Walking into this gallery my eyes immediately didn’t know what to focus on. The lines in every directions, and the colors that match perfectly. Marty is an amazing artist that really is proud of his art so listening to him talk was very exciting. His art is supposed to illustrate mathematical functions by using photoshop and other programs. Printmaking being so expensive, most of Marty’s color choice were based on how well they go together and the price of which each color cost. Even if he choose a cheaper color, I think it was the best decision because it goes together so well. The difference between his pictures with colors is that the colors make up the shapes and in most of the pictures, they are the same but with different colors. This was amazing to me because I didn’t see it until he had said something. I found Knops art very pleasing to the eye, and difficult to try to remake so Ill just leave it to the master.
This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Guillermo. A freshman as CSULB, he plans on majoring in Mechanical Engineering which was inspired by his uncle. His uncle already does design and programming for motorcycle rims and makes everything himself. After helping out with his uncle and spending time at the shop, he was inspired. From Compton, Guillermo went to St. Bosco High School where he wrestled and played baseball. Currently, he is spending most of his time working at In-and-Out so if you feel like getting a little something extra make sure to visit him ( kidding.) If not working he usually is hanging out with friends or working out, trying to up his weight class. After talking with Guillermo we found that we had one thing in common, nature. People forget that there is so much more than what is in their everyday life. When walking across the campus how many people actually stop and are thankful for the beauty around us? Maybe half, maybe less but Guillermo is one of them. Norway, Iceland, and China are just a few places he would like to travel to in his lifetime.Why those places you ask, because they are lush green areas with natural beauty.
For this weeks activity we had to do a form of algorithmic art with could have been through dance, music or even drawing. I chose to use drawing but instead of using a red marker and just making a mark, I used the idea from Whirls and Twirls in the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of of Art. In my short clip I am slowly making marks on a paper with different colors. This process did take a while especially with no help. I found it to be easier to leave the markers open and just keep switch though the colors but also making several marks with one color. I did speed up my video a lot but otherwise it would be a 20 minute video with lots of gaps where I was choosing a color. This process was very annoying but that is was makes it so amazing that people could do this. After just one line I was already tired but I did continue. In all I do wish I did a better job because I did get lazy toward the end but I am happy with how it came out. The colors I chose were suppose to make it easier to see but also match the Whirls and Twirls art piece. I had fun making this video and even though it was very tedious, it wasn’t very hard.
CATS! I can not ever fathom my excitement for this particular gallery. Walking in I didn’t know what to expect but once I saw the cat litter box, I fell in love. The idea of this gallery of all cats that is simply professional and fun just blows my mind. The pieces were made clean, and beautifully. I can officially say that this gallery is my favorite one of all, even without seeing the next ones we have. Looking at Ashley, she is one of her art pieces. I say this because she was dressed in a watermelon crop top that only a person that makes a cat gallery would wear. Its hard to explain that further, but basically Ashley is as cute and her art work. And even in one picture that I was sure had no cats, had cats. She started this project in 2013 and about a third of the pictures she just finished recently. Ranging from mono prints, screen prints, or lithographs, Ashley shows her love for printmaking. Even without owning her own cat, she showed her love and thanks to an animal that has always comforted her. I hope to see Ashley’s work around in cafes and cute little store because her work is unique and should be displayed.
A sophomore at Long Beach, Tanesha dorms at Parkside where shes lives with her best friend. She told me about her first year dorming where she lived with a random person which wasn’t the best experience and after moving in with a close friend, her experience became a lot better. Her last year dorming, she is sad to move on but time to find an apartment and get ready to start her life. Majoring in business, she is not sure what to do. Work independently and open up her own clothing store, or get a more stable job in an office. After talking with her, I can already tell she will be opening her own shop. She is very out-going and spontaneous that I couldn’t see her working in an office building. Tanesha has 2 brothers, one younger and one older that goes to Western New Mexico State University. She goes to visit her family, who live an hour away, every other weekend. While she is there, she spends most of her time with friends or re-watching Netflix shows. Although she might sound like a couch potato, she really works out 4-5 times a week. Whenever she feels stressed she goes to the school gym and burns off those bad vibes. I had the pleasure of meeting Tanesha this week and I can’t wait to walk in to her store in the future.
This weeks activity we were told to go to the beach and make a plaster mold of a body part. This activity was by far my favorite. For this activity I decided to get a couple of friends together and all have a good time at the beach while working on the project. At around 4pm we arrived to the beach where the temperature dropped drastically. It was freezing but because of all the work of digging and mixing, I warmed up fast. The drying process went by fast and did not take very long. Out of everything, finding a good spot to dig a hole was the hardest part. WARNING be careful not to dig too close to the water because that is how my friend lost her foot. I thought this project was amazing and I want to continue to use plaster now that I found how easy it is to use!
Walking into this gallery all I could think about was the word “PUSSY” on the wall. A minute later after reading all the quotes, I realized what I didn’t see. I first thought it was just hurtful things people say to each other but then realized it was only towards males and their masculinity. Gabriel named this collection Toxic Masculinity, which fits these pieces perfectly. This collection, which has been worked on since January, is also his thesis project. The feelings I had when looking at the art were pain and sorrow because I never thought that so much pressure was put on males. I understand what the artist is saying and I really feel guilty because I to set a standard for males. This collection is beautiful and even in black/grey the true color of the message really stands out.