This week I had my classmate conversation with Ceasar. Ceasar and I actually have our physics lab together! However, until today we haven’t had a formal introduction.
Today I learned that Ceasar is from Carson California. I also learned that his major is Kinesiology with a focus in Exercise Science. After we talking about ourselves we chatted about how we’re doing in physics; what we struggle with and what we’re succeeding with.
I’m glad I finally had the chance to formally talk to Ceasar after an entire semester😂
Before I begin writing about the project, I would like to mention a funny irony. While writing about how liberating it was to spend a night away from my phone, it died and my post was not saved as a draft. Just another reason why I hate my technology dependency.
Going into this week’s activity I thought it was going to be a breeze because I typically go to bed around 9pm. This means that I would truthfully only have to spend 1-2 hours electricity free.
However, there were some aspects that made this project difficult. For example, I had to ensure that I finished all my assignments before the sun went down so that I would not be worried about not being able to use my computer to complete my tasks. Also, I charge my phone during this window of time so it actually died early on in the night but this made it easier to resist the temptation to use it.
Those little things aside, I really enjoyed this project. The only was to separate me from the crutch that is my phone is when its forced. This break in obsession made me feel like I was spending my time more valuably. I did some candlelit reading of a book that I have been trying to read since November 2015. (If you’re familiar with Atlas Shrugged you know why it has taken me so long). In addition, I spent some valuable, screen-free time with my boyfriend. It made it a lot easier for us to focus on each other with no distractions.
Overall, I enjoyed my electricity free night (other than being a little uncomfortably warm with out my fan on). I believe it is good for us to get away from the noise of television and social media etc. every once in a while, and get back to our roots and enjoy the simpler things.
Artist: Alice Andreini
Exhibition: NO-MANS LAND
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Alice Andreini is a student pursuing and MFA in Drawing and Painting but her path to this point is much different than the average student. She was actually teaching painting classes and she decided she wanted to take that a step further by getting her master so she can, hopefully, begin teaching at CSULB.
Alice’s work can almost be described as an altered reality. She paints landscapes with a new perspective and color scheme. Alice calls this “abstraction.”
The meaning behind her work is that’s she wanted to achieve an art form that strayed from “representation.” Alice wanted to master and be able to teach a painting style that did not involve simple replication. She wanted something that diverges from imitation and wanted to do recreation.
I enjoyed Alice’s work. I believe is was very beauty and unique. My favorite part was the color schemes she chose for each painting. They were bright and contrasting.
Artist: Sovanchan Sorn
Exhibition: this is all I remember
Media: Video, Voice recordings
Gallery Werby Gallery
This week I had the good pleasure of talking to Sovanchan Sorn (I say “talking” because it was less formal than an interview and she asked us more questions than we even asked her). Dorm is a graudating Fiber Art major. She attended a community college for about 5 years before coming to Cal State Long Beach.
The exhibition, to me, had a very serene feeling. The exhibit consisted of two hanging fiber art sculptures, a projection, and the written stories of immagrant refuges from her family. The set up was very powerful and the use of spotlights directed me to the stories on the wall.
As for the meaning, it was very clear. Sorn was illuminated the stories of those close to her because she felt it was something that needed to be brought to light. He said she was inspired by how her family always said they just wanted to move on and forget about the past but they felt it was something they could never get past.
I really enjoyed this exhibit because as soon as I walked in, I was placed in a trance. I read all the stories on the walls and was left starting at the projection on the wall while I processed what I read. I think it’s important to talk about immigration and refugees because it has become such an big part of American politics. It’s important to see the people who are directly affected by the decisions we make.
An extra little bit about talking with Sovanchan is that she was so kind. Sovanchan was more interested in hearing our stories than telling her own. This week was one of my favorite artist conversations.
This week we got to spice yo our classmate convo by speaking to two people instead of just one. After seeing hat most of the class had already paired up, Sara and I decided it would be easier for us to pair up and look for a third. Rachel came up to us and asked if we were looking for a third person to which we said “yes!”
Sara is a second year organismal bio major and a good friend of mine. We’re both currently stressing over a big midterm tomorrow.
Rachel is a second year as well. She is in the psychology program. She is originally from Long Beach and hopes to have a career as a social worker someday.
Our trio was fun and enjoyed meeting Rachel. Hopefully we will talk again before the semester ends.
Artist: Brittany Waters
Media: Ceramics, Video Installation
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
This week I spoke with the artist, Brittany Waters. She is pursuing her BFA in the sculpture program. She works in ceramics but she said she sees herself as more of a sculptor. Brittany is from Sacramento and then moved to a beach town.
Brittany sculpted the turtles and then fired them in the kiln. Each turtle took her 2-3 hours to create.
Brittany’s work was inspired by her love for the beach and nature she developed after she moved. She also wanted to start a conversation about how people are out of touch with the world. She shared with us that our beach in Long Beach had sea turtles 150 years ago.
I liked this installation because I am a Marina Biology major. So anything that draws attention to the ocean I am a fan of.
Artist: David DeSantis
Exhibition: Day Dreamer
Media: Printing, Ink, Paper
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
David DeSantis is an Undergraduate student and Senior at California State University. He is in the Printmaking Program in the School of Art and is also in the BFA Program. The inspiration for DeSantis work comes from his love of music and how music influences his artwork.
DeSantis’ media of choice is printing and ink. He like to get creative by working with different variation of ink on paper. His work is messy like splatter paint. It is loud and colorful, however in some cases he like to use just black and white. His pieces are made while he listens to his music. His favorite genre which I think influences the messiness in his work.
This exhibition was called Day Dreamer because it is what David becomes while doing his work. This exhibition represent the kind of daze an artist will enter when doing their work. David likes to put in his head phones, sit in front of a window and let his mind travel.
David’s art was my favorite I saw this week. I was drawn to it because it was unique and intriguing. After learning about how music was a main component of the work it made me like it more. I love putting in my headphones and getting carried away in what I’m doing with anything from cleaning to homework-ing to drawing to skateboarding. David’s love of music and its power is very relatable to me.