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.
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
Artist: Nick Bamford
Exhibition: No name
Media: Ceramics, Glass, Mixed-Media
Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery East
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.
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.com
Artist: Jennifer Chen
Gallery: Gatov Gallery West
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.
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.