This week’s activity had me a little stumped. It was hard for me to try and come up with something that I could make and hang up in my room. First off, I’m not all that creative and second of all, I didn’t want to go out to buy materials because I felt like that would be a waste of money so I searched around my house for materials that I might be able to use. Luckily, when I was younger I used to do a lot of scrap booking with my mom and different sorts of arts and crafts so I found a lot of leftover materials that I could possibly use. But the hard part was trying to figure out how I could piece them together to create something.
To be completely honest all the materials seemed very scattered and I couldn’t come up with a creative way to tie them all together. So I sort of just smacked some things together that I could tie and hang. I found some large flower beads and these straps of leather that had little holders already attached to the top so this made it easy to connect everything with the use of string and a tiny metal bar. It was sort of hard to balance out the metal bar on the bottom that held the straps of leather together because the straps of leather kept sliding around in different directions.
Overall this activity was slightly difficult but I still managed to pull something together. I like that this activity forced me to use some creativity and forced me to try and take what I had in front of me and somehow relate them together.
Kathy Yoon is a ceramics major at Cal State Long Beach and is currently a third year. She’s been in the ceramics department for three years. Kathy made her artworks out of clay and from the process of ceramics. Each individual piece took about 2 weeks to make. She states that she’s always enjoyed drawing as a kid but was never really introduced to ceramics until college.
Kathy states that the inspiration behind this art gallery was from a character that she came up with and has been doodling about for the past year. The different sculptures are an array of different emotions and little people that each represent something different. According to Kathy, the sculpture that is holding the heart balloon is the best representation of herself.
In my opinion, this art gallery was particularly unique and intriguing because of how each sculpture seemed to represent a different emotion or feeling. Each sculpture seems to have its own personality and its own life and is showcasing whatever situation it’s going through by how it’s portraying its actions. Some sculptures seem happier and more carefree than others, whereas some sculptures seem to have just given up on life. The gallery contains such a variety of emotions as if the artist is trying to subtly show different events in her life.
My own personal favorite of the whole gallery was the one leaning its head against the wall. I liked that sculpture because as soon as I noticed it it made me laugh because that is an emotion I always feel whenever I’m fed up. Whenever I’m fed up with something or just feeling overwhelmed in general, one of the thoughts that goes through my head is always something like “I just want to bang my head against a wall.” It seems like such a depressing thought at first, but it’s really a half-joking thought. Although I do feel like that a lot, I don’t ever literally hit my head against a wall. Although sometimes I do punch walls.
For this week’s classmate conversation I chose to get to know Filimon Soltero. Filimon is currently a third year and is majoring in healthcare administration. He commutes to school from Compton. In his free time he enjoys hanging out with his friends and family, going out to eat, and playing sports, especially soccer. His favorite food is carne asada and says that he has a special appreciation for home made Mexican food. When asked the question of the week, Filimon answered by stating the he does believe tattoos are a form of art, however, he personally wouldn’t get one because he isn’t really a huge fan of tattoos. He says that he doesn’t really like the appearance of tattoos and probably wouldn’t get one on his own body. But he does believe that tattoos are a form of art in which people express themselves and show what they like on their own skin. On the topic of art, he started talking about how he actually really enjoys this class because he never really saw himself as the artistic type, but this class forces him to be more creative and helps him express himself in different ways that he never has before. He also likes this class because he feels like it helps him build his communication skills by having to meet and converse with new people every week.
As I walked outside the art galleries, wondering which gallery to enter first, I noticed the Marilyn Werbie gallery. It was darkly lit and I assumed it was going to be like the previous art galleries that had dim lighting, some sort of video playing or something like that. With that thought in my mind I wasn’t really interested in viewing the gallery because to be honest I didn’t really like the previous ones that I assumed it would be like. However, when I entered I was pleasantly surprised. This gallery was nothing like I expected it to be and was unlike any others I had seen.
Matthew Dumpit created an art gallery based around the movement of shadows and the images that certain object’s shadows create. His gallery displayed objects such as a metal chair made out of welded wire, little interactive figurines on the walls, and a sort of crystallized light show. The chair made from welded wire was able to pick up light and have it shine through and emphasize different aspects of the chair, to form an almost identical image of the chair on the wall. I thought that was really neat because the typical shadows that you see would just form a solid silhouette, but with the positioning of the welded wire you could actually see different dimensions of the chair. Matthew stated that this particular piece was inspired from the Victorian Era and took the inspiration from his home town in North California.
The figurines on the walls had pieces behind each model in which you could pull the lever, and it would maneuver the whole figurine to move a certain way. Once the figurines start moving, you can see how the shadows behind it replicate an image. There was one particular figurine that when moved, it looks like a bird flapping its wings. Matthew also stated that this particular piece was the hardest piece to make in the whole collection.
Another aspect of the gallery was a light that moved back and forth on top of metal sheets placed on the floor. The light shown on the metal sheets reflect a crystallized-like light onto the wall. In my opinion, the light resembled similar to what would be a water reflection, almost like the reflections of water you see inside of a pool at night time. The combination of this crystallized light and the swaying motion made me feel like the gallery was underwater on a moving boat. Matthew stated that this piece was his favorite out of the gallery, and I have to agree and say this is my favorite as well.
For this week’s classmate conversation I got to meet Miguel Lopez. Miguel is a second a year and is majoring in mechanical engineering. He enjoys pretty much any outdoor activity, going to the gym, hanging out with friends, and watching a lot of Netflix. However, favorite activity is playing soccer. Soccer has played a large role in Miguel’s life, considering the fact that he’s been playing since he was 7 years old. He said he’s attended a few soccer games throughout his life and hopes to attend more in the future. When asked the question of the week, “If you could travel to any country, where would it be and why?” he answered with Spain. He said that he would love to travel to Spain so he would watch the the soccer team, Barcelona, play live. He also says because the language barrier wouldn’t be that different and he would love the food there.
My character goes by the name of Belle Lea Bentley. Belle is a 22 year old female born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She is not in school at the moment but is interning for a well known fashion company. Belle loves anything related to fashion. She enjoys partaking backstage for fashion shows, assisting celebrity stylists in picking out clothes for their clients, and even spends time creating her own articles of clothing as well. Belle has always been a city girl since the day she was born, since she grew up in of the most well known cities around the world. She’s a typical city girl that enjoys spending her nights at rooftop bars and clubs, dancing the night away with her close girl friends and listening to good music. During the day she is constantly busy with work and building her career and connects. She aspires to one day be a well-known fashion designer and dreams of being able to showcase her work during New York fashion week.
Belle interacted with her classmate friends through Instagram and Snapchat. Belle shows her excitement for Kevin and Ian by commenting on their Instragram posts and stating how cool she thinks it is that they both went on a hike. She also got a snapchat from Ian, showing that he is skating in Portland.
As you can tell from the posts, Belle is pretty different from her friends. Belle’s friends enjoy outdoor activities and likes going on hikes and playing sports. Belle is much girlier than her guy friends and likes to do things like go shopping or getting her nails done. Even though she has different interests with her friends, she is still able to get along with almost anybody because of the fact that she is so friendly and outgoing. She loves going out to social events and meeting all sorts of different people. She especially likes to meet people that are different from her because she feels like she gets to learn more things from them rather than people who are already similar to her.
Juan Martin’s art gallery caught my attention and curiosity as soon as I stepped foot through the doors. First of all, the sculpture of the mannequin seems to weigh at least a hundred pounds, but is perfectly positioned to be able to sit comfortably on a thin piece of a mirror that stands vertically. The concrete mannequin is sculpted to accurately and look like a realistic man, well, minus the head. Another piece of Juan’s work was a sculpture of a deer sitting on the other side of the gallery. At first, coming into the gallery from the side of the door, the sculpture appears to be that of just a normal silver deer. The deer was already interesting as is but as you move on over to the other side of the deer you learn that the deer is engraved with a pattern as if the deer was cut open. The patterns make it seem like the deer is made of pixels. The opening of the deer displays many cube like formations.
Juan stated that it took him nearly 6 months to come up with the concept for this gallery alone and then another 4 weeks to actually finish the products. However, he also states that his overall idea for his show changed a lot over the course of the time. To create these products, he used a technique that includes scanning the form and using a program to alter and design a different surface on the sides. Once the file is ready, the 5 axis and it drills into the desired form. He was inspired by minimalist work from the 1960’s. He’s always been interested in art since his childhood and also has a love for figurative art and wild life.When asked what he wishes his audience could take from his gallery, he says that he doesn’t like to put an idea onto someone but would rather let the audience have their own interpretation of whatever they think it could be.