Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – Maccabee Shelley

IMG_1510 IMG_1509 IMG_1507In week 9 of the Fall 2015 semester, Professor Glenn invited one of his previous students and artist currently featured at the Gatov West Gallery at CSULB.  His name is Maccabee Shelley and he was given the microphone and the floor to speak to us students.  He urged us to follow our passion because pure talent can only take us so far, and one day, talent alone isn’t going to motivate us to be great.  Passion is something that will continue to drive us moving forward.  On Thursday afternoon, I had the pleasure to meet with Maccabee on a 1 on 1 basis to ask him about his artwork and to view inside the mind of the artist.  His art has smooth texture with contrasting colors.  A lot of his art uses materials that are found and free.  A lot of bottles of glass, cones, suitcases, books. With this raw material, he combines them together to create a new identity for the material.  Some materials, he chose to stack them together to form the base, and others, he melted together to create a new object.  Mac was an environmental science major who decided to switch to art but still use the knowledge gained from his science background to further his art.

Through talking with the artist, he has articulated the ideas of understanding the  different things that can happen when combining two objects.  When starting, he does not have an idea what will happened, so therefore, doesn’t get disappointed with the results if it didn’t go the way he wanted it to.  Instead, everything is an opportunity to learn and observe how it made him feel.  The next time he wants to recreate that same feeling, then he knows exactly how to do so.  This is him documenting what happened and his process on how he creates his art.  Using his mistakes and turning them into his art is a way to always learn and progress.  Another take on his art is to show ordinary things to people in and unordinary way.

After talking to Mac, it made me realize the fragile nature of the objects in the world.  A small change in the physical properties of the object has the ability to change the whole make up.  And by trying and trying again, you learn from your mistakes and learn from every action you do.  Instead of being disappointed in your failures, you should learn from it and turn it into something positive instead of thinking of it as a failure.  This resonates an important message in life because when people get frustrated and quit, then they have closed a door to an opportunity to learn and progress through whatever task was at hand.  Thanks Mac for putting this into an easy to understand perspective.

Here is Mac posing with my favorite piece. He can be reached through his website.  IMG_1508

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Wk 9 – Classmate Conversation – Zeida Gonzalez

IMG_1509While in the Gatov West gallery, I met Zeida Gonzales while admiring the artwork of Maccabee Shelley.  She is a 3rd year film major living in Whittier and the oldest of 6 siblings.  When I asked her about her tastes in art, she told me she likes the creepy and eerie vibe.  She mentioned some of the artists of previous weeks that she was interested in because they gave her that feeling.  One was last week, the artist that had skulls and skeleton bones as drawings.  I noticed that she had teal hair so I asked her what it meant to her and she told me it was just something she wants to do, and eventually going to magenta hair.  However, it’s hard for her to achieve that because of life events that she has to change her hair back to a normal color.  A funny coincidence was that Zeida had matching hair with our professor Glenn that day. LOL

Wk 8 – Mobile Public Art: Somebody

This week I downloaded and tried the Somebody app.  I signed up by making an account through Facebook and as I understand, this app is supposed to allow users to send messages to their friends through other people delivering the messages.  So I would write a message to my friend, but a person nearby would record the message and deliver it to my friend.  This is a very cool concept and I would like to give it a try.  I was not able to get this app to work.  When I try to insert emails to add classmates as friends, it sent them an invite email to use the app, however that’s the furthest I got.  I was not able to send any messages.  I feel that this application definitely has a lot of bugs left to fix before it becomes mainstream.  I know the general public would not be very happy to download an app that doesn’t work.  Hopefully this app gets the bugs worked out because it has the potential to be a very fun and unique way of communicating.

Wk 8 – Artist Conversation – Alice Andreini

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Here is Alice Andreini and she could be reached through her website here. Her artwork was on display in the Gatov West Gallery at CSULB.  Her pieces of art are paintings using oil on canvas.  She uses contrasting colors to bring out different symbols within her paintings.  The image she brings to life is a zoomed a zoomed in aspect of a garden.  Within the garden lies plastic army meyn toys scattered throughout the painting.

I asked Alice what her paintings represent and she said she chose the garden to represent a conversation with space.  In her words, she wanted the “code and recode peaked space.”  The army men represent an opposing force to the garden.  I understood this to be a sacred area protected by the army.  Not all people get to experience the beautiful garden because in order to achieve the beauty of the garden, one must maintain and protect it.  In order to have a garden, it needs to be in a safe condition and can represent the progression of history.  One would not find a garden in the middle of a war stricken country.

From speaking with Alice, I feel that the relationship between nature and people have a unique bond.  A garden needs to be tended to and nurtured in order for it to grow.  This is just like a newborn baby, because it needs a mother to take care of it until it is big enough to sustain on it’s own.  And as humans go through life, we have to continue and tend to the garden if we want to be beautiful and as we grow older, gardening becomes a lot of people’s hobby.  A person is born and dies in the garden.

Wk 8 – Classmate Conversation – Maria Leon

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Week 8 of Art 110 I had the pleasure to meet Maria Leon.  She is a sophomore majoring in Health Science like myself.  We talked about school and what she wants to do with this major.  She told me that she started as a hospitality management major but changed it recently to health science because she wants to eventually go to med school.  She wants to work with kids and the people in her church. She lives in Hawaiian Gardens with her family and 2 younger siblings.  She told me about an artist that she interviewed in the past and showed me a picture of his work.  It represented the artist shooting the 8 ball into the pocket.  This represented closure because his brother died and feels his spirit with him.  This was her most memorable interview.

Wk 7 – Artist Conversation – Angela Nicole Drew

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During this weeks trip to the CSULB student art galleries, I had the honor of meeting a young artist by the name of Angela Nicole Drew.  She is a senior about to graduate and had a gallery titled “Layers” up for display.  I’ve posted a few pictures of her work to give an example.  Her pieces are made up of six different types of clay, each having a different color to represent the layers in the Grand Canyon.  These layers of rock sit on top of a wooden pedestal made from cypress wood, the type of wood believed to have made The Ark from the flood story in the bible.  The clay had a rouch surface, and had a lot of similarities to real rock.  Ms. Drew did a wonderful job of recreating the Grand Canyon as a miniature model.  Inside the sculptures, is a light illuminating representing God’s hands creating the Canyon.  Her inspiration in creating these pieces was to recreate the story of how the Grand Canyon was formed.  Scientists have studied rock formations for years but can never agree on one single explanation for how the canyon was formed.  Angela believes the Canyons were formed from the “Great Flood.”  Which is a biblical story that explained how God had a hand in making the Canyons.

Angela has been working with the ideas of Christianity for the last two years.  She feels that through her art, she can be more in touch with her beliefs and religion.  From talking to Angela, I get a sense of motivation to get more in-touch with my own religion.  I feel that many people don’t explore their religion or express it because they don’t know how to.  However using art as a medium, it can make it a lot more easier and fun at the same time.  Because of her Christianity and artsy nature, Angela is planning to join the peace corp after college and traveling to help children from different nations.  And in doing so, she wants to continue making ceramics in a more functional way, meaning making things that she can  use in everyday life.

Angela’s art work is very simple to interpret from the title because it is obvious that there are layers in her pieces.  But without speaking to her and hearing her explain the deep meaning behind the art, one wouldn’t be able to appreciate how personal and powerful her message is.  This is one of the artists that have allowed me to dare myself to explore my religion.  There is no right or wrong way to do it so I should give it a shot.  It is very cool to see an idea of the creation of the earth be brought to life using art.

Wk 7 – Classmate Conversation – Steven Gonzales

IMG_0928During week 7 of this fall 15′ semester, I interviewed my classmate Steven Gonzales.  He is a 2nd year sociology major and likes to hang out with his friends and eat.  He doesn’t like to party much but does enjoy to play and watch soccer.  He also likes to play video games with his friends.  His favorite soccer player is Messi, who plays for Barcelona.  I asked him about what color he would dye his hair and blue would be his choice because it is his favorite color, even though he said he would never do it.  Currently, he lives in Bellflower with his family.

Wk 6 – Periscope

2015-10-04 16.17.59 2015-10-04 16.20.54 This week, I gave Periscope a try after hearing from Bree Olsen rave about it in class.  I watched a few casts from Bree and was amazed at how popular she was in the Periscope world.  She cams about everyday normal things, such as her putting on makeup and about relationship advice/issues.  In class, she told us about how she met a guy she was dating while she was Periscoping in New York Central Park.  On Friday, her scope was about how they are no longer dating.  Turns out, he was a fraud and just used her.  Seeing how much popularity surrounded her scope, I turned mine on as well to see what the deal was with this.  I first turned it on while I was driving in traffic.  I had at the max 6 people in the room at that time, however only 1 person actually talked to me.  They complimented me on my stickers on my hat, how they liked them. LOL.  But after that, they left.  It is kind of hard to be using Periscope while driving so I gave it another try today.  Today I met a girl named Emilia and we kept a conversation going for about 5 minutes.  Just talking about regular things but then I had to go.

At times, being on Periscope can be awkward because people aren’t talking back.  Whenever there is silence in the room, it’s kind of hard to just talk to yourself, but when there is an audience and they are participating, I can see how this app can be addicting for some.  You can speak your mind free from judgement.  You are able to say whatever you want without someone criticizing you.  I feel that this is a good medium for people to express themselves to whoever and whatever they want.

Wk 6 – Artist Conversation – Sery Kwon

IMG_1458In this weeks artist conversation, Sery Kwon caught my attention with her abstract paintings in the Gatov-East Gallery.  The paintings had many lines and colors spreaded throughout.  I originally thought of some sort of map when trying to analyze her work. She had 4 pieces of artwork on the wall, all on canvas prints.  One of her pieces had paper like material that was within the painting itself.  Her Gallery was titled “Site Lines,” which is a play on words for the meaning behind her art.  After talking to her about her displayed art, she explained that they are maps from various locations from an aerial view.  The colors within the map each represent different aspects of the map such as the traffic, the metro lines, and her routes while traveling the set location.  She uses pastels on canvas, but not with the typical brush.  She lays her canvas flat on the floor and drips the paint over to create her lines and color.

Hearing Sery explain her art, it allowed me to look into her personality.  One painting was a map of Dublin where she explained to me that the red lines was the route she took all over the city when she got lost on the metro, while the green lines was the route that she took to get back home.  This was such an adventure that she recreated the map through her artwork to create another memory.  One of her favorite paintings is one that she actually messed up.  She then turned that painting into a roadmap of her mind.  By talking to Sery, I can understand her love for traveling.  She has traveled to various places around the world and loves to document it through her artwork.  Here is Sery posing in front of my favorite piece of work, her map of LA: IMG_1457

Sery’s art definitely makes me want to travel more.  Hearing about her adventures in Dublin and Seoul how it inspired so much is a great motivator for me to travel myself.  Recreating a map of a location that has so many memories will be forever documented in the piece of art.  Makes me feel that the trip is still living on again in another form, the canvas on the wall.  I have always wanted to travel the world and Sery introduced me to a unique method of capturing memories. Please visit and support Sery through her website and instagram

Wk 6 – Classmate Conversation

IMG_1455For this weeks Classmate Conversation, I had the pleasure to meet Nestor Plascencia.  He is a 19 year old sophomore trying to get a business management degree.  He currenty works part time at an after school programming teaching 4th or 5th grade kids.  In high school, Nestor played tennis doubles and likes to play/watch soccer.  His favorite team is Barcelona because his favorite Mexican player plays for that team.  Nestor believes that art is a great way to express himself and therefore it is cool.  He was born in Lynwood as an only child like myself, but now resides in Paramount.