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Wk11- Activity- Plaster Sculpture

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.

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Wk 10 – Activity – Lanscape Portrait Photos

This week I was reflecting on where to go for spring break. I flipped through some of my old photos for inspiration on where to go. I then thought of what kind of climate I was in the mood for, a snowy climate… maybe a forest for some shade… or a beach for some sun. So I got the idea to take an old picture of myself and make a silhouette of myself.

After I outlined my portrait picture, I filled in the dark inside of the silhouette with pictures of some of my favorite landscapes and climates that I had visited. After much deliberation, I decided to go to the beach at Palos Verdes Estates. While at the beach, I met a friend who brought his german shepard puppy we later went out to lunch.

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Half Dome Yosemite National Park California
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Vernal Falls Yosemite California
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Palos VErdes Beach

Wk 8 – Activity – Video Remix

For this week’s activity, I took an old video of me and my friends dancing to the song “Red Roses” by . For my remix, I replaced Red Roses with “No Diggity” by Blackstreet feat. Dr. Dre and Queen Pen. The resulting video is quite amusing. please excuse the extremely distracting watermark on the video, the video editing program insisted on permanently ruining my video haha. Here’s a link to my video on YouTube…

Wk7- Activity- Portrait Photography

So for this week’s activity I decided to select a photo taken a few months ago in December of 2014. It was the end of my first semester of college at CSULB; the dreaded time of cramming for finals and stressing over whether or not you’re going to pass all of your classes.

I never used to stress out about finals in high school because I always intuitively did well on the final exams. But now things were serious… suddenly the stress and pressure to pass all of my classes and Ace my final exams overwhelmed me. I began studying, which I had never really done before. I mean genuinely studying and quizzing myself and having a friend practice with me. Turned out, the more and more I tried to retain information, the less and less I remembered. I began to perform several study methods, including flash cards, practice exams, and even listening recordings of the information in my sleep. A few days before the week of final exams I took a practice exam for each of my classes and was disappointed to realize that I had failed every single one.

So there I was, a day before Finals and damn near hopeless for my exams. So I decided to take a long, nice hike to clear my mind. I headed up to Sturtevant Falls with a couple buds and began my trek. As I explored and admired the beautiful nature surrounding me, I realized that I had been so overtaken by my schoolwork, that I was missing out on such a beautiful world. In that moment, I collapsed on the floor in appreciation of the regenerating power of nature and out of exhaustion from my days of mind-bruising studies. That is the picture shown in this post.

I felt like my mind was eased and I was ready to conquer my exams, just as I had done every time before in high school. When I arrived home, I retook my practice exams and passed all of them. Moral of the story: Don’t overwhelm yourself with school, let nature overwhelm you dead

Wk5 – Activity – KickStarter


Topic 1: film and video

Good video The title of this project is very captivating. “Hallucinaut: An epic film of microscopic magnitude” is hooks me in right away. At first video, a man speaks very highly of the director of the film they are raising funds for; he lists many movies that he has worked on as an art director. The man makes you like the director before you even meet him. The director then speaks and talks about the background of his film, in an excited tone, and describes what he needs funds for. I genuinely want to see the movie that he is making and it would be great if I could contribute to help make it. Oh and I love the punny call to action at the end

Bad video So the video starts off with bad camera work. The cameraman stands directly in front of a reflective glass door while filming two speakers. This immediately turned me off and made me think of how inexperienced these filmmakers are. I wouldn’t fund this project because if they showed negligence while editing the Kickstarter video, I could only imagine how badly edited the movie would be. The sound was also very bad, you can hear so many unnecessary background noises and voices. The director sounds and looks very uninterested and slightly tired of talking in front of the camera. There was also a distracting sign language translator who was unnecessary because there were subtitles during the whole video, and also a distracting dog. I would not fund this project; they seem unprofessional.

Topic 2: Photography

Good I chose this project because nature and the wild really interests me. The speaker sounds really excited and pumped for his project and genuinely makes me feel excited about his ideas. He sounds very experienced in his photography career, and has the evidence to back it. His project and idea is a very interesting idea that could help amateur photographers learn professional skills to capture better nature photos. I would fund this project, and try out his idea.

Bad video provided absolutely no information on the idea or project they want funding for. If it weren’t for the very brief information section, I would mistake this “video” for a cheesy slideshow of some sub-par pictures. The video didn’t even have aesthetic music to accompany the unpleasing pictures. Very disappointing Kickstarter.

Wk 4 – Activity – Performance Art

My Performance Art Activity began with a dilemma that has plagued teens for decades… What am I going to watch on TV on a Friday night? I am a man of many tastes… therefore picking something to watch is a very long process for me. I love action, but you can never go wrong with comedy… and superhero flicks are an all-time favorite… but I can’t miss the baseball game… and I promised I’d watch Cops with my dad… and I gotta watch the news to keep updated. Decisions…. Decisions… Okay I’ll watch a Superhero movie with action and adventure, followed by a quick kids comedy with the lil bro and sis, then the baseball game, catch an episode of COPS with dad, catch the 10pm news and finish off with a feel good movie. Friday Night well spent indoors. 2015-02-15 19.18.49

Saturday morning, woke up about 5:30 AM off to San Bernadino Mountains for a hike. Don’t usually wake up this early for hikes, but this trek will take all day… so the earlier, the better. I meet with a few of my buddies and we’re off. Up into the mountains freezing our butts off because we packed for a hot day. Little did we know that it had only just snowed on the mountain days earlier and there were still several traces of ice alongside the mountain. 2 hours up the trail and we stop for lunch at Saddle Back, I munch on cliff bars, granola, and water of course. We see a spectacular view that could only be seen after a grueling 2 hour hike…2015-02-14 13.02.54

Another hour and we stroll by an old abandoned cave that was once a mine. I’m not one to put myself into cramped spaces and into creepy situations, but I had to see inside for myself. My friends were scared to go first, so I went in to reassure them. I literally had to squeeze down a hole half of my body’s diameter to get in. My immediate concern was Bears… It was hibernating season, and I was in no position to anger Smokey or Yogi. I eventually was able to stand in the cave, that’s when I flashed my light… The beauty of the cave was indescribable… and no amount of pictures could amount to the actual beauty of standing in the cave in person. At first I thought the cave went down about 15 feet, but as I returned to the mouth of the cave I saw a hole in the side of the cave that was hidden. I squeezed myself through that hole and I was shocked at what I saw. It was an entire network of caves going in every direction, even upward! I followed the furthest cave to the end which was blocked with mining equipment that looked as if it collapsed. My friends were close behind, so they snapped a few pics.

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Another 2 hours up the mountain and we hit a huge problem… ICE… and lots of it. Several hikers descended as we were reaching our final destination, they warned us that the trail gets extremely dangerous because of the ice. Many experienced hikers even turned back from the trail after reaching the ice. But I was determined to reach the peak, so we fought on.  I was so close to quitting throughout the icy trails, My hiking shoes were not gripping the ice whatsoever and i almost slipped off the side of the mountain more than 50 times. At one point we had to tie ourselves together with rope, just in case one of us fell and couldn’t get up. I even slipped on my ass a few times, but me and my friends encouraged one another to keep on going to reach the peak. DSC_0583 DSC_0584 DSC_0608

An hour passed, but it felt like 10 hours going up the Icy mountain of death. After several close calls and doubt that we would ever reach the peak… We Made It. CUCAMONGA PEAK DSC_0831 DSC_0706 DSC_0715 DSC_0717 DSC_0766 DSC_0768 DSC_0795 DSC_0796 DSC_0799 DSC_0803 DSC_0804 DSC_0806 DSC_0810 DSC_0811 DSC_0827 DSC_0830

Without a doubt, the longest, most tiring, and dangerous hike I have ever been on; but the view made it all worth it. I definitely pushed my comfort level this weekend, I risked my life, and I acted as if I was the star of my own show.  I guess the name of my show would be “The Adventures of Victor”.

Wk3- Activity- Instagram

I am an Insta-aficionado to say the least… I try to post at least one picture a day, whether it is a photo of a great memory from days past, or a candid snap of my daily activity. I love the idea of a social network that is connecting people primarily through square photos. So when I heard we were going to be using Instagram as an art activity, I was thrilled. At first I was going to post a morning selfie, but then I looked in the mirror and quickly changed my mind haha. I started by taking pictures at the art galleries which 80% of my classmates also did.2015-02-05 12.03.15 Then I went to lunch with some buddies from my old high school which we do every thursday at Glory Days Sports Bar. 2015-02-05 14.19.31

Time passed and I got out of my evening class to meet one of my best friends at her dorm where we were to decide what our escapade was for the evening. After much deliberation and arguing over who was to drive, we decided to explore 2nd Street and grab a snack and chill at the beach. I stopped by Starbucks for a drink and we were on our way. My friend June suggested we eat at a nearby ice-cream parlor, I agreed and we were there before we knew it. The place was called Paradis and it was quite pricey, but worth every penny. The next post was a pic of my coffee and ice cream.2015-02-05 18.52.57

As we continued exploring, we stumble upon the very cool antique shop that had a steampunk vibe. I felt like I was in another world when I entered the store… I was greeted by a young woman who was serving chocolate desserts and watering a plant hanging in a glass jar from the ceiling. All around me were influences from every era of the United States: a 1920’s typewriter turned lamp, a Victorian era cabinet filled with ink and quill sets, and of course there were many products and books from this decade such as top 50 Zombie movies. My next photo was a tiny section of the massive antique shop of a few vintage nautical items.2015-02-05 20.05.56 I wish I could’ve taken more pics, but the owner insisted on not photographing his establishment. We then went to the beach, but it was too cold and too dark to stay so we headed back to the car. After a few hours on 2nd street, me and my friend went back to CSULB and chilled at the Student Union in one of its lounges. I began to play the piano (quite horrendously I might add), and my friend snapped a pic of me. 2015-02-05 21.12.00 After the union closed, it was time for me to head back home and call it a night.

When I searched the hashtag #Art110S15, I noticed that most of my classmates posted pictures of the art galleries, what they ate for the day, and themselves with their friends. Although many students had their own personal touches to their photos, the majority posted selfies and food pics. I guess that’s what people think interests other people these days…. Food, Narcissism, and showing how many friends they have. That’s just my opinion though. My Instagram posts are in the sidebar.

Wk2(1/24)- Activity- Spray Paint

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This week’s activity was to spray paint my name in bubble lettering. I’ll admit I was a bit intimidated at first because I had never used a spray paint can before in my life, but I was eager to try something new. I began by testing my paints on a piece of cardboard… first a basic lettering of my name.  I tinkered with the can a bit just to get a feel of the way it dispersed the paint. Once I was comfortable with the can, I used a black spray to outline my name in bubble lettering and filled it with a chrome paint. 2015-01-24 16.39.512015-01-24 16.38.422015-01-24 16.49.372015-01-24 16.59.43

I was pleased with the results, but not satisfied with the cardboard background of my artwork. I decided to use a glass canvas for my next attempt. There was little room for error, so I outlined what I was going to paint next with a sharpie.2015-01-24 17.12.37 2015-01-24 17.16.08 2015-01-24 17.16.17 2015-01-24 17.20.00

I found that starting my name with the chrome paint and outlining it with black paint would be easier than vice versa. After I was done I bordered my glass canvas with electrical tape for safety. 2015-01-24 17.41.56

This activity really showed me that spray painting is more difficult than it seems. I give more respect to spray paint artists now because they aretruly talented and skilled. I also don’t view graffiti as just vandalism now, but rather works of art that should be as appreciated as paintings or photographs.

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