This week’s art experience was by far my favorite thus far! My guide for the walk was Maddy Braverman and I thought that she did an outstanding job. She made sure the whole group was included when leaving one place and going to the next, and she made sure to have conversations with all of us and was really fun to listen to. To start off, we walked to the CSULB art sculpture made of bushes, which I’ve never seen up close before so I thought that was really interesting. From there, instead of walking all the way to the Japanese Gardens, our group decided to take the school bus over there (which probably took us just as long as walking would have). Then, we had a nice time looking around the Japanese Gardens, which I have not also seen. Definitely a very beautiful place and will probably be making more stops there in the future. And lastly, we headed towards the pyramid. I’m literally always at the pyramid because I cheer for Long Beach so I was well aware of where it was and what goes on inside of it. However, it was great to see it as a class and to get a super fun picture of Annie in front of it! Overall, I really enjoyed the photowalk and was able to see a bunch of new things I’ve never seen at CSULB.
For this week’s art experience, I decided to choose couture out of the three options. So, I went to the thrift store and tried on some things that I usually wouldn’t pick out for myself. Usually, I’m either in athletic attire or pants and a basic shirt. However, when I went thrifting I decided to pick out some dresses that I probably wouldn’t try on on a regular basis. To my surprise I actually really liked one of the dresses and bought it! I really enjoyed this art experience because it broke me out of my shell and forced me to do things I wouldn’t do on my own. It was definitely a new experience and I plan to continue doing it in the future!
For this week’s classmate conversation, I had the pleasure of meeting Annie Ronning. I had the chance to meet Annie through a mutual friend in the class, but I never got an opportunity to get to know her better. Her current major is athletic training and she hopes to eventually be an athletic trainer for a sports team after graduation. In her free time, Annie likes to snowboard, hike, walk her dog, watch Netflix, and go to the beach. Her pet peeves include people shuffling their feet, excessively biting on silverware, and when people walk without a purpose. Some more interesting facts about Annie is she’s originally from the Bay Area, she loves the color turquoise, and she just recently went through recruitment for Delta Gamma! Overall, Annie is an amazing girl and I can’t wait to get to know her more!
Annie Ronning: https://annieronning.wordpress.com
Artist: Krystal Ramirez
Exhibition: Fuse: Join to Form A Single Entity
Gallery: CSULB School of Art Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist
This week I had the pleasure of meeting Krystal Ramirez. Krystal is currently an undergraduate student at Cal State Long Beach and is in the department of 3D Media with a specification of metal. She’s a transfer student and has been at Long Beach for two years. Her interests besides art include thrifting and she loves DIY projects. Krystal has a drawing and painting background and she uses that as a base for inspiration to create a lot of her pieces. She draws from her drawing techniques in order to make most of her art. She’s really big into focusing on movement, linear form, and functional objects. When asking her why she chose metal, she didn’t really have a specific answer. She told us that she was just drawn to it and she’s fallen in love with it ever since. After graduation, she’s not 100% sure what she wants to do. However, she did say if she couldn’t get fully into what she’s doing now, she wants to come back to Long Beach for industrial design, but she still wants to use metal as her preferred form of expression.
The one piece I focused mostly on was the salt and pepper shakers that Krystal had made. When first looking at them, I just thought they were a piece of art with no specific purpose, but once I looked more closely, I saw the holes at the top and realized it served a purpose. The media that Krystal used for this piece was strictly metal only. The nature of the piece was arched with curved edges to give it a different look than your typical salt and pepper shakers. The texture appeared to be relatively smooth and it had a nice shine to them.
From looking at the piece, and talking to Krystal, it was apparent what she was going for. When talking to her, she was persistent to say that metal was her primary medium that she always works with and that’s exactly what her piece showed. She also said she liked focusing on functional objects, and that’s exactly what she made with the salt and pepper shakers. It was obvious that Krystal had a clear idea of where she wanted to go and exhibits that through her artwork.
For myself, this exhibit was very overwhelming because there were so many different artists and pieces all throughout the room. However, with that being said, Krystal was the most relatable artist I’ve talked to thus far this semester. It was really easy to talk to her and ask her a bunch of questions about her art. I was really impressed with her art and wouldn’t even mind having her piece in my house. I really enjoyed how she focuses on art that you can use in your everyday life. Overall, I really enjoyed Krystal and her artwork.
This week’s art experience had to be the hardest one for me, by far. When it comes to drawing or using my hands for artistic reasons, I’ve always seemed to struggle. However, even though my piece didn’t come out exactly perfect, it came out a lot better than I had ever expected. The colors I chose were black and yellow, because Long Beach State is the best (obviously). But anyways, I had fun with this piece and hopefully one day I’ll be able to try it out again but on a larger scale in Venice! (oh, and my cute little pitbull wanted to be in the picture too)
This week I had the pleasure of getting to know Jamie Filosa. Her current major right now is sociology and she’s pretty undecided on what profession she wants to go into after college. When speaking to her more personally, she’s obsessed with Pirates of the Caribbean, Disneyland, and if she had to pick a place to die, it would be at Disneyland! Her hobbies include going to the beach, and watching Netflix, where she’s obsessed with watching Criminal Minds and SVU. Also, one of her pet peeves is when people bail out on her last minute. And lastly, one interesting fact about Jamie is she grew up in Connecticut and moved to California in middle school. And she used to have a New York accent but she doesn’t anymore. Overall, I really enjoyed getting to know Jamie more and she’s a super fun and nice person to be around!
Jamie Filosa: https://jamiefilosa.wordpress.com
Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsy and Ideals
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
About the Artist
The wonderful artist we got to meet this week was Samuel Jernigan! Samuel is originally from the Bay Area and he just recently graduated from Cal State University Long Beach in the fall of 2015 with a major in Ceramics. His work explores the idea of alienation, belonging, and contradiction, and when speaking to him he referred to his pieces as “big toys”. Some interesting information I found out about Samuel was that he can spend up to 16 hours in his studio working on his pieces a day, he loves comics, chocolate donuts, and riding his bike. Also, Samuel noticed he barely went home, so he just lived in his car for 3 years!
When walking through Samuel’s exhibit, all of his pieces are sculptures with inspiration coming from toys. The primary media used is always ceramics but he will occasionally use wood, steel, and even paint. Samuel’s work all gave off a sense of smooth lines that seemed to have a soft texture if I were to touch it. Also, it was obvious that all the coloring done on each of the pieces was not perfectly done in order to give off that “big toy” type feeling.
All of Samuel’s pieces came from the inspiration of toys and childhood memories. His themes for his work are alienation and belonging, which can bring up multiple emotions, which Samuel mentioned when speaking to him. He mentioned several times that he wanted to express this idea that everyone has several feelings about something and it’s not always a fixed feeling. He also mentioned that many of his pieces can be put together to form a new piece, but because they can also live as separates, there are so many different ideas that could be explored.
When walking through Samuel’s exhibit, so much of his artwork caught my attention. Most of the pieces brought me back to my childhood and reminded me of some of the things I used to see as a kid. For example, the fish reminded me from something from Dr. Seuss, and the rings reminded me of the stack of rings every little kid owns at one point, and the one with the long legs and the cookie reminded me of the cookie monster. This exhibit made me feel like a kid, and I absolutely loved it. His artwork made me realize that toys and other things can be abandoned and eventually be someone else’s artwork. Samuel’s exhibit was definitely one to remember!
For this week’s art experience we had to deal with Snapchat, which I was extremely excited about. What I like so much about Snapchat is there’s so many different things you can do to edit your photo. For example, you can add filters, geo-tags, emojis, and even draw right on the picture! This art experience is probably the most relevant to the students thus far because I’m sure most of the class uses snapchat on a daily basis to communicate with friends or just to watch each other’s snap stories. The first two pictures shown below are mine. The first one is me as an astronaut and the other is one of Joshua Vasquez’s pieces with a little extra added on. The third photo was made by Annie Ronning and its a surfer riding a nice wave. And last but not least is Haley Anderson drawn as a good-looking chola. Hope you enjoy these snaps as much as me!
I was actually able to meet Haley before beginning Art 110, but I thought this would be a really good experience to get to know more about her passions and things I already didn’t know about her. Haley is currently a second year at Cal State Long Beach. She is a pre-nursing major and with this, she eventually wants to become a pediatric nurse practitioner. Something I found extremely interesting about Haley is that she became a certified cake decorator by taking a class at a near-by Joann’s. So if I need a cake frosted, I have a girl to go to! Haley’s biggest pet peeve is when someone is giving a speech and their mouth gets really dry and they have to keep clicking their mouth to search for saliva. However, when getting to know Haley a little bit more in this short amount of time, I’ve realized how great of a person she has and blessed with an amazing personality. Can’t wait to see what other relationships form this semester!
Haley Anderson: https://haleyandersonsite.wordpress.com