This class we all went on different campus walks as if we were on a tour of important sites. It was really fun to get out of the classroom and go explore the cool places CSULB has to offer. Our tour guide was Josh and he did a good job directing us to the different campus sculptures, statues, and our Japanese Garden. The whole tour was great but hands down my favorite place on campus is the Japanese Garden because it is such a peaceful place and it really gives you a little taste of Japan. I have always had a fascination of Japanese culture so to have a garden on campus is a big plus for me. I do forget sometimes that CSULB is such a beautiful campus and should definitely appreciate it more.
This week I chose to do cuisine for the activity and it was a lot of fun. I made a face out of a yam at which I carved out eyes and a mouth. I then used cheese to represent the white portion of your eye and I filled in the pupils with chocolate chips. I need hair so I pulled out some cilantro and gave him a full head of hair. I finally used the two carved out eye pieces as a nose and a goate to finish off the face. I was actually pretty happy how it turned out. It came out much better than anticipated.
Artist: Krystal Ramirez
Exhibition:( Fuse: Join To Form A Single Entity)
Media: sculptures, mixed media, metal, jewelry
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Artist Krystal Ramirez is a undergrad transfer student who has now been at CSULB for two years. She is a 3D media major with metal and if that doesn’t pan out for her she would like to check on industrials for a major. Her interests are thrifting, painting, and antiquing. An interesting fact about Krystal is that she was actually inspired to do 3D art after she had took a jewelry class.
The Art pieces are made up of materials like brass, sheet, metal, Copper etc. The pieces are metal made and it was things like silver colored salt shakers, or a very sharp jagged looking gold colored necklace, and copper holders. It must be a very tricky process to be able to form art with different kinds of metals.
Krystal’s work is inspired by music so she wanted to create movement in her pieces as if they had their own flow. She also would like to be a designer for metal pieces such as silverware in the future and other lines of design. She prefers sticking to sculptural work.
I found the pieces very interesting. It must take great skill and craftsmanship to create these pieces. I have a strong respect for it and I like the creativity in the designs. My favorite piece was the gold colored necklace which reminds me of something worn in the middle ages. I do think the art pieces have their own flow and you can feel what she was trying to portray by the visual appearance of the pieces.
Today in class I met my classmate Charles Watson. He is a transfer student who did two years at Orange Coast College and now is in his second semester here at CSULB. He like listening to music, writing, and watching movies. He is a film major and does some screen writing as well which I found very interesting. Charles is taking this art class as a requisite for his major and plans to intern in film at CSULB as well. We talked about how we both switched majors very suddenly and drastically in order to follow something that we were more passionate about which allowed us to relate to each other. It was really cool to hear someone else went through the same transition when the fear of it not working out is always in the back of your mind. Charles is a really cool dude and would love to get to know him more over the course of the class. Here is his website (www.charleswatsonsite.wordpress.com) check it out.
I unfortunately was not able to use actual paint for this activity due to my jam packed schedule this week but I was able to do some bubble lettering graffiti style work on paper and I had a lot of fun doing it. It was a lot easier to do than I originally expected and its something I will look more into even though it will no longer be an assignment after this week. I still want to make a trip to Venice to maybe try the real thing to get the full experience.
Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Wimsey and Ideals
Media: Ceramics, Sculptures
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: Unknown( If website exists)
Instagram: Not Given
The artist I had an honor talking to in the Gallery walk was Samuel Jernigan. He is a Ceramics graduate Student from CSULB who does sculptures and began doing ceramics in the year 2000. Samuel is currently trying to go to UCLA to master in Ceramics. His interests are eating, reading comic books, and binge watching tv. Sam likes to explore the ideas of alienation and belonging which is what inspires his artwork.
The art pieces are sculptures of different things whether it is a person, a fish, a collaboration of two things that creates something out of this world. They are all very smooth, some colored some without. All the pieces have a similar look as if they were meant to look like cartoon characters or toys. I am not certain on the materials used but it looks like a lot of clay like material used to create the pieces.
The idea of the art pieces is to give the viewers a sense of shared belonging. The reason the pieces are made to look like cartoons and toys is to remind viewers of childhood memories whether good or bad. Sam is open to different interpretations and also does not name his art pieces. If a viewer has a good name then he is known to sometimes use those for his pieces.
Overall I was very impressed with this exhibition because there is a lot of work that goes into making sculptures like this and making them look as good as they do. It did give me a feel of my childhood in a sense and it also kind of reminded me of a toy factory where you find different stages of completed toys. There some were colored others weren’t, and it gave it a very unique feel. It left me caught inbetween childhood happiness and amazement. This is definitely my favorite exhibition so far.
This week I met my classmate Jhonatan Ramos in our weekly gallery walk. He is from Gilroy California and is a freshman here at CSULB. He is a Philosophy major that is working towards being a priest which I found very interesting because I have never met anyone who was going toward that profession. He is taking art for GE purposes but does really like art. We walked around the gallery together checking out Sam’s art work and we were both pretty amazed on the different sculptures around use that reminded us so much of cartoon characters. Jhonatan currently stays out here with his brother and doesn’t know very many people here at CSULB but he is a really cool guy and he has gained a new friend in me. Look forward to getting to know him better and enjoy the class. His website is (jhonatan2016.wordpress.com) go and check out his page.