Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – Maccabee Shelley

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This week I visited the Gatov-West Gallery.  As soon as I walked in, I saw a variety of sculptures made with an even wider variety of materials.  Intrigued by his different art style, I spoke with artist Maccabee Shelley to find out more about him and his artworks. After spending some time with him, I learned that Shelley actually did not start art until college. An art class during his first semester of college sparked his interest and fueled his newfound passion. Shelley has almost ten years of experience in ceramics alone, and has had other artworks shown in three other galleries a CSULB.

The inspiration for this collection was an extension from his previous project, one he started after a study-abroad session in Italy.  Maccabee Shelly’s collection consisted of several sculptures.  They were made with different combinations of materials such as ceramics, glass, plaster, and various randomly acquired objects.  He finds pieces for his artworks at places like thrift shops, recycling centers, etc.  I saw books, briefcases, and even a caution cone incorporated into his sculptures!

Shelley’s collection really caught my attention because of his wide variety of objects, textures, and colors.  It was very different from other shows I’ve viewed in the past.  He told us that although he has no “ultimate goal”, his current purpose for creating such pieces is to experience watching people see and react to them.  Shelley wants to share his artworks to audiences, and try to connect with them as they view and interact with his collection.


Wk 8 – Activity – Art Writing and Editing

For this week’s activity, I visited Stefany Rodriguez’s blog and read her interview with artist Nora Ayala. Stefany’s blog entry was short and concise, which I liked. She mentions various information about the artist such as her age, her year and program at CSULB, and the materials she used for her pieces.  Although Stefany included relevant information, I felt as though there was no personal reflection.  She did not write about what she liked or disliked, and what she personally thought of the artworks.  I also felt as if she was just regurgitating phrases the artist has said, mainly because her interpretation and understandings were not given.  There were also technical mistakes such as punctuation (no commas where needed), run-on sentences, and clarity issues.  With that being said, I really liked how Stefany started her blog post with a direct quote from the artist.  I though that was really different and clever. Overall, I enjoyed Stefany’s interview with Nora Ayala. She provided relevant information about the artist-her artworks, her views on art, various social networking sites, etc. My only advice for Stefany would be to proofread her entries to eliminate grammatical errors, as well as adding her personal opinions!
I also read and critiqued one of my past blog entries, an artist interview with Jane Weible. One thing I would want to change and keep in mind for future blog entries is personal insight.  Although I did mention what I felt as I viewed her pieces, I think I could have expanded more, and gotten into more detail of my interpretations and the artist’s intentions.  In this particular entry I did not find grammatical errors such as spelling, run-on sentences, punctuation, etc.  However,  I will make sure to look our for such mistakes in future blog posts!

Wk 8 – Artist Conversation – Rhiannon Aarons


This week I visited the Gatov-West Gallery.  I spoke with Rhiannon Aarons there, after viewing her collection tited Ex Libris.

The majority (all but one) were black and white pieces featuring skeletons and anatomical renderings of mythological creatures.  Although simple in color, each piece was full of intricate details that took awhile to really absorb.  Rhiannon Aarons used digital methods as well as drypoint, a form of engraving technique in which an image is incised into a plate with a hard-pointed sharp metal.

She talked about how various literature and anatomical books inspired her to create her pieces.  Although her works are in some ways simple (featuring skeletons and anatomical renderings), Aarons mentioned she wants the viewers to be able to think deeper and try to see the underlying meanings.  She believes successful art is not only pleasing to the eyes, but should push people to feel and think differently. Having been an artist for 17 years, she’s had the opportunities to see and create many different things.  Aarons found herself particularly interested in history, and the processes of how things are remembered or forgotten.

I really loved how realistic the pieces looked, even though they were anatomical renderings of mythical creatures.  She used detailed drawings of the skeletal bones to create curves and loops.  Aarons collection, to me personally, seemed a little dark in nature.  Most likely due to the fact the pieces contained skeletal drawings, it was very appropriate to the upcoming Halloween.

Wk 7 – Artist Conversation – Jane Weible

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This week I visited the Max L. Gatov Gallery.  The title of the collection was “The Extraordinarily Difficult and Impossible Tasks of: Recounting Fading and Altered Memories and Stablilizing Shifting Time”.  Although quite long, the title clearly states what the theme of the artworks are.

I spoke with Jane Weible to find out more about her pieces and her thought process behind them.  She told me she got the inspiration for this collection while looking through childhood pictures.  Jane Weible continued to explain how our memories are often inaccurate, tainted by feelings and other distant memories.  She wanted to take the opportunity to create a representation of a few of hers.

Jane Weible’s collection caught my eye particularly because of the materials used.  I saw various things such as ceramics, zip ties, rope, and AstroTurf.  She used these materals to create a portion of the playground, windows, etc.  The overall aesthetics seemed very delicate, with the ceramic pieces and pastel colors.  I really enjoyed her artworks because I felt like I was really taking a peek into someone’s childhood memories.  The thin lines used to make the artwork delicate seems very appropriate in representing distant childhood memories because much of it is unclear at this point in our lives.  We try to relive certain momments by going through old photographs, but a lot of it still guesswork.  I think this was a great way for Jane Weible to reconnect with the past and herself.

Wk 7 – Activity – Ephemeral Art

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For this week’s activity, we used Snapchat.  I personally never got into Snapchat, so this was a new experience for me.  The first two photos with the cat were ones I posted.  I had a surprisingly fun time using him to draw around.  It was rather difficult at first, since everything was done by hand, but I soon got the hang of it.  The next two photos were posted by Courtney Sakuma and Diana Nguyen . I decided to save their snaps because this week was extremely hot and I constantly found myself complaining about the weather.

This week was a good chance for me to try out Snapchat, an app 99% of my friends use on a regular basis. I especially enjoyed the special selfie camera effects.  I sent and received countless snaps with my close friends.  This activity made me realize how much different outlets we have to express ourselves these days.  Social networking such as Facebook, Instagram, Periscope, and Snapchat are all relatively very new things.  Our generation has grown accustomed to sharing small details of our lives, anytime and anywhere we want. I am excited to see how existing and new social networking apps will evolve!

Wk 6 – Artist Conversation – Dawn Derry and Anahid Malek-Stepanians

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This week, I visited the Dutzi-Gallery and viewed the exhibit: “Viewpoint”.  I spoke with the artists Dawn Derry and Anahid Malek-Stepanians.  They were showcasing incredible oil paintings of various seasons and sceneries. Although abstract, viewers can definitely see the beauty of nature created by bold colors and dark shadows.  The artists informed me that these pieces each took an average of 1-3 weeks to complete.  They also told us something I found very interesting: they often layered several colors, and scratched different parts of the artwork to reveal the underlying paint.

I really enjoyed this exhibit because each painting reminded me of different places and seasons. For example the Winter painting made me feel as though I can actually feel the icy wind and the crunching of snow beneath my feet.  The artists did a wonderful job in using colors of various depths to create sceneries that viewers can really relate to and feel the inspirations.

Wk 6 – Activity – Identity Art


For this week’s activity, I spent a total of 120 minutes on Periscope. I spent 60 min. watching various people, and 60 min. scoping myself. 

While watching live broadcasts, I tried to stay on for at least 10 minutes. I watched people do their makeup, cook, travel, and just communicating with the watchers. I made sure to watch Bree Olson because her visit last week was very intriguing. 

During my periscopes, I did 6 10-min. broadcasts. I did some while I was getting ready, when I was eating, and hanging out with my boyfriend. It was nerve-wrecking to know few people (worldwide) was watching me do these things. There was awhile when I got no viewers, which made it even cooler to see hearts and viewers come. 

It was a very interesting experience to use periscope because I don’t even use snapchat. I was nervous to have myself be broadcast live with no filters, both visually and verbally. Trying it myself made me appreciate the others a lot more because it takes a lot of courage to be able to do this on a regular basis.