WK 5 Classmate Conversation: Jazz

On Thursday, I met Jazz, a very interesting character.  She is the epitome of all pop culture.  She dressed in a normal outfit of the latest trends at the moment: grunge.  She tried to be “on-the-surface grunge”, which consisted of distressed jeans in all the right places and an Abercrombie flannel.  During our interview, she raved on and on about her seven hour wait for One Direction and how much she stalks their twitters to always find out where they are.  She only like boy bands and everything that is alive in pop culture.  I told her I was dorming and she told me that it was for poor people.  Cheryl kind of just…stayed quiet.  Jazz seems to be a little superficial and definitely loves Starbucks.

Cheryl and Jazz definitely had very different things to talk about.  They seemed almost the opposite.  Our characters definitely had a good flow of the conversation though.  Jazz would normally just talk and ask good questions while Cheryl just did minimal talking, which is something she enjoys.  Opposites do attract! At the end, they walked around the galleries and enjoyed the art.  They also walked around the campus and had a good time.

The “real” Jazz, Jasmine, is nothing like this.  She is a civil engineering major and she really likes a little more subdued bands, such as the 1975.  She did admit that she waited in line for seven hours, but not to meet One Direction.  She is really friendly and really does not mean that only poor people dorm.  We got along really well, as just as ourselves, and were talking about how much fun this whole project was.  We walked around campus together to ask people what they thought about our majors or what they thought our names were.  We both got really good answers and laughed at all the possibilities that could have gone with our identities.  Jasmine is really cool!  But I’m not sure I could really be friends with Jazz….. but she seemed nice!

For more of Jasmine’s adventures in Art 110:

jasminehooper.wordpress.com

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WK 5 Activity: Counterfactual Identity: Cheryl Lee

This week in Art 110, we explored the idea of a counterfactual identity.  This is when someone takes on a fictional identity that can explore any spectrum through its specific personality and culture.  Even though I can’t do as great of a job as Nikki S. Lee, an identity artist, I tried to channel my inner Cheryl.

Cheryl Lee is as introverted as you can get.  She really likes black clothes because they compliment her black hair.  She enjoys being alone with her sculptures that usually involve metal, but she’s been trying to work with other elements that can showcase a sharp distinction between opposites.  She is demonstrating her artistic change through her dark, plum lipstick, that is not black, which is opposite enough for her.  She listens to noise and white noise.  Most people can’t tell the difference, but there is a distinct difference.  In conversation, she uses subtle sarcasm, so subtle that anyone can question what actually interests her or what doesn’t.  Her most used remarks are “whatever”, “sure”, *shrugs*, and “that’s cool”.  She doesn’t mind the stupidity of people because she believes it’s inevitable and is something that is constant, like the replay of a chain link fence being hit on her iPod.  She’s quite the character.

You may be wondering… why “Cheryl”?

Personally, I think there is something dark about that name.  The dip from “sh” to the “ryl” seems so drastic, like it was sounding great from the calming “shh”, but then it took a turn down to a tumbling depth of the unknown to the “ryl”.  It just seemed fitting to add Cheryl to a dark character.

When I walked around and asked what they thought my name was or my major, I got a lot of answers that had to do with an intense emotional and artistic description or a major that had to do with little contact from other people or the spotlight.  Ex: poet, artist, makeup artist, someone behind the scenes.

I didn’t get the correct answer to my character’s name, but my favorite one was “Ebony”.  I guess I’m the only one that sees Cheryl as a dark name…

I really liked this activity because of the interaction.  It was really fun to pretend to be someone else and be able to dictate this character’s exact personality and actions.  It was all improvisation and to interact with other people to see their thoughts about my character was amusing.  It’s surprising to have this sort of freedom to pick out whatever characteristics you want your person to have.  Whether it’s following the character’s own, I guess, specific, or society-given, superficial, and stereotypical guidelines or taking the liberty to go into more detail to tell a story of how different and unique every person can be through the littlest details.

It’s great to have such freedom through art.

WK 5 Artist Conversation: I-Tan Wong

Inside the Marilyn Werby Gallery, there was an art exhibit going on called Excess and Access: Juried Student Exhibition.  It was just a group exhibition with a bunch of photographers and their work displayed.  I was really drawn to I-tan Wong’s work.  She had three photographs put together in a line that had the same woman in each picture with something different, whether she was wearing something around her eyes, her face was highlighted and her body completely covered, or with her face covered by googly eyes.  I was definitely comparing the last photo of the woman’s face covered in googly eyes with something I had seen at another exhibit at the Hammer Museum over the summer.  It was a video installation of a cartoon man with eyes all over his body.  He was looking all around his body and seemed like he was relieved to see all of these eyes.  When a light turned on and it seemed like someone was approaching him, he quickly used scissors to jab the eyes out.  He seemed embarrassed or rather ashamed, really, of all these eyes on his body.

I was trying to connect this picture to that video and maybe the first picture tells the story of trying to cover sight or visual aspects.

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The second one seems like she just has a head.  The whole body is not shown.  It’s trying to cover her body, her sense of touch and physical interaction.

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But in the last picture, everything seems amplified.  There are more eyes o3n her face and are not being covered up, her body is completely exposed because it seems like she is nude.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first two pictures seem like they’re trying to censor something, or cover up and hide away different assets.  I could be wrong, but that’s what I got from the work.  I tried searching up I-tan Wong’s information online, but I could not find a specific website or her actual statement on this piece.  This is a mystery that I wish I could solve!  I really want to know what this piece means to her and what inspired her to work with such materials.

 

 

 

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I-tan Wong’s piece was featured on the exhibit’s flyers!

 

I-tan Wong’s LinkedIn profile:

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/i-tan-wong/8a/8b1/927

WK 4- Activity- Plaster Casting

This week’s activity was really cool because it was our first hands on activity.  Minyon and I went to the beach to start our plaster casting.  We started with the first step and dug a hole.  We decided to do a plaster casting of our feet.

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We mixed the plaster and water, but somehow it did not turn out as well as we planned.  It was a little more liquid-y than the buttermilk consistency that was expected.  But! We managed to get most of the mold to set, but some of the toes fell off or got smushed…

While we waited we just played in the water and did some cool dance moves.

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The finished product (Minus some toes)…

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This activity was really fun and it was really great to get our hands dirty!  I didn’t know it was so easy to make a plaster cast of a foot!  It’s great to think that it is so simple to create art.  All of our supplies were just from a hardware store and we just used the environment as our mold.  Plaster casting is just a fun and simple way towards actually sculpting something out of plaster.  We didn’t really sculpt anything, but we used our natural curvatures as a mold and sculptor.  This activity has been my favorite so far!

WK 4- Classmate Conversation- Minyon Spencer

This week in Art110, I had met the lovely and charming, Minyon Spencer!

She is a first year, majoring in Finance.  She came all the way from Tracy, a city in San Jaoquin County.  We met before going into Jeannette Viveros’s exhibit.  We were both marveling at how crazy her piece was.  She brought up the whole Hook episode from Spongebob idea and I couldn’t have agreed more.  We laughed about the episode and our love for that yellow sponge.  We both enjoyed the use of different textures and senses involved in the piece and really liked the furry, cotton candy walls.  We both agreed that it would be possible to sleep standing up because of it.  We interviewed the artist together and then sat down for our own interview.

Minyon attended high school in Tracy and did cheerleading.  She enjoys ice cream in the Parkside dining hall and loves watching vines, six second videos on the app Vine.  She is currently raving about these twins on Vine that are hilarious and good looking.  We bonded over the hilarious Jerome Jarre vines with squee-rals (squirrels) and proceeded in doing the famous squirrel calls.

Minyon is super awesome and we’re probably hanging out later this week because we are apparently HALL MATES.

Minyon and I enjoying the pink furry wall of "Utterly Pink"

Minyon and I enjoying the pink furry wall of “Utterly Pink”

For more of this delicious filet MINYON:

minyonspencer.wordpress.com

WK 4- Artist Conversation- Jeannette Viveros “Utterly Pink”

Drawn in from the pink, furry walls and the hanging hooks that, of course, “hooked” me in.  (Can I get extra points for the terrible puns?)  I loved how the whole room was utilized as the entire piece.  I really enjoy pieces like this that are more interactive.  I actually stood inside the piece.  I could run my fingers through the cotton candy walls and use the sense of touch to relate to the piece, rather than just sight.  I also really loved the name of her artwork, “Utterly Pink”.

I must admit that my first impression of this piece was the Hook episode on Spongebob.  As well as my peers, during the interview we had to ask if that was part of her inspiration.

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Jeannette had said that the main point of her pieces revolve around the social expectations of gender.  I then asked her about the juxtaposition of the different textures of the hooks and the furry walls.  She seemed to have paired pain with pleasure or something pointy and dangerous with something soft and cushy.  Jeannette explained that she doesn’t separate the two parts, she saw this whole entire art piece as one collectively.  Each part does not represent something specific, it just has one message.  I really really liked how she said that each part does not have a different meaning to make one.  Nothing represents something different.  I feel like in some art pieces, the artist will explain what each thing represents and how it works altogether, but I believe that art is just sometimes something that feels good and feels right to the piece altogether.  There doesn’t have to be a reason why that hammer is next to that paper plate, it just is because to the artist, that’s how it should look and that’s how it came to be.

Later in the interview, we had to ask her about the correlation with Spongebob and it was proved to be nonexistent.  Turns out, she actually hates Spongebob.

Now that the whole great Spongebob debate has cleared up, here’s some pictures of her really cool art piece:

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Jeanne Viveros had these cool paint samples with the color "Utterly Pink", which was the name of her art piece.

Jeanne Viveros had these cool paint samples with the color “Utterly Pink”, which was the name of her art piece.

WK 3- Kickstarter Activity- Happy Birthday

This week in Art 110, we explored some of the great minds of Kickstarter and saw what kind of new ideas are arising.  From fancy bacon dinners to creating a device that allows you to smell your ringtone, all the ideas that people were proposing were genius.  One of the many intriguing products I had the pleasure of watching was the Midnight Scoop.  It is the perfect ice cream scooper that can scoop out some of the hardest, most frozen ice cream.  With its perfectly engineered handle, it relieves your wrist of any strain that comes from pushing down into the rock hard ice cream to get the scoop.

Here’s Michael Chou’s ingenious design and product:

Now here’s my fake Kickstarter video:

WK 3- Classmate Conversation- Tyler Muronaka

This week I had the lovely opportunity of meeting Tyler Muronaka.  He’s a freshman here at CSULB and is commuting from Torrance.  He is majoring in film and really enjoys it.  It all started when his friend’s cousin was shooting something and he asked him to be in a couple of films.  Tyler saw all the production that went into it and was fascinated by the producing and directing.  That’s when he knew to major in film.  He said that the more classes he takes he’ll figure out exactly what he wants to do in film.

I asked him how commuting was and said it was alright.  If anything, he’ll be trying the most to come on time to work at Aloha Pizza.  I love pizza.  (Tyler, if you’re reading this…hook a sister up).

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After bonding over pizza, Tyler and I went into Christopher Vavrek’s, Vav’s, exhibit.  We both agreed it was pretty crazy in there, but it did look really awesome.

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Thanks Tyler for the great conversation.

WK 3- Artist Conversation- Tricia E. Rangel

Throughout Tricia’s five pieces, she explores antonymous ideas of failure, strength, vulnerability, and weakness.  In our conversation together, she explained that with just pouring the mud, it can crack and is very brittle.  But when you compact the same dirt, it becomes very strong and dense.  She collects the dirt from her hometown of San Joaquin Valley and uses the dirt from her grandfather’s ranch, her parent’s backyard, and the Smith Mountain Cemetery.  She has been working with dirt for three years and with metal for six years.  Surprisingly, she has a dirt brick with 14k gold inside.  She says that the gold and brass represents the people that were buried.

Revival

Revival

A racehorse that has never won a race

A racehorse that has never won a race

Component

Component

Grandpa says anything will grow in this dirt

Grandpa says anything will grow in this dirt

Sifted

Sifted

All of Tricia’s pieces had little surprises in them that I found immensely fascinating.  The hidden gold, the shapes, and the molds– all of these had contributed to her overall insightful vision for these pieces.  Combining a sort of yin and yang feel to her countering feelings of her exhibit, it was intriguing to combine the ideas of weakness and strength together.  I really enjoyed Tricia’s art pieces.  She’s also a really great person to talk to!

WK 2- Activity- Instagram

This week on Adventures of Art 110, we took four pictures of our day, from waking up to saying good night.  Everyone hashtagged their posts with #ART110F14 so you could see all the posts of everyone else.  I thought that was cool too.  It was like seeing what everyone’s agenda was that day.  I guess that’s the point of social media today.  Whether it’s from successfully swatting a fly that’s been bothering you for HOURS or finding out which celebrity’s nudes got leaked, social media has made it possible to publicly stalk anyone you want.  I thought it was interesting to even see what I was up to that day, September 4th, also Beyonce’s birthday.  This activity really showed an external and internal view on how everyone else’s days are going.  I would consider myself a professional stalker now.

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Waking up to the construction symphony outside, but on a brighter note, Happy Beyday, Beyoncé #art110f14

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Art for #art110f14

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Beady eyed birds Making decorations for 3rd floor #art110f14

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Parks and Rec before bed. Night #art110f14

From waking up to the beautiful noises of construction to saying good night with one of my favorite shows, Parks and Recreation, I would say that this activity kind of reminded me that it was a good day.  Even with an ordinary Thursday, I was happy to see that everyday is always a good day.

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