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Pamela Ajoste

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My three favorite art activities this semester are Landscapes with a Corpse, Art Care Package and Finger Painting. I enjoyed Landscapes with a Corpse because it’s not something anyone would normally do. No one really talks about death or how they would like to die and this activity lets us experience that. Art Care Package was also nice because we get to send memorable and sentimental things to someone I haven’t seen in a while. It also allowed me to take a break from social media and send it through mail. The Finger Painting activity was also very enjoyable because it lets you reminisce about the fun times you had as a little kid.

My three least favorite art activities this semester are Sketching in the Garden, Vlogs and Instagram. These activities were not bad but I just didn’t enjoy them as much as others. Although Sketching in the Garden was very relaxing, I didn’t really have fun with it. Maybe because I’m just not good at sketching. As for the Vlogs and Instagram, I don’t really post on social media as much, which is probably why I also didn’t enjoy it. It felt very awkward talking in front of the camera or posting multiple pictures throughout the day. Also, most of the students had their account on private, including mine, so I was not able to see everyone’s photos.

I think the Hybrid format worked perfectly one day was all the time we need to do the artist/classmate conversation. If anything, this class can be completely online but I prefer the hybrid format more. The artist conversations were very interesting as they get to talk about their work. As for the classmate conversation, I thought that it was nice to meet them; however, I didn’t really keep in contact with any of them. The weekly blog post were a helpful reminder of what we need to do. Though, I think that the samples of what the classmate did is unnecessary since the activity was already over. Maybe include past students’ work as an example the same week as that activity? In my opinion, I don’t think the ePortfolio was useful to me at all. I think that using WordPress is great. It’s a website that keeps all your post compared to using Dropbox or a discussion post on BeachBoard.

 

 

Week 15: Art Activity – Finger Painting

I thought this was a very interesting and fun project. I felt like a little kid again refusing to use a brush and painting with your fingers instead making a mess everywhere. At first, I had no idea how to start. But when I placed my finger on the paper, everything just went with the flow. I expected this activity to be easy and when I did it, it was like that exactly. Although starting it was difficult, the rest was pretty simple. Painting with no subject felt liberating. It was like a stress reliever during finals week because I didn’t have to think of what to do. My fingers just went with the flow and it was fun. This activity is different than the graffiti writing because this one had no subject. Also, I didn’t have to use a spray can and it was a lot easier to control. It was the same because they were both colorful and the experience were both great.

Week 15: Artist Conversation – Ariel Maldonado

Exhibition Information

Artist: Ariel Maldonado
Exhibition: SOA Holiday Gift Sale
Media: Plants, Ceramic, dye
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Website: N/A
Instagram:  ariel_maldonado

About the Artist

Ariel Maldonado is a fourth year student at California State University Long Beach working towards her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Ceramics at the School of Art’s Ceramic program. A class in high school sparked her interest in ceramics. She spends most of her day at school so she said she has no time to have any hobbies. Ariel prefers creating 3D art such as, sculptures, welding and wood.

Formal Analysis

When you first walk in the gallery, you can clearly see the many different ceramic pieces, a rough estimate of more than three hundred. Her work consisted of cups, bowls, plates and many pots that had succulents. Most of her pieces didn’t have any bright and bold colors. They were mostly earth toned colors, such as brown, blue and green.

Content Analysis

Ariel enjoys creating new art and loves clay. All of the new pieces (around 70) took a week to make. She worked on them on Thanksgiving break. The rest are the pieces that she made before. Ariel stated that the succulent pieces that she made are selling out faster than the others. She also stated that she is very interested in plates.

Synthesis/Analysis

Overall, I think this was a very nice exhibit. I liked it a lot because I am also interested in ceramics. I especially liked her succulents as it adds a nice touch to any home decorations.

 

 

 

Week 14: Art Activity – Instagram

When I upload pictures on Instagram, it’s mostly of my family, friends and I on certain occasions or adventures that we go to. I don’t usually post food on Instagram. Most of those pictures are posted on Snapchat instead. On this day, I had late classes so my friends and I went hiking. It was a cold morning but it was worth it. After that we went to get desserts then went to school. The collective posts from the people in Art110 shows how different people’s lives are from each other. I saw pictures of people in class, doing homework, eating food, skateboarding, selfies, and the most shocking one of all, a funeral. This saddens me because I thought I had an awesome day; however, someone else lost a loved one and had one of the worst days. This activity was very interesting because I saw a glimpse of the many different events that happened in people’s lives in just one day from pictures that were posted.

Week 12: Artist Conversation – Connor O’Brien

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Exhibit Information

ArtistConnor O’Brien
Exhibition: Mentia
Media: Video
Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
Website: miliapictures.com

About the Artist

Connor O’Brien is a senior at California State University, Long Beach working towards his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in the School of Art’s Photography program. He currently lives in Los Alamitos, just a few minutes away from campus. As a kid, he was always fascinated by how cameras work and liked to capture the moment.

Formal Analysis

When you first walk in the room, the first thing you notice is the big projected video on the white walls. The lights are dimmed which focuses on the video about a young man helping and older man with his everyday necessities, such as changing clothes and being fed. Throughout the video, an instrumental music was playing in the background, which sets a serious yet heart warming mood to it. The video was captured in many different angles and get different perspectives on what was actually happening. The small details in the video made it easy to connect to it.

Content Analysis

O’Brien’s exhibit, Mentia, is about him taking care of his father who is suffering from dementia. His video showcases how much his father’s illness has had a big impact on his everyday life. He said that when he’s not focusing on art, he’s taking care of his father’s day to day needs. He also stated that it’s been six years since his father was diagnosed but his father showed symptoms of dementia for fifteen years. His mother, brother and himself take turns taking care of his father. O’Brien hopes that this exhibition would bring awareness to dementia.

Synthesis/Experience

Connor’s exhibit caught my attention right when I walked in. After watching only a few clips from the video, I instantly felt very inspired and in awe. It definitely shows the connection that O’Brien has with his father. It also shows his hard-working and loving personality towards his father. It makes me think of how hard it is to be in his shoes. I don’t think I would be able to handle all the emotional stress that comes with it. This video taught me not to take anything for granted and to always appreciate the people around you.

Week 11: Artist Conversation – Caryn Aasness

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Exhibition Information

Artist: Caryn Aasness
Exhibition: Waste of Time
Media: Yarn
Gallery: Merlino Gallery
Website: None
Instagram: @levelyellowproblemchild

About the Artist

Caryn Aasness is a 4th year undergraduate student at California State University Long Beach working towards her Bachelors of Fine Arts in the School of Art’s Fiber Art program. Her artworks are completely done with weaving. Her grandmother taught her what she currently knows.

Formal Analysis

Aasness’ artworks  are very colorful piece of hand made fabric. Each piece has exactly 26 columns and each square are all one inch by one inch that represents a letter of the alphabet. They are made of thin and soft thread. She finished the bottom of her pieces by tying the loose strands like a fringe which made it look more hand made. Although each piece looked very similar, they all have a different meaning and phrase encoded into them.

Content Analysis

Aasness’ work has a message in it. Some of these statements include, “Takes one to know one. I’m rubber you’re glue. I know you are, but what am I,” Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I have ever known,” To call it cute is to misunderstand,” “Speak up keep it down,” etc. Her artwork is a form of freedom that doesn’t follow the social norms. It can be put in any direction: left, right, up or down.

Synthesis/Experience

Walking into this gallery, I thought it was very different from the others. This was one of the first galleries that didn’t have photography, painting or any other common medias. Though, I didn’t feel a connection right away, I thought it was very relatable after hearing her explanation.

Week 10: Art Activity – Fiber Social Network

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  1. Do you think the term “Social Network” as applying to your RL life and your RL physical friends? Or mostly to online and mobile tools that connect you to people in cyberspace?
    • I think the term “social network” applies to real life. Each person we meet contributes to our life social network. The more people you meet, the more connections you have.
  2. Does Dunbar’s Number make sense to you? That we can only have around 150 truly meaningful relationships, and any others we know will be in more fragmentary ways?
    • I agree with that statement. If anything, the number should be less as 150 is a little to high for me personally.
  3. What does it mean to have 1,000 or 2,000 or 5,000 Facebook “friends”? Who are these people? What sorts of relationships do you have to them?
    • I have almost 600 “friends” on Facebook and in reality, I’m only close to about 20-25 of them. These are the people that I’ve met throughout middle school, high school, college and any other activities that I did. Some of them are also family members from different parts of the world.
  4. When we visualized our Art110 Social Network, or when you visualized your personal Social Network, did anything surprise you? Did you find any connections or relationships that you hadn’t thought about or realized any different connections?
    • It’s always a surprise when someone you know is mutual friends with someone you did not expect. For example, I didn’t expect that a close friend of mine would know someone from a co-ed fraternity that I’m in.
  5. What’s your Personal Number? How many people would you like to have close relationships with in your life? 1? 10? 100? 1,000?
    • My personal number would probably be less than 20. I prefer to have more genuine friendships/relationships than have a lot of “friends.”
  6. Do you have more “friends” on Facebook or some other platform than are truly your “friends”? What is your relationship to those “extra friends”? Have these weak ties ever brought you new resources like a job opening, someone to date, a cool event, info for something you were working on, etc?
    • Yes, I do have more “friends” on Facebook and Instagram than real close friends. As I mentioned earlier, I like to have a small number compared to my 600 “friends” on social media. These “extra friends” are just acquaintances that I’ve met through school, work and extra curricular activities.

Week 10: Artist Conversation – Yingying Fu

Exhibit Information

Artist: Yingying Fu
Exhibition: The Other Side of the Pacific Ocean
Media: Oil, Canvas
Gallery: Max L. Gatov West Gallery
Website: N/a
Instagram: N/a

About the Artist

Yingying Fu is an artist who moved to the United States from China three years ago. She is a graduate student at California State University, Long Beach working towards her Masters of Fine Arts in the School of Art’s drawing and painting program. This exhibit is her thesis show, which she accomplished by taking pictures at the beach and then translating them onto the canvas.

Formal Analysis

The process of doing this exhibit took about two years. Looking at these oil paintings, it is evident that she put a lot of work and effort into it. Each painting looks alive as if you’re actually at the beach and looking at these different situations. She used very vibrant colors and each painting was very detailed.

Content Analysis

Each piece in the exhibit takes part to create a whole picture. For example, the guy holding a surfboard that’s walking towards the water is about to surf, the lifeguard sitting down and watching people from afar, guys cleaning themselves up after enjoying a day in the beach, and people sunbathing and laying down on the sand. All these images are what you see when you’re at the beach.

Synthesis/My Experience

Walking through this gallery is very enjoyable. It makes you feel as if it’s summer again with no worries about school and just chilling at the beach. All the pieces were very straight to the point and there wasn’t much to analyze as it’s just pictures of things we encounter on a daily basis.

Week 9: Art Activity – Art Care Package

 

ACP.jpgThis art care package activity was very enjoyable as I got to look back on pictures and memories that I haven’t seen in a while. I decided to send this package to my friend in Korea because I haven’t seen her in a while. This package mainly consist of pictures as each picture has a story full of memories with it.

Sending an art care package is similar to sending a Snapchat because you send what you want them to see. Or maybe you just thought about them. It’s also different because you have to put effort and think about what the person likes, memories about each other, etc. It more sentimental and meaningful, whereas Snapchat could be a single goofy picture of yourself. Snapchat is very instantaneous and can send with a click of a button while an art care page takes a while. With the countless innovation in technology and social media, sending a mail/letter is very rare these days because doing things online is just so much more convenient.

Ephemera can either be trash or treasure depending on how the person views it. For example, a concert ticket or a picture may be considered trash after a while, but when you look at it, you remember all the memories that happened at that moment and will treasure it for a long time.
Art seen at a museum versus the art that is seen in an Art Care Package are very different. Art in a museum is meant for a large variety of audiences while and art care package is only for that specific person and only you guys understand the meaning behind it.

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