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Exhibition Information

Artist: Alice Andreini
Exhibition: (Will find the name of it)
Media: Landscape painting
Gallery: CSULB School of Art
Website: andreiniart.com

About the Artist

Alice Andreini is a local artist. She goes to California State University Long Beach as a graduate student. She is studying drawing and painting. She has been in school for 3 years. In her free time she likes to read poetry, philosophy, and good literature. Her favorite artist is Virginia Wolf. She also enjoys going to art galleries. After school, she wants to continue her art and practice as a painter as well as teach. She learned how to paint around 6 years ago. Her work explores how we view the world through landscapes, which she feels landscapes are simple and innocent.

 

Formal Analysis

I believe that this artist had a beautiful use of color on each of her portraits that she created. I noticed that each painting hand around the same color scheme. I would describe the nature of the line to be more straight, as opposed to jagged. I would say it appears to have a very smooth texture. These paintings are most definitely eye pleasing. I could tell she’s taken a lot of time to make these paintings but they seem simplistic and nice.

Content Analysis

Her inspiration comes from looking at things that she finds concerning. She believes that we are unaware of our mental constructs. She thinks that things just aren’t natural because it’s been tampered by human activity. She explores the attitude of sovereignty to want to dominate and control. She is skeptical of the ideologies in industrialism and capitalism. Landscapes reflect how we see a culture, and since we’ve altered things in nature to create other things, it is no longer “innocent” like how she would describe a landscape.

Synthesis / My Experience

I thought this was a unique way of looking at things. We can look at things and think that they’re beautiful when a lot of the times, it’s been transformed by humans. It let me take a step back and try to imagine how things would be pre-industrial revolution. Of course, I do love the way things are now, however, but it makes me wonder how things used to be before. I thought she was a really cool person to talk to and I enjoyed seeing things from her perspective.

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Today I got to talk to Vina Trac. I forgot to take a picture with her (I keep doing this) so here is a nicely drawn picture of the both of us hanging out eating soup because she likes soup. She is a second year at CSULB studying biology. She is Asian, like me, but she is Vietnamese. She is from San Jose, California which is only 2 hours away from me in Sacramento. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and sleeping. She drives a lexus. She has a really cool, go with the flow personality. I really enjoyed talking to her for this classmate conversation because we usually talk in class but we don’t really take the time to actually get to know each other. Vina is awesome.

Artist: Yujia Gu
Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence in the USA
Media: graphic design
Gallery: CSULB School of Art

About the Artist

Yujia Gu is a graduate student at California State University Long Beach working on her masters for BFA in graphic design. Yujia is from china and she decided to come to the US, but before coming, was warned by her mother about the gun violence that takes place in the US. She took the risk and came to the US anyway and found herself doing deep research in gun violence, which inspired the exhibit. She has been living in the United States for 3 years now.

 

Formal Analysis

I believe she mentioned that she used a sticker material to put onto the walls. I would describe the line to be straight. I observed that she used dark colors. I noticed that she tried to appeal to more than just sight because there was a piece on the wall that you could listen to. It showed statistics of gun violence world wide. There were pictures on the wall for a children who have fallen victim to gun violence.

Content Analysis

Well, as mentioned earlier, her exhibit was inspired by her mother’s worries about moving to the states because all of the gun violence that has happened. She wants to spread word about the importance of gun violence and how frequent it has been coming up. She wants to inform of the misuse of guns as well as how necessary it is control gun usage. She uses the exhibit to promote her ideas and express how she feels about the issue.

Synthesis / My Experience

Well this was a cool exhibit. I chose this specific exhibit because I was put into a situation where guns were held up to everyone’s face. Although, no guns were fired and it was just a threat, it was really traumatizing a crazy. Gun violence is everywhere. It was really relatable. I’m able to understand the fears of gun violence and because of my experience I think that I am a lot of cautious about getting into situations and I have more fears and see myself discluding myself from a lot of situations that are potentially dangerous.

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I would recreate the wedge by enlongating the structure toward the railing so there is no gap. I would put a plant in between the structure and the chairs there so that people don’t want to go through the seating area and the wedge structure. People will be forced to go around and walk like how normal people would instead of trying to create a short cut that causes a bit of traffic, so is it really a short cut? I thought enlongating the structure would be a good idea to just eliminate the wedge. I feel like students will not like this because students are lazy and students do not like change. The construction for this might cause more traffic and then the fact that they can’t take short cuts may annoy them.

Exhibition Information

Artist: Amy Duran
Exhibition:
Media: Ceramics
Gallery: CSULB School of Art
Instagram: polkadot.pony

About the Artist

Amy Duran is a Ceramics major at California State University, Long Beach. She is an undergraduate student. She graduates this May 2017 with a BFA in Ceramics. She is from Buena Park in Orange County. Before going to Long Beach, she went to a community college in Cypress. Other than ceramics, she has interests  in baking and designing cakes. Her ideas explore a coming of age story.

Formal Analysis

There are ceramic structures and books telling a story. Attached, there are levers you can pull to make the structures move. There are also curtains that you can move, that go along with the story that is being told. There are beautiful and realistic but cartoon-like qualities and shapes. The textures don’t seem super smooth, they seem a little jagged. There is a use of darker colors in her art pieces, but that may be because it looks like it takes place during the night time.

Content Analysis

As stated earlier, she is trying to explain a coming of age story. She uses herself in the story and it is a story of becoming a woman while holding onto past memories. These were her personal struggles. She felt as though she was forgetting who she was as a child. In the story she told, there are relationships with animals and toys. She was inspired about her real toys and pets she had as a child. She wants to show a different side to femininity by showing how powerful women can be. She delivers a really strong message in the story.

Synthesis / My Experience

This was an eye-opener for me. I realized through this exhibit that we are getting older every second, and I am getting further and further away from my past and my childhood with all these responsibilities that I have to deal with. I was able to feel a little nostalgic and took a walk through memory lane, but it was a little heart breaking to realize that I couldn’t remember some things. I could remember some faces, or how I felt about a certain situation. For example, I can remember my brothers and I sitting around the kitchen table laughing when we were young. I don’t remember what they looked like or what we were laughing about, but it’s  fond memory of mine because I love my brothers and life was easier and happier back then. It just sucks that that’s all I remember about the situation.

My parents lied and said we had spray paint at home (Sacramento) so I decided, hey why spend money when I can just do my project at home Sunday night when I fly home. I flew home for spring break and I got home around 7pm tonight and there was no spray paint. It’s Sunday and no one wants to take me to go get some spray paint so here I am writing a blog post about what could have happened.

Artist Conversation

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Artist: Vanessa Olivarez
Exhibition: Tender
Media: Ceramics, Glass, Mixed-Media, Installation
Gallery: CSULB School of Art
Instagram: tokioni

About the Artist

Vanessa Olivarez is an undergraduate student. She plans on graduating this spring in May. She is a sculpture major.Post grad, she would want to work at the Getty and she wants to make a small pop up gallery in her apartment. She and her roommate have an extra room in her apartment and they will collaborate together to make the exhibit. Her main interests is mainly anything to do with art, but mostly film. She made her exhibit because she wanted to create a safe space for people to feel vulnerable.

 

Formal Analysis

Her exhibit consisted of film, a hologram look alike, karaoke, music and sculptures. The music, she actually orchestrated herself. It had a bit of a creepy vibe to it, in my opinion. It was a dark  room with flashing lights and a bunch of projectors. The music with the dark room made it very eerie. Beautiful lights everywhere. She had a sad poem on a TV screen that we were supposed to karaoke. There were small spots in the room where we could isolate ourselves. The overall ambiance in the room was comforting but a little scary, which is ironic.

Content Analysis

She created this exhibit because she wanted a separate space to feel isolated. Tere is a section of a room that is divided off to put on a head set. She wanted to give the feeling of being lonely in a crowded room. As stated earlier, she wanted to create a safe space. She says that we are conditioned in life to feel things, and it’s okay to feel things. Contemporary life is full of distractions like computers and phones. She says that we go to technology to find pleasure, but in reality we do it to fill a void. I thought that was an interesting look at life. In the room, there was a karaoke system with a TV with words on the screen. She said that the words were actually a poem that she wrote but it was a sad poem. It had a sense of irony to it because karaoke was supposed to be something that is fun, but you’re saying words that are actually sad. It was just amazing.

Synthesis / My Experience

Although I got a creepy vibe from her exhibit, I really liked it. I actually did feel safe. I was able to feel calm. I went to her exhibit 6 times and I stayed in it for a long time. I enjoyed it. It was able to speak to me. I am someone with a very colorful mind, and just experiencing the room was something cool. There was actually a lot of things going on in the room, but then nothing was going on at the same time. It was just cool. I really liked the hologram-like sculpture thing she had up. It was just beautiful and excellent. She created a place so we could feel feelings and feel isolated. I really love that idea, it is awesome.