Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – David DeSantis

Exhibition Information

Artist: David DeSantis

Exhibition: Day Dreamer 

Media: Ink, paper, screen printing, lithographs, flexiglass 

Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino

Instagram: Rapture Fine Art

About the Artist

Today I had the pleasure of seeing Davids first full gallery. David is a senior at Cal State Long Beach seeking a BFA in Printmaking. After graduating, he hopes to work privately and sell his art. He does not want to go to grad school right after graduating instead want to do private work and explore. Some of his pleasures outside of art are music festivals, playing pool, and listening to dubstep music which is one of his inspirations. He also stated he’s kind of an adrenaline junkie. David mentioned that he used to draw choppers when he was younger and around the age of 18 began to draw other thing. Although he was first in the Graphic Design major, he stepped into a printmaking studio and changed his major that same day.

Formal Analysis

Davids style in his art is fluid abstract impressionism. He stated that he wanted to embrace Jackson Pollocks style in his work. As you can see above, his art is abstract however it does focus on a specific mark. Whether that mark is a wolf or a man, there is a specific symbol within the abstract art. His pieces are all based on titles, beats, rhythms, and lyrics of music and since it was all dubstep and hard metal, you can notice the correlation. His work does incorporate abstract impressionism, as you can see in the accidental shapes and forms that make up the underlying mark.

Content Analysis

I feel like David is experimenting with fluid abstract impressionism in his gallery work. The pieces do show that they are based from music that he was listening to at the time of their making. He seems to be testing his incorporation of a mark within the abstract landscape. When looking at his pieces, I do feel as if I could be listening to the dubstep / heavy metal that he was listening to at the time. He doesn’t seem to be trying to tell you something, instead he’s urging you to tell him something. He wants to know what you see in his art and I think that is amazing.

Synthesis / My Experience

I enjoyed Davids art pieces, especially the two that i included in this post. The first shows the jaws of a wolf. This particular piece spoke directly to my anger, my rage. It was as if I was seeing my anger manifest itself and scream out towards me. Which brings us to the next piece which is that of a man, who seems to be crucified, slowly drowning. I could relate to this because as a college student, I feel this way all the time. There is so much responsibility and pressure to succeed in todays world, especially as a first generation college student. I feel like I’m pinned underneath everything in my life, and it is slowly starting to suffocate me.



Wk 8 – Art Activity – Finger Painting

This week we were tasked with the Finger Painting art activity. We were supposed to use our fingers/hand to paint an abstract image. Instead of trying to portray something, we were asked to feel the colors, the paint, and our finger brushing along the page. Impressions of an alcoholic was what came out of this venture. I decided to name it this because I felt that this is what my distorted mind would see. I actually really enjoyed this activity. It was relatively easy to get all the supplies and it was entertaining just drawing with my hand while I sat and listened to some music.

Wk 8 – Classmate Conversation – Jonathan Gonzalez


For this weeks classmate conversation, I had a great conversation with Jonathan in which I learned much about him. As we exchanged information about ourselves, I learned he has 1 brother and 2 sisters. He is from Bellflower which is close by and he went to Mayfair High School. One thing we had in common was that we both played volleyball in High School although he only played freshmen year where I started playing sophomore year. As we continued to talk, he told me he knew 3 languages: english, spanish, and french. He also stated that he worked at TJ Maxx where he was a manager. We then talked about music which is a big thing for me and he mentioned he just started getting into the rave scene this year and just like me, he listened to all types of music.


Wk 7 – Classmate conversation – Nestor Peralta

Today I  was fortunate enough to meet Nestor Peralta. Nestor is a junior at Cal State Long Beach studying molecular cell biology/physiology. He explained to me that he intends to go to med school after graduating a. He also mentioned that he is from cypress so he’s familiar with the area, as I am. I asked him about his hobbies and he said he enjoys working out and lifting weights which is immediately noticeable when meeting him. He continued to explain that whenever he’s not studying, he’s working out. Sadly I was in a rush and I forgot to take a picture with him so this is all I’ve got.

Nestors blog

Wk 7 – Artist Conversation – Elena Roznovan

Exhibition Information

Artist: Elena Roznovan 

Exhibition: Stop & Stare

Media: Lighting, projection, polarized screens 

Gallery: Max L Gatov Gallery East 

Instagram: instagram.com/eroznovan

About the Artist

Today I had the privilege of seeing Elena’s exhibit ‘Stop & Stare’. Elena is from Chisinau, Moldova. She is currently studying at Cal State Long Beach School of Arts Sculpture/4D department. She explained that writing is a big part of how she thinks. So she gets much of her inspiration from writing. She started this work 2 years ago explaining she has always had an interest of capturing phenomena on film and how images get mediated through technology. She emphasizes the importance off right to her and how when controlled can show something different like a spotlight unlike the uncontrolled lights of an entire city, always on and flashing.

Formal Analysis

Stop & Stare uses the effects of lighting, polarized transparent screens, and projection in unison to achieve perfection. The squared shaped screens located all around are meant to portray the screens we are always staring at such as our laptops, phones, etc. Elena uses these screens masterfully, using the light to add their shadows to her background. The dark polarized colors stand out against the natural background.

Content Analysis

I believe Elena is trying to show the importance of light and what it can do. She’s also portraying how and image gets mediated through technology. Its an immersing experience which shows what effects happen when light is controlled, and every other light not needed is cancelled out. Unlike a city where lights are always on, her exhibit is stepping outside of that to finds yourself in someplace different. She seems to be trying to challenge the different perceptions people have regarding pictures and spaces which they are living in.

Synthesis / My Experience

I really enjoyed Elena’s exhibit. I found myself stopping & staring at her artwork. It was serene in a sense. Since I am always going camping and wandering through the wilderness with my friends, I am always finding myself facing nature whether mountains, deserts, or rivers. Her art piece made me think about those places and how you never find so many lights out there unlike in the city. Her piece made me realize this difference that I hadn’t noticed or payed attention to until now.

Wk 6 – Art Experience – Zine or Flipbook


For this art experience I decided to create a zine. Seeing all the ones at the art galleries, I decided to make my own spin on them. My zines name is “Void”. For the cover I wrote void in binary because of my background in computer science and i found it aesthetically pleasing. In it at the bottom of every page, I put void in different languages of the world. I then put quotes that have had an impact in my life through every page and drew album artwork from albums that are important to me. I drew all this while I was listening to those albums so that was nice. I really enjoyed making these zines, and am thinking of making some on my own. My zine represents me, all of me. With this you could learn most of my likes and dislikes.

Wk 6 – Artist Inspiration Story – ‘Talk To Strangers’


*Talk To Strangers*
Ariel Maldonado
5′ x 5’x 2′ boxes
CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East

In class today the students were put in random groups and tasked with making an art project with a box and different colored marbles that represented something. The first group of kids brought up the boxes 1, 3, and 5. When ask what they represented, they replied they represented conformity and unity. When asked why the few different colored marbles thrown throughout they answered “nothing is ever perfect so some outliers were needed”. The next group of kids just brought one box numbered “2” with yellow rings made from the balls. When asked what it meant, they replied ” destruction. Destruction is a form of creation thus from something similar came something different”. The third group of students came up with two boxes labeled “4” and “6” with marbles of all colors mixed inside. “These boxes represent us. There are red marbles, and green marbles, and blue marbles, and yellow marbles. Like us they are mixed together with no majority or minority. They are the same, different color but same shape, made of the same material. There is no need to change the shape because of this. In the end we are all the same. In the end we are perfect together”.