Wk12-Artist Conversation-Jennifer Chen

Artist: Jennifer Chen
Exhibition: Succession
Media: Paint, Digital, Ink
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: None
Instagram: None

About the Artist

Jennifer Chen is a Bachelor of Fine Arts Student at California State University Long Beach.  She is in the Printmaking concentration and is in her final year.  Originally, she achieved her degree in Biology.  However her real passion and love is in the arts.  Back in her life, she had worked for companies that didn’t have a focus on art or biology.  She also liked to create different pieces every single time.  Her activities are broad and she likes to do many different things. Her pieces in this exhibit called Succession seem to focus on landscapes.

Formal Analysis

Each piece differs a lot on purpose.  Her artwork likes to highlight the environment below.  She uses a lot of eagle eye views on her pieces that create emphasis on the trees that are in the picture itself.  Also, she uses graphics to concentrate on parts of her pieces.  It seems she uses programs such as Google World to see nature being built around the cities. The trees are obviously the focus in most of her pieces.  She uses colors and opaqueness in the photos to also draw the viewers eye.  The pieces are all of urban areas with emphasis on foliage.  She also, sometimes combines paint with her prints.  The use of paints create a sense of intrusion in her paintings.  Which may be her direct intent.  To create a uneasy intrusive feel.

Content Analysis

I believe her pieces are to help show the intrusive nature of developing over trees.  We make it seem like we are expanded on a wild nature.  While, I believe her piece conveys a different message.  It displays the idea that we are actually invading a natural beauty.  Maybe, that we are usurping it.  Therefore, it is painting a picture that maybe we are the invaders on this land.

Synthesis / My Experience

I believe it helps describe the idea that we need to preserve nature.  That we need to create more eco-friendly buildings that help create a self-sustainable world.  For me, the piece also described in some ways how urban life can be beautiful.  how we can make beautiful architectural pieces. However, I am almost certain that was not her intention.  I do enjoy the way urban life can be beautiful however.  Overall, I really liked her exhibit.



Wk12-Classmate Conversation-Tyler Kedis

My classmate conversation this week was with Tyler Kedis.  Tyler is a undergraduate student here from Lakewood.  He, coincidentally, went to Lakewood High School and graduated in 2014. His favorite color is blue.  Which is good, because it is the most dominant color in the color spectra (I like blue as well).  He is currently taking fifteen units and is a Biochemistry major.  We discussed sports for a bit too.  The trigger of that conversation was caused when I saw him dawning a Los Angeles Kings jersey.  I am a San Jose Sharks fan, we were rivals at first sight.  So, obviously he was a Los Angeles Kings fan.  We discussed and debated other sports as well.  His favorite NFL team was the Minnesota Vikings.  Which again, we differed because I am a New York Jets fan.  Lastly, we finished the trifecta by discussing Major League Baseball in which he was a New York Yankees fan.  To continue our disagreements, I am a San Francisco Giants fan.  We just did not match on our sports.  But that is the nature of sports fandom.  We both had Instagram’s and his was @tyler_kedis.  Overall, it was a really cool conversation and Tyler was a sick individual.

Tyler Kedis website: Tylerkedis.wordpress.com


Wk11-Art Experience-Turning Pages Social Experiment

To address some questions: the way to  capture a ephemeral experience is to spread it by word of mouth, take pictures or write about it.  Of course, the problem is how it will be replicated in different minds.  However, we have to admit that this is the only way to capture this type of experience.  A Video, however could capture the event well enough to re-watch and be preserve.  I don’t believe that certain images are less true to what occurred.  Except, for words, words can have extreme biases and be used to slant for or against the picture.  Youtube, a really useful video platform can share an ephemeral experience well with people who weren’t there.  I believe videoing the experience does lose a piece of the art.  That would be the factor of actually being surprised and witnessing it as it happens.  That is a type of feeling that you will never actually feel the experience by being there.  The feeling about not taking pictures in the library and taking pictures in the bookstore felt different.  Because, at the library it felt extremely taboo, while the atmosphere at the bookstore was different.  The people who were doing work at the bookstore seemed way more annoyed then the actual workers working the front desk at the bookstore.  When reading the books, I felt judgement coming from the people in the computer lab in library.  The bookstore, was just a much more of a free feel.  However, the workers at the library were a lot more gleeful of us being there.  While the workers at the bookstore, seemed slightly perplexed the purpose there were so many of us.  I believe, the ways these  space change are because of what society and the people are using at the time.  I believing moving the books upstairs was purposeful because people are using computers a lot more for research.  I would rather the books be everywhere however.  In the bookstore, it conformed to cultural standards.  Such as the greek store, the large tv, and the huge audio section.  The experience was overall enjoyable.  I love to defy societal standards.IMG_20160407_113159774.jpgIMG_20160407_115432346.jpgIMG_20160407_112353055.jpg

Wk10-Art Experience-INSTAGRAM

I personally love using Instagram and I was more than happy to make some posts of my day.  Overall, I wanted to take mostly night pictures because I was heading home so I took one flying out, and one in my car.  The other two were of my bag, and of the interesting 3D model of Helen Werner Cox’s exhibit Silent Screams.  Taking a picture on Instagram involves some serious decision making.  First, is it worthy of taking a picture.  Second, what colors are you going to add and what effects will you make it.  Does it enhance the image is the last most important question!  I personally love taking photos on Instagram, sometimes so many people will text me to stop posting on Instagram!  Our class hashtag actually had beautiful continuity on the time of day.  Of course because they are sorted that way but it makes it look very interesting.  The number that were taken in door and outdoors varies however it seems there were a lot more taken outdoors.  Overall, there were some really cool pictures that varied from in campus to out of campus and they all looked pretty cool.  In conclusion, we all have super interesting lives and I advocate the more constant use of Instagram to express it!


Wk10-Artist Conversation-Helen Werner Cox

Artist: Helen Werner Cox
Exhibition: Silent Screams
Media: Oil, water color, pastels, canvas
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: www.HelenWarnerCox.com
Instagram: N/A

About the Artist

Helen Werner Cox is a graduate student at California State University Long Beach.  She has been doing art for a large part of her life however did work at Middle Schools.  She moved to the west coast because she did not like the weather in Boston and enjoys reading and gardening in her spare time.  She is working on her MFA in drawing in our arts program here.  She has been devoted to learning art throughout her life as she was studying art at Boston University, and now here.  To talk more on her personal life, she grew up in Ithaca New York but when she moved to California it was in Southern California.  She immediately loved it because it was a 180 from the weather in the Northeast.  She soon caught inspiration seeing horses in carousels in Santa Barbara and Southern California.

Formal Analysis

Her pieces of the carousel horses are smooth however sharp and edged. The smoothness comes from the oils and water coloring.  The sharp lines come from pastels and this creates a very interesting contrast. The colors are vibrant and there is stark contrast between them.  This lack of blending in the colors make them pop off the art piece itself.  Actually there is a very unique piece she has that also draws our attention.  Its a sculpture of one of the horses, a centaur.  Its saddle is colored while the horse is tan.  This change in medium shows her expertise in art.   Her larger canvases show larger strokes.  The horses silhouette is smooth however there inside is pastel based.

Content Analysis

Her artwork is actually super symbolic.  The carousel horses are obviously symbolic of childhood and memories.  However, she dives deeper into it.  She describes how society is stuck in a loop and how we kind of “go through the motions” everyday.  The way she used to describe this was the carousel horses themselves, and how we just wake up, go to work and go back to bed.  She criticizes this new modern way of life we created.  Her artwork I believe shows the beauty of everyone in some ways.  If the horses represent us, the colors also do too.  These vibrant colors give us the feeling that we are also individuals.  Also, it creates this theme that we should feel beautiful no matter what color, or how you look.  Overall, its a critique and comment of our society and our population in the modern era we are in.

Synthesis / My Experience

When I walked in and saw all the horses it immediately took me into a flashback in my childhood.  As a young child, I would always go to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk carousel.  It was an enjoyable time and a memorable moment of my life.  This exhibit made me feel a little bit like a child.  However, i saw her symbolism with society immediately when I read the title of her exhibit Silent Screams.  It made this feeling how we all hate the way we go through the motions.  However, we never do anything about it or speak out against it.  Hence the Silent portion of the Screams.  However, the vibrant colors and bright artwork gave it a pretty positive feeling into it.  She described her art as never leaving her and it makes me feel so very happy because thats how I felt about my life.  I, at one point, admitted defeat in art and went for Business Administration.  However, it never truly left me and so I changed my major to Film because of that.  Art never truly leaves a person, its a bug.  Once its in you, it never leaves.IMG_5218.JPGIMG_5221.JPGIMG_5219.JPGIMG_5216.JPGIMG_5220.JPGIMG_5217.JPGIMG_5215.JPGIMG_5211.JPGIMG_5209.JPGIMG_5208.JPGIMG_5207.JPG

Wk9-Artist Conversation-Sean Joy Cabanig

Exhibition Information

Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig
Exhibition: All Work All Play
Media: Metal, Bronze, Copper, Gold, Silver etc.
Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery
Website: N/A
Instagram: N/A

About the Artist

Sean Joy Cabanig is an undergrad. at California State University Long Beach.  Sean Joy works with her art and expressed that she always keeps trying new things with it.  She finds the hobby of reading books enjoyable and is originally from L.A. proper. Her jewelry usually expresses fashion form in modern day society.  She is a art major.


Formal Analysis

Most of her pieces seem to have smooth contours and not to many jagged edges. The metal contains rough and rustic looks.  Meaning it is done by staining and having patterns on the metal.  The brown and dark colors are also used showing earthy tones.  The ball necklace piece shows a comparison between the shined chains and the dark colored balls that rest at the bottom of the necklace. There is a overall theme of jewelry and accessories in her metallurgical artwork.  Smooth curvatures meet at peaks on many art pieces as well.

Content Analysis

I believe her artwork is mostly about this image of bondage and jewelry we have today.  This could express maybe a cultural criticism on the purchasing of fine jewelry at high costs.  Overall, you get a sort of darker emotional feel from the objects. Especially the art piece that is a finger restraint with metal.  It shows maybe a co-dependency with accessories.  Or maybe, the title of the exhibit All Work All Play shows the type of role jewelry plays in society.

Synthesis / My Experience

To me it almost displays how often the jewelry is used.  We see a type of restriction with jewelry as it almost defines us a certain way.  At least, this is my interpretation.  She honestly might have created this art piece just because she really felt she wanted to create jewelry with a more rustic feel.  I feel honestly the artwork should be sold because its really visually appealing.  However, most of her pieces seem like they wouldn’t be very culturally accepted.  In the end, I really enjoyed this art exhibit more than any other.IMG_5179.JPGIMG_5178.JPGIMG_5176.JPGIMG_5175.JPGIMG_5174.JPG

Wk9-Classmate Conversation-Aaron Dela Rosa

For this weeks classmate conversation I talked to classmate Aaron Dela Rosa.  He is a Psychology major and is a first year at California State University Long Beach. I first talked to Aaron about his hobbies.  He really enjoys hiking, going to the beach, and taking Polaroids.  I really mended well with him because i love going backpacking and, because I am a film major, I love anything that has to do with a camera.  He stated that school could be tedious but enjoyable.  That is honestly a very similar view to school I have.  Aaron is from Los Angeles.  A varying experience because I am from Santa Cruz a small 60,000 person city.  I briefly discussed with him how bad the smog was in Los Angeles and how Santa Cruz never had that problem.  Lastly, before I left, I referenced how because he was a psychologically he can read minds.  The discussion closed there and in the end I learned something pretty important.  There are a lot of people like me, and Aaron is one of them.