IMG_1673During this last week of Artist Conversations, I had the pleasure to interview Makaila Palmer about her artwork. In the Gatov Gallery, she had a total of three paintings in her show to represent the stages of her life as a child transforming into ending her college career.  She considers her style of artwork as psychological landscapes using oil on canvas.  All of her pieces contains a figure within the painting and it is on a path of figuring out who you are.  Makaila uses high contrasting colors to represent the moods and feelings associated with that stage in life.  She quotes, “There’s a path but you don’t know what you’re going to do yet.”  This is articulated through her works displayed at the Gatov Gallery.  On display, she had her Dusk, Day, and Dawn pieces; however, her midnight piece is still in the works.  Her inspiration for this kind of art came about through her study abroad program in Florence where she studied Michaelangelo.  She tried to emulate him by mixing landscapes with a figure.  Beginning this showcase, she did not know if this was the direction she wanted to head in, however a professor gave her the motivation and confidence to translate her feelings into these pieces of art.

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Throughout my conversation with Makaila, I couldn’t help but sympathize with her in her college career journey.  She admitted that graduating did take a little longer than expected but she finally made it.  It’s not just about the journey to the end, but the all of the things in-between that you learn and see throughout the process.  It’s all of the careful choices one makes in life to help guide you to your finish line.  By examining her life, she can realize that at one point, she had no clue where her life was going, but then with hard work, she was able to conquer it and finish her BFA.

I can sympathize with Makaila here because my own journey through school has been atypical to say the least.  I first went to UNM in 2006 as a pre pharmacy major.  I took all of my pre requisite classes but did not do as well as needed to so I then changed majors to nursing.  That didn’t work out either so I took a break from school to work.  Knowing that I needed to eventually finish school no matter what, I then re-enrolled in school and this is my final week of my undergraduate career.  The journey has been bumpy and atypical, but I persevered and made it.  Relating to Makaila, her journey in her college career took a little longer than expected, however she learned valuable lessons along the way that has allowed her to reach her end goal and enjoy.

You can reach Makaila Palmer through her website or email at makailap10@gmail.com.

Wk 14 – Classmate Conversation – Tony Nguyen &

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During the last week of Classmate conversations, I met up with a previous classmate that I had met during the semester, Tony Nguyen.  Together we met Luis Rangel and we interviewed him to get to know him.  He is a Freshman majoring in business.  He just recently changed his mind from being a communications major.  10 years from today, he would like to work in the marketing field to advertise and have something of his be on a billboard.  He likes to listen to alternative music and some of his favorite bands are the Killers and The Arctic Monkeys.  While growing up, he liked to read the goosebumps series of books.  If he had 3 wishes to be granted, he wants to have unlimited Korean Barbecue, gas, and Internet on his phone.  He also likes to watch the Walking Dead like myself.  We asked him what art has made the biggest impact in his life and he said it was Kiyomi Fukui.  She was the artist that drank tea and made an impression on the paper covering the table, which represented an imprint of the interaction.  He feels like this  has impacted his life by taking this class.

Wk 12 – Artist Conversation – Christopher Linquata

IMG_1554During week 12 of Art 110, I met Christopher Linquata.  His work consisted of huge paintings on the wall depicting normal activities in everyday life, showing himself in some of the works.  His paintings made use of acrylics on canvas and his art had a real sense of smooth realism effect.  One thing that stood out the most about his paintings were that the largest ones were very large.  They were one of the biggest ones seen in the art galleries this semester.

Chris begins his works first by creating a sketch that starts with his imagination.  He draws the people in his paintings, and he considers his artwork a study of life and space.  He spent 18 hours a day on these large paintings and he would put layers on top of layers creating these paintings.  If something didn’t fit or he didn’t like something, he would have the luxury to paint over it.  He is inspired to do this type of artwork because of his love in Renaissance paintings.  By talking and meeting other people in this art program, he became inspired in different types of pantings, from renaissance to modern paintings.  He considers himself a representational painter.

From listening to Christopher talk about his artwork, I felt inspired because there are so many ways to be creative.  By talking to different students, you can always learn and get a different perspective on things you already know.  When you are passionate about something, it is always important to show people and be able to express your thoughts.  Here are some of Chris’ work.

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Wk 12 – Classmate Conversation – Chris Chang

During week 12, I met a classmate by the name of Chris Chang.  He is a senior majoring in mathematics and wants to be in the finance field.  His first choice of college was MIT, and even though he was wait listed for the school, he did not get accepted.  Chris likes to watch and play basketball and his favorite team is the Lakers.  He moved to Long Beach from Orange County.  The question of the week was which color calms us and which color gets him going.  White is a color that calms him because it is an empty color.  He is a simple person and white is a perfect example.  Blue is the color that gets him going because it reminds him of the ocean and because he likes to surf.  IMG_1549

Wk 10 – Artist Conversation – Angel Franco

IMG_1520During week 10, the artwork of Angel Franco depicted a real life struggle that is happening everyday and it is tearing humanity apart.  Upon entering the Dutzi art gallery at CSULB, a full sized wall resembling a jail cell was the first thing that caught my eye.  Within the confines of the jail bars, lay clay fists, bullets, and toys, with a large clay model of a little girl.  There was also a projected connected to a laptop playing a video on a loop.  The video cycled through instances where police brutality was caught on film.  The purpose of the film was to show the social injustice for the 43 students that were arrested in Mexico while protesting.  These students were handed off to the drug cartel and have not been heard from since.  The bars in this exhibit represent the struggle that people face trying to get equality and not being heard.  The bullets represent the bloodshed and the toys represented the childhood that the kids have not had the chance to live.

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Through talking with Angel, I get the feeling that this is a topic that truly resonates deeply with him.  He shared to me that he lives in Compton California , and has been profiled when driving home.  He lives in a gated community and has been stopped by the police to ask what he was doing and where he was going.  Things like this make it this issue of power more troublesome.  Mr. Franco does not feel that all cops are bad, but just the ones that abuse the power and there should be more awareness brought to the fact that this is an issue and people should be more loving towards one another.

The topic of police brutality on the minority is one that interests me greatly.  These videos showing the brutal murders of unarmed individuals show a total lack of control of individuals with power.  There really needs to be something done about the abuse of power from authority that we trust to protect us.  I am so glad that Angel had the opportunity to voice his opinion and share his views regarding this subject.  This abuse of power is something that is ruining the childhood of many kids and creates an environment where people may be scared to live.  Harsher punishments and consequences need to be handed down to the guilty.

Currently, Angel does not have any website to link to.

Wk 10 – Classmate Conversation – Milton Coreas

IMG_1514 In week 10 of Art 110, I met Milton Coreas in the Gatov-East gallery.  Milton is a 2nd year undeclared student but is leaning towards being a film major because he might want to be a director.  He also wants to have a minor in psychology.  We talked about what we like to do for fun and we both shared the same interest in eating and trying new types of food.  His favorite types are Japanese and Filipino food.  Milton lives in Lynwood and attended high school there.  If he could travel anywhere, he wants to go somewhere in Europe because of his favorite soccer team Barcelona.

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.

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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.