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.

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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