Wk12 – Art Experience – Ethnography


This Art Experience was a pretty normal experience for me. To purge all electricity from my night, I chose to light some candles in my bedroom and read by candlelight. This night I chose to read my assigned passages for my English class.  I usually read in the same spot by the night table at least every week. As a result, the art experience was pretty easy in that it didn’t really take me out of my normal routine. However, one thing I wasn’t able to do was listen to music through my iPhone. I usually listen to music until I feel tired enough to sleep. In a way, it probably helps me sleep faster. Due to this, I found myself having a hard time falling asleep without headphones in my ear.

In reflection, living without electricity is much more harmonious and organic because only natural light and sound occurs. The setting one puts him or herself in feels more peaceful and tranquil. In today’s age, living without electricity is much more limiting because we cannot use the electrical items we typically use: phones, computers, TVs, etc. Without constant stimulation, people would have to think of clever ways to stimulate themselves through games or sports. These sources of stimulation, however, would all involve other people and social interaction. In a way, electricity and the technology that comes with it has made society much more closed off and introverted. My ideal activity schedule would include a mix of computer activity and social interactions with friends. I’d be able to limit television and video games, but there’s too much to be done on a computer.

Wk12 – Artist Conversation – Alice Andreini

Exhibition Information

Artist: Alice Andreini

Exhibition: No Man’s Land

Media: Painting

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery

About the Artist

At the galleries, I got to meet Alice. Originally from Minnesota, Alice moved to San Diego and then to Long Beach. In addition, Alice is a graduate student at CSULB who studies under the Drawing and Painting program. She intends to earn her degree in Fine Arts this May. However, Alice did not know how to paint until about 6 years ago. She has spent three years learning independently and 3 years at CSULB enhancing her skills. After graduating this May, Alice intends to teach at CSULB as an art professor.

Formal Analysis


Alice’s gallery ultimately consisted of several landscape/scenery paintings. However, the style in which these landscapes were painted was much different from your usual landscape artist. In these landscape paintings, Alice used geometric fragments to create landscapes. In addition, Alice used mostly dull, grayish tones to create her colors. She also maintained one motif throughout the majority of her paintings: golfing. Shapes resembling golf courses could be seen in the center of paintings. Alice also included golf flags.

Content Analysis

This gallery was ultimately an examination how we as a society perceive the world. More specifically, Alice intended to single out industrialism and capitalism as the main things blinding society from true horrors. She believes these Utopian landscapes hide the real state of the nation. She stages this confrontation with the American deception on the reoccurring golf course, which she argues ” [the golf course] encapsulates the sentimentality and allure of the American pastoral.”

Synthesis / My Experience


I actually really liked this gallery and Alice’s style of painting. The unique landscapes were beautifully painted. I really enjoyed the combination of interesting colors and geometric shapes Alice used to create the paintings. These aspects really gave oieces the depth they needed to look like actual 3D landscapes. Even though they all looked a bit similar, the paintings still set themselves apart from the others. Alice was able to give each one a unique feeling and mood. My favorite of the several paintings from the gallery was the one above. I just love Alice’s use of dark purples and dull blues to create the image of commercial America.

Wk11 – Artist Conversation – Soroush Moghim


Exhibition Information

Artist: Soroush Moghim

Exhibition: Geometry of Grief

Media: Sculpture, Printmaking, Mixed Media

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East

About the Artist

Soroush is a senior student at CSULB planning to earn a BA in Sculpting. However, his origins are much different from others at CSULB in that he was born and raised in Iran. As a result, he cites Iranian culture and religion as some of the major influences in his art. However, he has also embraced Western culture and incorporated into his artwork. Soroush also discussed the influence of science fiction works on the content of the gallery. Ultimately, he would describe his art as transcendent.

Formal Analysis

The gallery itself was a mix of many materials and exhibits. At the entrance,you immediately a sculpture of a head with a globe-like sphere hanging over. In addtion, projections of what seems to be stars and space come out of the the head’s ear.


In a nearby section, a weaved fabric depicting a woman with a violin hangs from the ceiling. Another section also shows a sculpted violin hanging in front of a projected kaleidoscopic image.

The last section contains a large wooden divider in the center of the room. This divider sits in front of another projected image of a person playing along the shore of a beach. In addition, this wooden divider holds sculptures of what looks to be like some animal skulls.

 

Content Analysis

With the prominence of so much light and projected imagery, Soroush’s exhibit certainly gives off a dreamy, melancholic mood. This makes sense because Soroush cited science fiction as some of his primary inspiration for the gallery. Sections like the galaxy projection from the sculpted head give the gallery and space feel. In addition, from the title “Geometry of Grief,” it’s clear that Soroush was interested in involving shapes with his expression of sadness and grief. One symbol and shape he seemed to gravitate towards was that of the violin. It appeared in front of projected imagery and in the woven fabric picture. I believe this symbol is associated with sadness and grief for Soroush.

Synthesis / My Experience

I ultimately enjoyed Soroush’s creative gallery. I really liked his use of sound to create a dreamy and serious atmosphere within the gallery. I also liked how certain sections of the gallery were closed off from others to emphasize their meaning. For instance, both the wooden divider section and the hanging violin section were closed off from the other pieces. I also thought the lighting and projected imagery paired well with Soroush’s materials. My favorite section was the hanging violin section. By combining lowkey sound and kaleidoscopic imagery, it felt as though the violin was of grave importance to the artist. I couldn’t help but feel sad in the isolated section of the gallery.

Wk11 – Classmate Conversation – Betty Escorcia and David Valle

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For this weeks double classmate conversation, I got to meet Betty and David. However, I had actually met David briefly in my Nutrition class earlier that. Betty is in her last year at CSULB and plans to earn a degree in Psychology with a minor in Comparative World Literature. On the other hand, David is a Freshmen Business major. After breaking the ice, we went on to discuss other interests in TV shows, anime, movies, music, hobbies and food. When asked for her favorite anime, Betty responded with Sword Art Online (SAO), which I have unfortunately never checked out. David chose One Punch Man and Naruto as his favorites.

As usual, I had to ask them for their favorite movies. Betty responded quickly with the classics Home Alone and Robocop. David said he was never really into movies like we were but enjoyed Marvel films like the recent Civil War. One unique thing I learned about Betty was her deep passion for comic books. I also learned that David was born in Mexico and lived their a large part of his young life. He even showed us his authentic vaccination bump as proof. Overall, I had a great time meeting David and Betty. It was an interesting change of pace to have a classmate conversation with 2 people at once.

Betty’s site: https://bettyescorcia14.wordpress.com/

David’s site: https://davidvalle1228.wordpress.com/

Wk10 – Art Experience – Architecture: The USU Wedge

So for this art experience, I chose to completely change the USU Wedge. In my vision, I plan to completely tear down the abominations that create the wedge. This includes all the pillars and benches that impede travel. However, I understand that many would be upset if The Wedge completely disappeared. With this in mind, I’ve come up with a plan that’ll satisfy all parties.

To begin the renovation, the pillars and benches that create the infamous Wedge would have to be demolished. However, the rubble created from the main black section of the Wedge would be gathered into a special box. What do we call this special box? A coffin.


My plan is to place this coffin that contains the remains of the Wedge under the walkway. This would require a rectangular removal of the concrete to fit the coffin . The coffin would then be placed inside and a secure, transparent window would be placed above the coffin so that CSULB students and staff could see the coffin. A tombstone with etchings honoring the Wedge would would then be placed where the main black section of the Wedge used to be. In the drawing above, you can see that this coffin would fit right in between the benches (dashes show that these sections are gone).

This plan would ultimately help improve CSULB traffic and also create a unique landmark on campus. I believe students would ultimately be intrigued by the idea. The Wedge’s burial site would certainly be a hit after a year. Incoming students would be obliged to take pictures and discuss the campus’s odd landmark. Still, i’m not entirely sure how campus administrators would react to this morbid idea. 😛

Wk10 – Artist Conversation – Amy Duran


Exhibition Information

Artist: Amy Duran

Exhibition: forever by your side

Media: Ceramics

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

About the Artist

Amy is a senior art student who plans to graduate from CSULB this May. She is currently studying under the university’s BFA program in Ceramics. Amy originates from Buena Park and stated that she has always been an artistic child. In addition, she explained that her artwork has always been about discovering herself and finding a way to portray it with ceramics. Amy hopes to work as some sort of decorator in the future as that her primary draw to art.

Formal Analysis

As for the exhibit, Amy came up with a very creative way to express her ideas. Her creations were placed inside a house-like structure with cloth hanging from the side. In the picture below, you can see a few of the components that make up the tiny structure.


Inside the structure, you immediately see several museum like exhibits with different figurines and scenarios. Alongside these exhibits, one would find books with a story written out in fairy tale-like fonts. A few of the tiny exhibits also had an interactive lever that required the audience to pull. This would then cause some sort of change in the exhibit as if it were happening in real time.

      

    
In the pictures above, I’ve provided a couple examples of the exhibits and their respective sections of the story. Both had wooden levers that could be pulled by the viewer. The descriptions would then tell the viewer when to pull the lever.

Content Analysis

From the content presented and the information I could gather from Amy, it became clear that the gallery was created as a sort of coming-of-age story to reflect Amy’s perspective of growing up as a young woman. Amy wanted to depict the awkwardness and confusion that accompanies childhood while still maintaining the childish mood. She succeeded in doing this by conveying her ideas through the fairy tale format. The content of the story ultimately described a young girl’s attempts to find a place in her world. In addition, the structure Amy created to place her story in reminded me of a sort of dollhouse young girl’s usually play with. As a result, it truly felt as though I was seeing the situation from a young girl’s perspective.

Synthesis / My Experience

I was ultimately very impressed by Amy’s exhibit. She was able to display so many of her artistic skills in just one exhibit and for that I applaud her. From ceramics, to writing, to building, Amy’s skills certainly know no bounds. I particularly enjoyed how interactive the exhibits were with the levers and curtains that required the viewer’s involvement. These interactive pieces helped improve the pacing of Amy’s story. I also enjoyed the colors and cloth she used to create the structure. They certainly gave the gallery a fairy-tale feel. In addition, although I was never a young girl, I could still relate to the ideas of childhood confusion that Amy conveyed. When we’re young, the world is filled with explainable things. Naturally, we as children come up with fantastical stories to explain these things. And that’s why I think Amy’s exhibit was executed so well. It really captured the lost childhood perspective that children of all gender’s experience.