This week I finally met one of the dancers. Her name is Makenna LaFortune. If I’m going to be totally honest I didn’t really plan on doing the classmate conversation this week but Makenna told me she needed someone to talk to so I decided to do it. Makenna was very friendly and bubbly; she is from Las Vegas and decided to come to Long Beach because she likes California. A fun fact is that she just got a pet fish but she is worried that it’s going to die soon, given that goldfish are very hard to take care of. I enjoyed my classmate conversation and I’m glad I got to share my last one with someone so cool.
This week’s activity was to design three different life plans. If I’m going to be honest I did not enjoy this activity because spending any time thinking about my future gives me crippling existential dread.
Plan number 1 is the plan I’m currently pursuing and I’m perfectly happy with it because it’s what I’ve known I’ve waned to do forever. In this plan I won’t have a lot resources because it’s a lot of schooling and money but I would be a 10/10 on enjoyment and confidence.
Plan number 2 is something that I considered doing for a short time. I believe that I would not have as many resources and not be as happy but I definently would still enjoy it. What you don’t see in plan number 1 is that I do still want to get teaching credentials or my PhD.
Plan 3 still involves the sciences because it is truly what I am passionate about and could not see myself anywhere else. Another dream of mine is to get my PhD because I would really love to be a professor someday.
This week we got to take a little field trip to the Japanese gardens on campus. Our assigned activities was to try some doodling time trials. I did the 10 30- second drawings, the 5 minute drawing and 2.5 minute drawing. After that I kinda of doodles whatever I wanted for how ever I wanted. I enjoyed his activity because I got to take a break from stressing for my impending finals doom. I also really enjoy the Japanese gardens but never make myself the time to visit; especially now that I live off campus. I would like to start visiting the Japanese gardens more routinely and maybe start doing homework there.
The only complaint I have about this activity is that there were time constraints. I get very stressed out when being timed so I think it would be more fun for me if I could just doodle whatever.
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery
For my final artist conversation, I spoke with Laura Lopez. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Painting and Drawing. Laura is originally from Columbia and spent some time at school in Germany. Now she is at Long Beach, hosting her final exhibition before she receives her MFA. Her work is inspired by her love for nature.
Laura’s work does an amazing job at catching the eye. It is bright and colorful, with a mix of colors that can be random or follow a certain color scheme. Her work is like a quilt in which the pieces weave together to form the finished piece. At first they can be hard to understand but once one let their mind relax the image begins to unfold.
The inspiration for Laura’s work comes from the jungle. Columbia has a tropic climate, which makes it home to the world’s most beautiful jungles. Laura has been on several expeditions into the jungles in South America and the scenery she saw while on her journeys left a lasting impact on her. This is what she bases her work off of, but in an abstract way.
I really enjoyed Laura’s paintings. They caught my eye as soon as I saw them and before I even made the decision to interview her for my artist conversation, I was taking pictures of the paintings. I loved the color schemes used to represent the jungle; especially the darker, purple and green one. I thought her work was very unique while also tying in South American style.
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.
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.