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Week 9: Artist Conversation – Daniel Bonilla-Vera

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Exhibition Information

Artist: Daniel Bonilla-Vera
Exhibition: Infraction
Media: Sculpture, Photography, String
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
Website: dbvphotography.com
Instagram: @dbvqp

About the Artist

Daniel Bonilla-Vera is an undergraduate at California State University Long Beach. He wants to work towards his Bachelors of Fine Arts in the School of Art’s Studio Art program. Unfortunately, when he applied to the program, he was denied of admission. After finding out that he wasn’t accepted, Bonilla-Vera felt very upset and furious as he is in his senior year at CSULB.

Formal Analysis

Bonilla-Vera’s gallery is very chaotic. There were a lot of mess everywhere and strings that lead to every corner of the wall. He had sculptures with clothes on. This gallery shows a lot of sadness and anger.

Content Analysis

Bonilla-Vera created this gallery as a way to show how he feels about being rejected in the Studio Art program at Cal State Long Beach. It was his way of rebellion. It was a mess everywhere instead of the usual clean and organized gallery. It was very well put together as the art pieces in the gallery were also rejected work. This whole gallery was full of rejection which shows the reality that some people experience.

Synthesis/Experience

Walking into this gallery, you can feel the dark theme behind it. Instead of rebellion and furiousness, it felt more like sadness and heartbroken. While observing his work, you can feel the rage and disappointment that he felt when he found out that he wasn’t accepted. I chose this gallery because I feel that at some point, a lot of people know how it feels to be rejected to something you really want. It is very relatable.

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Week 8: Classmate Conversation – Linney Sar

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Linney is a 4th year student majoring in Health Science. She will be walking in the spring graduation ceremony and completing all her requirements by next fall semester. Her hobbies include reading and trying out different foods. She loves all kinds of curry. Currently, science fiction is catching her attention but she likes to read any types of books depending on her interests. One of this week’s question of the week was “Would you be supportive of your child wanting to pursue an art career? Why or why not?” Linney said that she will be supportive, however, she’s worried that finding jobs might be hard. She also told me about her friend’s situation. Her friend’s parents forced her to be a Biology major but she didn’t do well in her classes so she tried to switch her major. Her parents were against this decision and told her that her major has to be something in the medical field. This friend ended up switching to psychology. She’s eventually getting her degree in psychology but she’s not happy with it, so she decided to go back to school for another four years to pursue computer science. In the end, her time and money were wasted and she was not contented with anything because her parents didn’t support her decision. Linney does not want this to happen to her child in the future.

Link to website: https://zjlinney.wordpress.com/

Week 8: Art Activity – Sketching

This week’s activity was sketching in the Japanese Garden. Simply walking into the garden already made me feel very peaceful. At first, it was hard to find a spot to sit down and draw because every angle looked so complicated; however, the weeping trees caught my attention. I really liked the long dramatic leaves that are hanging down. This activity was very difficult for me because I am not very good at drawing. I always tend use an eraser because it’s not “perfect” enough but this activity did not allow me to do that. It was also hard to capture what I see and draw it on to paper. In the end, my sketches looked nothing similar to what I was looking at. Although I was stressed out, the atmosphere of the Japanese Garden was very relaxing.

Week 7: Artist Conversation – Dulce Soledad Ibarra

Exhibition Information

Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra
Exhibition: Manos De Oro
Media: Sculpture, Paint, Video
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
Website: dulcesoledadibarra.com
Instagram: N/A

About the Artist

Dulce Soledad Ibarra is a senior undergraduate student at California State University, Long Beach working towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts in the School of Art’s sculpture program. She is from Chino, California but is born in Mexico. Her father wanted her to become a lawyer, but she found passion in art. Her father is a gardener and she felt ashamed of it; however, her shame turned into respect as she uses this experience to create a beautiful exhibition and dedicate it to her father and the rest of her family for their hard work.

Formal Analysis

The gallery consists of a video, portraits and gardening machines and tools. When you enter the gallery, you are welcomed with a lawnmower covered in plastic grass. Other tools such as shovels and rakes were also laid out in the gallery. All these pieces had a hint of gold which was very appealing and adds an aesthetic touch. It also makes it seem like it’s high in value.

Content Analysis

The hints of gold in Ibarra’s pieces signifies the hard work that her father and family put in. She said that everyone is able to achieve this, not just the wealthy. She said that “all hands are made of gold, but some hands are left invisible under the sun, covered in grease and the greenery of another man’s land.” The point of this exhibition is to show respect for the unnoticed and unappreciative jobs such as being a gardener.

Synthesis/Experience

After seeing her work and listening to her, I felt her love for her father and her culture. This gallery makes an unnoticed job noticed. The pieces were put together in a way that makes you feel like you’re walking into a museum of historical artifacts. I love Ibarra’s meaning behind this gallery.

Week 6: Art Activity – Zines & Flip Book

For this week’s art activity, I made a flip book. I decided to have Pixar’s Up theme because it is one of my favorite animation film. I used post its because I thought that it was easy to flip. It was very tedious drawing every thing and it took a while to do. If I ever get the chance to do this again, I would probably do the same theme but add more scenes and just elaborate on it more. Sadly, the website doesn’t support videos so I just posted a few clips from my flip book.

 

Week 6: Artist Conversation – Sheila Garrett Rodriguez

Exhibition Information

Artist: Sheila Garrett Rodriguez
Exhibition: Were We Even Here
Media: Mixed Media
Gallery:  CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
Website: http://www.sheilagarrettrodriguez.com
Instagram: sheilagarrettrodriguez

About the Artist:

Sheila Garrett Rodriguez is a graduate student at California State University Long Beach working towards her Master of Fine Arts in the School of Art’s fibers program. Rodriguez also attended CSULB for her Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and painting. Her grandmother’s family has lived in California for generations, while her grandfather’s family came from Mexico City. This two different backgrounds are reflected in her exhibition as she ties her heritage together.

Formal Analysis

Rodriguez’s pieces both have bright and dark colors. There is a bed frame in the center of the whole gallery. It doesn’t have a mattress; however, there were some colorful woven threads in the middle of Around the bed, there are embroideries with flowers posted on the wall around the entire room. In another part of the gallery, she placed a projector displaying a video of someone crushing corn.

Content Analysis

The bedframe contains the history and experiences that she had with her grandmother. One of Rodriguez’s pieces was an oil painting of a naked woman with a house as a head and the arms were tied. This is a representation of someone who needs to hold on to a home as Rodriguez lived in 30 different places. Her entire gallery shows a part of her heritage and the experiences that she went through.

Synthesis/My Experience

Walking into Rodriguez’s exhibition felt like walking into someone’s home for the first time. When walking into someone’s house, you start to notice how things are set up. I never really thought how each home is different and how it changes from family to family. This exhibition puts a perspective in how different each home is. It shows Rodriguez’s Mexican heritage.

Week 5: Artist Conversation – Jane Weibel

Exhibition Information

Artist: Jane Weibel
Exhibition: 
Psycho Cycle
Media: Ceramics, Mixed media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov-East Gallery
Website: janeweibel.com
Instagram: @janemargarette
Email: janeweibel@gmail.com

About the Artist

Jane Weibel is on her last semester at CSULB working towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts in the School of Art’s Ceramics program. Weibel lived in San Diego and first went to San Diego Mesa College. She explored multiple different majors, such as Biology, Therapy and Nutrition; however, she realized that those majors weren’t for her and eventually came to art. She has been working with ceramics for around five years. Weibel chose ceramics because she said that you can basically do anything you want with it if you do it correctly.

Formal Analysis

Weibel’s art pieces were very colorful. Each piece from this gallery is mainly about feminism. On one part of the gallery, there is a big and colorful cage looking piece that can resemble a quilt. It was very intriguing. This cage was made out of plastic and domestic items connected by zip ties. On another part of the gallery, there are multiple pieces of a woman’s photo with rocks on top of them.

Content Analysis

Weibel’s pieces mainly features feminism and represents how women are seen and treated by society. The meaning behind the photographs of women under a rock is to show how they are often overlooked, put in difficult situations and stepped on and this is what Weibel is trying to convey to  people. The cage created by domestic items represents how most women usually stay at home and do everything such as cooking, laundry, cleaning and taking care of children. Although, women in 2016 have been very successful, these gender roles and “psycho cycle” that women have to go through still exists today.

Synthesis/Experience

Walking into the gallery, you can immediately notice the aesthetically pleasing art pieces. Each piece is very captivating to the eye as they were very colorful and unique. Although her pieces were very colorful, each one has a negative and sad meaning to it. For example, the colorful cage is about women who feel trapped and can’t get out of whatever they’re going through. As a woman, this is very relatable.

 

 

Week 4: Art Activity – Automatic Drawing

My sister helped me with this activity. We didn’t have a pastel so we used markers instead, which worked the same way. At first, I knew that this was going to be a challenge because we are both very hard headed and want things to go our way. When we started the drawing, my initial thought was correct; we both wanted it to go in the direction that we wanted which shows in the sharp points in the drawing. After a while, we stopped fighting and just went with the flow until the majority of the paper had some drawings on it. I didn’t know what to expect with this drawing, but I knew that it was going to be a mess. We did this twice using two different colored markers on the same paper. The second time was definitely better as we both just let our hands go wherever and the edges were not as sharp compared to the first one.

Week 4: Artist Conversation – May Ta

Exhibition Information

Artist: May Ta
Exhibition: Closer
Media: Acrylic, ink, digital media, pastel, gouache
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
Website: None
Instagram: @maypta

About the Artist

May Ta along with her family originally came from Vietnam. She’s one of the only artist in a family of scientists. Although her family wanted her to also pursue a field in science, she eventually did what she truly wanted to do and decided to major in Art. She is currently pursuing a degree in Bachelor of Arts. Ta is a student in the School of the Art’s illustration program.

Formal Analysis

Ta had many different art pieces with different medias in the Dutzi gallery. Ta’s pieces had a variety of colors ranging from light, neutral to dark colors. She mainly used straight lines using either a paintbrush, ink or printed through digital media. Each piece were different from one another but most usually show isolation of a person.

Content Analysis

This exhibition was a collaboration between May Ta and Carly Lake. They focused on intimacy and isolation with themselves. Ta wants to portray a persons relationship with themselves. Her artwork shows a person by themselves without anyone around. The gallery was designed as a person living alone which shows their personal space and isolation from others.

Synthesis/Experience

Walking into this gallery, I noticed that it was different from the others. I first noticed a bed and a chair which made it seem like a person is living there alone. As I explored the gallery a little more, I noticed that most of the art pieces on the wall includes a person by themselves. This immediately caught my attention as I can relate to it. There are times where even when you’re surrounded by people, you still feel like you’re by yourself. There are also times when you just want to be by yourself and have that peace and quietness from everything else.

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