Wk15-Artist Conversation-Veronica Karpecki

Exhibition Information

Artist: Veronica Karpecki
Exhibition: Mixed Aesthetic
Media: Drawing, pencils, mixed medium, paint
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: https://veronicakarpecki.carbonmade.com/
Instagram: N/A

About the Artist

Because of how this really was not an artist conversation as she was not there.  I learned a lot less about the artist. However, she described in her title card that many of her pieces were of a reflection of how she was having a identity crisis at a young age.  How she was trying to find who she really was. She also described poisonous relationships with people in her life and how people would judge her and how she shrugged it off and would use all of her past as inspiration for her art pieces.

Formal Analysis

Her art pieces are mostly cartoonish in nature.  The figures are so cartoonish that you can even feel like you have seen them before. Her contours are usually very smooth, which you can see in her Funky Love Machine piece. It seems she emphasizes this feeling of a piece being drawn to life in her art. Her pieces are almost completely of a person and seem to display human qualities. Also, the people are drawn almost without flaw, as if they are perfect in nature. Lastly, the pieces vary in color, some with hot and vibrant colors while others with cool and dark colors.

Content Analysis

Her pieces are seemingly self-reflexive. They describe a lot about her life as she has stated. Also, about maybe the roles humans can play. As one piece has the same character as a bird, a devil, and a mummy. So, overall it is a piece of human nature and what role humans can play. What is interesting is her paint piece plays a separate role from what all of her other pieces play. It shares a more cool but lively feel.  Funky Funky Love Machine  has the character expressing outright happiness, while others do as well, but she is playing a prominent female role. Maybe that characters female role shows an impact on the artist.

Synthesis / My Experience

Personally I really loved this exhibit.  I specifically chose this artist because I love how the cartoon-like drawings brought me back to a time in which I saw that type of drawing on a pretty regular basis. Overall, I really enjoyed her pieces. As a whole, the exhibit was of really good artists and actually I would’ve gone to it twice if I had time. Her pieces really did touch a certain younger part of me, wether it was intentional on her end or not.  Overall, really loved her pieces.

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Wk15-Classmate Conversation-Josh Hyun

The first ice breaker I wanted to talk Josh about was about favorite colors.  Turns out, they are pretty similar! Mine is navy blue while his is indigo. So, this means we have to hit it off! Josh Hyun, as I found out his name is a Anthropology major. He really enjoys the study of humans he said. Josh Hyun is also of Korean decent. Actually he was born in South Korea. Our topic usually discussed about films and our majors.  We discussed about how good new films would be and specifically talked about the new Captain America film.  Overall, it was a short but sweet conversation.  Like a small piece of chocolate.

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Wk14-Art Experience-Drawing, Japanese Gardens

It was interesting drawing especially considering i’m the most horrid drawer I know.  You will never be able to distinguish between my abstracts and my real drawings as everything would look abstract in the viewers interpretations of my pieces.  I love the CSULB’s Japanese Gardens because it is always a tranquil experience.  The air seems fresher, and you have a deeper connection with the nature around you that is in motion yet motionless.  So, that is the focus of my “abstract” and “real” drawings.  It also emphasizes human creation and being.  However, to concentrate that even more it shows how humanities works and life is constantly inferior to the sheer force of nature.  Nature can take this livable Earth away from us and make it a wasteland before we do. Also, like most people I did a personal drawing of the koi fish which i was pretty proud of till I started filling it in.  To reiterate, drawing is not my strong suit and fails to be something I’ll be good that.  To keep that in mind, i’m proud of my drawings.  What I am not proud of is how I failed to remember to take pictures so that is deeply aggravating.  In the end, I kind of kept to myself while being at the Japanese Gardens and focused a lot with my surroundings. I wish I had engaged with my classmates more during it.  I just felt a deep connection and started drawing.  Overall, fun activity.

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Wk13-Art Experience- Art Care Package

To begin I wanted to put something that I personally enjoy and is beautiful that represents my portion of the care package I am giving to Katherine.  So, I had to chose a microfiber sunglass bag.  It contains a beautiful design of flowers on it and comes from a pretty expensive brand of sunglasses Maui Jim’s.  She has lived in the L.A. area so to give a object to her that represents that I gave her a picture of latin hip-hop group Cyprus Hills which grew out of the city South Gate.  Lastly, to have a piece of our moment, I put a currently minted penny in it.  Which has now been placed with a shield on the back of it.  Overall, this is the entire Art Care Package I am sending.  I hope it will suffice and create some interesting memories for her.  I wanted to add something applicable to daily life so that was the purpose of adding a microfiber case.  IMG_5389.JPGIMG_5390.JPG

Wk13-Artist Conversation-Nick Bamford

Exhibition Information

Artist: Nick Bamford
Exhibition: N/A
Media: Miscellanous Objects, Mixed Media, Wood, Clay
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: N/A
Instagram: @nickbamf4d

About the Artist

Nick Bamford is a senior at California State University Long Beach achieving his BFA in Ceramics.  Nick is a Huntington Beach native.  He found his love for Ceramics when he took a Ceramics class at his high school.  He loves to have art and be active in the art community.  Nick described that one of his passions is to do Mixed Media art.  This type of art is a clash of different forms of media to create a unique image. In his free time, he creates as much art as he can.  Again, as I described before, he does art from different forms, so he has described doing painting which we can see in this medium he has shown to us.

Formal Analysis

What is immediately interesting about the exhibit it is its almost completely in black light and lowlight.  The potpourri objects used are pretty far between.  We have shopping carts, flags, and even some gear pieces. Also, the use of neon colors creates a sharp contrast with the darkness that surround it.  He would also use paper and other materials in front of light source to create a certain light diffusion.  Overall, his pieces had jagged edges and created a feeling of unease.  This seems completely intentional as most art pieces have every aspect of the art piece controlled.  That is the most accurate assumption you have to make while looking at art.

Content Analysis

I believe the piece, like most others, is a critique.  I believe it might be a slight commentary on society and how overwhelmed and bombarded we are with things.  Things in this case being tangible objects.  This could be the idea that represents all the items that are piled on top of each other.  For us, we pile objects and then feel they are “junk” so maybe it represents this idea that these objects are “junk”.  Also, it is intentionally creating a fantastic spectacle.  This exhibit helps show Bamford’s imagination gone wild.  We see this imagination as these pieces are far away from what we would assume that would come from an exhibit such as paintings.  The observer is almost completely taken off guard by this.

Synthesis / My Experience

This piece actually reminds me a bit of the 80’s.  A time of turbulence.  Which is represented by the seemingly chaotic pieces.  Also, a time of neon and acid “trips” which could be the lighting and the lightings “feel”.  The lighting is constantly disorienting and distracting to the eye.  This is what the exhibit had me feel, for others that could be different.  It was actually one of the more interesting exhibits we have had this year.  I personally really enjoyed the pieces because they were mixed media.  I have never seen this specific style of artwork or anything remotely close to it.  However, Nick Bamford’s art piece truly stands out and is extremely unique.  This exhibit will stick with me for a long time.

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Wk13-Classmate Conversation-Alfonso Madrigal

This weeks classmate conversation I had with Alfonso Madrigal.  I met Alfonso earlier on this year and found out he was one of my brothers in our fraternity.  Our fraternity we share together is Zeta Beta Tau.  I took this opportunity to get to learn Alfonso a lot more. We talked about sports first. I knew Alfonso and I would differ on this topic. So, we took this time to take jabs at each other favorite basketball teams. It was hard for him to take shots at me considering my team is the best in the league. Because I am from up north, my favorite team has been the Golden State Warriors. We also just did small talk and I found out more about him and his life.  Such as what he wants to do with his life and why he likes to where blue so much.  We also discussed a bit about cars and about how his car has 100 more horsepower than mine does.  Overall, it was a really interesting and awesome conversation.  I got to learn more things and do some smack talking with a fellow fraternity brother.

Alfonso’s website

https://alfonso422.wordpress.com/

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Wk12-Art Experience-Game Design

The experience of founding a geocache was a lot more fun the placing one.  I love the idea of going to a location and trying to find something.  It reminds me of the childhood find the object books. A group of art classmates and I went to find a geocache labeled: State Vs Federal.  Which is a geocache located between the Veteran Affairs Hospital and our campus.  There was a hint that said it was in a murky water.  Funny enough, it was found inside a tree in murky water!  We all wrote our names down!  However, placing one was not as fun.  I put a bass pick (as I play Bass) as a trinket in an Altoids Can.  I decided to place it under a lamp post.  I used the hint that the location was enlightening.  I believe the fact that people cannot understand longitude and latitude purports a certain idea that there is a “muggle” and “wizard” differentiation.  Maybe, this makes geocachers have a sense of pride.  However, with a sense of pride it can come off as an impertinent attitude.  As if they are higher then regular people. However, I still believe geocaching is a cool hobby and activity to do.  I certainly had an enjoyable time doing it.

My Cache:

My Cache is somewhere enlightening…

Latitude: 33.786621

Longitude: -118.119575

 

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