both like Jordan shoes. Although I met him in the earlier weeks of the semester, I enjoyed getting to know Carlos more. Go check out Carlos’ website: https://carloscucufate.wordpress.com


Wk13- Artist Conversation- Nick Bamford

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Artist: Nick Bamford

Exhibition: No name

Media: Ceramics, Glass, Mixed-Media

Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery East

Website: none

Instagram: @nickbamf4d

For this weeks artist conversation, I got the opportunity to join the conversation Nick Bamford was having with other students. Originally from Huntington Beach, Nick is currently an undergraduate art student here at Cal State Long Beach. Nick is on his final semester here at CSULB and plans to attend a graduate school, although he’s not sure yet. As an art student, Nick is an artist who works with different media’s, but he does specialize in ceramics. Although his interests mainly consist of working on art itself, Nick explained that he also enjoys playing the guitar.

When looking at his art, I noticed that Nick was a hands-on artist who interacted with his work a lot. Nicks work in this exhibition consisted of sculptures he created. These sculptures were made up of items such as wood, chairs, lights, glass, fans, and pipes. Unlike other work I have seen presented in these exhibitions, Nicks work grasped my attention as it was something that stood out and looked sick. One can tell Nick includes his own style into his work of art because they are creative and unique. The lights inside the room were dimmed so that the lights of the sculptures stood out.

When entering the exhibition, I saw that it was dark and expected to see art that glowed or had light. What I didn’t expect was to see sculptures made up of objects seen in everyday life. The connection made by Nick was darkness and light and how they play a role together. Another connection I thought of when he explained his work was how one can utilize typical objects and create something out of the ordinary. Nicks work was “hands-on” which shows the connection an artist can have with his work. Nick further explained that time itself helps create this sculptures because it is a process that happens when one begins to work. Nick said his favorite work was the one that included the cart and I will also agree that this one was the most interesting for me.

After having heard his conversation, I understood the work Nick had created for this untitled exhibition. I really enjoyed the view from this exhibition because it caught my attention right away. Ultimately, this was one exhibition that again present a new concept and context compared to others in the past. It is always cool visualizing new forms of arts in these galleries.

Wk12- Classmate Conversation- Martin Diaz

For this weeks classmate conversation, I got to do it on Martin Diaz. Originally from the San Diego area, Martin is a 3rd year computer engineer student. Some of Martin’s interests include hanging out with friends, boxing, and cars. I thought it was cool that Martin boxed because my dad used to do amateur boxing. Some things we both had in common were that we’d both like to cross sky diving off our bucket lists, like sports in general, and like rap music. One thing Martin would like to do is attend a big boxing event or soccer game. One thing many people don’t know about Martin is that he was born in Durango, MX. It was good getting to know Martin, he seemed like a chill, cool person to get to know- check his website out: https://nitramdiaz.wordpress.comimage

Wk12- Artist Conversation- Jennifer Chen

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Artist: Jennifer Chen
Exhibition: Succession
Media: Printmaking
Gallery: Gatov Gallery West
Website: none
Instagram: none

For this weeks artist comversation, I approached Jennifer Chen who was giving a discussion about her work of art to a group of students. I decided to go hear about her art because I usually visit the Gatov Gallery West. Jennifer Chen is currently a student here at CSULB, who plans to graduate after the semester is over. Chen specifically works on printmaking, as it was not what she originally planned on doing when she got here. Chen formerly majored in biology, but changed it to pursue other interests she had. Now that she works with printmaking, she plans to teach it after she graduates.

After hearing about her artwork, I found out that Chen works with printmaking and adding her style/touch to other images she finds. With the use of printmaking, Chen is able to add colors and graphics that she envisions when looking at these images. Chen explained that the size of her artwork varies. The ones presented in the exhibition were fairly large, which she adds that it helps observers notice the details. Bigger pieces of printmaking requires more detail, as it is a big concept of the art itself. Although I previously knew about printmaking, Chen described the work to be lengthy because there are steps to making the work. Artist have to wait for the stages to continue on the next.

When describing her work, Chen said that she puts the concept of destruction in her work of art. In her work, one can see that the trees are different in the images. Some seem to be clearer and more detailed than others, while the others are smeared in paint (as if destroyed). I think this shows the difference in nature and one can visualize it in the real world. Chen also explained that she makes a connection between us and the nature around us, and how we play a major role in it.

Overall, I really enjoyed the work created by Jennifer Chen in this exhibition. Primarily, I walked into the exhibition and did not notice the painting that had been done over it. At first glance, it looked like it was an image, but after hearing her conversation with students about how she utilizes printmaking, I understood it more. Ultimately, I enjoyed viewing her artwork and understanding the meaning behind the concepts she portrayed.

Wk11- Art Experience- Turning Pages

Compared to other weeks art experiences, this week was a bit different due to a guest artist, Marta Troya. For this weeks art experience, we participated in an experience known as turning pages. This experience was a bit odd at first but after having understood its purpose and being able to answer the questions provided, I understood it. Turning pages showcases that people can document such experiences by taking photos or writing about it. Pictures and words can capture an experience because those who were not there can truly understand what occurred by photos and a detailed description. Depending on the person, the type of words and images used to document these experiences might matter, but in general they help document events that are worth remembering. Turning pages taught me that we can capture other experinces by enjoying it rather than taking images (like the library). The act of taking pictures to capture an experience can both help the experience or take away from it, depending on its cause. For example, meeting a famous athlete one looks up to can be helpful with a picture because it is a experience they’d want to be able to view again. On the other hand, taking pictures because you have to (like in a project or assignment) can take away from an experience because we are only doing it to get it over with.

Overall, the idea of turning pages was fun because it is something we have not done this semester. We started by going to the library and picking up children books to discuss it with others in the class. The second part of the experiences took places in the bookstore where we were able to visit different parts of it. The big difference between the two was that we were allowed to take images in the bookstore, unlike the library. I had more fun in the library because we were all together in the waiting room, reading in an area where it was not allowed.

Wk10- Artist Conversation- Helen Werner Cox

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Artist: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: Silent Screams

Media: Oil paint, pastels, prints

Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery West

Website: http://www.helenwernercox.com

Instagram: N/A

For this weeks artist conversation, I got to understand the art Helen Werner Cox created in depth. Helen Werner Cox is a graduate student in her last semester at CSULB. She is currently in the drawing and painting program. Some of her hobbies and interests include gardening and reading (specifically mystery or fiction novels). Before coming to CSULB, Cox was a art teacher and librarian at different schools in Boston, Massachusetts. Cox later moved to California after having attended college in Boston because of the weather.

When entering the Gatov Gallery West, I noticed the works on the wall that I later found out were Helen Werner Cox. When talking to a group of students, Cox explained that her work is made up of materials such as oil paints, pastels, and prints. In order to create the lines on her paintings, Cox utilizes different colors to create its shading. These colors create techniques that are warm, cool, light, and dark. Cox uses pastels over a layer of oil paint in order to speed up the process because using pastels alone is time consuming. Cox uses a schedule to create her art and use her ideas because she likes to be organized.

In her work of art, Helen Werner Cox gets her inspiration from antique carousels carved in the early 1920s. In her paintings, Cox depicts the horses with their mouth opens and tounges sticking out of them. This shows how the horses are screaming out loud but they are silent. This is the reasoning for the name of her exhibition: Silent Screams. She connects these ideas of the horses to adults living in today’s society.

Overall, I found this exhibit to be interesting and entertaining. I really liked Helen Werner Cox art because of the context and colors. I really enjoyed the combination of all the colors she used and how it turned out to look. The technique she used in her painting was impressive and how the images of the horse still turned out to look realistic. The discussion/conversation with Cox was helpful for me to understand the context of the painting. I like the idea used by Cox and the story it told.