This week’s art experience was geocaching. I did this activity with two other classmates after the gallery on Thursday. We decided to go to one on campus and to our surprise on our way there we saw that another group was also on the search for the same one we were. The one we went to was across beach drive from LA-5. Finding the container was a little difficult because the clue given was not very helpful. Eventually we ended up finding it. It was a little black container that looked like a pill bottle. On the inside it had a little notebook looking thing in which we wrote “Glenn’s class” and the date. Since it was really small and we did not want to waste the pages we felt that it was more appropriate than writing all of our names. After we took pictures we placed it back on the tree where it was.
The geocache that we placed, was also done between the same two classmates and myself. We used a small kleenex tissue bag as the container. As the log book we left a kleenex to write on. We also, each left some items to contribute and we wrote our names and date on the log book. Now we just hope someone will find it.
The activity was really fun overall. It was a little stressful finding the geocache at the beginning especially because the clue was not very helpful. I was really surprised to see that a lot of people do this for fun. I had no idea that geocaching was even a thing but after finding out about it, I think it might be something I will do for fun with friends.
This week we ended up doing something very different from what we normally do as our regular schedule. We had a guest artist named Marta Troya, born in Spain, come into our class to talk about her art and her experiences as a study abroad student. She created an activity for us to do tying it in with her Book Club activity that she does with fellow colleagues and friends in London. In her activity we went to the CSULB Library and we read children’s books on the first floor in the waiting room for the computer lab. We later went to the CSULB Book Store and in separate groups we participated in the individual activities that they have set up there.
The experience was amazing and the contrast of the two places was very apparent. The activity really showed that an ephemeral moment, although hard to do, can be captured in writing and pictures. Each individual student has the ability to write about what they did and the part they played. I for example read the book The Little Red Hen, a book that I had read before as a child. I believe that pictures are the best possible way to show what one has done because the experience is captured in place. Other ways of capturing events more precisely would be a video because it shows exactly what happened. I do not believe that a photograph distances the individual with the event, but rather allows the individual to look back into that moment and revisit it.
I really enjoyed this activity. It was really interesting to see how places are being replaced by other things. It is kind of scary that a place like the library is constantly changing and that in a few more years it might no longer serve the purpose it was once built for.
Artist: Helen Werner Cox
Exhibition: Silent Screams
Media: oil,pastel, mono prints, drawing, wood carving, mix dedia
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery West
Instagram: No Instagram
About the Artist:
Helen Werner Cox is a graduate student in the CSULB School of Art MFA Drawing and Painting Figurative Program. Cox is in her last semester of graduate school and said that she felt glad because, “when you’re in graduate school your whole life is placed on hold”. Cox grew up in a small farming city in New York state, she even mentioned that some of her classmates would milk cows before going to class in the morning. Cox has been a teacher for forty years and a librarian for fourteen years. She stated that her favorite group to teach has been middle schoolers. Cox does not watch any television, but in her free time she enjoys doing gardening, reading fiction and mystery novels, and she has recently taking up playing “dots” on her phone.
The artwork that I decided to do my analysis on was one of Helen Werner Cox’s pieces. The piece is oil and pastel on a 90”x90’ piece of paper. The artwork portrays the ceiling of an antique carousel with four horses that appear to be running towards the audience. The ceiling is very intricate and beautiful. The horses are also very colorful and their facial expressions are also very well done and realistic. Cox really captured the beauty of the antique carousel. By simply looking at the piece on feels that they are there in the artwork.
Helen Werner Cox’s artwork explores how humans continue making mistakes over and over again. She explained this by comparing this to the carrousel because just like the carousel keeps spinning in circles, humans keep making the same mistakes when opportunities come around. Society is stuck in that circle and and they can not get out of it. Unlike for Joseph Campbell, Cox believes that human lives do not go in a spiral upward but rather just in circles.
Synthesis/ My Experience:
This week’s gallery by Helen Werner Cox served me as a re-enforcement to why I like art and why I have a passion for it. Cox captured the beauty and realism of the horses and carousel. From the moment I stepped into the gallery I was captivated, Cox had carousel music playing which made her artwork come to life. I really enjoyed her style and art and I can not wait to see her work in a museum in the future and have the pleasure to say that I meet the artist.
Amber Bolden is an eighteen year old Freshmen attending CSULB planning to major in film. Amber’s interest in film stems from her love in photography. She said that film is what she wants to do because it is what is predominant nowadays. Amber would like to become a film producer someday. She is the type of person that if she wants something, she will go ahead and accomplish it on her own. In the case of photography she went out of her own way and signed up to take photography classes in Venice beach. Amber currently works in two jobs, one as a researcher on campus and the other one being a sales associate at Victoria’s Secret in Santa Monica. Although she rarely has any free time, when she does have time she enjoys to go to art museums and hang out with friends. Amber lives in the dorms and really enjoys the independence she has because it gives her the opportunity to learn and manage her own time. Amber was really charismatic and really entertaining to talk to and I encourage others to talk and get to know her.
This assignment was really fun but at the same time a little complicated because I was not really sure which things I wanted to post. I am the type of person who rarely post things in social media and posting more that one thing on one day was definitely out of my comfort zone. I always tend to think that it is a little too annoying when people post a lot of things in one day and finding myself doing that was weird. I felt that since I judge those who do that, I was being judged by others. The posts that I decided to share where representative of what I did in my day. I wanted to capture my life in art class by posting two pictures of the art gallery and two others of my regular life. For the other two I did the CSULB library and of ice cream with my brother. I decided to also incorporate just screenshots of what I saw when I went into the hashtag. Some of my own pictures were present in the collage as well.
Artist: Sean Joy Cabanig
Exhibition: All Work All Play
Media: copper, metals, silvers
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
Website: no website
Instagram: no instagram
About the Artist:
Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig is an undergraduate student in her last semester at CSULB. She is a fifth year student obtaining her degree in the CSULB School of Art’s BFA Metals Program. Cabanig is originally from Los Angeles but now lives in Long Beach. She has been in the dorms for two years now. Chabanig loves cats and enjoys to read, play video games, and experimenting with her art. A fun fact about her is that she first applied to CSULB for creative writing but she was not happy and switched.
Amongst the very interesting and beautiful pieces in the gallery, I decided to do it on a piece that called my attention. The object was a small cylinder box. In the inside it had what seemed to be like a metal pinecone. The cylinder was made of a dark brown metal which was the reason why I liked it so much. I really like brown and seeing the contrast of the dark brown from the cylinder and the light brown from the pinecone really made it stand out. The object was very simple but really stunning. The object appeared to be very smooth and it looked like something that took a while to make.
Cabanig draws inspiration for her artwork from her daily life and the emotions she is feeling in that point in her life. She does not have any specific reasons for creating particular pieces and is very free when it comes to creating her work. She does pieces from jewelry to items like the one I previously described.
Synthesis/ My Experience:
Overall I really enjoyed Cabanig’s gallery. I found it really amazing how she was able to create some really amazing pieces with metal. Her story of how she changed her major and found her true passion was really inspirational because it shows how students still find a calling. The gallery showed more than just jewelry, which I really liked.
Elidia Ramirez is a nineteen year old Sophomore at CSULB. She is currently undeclared, but she really likes History because it is something that really fascinates her. She mentioned that she might decide to major in History. Elidia, like the other students I have interviewed, chose CSULB because of her close proximity to the university. She actually lives very close to Gabriela Hernandez, who is a classmate I did a conversation on a few weeks ago. Elidia’s favorite music artist is Bruno Mars and she expressed her desire for someday to see him in concert. She also loves to travel out of the United States to Mexico to see her family. Speaking with Elidia was really great because she has a bubbly personality and is really personality.
I am the last of my species left in Moonbase Alpha. All of my species died do to the irresponsibility of humans and other creatures in this planet. I am the last surviving of the Wise Tree’s. I am the oldest living creature in this planet and have been here since the planet was created. I am the only one left that knows what has happened in this planet since it was created. This planet is my home and I have keep historical records of it on each of my leaves. Unlike other species of tree I can walk on my roots and live off of oxygen which I also create. I do not require water or any sunlight. When other creatures are looking for advice they come to me because they know that I have a vast amount of knowledge and that I can give them the advice they need. If you would like to learn of a few creatures I have advised, make sure to check them out: Elidiana Laeta WordPress.com/post/elidiar.WordPress.com/241 and Gabrielina gabrielahblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/17/632/
Artist: Bri Joy
Media: Screen prints, BFK paper
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
Website: She does not have a website
About the Artist:
Bri Joy is an undergraduate student in her last year in the CSULB School of Art’s Printmaking Program. Joy is from Modjeska Canyon, California, which is a very small town in Santa Ana. She mention that her community is very close knit and that everyone knows each other which was very different than when coming to Long Beach. She explained that she loves to travel and that she definitely sees herself doing it in the future. Joy loves being active so she surfs, skateboards, snowboards, and does yoga.
The artwork that decided to focus on was one of Bri Joy’s screen prints in the Merge gallery. The screen print was rectangular and quite large in size. It was longer in length than it was in width. The artwork displayed was quite simple because it was only two colors, black from the paint and the white from the paper. The artwork looks like a bunch of doodling but in the center it has a female figure that appears to be captured from behind. Her hair and silhouette of her body are connected to the doodling that’s all around her. Overall is a simple peace but very beautiful. I was surprised when she mentioned that she did her work section by section and that it was all hand printed. From first glance one would not know that it was made by hand, it looks like it was printed from a computer.
Joy’s work represents her personal self, of her coming together from her past and her present. She combines organic which she described as her upbringings and the digital which is work. There is a clear contrast between the two which is why I personally believe she uses only two colors in her gallery. The organic resembles her hometown because it was very natural and in contrast Long Beach is a very industrialized setting. Joy explained that her gallery came about because of a glitch that occurred to her computer as she was working in her self portrait, and she found it very fitting for her life at the moment.
Synthesis/ My Experience:
I really enjoyed the gallery and the different art pieces that Bri Joy had on display. I enjoyed the simplicity although I am know well aware that it took her a long time to complete. I was surprised when she mention that every time she would mess up, it would be like throwing away one hundred dollars. Her whole concept really spoke to me because I also grew up in very natural setting and Long Beach for me is also a very industrialized setting, which is taking me time to get used to.