Wk 10-Artist Conversation- Helen Werner Cox

Artist: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: Silent Screams

Media: Oil Paper, Oil Paint, Pastel

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: http://www.helenwernercox.com/

Instagram: No Instagram

For my second artist conversation this week, I got to meet artist Helen Werner Cox. Helen is a graduate at CSULB and has her Masters in Painting & Drawing. She was born in Ithaca, New York and lived in Boston for 18 years, until she moved to Long Beach because the climate was too much for her. For this exhibit, she worked on this project for a year and three months and filled two sketch books when she went to antique carousels and took sketches. Her work explores the ideas that a carousel is a symbol and a metaphor for society on how we go in circles and keep making mistakes over and over again. Some other interests of hers include her garden that she has and that she loves to read Elizabeth George books.

Helen’s art has a strong focus on drawing tons of energy. For her art style, she borrowed techniques from futurists. Some of her art pieces are monochromatic, while others have a warm or cool feeling that complements the colors. Most of the materials Helen used to create her art work consisted of oil paper.pastels, and oil paint. In her pieces, the lines represent motion and structure. They can be seen as sinuous and as one of her middle school students explained, “Each art piece has its own story.”

Helen did not want to work in a studio alone so she went to antique carousels to get her ideas and get a first-person point of view of what she was going to make. She wanted people to see what kind of work she has done and have it be seen as museum quality work. She explained how she had been “holding crayons and pencils since before she remembers”, so she wanted people to see how all of her time and work has paid off. By using a carousel as her main focus, it is used as a metaphor of how we keep going in a circle and we never make any changes.

Overall, I thought Helen’s art work was creative and how she used the carousel as a metaphor. I understand what she is trying to portray and how we as people need to stop going in a circle making the same mistakes over and over again. Our lives do not need to be like a carousel. Instead, we need to learn from our mistakes and move on instead of having the same thing keep on happening. With Helen’s carousel art work, I believe her message is understood.

 

 

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Wk 10-Classmate Conversation-Dominique Gomez

Art 110 Week 10 Classmate Conversation

Website: https://dominiquegomezcsulb.wordpress.com/

For this week’s classmate conversation, the person that I interviewed was Dominique Gomez. Dominique is a freshman here at CSULB who is majoring in Biology and is thinking of minoring in Engineering. When I asked what she wants to be in the future she said that she wants to be a veterinarian. We then started talking about sports and I learned that for college sports, she is a USC football fan and a UCLA basketball fan. For professional sports, she said that her favorite basketball team is the Golden State Warriors and her favorite football team is the Oakland Raiders. While I joked around with her by calling her a bandwagon for being a Warriors fan, I gave her a high five when she said that she likes the Raiders because that is my favorite football team too. One thing that surprised me that I learned about her is that she went to one of my high school’s rivals which was Pacifica High School where she played on the soccer team. We started talking about that and I found out that we actually know some of the same people which I thought was cool. I then asked her if she could go to one concert, what concert would she go to? She said that she would want to go to a Sam Hunt concert and I told her that I liked his music too and we talked about which songs of his were our favorite. After that, I asked her if she could go anywhere outside the country, where would she go? She told me that she would like to go to New Zealand because it is really pretty with nice beaches.  We then talked about what kind of movies we liked and I found out that she likes action and comedies including Fast & Furious and The Proposal. Overall, I had a fun time talking to Dominique and it was cool to get to learn a lot of new things about her.

Wk 10-Artist Conversation-Travis Lober

Artist: Travis Lober

Exhibition: Ink 16: The West: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Media: Acrylic Plastic, Etching Needle, Sand Blasting Machine, Ink

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website: No Website

Instagram: No Instagram

For this week’s artist conversation, we got to meet with artist Travis Lober. Lober is currently an undergraduate at California State University of Long Beach in the Print Making program for the CSULB School of Art. He was born in San Jose and grew up in Gilroy, California. Before doing art, Travis used to be a construction modeler. He uses his previous job to inspire his art work because at his old job, spiders represented the good, the bad, and the ugly at the construction site. One thing that I found crazy is that Travis spends at least 25 hours per week at the school working on his art pieces. Some other interests of his include model making playing soccer.

Travis Lober’s art is very technical and very particular about how precise it is. He explains how it is more important how it looks rather than what it means. When asked what the formal qualities of his art are, he said that was a “hard question” and that all the ink is on paper. The main materials Lober uses for his art are acrylic plastic, an etching needle, a sand blasting machine, and ink. His art work is monochromatic and it allows the viewers to see the image over the color. With no color, the image is able to drive more emotion. He also makes his pieces look photo-like because he says it is greater than it looking graphic.

Lober uses his art to portray what he views as the good, the bad, and the ugly in the world. That explains why he named his exhibit “Ink 16: The West: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly.” One example would be his art piece of the spiders that resembled what he saw when he worked as a construction worker. While he had that job, he explained how all the daddy long legs, the tarantulas, and the black widows represented the good, the bad, and the ugly of his old job. He also created art work of Bernie Sanders, Hilary Clinton, and Donald Trump to get his view point on which presidential candidate he liked. He put the word “Good” under Bernie, “Ugly” under Hilary, and “Ugly” under Trump. I thought that art piece was really funny.

Overall, I really liked Travis Lober’s art work and the theme to his exhibit. I especially liked how he used his past experiences including his old job to come up with his ideas for his art work. Although I may not be an artist and not have the same purpose for using my past, I believe that everyone should use their past as a tool to help them in the present and build their future. We have all been through good, bad, and ugly moments but it is what we do with those moments that define us. In this case, Travis Lober used those experiences to create great pieces of art.

 

Wk 10-Art Experience-Instagram

For this week’s art experience, we were given the task to take four pictures throughout the day on Thursday and post those pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #art110s16. For my first picture, I took a picture of my Chemistry professor doing an experiment with fire that I thought was really cool. My second picture was a picture of the volleyball court that I practice on every Tuesday and Thursday for the Men’s Club Volleyball team for school. The third picture that I posted was a picture of me finally heading home from school after volleyball practice. Then finally, my last picture is of the street that I live on and I took a picture of it to show how dark and empty it looks at night. When comparing the pictures that I took to pictures that my classmates took, all of ours were very different. The only similarity between our pictures is that some of them consisted of pictures that were taken during our class. Other than that, everyone’s pictures were very diverse because we each live different lifestyles and have different things that we would like to take a picture of and show to the world. Overall, I liked this art experience because I was able to show my life through a couple of pictures and compare my lifestyle to my classmates.

Wk 8-Art Experience-Automatic Drawing

 

For this week’s art experience, we were given the task of creating an “automatic drawing.” For my partner, I chose to do it with my sister. In the beginning, nothing really happened and my sister and I just laughed. After a little time, my sister and I stopped laughing and focused on being relaxed. It was then that the pencil started to move and draw all over the paper. I thought it was crazy how the pencil moved when we were not trying to make it. Although I was confused at first on how this project would work and did not believe the pencil would move, I was surprised on how when we relaxed, the pencil actually moved on its own. Overall, even though I do not know what we really drew, it was still a pretty interesting experience.

Wk 8-Artist Conversation-Bri Joy

 

Artist: Bri Joy

Exhibition: Merge

Media: Screen Prints

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East

Website: No Website

Instagram: @bri.joy

For this week’s artist conversation, we got to meet with artist Bri Joy. Joy is currently an undergraduate at California State University of Long Beach in the Print Making program for the CSULB School of Art. Growing up in a small mountain town with no cellphone, she was surrounded by nature and wildlife and faced a complete culture shock when she moved to Long Beach. She explained how people are not as open, value relationships, and bonds are more genuine here. Bri Joy originally went to Orange Coast Community College but then transferred to CSULB to get her BFA degree. Bri’s work explores the ideas of merging her past and her present referencing where she came from and where she lives now. While being an artist, she is also very active and considers herself a “hobbyist.” Some interests of hers include doing yoga, going hiking, and surfing, all which are hobbies based off of her childhood background.

Most of Bri Joy’s work consists of screen prints. She manipulates lines by using thick and thin lines and makes them either straight or jagged. To create her hand-printed art pieces, she uses rolls of paper and water-based ink. The only two colors she uses for her work are black and white. Joy explains how she does not try for a specific shape when doing her art work. Instead, it can be viewed as abstract and you have to figure it out for yourself what each piece means to you. Only in some pictures, does she use the lines to create the image of a woman.

Joy’s work highlights her interest in “the marriage of organic and digital systems.” With her screen prints, she merges her past and her present. The “organic” part represents her past where she lived in a small mountain town, while the “digital” side represents the present where she lives in Long Beach. That explains why the name of her exhibit is named “Merge.” When asked how she describes her work, she described them as an “organic abstraction.”

Of the multiple galleries I could have chosen from, I chose Joy’s because I thought her art work was creative with how she used thick, thin, straight, and jagged lines in order to create an art piece. Overall, I really liked Bri Joy’s art work and how she used the life of her past and her present to come up with the ideas. Like how Bri uses her past and her present to carry on her art, I use my past and present to keep pushing me forward in life. While facing multiple challenges in the past and to this day, I know that I have gotten past them and can beat the current challenges I face and I use them as motivation to reach my goals. Through Joy’s art, she portrays how your past and present can lead to something great and everyone who sees her art work should understand that.

WK 7-Artist Conversation-Andrea Williams

Artist: Andrea Williams

Exhibition: Sacrifice

Media: Ceramics, Raw Clay, Cement, Mason Stain

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: http://mrsdubbayoo.weebly.com/

Instagram: @Andreawilliammms

For this week’s artist conversation, we got to meet with artist Andrea Williams. Williams is currently an undergraduate at California State University of Long Beach in the Ceramics program for the CSULB School of Art. While growing up in Riverside, art and music had always been in her family. It was not until her 20s though that she got into painting and drawing. Andrea’s work explores the idea of sacrifice of not a particular faith, but of a woman’s body and time. One thing that I learned about her that I thought was really cool is that she actually used to be in a band where she played the drums. Some other interests of hers are that she really loves pigs, dogs, chickens, and her baby at home.

Andrea Williams’s art is gestural, textural loose, and you can tell it is hand made. She tries not to smooth out the finger prints because she wants the viewers to know she made it with her own hands. The two main materials she uses for her art pieces include ceramic and cement, but she also uses mason stains for color. In her work, the main repetition is that she focuses on is the texture and the gesture of her pieces. Overall, her work is very religious and portrays her Christianity.

Williams’s art work is not your typical religious art pieces. When talking about it, she explained it as “religion with a twist.” With her work, she hopes the viewer questions religion and makes them question art. She tries to portray through her work the sacrifice of women with their body and time. She can relate to this because she has a child and understands the struggles of being a mother.

Overall, I really liked Andrea Williams’s art work and the message she was trying to portray. Although I may be a man so I cannot relate to the sacrifice of being a mother, I do understand how sacrifice can have an effect on a person’s body and time. In sports, I sacrifice my body all the time. I know that there may be consequences if I do so, but I also know that if I sacrifice my body, it could lead to a great that will help my whole team. Through Andrea’s art, she tries to get people to understand the sacrifices that women have to make and how important it is. With her handmade art style, I believe her message is delivered.

Wk 7-Classmate Conversation- Madison Braverman

Art 110 Week 7 Classmate Convo

Website: https://madisonbraverman.wordpress.com/

For this week’s classmate conversation, the person that I interviewed was my friend Madison Braverman. To start the conversation off easy, I asked her what her favorite color was and I learned that it is turquoise. I already knew that she played volleyball, but I wanted to find out when she started playing and why. I learned that she started playing in elementary school because it seemed like an enjoyable and exhilarating sport she wanted to try. When she was growing up, women’s volleyball was just becoming a “thing” and when she saw some volleyball players, she thought they were the most remarkable people. Maddy has played sports since she was young and since she was above the societal norm for female height, she was always on the basketball team. But, after a few years, she never got at basketball and hated the running that came with it. It was then that she knew that volleyball would be the sport that she would stick to forever. Another question I asked her was if she had to pick one person that she looked up to, who would it be and why, she answered with Grandma Ethel. I did not know who that was so Maddy told me about her. She is a legally blind woman, but you would never know unless you were told. She tries to be a very independent woman and does not like others feeling pity for her regardless of her situation. She can barely see, but still always manages to see the beauty in life and everyone around her. Grandma Ethel only wishes positive things for others and has such a kind, loving, and warm heart. She really only looks at the good in life and views the glass as half full. If those she loves are happy, that is all she truly needs in life. After Maddy told me about her, it made a lot of sense to me why she looks up to her and I can see a lot of those qualities in Maddy herself. Overall, I had a great conversation with Maddy and although we were already friends, this conversation helped me learn a lot of new things about her that I did not know.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wk 7-Art Experience-Group Video Activity

For this week’s art experience, we were given the task of making a group video with other classmates. The people I made the video with were Maddy Braverman, Jamie Filosa, Greg Plantenga, and Danielle Dallas. I had a lot of fun making this video! We were originally going to do a music video for “Drop It Like It’s Hot”, but then we started talking about SpongeBob and came up with the idea of remaking the SpongeBob SquarePants theme song. We filmed in different locations including the fountain by the Macintosh building, by a big tree, and in the theater where we have class. The reason we did this is because we wanted it to resemble the actual SpongeBob theme song video where it shows SpongeBob in multiple locations. Our process in making the video was great because we all had a fun time making it and could not stop laughing after we did each scene. The only bad part was when we were doing the scene in the theater, my shorts got caught on the stage when we were sitting and when I got up, my shorts ripped. It ended up being pretty funny though because when I told everyone what happened, we all started laughing. After we finished doing the scenes, we had Jamie edit them together and after watching the finished result, I think she did a great job because I think the video is hilarious. As far as doing anything different next time, the only thing I would change is make sure we do every scene the same angle. Other than that I do not think I would change anything because I had a great time making this video and with the time that we had, I think the video turned out awesome.