This week our focus was a photo walk. Our leader, Crysta Tim took us around some of Long Beach’s recreational hang out spots. My goal during this walk was to find things that I never noticed. While playing more attention to details and my surroundings I was able to find multiple art pieces by the information center of the USU, cool designs on the air hockey table, as well as actually observing my surroundings and seeing how many people on campus utilize these activities. Crysta was an excellent tour guide, she let us roam around and find things that we were interested in, while focusing primarily on recreational aspects. I thought that the coolest item we came across was the huge Jenga game. This photo walk really opened my eyes to my surroundings and the activities Long Beach has provided for our leisure.
This week I experimented with “distressing”. Our fashion today has a lot of cuts in it, so I decided to “claw” up a t-shirt. Overall, I liked the fact that my cuts were consistent and straight. However, I put some lines too close together. I was going for the rigid look, but ended up with a zombie apocalyptic shirt. Although I’m not totally satisfied with the outcome, it was great practice. I can’t wait to try it on my bleached black shirt! (=
Artist: Krystal Ramirez
Exhibition: Fuse: Join to Form Single Entity
Media: Sheet Metal, Beehive
Gallery: CSULB, Gatov-Gallery West
Krystal Ramirez is currently an undergrad student here at CSULB. Being a transfer student, she’s only been at Long Beach for two years, but is studying 3D Media. She hopes to com back to school after graduating to study industrial design. Her favorite type of material to work with is metal because she enjoys heating, stretching, and forming objects into functional objects. Krystal is a Huntington Beach local. In her free time she enjoys thrifting and painting.
Krystal’s pieces were mostly consistent of a linear form. Her goal was to make functional objects through abstract shapes. Her pieces were musically inspired. She discussed how her necklace was inspired by the analyzation of a Brazilian song and how her goal was to manipulate the metal to form dancing figures.
Krystal was a very easy going individual. When she said she enjoyed thrifting I sensed that functionality and the idea of transforming objects was an important ideal to her, which definitely reflected in her artwork. In addition, finding a muse through music helped her create a beautiful necklace. Through metal, she was able to create beautiful aesthetic pieces that were both functional and shared a meaning.
I really enjoyed looking at Krystal’s pieces. Out of all her creations my favorite ones were the necklace and the salt and pepper shakers. The necklace was a beautiful statement with the continuous flow of lines, that truly resemble dancing. In addition, the curve and form of the shakers were simplistic, but oddly satisfying to the eye.
On Friday, the 12th I went to the LA Book Fair at MOCA. I had never been to an event like this, so I had no idea what to expect. There were so many things to look at: cool photography, books, and interesting displays. Many of the authors talked about their pieces at their tables and were showcasing a lot of their work. One piece that stood out the most to me was a book about Teenage Pre-occupation. This book photographed the everyday life of today’s teenager and how social media and slang like “YOLO” affects everyday lifestyles. I also found a booth with artwork pamphlets saying “The Life of Pablo” on it. Just today, Kanye dropped his new album T.L.O.P., or “The Life of Pablo” and I found it very coincidental. A lot of the items were erotic, showcasing the human body and the many different artistic aspects that can be expressed through the mind and language. The Book Fair was very interesting, there were so many things to look at. I brought a group of friends with me and we explored for a couple of hours, it was definitely a great experience!
This week’s Art Experience was Graffiti Writing! Boy, oh, boy was this harder than it looks. Unfortunately I couldn’t control my spray paint as much as I wanted too. I also got a periwinkle color tone to match my maroon color, but sadly, it looks white. Next time I spray paint, I need to get a bigger canvas and cooler colors. But overall I found spray painting fun. I wrote my nickname on my canvas; my friends call me “Coco”. I also attempted to put a crown over my name, but it was a fail once again. )= This week I went to venice beach to look at the graffiti walls. I found lots of cool pieces, but because I didn’t go on the weekend, I wasn’t able to paint on the walls, but I did get a really cool picture of the sunset while I was there!
Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsy and Ideals
Media: Ceramic Clay and Montana Spray Paint
Gallery: CSULB, Gatov-Gallery West
Samuel Jernigan is from Central California. He grew up around Fresno. He graduated from CSULB in the fall of 2015 with a BFA in Ceramics. He enjoys watching cartoons, reading comics, and playing the guitar. He most especially loves to bike. He’s a fanatic about pens and was inspired by toys in his pieces. Samuel is very dedicated, he often spent 14-16 hours in his studio and rarely went home, most of the time he just lived in his car.
Jernigan’s pieces were very smooth, curved, and very large. The materials he used includes Montana Spray Paint from a German Company as well as paint pens from Krink, and of course, ceramic clay. Because of these paint brands and his ceramic technique his lines are very smooth and controlled, showcasing a premium effect.
Samuel was first inspired by toys when he visited a flea market. He noticed how abandoned the broken toys were and felt inspired by this effect. In order to bring attention to the toys, Jernigan’s ceramics were brightly colored. He exaggerated the sizes of his pieces to make a bigger effect. His work explores the idea of belonging.
I found Jernigan’s pieces very inspiring. I once took a sculpture class in high school and it was very difficult to mold my small figurines. I can only imagine how long each piece took. Jernigan’s exhibition reminds me of Toy Story. He’s putting emotions and feelings in toys. His sculptures of fish, remind me of my own childhood and Dr. Seuss characters. I also found the busts of dolls very interesting as it reminded me of Cinderella. Through bright colors and smooth lines, he showcases the beauty of broken toys. He highlights the life in the toys through contrasting colors, almost speaking for the toys, giving off the effect that just because something is broken, doesn’t mean it’s not beautiful.
This week’s art experience was Snapchat Drawings! I use snapchat to document my everyday life; what I’m doing, where I am, and my interests. This week I posted two snapchats on my story. One of my dog and one of a card I found at a store. In regards to the photo of my dog, he wouldn’t sit to look at me, so I took a profile view and was instantly inspired, by Drake and his album, Nothing was the Same. My second snapchat was of a card that I found at Oh Hello Friend, a small business in Downtown Fullerton. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I found this card very humorous. The third and fourth photos in my lineup were from different classmates. I found the one with Belle very humorous because she’s fascinated with a book with empty pages. I thought the fourth photo was very coincidental with the third photo in the fact that they are both dealing with Princesses.