Artist: Tiffany Le
Media: canvas, water colors, acrylic, charcoal
Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
Tiffany Le is a graduate student in her last semester at CSULB and an illustration major in the MFA program. After she graduates in May, Tiffany plans on doing some freelancing and taking time to work on her personal projects. She was born in the United States unlike her parents who had a tough past in Vietnam and fled as refugees. Some of Tiffany’s interests include Japanese fencing, hiking, and going to different art galleries. She also has two bunnies that she loves to dress up and play with.
Tiffany’s work consists of canvas, prints, water color pencils, acrylic and charcoal. Each of her drawings include smooth, fluid lines that represent the dark water and bright fire in the pictures. In contrast of the soft lines used in her drawings, the sail boats in her art piece are folded sharply with pointed and structured edges. The use of canvas and paper in the art work creates an almost light and airy feel which greatly differs from the deep meaning behind the pieces.
Her art work is inspired by the story of her family fleeing Vietnam as refugees. Tiffany talked about how the trauma in the Vietnam War is not really taught in schools so she didn’t know much about the past of her family. Once informed by her parents of their tremendous struggle, Tiffany decided to incorporate their story and the stories of others into her art work. Many people attempted to leave Vietnam by boats although most would push people back with oars to avoid being drowned by the countless others trying to climb aboard. The boats in her art pieces represent a means of escape but also the great change that came into her family’s life after their tough journey.
Overall, I found Tiffany’s work to be appealing in both appearance and meaning. As she told the inspiring story of her family, I couldn’t help but be amazed at their hard work for a better life. This resonates with me in the way that my family also had to fight for hope of a better future when they left Mexico. Although both stories and journies are different, the end goal of searching for a better life with opportunities are the same. I found Tiffany Le’s art work to be a beautiful reflection of her family that people can both enjoy and relate to with their own struggles, whatever they may be.
This week’s art experience was something completely different from anything I’ve ever done before. Marta Troya came up with the idea to visit the CSULB library and bookstore and basically challenge the space we were in. In the library, we sat in the the computer area and simply read large children’s books. I didn’t think it would be that big of a deal since we were just reading in a library but people were staring in confusion. Although a library is typically meant as a place where you’re supposed to read, the workers there grew slightly angry as if reading children’s books was not allowed. We could not document this experience and I feel as though it caused me to actually be in the moment instead of worrying about taking a picture.
Next, as a class we went to the bookstore and first discussed how it was strange that there weren’t many books actually being sold. Marta definitely opened up my eyes with this experience as I walked around the bookstore and saw sweatshirts being sold, lounge areas and other merchandise for sale but the actual books were in a small section in the back of the store. I found that photographing this experience did not necessarily take away from the activity because I was more aware of my surroundings due to Marta’s insight that she shared before walking in.
We can document experiences like these simply by memory to make sure that you are fully living in the moment. But I also feel that documenting with photos and words can capture an experience more permanently where as a memory can fade away. I also think that the style of words or images do matter because the way you portray something can give different meanings. Overall, I fully enjoyed this experience because it opened up my mind and eyes to the different natures of a space.
I found this weeks art experience with Instagram as really fun and easy to do since most people today use insta on a daily basis. Throughout the day I posted different pictures like one from the art galleries, one from having lunch with my best friend, one of the escalators from the end of the day and lastly a picture of my dog Lola. When I searched up #art110s16, I noticed that there were some similarities between the posts of each student. There were a few posts of people’s cute pets like the one I posted! Also, there were many pictures of food, and the art by Helen Werner Cox. Overall, I think our “Group Portrait” was definitely connected and created a small community of the art 110 class! 🙂
Artist: Helen Werner Cox
Exhibition: Silent Screams
Media: Oil paint, pastels, prints
Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery West
Helen Werner Cox is a graduate student in her last semester at CSULB. She is in the MFA drawing and painting program. On her free time, Helen enjoys gardening and reading both fiction and mystery novels. She taught for thirty years as an art teacher and librarian at a high school and middle school in Boston, Massachusetts. Helen grew up in New York State outside Ithaca and at the age of eighteen she attended school in Boston in BU Fine Arts. She moved to California for the weather since she was tired of snow and rain in Massachusetts.
Helen’s work utilizes oil paint, pastels and prints. To create the line drawing of the carousel horses, Helen uses shading in different places along with warms, cools, lights, and darks. The lines of the drawing are sharply curved and are done with pastels on top of oil paint because she discovered that using only pastels takes up too much time. Helen stated that the she found the easiest way to keep track of her ideas is with a schedule to keep everything organized.
Her art pieces take inspiration from antique carousels carved in the early 1920’s. Each of the horses in her drawings have their mouths wide open with their tongues out as if they’re screaming. She connects these ideas to adults in society today and how it seems as though they are all on constant merry-go-rounds in their life. For the flower shaped image of the ceiling, Helen researched in Griffith Park for inspiration.
Overall, I found Helen to be an extremely talented artist! Her skills are amazingly shone in the detail of her work. Creating such large art pieces takes much time and effort which she definitely put in. I think the meaning behind her art deeply resonates with me in the way that I feel I’m on a non-stop and very repetitive carousel with school. I can also see a lot of other people connecting with her unique art pieces.
This week I met Mia Miller. She is a freshmen here at CSULB like myself! Her major is in film and she is thinking about also having a minor in something. We talked about how it is beneficial to have a minor as well but the only downside is that it might take longer to graduate. Another thing Mia and I have in common is that we both love to travel. She’s been to Hawaii, which is one of the places I hope to travel to in the future. In addition to Hawaii, she has also been to places like London, and Ireland! Mia is extremely friendly and I’m glad I had the chance to meet her. 🙂
Check out her blog: https://thehoaxreaper.wordpress.com
Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig
Exhibition: All Work All Play
Media: Copper and Silver (Metals)
Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery
Website or Instagram: none
Sean Cabanig is an undergrad at CSULB in the BFA metals program. It is her last semester at Long beach and her first show. She is from Los Angeles but currently lives in Long beach. Cabanig first applied to CSULB as a creative writing major then later changed to studio art and finally switched to the metals program. She loves cats, reading, and painting on her free time. Sean has been working with metal for about four years but has always loved art in general.
Cabanig’s work utilizes different types of metal that include copper and silver. Each of the pieces she creates have a variety of shapes, sizes, and texture. The choker necklace incorporates the smooth draping of a metal chain and curved lines of the balls. The straight bars on the chain, however, contrast with the overall theme of the necklace. All of her work is made with extreme detail and patience. This is apparent in the platelike pieces that include beautifully hand created flower designs.
Sean’s art pieces reflect the inspiration she receives from her daily life and environment. She also finds it important to include humor in her work. Although their is no deeper meaning to her pieces, they do show her emotional moments. In her choker piece, Sean wanted to emit pain and intense emotion with the use of small chains and bronze balls. Each of her works include the long process of a concept sketch, discussion, and various models before creating a final piece.
Overall, I found Sean’s art as intriguing and beautiful. She is very detailed in her work process and it definitely shows in each of the pieces she creates. Sean does not believe in sitting around and waiting for opportunity or inspiration to come, instead she takes action. This is something that I have come to admire in her because I myself find it hard to not overthink everything in my life. I look forward to seeing more of her work in the future!