Artist: BFA Sculpture Group Show (Multiple Artists)
Media: Mixed Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art Gatov West/ Gatov East
About the Artist
This exhibition featured various artists from the Sculpture BFA program here at CSULB and is meant to be a sort of “punch” which consists of various ingredients, in this case, each student’s art. The students showcasing all have an indigenous background, be it from the Americas or all the way across the globe from Asia, and as a result, what we have here is not only a punch of different artistic styles, but of cultural influences as well. I was able to speak with one of the artists present, Lia Gogue, who told us about how her Guamanian background has heavily influenced her art, and how her piece “Going Away Present,” has to do with feeling as though she has a little piece of her from her homeland with her.
When you first walk into the gallery, you get a distinct feeling on how different and contrasting each piece’s theme appears. Although upon first walking in I didn’t know the pieces were made by a different artists, one can really appreciate the different pieces contributed into this exhibition. One of the first pieces that caught my attention was a video by Cortnee Brush of a woman who’s shredding away a carrot, which she’s holding near her pubic area. Other pieces included a performance art piece by Alvaro Alvarez in which he physically moved to the music playing. A piece by Dulce Soledad Ibarra, an artist I have previously written about, was also there, which featured part of a lawn mower and grass blades.
Cortnee Brush’s “Vitmain K,” video installment is meant to represent the “shaving away,” of a man’s masculinity, and just how fragile something men often center their existence around can be. Another piece I got to learn about was Tristan Esmino’s “If that’s a fountain, this is a fucking fountain,” and how it plays homage to Marcel Duchamp’s ready-made urinal fountain. Lia Gogue’s “Going Away Present,” serves as a way to connect to her roots, and have a piece of Guam with her here in the U.S.
With this exhibition, I was able to explore different artists and their backgrounds. This was truly a “punch” of different ideas that allowed me to view topics of what is morally correct, sexuality, and cultural aspects. Being able to see these pieces side by side allowed me to have an interesting experience in seeing how these pieces functioned and complimented each other within a single setting.