Artist: Nancy Young
Exhibition: As the Crows Flies
Media: Drawing and Printing
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
About the Artist: Nancy is currently a graduate student who is looking forward to finally getting her degree in printing. Nancy had issues when she was younger with substance abuse and as a result she had to drop out of school from CSULB, but eventually through support from her family she was able to get back on her feet. She then decided to follow her dreams in printing sketches. At first it was difficult because printing is not easy to come by unless you have connections. Since printing required expensive machines, it was ideal to know someone with access to printing machines. Nancy finds her way going back to school and taking classes on printing. Through the art program she was able to get access to printing machines and was finally able to print her drawings. Her art is a manifestation of her hardships she experienced through her life. Nancy had also lost her husband.
Formal Analysis: Just from glancing at the art drawings, they contain a simplistic vibe to it. Color is plain and singular, all three pieces are drawn and colored with black. Also all three are drawn as a crow realistically, meaning that they resemble a crow in real life. The main difference from the three is that they’re drawn from different perspectives: two are drawn only from the head, and the other is drawn from the entire body. The lines and shape are also drawn in a realistic fashion, these pieces are design to represent a crow.
Content Analysis: What Nancy wanted convey in her drawings is that no matter how hard life gets, you can get up and keep moving forward to follow your dreams. The crow is a perfect representation of portraying the hardships we all experience in our lives. However, what the crow can also do is fly like other birds. Flying can be symbolized as hope because soaring through the sky is viewed as good fortune. She wanted to show her audience that life is full of difficult times, but that does not mean you have to abandon your dreams.
My Experience/ Synthesis: My overall experience was a good one for our last artist experience. I learned that meaningful messages can be displayed through simple art. Nancy’s issues were manifested perfectly in her art to which I was able to visualize. Although, I was only able to visualize it because she explained her story to us. With the provided context, her art stood out to me in a meaningful message about life.
Tiffany is currently a freshman who is working towards to get her degree in psychology. Tiffany decided to take this class because she had heard that is was relatively easy. Since it was her second semester, she wanted to take it easy. Her favorite type of music is pop music, and she specifically enjoys John Mayor. The reason why she likes John is because she finds his lyrics inspirational. One of her all time favorite T.V. shows is Friends, and she re watched every episode about ten times. On her free time she loves to hang out with friends and watch movies. The reason why she decided to major in psychology is because she thought it was fun, and so far it is. Her favorite activity s o far was the corpse one. The reason why was because it was the easiest one there was.
I really enjoyed this weeks art experience a lot. The reason why was because we were in charge in creating art through both pictures and drawing. I really enjoy this because I’m not a good drawer nor do I like drawing, however I do like taking pictures. Even though I’m not a big fan in drawing, it kind of grew on me during this week. I felt invested and meaningful to recreate my photos through sketching. Its like I’m able to create the image I captured through my phone. For my photos I took three realistic and three abstract. For the realistic photos, I took any pictured that looked good relative to scenery. However, I did find it difficult to take the abstract photos. I couldn’t make photos look abstract on my phone, so I decided to take up close pictures that resemble abstract. I felt it looked abstract because it didn’t have any context, meaning that it is difficult to interpret because of the up close shot. The drawings took me awhile to actually enjoy because of my bias towards it. I didn’t start to enjoy it after the second image I recreated. At first I wasn’t really trying to be accurate then after the second one, I wanted to be as accurate as possible. But my skills in drawing obviously prevent me from reaching that realism. The abstract drawing was also a blast for me. I found it entertaining to draw whatever came to my mind, I also tried to remain some what close to the original photos for my abstract, but with different objects.
Overall I enjoyed this weeks art experience, specifically gathering up all the stuff I wanted to send. The person I’m going to send this to is Enrique, however I did not search up information about him. the reason why I decided not to was because I didn’t want to send him stuff that he might anticipate. He knows what he likes and he must have mentioned it through his website. Instead I wanted to send him stuff that either impacted me or meant something to me in the past. For example, the watch there was one of the first ones I had back when I was in high school. It didn’t really I have a special meaning to me except to tell time, and I stopped using it after it stopped working. The medallion and little dinosaur was something i won at a vending machine, which took me a while to get. The manga I concluded is one of my favorite series to read, I thought maybe he’ll enjoy reading it like I did. It felt exciting and fresh to gather a bunch of stuff that represented me to send to another person. What I hope for Enrique is to learn a little bit about me without having to meet me directly.
Artist: Nick Bamford
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
Website: No Website
About the artist: Nick is a senior this semester and is currently working on getting his bachelors in art. Nick has always been into art, but he didn’t think about it as a career until he took ceramics in high school. After that class he knew then and there that he wanted to make art his top priority both in recreational and education. His inspiration comes from the scale of other artist’s art, which basically means that he finds his inspiration in art that has depth. Nicks main focus or idea in his art is to take items that are completely different from each in terms of function, and combing them together to create a whole new context.
Formal Analysis: Just from glancing at the art piece, what really stands out is its shape. The piece has different types of items attach to it such as a parrot, shopping cart, pistol, chains, violin, lights, a shoe, ceramics and drawings. With all these types of items attached to the piece make it seem unstable, which can symbolize chaos. What supports this idea about chaos is the ceramics which look like it is realistically drooping down the art, forming a puddle with the pistol stuck to it. The drooping ceramic seems to represent blood due to how thick it is. The colors also seem to symbolize unsteadiness as well due to the inconsistency in colors. The art itself has multiple of colors coming from the art piece.
Content Analysis: Nick’s idea about creating a whole new context out of other items is perfectly executed in this art piece. He did a good job in gathering the different pieces and combining them to look uniformly. It is ideal to make them look uniformly so that it creates that specific context. The underlying message in his art is that violence happens regardless of where or how you live. What supports this message is that on the top of his sculpture he contains items that are usually possessed or used in suburban neighborhoods. At the bottom, that is when the message of violence seems to occur because of the representation of the blood and the gun implanted into it.
Synthesis/ My experience: Overall I enjoyed having a conversation with Nick about his art. What I really learned from his style was that different interpretations came from viewing his art. The reason why I came to this conclusion was because he never explicitly gave the message of his art piece. He just said that he added different pieces to create a new context. Perhaps the reason why he did this was so that his audience are left to create their own unique message from the piece.
Jayson decided to take this class because a friend recommended it to him, and so far he is enjoying it. He likes all types of music and enjoys to listen to them all, but if he had to choose one type of music to listen for eternity it would be hip hop. The reason why he would;d choose hip hop is because he loves the sick beats and that is the only music he can actually dance to. His favorite TV show is flash because when he was a child he loved to watch the animated version. Now that they make in live action, he can get back into one of his favorite child hood shows. Currently he is majoring in athletics, and the reason why is because he is a big fan of sports. He [played almost all types of sports when he was in high school and he looked up to the coaches that helped to get him better. That inspired him to major in athletics so that he can eventually be a inspiration to others. On his free time he likes to play volley ball and basketball with friends. One of his all time favorite movies is the longest yard because he is a huge Adam Sandler fan.
This weeks art experience was the most frustrating and confusing one we had so far. What made it confusing and frustrating was the app, for which I found difficult to operate. I couldn’t figure out how to place my own cache or look up coordinates, and it also repeatedly kept bombarding me messages to join premium. The app itself was the reason why this week art experience was the worst one. Although, I did manage to figure out how to complete this project. Peter and I figured out another alternative to hide our caches and locate them. Instead of creating our own coordinates we used other people’s cache coordinates that were already found. The hint that we gave each other were the descriptions of the cache. Creating my cache was actually enjoyable, I found it interesting in putting random stuff into my cache. The location was difficult because I couldn’t settle on one place. I kept going to place to place thinking this was the perfect spot. Looking for Peter’s cache proved to be difficult as well, looking for his took me a while. However, when I found it, it felt satisfying that I was able to go out and look for something that I have no clue to what it looks like. It was short of a small adventure to go out and look for the cache. It was also exciting to open his because I had know idea to what I was going to find.
Artist: Tiffany Le
Media: Paper and ink
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
About the Artist: Tiffany was born and raised in Gardner Grove California, then moved down to Long Beach to go to school for CSULB. She has been into art since the age of three, which she started out copying images. She is in her final semester and is currently working to get her masters in art. Her art conveys her parents journey from Vietnam to America. It’s basically a narrative of their hardships and struggle of the journey, which Tiffany felt that it was ideal to tell through her art. Tiffany also expressed her thoughts of the current school system to which doesn’t explain the large amount of refugees that came to the U.S. from Vietnam. It bothers her because her parents explained how it was a struggle and that many died trying to get to the U.S.
Formal Analysis: Just from glancing at the sculpture, it is apparent that paper is the dominating material in it. The base contains the largest piece, it also has the largest boat made out of paper. All the boats are made similar such as the form with some exceptions such as the size. This is probably done to show that all who attempted to escape from Vietnam to the U.S. went through the same struggles. There are two materials that stand out from the paper, which are the lighting and drawing. The drawing seems to resemble water, but is drawn in a vortex to symbolize no escape. Perhaps she wanted to show that for those who made it would never forget what they went through. Some of the smaller boats also seem to have drawing on them as well. It is probably done to convey those who actually made it, and those without the lights are the ones that perished.
Content Analysis: When Tiffany explained her fathers struggle to the U.S, it helped give context for her sculpture. It helped me visualize what she was describing into her art. She did a fantastic job in creating that narrative of her fathers journey. I can’t possibly understand how frustrated she is that this event was not explained in history books. It is obvious by both her explanation and art of the horrific event that she wants people to know of it.
Synthesis/ My experience: This has to be one of my favorite and most knowledgeable artist conversations had so far for this entire semester. The Vietnam war in class would never elaborate on the the large amounts of refugees that fled to the U.S. I felt that Tiffany was completely different compared to other artist we seen so far. She attempted and succeeded in creating a narrative of the Vietnamese that traveled to the U.S. Tiffany conveyed a journey that I can visually see through her art.
Tiffany is currently a first year student at CSULB, and is pursuing her major in journalism. She decided on that major because she is fascinated in English, there is something about writing that brings the best out of her. She is also really into reporting and her dream job is to work with one of the major magazine companies. Tiffany is also minoring in event planing because she really likes to be organize and plan events. She hopes that she can find a job in the future that compliments both her major and minor. Her favorite art project was the spray painting one because she went all the way to the beach for the extra credit. It was actually her first time going to that beach because she is originally from Cindy Valley. For her free time she likes to hang out with friends, watch movies, and travel. Also one of her hobbies is to take photographs. The reason why she chose this class was because it her roommate recommended it to her. Her favorite TV show to watch is the office and breaking bad,while her favorite band is 1975.
I think we can document experiences like Turning pages through pictures and conversing about that experience. Words can capture the experience by allowing the speaker to tell it through their perspective. That way the audience gets to create the experience through the speakers own view. Pictures can allow us to create our own personal view of the experience captured. For example, the turning pages photos may seem fun to some people, but for other it may seem dull and a waste of time. The type of words used are important because it allows audience to accurately paint the image in their head precisely. The type of photo also matters because depending on the photo it can be a accurate representation of the entire experience. Another way to share this experience is by recording it with both audio and video. That way people can get the view of everyone in the video. I believe that that trying to capture a experience can never fulfill that actual moment. The reason why is because we can’t show everything that is going on such as other people, the environment, and other interactions. The experience for both the bookstore and the library was different. I felt that I couldn’t really show my emotions in the library because the inability to take a photo. I felt that this activity was the least of my favorites, I felt that it didn’t require any creativity like other activities in the past. No, I don’t have any insights in any education or books.