Wk 5 – Activity – Ethnography

The activity for week 5 is to spend an evening without electronics. I decided to begin my activity on Saturday night at 5 pm in my apartment. At this time in the evening, the sun is still up but already beginning to set. So the activity I chose to do is to create a Zine that I have been thinking about. As some may rarely know, a Zine is a small circulation of self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduce via photocopier. The Zine that I am drafting up is titled “8 Weeks” and is going to discuss the money I have spent in the months of August and September. It originally began as a joke with my friends, but as weeks passed within August and September coming to an end, I felt like it should be done. To add to the origin of this story is that within those 8 weeks, my friends and I have done a lot of traveling. We went to places such as, Seattle, Portland, and Sacramento. Traveling and spending money technically go hand-in-hand. So as we ventured to each place, our wallets were getting thinner and thinner. It got to the point where we felt like we had a problem, and my outlet to the situation is to create this zine.

I began with creating the title of “8 Weeks” on white printer paper. I then gathered a stack of printer paper and folded it into a book. I began writing down a little summary of what my zine is about. From there, I alternated from drawing images and little memoirs on each page. As the sun disappeared from the sky, my apartment was completely dark, and light from the outside was only visible. I stopped writing/ drawing up my zine and went to my living room and played with my pet cat. It was not to long until I fell asleep and woke up the next day. This is how my evening without electricity went.

Rough draft of "8 Weeks" cover.
Rough draft of “8 Weeks” cover.
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Wk 5 – Artist Conversation – Sery Kwon and Coleton Kargi Palmer

For week 5’s artist conversation, I am discussing the work of Sery Kwon and Coleton Palmer. Their show is called “Pairs A Collaboration” and is featured in the Max L. Gatov Gallery East. The duo’s work is part of a show that features a pair of painters working on one painting each. In addition, the painting couple specializes in either abstract or figurative painting.

Kwon and Palmer’s work is created on a canvas that is roughly three feet by 6 feet and displays a large array of colors. The dominant colors seen are blue, red and yellow orange. There are also accents of green, black and a very minimal amount of white. The shapes vary throughout the canvas. At a glance, faces can be seen at all angles of the canvas. The painting itself is not of a smooth surface. A side view will reveal different levels of paint all throughout the canvas giving a three dimensional effect.

Although Palmer was not present during the viewing, Kwon gave me an insight to their work. She informed me that the show is to have two different types of painting and collaborate onto one piece. The show is to demonstrate a brand new way of painting, communication with one another, and background combination. The painting in gallery is displayed in a horizontal orientation. However, the painting started in the portrait position. As the painting progressed, the duo began changing the orientation of painting to see what angle they were feeling at the time. Kwon is the abstract painter of the pair. Her style resembles “mapping” or topography. She begins with random contours on the canvas and Palmer complements their work with finding “hidden” faces in the lines. Kwon’s sense of inspiration comes from no sleep, meditation, and the energy from working at night.

I specifically chose their piece because it was the first thing that caught my eye walking into the gallery. The colors were vivid and alluring to my mind. In addition, I feel that their work reflects on my way of thinking. My brain is constantly bouncing from different thoughts and my mind seems like it is coming from every angle. If my mind can be tangible, I believe it will be comparison to their painting.

Sery Kwon and Coleton Kargi Palmer's painting.
Sery Kwon and Coleton Kargi Palmer’s painting.

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Wk 5 – Classmate Conversation – Diana Nguyen

My classmate conversation for week five is with Diana Nguyen. Diana is from Bakersfield, California and is a third year electrical engineering student here at California State University, Long Beach. Her reason for being an electrical engineering student is because she picked it when she first applied and is now stuck with it. Diana enjoys reading, watching television shows and eating. In addition, her hobby is graphic design and has created a few menus and flyers for her cousin’s sushi bar. She listens to all types of music, but her favorite is pop. At the moment she does not really have a favorite type of movie. However, Diana has been recommending people to watch the movie Big Hero 6.

Diana and I at the gallery.
Diana and I at the gallery.

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Wk 4 – Classmate Conversation – Mark Flores

Week 4’s Classmate Conversation is with Mark Flores. He is twenty years old and a second year here at California State University, Long Beach. Mark is originally from the East Los Angeles area, but has moved around for the past few years. He lived in Lancaster, California; Houston, Texas; and Guadalajara, Mexico. Now being back in California, Mark is living in Newport Beach, and is currently working as a server in a café. In addition to work, he is a full-time student at Cal State Long Beach and is majoring in criminal justice. During his time at school, he has been awarded with the Dean’s List for both of his semesters at Long Beach. After college, Mark would like to be a city cop or a California Highway Patrol. However, if being a cop does not follow as planned, he would like to go back to school and become a lawyer. On his spare time, he enjoys surfing, relaxing at the beach, playing video games, boxing and eating food.  Mark said that art does matter to him. He enjoys all forms that it can take, especially in the video games that he plays.

Mark at the King's College Cathedral in Cambridge, England.
Mark at the King’s College Cathedral in Cambridge, England.

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Wk 4 – Artist Conversation – Daniel A. Rivera Echeverria and Tidawhitney Lek

For Week 4’s artist conversation, I am discussing a joint exhibition by Daniel A. Rivera Echeverria and Tidawhitney Lek. The duo’s show is called “Disposable Thoughts” and currently resides in the Marilyn Werby Gallery.

At first glance, the work of Daniel and Tidawhitney depict one giant tent like structure in the middle of the gallery.  As I begin to walk closer to the structure, I notice doodles and sketches on the giant canvas. It turns out that the tent-like structure is made up of napkins that are strung together with fishing line.  The dynamics of the their work is set up in a way where the audience can walk around it allowing a 360 degree view, straight through and even under it.  The viewer is actually allowed almost every angle possible to see the piece. Each napkin was unique and showed dozens of illustrations and phrases.  Some napkins were torn, or pierced right through the center of it.  Over one thousand of napkins were used and sewn together by Tidawhitney’s mother.

The work depicts a plethora of a person’s thoughts all hand written on napkins.  Daniel and Tidawhitney utilize the napkin as a playful object that captures a person’s thought at single moment.  Each illustration or phrase on the napkin had no premeditative thought; it just reveals whatever Daniel or Tidawhitney was thinking at that instant.  Tidawhitney told me that the inspiration for “Disposable Thoughts” was a show that they wanted to be low budget due to the lack of funds. With that in mind, “Disposable Thoughts” came out great and is more amazing that it cost a little over one hundred dollars to create. Tidawhitney said, “one thought can reveal a lot of yourself.”  On the doodles, one of our peers asked if she thought about having random people draw on a napkin to contribute to their project as a collection of thoughts and Tidawhitney responded with “I thought about that, but it is more enticing from only two brains on the sheet.

The reason I decided to discuss the work of Daniel and Tidawhitney is because I can relate to their idea of writing down one’s thoughts on a napkin. There have been countless of times where I have fiddled with such a canvas to quickly jot down notes or drawings to keep myself entertained. I recall countless times back in middle school and high school, where I would take out a pen and napkin during church to sketch out my thoughts. Even today those characters I created sitting in the pew are still drawn today. In addition, I was impressed on the items used to create their show. They took everyday household items and reinvented them.

"Disposable Thoughts" part 1

“Disposable Thoughts” part 1

"Disposable Thoughts" part 2
“Disposable Thoughts” part 2

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Wk 4 – Activity – Painting

Week 4’s activity is painting and decided to venture out to Venice Beach to experience its Art Wall. I arrived at Venice on Sunday afternoon with the sun blazing and shining on all who is inhabiting the area. As I search for the Art Wall, I pass by all sorts of little boutiques and interesting people. Being in Venice was quite an experience. The vendors there sold a variety of things, ranging from carnival snacks, smoking paraphernalia, the usual tourist shirts and Polo the designer brand. As I make my way to the wall, I felt a little anxious because I have never messed with a spray can out in public and having dozens of people spectate did not really help my feeling of anxiety.   However, after tagging the first letter of my name out onto the wall, a feeling of resurgence overcame me. I then started tagging out my name without any care and just embraced this feeling of elation. All of a sudden, I begin tagging phrases and creating a little figure on my portion of the wall. Overall, Venice beach was a great time and I will definitely go back to experiment more on its Art Wall.

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Venice Beach with my painting "AJC"
Venice Beach with my painting “AJC”

Wk3 – Activity – Social Photography

Scrolling through the #art110f15 tag, I saw a quick snap shot of my peers life. With just a few thumb swipes, I saw numerous amounts of Netflix, Disneyland, and homework related post. Although I do not know any of these classmates, I do feel I have a certain connection with most of them. The three things I have listed above, Netflix, Disneyland, and homework, are what make a typical college student in Long Beach. Many of us college students tend to procrastinate on our obligations and use distractions, such as, Netflix and Disneyland passes to prolong our time of studying. I did not find any surprises among the post that I have viewed to create this week’s blog post. Although most of images on the tag were disconnected and unrelated, I felt some sort of connection or community with all of the Instagram goers. During my college career, I have participated in spending many days utilizing my Disneyland pass and many nights wasting away with Netflix – all to avoid the dreaded pastime of homework and studying.  Week 3 is a great activity to break that social boundary between each classmate.  By doing the Social Photography activity, it makes our art 110 class a littler more smaller and connected.  It also allows insight to our peer’s life to things we may have never known.

A screenshot of the #art110f15 tag.  Notice the two Netflix and the one Disneyland post here.
A screenshot of the #art110f15 tag. Notice the two Netflix and the one Disneyland post here.

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Wk3 – Artist Conversation – Kyle Kruse

Week 3’s artist conversation is with Kyle Kruse. The title of Kruse’s show is “one who sees” in the Dennis W. Futzing Gallery.   Kruse’s work features the works of printmaking. Although I did not ask Kruse about the fabric he utilized for his work, printmaking is usually made of silk or synthetic fabrics. Nylon and polyester can fall into the category of synthetic fabric. By analyzing the texture of Kruse’s work, the printmaking canvas seems to be made of polyester. The printmaking itself is a rough material, too rough to be made of nylon.

Printmaking dates back all the way to the late 1300s in France. It was used in the western world to make “altar frontals in places of worship.” The whole idea of “one who sees” is to create some sort of boundary between “the viewer and the actor” and in this case, the actor is the Jester on the print.

In the Dennis W. Futzing Gallery, Kruse sets the lighting in a way to create a more intimate ambiance. The dim lighting makes a personal relation between the viewer and the Jester and also creates a blinding effect for the people in the room. Due to the lighting, the fabric seems to become a solid material that does not allow it to be transparent. However, the image of the Jester can be seen on both sides. If a person in plain sight walks right behind the screen print, it creates an illusion as if the person has vanished.   Kruse’s idea for his show is to create the idea that “someone can exist and not exist at the same time.” His work also reflects on the relationship of “Shaman-ship’s” life bring force and natural energy. Overall, Kruse wanted to create a space that is natural that blurs the realm between the viewer and actor.

I enjoyed Kruse’s show overall. The image on the print was very alluring and the ambiance of the gallery was pleasant. The lighting definitely gave his show a more intimate feeling in the gallery. Kruse’s idea of blurring the lines between reality and illusion is an intriguing idea. During the conversation with Kruse, he was able to explain the science behind how the image can be seen from both sides. By setting the light to certain brightness and angling the fixtures in a certain way, the black ink on his print can absorb the light allowing it to be seen on both sides of the fabric. The angling of the fixtures and the brightness of the light play the role in stopping the fabric from being transparent. Having the science behind his work explained is the most enjoyable part. I always enjoy learning the science and concepts behind incredible phenomena, such as, creating the illusion of a see through fabric, nontransparent.

The print from Kyle Kruse's show "one who sees."
The print from Kyle Kruse’s show “one who sees.”

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Wk3 – Classmate Conversation – Anthony Simeone

For week three, my classmate conversation was with Anthony Simeone. Anthony is from San Diego, California and is a third year student at California State University, Long Beach. He is majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Being such a busy college student, Anthony currently does not work. However, he is involved with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) club on campus. On his spare time, he enjoys lifting weights, eating and surfing. In addition, he plays rugby for the school.

Anthony Simeone during a CSULB rugby game.
Anthony Simeone and Lynnette Riley during a CSULB rugby game.

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Wk 2 – Activity – Plaster Casting

On September 3, 2015, I joined a few of my peers at Seal Beach to conduct activity 2.  This week’s project is to do a plaster sculpture of the hand or foot. Overall, it was a fun experience at the beach.  I was able to meet two new classmates,  Jeanine and Inessa, who allowed me to join their group to complete the project. With their help we managed to do three plaster castings of our hands.  While waiting for our sculptures to dry, I conversed with my two new friends about school and their plans for later that day.  By the time the activity was complete, I managed to have a good amount of excess plaster.  So later in the evening I took my friend to the Long Beach beach and molded my foot.  This week’s activity was quite an experience and would recommend it to any of my friends.

This is the sculpture that I made in Seal Beach with the class.
This is the sculpture that I made in Seal Beach with the class.
This is the sculpture I made in Long Beach.
This is the sculpture I made in Long Beach.