Artist: Nick Bamford
Exhibition: No Name
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
This week at the art gallery my classmates and I got to talk to CSULB artist Nick Bamford. Nick is a ceramics major and is in his last year here. He plans on going to graduate school at schools like UCLA and Yale. He is from Huntington Beach and was first exposed to ceramics when he took a class in high school and he has been doing it ever since. His exhibition has no title and his inspiration for his work is basically that no one else has done something like that. His hobbies are his art work and playing guitar but his art work takes up majority of his time.
Nicks sculptures consist of many different random objects connected together to form a sculpture. There are a lot of protruding objects such as rods, metal smaller scultures, shopping cars and lights. A lot of very uneven shapes and oddly placed objects. Materials are found objects, plaster, cement, and even wood. It was a very interesting setup and everything despite being placed in weird spots, made an impressive sculpture.
Nick is all about living in the moment and does not really have a set inspiration for his work. He just allows himself to flow and go by what happens instead of trying to convey some sort message. He wants his audience to interpret his art however they want. His exhibition has no title, his pieces do not have names, and he does not plan. It took him about 5 days to create the sculptures and he does ceramics majority of the time.
I thought the sculptures were very interesting because unlike most of the exhibits that we have seen this semester, this exhibit was way different. It did not have a central theme, meaning, or any inspiration. It is just completely up for interpretation which I found really cool. I really liked the sculpture with the shopping car, I think that’s Nick’s favorite as well. I would have never in a million years thought about using a shopping cart in a sculpture so his creativity is off the charts. Nick is a talented artist and I would like to see more of his work.
This week at the art galleries I met my classmate Chris Williams. He is from the Antelope Valley and he is a first year student here at CSULB and is an aerospace engineering major. He is really into space and likes to build things so he thought why not. He said his hobby is basically sleeping, he really loves his sleep and takes it very seriously! Doing absolutely nothing is where its at for him. He used to place baseball once upon a time but broke his wrist ending his baseball career. He also spends a lot of time on school, he is currently taking 18 units which I applaud because I know that wouldn’t work out for me personally. A fun fact about Chris is that he is 18 years old and this may not seem like a fun fact right? The thing that makes this a fun fact is that he looks a lot older than 18 and when people ask him how old he is they are shocked because he is actually much younger. We asked each other if we could be an animal what would we be and he said he would be a bird because of the ability to be free and fly where ever you would like to go. There are no limits. Chris is a really cool person and here is his website (https://chriswils.wordpress.com/) .
This project for some reason reminded me of collaging for some reason. It was quite simple but still kind of fun at the same time. What I decided to do was to find old tickets of places ive been to in the past whether it was Disneyland, the movies, or chucky cheese. It really allowed me to remember some of the good old times ive had and just makes me realize how was fast time flies. I hope my fellow classmate enjoys looking through some of my old memories and I as well hope to be able to see into the past of a fellow classmate. I do think it is somewhat similar to snapchat in the sense that you are sharing your experiences with other people. The only real difference is one is on paper and the other is being looked at through a class barrier called a screen. I think that stuff from the past gains value the older it gets because it is increasingly being pushed back from the present. It tugs at your heart strings because you are no longer there and these items take you back in time. I believe art is in the eyes of the beholder and there is nothing that is not art because it could be seen as art to someone else. It is all up to your interpretation and art is all around us, art is the world.
Artist: Tiffany Le
Media: Watercolor, Acrylic Paint, Mixed Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
This gallery walk I had the pleasure to meet CSULB artist Tiffany Le. Tiffany is in the Illustration program and has been for 3 years now. She is from Garden Grove where she grew up in a big Vietnamese community. Her interests are hiking, taking care of her bunny, wants to get back into her kendo (martial art) and checking out gallery shows. The ideas she explores are inspired by her Vietnamese culture, current events, mythology, and considers the idea that history repeats itself.
The majority of Tiffany’s work consists of paintings that are created with watercolors and acrylic paint. The work is very smooth and have a flow to them. An example is the painting of the two tigers on the boat. It has a very gloom feel with the tigers kind of warped, white, and curled up. Many of her paintings have boats in open water and are made on canvas. The paintings have great detail. She also does work with paper, like the latern boats in the exhibit that we made out of a joss paper. She says the materials that she uses are like a tribute to her family and her culture.
Tiffany wants to depict family experiences and experiences of the Vietnamese people that left Vietnam. She wanted to tell the story of those that were never heard or forgotten and bring attention to it. The exhibit name is Tau and that translates to boat which is meant to symbolize escape and a new beginning else where. Tiffany in a way wants to be the middle ground in telling the story of those before her. She is very proud of her Vietnamese heritage.
This is one of my favorite exhibitions because it was such beautiful work with such deep meeting behind it. I really loved what Tiffany did with the different kinds of paint and water color that gives the painting a different look that she pulled off. My favorite is the tiger painting, I have always had a thing for tigers, they are my favorite animal and I even have one tattooed on me. I also thought the paper latern boats were crazy cool because they look like they are in water and portrays a great visual. Tiffany is an amazing artist and I wish her luck. I would visit her future galleries.
This week I met my classmate Eddie Castillo, He is a first year here at CSULB and is from Huntington Beach( went to Marina High). Eddie is a political science major like me which I found very cool none of my classmates that I have done a classmate convo with was a poli sci major. He said he originally a computer science major but changed his major because he hated it. He plans on going to law school after CSULB and maybe run for office. Eddie’s hobbies are looking into politics, play badminton( played on varsity in high school). He is currently looking for an internship with a representative of Long Beach. Some fun facts are Eddie hates mustard but loves sea food and he also did a bit of break dancing back in the day. Eddie is a cool guy and here is his site to check out his work. (https://eddiescastle.wordpress.com/)
I found this activity quite challenging. I don’t know if my brother and I are just terrible at finding things but looking for geocaches in our location did not go well at all!!! We looked in three different locations: at the riverbed a few blocks from my house, heartwell, and del valle park. We spent over an hour in search for these objects and nothing. I don’t know if these things are taken by people but we didn’t have any luck locating them in any of the locations. I would have enjoyed it more if we saw some success but I guess it happens sometimes. I put together my own geocach which consisted on a baggy with a few little trinkets inside like a button, penny, chucky cheese ticket etc. It came out really cool and I was proud of it. I did place it out somewhere so lets see who can find it. I also thought this activity at the same time is a big sketchy because you don’t know what you are going to find and you don’t know if its a trick or not as well. The app says when you download it that the app can be dangerous but so can being outside which kind of proved my point. I do agree it isn’t the safest but I guess if you are successful and do it frequently it could be a fun hobby. I hope my classmates had better luck and had fun doing it.
This week we did an activity that was structured by visiting artist Marta Troya which was quite different. We went to the library and the bookstore that kind of was meant to put us in a position of being on the borderline between the norm and being different. In the library we were asked to take big bright children’s books in a part of the library where you are not allowed to read. We were asked not to take pictures during this experiment and I’m kind of glad I didn’t because it was a very fun activity. Just doing something that breaks the rules in away is just so thrilling I can’t really explain it. The book store employees actually tried to kick us out because we were sitting in a place where people are meant to sit and wait for computers because the computer lab is on the 1st level of the library. They didn’t kick us out because one of my classmates said we are all waiting for computers. It was just an amazing experience and I wouldn’t have done it in a million years if we didn’t do it as an activity. The bookstore was similar but it just did not have the same impact because we were so united in the library so that was definitely my favorite of the two places.