Week 15’s classmate conversation is with Meghan Arce. Our group consisted Meghan Arce, Inessa Lopez, and myself. Since I did a previous conversation with Inessa, this week will only focus on Meghan. Meghan is a second year Human Development student here at California State University, Long Beach. After her undergrad, she will enroll in grad school for occupational therapy. She wants to specialize in Pediatric OT because she enjoys working with kids. In the fall, Meghan will be transferring to Mount Mary in Wisconsin. If she isn’t at school, she is usually working. However, if she is doing neither, Meghan is at Disneyland or hanging out with friends. Meghan is took this class because it fulfills the general education. She listens to country, alternative, and reggae. Music has made the most impact. It can get her through anything and there’s always a song to relate to.
The final artist conversation for the semester is with Jennifer Oh on her show “Diverted.” Her work is displayed in the Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery and is apart of a larger show called “Figment.” “Figment” is a showcase of ten students in the BFA Photography program. Oh is one of the ten students who is graduating in the coming weeks.
Oh’s work consist of five black and white photos. Her subjects in each of the frames were the Korean women. By observation, the audience can get an idea that the pictures were taken during the time of a war. The two photos with the army men hinted the assumption. The women displayed faces of grief or sadness. On each of the pictures, Oh included colored thread to highlight some portion on the frame. The addition of the thread creates a greater image, giving insight to what the photographs are illustrating.
Her show is to showcase the events that occurred in Asia during World War II. The subjects were known as “comfort women” who were forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army. The women and girls were taken from their homes and forced into wartime brothels. She created a symbolic connection between the women and herself by utilizing the thread. The thread illustrated her reaction to what occurred in the past and the stories that were told. Oh said “the threading makes it more personal and reveals thoughts or feelings and often displays a duality of bodies that is reminiscent to the internal or external self.”
I enjoyed Oh’s style and delivery on her work. The photograph I appreciated the most was the one of the guy holding the gun and the ladies in the trench. The photo and the thread capture the essence of what was happening at that time. The viewers can allude that the ladies do not want to be there due to the expression on their faces. The man holding the gun shows a grin and shows that he has some sort of authority over the ladies. The thread on the women’s faces highlights the image and draws attention to its viewer.
Week 13’s artist conversation is with Tyler Turett. Turett is a Huntington Beach native and is finishing his last year at California State University, Long Beach. He is completing his degree in Illustration with the concentration in Animation. Turett’s show “Make Your Mark” is in the Max L. Gatov Gallery East.
Turett showcased his illustration during the gallery viewing. Many of his illustrations are of animals, such as, a green dog, variations of frogs, sloths, and a devilish looking bull. His other illustrations consisted of animated inanimate objects, such as, mafia looking carrots and a circle of dancing beverages. Turett also included a storyboard he did in gray scale.
Turett uses a Cintiq drawing pad to do most of his illustrations. That digital tool has pressure sensors to simulate drawing in real life. The tool is convenient because he can do rough drawings and experiment with shapes all in one device. For the actual animation, Turett utilizes After Effects. However, Turett also likes drawing traditionally with the frame-by-frame technique. The process Turett follows is, design the character, clean the character up, storyboard, and utilizing the After Effects software.
I personally enjoyed the variations of the frogs he included in his show. Each of the frogs has their own personality, shape, and facial expression. I appreciate Turett’s drive for illustration and animation and goals to working for Pixar.
Week 13’s classmate conversation is Abby Giron from San Diego, California. Abby’s is a second year student here at California State University, Long Beach and is studying Information Systems. Information Systems is a branch of business, but incorporates technology as wells. During our conversation, she said her major is not really inspiring, but believes it will create opportunities for her in the future. I totally agree with her because most of the job opportunities are heading towards technology. Her hobbies include playing piano, soccer, reading and hanging out with friends. She took this class to become more informed about the art world and artists. Abby’s favorite movie is the Lord of the Rings saga. Abby’s response to this week’s question of the day: “From week 1 to week 13, I think my perception of art has definitely broadened in resects to the form of art that exist. Originally, my idea of art was centralized on the basics – sculptures, ceramics, paintings, and sketching. But after visiting the galleries each week, I’ve experienced different expression of art and grown to appreciate creativity and individuality much more.”
Week 12’s artist conversation is with Christopher Linquata. Linquanta’s show is “Sacred & Profane” and is in the Gatov-West gallery. He is finishing his degree at California State University, Long Beach, in the MFA program with representational painting and drawing. However, before going to Long Beach, Linquata attended California State University, Northridge.
Linquata’s show is composed of various paintings. The artist utilizes acrylic paint due to the advantage of drying faster than oil. His show has a mix of larger murals and smaller pieces. To complete the entire show, Linquata spent about 3 years.
His inspirations for his paintings stem from the times of the Renaissance and nature. The beach is a reoccurring surrounding in Linquata’s show. He explained that he takes inspiration from real places, but does not paint it. He rather invent a new place because it’s basically taking a photograph and placing it on the wall. Linquata wants to create a new landscape, but still wants to have a link to reality. The models in his paintings include himself, friends and family.
I chose Linquata’s show because his paintings were eye-catching. The sceneries he used were intriguing and I enjoyed that he uses himself as a model in his paintings. The painting I enjoyed most was the one with the people posing around the graffiti floors and ledges. It reminded me of Venice Beach, and the art wall I visited.
Week 12’s activity is to create an ePortfolio. I created a menu system to consolidate my art post into one category to focus my website on my engineering future. My future audience will be Human Resource directors of electrical engineering companies. In addition, I changed the WordPress template and the background picture to make my site a little more fitting to my career. I went for a more simplistic design on my site. On the Electrical Engineering menu tab, I uploaded my resume so future employers can view it. On my front page of my site is a static page, that shows my about me. I want to communicate to my audience by showing previous projects I have worked. Eventually my projects will be posted when I document them correctly.
For week 12’s classmate conversation, I am interviewing Inessa Lopez. Inessa is from North Orange County and is a second year Physics major at California State University, Long Beach. Her inspiration for pursuing physics is that her high school teacher made it easy to understand. Also, she thinks physics is the most interesting of all the sciences. On her spare time, she works out, read, watches Netflix, go on Tumblr and Pinterest, and sleep. The reason she took this class is because she is interested in learning more about art since she claim’s she is not a creative person. However, I do not believe that she is not a creative person because it takes a lot of imagination and creative to understand the theoretical and conceptual parts of physics. The type of music she listens to is Indie Alternative, hip-hop, R&B, and Jazz. Lastly, her favorite movies are Up and Big Hero 6.
I found the geocache hidden by Matt Carder. It was on 5th and Ximeno. I personally enjoyed the description he had for the Geocache. The finder had to decode his message and then seek it. His hiding spot was in the cracks of a garden on the corner of the intersection. Geocaching makes the user think twice about their surroundings. There can always be a hidden gem wherever a person goes.
The wall hanger I created is composed of an old white t-shirt and a clothes hanger as the foundation to hold my work. I began by cutting my shirt into long strips. After, I took three strips and weaved them into one lock. I did this twice. The last strip is made of strips of my shirt, but the longest. After each lock was made I tied it to the hanger. Overall, I did not like how my hanger came out. It was a little frustrating weaving the strips, because I just learned how to do it. I watched a Youtube video to accomplish the weaving portion. This activity did not really change my perspective of the use fiber in my life. I do appreciate those who create elaborate pieces though. It definitely takes a steady hand and patience.
Week 11’s classmate conversation is with Jacob Kim. Jacob is a second year Criminal Justice major at California State University, Long Beach. On his spare time he enjoys surfing, snowboarding, traveling and playing instruments. He is from La Palma, California. Jacob took this class because his peers said it was fun and it fulfilled his general education requirement. He listens to a lot of indie groups, jazz, reggae, and basically all types of music. Lastly, his favorite movie is 28 Weeks Later.