Wk 6-Art Experience- Photo Walk

On the photo walk, Dorothy McMahon¬†showed the group CSULB’s ¬†different water displays. First, we went to the fountain in front of the McIntosh Building. Although there wasn’t any water in it, I wanted to capture the many curved lines of the sculpture and the intricate shadows it created on the ground. Next, we walked to the water molecule fountain in front of Brotman Hall. Here I wanted to take a picture of the fountain from a lower angle so it could create an image from the ducks’ perspective. Our last stop was at the Japanese Garden. I took photos of many elements in the garden but my favorite has to be of the waterfall. I love all the greenery around the rocks and how even the rocks have a little green on them from the running water. In order to capture all the beauty of the waterfall, I took the picture from far away. Continuing with the theme of water, the image on the lower right of the collage is a photo of the pond at the garden. I loved the way the sun was glaring down at the water and you can see its reflection with the rays coming out of the sun. On the left middle of the collage, is a photo I took of a water barrel. I took this shot from above so the falling water could be seen. Lastly, the photo on the bottom left, is of three coy fishes swimming in a circle. There were numerous fish along the edge of the water, but I chose to photograph these particular fish because it appears as though they are swimming in an endless circle. Overall, I greatly enjoyed the photo walk and the tour guide, although not very talkative, was super nice!


Wk 5- Art Experience- Cuisine, Couture, or Coiffure

For this week’s art experience we had the opportunity to choose between cuisine, couture or coiffure. I chose to do cuisine simply because I love food! I found inspiration for this idea from a video that I found on youtube. First, I cut a grapefruit in half (thank you to my neighbors tree for supplying the grapefruit) because I thought the different pinkish color on the inside would be a nice contrast from the yellow on the outside. Next,I cut small slits all around the grapefruit and then I made each of the slits into small triangles to imitate the petals of a flower. Then, I sliced the peel off enough for a layered petal effect. Lastly, I added three blueberries to the center and three grapes on the sides to act as leaves.

I found this art experience to be extremely enjoyable but also a bit dangerous because I almost had a few slip ups with the knife. First, I attempted making the flower out of an orange but it was too small and the juice was squirting everywhere. Then, I thought to use a grapefruit because they are bigger and have a pretty inside. I like the simplicity of the flowers on a white plate because it is cleanly presented. Also, the cutely cut grapefruit tasted delicious! ūüôā


Wk 5- Classmate Conversation-Francisco Miranda

IMG_1123This week I met Francisco Miranda. He is a junior here at Cal State Long Beach and a business accounting major. He previously was an engineering major but decided to change to accounting because it better suited him and the career path he wants. In the mean time of becoming an accountant, Francisco is currently working at Yoshinoya. He says he doesn’t enjoy the food there all the much but the atmosphere and the people are easy to work with. We both are enjoying¬†this class because we both have a similar passion for art! Here’s his blog:https://franciscomirandablog.wordpress.com

Wk 5- Artist Conversation- Andre Ritter

Artist: Andre Ritter

Exhibition: Fuse: Join to Form A Single Entity

Media: Aluminum

Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery East

Website or Instagram: none


Andre Ritter graduated from the Metals Program in the CSULB School of Art last spring and is showcasing his work as an alumni. His interests include reading comic books, watching The Walking Dead, and playing volleyball at the beach. Andre loves anything tiki and gets a lot of inspiration from the South Pacific. This stems from him previously living in Hawaii for seven years. He also has an eight and a ten year old son and is currently working on creating an art program at their school.

The chandelier in the picture above is a beautiful work of art created by Ritter. He utilized aluminum throughout the piece because he loves the permanence of metal. The piece also consists of sharp, straight, and clean cut lines that make geometric designs apparent. The smooth looking texture and grey color is due to the aluminum used. Ritter also describes the scale of the piece as large.

For this piece, Ritter was inspired by tropical and exotic places. He also wanted to make the chandelier appear abstract and mysterious. While talking to Andre, he stated that the chandelier reminds him of a dark and stormy evening. His love for Hawaii and other South Pacific regions greatly reflects the inspiration behind his work.

In my opinion, Andre’s art emits a rustic yet homely feel. His incorporation of tropical and Hawaiian¬†elements makes the piece more personal because he lived in Hawaii. I think the chandelier is both practical and functional in the way that it could be placed in almost any home as decoration. Although it could be used in a home, ¬†the practicality of the art doesn’t make it any less unique because the designs on them are one of a kind.

Wk 4- Art Experience- Graffiti Writing

Of all the art experiences mentioned in this class, I was probably most excited for graffiti writing. Although I didn’t get the pleasure of going to Venice beach, spray painting in my front yard was still fun! I started off with a simple sketch of my name on plain printing paper which was quit simple. However, I found using the actual can of spray paint was more difficult than just¬†a pen and paper.

First, I roughly sprayed the letters of my name with white spray paint on brown paper because I thought the two would¬†contrast nicely. Next,¬†I cleaned up the edges of the letters with black spray paint and added small circular details at the edges for a fun touch. It didn’t turn out as nice as I had originally imagined but I think the simple color choice and straightforward design reflects my aesthetic¬†perfectly. Overall, I loved this weeks art experience!

Wk 4- Artist Conversation-Samuel Jernigan

Artist: Samuel Jernigan

Exhibition: The Weight of Whimsy and Ideals

Media: Ceramic & Spray Paint

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: http://cargocollective.com/samueljernigan

Instagram: samueljenri


Samuel Jernigan graduated from CSULB last semester with a Bachelors in Fine Arts. He is now in the CSULB School of Art Ceramics program. Samuel considers himself a huge reader and especially loves to read comics. An interesting fact about him is that he left his apartment and lived in his car for three years because he was working in his studio for 14- 16 hours a day. He also enjoys watching cartoons and riding his bike when he is not working on his intricate art pieces. His unique art explores the ideas of alienation and the intense feeling of loneliness.

The particular piece that I included a picture of is what he describes as a bust of woman with an interchangeable top. Samuel incorporated the media of ceramics and highly pigmented spray paint. I would describe the nature of the lines of his work as slightly sinuous while still including straight and clean cut lines.

While creating this untitled work, he wanted to emphasize the unfixing identity. When asked what comes to mind while looking at his untitled piece he powerfully stated, “arbitrary and interchangeable.” Each of his creations in the Gatov Gallery West reflect his thoughts of loneliness and alienation. Even though the ideas his work can be seen as dark, Samuel does not create anything he doesn’t find amusing.

Personally, I find the meaning of loneliness behind his work as extremely personal and brave of him to share with the viewers of his work. The interchangeability of the head of the untitled bust resonates with me in the way that ones identity is not fixed. Instead of remaining stagnant, I believe that there is always room for improvement in the individual. Although my opinion of the work might not be the exact meaning he has intended for the piece, I find it admirable that he allows others to find their own meanings.


Wk 4- Classmate Conversation- Carlos Nava

IMG_1066This week I met Carlos Nava. He is a junior at CSULB and a hospitality management major. On his free time, Carlos loves to play soccer, video games, and hang out with friends. He hopes to become a manager for a big company after he graduates. Like myself, he is thinking about joining the grad program but isn’t quite sure yet.We talked about our families and found some similarities!¬†We both come from Mexican ¬†backgrounds and have sisters that we’re close to. During our conversation, it came up that his younger sister¬†is taller than him while I’m taller than my older sister which we both found funny.¬†I’m glad I got to meet Carlos this week. Check out his blog! closnava.wordpress.com