Wk 12 – Art Activity – Ethnography

Fro this weeks art activity, we were tasked with spending a night without electricity which included electric devices. I honestly thought this experience would be boring and uneventful. Although it is fun to imagine how people used to spend their time when they didn’t have electricity in the past, since we are living in the present time with electricity, its very hard to do away with it. It is definitely not liberating. Sure reading a book by candlelight is cool but now most of my books are on my phone and living in the dorms i can’t even light a candle. I did not get better sleep. I am used to falling sleeping after watching a few shows on netflix and I fall asleep with music which is one of my favorite things in this world. Without electricity, I was deprived of these two which in no way helped me out. Its amazing to sleep well every night because I usually do sleep well every night but this activity made falling asleep a struggle. Living without electricity isn’t more organic or harmonious. I believe electricity is a part of nature. Living without it is boring. Growing up in Guatemala, I experienced not having so many electric items and being forced to find other things to do but that was years ago. We have developed such marvelous technology that it makes no sense to want to go back to a time when we didn’t have it. I understand in some countries they have no electricity however  we are fortune enough to have some here, so there is not point in not using it. I think they did have constant stimulation just not in the same way we do. At the time they got their stimulation from other things and our generations have electric devices to give us this constant stimulation. Im living my ideal level of life activity and connectivity right now, its simple. Filling times in my life when i have nothing better to do then use my phone is great because i am constantly exposed to learning new things or just listening to some music at the most opportune times.


Wk 12 – Artist Conversation – Alice Andreini

Exhibition Information

Artist: Alice Andreini

Exhibition: No Mans Land

Media: Painting, oil, wax.

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East

Website: Alice’s Site

About the Artist

For this weeks exhibit I had the pleasure of seeing Alice Andreini’s works of art. Alice is a graduate student at Cal State Long Beach studying in the School of Art drawing and painting department. I learned that this exhibition was put on to serve as her thesis for her degree. Alice has been interested in art since she was small and through her college career switched around a lot until she landed in drawing and painting. She hopes to get her graduate degree then continue with her work in painting.

Formal Analysis

Alice’s exhibit was interesting. Most of her paintings were huge things, hanging on the walls of the room. I found there to be a lot of unintended form in her paintings. Her paintings each seem to stick with a certain color scheme and the colors she chooses compliment each other remarkably. In her painting, you could see the outlines of beautiful landscapes, although they are formed in an abstract way. The paintings are done in a way that they absorb the viewer, both with their content, and the choice of colors. They also have a hint of ruggedness to them that appeals to the viewer.

Content Analysis

In her Artists statement, Alice points out that she is trying to convey how we as humans perceive our world and how landscapes are perceived end up revealing ones own culture. I found that she was able to convey this idea well and I did find that my own culture shaped my perception of her paintings. Alice stated, “the viewer is seduced and implicated in a privileged and predatory positionally from which the landscape is appreciated add consumed as an aesthetic object of untroubled contemplation and power”. I feel that this line perfectly describes her exhibit, one is able to enjoy her remarkable ability and see the landscapes as she intended them to be seen.

Synthesis / My Experience

I found Alice’s exhibition to be very intriguing. As I stated above, I feel she has mastered the use of color as is evident in her work. The color schemes she chooses resonate with one another in her paintings. The landscapes she created employs the viewer to look with their own eyes and see these wild and innocent scenes. This in turn causes the viewer to reflect upon these landscapes with their own experiences and cultures. I believe Alice’s style is astonishing. She is  able to capture the viewer both with her ability in painting and her ideas and am confident that she will make it in the art world.

Wk 11 – Artist Conversation – Soroush Moghim

Exhibition Information

Artist: Soroush Moghim

Exhibition: Geometry of Grief

Media: Sculpting, weaving, painting, light sources

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East

Instagram: Soroush’s instagram

About the Artist

For this weeks artist conversation, I was lucky to get to be a witness of Soroush Moghim’s amazing art. Soroush is technically a senior at Cal State Long Beach School of Art Sculpting department. Soroush was born and raised in Iran thus the religion and culture of the region is very much an influence to him and his art. Coming to America, he states he would obviously succumb to influences from the culture here. His art has a little bit of both cultures thus he describes his art as “transcendence”.

Formal Analysis

Soroush states that the enjoyed sci-fi and the patterns found in the entertainment industry and it is evident in his art. Geometry of Grief hints to the Islamic culture and its praise of geometric perfection in a sense however Soroush states he instead wants to evoke the imperfections in his design. He uses lighting and brights colors along with his sculptures and the picture of a woman weaved by his deceased mother to show these imperfections. The lighting in the room really gives the exhibit life although a gloomy feeling lingers.

Content Analysis

“The same place that patterns lie hidden, often evading the rational eye”. This stood out to me from his personal statement and I believe it personifies his exhibition perfectly. His use of light in his art pieces help him to reach the transcendence he talks about. He is able to use influences from both cultures and weave them together in harmony to create his high craft integrate art. The Geometry of Grief is also feels like a dedication towards his late mother. It is a very powerful exhibit that appeals to the viewer strongly.

Synthesis / My Experience

I personally felt very touched by Soroush’s exhibit. The Geometry of Grief made me feel his grief. All the art pieces were set up perfectly and his use of lighting and light projection mixed well with the other pieces however I was very touched by his violin piece. Walking into the closed off room I first noticed the colors against the wall, all bright. Then I see the shadow of the violin against the background and notice the violin hanging from the ceiling. Being alone in this little room left such a powerful impression on me. I felt so much feeling in this room, as if it was full of grief and sorrow and pain. The violin hanging alone, with the shadow against the background full of bright light. It was a beautiful piece and I must thank Soroush for this experience. It was amazing and I look forward to any future exhibits that he has.

Wk 11 – Classmate Conversation – Duy Vu

IMG_8407Today i had the pleasure to meet Duy Vu or as I call him DV. DV is an awesome person of which i share many similarities with. DV is a cecs major at csulb. He is interested in getting into game development and if anything go into software engineering in the future. He recently learned python like me. His favorite food is broken rice. DV’s interests are manga, anime, and gaming. One of his favorite manga/anime is GTO which I’ve watched as well and enjoyed greatly. He plays a lot of games like overwatch and league of legends.

Duy’s blog

Wk 10 – Art Activity – Architecture and Urban Planning – The USU Wedge

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For this weeks art activity, we were tasked with either redesigning the USU wedge or the F4 Wedge. Both of these wedges are inconveniences and bad designs. Although I do agree with Glenn when he says it offers a nostalgic feeling for alumni who remember it, it would be better to just redesign it to accommodate the students however it isn’t that much of a pressing matter. In my design, I decided to take away the entire black column that makes up the “wedge” area and instead insert a small column at the end to support the structure. Moving the seat a little back would also help with giving some space to the place. With that simple fix, there is much more room for students to walk by and allows for a better flow in the area.

Wk 10 – Artist Conversation – Amy Duran

Exhibition Information

Artist: Amy Duran

Exhibition: Forever By Your Side

Media: Ceramics

Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery

Instagram: Amys Instagram

About the Artist

Today I had the pleasure of seeing Amy Duran’s “Forever By Your side” Exhibition. As I was soon to learn, Amy is a senior at Cal State Long Beach studying in the School of Fine Arts Ceramics department. Amy explained that she loved arts since she was young and transferred from a different school to major in the fine arts. Amy also currently works as a cake decorator at A Wish and A Whisk Cakes. It nice to see the similarity between her cake decorating skills on her Instagram and her work in ceramics.

Formal Analysis

As I walked into Amy’s exhibit, I first noticed the room that had been created in the middle of the derby gallery. it was small but aesthetically pleasing. Walking inside, you notice the different colors, all of them a light hue of the primary colors. The small sets of figurines are also apparent with the books before each set. The books and the fonts used inside them look like those from a princess story or fairytale which goes with the overall theme of the exhibition. The figurines convey the theme wonderfully, giving any eerie feeling to the observer but also pulling you in with intrigue.

Content Analysis

In Amy’s artist statement, she speaks of the theme of her exhibition showing a side of femininity mixed with the struggles of her personal life which include a feeling that she never quite belonged, the process of her forgetting her childhood, and her struggle to feel empowered by her own sexuality. All these themes are prominent throughout the exhibition with the little girl figurines going through changes both good and bad throughout the “story” in the exhibition. She also states that its important to keep a strong bond with the toys and pets one has as a child as a way to remember them and never forget they are some reasons that made you the person you are today. She also challenge classic femininity with her ideal femininity which is empowerment through sexual exploration.

Synthesis / My Experience

I couldn’t agree more with Amy’s theme and what she is trying to convey with her art. Her idea of never forgetting your childhood memories resonated with me because I also believe it is important to never forget the roots from which you come from. These past memories and events are what made you who you are today and they should keep affecting your life in a positive manner, helping you grow more and more each day. Her challenge against the traditional femininity is also very powerful, the idea of empowerment through sexual exploration. I concur that it is a great way to show the strength and resilience of women.