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Jasmine Figueroa – Art 110

Wk 9-Art Experience- Art Care Package

Upon hearing of this assignment, I immediately thought of making this art care package for my younger sister Adamaris. Sending someone an ACP is similar to sending someone a snapchat in that it is a way of showing someone that you’re thinking about them, and that you want to share a Monet, or thought with them. It is different than sending them a snap in that this is something that you can hold on to and feel close to in the sense that it was touched, physically created, and has a little piece of them that is more long lasting and tangible.

Ephemera is something that I have always found very interesting, and something that I deem important. It’s not just about physical value, but about the emotion and feelings that may have gone on because of these items or while having a hold of them. The difference between art that is seen by many as opposed to few is the intimacy that can be poured into a more private artistic creation. It’s exclusive in a sense, and can be personalized and enjoyed by a small audience without having to to necessarily have to connect to a larger audience.

I feel that an ACP definitely has a different love than a snapchat. A snap can be taken and sent in a matter of seconds without much though, whereas an ACP truly requires effort, time, and dedication to get it finished.

In my package I put in one of my favorite bracelets that I wear all the time, as well as little encouraging notes that I think, just about anyone could definitely use! I also included some rubberband elastic a for braces seeing as she recently got hers on and I’m almost done with my treatment, and she’ll need plenty! Another little token which I think she’d appreciate would be nail polish, which is something we both compulsively buy at all times (even though I bite my nails and end up eating most of it before I know it).

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Wk 9- Artist Conversation-Dalia Bañuelos & Daniel Bonilla-Vera

Artists: Dalia Bañuelos & Daniel Bonilla-Vera

Exhibition: Infraction

Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Media: Photography/ Sculpture

Website: dbvphotography.com

Instagram: @dbvqp & @deliaeffect

About the Artists

This week, I got to hear of Dalia Bañuelos and Daniel Bonilla- Vera’s story. Both are students here at CSULB. Dalia transferred from Los Angeles Community College in hopes of getting into the photography program, but instead was rejected twice. She was accepted into the studio arts program, and although she lies exploring other types of artistic media, she feels a particular connection to photography. After her rejection, she felt very upset just as anyone would to the rejection of something they love. Daniel is a transfer student from the College of the Sequoias, and first became interested in photography when he was in high school. Daniel has also been rejected to the BFA in photography program, although he remains hopeful in that he will be accepted the next time around.

Formal Analysis

Upon walking into the exhibit, the first thing that catches your eye is the array of photographs arranged across the room, in particular a web-like series of them hanging from yarn. When getting closer to this piece, you find someone nestled up in the middle of the floor, but upon closer inspection you realize that it isn’t a person at all, but a sculpture made out of clothing meant to represent an actual person. I actually was looking at this particular portion of the exhibit for a while before I was startled by yet another person nestled in the corner, which is again just another sculpture part of the exhibit. There was also a trashcan located toward the entrance of the exhibit which held even more photographs. Some of the photos on the wall weren’t properly held down, and as a result appeared to be coming off, as if the could fall onto the floor at any second. All the pictures in the room were connected by an ongoing black yarn.

Content Analysis

The exhibit has a lot to do with the feeling of rejection and failure that comes with something that means so much to you, in this case getting into the photography program, not becoming a reality. This was a way for both Dalia and Daniel to let out their feelings of frustration, sadness, and anger in a form that would be more productive and be able to get to more people than simply letting their raw emotions into the world. The two people in the back, both in a rolled up position, as if protecting themselves from something are meant to be a representation of Dalia and Daniel and their negative feelings after their denial into the program. The trashcan with the pictures is meant to represent how on a particular occasion they were told that the pictures weren’t up to standard and “belonged in the trash.” This exhibit serves as a release of emotions after the inability to be admitted into the program that would mean the world to them.

My Experience

When walking into the exhibit, the first thing that caught my eye was the giant web-like array of photographs held up by yarn. The more time I spent looking at it, the more I got a feeling of uneasiness, especially after seeing the two dummies on the floor. They appeared afraid, or perhaps plagued by the images surrounding them, while overwhelmed at the same time by everything around them. This is also I feeling I had, as there were so many photographs scattered everywhere that it would take quite a while to truly get a chance to examine all of them. I also remember thinking that some of the photos not hanging completely up in the gallery were falling accidentally, until realizing it was all part of the exhibition. The feeling of rejection is something that is familiar in all of us, and walking into the exhibit, you really get a sense of frustration, and after learning the meaning behind this work, you really understand the feelings that went into putting together “Infraction.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wk 8- Art Experience- Sketching in the Garden

This week, I had the opportunity to sketch in the CSULB Japanese Garden. I think the hardest part was definitely not being able to use an eraser since there are various lines that I felt didn’t look all that great, but in the end I feel it adds some character to the whole process. The most difficult sketches were perhaps the 30-second ones, in which i felt that I had to get as many details in as possible, while at the same time feeling like everything I drew didn’t even remotely resemble what I was looking at. In the end though, I was actually pleased with the results. I felt that these drawings were truly mine, and unique in the sense that we all portrayed the same things in different ways. I would definitely continue sketching in the future, it was relaxing and would hopefully help me develop my drawing skills the more I practiced.

 

 

Wk 8- Classmate Conversation- Nhi Truong

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Upon arriving to the Japanese Garden, I found that most people around had already picked a partner to have the classmate conversation with, but fortunately I quickly spotted Nhi Truong already walking toward me! We are both second years, and Nhi is a pre-nursing major. She commutes from Westimster, which she admits isn’t too bad of a traffic hastle. When asked what art medium she would like to share with the world, she chose ceramics, because she thought it would be something that everyone can engage in and take a part in. We also talked about favorite flowers, and after telling her that I love the way jasmines are scented (yes, that is my name), Nhi let me know that hers where anemones, which immediately led me to think of sea anemones thanks to Finding Nemo!

When discussing how we would feel if our hypothetical child were to become an artist, we both agreed that we would be okay with this as long as they knew where they wanted to go with this, and had an organized plan and a strong motivation, since finding success as an artist isn’t always easy, and requires a strong drive and persistence. When we compared the first page of our phone apps, we most notably see a difference in the layout since I have an iPhone, and Nhi has an Android phone. Interestingly enough, we both had two text messages waiting for us to finish our class mate conversation. I enjoyed meeting Nhi, and am glad I had the chance to interview her.

Find out more about her on her page:

https://nhitruongg.wordpress.com

Wk 7- Artist Conversation- Dulce Soledad Ibarra

Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra

Exhibition: Manos de Oro

Media: Video/ Sculpture

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max Gatov Gallery East

Website: dulcesoledadibarra.com

Instagram: N/A

About the Artist

Dulce is a senior here at CSULB, where she is currently finishing up her final year as a Bachelor in Fine Arts  student with an emphasis in sculpture. She grew up in Chino, California, where her father supported her family by working as a gardener. Although she wasn’t brought up in a particularly wealthy family, her father’s hard work as gardener for over 40 years was her inspiration for this particular exhibit. Both her father and brother have seen her exhibition and became very emotional, especially her brother.

Formal Analysis

Upon first walking into the exhibit, the first thing you notice is the video playing on the far wall, along with the music which is a song titled “Mi Viejo.” Along the wall there are various gold plated gardening tools, as well as a lawn mower that isn’t completely gold plated, but has gold plated parts. There is also a stack of grass in one of the corners, as well as roses tucked into the grass- filled sacs. In the video, you see a man who is performing gardening tasks such as cutting flowers and trimming hedges.

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Content Analysis

The video features Ibarra’s father, who has been gardening for a living most of his life, and at 70 years old, continues to do so. Ibarra let us know that the song “Mi Viejo,” which fills the exhibit with a message of an aging father who is getting closer to passing as the time goes on, is a reminder of her own father. It fills her with sadness that she will not have her father her entire life, and that although she wishes he would retire and not continue working into old age, he wishes to continue doing so in order to provide for his family. Some of the tools in the exhibit do in fact belong to her father, while some where borrowed from other gardeners. The gold plating on the tools is meant as a sort of glorification of the tools that despite being simple and not of much monetary value, are important to her and her family because of what they represent.

My Experience

When i first walked into the exhibit, I immediately though of my mother. Although she doesn’t garden for a living, she does most of the gardening in my house, from mowing, to mending the trees, and trimming the roses. When looking around the exhibit, it’s as if everything that was around the room was something that I could identify with her. Even the music that was playing, although maybe not that particular song but the genre, reminded me of songs that my mom plays around the house and that I’ve learned to appreciate. When she stated that she felt a deep sadness that her parents are aging I felt a connection to this statement, as I wouldn’t be able to imagine a time in which I wouldn’t have them, but will continue to appreciate them and not try to let this thought take over me.

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Wk 6- Art Experience- Flip Book

This week’s art activity was a flip book! I have seen numerous of these but never have I tried making one myself. My initial thoughts were that this was going to be fairly difficult in terms of actual making my animation move in a way that would actually look decent. I chose to make my flip book on the growth of a flower, and started off from just a landscape of dirt, leading up to a full-grown flower. At first it was a bit difficult flipping through the various pages since I would accidentally flip past some, but after arraigning the papers in a way that each one would stick out a bit under the other, I was able to seamlessly flip through. By doing this activity, it really gave me a sort of appreciation for animations, as this is a way to create them and was more commonly used by earlier animators.

 

 

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Wk 6-Artist Conversation- Blaine Scot Prow

Artist: Blaine Scot Prow

Exhibition: Exctrusions

Media: Bristol on Foamcore

Gallery: CSULB, School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Website: N/A

Instagram: @tiffuts

About the Artist

Blaine is currently a CSULB senior working on his Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Studio Arts. His preferred media form is graphic design, which he uses in a lot of his work, and while he told us his most used art form, he let us know that he absolutely despises painting, and inclusively saluted anyone who may be an art student with that particular emphasis. Blaine is currently working on his artist portfolio, which he hopes to impress possible employers with, particularly those that deal with graphic design.

Formal Analysis

When you first walk into the gallery, you see several pictures hanging all around the walls, but upon taking a second look, you can see that these are in fact 3-D creations. The backdrop of the image is a white canvas, and on the canvas is a black shaded in shape. Above that shape, there is another shape, but this time it is rising above the picture to create a more sculpturesque appearance, as opposed to just a flat surface. The lighting in the room, and the structure of the shape allows for shadows to form as well, which contributes to the geometric structures of the work.

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Content Analysis

When asked on whether the specific shapes used were of any meaning, or sparked any particular feeling n him, Blaine responded that there is no specific reason for them, he simply “did it for himself.” He has always been interested in geometry and architectural aspects, so he wanted to create something that featured all those shapes commonly found in geometry. According to his artist statement, the idea behind “Extrusions,” stems from the act of cutting and folding paper into geometric shapes, which is a “unique way to showcase the transition from a two-dimensional shape to a three-dimensional shape.”

My Experience

Geometric shapes and structures aren’t something I usually think about. This exhibit really emphasizes the art that can be found all around us in the different basics shapes that make up pretty much everything in our surroundings. The clean lines and points at which they meet are the center of this exhibition, but aside from being something only found in an art gallery, they are some of the simplest every-day structures found.

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Wk 5- Art Experience- Graffiti Writing

This week’s project, graffiti writing, is something that is completely new to me. I have never used a spray paint can before, and the closest thing to it that I can probably even compare it to is a can of air freshener. Considering I was unable to go to Venice Beach due to time constraints, I set up my own graffiti art studio in my back yard. I was able to get some cardboard they were going to throw out from my job, and set out to have my first spray-painting experience. I was a bit afraid to say the least when i first pressed down on the spray can, and after finally building up the courage to do so, I realized the can was jammed. It took me a while to realize that you have to take out a small washer that’s under the nozzle, but after the technical difficulty I was able to spray my first letter…and it was bad. I guess I didn’t shake the can enough and out came an oily substance instead of paint. After learning from my mistakes I was finally able to spray paint my name, and despite it appearing easy when watching someone else do it, I would say i have a very long way to go before perfecting my graffiti writing skills.

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Wk 5- Artist Conversation- Jane Weibel

Artist: Jane Weibel

Exhibition: Psycho Cycle

Media: Ceramics/ Sculpture/ Photography

Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery East

Website: janeweibel.com

Instagram: janemargarette

About the Artist

Jane is a recent 2016 CSULB graduate where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics, and is currently taking on the grad-school application process with hopes on pursuing her higher education at UCLA. When it comes to hobbies, Jane enjoys going to escape room and indulging in Filipino food, and while on the topic, it is notable to mention that this culture has played a particular role in her upbringing seeing as she is half Filipino. She was first introduced to ceramics through a class she took, and later found it to be a passion of hers.

Formal Analysis

The first thing that catches your eye when coming face to face with the exhibit are the vibrant colors used throughout all the pieces. One piece in particular, towering over both the other pieces and the viewers, attracts the most attention because of its size and use of vibrant colors. It is basically a giant cage, made up of numerous pieces of square-shaped plastic, and at the top you can see that it is being held up with the help of strings attached to the ceiling. Around the room, you can also see various pictures of women interacting with ceramic rock sculptures in different ways throughout the exhibit. In one, there is a picture of two women placed in a sanwhiched position between a representative flame below it, and a handing rock above it. There are various other pieces that give the sensation of women being “crushed” under rocks, as well as a photographic set depicting a sort of time-lapse of women picking up rocks.

Content Analysis

Jane revealed that her use of rocks throughout her exhibit was meant to represent the weight women carry around with them, that weight being societie’s expectations for how women should behave, dress, speak, and pretty much any other cultural boundary the viewer may think of when picturing the norms women are expected to live by. The eye-catching cage is there to remind of us the figurative enclosure women are kept in in order to make sure they don’t out-step their boundaries. The cage is made up of plastic mass- produced objects that can be perhaps found all throughout the country, if not the world, just as societies expectations of domestic behavior and a more passive character can be found through different cultures and societies. When asked about what specific boundaries these may be, Jane simply put it as being up to the viewer to decide that, as she considers it open for interpretation by each viewer.

My Experience

I found Jane Weibel’s “Psycho Cycle,” exhibit to be very thought provoking because just as the exhibition looked at the ideas of how women feel enclosed in expectations of what they should be, I felt as though I could definitely identify with this idea. We are constantly being told by the media that we should act a certain way, that we should behave a certain way, and that we should expect to be treated a certain way depending on whether or not we fit these requirements to exist as a woman it today’s society. The fact that this exhibit is something that numerous women can identify with only goes to show just how real these expectations are, and how they play a role in our daily lives.

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