Wk 14 – Art Experience – Sketching in the Garden

This week’s experience was sketching in the garden. The Japanese garden was very peaceful and serene. I never realized how calming sketching was in the right environment. My pictures reflected what I saw: leaves, fish, bamboo, etc. I drew triangles because I saw change in so many aspects in nature, the growth, the color, and size. I drew circular objects because of water droplets and a bridge to symbolize life and overcoming. This week’s experience was good for the soul. Finals are coming up and I felt relieved even though it was for only an hour or so. 


Wk 13 – Artist Conversation – Nick Bamford

Artist: Nick Bamford

Exhibition: N/A

Media: Foam, Wood, Plaster, Cement

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov-East

Website: N/A

Instagram: nickbamf4d

Nick Bamford is an undergrad senior graduating this fall in BFA Ceramics at California State University, Long Beach. He grew up in Huntington Beach and his whole life revolves around art. His love for art started in high school ceramics and from there his passion grew even more.

Bamford’s art pieces were tall structures. They included many different objects, all of which had different textures and curves. He used bright, vibrant colors to “pop” out to the audience. To enhance the colors he used a back light which only amplified the colors and brought attention to the exhibit.

Bamford’s intention was to bring different context of objects together to bring a different meaning of them. He wanted to create something different, and did so though the different arrangements of objects. He also told us that he puts things of himself into his work.

I really liked Bamford’s artwork. It was different. It was vibrant and the back light was very cool. It brought emphasis to his pieces and brought meaning to everyday objects.


Wk 13 – Art Experience – Art Care Package


This week’s art experience was to make an Art Care Package. To be quite honest I had no idea what to put inside this envelope, but I thought about what hobbies I use to enjoy and did a little self-reflection on my past and present. Inside the package I put in a Disneyland pin. I use to be an annual pass holder for the past 6 years and during my down time I would always just go on a quick trip and feel like a care-free kid again. I also included a Long Beach Fair Grounds, City Grounds business card. I use to ride my fixed gear all over Cerritos and Long Beach in middle and high school, so I thought to include a business card to spread awareness about cycling. I also included two stickers, an Obey “PEACE” sticker and a Live Lokai sticker. I love everything Live Lokai stands for and they donate proceeds to different foundations. As for the peace sticker, I just thought it would be cool to “spread peace” in the form of a sticker. My final piece was a ticket to the Aquarium of the Pacific. Growing up this was my favorite place, I even use to be a club member. I have a few free tickets, so I thought why not include it. Hopefully you enjoy my package Florenz!

This week’s experience is different than sending a snapchat. It’s more personal. There’s more thought put into it and it’s sent like a package and cool surprise. Ephemera is something precious and all these items in my package mean something to me and hopefully Florenz enjoys all the goodies inside. I believe that art is art and there is no difference in it’s importance as long as someone enjoys it and can connect or understand where you’re coming from as a person. Sending an ACP is again more personal than a snapchat, it’ll bring more joy to the person opening it and it’s a fun surprise knowing it can come at any unsuspected time.

Wk 13 – Classmate Conversation – Carlos Madrigal


This week I was able to meet Carlos Madrigal. He is a second year at LB majoring in Econ. He went to Gahr High School and played on their Band. In fact, he went into further detail about their bands accomplishments in the State Championship. During our conversation, I couldn’t help but notice how laid back and relaxed Carlos was. He also mentioned that he use to have long curly hair and had taken an astronomy class here at LB, which I thought was very cool. We also have a few friends in common! Check out his stuff at: https://itsonlymemarvin.wordpress.com

Wk 12 – Artist Conversation – Jennifer Chen

Artist: Jennifer Chen

Exhibition: Succession

Media: digital print making

Gallery: CSULB, Gatov-Gallery West

Website: N/A

Instagram: N/A

Jennifer Chen is a current student here at CSULB. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in biology and is currently going to school for her Master’s degree in Printmaking. This huge change of subjects is due to an interest Chen had in order to make her grow in a different way and see the world from other perspectives. In the fall she will be teaching her own Art 270 class with one of her friends.

Chen’s artwork is printed in 3D. She uses digital printing, masking, and monotype style. She tops of her artwork with a gloss to add a 3D effect. 

Chen’s goal is to show ecology and after disturbances in landscapes due to natural disaster. Her ideas explore the microscopic and macroscopic views and looks at cities that may be historical or monumental. Her artwork speaks by saying that even through all disaster, beauty is within and will overcome. 

Chen’s pieces were very beautiful. The colors and vibrancy pop and the glossy-ness effects really help highlight the scenes. I really enjoyed her pieces. 

Wk 12 – Classmate Conversation – Eddie Castillo

  This week I met Eddie Castillo. He’s a first year here at Long Beach. Eddie just changed his major from Computer Science to Political Science. He hopes to become a politician one day. Eddie commutes from Irvine. He attended Marina High School in Irvine. He played on the Badminton team. In fact, he played against my high school and was familiar with the team! When talking to Eddie he seemed very shy, but he looks like the type of person who is outgoing once you actually get to know them. Check out his stuff at https://eddiescastle.wordpress.com/

Wk 11 – Art Experience – Turning Pages

This week’s art experience was unlike all others. During the experience I felt like I was able to connect with my outside world and notice the small details of the “norms” of the library. As other people passed our class reading, they just stared which is pretty ironic considering we were in a library. In addition, without my phone I felt free and concentrated and surprisingly relaxed. I had no distractions and actually participated in the activity. During the trip to the bookstore I found it a little more hectic. There were so many things going on and people were just, again, staring and watching our activities as we were making the most of the objects that the bookstore held, such as playing the guitar and using the macs. This experience was unlike all others, it shows the changing or settings and the different norms people see today and how doing something opposite the norm can cause a semi small commotion, causing all heads to turn.