Week 6 | Art Experience: Flip Book

I had a really hard time trying to decide whether I wanted to do a flip book or a zine. Originally, I had wanted to do a zine but decided against it because I simply didn’t have the time to make one, so I settled for trying to do a flip book. From the jump, I knew that trying to create a flip book would be difficult, especially because I’m not someone who is too talented with a pen or a pencil. Although I’m not the greatest artist, I definitely tried.

The concept of this flip book is Di(a)late, kind of like the concept of a dilated pupil, but as the flip book is flipped through, the creation of the pupil kind of resembles that of a dial, therefore, Di(a)late.

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Week 5 | Art Experience: 2D Art, Painting

I wish that I was good at this stuff! I think graffiti is one of the most beautiful forms of visual art. There’s something very raw and rebellious, very creative about it that I very much enjoy. I love the culture that graffiti is a part of, though I’m not a part of it myself, as you can clearly see in the photo. I liked the fact that I had the opportunity to go out and try it myself, though I’m not too great at it. I think I’m definitely better drawing and writing bubble letters especially with markers, but I tried my best! It was kind of hard trying to get used to how fast the paint came out, but it was a cool experience regardless, I appreciated it.

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Week 5 | Classmate Conversation: Cindy Le

I met and talked to Cindy Le. She’s in her second year at Long Beach State and is studying to get her BA in biology. Cindy is a local, as she was born and raised in Long Beach. Cindy lives a very relaxed life, as she loves to hang out with her friends and read books. Cindy’s favorite genre of books is fiction, she loves the action and adventure that the books have, and her favorite book is The Tale of Despereaux.

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Week 5 | Artist Conversation: Ralph Acosta

Ralph Acosta is a graduate student at Long Beach State, pursuing a master’s degree in the School of Art’s Fine Arts program. For this particular exhibition, Acosta drew inspiration from his childhood memories at the airport. Acosta had explained that while he wanted his exhibition to really illustrate these memories from his childhood, he wanted to be able to focus in on one particular part of it. He chose airports in particular because out of all the things that he remembers growing up, airports seem to be especially vivid to him.

The concept of his exhibition titled “RELAX” is essentially a re-imagination of the Los Angeles International Airport. Acosta was able to create a new font that would be used for the signs around LAX that he calls “Runway Gothic Medium”. This is the font that is used for the signs that he created that would be used in this re-imagined LAX. Acosta created a grid system inspired by the geometry of the airplane runways at LAX, and with this grid system was able to come up with the basis of the font, hence the name “Runway” Gothic Medium. In order to display these fonts, Acosta used vinyl transfers to give a visual display of what would be used in the airports. He used the general color scheme of blue and orange for the signs that he created to achieve a very retro feel. Not only was Acosta able to come up with a font design, but he was also able to put together a video that would be displayed above check-in and security lines at the airport, to give passengers something soothing to look at while waiting in line at the airport. Acosta used actual information and statistics about airplanes and airports in the video, which has a very soothing and relaxing feel to it. Another big part of the exhibition was the display of the demo app that Acosta created, titled “Observa”. The purpose of this app is to allow travelers to track their flights in detail. The app allows travelers and their loved ones to get information about flights, such as when a plane will land and leave as well as where a plane is when it is en route. The demo app is featured in a slideshow of pictures in the exhibit. 

The point of Acosta’s re-imagination of LAX is to create an LAX whose design is much more cohesive than what it currently looks like. Because the airlines in LAX are all separate companies, all of the gates are designed very differently from each other. Acosta’s ideal LAX is a more standardized design of the airport that gives off a very practical feel, so that it’s easier on passenger’s eyes and overall airport experience. He sees the current LAX as one of the worst airports in the world, and believes that a standardization of the airport will allow substantial improvement.

As a frequent traveler, I definitely appreciate the concept of a simplified LAX. Many people know that the airport has to be one of the most stressful places to be, this airport in particular especially. I love the concept of redesigning the airport to improve the experience of having to be at the airport a little bit more relaxing, just because flight travel can definitely take a toll on someone. The idea of the Observa app also interested me, just because while it was also visually pleasing, it was a very functional app.

Week 5 | Artist Conversation: Jane Weibel

Jane Weibel is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Long Beach State, finishing up her BFA in the School of Arts’ Ceramics program. After graduation, Weibel hopes to attend UCLA for grad school in order to gain more exposure within the LA art community. Weibel chose to become a part of the ceramics program because she had learned to throw clay pots a few years ago, so clay is a very familiar material to her. Ceramics became sculptural to her because she sees it as a material with which you can make virtually whatever you want. She describes the material as something that is simultaneously fragile and very strong.

Weibel’s exhibition titled “Psycho Cycle” can be found at the CSULB School of Art in the Max L. Gatov Gallery East. The exhibition highlights Weibel’s public proclamation that she is a feminist, her view of how women are seen and treated within society, and essentially her personal struggles and experiences as a woman. The main forms of media that were used to create the pieces in the exhibit are clay, printed photos, bungee chords, and one piece in particular that the artist refers to as “the cage”, was created with plastic pieces of broken down storage containers. Throughout the majority of the exhibition, you can see that Weibel created multiple sculptures that resemble rocks, or rather boulders. You see photos of women carrying these boulders. Not only do they carry them, but many of the photos are placed under the boulders, as if to sort of conceal them, hide them to make it as if they’re not there at all, but they are. In one piece in particular, there is a photo of a woman that is being crumpled, as it is being held against a pillow and a boulder, held up by a bungee chord. A lot of the pieces in the exhibit are very colorful and vibrant, which is pretty much the nature of the artist’s preferred aesthetic–she loves bright colors. The artist explained that the implications of the colors that people may have are always going to be present, but brighter colors are just naturally what she leans toward.

Weibel explains that her exhibit is essentially a display of her frustration not only as a woman, but as a self-proclaimed feminist. She spoke about how not only is it tiring experiencing small micro-aggressions on a daily basis, but it’s also that much more difficult trying to fight these micro-aggressions being a feminist–a group that has been historically stigmatized. She explains that the pictures that are being hidden by her sculptures represent women in today’s society being constantly overlooked, spoken over, dismissed, stereotyped, shamed, ignored, and so much more. This message is also illustrated in a piece that is essentially a pile of shredded up paper. Weibel explained that this piece in particular was Felix Gonzalez-Torres inspired, a sort of nod to him and the pieces that he has put together to illustrate issues with AIDS. This piece in particular highlights the ways in which society not only ignores the identities of women, but destroys evidence of these identities in the same way that a paper shredder destroys personal information about people. She expresses her anger toward the treatment that women are subjected to on such a normal basis through her artwork. Not only does the artist showcase the ways in which women are essentially ignored in society, but she also presents a visual representation of the sort of box that women are condemned to, in a piece that she refers to as “the cage”. She explains that the cage is meant to make you question what the function of the cage is. Why are women forced to conform to such a narrow societal standard? This piece of art is made out of domestic items–very practical, mass-produced, cheap objects. The fact that the cage is made out of such cheap material shows how superficial and bland the expectations of women in our society are.

This exhibit in particular resonates with me very strongly. Being a young woman in today’s society, I understand the struggles that Weibel is trying to illustrate through her artwork. Not only does the experience of simply being a woman resonate with me, but the blatant proclamation of being a feminist as well. Women, and even men today take a lot of heat for calling themselves feminists when they do. Historically, we see that “feminism” is a dirty word, and it is very true that the group carries a certain stigma. Everything that this exhibit illustrates and stands for is everything that I believe feminism should be about. It shows that while being a woman is difficult, while being a feminist is difficult, it is necessary to recognize that there are issues here. It is important that there is recognition of these issues, and that we take action to solve them.

I very much appreciated this exhibit, as well as the artist who created it. Hats off to you, Ms. Weibel, thank you.

Week 4 | Art Experience: Automatic Drawing

I had never really heard of the concept of automatic drawing before, but truthfully I feel like I do it quite often. When I’m bored and I have a random piece of paper and maybe a pen or something laying around, I often find myself kind of just aimlessly scribbling on the piece of paper. I don’t really think about what I’m drawing, I kind of just let my hands do what they do. Although I do this very often, I’ve never thought that this could be actual art, it always ended up just being some scribbles on a piece of paper, but this time I think it looks pretty cool.

I asked my roommate Jess to help me out with this project, and we kind of just put on some music and let our hands do whatever they wanted. We started off by drawing with a pen, and then I suggested that we could maybe go ahead and try a marker just because I thought it would feel different dragging against the paper, maybe it would influence our hands to make different shapes. Oddly enough, I was right. We kind of went for a texture contrast between the pen and the marker, and I think I like the way it turned out.

Shout out to you Jess, thanks for helping me!

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Week 3 | Classmate Conversation: Kayla Sablan

This week in class I met a super cool girl named Kayla Sablan. She’s a psych major here at Long Beach State, but she aspires to be a registered nurse. Kayla’s originally from California, but interestingly enough, was raised on an island called Saipan. Kayla doesn’t exactly think of herself as the most creative person, but she definitely appreciates art. In her free time, Kayla likes to listen to music, read comic books and watch indie films. A fun fact about Kayla: she’s a bit of an ambidextrous. She’s naturally a lefty but does almost everything better with her right hand.unnamed

Week 3 | Artist Conversation: Arturo Alvaro

Arturo Alvaro is a student and Long Beach State University, and is working toward his BFA in the School of Art’s sculpture program. Alvaro listens to classical music very regularly, and this interest definitely influenced Alvaro’s concept of a response to classical music. His ideas for this particular show spotlight a purely physical response to classical music.

In Alvaro’s exhibit, “A Response to Classical Music”, Alvaro uses a number of media to create three separate pieces of artwork. He uses a video camera, projector, classical music, paint, clothing (pants, a button-up shirt, shoes), a canvas laid out on the floor, and pieces of thick wire. Alvaro used the video camera in order to document his raw, natural bodily responses to the classical music that he has playing. This video that he displays through a projector is a piece of artwork in and of itself. The video showcases the creation of a separate piece of artwork, which is the canvas and clothing he is wearing in the video, that eventually becomes covered in paint. We see in the video that Alvaro takes the paint in his hands before he responds to the music, and in a way records his bodily responses with the paint on the canvas.The strokes of paint that we see on the piece of canvas are very random in a very natural way. In other words, no stroke of line is straight or perfect by any means.

Alvaro titles this exhibit “A Response to Classical Music”. When I had initially read the title of the exhibit, by first thought was naturally that he is responding to the way that the classical music is making him feel. When I had asked Alvaro if this was his goal with the pieces, I was surprised to find that this is exactly what he was trying not to do. What Alvaro had explained that he was trying to depict in these pieces of art was not how the music made him react relative to his emotions, but rather how the music made him react relative solely to his body, without his emotions. He made sure to specify to me that while his responses while creating the pieces of art were strictly non-emotional, the pieces of art themselves are supposed to evoke emotion. In other words, the concept of a non-emotional response to music is meant to evoke emotion in itself.

I thought this notion was very interesting, simply because it is telling us to re-evaluate the idea that an emotional response is the only response that can come from listening to music. I love the idea of questioning an idea that personally, has been naturalized. Very personally, I this idea resonated a lot with gender and sexuality concepts that I have been studying lately. There is so much importance in questioning things that we have always just accepted to be.

Week 2 | Art Experience: Landscape With A Corpse

For this activity, I thought a lot about what I wanted to do. I contemplated overdosing on drugs or something supernatural like getting killed by a vampire, but I ended up going ahead and doing something semi-realistic. I had my good friend Niall help me out by pushing be off of the balcony in front of my apartment and killing me. There isn’t too much of a clear story behind it other than maybe I pissed Niall off so he threw me over the edge, ending both our friendship and my life.

Hopefully this doesn’t happen in real life, ha.

Week 2 | Classmate Conversation: Marlene Rodriguez

This week in class I met Marlene Rodriguez. She’s a speech pathology major from Downey, California. She’s a really cool girl who likes doing very normal things like hanging out with friends and watching YouTube videos! She’s taking Art 110 mainly for the GPA boost that it could give her, but she’s also taking the class to be more open to classes she wouldn’t normally take. Marlene’s college experience has been pretty great so far despite all the long nights that all the school work gives her. She’s met a lot of great people here at Long Beach State and has learned a lot from all of the classes that she’s taken so far. The biggest lesson that she’s learned so far is surprisingly unacademic, saying that she’s learned to put yourself first. Marlene loves eating, so much that she doesn’t really have a favorite kind of food, but if she had to choose it would be anything that’s home cooked! Her definition of art is anything that an artist uses to express themselves to connect to their emotions. When she thinks of the color red, she thinks of either love or anger.IMG_3502

Week 1 | Classmate Conversation: Lukas Fuentes

This week, I met and had a conversation with Lukas Fuentes. Lukas is a fifth year Biochemistry major at Long Beach State. He was born and raised here in Long Beach and currently resides here as well. Lukas’ growing up in Long Beach fostered a love for the water, as he spends a lot of his free time at the beach surfing and in the pool playing water polo. Lukas is into Indie rock and listens to The Shins a lot, making him a pretty cool dude.

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