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Wk 11-Art Experience-Turning Pages

“Can words and pictures capture an experience?” For me, this question is probably the most interesting because I find myself thinking about this often. Personally, I think it is possible to be able to capture an experience through words and pictures but never to the same extent as the experience was itself. For example, when something really funny happens and you’re there in person, you could be on the floor from laughter. However, if you were to try and tell an outsider what exactly went on, they could just look at you like you’re crazy and say it wasn’t funny at all. And I know almost everyone knows what I’m talking about here.

As far as the experience for this activity, I thought it was good for the class because it was something different than we usually do every Thursday. It also gave us the opportunity to look at places on campus differently than the ways we typically do. As far as not taking pictures in the library, I actually really liked it because it gave me an opportunity to not be on my phone and take in the experience with the class. I thought it was really crazy how everyone in the library kept looking at us and how we almost got kicked out. It was pretty cool being “rule breakers” but it was okay because it was technically a class activity. When we went over to the bookstore and were able to take pictures I noticed I wasn’t really focusing on the task at hand,  but instead trying to get enough pictures for this blog post. So overall, I preferred not taking pictures because I was able to watch the environment more closely and absorb the activity at hand.


Wk 10-Classmate Conversation-Breezy Hastie

For this week’s classmate conversation, I had the pleasure of getting to know Breezy a little bit better. Breezy is currently a second year here at Long Beach State and is majoring in fashion merchandizing. Originally, Breezy is from Los Alamitos and commutes to school everyday. She chose Long Beach because she wanted to be in a sorority and her parents wanted her living at home if that’s the decision she made. So she did, and she’s in Delta Gamma! Her favorite thing about going to school in Long Beach is the greek system because its so small and everyone seems to know everyone no matter what house you’re in. An interesting fact about Breezy is that she has three extra ribs, one extra on each side and one going up towards her collarbone. Overall, I really like talking to Breezy and I hope I can get to know her a little bit more as the semester continues.

Breezy Hastie:

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Wk 1o-Art Experience-Instagram

This week’s art experience was something that I’m pretty sure almost the whole class uses, Instagram. For myself, this art experience was fairly easy because I take a lot of pictures throughout the day so all I had to do extra was post them and use the hashtag. The first picture I took was before my 8 A.M class in my car. I’m in love with my car so I had to make sure she made my post. The next picture was taken after my Organic Chemistry class with my backpack and notes. The third photo was myself and my three friends in Art 110! All of us had on different styles of Nikes so we decided to take an artsy picture of them. And lastly, the final picture is a selfie of myself and my close friend Annie after Art when we were waiting for out next class to start! Overall, I really liked this art experience because it was pretty easy but fun at the same time.

Wk 10-Artist Conversation-Helen Werner Cox

Artist: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: Silent Screams

Media: Woodcarving, Oil Paint, Pastel, Monoprints, Water Based Materials

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West


Instagram: N/A

About the Artist:

For this week’s artist conversation, the class had the pleasure of meeting Helen Werner Cox. Helen is currently a graduate student here at CSULB and for her Masters of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting Figurative. Originally, she is from Ithaca, New York until the age of 18. She eventually moved to California because the weather on the East Coast drove her to do so. She said that she could’t take all the rain and snow much longer and needed a change in scenery. Besides art, Helen takes care of her garden at home and really enjoys reading. She even carries a book around with her just in case she has any new ideas, she can sketch them down and get back to them later. For Helen’s exhibition, Silent Screams, her work explores the idea that when you’re looking at a carousel, the horses look like they’re screaming but no noise is coming out.

Formal Analysis:

As stated above, Helen’s work shows the horses on a carousel and how they look like they’re screaming but you just can’t hear them. So, in most of her work, she just sat down and would sketch a bunch of different carousel’s that she would go and see. Most of the materials used in the pieces were oils, pastels, print making, and for some, wood cravings. The nature of the lines were very precise, and I would even say jagged. The color scheme consists mostly of light and cool, like blues and oranges.

Content Analysis:

Before speaking to Helen, I was pretty confused as to why there were so many pieces with carousels, but she made it very clear as to why there were. Helen really loves antique carousels and will go visit them everywhere and get ideas from all of them to make a piece out of them. I really liked the idea of Silent Screams because before she mentioned the way the horses looked, I had never thought about it before. She really opened my eyes in that way and now overtime I see a carousel I’m going to think of her artwork.

My Experience:

My favorite piece from the entire exhibit was the blue one in the very back. For this piece, Helen sat on the carousel while it was on and sketched it for over four hours! That’s why it has the sense that it looked like it was in motion. So far, Helen was my favorite artist to talk to because she had such a passion for what she does and I think that it’s so important to love what you do. I’m inspired by her and her work to go out and do what you want to do with you’re life and to enjoy every second of it. Overall, I’m so happy I was able to meet Helen and get to know her more as a person.

Wk 9-Artist Conversation-Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Artist: Sean Joy

Exhibition: All Work All Play

Media: Metals (Silver and Copper)

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery

Website: N/A

Instagram: No art instagram and didn’t want to share personal instagram

About the Artist

Sean is a part of the CSULB School of Art’s metal program, and is currently working on her BFA. This was her first art show here at Long Beach State, where she is currently an undergrad and in her last semester! Originally, Sean is from Los Angeles but is currently living in Long Beach. Outside of art, Sean loves cats, reading, and even some gaming when she gets the opportunity. An interesting fact about her is she applied to Long Beach for creative writing, but after attending SOAR, she instantly changed her mind to studio art. However, it took her two years to decide that she wanted to go into metals instead of drawing and painting because it was something new she’s never done before. Also, Sean likes to put her humor into her artwork as much as she can.

Formal Analysis

In terms of media, Sean uses metals such as copper and silver. When first looking at her artwork as a whole, I didn’t see much correlation between them all. Each piece was very different from the next, and they all stood out on their own. Most of the artwork was very smooth in texture and very well executed. In terms of color, Sean didn’t want to add any extra color to her metals, so she kept it basic with the copper and silver.

Content Analysis

When speaking to Sean, it was very obvious that patience and perseverance where her big focuses when creating her exhibit. She said that in order to succeed in her kind of work, you must be patient, which I think applies to a lot of majors here at Long Beach. Sean also does that the materials she uses can be perfected into whatever she wants them to be or whatever she’s feeling in the moment. When talking about her artwork, she said that she was extremely happy that she worked and played hard!

My Experience

Overall, I really enjoyed looking at Sean’s work. It was very different from anything else I’ve seen thus far.  Besides the art, what really struck me the most was when she talked about how important patience and perseverance was in her path. When she started speaking about this, I immediately connected. Being a Chemistry major, it’s very hard to understand all the concepts on the first try. It takes so  much practice and perseverance to understand it and get it right. So even though Sean and I have completely different majors, there’s still that connection between the two.

Wk 9-Classmate Conversation-Sean Hernandez

This week I had the pleasure of meeting Sean Hernandez! To our surprise we both live in Buena Park and commute to school everyday. Although Sean now lives in Buena Park, his hometown is Los Alamitos and attended Los Alamitos High School. His current major is Economics here at Long Beach State. An interesting fact about Sean is that he used to be really good at baseball back in high school but he claims that he’s no longer as good as he used to be. Some of Sean’s hobbies include golf, running, and he’s in a fraternity at Long Beach! Also, his favorite sports teams include the Angels and the Chargers. Overall, I had a really nice time talking to Sean and I hope to get to know him more by the end of the semester!

Sean Hernandez:


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Ava was born into royalty on Moonbase Alpha. She was given whatever she wanted whenever she wanted it. By the time she was 15, she was crowned Queen due to the death of her mother. However, Ava hated being Queen and ran away to escape all of her duties. With all of her time off, she learns all about chemistry and how to manipulate chemicals and make medicine. She perfects her craft and eventually is able to construct super powers for people to buy. She eventually makes millions and pursues the path she fell in love with.

Three people she sold her powers to:

Wk 8-Art Experience-Automatic Drawing

For this week’s art experience, we had to use the idea of automatic drawing. When talking about it in class, I had a hard time understanding the concept of this idea. However, when I actually did the experience, it was a little bit more clear. My sister, Alissa, was a great partner and volunteered to do it with me. When we first started, nothing really happened and the pen did not move what so ever. However, the more we relaxed, it was easier for the pen to move and create what it did. Overall, this wasn’t one of my favorite art experience but it was an experience none the less.

Wk 8-Artist Conversation-Bri Joy

Artist: Bri Joy

Exhibition: Merge

Media: Screen Printing

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East

Website: N/A


About the Artist

Brianna Joy is currently an undergraduate student at Long Beach State and is pursuing her BFA an is expected to graduate this upcoming year. Bri originally went to Orange Coast College, but has transferred to LBSU in order to obtain her degree. Growing up, she is from a very small town and transferring to Long Beach has been a drastic change for her, but says it has had a huge impact on her artwork. Besides art, Bri’s hobbies include sports, yoga, surfing, snowboarding, hiking,and skateboarding. She states that most of her hobbies come from what she experienced as a child, growing up with no cell phone service and living in such a small town.

Formal Analysis

Overall, Bri’s primary use of art consists of screen printing. When looking at her work, it has a very visual quality, the type of art you keep looking at to figure out what it’s all about. In some of her pieces, the nature of the line is very windy and crazy, but in some of her others, they are very straight and jagged. In all of Bri’s pieces, there is no color, just purely black and white.

Content Analysis

After speaking with Bri, it was very obvious that she really cared about her work and put a lot of time and money into each piece. When asking her what her work explored, she was very adamant that her art merges the organic and digital worlds, which are two completely different things. Hence, the title of the exhibition, Merge. Bri stated that these two components represent how she is as a person today. The organic component is the part of her that grew up in a small town, and the present is the industrial city she now lives in, which is the digital aspect.

My Experience

Overall, I really enjoyed looking at Bri’s exhibition and getting to know her better. I think the idea that her artwork represents resides with a lot of people because so many people move from one area to another and have to adjust to all the changes. For me personally, I’ve lived in Southern California my whole life and coming to Long Beach is only 20 minutes from my house, so I can’t relate to the huge change that she discusses. However, even though I personally couldn’t relate to her story, I did really enjoy her artwork and I can’t wait to see what else she produces in the future.

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