I am working with a team of four, comprising of Kristine Nguyen, Judy Phan, Jacob Kim, and myself. The names of our characters go as followed, Belle Lea Bentley, Alexis Peterz, Kevin Kim and Ian Lac. The character I created is Ian Lac. He is a 25 year-old male and currently lives in Los Angeles, California. He is an aspiring skateboarder who travels to new cities, collecting footage of his progression on the board. His mission is to become a professional skateboarder, innovating that realm with new tricks and poetic style. His influence is the great Mark Gonzales who has been changing the skateboarding world since the early 80s. Ian met the three characters from above through his travels on his skateboarding trips. It was out in a local spot in LA where Ian met Belle. She was coming out of a local restaurant when he was skating by. As their paths met, Ian stopped and greeted her down the street. They have been friends ever since. Out on a trip in Seattle, Ian ran into Alexis during a tour of the Space Needle. Lastly, Ian met Kevin during a camping trip out in Utah. While all stay in different areas of the country, they all manage to stay in touch through social media. They all use Instagram and Snapchat to keep in touch. In a recent snapchat, Ian received a picture of Belle getting ready to enjoy a glass of wine for the night. Recently, Kevin posted a photo of a camping trip in Utah. It was near by where the two met. In addition, Alexis posted a photo of Seattle’s Space Needle next to the spot they met.
Week 9’s artist conversation is with Juan Martin. Juan is a transfer student and is attending is his last year at California State University, Long Beach. He is majoring in sculpture in the BFA program. Juan’s show (no title of the show on the information sheet) is in the Max L. Gatov Gallery East and includes three pieces, a concrete mannequin, a life size anatomical deer sculpture, and a cube in the center of the gallery.
The mannequin sculpture is made of concrete and is in a sitting down orientation. What is interesting is that the concrete object is sitting on top of a glass mirror. In addition, the mannequin has two legs, two arms, the torso, neck, and no head. To the left of the mannequin is the anatomical deer. The deer is an onyx color, and looks to be a painted woodcarving. I did not know it was made of foam until I read the description of the show. One side of the sculpture is a normal deer, while the other side shows intricate carvings throughout the body. The carving is done by using 3D scanning and computer numerical controlled (CNC) milling. Juan digitally milled an abstract surface on one side of the deer. Lastly the center cube is completely covered in Shrink-Wrap.
In the mannequin piece, Juan wanted to transform an inanimate object in everyday life into a material and physicality reality. In essence, he wanted to transform the object into an entity that looks human in a glance. He achieves this by positioning the mannequin in a precariously balanced orientation on a mirror. The weight of the mannequin is more abstract because it is a heavy object sitting on a thin mirror. The anatomical deer shows the eroded object in conjunction with the digital and handmade in his work. It demonstrates how two odd combinations unify in this one piece. The minimalist cube “explores ideas of representation, artifice as well as consumerism and the body.” He wanted his audience to view their reflection in the cube and have their own interpretation of the work.
The cube is my favorite piece in the Juan’s show. Its simplicity, in a way gives off a mysterious feeling during the show. It made me question, why was this piece here and what is it supposed to representation. I instantly felt like I was in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, when the primates are intrigued with the obelisk that appeared overnight.
Juan’s concrete mannequin.
I am doing week 9’s classmate conversation with Judy Phan. Judy is a second year student at Cal State Long and is majoring Health Science with an option in community health. She has been always interested in health care and currently volunteers at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County and loves working with kids in the hospital setting. On her spare time she likes to go on hikes, camp, spend time with her pup, and go to the beach. Judy was born and raised in Westminster, California. In our conversation, she told me that she’s always loved art, and took AP art history in high school. She tries to gravitate to art as often as she can. Her favorite genres of music include, hip-hop, R&B, and indie pop.
The classmate I am doing the edit on is, Aida Gonzalez. I looked over Aida’s week 8’s artist conversation, and could not find any technical mistakes. Her work proves that she is a strong writer and understands the value of editing. In addition, her discussion on her chosen artist is solid. It is comprised of five paragraphs, introducing who the artist is, giving a brief background, and then following the criteria on how to write the discussion. Her post also include a variety of pictures regarding the gallery, giving a great insight to what she viewed on Thursday. Overall, I believe Aida is a solid writer and should continue with the work she has been doing.
Week 8’s artist conversation is with Rhiannon Aarons. Aarons’ is currently a student at California State University, Long beach in the MFA program. She began her career as a digital designer, webmaster and Art director for different internet companies in Orange County, and has been affiliated many other businesses in the Southern California area. It was back in the early 2000s where Aarons’ wanted to partake in a more hands on career. Paving the way, Aaron’s began her studies in formal art training at Otis College of Art and Design.
Aarons’ show “Ex Libris” features eight pieces in the Max L Gatov gallery. The first sets of her works are three hand drawn images hung on the wall. All three resembled the same image of one entity, and comprised of three heads – an
Anaconda, wolf and horse. Her method to create the Hecate is by drypoint. This is a process of intaglio printing that creates marks that fade slightly, due to the matrix wearing down each printing. The other piece is called Crate for Remains of a Mythical Creature. It was a crate in the corner of the gallery filled with dirt. The dirt is from the graves of Donna Reed and Betty Page. The last of her work is Serpents and were displayed on the wall. The three images were digitally printed, 2 of the three prints were black and white, and the other was colored. The images were Aaron’s interpretation of a serpent.
Hecates represents the false information of the female anatomy. In the book, The Clitoral Truth, illustrations that were printed utilizing wood engravings, and became a form of authority. This technique is the one Aaron used to create the Hecates. The Crate for Remains of a Mythical Creature is filled with the grave dirt of Donna Reed and Betty Page. The use of the two’s grave dirt “serves as an index to the corporeally unknowable feminine body.” Reed is known as the perfect housewife, while Page is noted for the contemporary soft-core pornography and both lie within the same cemetery, and are decomposed into the same earth. Serpents were chosen to be depicted as female, and the scale were replicated by Aarons’ body measurements.
I chose Aaron’s because her work was the most interesting out of this week’s shows. I was allured by her Serpents prints and the serpent head shaped crate in the gallery. I enjoyed the illustration of the female serpent anatomy.
Week 8’s classmate conversation is with Millie Herrera. She is from Southern California and a 3rd year here at California State University, Long Beach. Millie is studying Marketing, and is eagerly awaiting her opportunity to begin her core classes. My conversation with Millie was very interesting. We first discussed what we were studying, but transitioned into talking about what we really wanted to do in life. Although Millie is majoring in Market, she truly wants to open a business of her own. In our talk, I was told that she has a passion for food and wants to open a restaurant. On her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends and playing soccer. In addition, she occasionally watches soccer on the television. Our talk went well, and I was able to meet a new friend.
The two-screenshot photos I took from our classmates are from Kristine Nguyen and Meghan Arce. Both photos are from the gallery that we previewed on Thursday. Kristine’s photo is a drawing of two kids that seem to be playing together on the constructed playground. The boy in her drawing is saying, “Wait for me!!” as the girl continues to climb the obstacle. Meghan’s photo illustrates a child swinging on the swing in the gallery. I happen to draw the same thing on the swing in the gallery; unfortunately I did not screenshot it. I believe this Snapchat activity is easier than the Instagram activity due to how user friendly the application is. Also, with Instagram, I feel the user has to be more cautious with what they post. With Snapchat, I can easily pull out my phone and instantly upload it for everyone to see in real time. I believe I began to utilize Snapchat more when they included the zoom in feature. My screenshots are from my time in Los Angeles and laundry Sunday.
Week 7’s artist conversation is with Norax Ayala. Ayala’s show “She and I” is presented in the Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery here at California State University, Long Beach. She is born and raised here in Southern California and is 27 years old. She is also finishing her last year at Cal State Long Beach in the MFA program. Most of her inspiration stems from her personal life and things she has reflected on at a younger age. Other inspiration comes from life experiences and politics.
The main piece in Norax’s gallery was two figures in the center of the room. It was two-lipstick vagina imprints framed side-by-side. They belonged to Norax and her partner. The two images then were combined together to create larger images throughout the gallery. The images were of red and pink and were screen-printed. By looking closely, pixilation can be seen.
The meaning of Ayala’s work is to showcase the relationship of intimacy and pleasure. Her show is demonstrating the feeling she has with her partner and how these feeling are of human nature. In addition, she is demonstrating the experiences, such as, physical, mental and spiritual she has felt in her work. The prints on the walls are narrating her intimate story of two becoming one.
I personally enjoyed Ayala’s work. I have never experienced a gallery where all the pieces were made from a human organ. In addition, I respect how here work is a reflection of her intimate relationship with her partner and how she is sharing it with all of us.
Disclaimer: Website says Nora, but sheet in gallery says Norax.
Week 7’s classmate conversation is with Kristine Nguyen. Kristine is a second year here at California State University, Long Beach and is currently an undeclared major. However, she is going to apply as a Psychology major because it has always been her favorite subject to study. In addition, she’s always been interested in figuring out why people behave the way they do. She enjoys shopping, going to the beach, and attending concerts. Kristine listens to different genres of music, but her main one is R&B. Stuck in Love is her favorite movie.
Kristine Nguyen at the gallery on campus.
I was not able to go to the gallery this week. I flew up to Sacramento on Wednesday Night to assist in preparation for my cousin’s wedding for the weekend. I am returning to Long Beach Monday evening.