This week I had the chance to meet and speak to Kyu Lee. She is a technical theater major with emphasis on lifting design, who will be graduating next month! She lives in Torrance so she commutes to school. On her free time she likes to catch up on sleep, play the guitar and do her nails. Nice meeting you Kyu!
Artist: Chelsea Blecha
Exhibition: mixed Aesthetic
Media: watercolor, color pencil, acrylic on wood, ink
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov gallery West
This week the gallery had a diverse scenery of art, the artist that I had the chance to speak to is Chelsea Blecha. I learned that Chelsea will is a senior, she is graduating with a degree in illustration. She spoke about her mom being an artist. Her mother works for Nordstrom, and due to being exposed to art at a young age, she began to draw at the age of three.
Most of the art she had in her exposition, were drawings, they mostly look like ink and color pencil. One of the pieces I really enjoyed was the wooden skate board. She used the bottom of the board. She also had sketches of what looked like interior design.
She explained that all of her drawings come from her experiences. Most of her drawings were new, she was inspired by her trip to San Francisco. The board represents her teenage days when she used a skateboard.
Her exposition was beautiful. Her drawings were very delicate and pristine. The colors seemed very natural. Over all of the artists that had their work up, hers caught my attention right away.
This week’s art experience was a little more relaxed. We got to enjoy the beautiful and peaceful Japanese Garden on campus. The day was a beautiful sunny day so everything went great. My first thought was “hmm sketches, this will be easy and fun”… But I didn’t know how terrible I am at sketching and drawing until this activity LOL. The overall assignment was very intersecting and relaxing, as we got to pick the objects we wanted to sketch and were able to interact with classmates.
This week we did something a little different. Our guest speaker Marta had an activity for us. First we went to the school library, the activity was to read books in a non-book reading area (computer area), which seemed ridiculous to me because we were in the library! We were being asked to leave but one of our classmates convinced the staff that we were all waiting for computers and they left us alone. We then proceeded to the bookstore, in there we all split into groups in different areas of the store and walked around, I began to try on benies and scarves. I was asked twice if I needed help, but it was definitely a more relaxed environment. After the activities the rest of us that were left gathered in front of the bookstore as Marta spoke. I really enjoyed this experience, Goodluck Marta!
This weeks art Experince was quite casual, posting on Instagram seemed like no big deal, but when it came to posting I panicked bcs I didn’t know what to post and didn’t want to be lame. So I created a new account lol, I decided to post the most interesting parts of my day, and although I’m into motorcycles and most girls aren’t, one of my posts was not something I saw on anyone else’s page. However, I learned that all of us as college students have similar lives. I saw a couple pictures of pets and dinner and CSULB Campus which is where I spend most of my day. This art experience helped me feel like it’s ok to not always be out there having fun.
Artist: Helen Werner Cox
Exhibition: Silent Screams
Media: Oil, Pastel, Maker, Ink, Crayon, MonoPrint, Basswood Carving
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery West
Helen is currently a student of the Fine Arts program at CSULB and is working to get her Masters Degree. She began studying Fine Arts in Massachusetts at the age of 18 right after high school. Helen is originally from Ithaca, New York. She worked as a teacher here in California for 17 years, and 13 years as a Librarian in Long Beach. On top of her work, on her free time, she likes to garden and read fictional books.
Helen described her work to have structure and energy. The mixes of colors she uses definitely gives her work depth and energy. For example the colors in her painting “Silent Screams”, demonstrates warmth, movement and energy.
Helen’s gallery was focused on horses. All of her paintings and sketches were of carousel horses. After looking at her paintings I felt a sense of sadness, chaos, and even fear. These images are the complete opposite to the colorful and musical carousel horses everyone is used to.
Having a conversation with Helen was definitely one of the most inspirational. One of the many things I admire of her is the fact that she is adventurous, like myself. Personally I’ve never been a fan of carousels, so seeing these images trigger different emotions.
This week for my classmate conversation I had one of the best conversations so far with Marlon. I learned so much from him in such little time. He is super chill, he likes fishing and playing tennis. We also have a few things in common, we love sea food and listen to EDM. He is about to graduate CSULB with a degree in consumer affairs, after spending his last 5 years here.
Artist: Sean Joy Cabanig
Exhibition: All Work All Play
Media: Metals, Silver, Copper
Gallery: CSULB, Marilyn Werby Gallery
Website: no website
Sean is currently an undergrad student at CSULB. She is from Los Angeles but lives in Long Beach to stay close to the university. She likes to read and enjoys cats on her free time. She likes to experiment with her work, her basis is daily life.
All of Sean’s work is metal material. A lot of the colors are the same, copper and silver. Her pieces are nicely shaped, for example the half sphere necklace. Her work is modern and based on real life qualities.
Her art is very playful. All of her work represent objects that were on her mind at the moment that she was working on it. She incorporates humor in her work, for example the penis, not many people in college would create a copper penis and proudly put it in a gallery.
I really enjoyed the work I saw in her gallery. The colors are amazing and shiny. The curves and textures are smooth. She inspired me to be myself around others. She is herself when working on her art and makes it enjoyable for others to see.
Deedee was adopted by a family that was cruel to animals. when she decided to run away with her boyfriend Dank Waters, her mom cursed her and turned her into a cat woman. Deedee then became known as the animal protector on Moonbase Alpha. She and her friend Cage rescues all of the stray animals and protects the abused ones. Cage takes care of making sure all of the humans that abuse animals are punished. Her and her husband turned their huge back yard into an animal shelter. Since general Scooter Perkins was the first rescued Canine, he is in charge of keeping everything under control in the shelter.
Artist: Brianna Joy
Media: Screen Painting, BFK Printing paper
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov East Gallery
Brianna is from Modjeska Canyon, California. She attended Orange County Highschook of Arts, where she began her career as an artist. She began a CSULB as a transfer student from Ornage Coast College. Brianna will be graduating this year with a Bachelor in Fine Arts.
Brianna’s art is very misterious. All of her work is in black and white, with different shapes. She explained that her art represents the shift between her past and her present. One of her drawings showed a woman in white and the same woman in black, that shows her new perspective in comparison to her past.
After looking at Brianna’s drawings I felt very confused. It wasn’t until I listened to her explanation that I understood what her art represented. After listening to her I walked into the a gallery again and was able to connect with her drawings on a deeper level.