This week was pretty cool in the art galleries. The art was very diverse and colorful, which is my favorite. I talked to an artist named Elia Murray about her oblong sculpted dogs. She explained that she loves making dogs in her art. Her parents were both artists, she explained; her father was an illustrator and mom an artist. The art influence was always there, but Elia began getting serious about art in high school. After high school she wanted to major in English, but her parents wanted her to major in Art. She was one of the only students whose parents wanted them to major in Art instead of English. Elia has sculpted dogs and created toy dogs out of a fiber material. She also writes poetry and short stories. In one of her short stories, a black bear turns into a polar bear. She plans on selling paintings, sculptures or toys over the summer.
This week I met Veronica Meza. The person with the highest score in class. Of course I felt a bit intimidated upon meeting her, but once I talked to her she was just another friendly student. Veronica is from Long Beach like me! She attended Poly High in Long Beach also. Her parents are from Mexico, Dad-Nayarit and Mom-Hidalgo. She has an older sister, two older brothers, and two younger brothers. She obviously has a large family which I can relate to, being the middle of 5. I think Veronica is closer to her siblings just because they are closer in age than me and my siblings.
Veronica is a sophomore at CSULB majoring in Psychology. Her hobbies include drawing (mostly nature and people), dancing, and hanging out with friends. She enjoys all genres of music, like myself. She loves watching Netflix and chilling at home. She goes “Food Hunting” which is going out and buying ingredients to make food that she sees on food networks.
Joe O’brien is a 5th year senior at Cal State Long Beach. He was born in Oman, a country in the Middle East; that’s just east of Saudi Arabia. He moved to Ojai, CA with his parents and two older brothers when he was seven. Joe went to Santa Barbara City College for three years to study Industrial Design after he was influenced by his older brother who took that major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Joe liked how Industrial Design incorporated engineering, science, and art. After a few semesters, Joe realized he was enjoying the art designing more than the rest. He then transferred to CSULB his fourth year of college and changed his major to Studio Art with an emphasis in graphic design. Joe does print design and branding work for ASI communications at CSULB; he helps create posters around campus, logos for companies, band posters, and tons more. His favorite piece of work is below, it was a logo for a fictional company called “The Biohouse”. Joe is having an upcoming art show on the 20th-23rd of May 2015 at the “Madhouse Gallery” in Downtown Long Beach. It is entitled “kaleidoscopic” and it is going to feature art from several seniors from CSULB who major in graphic design. Come check his work out!
This week I met Anissa Torres, she is an undeclared freshman. She is considering a major possibly in kinesiology. She grew up in Long Beach and went to Wilson High School. Anissa played soccer at Wilson for four years, but no longer plays. She has an identical twin sister named crystal who also goes to Cal State Long Beach. Crystal is also undeclared.
Anissa and Crystal both work at Baskin Robbins Ice cream parlor. Anissa hates roller coasters of any kind. Anissa enjoys hanging out with friends and eating out, especially Korean bar-b-que. She plans to hang out with friends, eat out and work during the summer.
Marty Knop’s MFA printmaking show was made up computer-generated art posters that had huge influence from math and computer language. Knop has several different methods of making his art. He sometimes puts in coordinates on an x, y axis and translates the plots into a design program that shows an image. Sometimes he’ll use basic three dimensional shapes using iCad, or photoshop, or Mathmatica.
Knop is a pretty intelligent guy. I barely knew the definition of half of the words he was saying. I stayed with him for what I understood and I understood a majority after a bit. Knop likes Automata, the study of complexity through simple rules. this is what much of his art portrays, complexity through simple shapes and patterns.
This week I met a senior named Adam Price. Adam is a graduating this semester with a degree in mechanical engineering. Adam went to Los Alamitos High School where he was on the water polo and swim team, just like I was. His main swimming event was the backstroke. Adam is a part of the Maker’s Society at school. He works with 3-D printers and laser-cutting technology. I asked him if anyone can use the laser-cutter and he said he thinks so and I should drop by the maker’s society sometime.
Piet Eppinga was a very charismatic artist who loved engaging with us students at his exhibit in the Merlino Gallery this past Thursday. I was drawn to his ceramic sculptures just by his fascination with them. The sculptures were very large and intricately constructed both physically and mentally. Eppinga explained each art piece’s deeper meaning and even gave us the opinions that he’s heard from others about his art.
Many of his sculptures were family-based like the fertility statue of a woman he made, the father and son connecting statues, and the man, woman, and child sculpture. He explained that he is influenced by his family experiences with some of his art, not all. Some of his other art was influenced by religion, and his spirituality. One was influenced by a powerful queen, another of an exhausted mother carrying a burden on her back. Even a fermenting pot influenced by Asian culture.
Piet is a graduate student who is receiving his BFA in ceramics on May 21st, and his birthday is on the 20th. After his receives his BFA, he plans to receive his teaching credentials for grades K-12 so he can teach a single-art subject.
This week I met Magdalena Acevedo. She is a freshman from Moreno Valley, California. She dorms at Beachside, her Resident Advisor is my good friend Jake Brown. She says she loves dorming, aside from some difficult roommate issues. She went to Valley View High School where she was on the swim team. I mentioned that I was also on my high school’s swim team. She was a sprinter who swam 100 and 200 meter freestyle. She is now on the Beach club water polo team where she plays with an old friend of mine Trevor Ollen. She has had difficulty treading water and throwing the ball, but she’s getting better. She isn’t usually aggressive, so she is trying to work on that especially in a sport as aggressive as water polo. She is currently undeclared, but is interested in a math-centered major; maybe math or civil engineering.
My plaster mold activity did not go quite as planned. I went to the beach with a classmate on Sunday morning. She brought her own carton of plaster, I brought mine. We dug 3 holes, one for her hand, and two for my hand and foot. We poured the plaster powder into a bucket and I poured ocean water that equaled to half the amount of the plaster. We began to mix and blend the powder and water with mixing sticks. We got a bit dirty from the mixing, so we turned away for 30 seconds to dry our hands and clean our faces. When we returned to mixing, the plaster mixture seemed to have gotten thicker. So I suggested we mix faster, maybe that would help it return to its softer state. As we mixing more, we were shocked to see the plaster harden right before our eyes in the bucket. The plaster we had been using was rendered useless, so we had to throw all of it away by breaking it out of the bucket.
Luckily, we had another plaster carton. We began our second attempt with a plan to mix until the plaster was viscous, then pour it into the molds before it could harden. We mixed the water and powder again until it was fully even, then we were shocked again to see the plaster was hardening just as it did before! So I suggested we quickly jam the hardening plaster into our molds seeing as that it wouldn’t be able to be poured in. My friend did hers first and jammed the plaster into her hand mold, then I did the same with my mold.
After letting the plaster dry (which was only about 5 minutes), we excavated our creations. Our end results were pretty disappointing, and the molds didn’t quite come out as we expected. My sculpture didn’t resemble a hand in the slightest or anything else for that matter. My experience made me appreciate the sculptures we’ve seen in the galleries so far; it’s a lot harder than it looks! I respect all of the sculptures in the Art Department so much after this Sunday.
Patricia is Majoring in Fine Arts in the metals department. She is from the city of Dinuba which is in California’s central valley. Patricia was always outdoors as a child, she didn’t like the indoors. Patricia’s work consists of dirt, water, metal and wood. The title of her show this week is “Rebuilding”. Her show features several structures made from a mixture of dirt and water. She states that she is “curious about how [the processes of agricultural practices] relate to growth through means of land use, labor and loss.
Patricia compacts dirt that she collects from the central valley and structures them into shapes. The shapes look unstable, but are actually quite stable. She has been doing these structures for about a year now. She gets help from her mom, dad and friends to collect the dirt. Her favorite part about her show is breaking her art with a sledgehammer and re-packing the dirt into bags for re-use. She sifts her collected dirt several times in order to get very finely grained dirt.
One of her favorite pieces is a little brick of compacted dirt that she collected from the grave of a person she knew. After schooling, Patricia’s priority is to get an art studio and maybe get a job teaching.