Wk 14 – Activity Feedback

My three favorite art activities this semester and why:

Plaster casting at the beach: This was one of the first art experiences of the semester, and I really loved it. Before this, I had never made plaster castings before. In addition, it was just a lot of fun to go to the beach on a school day and just relax. Glenn’s iced tea was delicious and it was a wonderful day. I truly feel bad for the students that couldn’t make it to the beach that day. Although I haven’t really come up with a use for my hand casting (which came out pretty darn good btw) it was a fun experience overall.

Drawing via French Girls: Although I did this art activity as an alternative to the art care packages, it was undoubtedly my favorite of the semester. In my post about instagram, I shed some light on my experiences with social media. It’s only been a week since I joined the art community of French Girls (a drawing app where you can share your art and even get commissioned) and I have absolutely fallen in love. I haven’t had much time to draw this semester on account of my classes and health problems, but something about using the app is so easy and so fun. Other artists who also use the app made me feel so welcomed. I didn’t feel judged in the slightest. I feel like I can fully express myself through my art, not having to feel the pressure to be something I’m not. I wish the whole class got to do this art activity. It would’ve been interesting to see everyone showcase their different art styles.

Instagram: Even though I have deleted all my social media (facebook, instagram, twitter, etc.) I thoroughly enjoyed this assignment. It was cool to look up our class’s hashtag and see all the different things we did that day. One thing that I enjoyed about Instagram when I still had one was the way it was somewhat like a photo-diary. Coincidentally that day was probably the best day of my whole semester, and I’m glad I have those memories captured with photos to look back on.

My three least favorite art activities and why:

Photowalk: I think this was mostly a bad experience for me because my guide didn’t really talk to our group. We just followed her everywhere and it was really awkward so I honestly just left in the middle of it to go to the gym. Also to top it all off it was a hot day and I was not down to walk back and forth everywhere. So I just visited the Japanese garden on my own time. Thankfully I really enjoyed the actual photography part of this assignment and writing the blog post about my photos.

Turning Pages: In the beginning of the semester I knew when I looked at our agenda of activities that there were going to be some things near the end of the year that I would either not like or be too lazy to do. (This was why I did so much extra credit in the beginning of the year.) I realize that this class covers a broad spectrum of visual arts and a lot of people who take it might just be trying to finish a GE, but I really wish more of our activities had to do with hands-on conventional art (such as the drawing, photography, or plaster casting activities).

Geocaching: I don’t really get geocaching. I remember in the beginning of the semester I googled it because I didn’t know what it was. And even now, I still don’t really understand it. I get the basic process of the whole thing, but how is this a form of visual art? I think it’s kind of cool and definitely something that I can see other people doing as a hobby, but I find it irrelevant to the experiences that I was hoping to get out of this class.

Art 110 in general: This class was undoubtedly my favorite that I’ve taken at CSULB. I think it’s brilliant how we turn in assignments by posting them on our blogs. In addition, you can tell that Glenn puts a lot of hard work into our activities to make them interesting and fun. He really pushes us to think past art stereotypes and encourages us to see art in a modern-day light. Originally, I was skeptical of whether or not I should take this class because like I mentioned earlier I was definitely looking for more of a traditional art class with an emphasis on painting and drawing. However I’m really glad I took this class. It was an easygoing time to look forward to between my other hectic and demanding classes.

What could make this class better?: Honestly, I really disliked the group discussions. Often the groups I was placed in mostly had an attitude of “I really don’t want to be here or talking to you.” But perhaps this was just because I’m generally an unlucky person. I would try and initiate discussions with others in my group but to no avail. The group discussions were bearable, but I really dreaded them. Other than that I think the class is fabulous and I’ve already recommended it to a number of my friends.

Wk 10 – Art Experience – Instagram

For this week’s art experience, I posted these four pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #art110s16.

My boyfriend who goes to college in Washington is on his spring break and came to visit me for the day. I took a couple of pictures and posted them @beachybananaz, an Instagram that I made yesterday morning exclusively for this class assignment.

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10:49 AM, on the walk back to my dorm from public speaking class.
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3:08 PM, waiting for our dessert at Snow Monster on 2nd Street.
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3:13 PM, a classic “food portrait” during our ice-cream date.
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7:01 PM, watching the sunset from Seal Beach pier right after a delicious dinner.

In addition to these four pictures, I also posted five other photos that I felt matched my Instagram grid’s overall aesthetic.

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I felt as though this week’s assignment struck a chord with me on a more personal level than any prior ones. I started using Instagram in middle school and much like a majority of the people my age, I was hooked. As a somewhat timid person, I spent a majority of my teenage years online and running away from my own insecurities. To me it was so much easier to be able to control other’s perceptions of me than to be real and embrace every aspect of myself… whether it was good or bad.

As Instagram and social media in general started to grow, so did my need to change myself to fit in. I started to develop this unsettling paranoia/anxiety whenever I posted something. I felt as though I needed to not only be consistent with my posts, but also portray my life as constantly perfect and happy when in reality it was far from that. I realize that many people who use social media don’t feel this way, but for me it had begun to take away from living my life. Rather than thoroughly enjoying meaningful or beautiful moments in life, I spent my time trying to capture them from behind the camera of my phone. A huge portion of my day was spent checking my feed and fretting about my number of likes and followers.

About two months ago I deleted my Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. And honestly, it was probably one of the best decisions of my life. I have so much more time to focus on things that actually matter… like my friends, family, and grades. Making an Instagram again for the sole purpose of this assignment presented me with an opportunity to reflect on the importance of going “off the grid.”

Although I’m definitely going to delete this Instagram account after a week, I’m glad I had a chance to make it and participate in our class’s “group portrait.” Looking through our class tag helped me appreciate how many different people are in our class and that somehow despite all our differences, we all wound up taking the same course together.

Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

 

 

Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Exhibition: “ALL WORK ALL PLAY”

Media:  Metals (Copper, Sterling Silver, Brass, Enamel, Fishing Wire) and Spray Paint

Gallery: Werby

Instagram/website: N/A

 

Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig is attending her last semester here at CSULB. Originally, she was enrolled as an English-writing major in Poetry. In high school, she didn’t know what she wanted to major in but just knew that she wanted to go to college. She loved to paint and draw as a child, and never considered making 3-dimensional art. However after taking an intro to metals class she developed a love for them. She realized how versatile metals are and how amazing it is to work with them. Sean especially loves silver because of how precious it is (silver is easier to melt and harder to treat, so she feels especially accomplished after polishing a metal piece). She loves being hands-on with her work.

Thoughts behind title of exhibit: often she gets too absorbed in accomplishing the task, without taking time to think about pleasing herself and having fun.

In terms of her art style – She tends to be simple in terms of color. She experiments from time to time, but she feels as though she should just use it when it fits the piece. In the future Sean hopes to continue her metal work. She’s considering grad school and currently working on a studio. She wants to spend time travelling and being inspired and putting that inspiration into her art.

Inspires her art: Experimental, environment, people, mood, random thoughts, humor especially.

She grew up near koreatown.

Wk 8 – Art Experience – Automatic Drawing

Automatic drawing is holding a pen/pencil with both hands along with another person, until it starts drawing “on its own.” I took a time-lapse video of the process. It might look like we scribbled around just a little bit, but we were sitting there for a solid 30-ish minutes before anything started happening.

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The results of my automatic drawing.

In the past I’ve seen some articles about a mother (who is incidentally also an amazing artist) that lets her child scribble on canvases before she uses her artistic talent to take the drawings a huge step further. You can read the article here. I was inspired by that idea to make out whatever I could from our automatic drawing (in this case I saw a body of a dragon) and just went with it.

Although expanding on our huge scribble wasn’t part of the assignment, I thought it’d be fun and interesting. I drew this in a short amount of time so it’s definitely not perfect and I wish I could’ve made it more detailed. However overall this was a fun experience. As a full-time student that barely has any time to do things I find enjoyable, I’ll jump at any opportunity I have to draw.

MUSIC: “Okami – Wavebird” by ChildMe

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The final drawing (I drew this in a very short amount of time, hence the messiness).

Wk 8 – Art Experience – Almira M. Nikravesh


 Artist: Almira M. Nikravesh

Exhibition: Farsh

Media: Hydrocal and MDF (medium-density fibreboard)

Gallery: Merlino

Instagram: @almiranikravesh

Almira M. Nikravesh is a senior here at CSULB. She is working towards earning her Bachelor of Fine Art and specializes in making sculptures. In her free time she loves to go to the gym and lift weights. She believes that “sculpting does not restrict you from anything. You can be influenced by many mediums and pursue sculptures in that way.” When it comes to choosing media, she likes to mix and match to see what looks best together (like picking an outfit).

As soon as I laid eyes on this exhibit, I was enamored by its mysterious and simplistic aesthetic. I immediately wondered what the underlying meanings behind the rug and pairs of feet were. Each of the foot sculptures seemed to be meticulously placed, not one out of order. I have never seen a sculpture similar to the one that mimicked a Persian rug. Both elements of the exhibit, the feet and the rug, were perfectly symmetrical. This created an almost pristine atmosphere.

Nikravesh’s central sculpture was inspired by a silk rug that her father had invested in when she was a child. Since silk rugs are very expensive, she constantly had to avoid stepping on it. The sculptures of her feet are in relation to the rug. In this way, Nikravesh’s sculpture relates to her life and Iranian culture. She created such a mysterious piece because her intent is to have people ponder/reflect on her work.

I loved everything about this exhibit. The way that Nikravesh placed her sculptures was so orderly that I felt a sense of satisfaction gazing at her work. I feel as though her style is very modest yet meaningful. Without an explicit explanation of her artwork, its meaning could be interpreted in an infinite number of ways.

Wk 8 – Classmate Conversation – Lainie Le

This week I talked with Lainie.

Lainie and I met a couple of weeks ago, but have never had the opportunity to  actually get to know each other until now. She’s super sweet and it was fun talking to her!

Lainie is a first year student here at CSULB. Although she is undeclared, she is leaning towards either a business or accounting major.

She claims that she has no hobbies, but she enjoys watching YouTube vlogs in her free time.

Her favorite foods are: boba drinks, Korean BBQ, and Chipotle. She also firmly believes that Wing Stop is way better than Buffalo Wings.

Lainie grew up in North Long Beach and commutes to school everyday. She’s been to Alaska, Missippi, Kauai, and Canada.

Fun fact: She has a birth-mark on her right leg that looks like a burn.

One thing on her bucket list: Lainie wants to go zip-lining!

I’m so glad I got this opportunity to get to know Lainie a little bit more! If you want to see her blog, you can click here!

Wk 7 – Classmate Conversation – Anthony Estalilla

I talked to my friend Anthony Estalilla this week. I met him last semester and we clicked right away. We decided to take this class together (just like every other class we’re taking this semester LOL).

Anthony is a first-year pre-major in Molecular Cell Biology/Physiology. He wants to eventually be an oncologist and contribute to cancer research.

One of Anthony’s many talents is his passion for volleyball. He played all throughout high school, and now is the captain of his very own intramural team at our school. He pretty much lives in the REC center. He also sings! Check out our cover of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” here. He also has a discrete love for Naruto and pugs.

His favorite foods include: ramen & Korean BBQ. He is Filipino american and grew up in Carson.

You can find Anthony’s blog here!

Wk 7 – Art Experience – Group Video Activity

This week our art class divided into groups and worked on a video project. Personally I loathe group projects and since I have a lot of tests coming up, Anthony and I agreed to do something simple. I feel as though video productions tend to be very time consuming so making a simple music cover seemed the most appealing. Luckily enough, Anthony happens to have a bomb voice 🙂

I already was familiar with how to play this song on the ukulele and Anthony (somewhat) knew the words, so we just sat in his car and shot a few takes. Anthony used his camera and edited and uploaded the video online! (He gets 90% of the credit tbh)

Week 6 – Art Experience – Photowalk

  
Last Thursday my art class held several differently themed photo walks with locations on campus. 

I chose Dorothy McMahon’s walk because I love water displays. Here is her description of the photowalk we went on.

My walk will take students to the different water displays we have on campus. From the fountain to the Japanese garden. To take photos of the water and the art that has gone into presenting it.

Here are a couple of the photos that I took!

 
This photo is of the water display in front of the Macintosh building on campus. 

Unfortunately for some reason there was no water to be seen (probably in an attempt to conserve the campus’s resources) but it was still a good place to take photographs. I love the contrast between the sculpture and its surroundings. I’ve never seen this water display working before so hopefully I can catch a glimpse in the future.

  
 
A couple of pictures of one of the most distinguishable landmarks on our school’s campus.

I honestly really love this fountain. I remember that during SOAR (CSULB’s student orientation) my group of freshmen were told that this is the destination for school photos, and I can see why. This water display looks really cool & unique. I think it represents our school’s abundance of academic diversity; a beautifully functional combination of both science, engineering, and art.

   
Some ducks chilling by the fountain.

I’ve never seen ducks hanging around the fountain, but they are just too adorable. I couldn’t resist taking a couple of pictures of the cute couple!

 
Beautiful Koi fish in the Japanese Gardens.

Lastly, here’s a picture I took of some Koi. They’ve always been one of my favorite types of fish and our school has many beautiful ones. I live at Parkside so luckily the Japanese Gardens are a short walk away. I love to come here, feed the fish and just relax surrounded by the beauty of the garden. This was definitely my favorite part of the photowalk.

When I took these photos, I was looking for a minimalistic type of aesthetic. I wanted to take photos that showcase the beauty of our campus and show that it’s more than just a place for academic endeavors.

I think that my photowalk guide picked good locations to take us to. The water displays on campus were definitely great and interesting subjects for our photos. However, I expected my guide to do just that: guide us. Not only show us where to go, but also guide us through a little bit of history about the significance of these magnificent water displays. There was no communication between the guide and our group at all. We just followed her wherever she went. I think it would’ve been a lot more interesting if she had provided some sort of narration to our walk.