Wk 6-Art Experience- Photowalk

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For this week’s art experience, we had the pleasure of going on a class photowalk. The whole class was split into different groups and each group went to different locations around the school campus. For my group, we went to see our guide’s favorite “CSULB” sign, the Japanese Garden, and The Pyramid. I had a great time on our photo walk. It was cool because even though I have been going to CSULB for two years, I had never seen that sign or had ever been to the Japanese Garden before. Being able to visit the garden for the first time was really nice and when I got there, I was amazed at what I saw with all the trees, flowers, and the huge pond with the fish swimming around.

With the pictures that I took, I was trying to get the best representation of the three locations that we went to. For our visit to the “CSULB” sign, I decided to take a landscape shot of it that way I could get a larger, better picture of the sign that would fit all the letters into it instead of a portrait shot that would make the sign look smaller and not as good. For the three pictures I took at the garden, the two I took a landscape shot of were to show how many fish there were in the pond and to get a good view of the area in the back that I thought was really peaceful. The portrait picture I took at the garden was to show how long the pond was and be able to get all the trees that were around it and at the end. For my fifth picture, I took a picture of a sign that I thought was really funny and showed the type of humor that our school has and I took it in a portrait style to be able to get the biggest picture of the sign I could. For my final picture, I took a landscape shot of The Pyramid to be able to get a wide image of the gym and by doing that, I was also able to include the main entrance and the student entrance to the gym in the picture as well.

Our guide for our group’s photowalk was Maddy Braverman. Being her friend, it was cool for her to be our guide for our walk. She was a great guide because she took us to places that most of us had never been to before. When we went to her favorite “CSULB” sign, most of the classmates did not even know that sign was there so it was cool to see. It was also a lot of the classmates’ first time going to the Japanese Garden which was a great experience for all of us. Maddy also made the walk fun because she was not shy and was always talking and joking with us. Overall, our group had a great time on our photowalk with Maddy being our guide.


Wk 5- Art Experience- Cuisine, Couture or Coiffure

For this week’s art experience, we were told either to do something with cuisine, couture, or coiffure. Since I did not want to dye my hair and I am not that good of a cook, I decided to take advantage of the couture part. One of my family members is getting married soon so I got a tuxedo to wear to the wedding. I am usually the type of person who just wears shorts and a t-shirt all the time so wearing a tuxedo was kind of new for me. I wanted to see what I looked like in it and once I put it on, I decided to have some fun with it by doing some poses. I had fun doing my own little photo shoot and actually liked wearing the tuxedo. As seen in the third picture, I felt like James Bond with the tuxedo on so I had some fun and pretended to be a spy. I especially liked wearing the bow tie because I felt fancy with it on. Though at first I thought I would feel uncomfortable wearing a whole suit, I actually liked wearing it especially after I put it on and took some funny pictures. Overall, I had a fun time having my own little photo shoot wearing the tuxedo and am now not going to feel uncomfortable when I wear it for the wedding.

Wk 5- Artist Conversation- Kristi Jensen

Artist: Kristi Jensen

Exhibition: FUSE: Join to Form Single Entity

Media: Metals, Fire, Saw, Hammer, and Sand Paper

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East

Website: No Website

Instagram: @Whipperton

For this week’s artist conversation, we got to meet with artist Kristi Jensen. Jensen is a senior here at California State University of Long Beach. Growing up, she went to 10 different elementary schools because she moved a lot. When she got to CSULB, she first started out as a sculpture major. Now she is in the Metals and Jewelry program for the CSULB School of Art. She changed her mind because she said that metal is easier to manipulate and has now been working with metal for two years. Kristi Jensen explained how there is nothing she does not like about metal and how it is really cool that you get to work with fire. She recommends that everyone try working with metal. Her dream is to find a living doing something with metal. Some other interests of hers are that she likes to cook, read, drink red wine, and loves hanging out with her husband.

In Kristi and her group’s exhibit “FUSE: Join to Form Single Entity,” their artwork involves jewelry and all different types of art pieces. Kristi Jensen’s art work is mainly made with copper, steal, and silver. To help make her art pieces, she uses fire, a saw, a hammer, and sand paper. The main colors her art work consists of are blue, lime green, and she said that orange sometimes finds a way in. An example of one of her art pieces would be the metal cylinders hanging from the ceiling. Just like how she explained, this art piece is blue and lime green. The cylinders are all different sizes because Jenson told us that size does not matter, as long as it is fun.

Many of Kristi Jensen’s art pieces were class assignments. She explained how she has 1,000s of things saved and that she uses pictures to spark ideas for her next piece. She also told us about how her work has no specific message that it is trying to convey, but that it is just driven by a process. When talking about her art work, Jensen said that it is “very satisfying to finish.” By finishing an art piece, she told us about how it creates pride and satisfaction. The one thing she wants to work on though is that she said she is very bad at naming her pieces and that her goal to work on is thinking of the whole process.

After seeing Kristi Jensen’s art work, to me they mean that hard work does pay off. She first started off as a Sculpture major, but realized she did not want to do that anymore and fell in love with working with metal. She began focusing on metal art work instead and after working really hard, she is about to graduate with her BFA in Metals and Jewelry. To me, it is inspiring what she has done because it shows that if you really love something and put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything. With hard work and putting the time in, anyone can reach their goals. Kristi Jensen’s dream is to find a living doing something with metal and with how much effort and time she is putting into her art work now, I believe she is going to make that dream come true.

Wk5- Classmate Conversations- Rebekah Johnson

Art 110 Week 5 Classmate Pic

Website: https://rebekahhjohnson.wordpress.com/

For this week’s classmate conversation, the classmate that I interviewed was Rebekah Johnson. Rebekah is a freshman here at CSULB who is actually double majoring and I thought that was really awesome. She is from Yucaipa but while she is going to school here, she lives in the dorms. When we were talking about our favorite sports and sports teams, she said that she really likes baseball and that she is a Los Angeles Dodgers fan. We then asked each other what kind of music we like to listen to and Rebekah said that she likes small, unknown rock bands and that her favorite band is FIDLAR. I then found out that she actually plays the guitar and the bass and that her dream job would be to be a musician and in a girl band. When I asked her if she could go anywhere in the world, she said that she would like to go to Tokyo because it would be different and fun. We then talked about our favorite food and she said that she really likes tacos and anything Italian. Overall, it was fun talking to Rebekah and seeing how passionate about music she is.

Wk 4- Art Experience- Graffiti Writing

For this week’s art experience, we were told to spray paint our names and make it look like graffiti. Although I was not able to go to Venice Beach and spray paint on the wall, I got a big piece of cardboard and was able to spray paint my name on that. I actually had a lot of fun doing this project. Even though it was a lot harder than I thought it would be as I made a few mistakes and had to fix them, I enjoyed the challenge. For my graffiti piece, I used the colors blue, white, and orange. The reason I chose those colors are because they are the colors of my high school that I went to and after four years of going there, I really like those colors now. This art piece  took longer than I expected because after doing each color, I had to wait for the paint to dry before I could do the next color because I did not want the colors to mix. I also had to do more than one layer for some colors which took even more time because it did not come out the way I wanted it to and I wanted the letters to stand out.  But in the end, this was my first time doing graffiti and after doing this, I think I am going to continue to practice graffiti art because I really liked it and plan to challenge myself more by spray painting something other than just my name.

Wk 4- Artist Conversation- Samuel Jernigan

Artist: Samuel Jernigan

Exhibition: The Weight of Whimsy and Ideals

Media: Spray Paint, Ceramics, and Paint Pens

Website: http://www.cargocollective.com/samueljernigan

Instagram: @Samueljenri

For this week’s artist conversation, we got to meet with artist Samuel Jernigan. Jernigan is a 2015 graduate student from California State University of Long Beach. While growing up in Compton, Jernigan originally had a passion for music and his music ability would then help inspire him to get into art. While at CSULB, he explained how he would spend 14-16 hours a day at the studio and because of this, actually lived in his car for three years. Jernigan was in the Ceramics program for the CSULB School of Art which would explain when asked what his interests are, he said ceramics. Some other interesting things about Samuel Jernigan are that he loves chocolate donuts and likes to collect pens.

In Jernigan’s exhibit “The Weight of Whimsy and Ideals,” his sculptures were not the typical sculptures that you usually see. His sculptures consisted of ceramics, spray paint, and paint pens. When asked how he would describe his sculptures, he said they were like “giant toys.” An example of one of his pieces would be the sculpture of a doll head. The hat of the doll is colored with spray paint and then its eyebrows, lips, and one of its eyes are colored in with paint marker. You can tell it is supposed to represent a toy because only one of the eyes is colored in as if it is not finished and is waiting to be played with.

Samuel Jernigan creates the sculptures that he does because they are all made with an inspiration of toys. He explains how he never makes art that he does not find funny. The ideas that his work explores consist of alienation, loneliness, and belonging. Those three words match perfectly with what he creates because if you look at some of his sculptures, they can be seen as misfit toys. Like the doll head mentioned before, its look of being unfinished shows that it has not been played with in a while which would explain the themes of loneliness and alienation and Jernigan tries to show that the doll does deserve a belonging. Though it may be seen as uncommon, Jernigan is able use his way of art to be able to get his point across on what he is trying to portray.

After seeing his sculptures and hearing how he talked about them, to me they mean that even though they are uncommon sculptures, they can still have a meaning and be able to get you to understand that. One of the things that Jernigan said was that “absurdity moves people, logic does not.” What I took from that is that he is trying to say is in order to “move” people, you have to be different from everyone else. If not, then you are just going to blend in with other people. I understand what he is saying and trying to do because I believe that everyone has their own purpose on this earth and we should all find a way to show what that purpose is. Jernigan expresses this viewpoint through his art work and shows that by being different, you can stand out.


Wk 4- Classmate Conversations- Eli Yee

Art 110 Week 4 Classmate Pic #2

Website: https://eliyee.wordpress.com/

For this week’s classmate conversation, the classmate that I interviewed was Eli Yee. When talking to Eli, I learned that we actually have a couple things in common. I learned that we are both Los Angeles Lakers fans, both played sports in high school, and that we are both sophomores. We then asked each other where we are from and I learned that he is from Fresno, California. Another thing that I learned about him is that he is a Fashion Merchandising major. While that is his major, he said that the thing he likes to do for fun is art. Some of the art he likes to do includes painting and spray painting. He even showed me some of the pieces that he worked on and they looked really cool. After we were done talking about that, we then asked each other what type of music that we like. He said that he pretty much likes all kinds of music except country. We almost had the same answer to the question except I told him there were actually a few country songs that I like to listen to. When we were finished talking about music, we then asked each other who our favorite football team is. I told him my favorite team was the Oakland Raiders and I found out his favorite team was actually my team’s rival, the New England Patriots. I told him how I hated the Patriots and we both laughed afterwards. Overall, I had a fun time talking to Eli and it was cool to see that we had a few things in common and were able to talk about sports together.

Wk 3- Art Experience- Snapchat

For this week’s art experience, we were all told to post pictures on Snapchat and draw on them to make it creative. We then also had to pick two photos from our classmates’ stories on Snapchat as well. The two photos that I created helped show my emotions about how I felt before and after the Super Bowl today. As seen in the first picture, I was really pumped for the game and used the Carolina Panthers filter that put paint on my face to help show which team I was rooting for. The second picture then shows how I felt after the Super Bowl. Since the team I was rooting for lost and played terrible, I used the flaming filter that made my eyes angry and put fire on my hair. I also drew flames on the side and on top of my head to emphasize my anger. The other two pictures were from my other classmates. One of the pictures has the word “Sports” in the background so the person thought it would be creative to draw all different types of sports balls and draw a bat in the guy’s hand. The other picture is created by a friend of mine. Though simple, she took a picture of a volleyball net with the time of day on it because she had a volleyball tournament that started at 8am. She drew lines around the time because she wanted to emphasize what time it was and that she was excited it was almost time for her volleyball tournament. Overall, I had a lot of fun doing this project. I usually do not draw on my pictures on Snapchat, but when I drew on these pictures I found it entertaining and really fun.

Wk 3- Artist Conversation- Josh Vasquez

Artist: Josh Vasquez

Exhibition: Vida/Morte

Media: Plastic, Paint Marker, Spray Paint

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: http://www.joshvasquez.com/

Instagram: @Joshybehr

For this week’s artist conversation, we got to meet with artist Josh Vasquez. Vasquez is an undergraduate student who is currently going to California University of Long Beach. Growing up in downtown Los Angeles, Vasquez has always had an interest in art. When asked what his interests are, he simply answered that he loves to paint. Vasquez is in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program from the CSULB School of Art with an option in draw and paint and is expected to graduate the following spring semester. With his work, as shown in his exhibit “Vida/Morte,” Vasquez tries to portray his view of “life and death” by bringing together opposite ideas to make art.

Josh Vasquez’s art work is not your typical brightly colored art. In fact, most of his art work only involves two colors: black and white. Most of the tools he uses only consist of a plastic trash bag, sharpies, and spray paint. With these tools, however, he creates amazing art including images with jagged lines all over the canvas. One example of this would be his art piece of a cow skull. In this piece of art, Vasquez has drawn a huge drawing of a cow skull with a black sharpie and all around it and on the skull are jagged lines with white spray paint.

 Vasquez uses his specific color scheme and materials to portray his theme of life and death. As in the art piece mentioned earlier, he drew a large cow skull with a black sharpie and then spray painted white jagged lines all over the art piece. The reason the skull is drawn in black is to represent the “death” part of his theme. Then the white jagged lines are used to represent the “life” part of his theme because the lines help bring his art piece to life. By using plastic with sharpie and spray paint, materials that are not usually seen with most art, Vasquez is able to use them to create art and show how rare techniques can create amazing art work.

After viewing Vasquez’s art work, to me they mean that opposites can work together to make something great. These include his use of only black and white colors, using plastic with spray paint, and him portraying life and death through his art. All of these things are complete opposites of each other, yet Vasquez finds a way to put them together and make amazing works of art. By doing this, Vasquez also separates himself from other artists and makes him stand out in a way. I can respect that because I personally believe that everyone should try to stand out and not just strive to be average. If you really want to be the best at something and stand out, you have to do things that most people would not see as normal and Josh Vasquez’s technique to his art is an example of that.

Wk 3- Classmate Conversations- Marlon Fernandes

Website: https://mbferns.wordpress.com/

For this week’s classmate conversation, the classmate that I interviewed was Marlon Fernandes. During our conversation, I learned a lot of cool things about him. The first thing we talked about is where we are from and that is where I learned that Marlon is originally from India and lived in Kuwait for 13 years. When I asked him what his hobbies were, he said that he liked to go fishing and do triathlons. Marlon told me that when he lived in Kuwait, he had never gone fishing before but when he moved here, he fell in love with it. Marlon is now a senior at Cal State Long Beach who is majoring in Consumer Affairs and would like to become a cop after he graduates. While he is still in school though, he currently works at US Bank . When we were asking each other what is one thing that we do that others may find weird, he told me that he likes to eat cereal with lemon juice instead of milk. At first I thought that it was really strange, but he told me that it was good and that it gives the cereal a sweat taste so I told him I would have to try it one day. One thing that I thought was awesome that I learned about Marlon is that he used to be a professional tennis player in Kuwait and played for 7 years. He stopped playing when he came to the U.S. though because he said that his education was more important and I respected that. To finish off our conversation, we started talking about sports and the teams that we like. He told me he was a big Dallas Cowboys fan and if he had to choose who he wished would come to the Cowboys, between Johnny Manziel or Robert Griffin III, he said he would rather have Griffin. He also told me that he was a Los Angeles Lakers fan and I told him so was I, but then he said he was beginning to jump on the Los Angeles Clippers bandwagon and I just shook my head and laughed. As our conversation came to an end, we finished it off with one last question: Who is going to win the Super Bowl? I told him that I was going with the Carolina Panthers, but he told me that he thinks the Denver Broncos were going to win. Overall, I had a great conversation with Marlon and it was fun talking to him and getting to learn a lot about him.