This week I visited Max L. Gatov Gallery East and saw a collection of paintings called “Pairs”. These artworks were done in pairs of artists. I spoke with Sery Kwon after this painting caught my eye. Sery Kwon collaborated with Coleton Palmer on this abstract piece. Using oil paint on a wooden door, the two artists utilized bright colors and bold lines to express the theme of “time”. Upon studying the piece more carefully, I saw faces and bodies within the abstract. Sery Kwon worked more on abstract painting, while Coleton Palmer went back and drew in figures that he saw. The painting kept my eyes busy, fascinated by all the colors, lines, and hidden figures.
It was very interesting to see two very different artists come together to create a piece of art that accentuates each one’s strengths. I also thought their use of a wooden door rather than a typical canvas was very interesting. The use of such different colors and figures almost seemed to reflect on their sense of “time”- trying to figure the next step in life, making decisions, and living through consequences.
For this week’s activity, we had to spend one night without electricity. I took this photo of my cat who I spent my evening with. I spent the night eating a simple meal by candle light and trying to find things to do to keep busy. After dinner I tried to read, but quickly gave up when the flickering candle lights began to give me a headache. I didn’t realize how hard it was to find something to do that doesn’t involve electricity. I couldn’t watch movies, listen to music, or even play games since all games I own are on my IPhone or IPad. I found myself in bed before 10pm because there was nothing to do.
This activity made me realize exactly how much we’ve come to rely on electricity. I actually had to go to the store during the day to buy candles because I didn’t have any at home. It was frustrating, but fascinating to have had to go an evening without electricity. I used this time to think about what life must’ve been like for all the past generations of people that lived their entire lives with no electricity. They relied on the sun, fire, and rudimentary tools to carry out all necessary daily tasks. I have a newfound respect for them.
Last week, I visited the Max L. Gatov Gallery West to view various artworks and speak with a few artists. This rather startling painting featuring numerous baby heads caught my attention right away. I quickly began to talk to the artist, David De Mendoza.
These oil painting artworks were done during this summer. Pairing bright neon colors with dark tones, David utilizes dark shadows to set a mood in his pieces. After speaking with him, I was surprised to find out he only started painting 3 years ago. Having grown up doing art casually, he started with penwork and gradually grew his passion. Art being in his comfort zone, he naturally chose it as a career path. David said he gained inspiration from various horror films, and began painting pictures of fear and nightmares.
Although I was not able to get a lot of information from David De Mendoza, I was still glad to have seen his paintings because they seem very appropriate to the upcoming Halloween.
For this week’s activity, we had to use a minimum of two colors to spray paint our name in bubble letters. I have never used spray paint before but decided to give it a try after watching several clips on Youtube. Although you can’t see clearly in the photo, I sprayed a very light layer of the navy of varying concentrations in the background to help the gold color stand out. I then used the navy spray paint to create solid outlines.
Having done this activity outside, the wind created subtle feathering effects when I did the solid outlines in navy. This created a cool look that I was not anticipating.
For my first Artist Conversation assignment, I visited the Marilyn Werby Gallery. There I spoke with artist Kayla Workman, who was involved in an art show called “Cross-cultural and Community-based Practices in Art”. A Los Angeles based artist, Kayla Workman is currently an Art Education major at CSULB. The art show held at the Werby Gallery featured artworks from collaborations between students and community organizations: Arts and Services for the Disabled, Acacia Adult Day Services, and NCADD—Woman to Woman. The piece that grabbed by attention was a project called “Polaroid Film Series no. 1”, created in 2015 by two art education students and NCADD – Woman to Woman. This project features Polaroid photos of individuals living inside a recovery home – meant to be a way to reflect the dreams, desires, and wishes of the inspiring women had in hopes for a full and brighter future. Having personally witnessed the detrimental effects of Alzheimer’s, Kayla Workman worked to concentrate on the idea of identity.
The simple presentation of the project allowed me to really focus on the photos. The Polaroid series was able to capture their day-to-day activities and give a true sense of who these people are. Workman did a wonderful job creating an outlet that creates a personal connection between the subjects and the audience.
For more information of Kayla Workman:
Meet Tyler Nakashima, a classmate I’ve had the pleasure of meeting this week.
Tyler is 19 years old and a sophomore attending CSULB. He is Japanese and Filipino and currently works at a sushi restaurant. As a Health Science Major, Tyler says he chose to go this route because he believes it would be the best balance between something that is personally useful and interesting for him, while also being professionally viable.
We had a very interesting conversation about what we thought of Art 110, and what we believe “art” is. When asked “what is art?” Tyler answered:
I feel that art is the act of expressing the thoughts or emotions to another in abstract ways. Although despite the meaning the artist may have tried to put into their art the audience may absorb whatever message they take from it, making art a personal experience for every individual.
Tyler says he really enjoys and appreciates the teaching style of Art 110. Although we’ve only completed two activities so far, he feels as though he’s been able to really learn about the arts. The two past activities, although they may seem like fun and games to more traditional professors, have very clear artistic purposes. Tyler believes that the art creation process can definitely be fun and that having fun does not devalue the outcome in any way.
Being one of the very few super-seniors in class, it was great meeting and talking with a fellow classmate!
Visit Tyler’s website: http://Tylernakashima.com
For this week’s activity, we were required to take a minimum of four pictures throughout our day and post them on Instagram with the hashtag #art110of15. The picture on the left is a screenshot of what our class of Art 110 has posted. The picture on the right is what I’ve posted throughout my day. It was interesting to see what people have chosen to document. Although there was a wide variety of pictures, the most common included selfies and pictures of pets, food, and the art museums we visited on Thursday.
This assignment has reminded me of how far social media has come, and the extent of its influence on our daily lives. Our generation participates in social photography on a daily basis, whether we’re aware of it or not. The advancements in technology and our need to share boosted by various social networking outlets has enhanced out abilities of documenting every moment.
I visited my local beach, Redondo Beach, to do my plaster casting activity. Having paid close attention to directions given in class, I was able to get the activity done smoothly. I spent the 30 minutes of waiting eating ice cream and catching up with my sister. It was a fun activity and a great chance for me to bond with my younger siblings.
My name is Soy and welcome to my blog!
I am 23 years old and a Fashion Merchandising major attending my last semester at CSULB. Now that my journey at CSULB is coming to an end, I’ve been on an emotional rollercoaster ride. The past five years have been filled with many life-changing events and experiences that have made me more mature and better prepared for my future.
My interests include fashion, animals, crafts, and movies. I am glad I’ll be able to use this class to try various forms of arts. I am excited to finish off my last semester with a bang!