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

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*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”.

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