Wk 14 – Art Experience – Sketching in the Garden

This week’s art experience was sketching in the Japanese Garden! I didn’t go with the class, instead I went on my own time. Overall, it was very fun. It was pretty relaxing too. The only stressful thing was not being able to erase mistakes. I kept making small mistakes. Since I am a perfectionist, I couldn’t let it go. It really bothered me. But I just traced around it, or ignored it. Another great thing was that I got to appreciate nature. Usually, I noticed that everyone is too busy on their phones to look around and see how beautiful life is. I am one of those people. But for that small block of time, I didn’t look at my phone once. Instead I focused on drawing. It was a great stress reliever. In conclusion, this activity has inspired me to perhaps try this again on my own time. But for a different scenery.

My three abstract:

My three representational:

 

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Wk 14 – Student Conversation -Ooi Jing Huan

Jing’s blog: https://jingghuann.wordpress.com/

This week’s student conversation was with Jing Huan Ooi! She is an international student from Malaysia. Her major is electrical engineering. She does not dorm on campus. But, she has an apartment in Los Angeles. She is currently a junior. Her hobbies include: reading, writing, watching Asian television drams, and window shopping. She favorite type of food is korean bbq. She favorite type of drinks is hot chocolate, or any type of chocolate-y drinks. She really likes the chocolate moose the most. She is also twenty years old. She wanted to mainly become an engineer since they make a lot of money. The first and foremost reason as to why she picked this school was because it is close to the beach. She currently does not have a license. This is because she does not have to drive in America. Zootopia is her favorite movie.

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Wk 13 – Art Experience – Art Care Package

This week’s art experience was to make an art care package. My person to send to was Patrick Dong. The experience of putting together the package was pretty hard. I didn’t know what to send, or what I could part with without feeling bad. But it got easier once I realized that I can just make copies of anything I sent out. For instance, I sent out my driver’s license test. After I just made another copy of it. Sending someone a ACP is similar to snapchat because both require you to think, and to put a bit of yourself in the package. But, it’s also different since the ACP is more tangible and special. A snapchat will appear before the other person for however long the other party desires. But, with ACP the other person essentially holds onto a piece of you forever. So it’s much more meaningful and special. Also, it’s more imitate and personable. Ephemera, to me, is very special and valuable. Each ephemera is unique and special since it holds a lot of memories. Not all ephemera gains value over time, but some due. For example back in the 1960s,  a concert ticket from The Beatles probably wasn’t worth much. But now, in 2016, it is much more valuable since The Beatles have broken up since then. Also, the tickets aren’t produced  anymore, making it even more valuable. I feel like my grandkids would appreciate it getting ephemera, since it’s rare. I believe there is not difference between ACP and famous art. For one thing, famous art also holds a bit of the artist in the exhibit/piece. Same thing with ACP, it also holds a piece from the person who sent it. The time and effort means more with ACP. Snapchats are easily made and sent out every few seconds. With ACP it takes much more time and effort, making it even more special and meaningful. Slow is better since it shows that more thought and feeling is behind the items sent, highlighting the message/theme as a whole. You cannot “prepare a meal with love” and compare it to getting food with mcdonalds. Fast food is a corporation, there main motive is profit and business. But “making food with love” contains much more thought, effort, and care. An ACP does contain a possibility of a different “love” from snapchat. Snapchat “love” is insincere, quick, and basically just to update others on your life. But, an ACP’s “love” is more sincere since it shows more of an effort, and more care.

MY ACP:

Specific items:

  • You: A polaroid of my dog Kiki, my driver license’s test, my disneyland ticket and cute card, I recently went to Canada – my airline ticket, another ticket to the Bushard Gardens.
  • The person you’re sending to: Patrick seems to like photography, so I included a cool polaroid film box
  • This cultural moment: A tsum tsum, which are very popular now
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Wk 13 – Artist Conversation – Ihab Ali

Exhibition: Eye Witness
Media: Car, dry wall, black sheeting, lights,
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
Website: N/A 
Instagram: ihabali

This week’s artist is Ihab Ali. Ali is currently an undergraduate at CSULB. He majors in ceramics, and plans to graduate in May. Ali is from Europe, where he said the atmosphere was more hectic. This ultimately inspired him to make Eyewitness. His father was a political activist. This prompted him to move from Europe to the U.S. when he was fourteen years old. Originally he was an astrophysics engineer. But, he switched to pre-med. and finally settled down to major in ceramics. But Ali feels discontent, for he believes that people shouldn’t have to go to school to become an artist. His favorite foods are pizza and pineapples.

This exhibit was a maze/walk through! Throughout the maze it was very dark, or dim lighting. There appeared to be blood-inspired spots on the wall. There was a section with white sheets on the ground. Next, there was a television, but only static played. The next room contained a broken car. Along the way, there were pits of wood on the ground. Also, there was a white star on the wall. Throughout the exhibit, there was an ominous soundtrack playing. The scale was very huge, it too up the entire room. The main color scheme was gray, black, white, and cream. There was also use of dry wall, and black sheets.

This exhibit was mainly to mirror the scary, fearful atmosphere Ali felt when he grew up in Syria.  The important aspect is that this was to mirror what it was like. Ali took his parents to experience the exhibit and they said that the atmosphere was very similar to where they used to live. But, the ultimate goal was to allow other people to experience what it’s like in a “different world.” Ali also said that he used pits of the media to inspire him. This was helpful since it portrays a dark, and scary mood.

This art exhibit was very powerful. It was very cool to experience a walk-through such as this. It’s definitely one of my favorites, since it was nothing similar to what we have seen before. At first when me and my friend entered, we were joking around and we were kinda scared. But, after I realized the more serious message behind this exhibit. It really helped me appreciate and love this exhibit more. I’m thankful for this particular exhibit since it raises more awareness toward this subject. Overall, Ali’s exhibit was interesting and enjoyable. I hope he continues to spread awareness.

 

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Wk 13 – Student Conversation – Natalie Guevara

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Natalie’s Blog: https://natthecat1.wordpress.com/

This week’s classmate conversation was with Natalie! Natalie is currently a sophomore at CSULB. She majors in criminal justice. Her hobbies include: drawing, hanging out with friends and family, and she likes to hike around mountains. She currently dorms at hillside. Helping out the community, Natalie is also an active member of Circle K. She also loves horror movies. One day she wants to work for a government agency. She is 19 years old. Natalie has no pets. She loves classic rock, heavy metal, and alternative music. Her favorite art activity was automated drawing. She also loves Peruvian food.

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Wk 12 – Artist Conversation – Tiffany Le

Artist: Tiffany Le
Exhibition: Tàu
Media: Canvas, paper, ink, candles, water color paints
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
Website: http://www.letealeaf.com
Instagram: @letealeaf

Le is from Garden Grove, California. She was born and raised there. This is surprising since none of her other family members were born here, instead they are all from Vietnam. Le says that her relatives and parents often discussed about the hardships of living in Vietnam, but never really told her the true stories behind it. But, she does have an interest in learning more about her heritage and where she came from: Vietnam. Starting at a young age, 3 years old, Le was always interested in art. Le says she is going to graduate in May.

All the paintings were made with either water colors, or oils. The scale of all the paintings are medium sized, they nicely fit your frame vision. It isn’t overwhelming. The only over-sized piece of art was the display of the paper boats. That was the biggest display there, and I noticed a lot of students were careful not to step on the art pieces since they took up a good amount of space in the room. All the paintings are related to Vietnam, or refugees escaping from Vietnam. I showed my parents these paintings, since they can relate, and found a lot of comfort and interest in the paintings. The main colors used throughout the paintings are black, blue, red. But, the only colors used in the painting which shows contents inside a suitcase are yellow and green. All the textures look smooth.

I believe with Le’s use of the darker tones for the paintings expressing life in Vietnam is used to convey the theme of panic and sadness. Related to how she said her parents often expressed that life was hard in Vietnam, the dark colors connote emotions of sadness, loneliness, and hardship the older Vietnamese generation had to endure. But, with green and yellow being used for the painting with the contents inside the suitcase, it conveys that the idea that escaping to the U.S. is a new beginning, and is positive. This is because the colors yellow and green connote ideas of new happenings and positivity. With the exhibit being named “Tau,” the central theme is escaping, since the word Tau is the Vietnamese word for boat.

This was my personal favorite exhibit from everything so far. Because, I could relate to it, for my grandparents were Vietnamese refugees. I showed my parents the artwork and they showed a lot of interest and they really enjoyed it. My favorite piece was the paper boats on the ground. I though that was really pretty, the lights and the models really made me think about what the refugees went through. It also made me thing about how much the older generation has been through when trying to come to the U.S. My mom has often talked about the hardships of starting a new life in the U.S., so has my dad. This exhibit has allowed me to revisit these ideas and discuss them with my family. Overall, this exhibit was very beautiful, and one of my favorites.

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Wk 12 – Art Experience – Game Design II: Alternate Reality Gaming

This week’s art project was Geocacheing! I found them with Eddie Castillo, another student in Art 110. We ended up finding two geo caches! This experience was so hard. We tried finding two other ones at first, but failed. We walked so much, it was super frustrating because we kept looking for the first two, but either someone took them, or they hid them way too well. It was also very hard because we literally walked around the whole campus. Eddie and I both have FitBits, which are basically step trackers, and we walked almost 4 miles. This experience made me think differently of the campus as a whole. There are a lot of hiding places! It also made me think about all the different ideas, experiences, etc. that are all mapped throughout the campus. I thought that was pretty cool. When we found the geocache at the pyramid, it made me realize that there are a lot of memories and moments embedded in that location, and other locations. Other secrets places might have can include history, historical moments, or symbolical or legendary artifacts the location might contain. Sometimes I can “map” feelings into some locations, just because of the atmosphere, or the objects that give off the connotations. I put a note in the altoids container, and a lollipop in the pyramid’s container.

GPS coordinates of Altoids Container:N 33° 47.171 W 118° 06.966

GPS coordinates of CSULB Pyramid 33° 47.273N 118° 06.849W

 

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