Week 12: Activity – Ethnography

What did you think the experience would be like?

I thought the experience would be boring without electricity. I’m usually always doing something on my phone or on my laptop so without those things, I did not think I would have much to do. It seemed like a longer day since watching TV shows or movies made the day go by faster. I spent my day reading a book, writing a few of my thoughts and drawing. When I started to get tired and bored, I took a nap. It was a good experience just to see how life would be without electricity. I enjoyed most of the day since I don’t spend much time reading or writing anymore, it was good to get back on that.

Was it “easy” or “hard”? 

It was not easy or hard. It was a different kind of experience. I just had to find more things to do than I usually would, but I enjoyed the day with myself and my family, without my phone or any type of electricity. I looked for candles the day before so that I would have some type of light during the night.

Did you get better sleep? Are you usually sleep deprived? What would it be like to sleep well every night? 

I decided to sleep early since I wasn’t distracted with TV, my laptop or my phone so I got more sleep. On other days, I only get about 5-7 hours of sleep which is not enough for me to function throughout the day. On the day without electricity, I was able to sleep for 8-10 hours.

How is living without electricity more organic or harmonious with nature?

Living without electricity is more harmonious with nature because during the day nature provide its lights for you and you’re not depending on electricity for it. Without electricity, people can also take time out of their day to walk outside and just admire what beauty nature has given us.

How is living without electricity more limited? Is it boring?

Since we’re in a time of technology and electricity, it’s hard to imagine life without it. Everything we do involves electricity so without it, our options are limited. We’re used to going on our phones and watching TV when we’re bored and it seems that when we don’t have electricity, we have no idea what to do!

I was at home so I decided to walk around the neighborhood and take pictures of trees and the sky as the sun was about to go down.

 

Week 12: Artist Conversation – Alice Andreini

Exhibition Information

Artist: Alice Andreini

Exhibition: No-Mans Land

Media: Oil

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov East Gallery

Alice Andreini is a graduate who is working towards her MFA degree in the CSULB’s School of Art Painting and Drawing program. Some of her interests include reading philosophical texts or poetry. She’s done three exhibits and each piece of work that she creates may take two months or two weeks. It all varies on the type of artwork that she is going to make.

Former Analysis: Her paintings looked like different kinds of landscapes, each painting including colors that beautifully compliment each other. One of the paintings I really enjoyed was the blue one. When I first looked at it, it looked like the inside of a cool stadium. On the bottom left and right hand corners, it looks like people standing with their arms up.

Content Analysis: Andreini states that while creating her work, she holds a suspect the singular viewpoint of a coherent perspective and question the constructions of how we view the world. She questions perception since we all have a different perception of things and our perception is affected by our experiences.

My Experience: I found her exhibit to be quite relaxing for some reason. Perhaps it was the colors that she used which were kind of neutral and not too bright.

Week 11: Artist Conversation – Patrick Williams

Exhibition Information

Artist: Patrick Williams

Exhibition: Revisionist Present

Media: Acrylic and oil

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery

Patrick Williams is a graduate who is working towards his MFA degree in the CSULB’s School of Art Drawing and Painting program. He states that

Former Analysis: Each painting in Williams’ exhibit has a different type of burst of color that makes his artwork stand out and catch the viewers attention. The artworks are colorful, varying from red, green, blue, purple, orange, and gray. One painting that I was fascinated by was a painting of what seemed like a statue, but it was upside down. On the upper left hand corner, there was a blob of orange and on the bottom of the painting, there is a squiggly line that is kind of like a gradient.

Content Analysis: Williams states that his paintings are an attempt to wrestle with the limitations and the assets of painting in the context of a post digital paradigm; both as art objects and as their eventual life as digital files.

My Experience: I personally enjoyed this exhibit. Two of his paintings reminded me of statues from the old era and it was interesting to see it incorporated in his artwork, especially the way that he added colors in different areas of the painting.

Week 9: Artist Conversation – David DeSantis

Exhibition Information

Artist: David DeSantis

Exhibition: Day Dreamer

Media: Printmaking, screenprint, lithography

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Instagram: @rapturefineart

David DeSantos is an undergraduate who is working towards his BFA degree in the CSULB’s School of Art Printmaking program. He chose Long Beach State because it is one of the top art schools in the west coast. DeSantos was previously in graphic design, however, he changed his mind as soon as he visited a printmaking studio and decided that was his passion. He’s influenced by Jackson Pollock who was a painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement.

Former Analysis: As I walked into the gallery, I first saw the artwork displayed in the middle wall. The artworks are called “Rising Deep Water” and “Gem Shard Shogun.” Both amazing pieces, however, “Gem Shard Shogun” caught my eye as it was created in a bold red color and had sharp horns sticking out. Looking at it, it looked very similar to a viking hat because they both have a similar design.

Content Analysis: DeSantos stated that there’s a flow when he’s listening to music and he wants to embody that in his artwork. He mainly listens to dubstep since it drives the imagery and also hard rock. His overall theme is to explore and expand on abstract expressionism and creativity.

My Experience: I wish I was able to see more of his artwork as there was only seven of his pieces. I found it really interesting that listening to music brings out the ideas and imagery of his artwork.

Week 8: Activity

I didn’t read the instructions very thoroughly so when I heard “finger painting,” I already had an idea of what I wanted to do. However, it did not turn out the way I wanted so I decided to do something a little bit different. I used the Automatic Drawing for my painting. I thought “Why not? It would be fun to finger paint the drawing.” I used three different shades of blue for my painting since it is my favorite color. I finger painted the outer areas with blue, then a lighter blue, and sky blue for the middle area.

What was the experience like?

The experience was relaxing, but also fun. I enjoyed taking time painting each little piece, though I kind of did paint out of the line. While I was painting, I realized how long it’s been since I’ve picked up a color pencil, crayon, or paint and it kind of made me feel like I was a little kid again.

Was it easier, harder, or different than you expected?

I expected it to be harder and tedious as I was painting with my finger, but it was actually really easy. I didn’t want to mess up on which colors I would paint it and I usually like it when the colors match so I went with three different shades of blue.

How was the experience of making a painting with no subject? Confusing & Frustrating? Liberating & Inspiring?

I can honestly say that it was something different. I believe that it is easier with a subject because we already know what we’re going to do and how we want it to look, but without a subject made it a bit mysterious.

How does this compare to other paintings you have seen?

Each painting is different and while some may look similar, there are always a few differences in the painting that makes it stand out. Other paintings I’ve seen have a meaning to it or an  inspiration behind it. My painting is simply a painting made freely without a meaning or an inspiration and I think that’s nice too.

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Week 8: Classmate Conversation

I met Marisa for this weeks classmate conversation. She is a sophomore here at CSULB and is majoring in Exercise Science which is kind of similar to Kinesiology. She wants to be a physical therapist and work at a rehabilitation center which I think is really nice! Marisa is from Catalina Island and she chose to attend CSULB because it was a change of scenery for her. I’ve always wanted to visit Catalina Island as I’ve heard many great things about it and from what I’ve seen in pictures, it is a beautiful place! Marisa has 5 siblings, three sisters and two brothers. We didn’t have much time to talk more, but I enjoyed talking to her!

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Week 7: Artist Conversation – Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek

Exhibition Information

Artist: Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek

Exhibition: Doodles in Space

Media: Drawing & Painting

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery

Instagram: @juliaanaaaab and @tidawhitney

Tidawhitney and Juliana are both currently working towards their BFA degree in the CSULB’s School of Art Drawing and Painting program. As they both have similarities in theory and formal understandings of painting and drawing , they thought it would be a good experience to create “Doodles in Space” as a collaborative exhibit. Tidawhitney states, “Coincidentally we were both going through a stage of doodling.”

Former Analysis: Walking into the gallery, I didn’t expect it to be the way it was. It was as if I was entering another world because the whole space in the exhibit was in black and white. I was confused at first about what exactly it was and how it related to the title of the exhibit, but soon I started to understand it and it all came together. In the exhibit, there was white and black paper hanging from the ceiling, going down to the floor. There was some type of shapes cut into the paper such as triangles, diamonds, and squares.

Content Analysis: They wanted to expand their understanding of space in relation to 2D and 3D art so they created”Doodles in Space” as an explorative project. There is not much meaning behind it, however, the subject matter that they based their whole project on was much more in depth with the mind. Tidawhitney says, “I wasn’t so concerned with the idea of what they viewed it as, but instead more excited about their perception. The process was an amazing experience, although stressful.”

My Experience: This exhibit was fascinating though it took time to put the pieces together. It really did look like doodles in space. It was creative of them to incorporate toilet seat covers in their art.