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Esmeray Lopez (pronounced esmer-eye)

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Wk 15- Art Experience- Finger Painting 

This week’s activity seemed a tad bit childish I admit but honestly it was actually really relaxing. It was suppose to be abstract and we were to “feel” the paint. So I sat there popped some headphones in and began to feel the paint, I had a bit of a hard time because one of my colors was white which really sucked but I made it work. As I began feeling the paint and frankly making a mess I felt like was I was painting was a representation of what I felt inside. Or like it was what the inside of my head looked like. Either way it was a really cool activity and I loved it!

Wk 14- Classmate Conversation- Hannah Adams

So for this week’s Classmate Conversation I got the honor of talking to Hannah 😀 Very cool girl, we actually talked about and she’s a very interesting unique individual. We talked about the question of the week which was what do you think education will be like in 2036? I told her how I feel it will be more computer/internet based and less in the classroom and she totally agreed. So she came up with the idea for our ID cards and drawing both the future perspective of the teacher and student. And it was them facing the opposite way on the computer exchange information. We actually did pretty bad ass if you ask me 😜. Hannah is also an amazing artist and we got so along that I joined her team for finals week. Excited to see what we have in store 

Wk 14- Art Experience- Instagram 

This week’s art experience was an interesting one! I like how our professor made an assignment out of something we do on the daily. Yet when asked to post more than 4 pictures on Instagram we all kind of freaked out like “wait what!” But at the same time I thought it was interesting to see the big picture. And by big picture I mean our class portrait, and even though we were asked to do the same thing throughout the day everyone did something different. No two pictures were the same, yeah we did similar things like eat and take pictures in class but it’s like each picture had its own personality even though the idea behind it was the same. Everyone’s perspective is different and it reflects, and honestly I loved it.

Wk 8- Art Experience- Sketching in the Japanese Garden

This week’s art activity really made me feel like I’m not very talented! Haha it was really peaceful and nice being in the Japanese Garden but at the same time made me realize that I suck at sketching. Especially with the challenges of 30 seconds and 5 minute sketches, but at the same time it’s a really cool activity to put your brain to work. The most difficult thing about this was having to try and sketch something moving like the fish or ducks. But overall was a really cool activity and I enjoyed it (:

Wk 6- Art Experience- Zine

This week’s art experience was a cool one and really made you put your creativity out there! Even though I didn’t have enough time to show my true creative potential 😦 I originally wanted to do a flip book but I ran out of time and ended up doing a zine. I’m just naturally a cheesy person and was going to do a zine about all the dumb and fun stuff my friends and I do but figured that’s more of a video project haha! So my gushy side came out and I did a zine about my boyfriend who’s put up with me for the last 3 years. I’m kind of sad it was so simple but I figured I can at more to it as time goes and eventually give it to him for our 4 year anniversary.

Wk 6- Artist Conversation-Blaine Scot Prow

Exhibition Information
Artist: Blain Scot Prows

Exhibition: EXTRUSIONS

Media: Construction paper and geometrical shapes

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery

Instagram: @tiffits

About the Artist

Blain Scot Prow is a undergraduate senior in the School of Arts Graphic Design program. He is a full time student with many interest aside from the studio art, his likes include photography and occasionally plays music. Knowing how to play the bass and the guitar he overall wishes he knew how to play the drums more than anything. He was a very mellow person and I could instantly tell he was a very open minded individual. Blain wishes to go on and work as a graphic designer directly for a company if he could as soon as he graduates next semester.

Formal Analysis

Blain’s work was different and fascinating considering the point of view he used to display his work. It was very contrast because everything in the room was mainly white with hints of black in the actual art work. There were different geometrical frames on the wall all giving a different feel of dimension when you would look at each one individually. The lighting was focused differently on each one to focus on different areas. It was a pleasing show to look at.

Content Analysis

His show began with his love for geometry since he was a kid, he always had a fascination with drawing 3 dimensional cubes on anything he could. He wanted his work to mainly focus on the actual shapes, to inspire others to see things differently and show that everything is related. His main overall concept was to merge the gap between 2/3 dimensions into one place. Color was not added to the art work so it could focus on the dimension of the shapes to not take from it’s true meaning

Synthesis/ My Experience

Blain Scot Pow’s concept to his work was a good one and I didn’t realize how much of an impact so small as piece merging out of the same page could have on your mind. Even though we all saw the same thing many had a different perspective of what it meant or how we actually saw the image. He did a great job in bring different dimensions into one room because it all stood out like one big pop up book. He didn’t have a true purpose to the meaning of his work but did it more so because he just like messing around making the geometrical shapes. I liked it even though it was very simple, but it’s impact was massive.

 

Wk 5- Artist Conversation- Jane Weibel

Exhibition Information
Artist: Jane Weibel

Exhibition: Psycho Cycle

Media: Pieces of plastic, paper, photography 

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov East and West Gallery 

Website: Janeweibel.com

About the Artist

Jane Weibel is a 31 year old undergraduate who is going to graduate this semester from the School of Art Ceramics BFA Program. Jane is originally from San Diego and began at a junior college. She hopped major to major and wasn’t sure what she wanted to do exactly. Beginning with biology, then turning to massage therapy for a bit and finally deciding she wanted to be an art major. She was always interested in art but never thought she could make a career out of it until now. Jane’s hobbies lately are going to as many escape rooms as she can, she says she’s hooked!I found it very interesting and frankly honest that she told my classmates and I that it is very expensive to be an art major. How all the art shows put up have to be put together out of their own pockets. She makes most of her art work and shows with the left over financial aid she gets but also makes money by selling the ceramics she makes.Jane was a very warm and soft person and was easy to talk too, by the looks of her she would seem very shy but she is not at all. She is someone who has a lot to say and makes it very clear in her artwork.

Formal Analysis 

Jane Weibel’s work was very interesting, it was very spread out and consisted of many areas that didn’t necessarily seem related. There was a huge cage made of out of pieces of plastic put together by little plastic ties. Then there were man photographs with a type of rock and string connected around them. And finally a pile of shredded paper in the middle on the side of the wall. It wall all very colorful and nothing had plain color schemes. It all kind of seemed messy but I believe that was the point she was trying to get across.

Content Analysis 

Her entire show has to do with self identity and what you feel inside as a person. She made it to be universal to everyone and not just pertain to herself. She comes up with the idea but wants others to interpret their own person into the art work. She makes it very clear that she is a feminist and wants to break all kind of roles such as gender, identity, race and so on. 

Synthesis/ My Experience 

Jane told us that the plastic cage meant just feeling caged in depending on your own scenario. Like living in a culture where you feel caged in. Feeling trapped within in yourself or feeling caged because of stereotypes. Her pile of shredded paper could be multiple things she said, it could pertain to race, gender identity, sexuality, etc. The main piece that caught my attention was the big plastic cage. It was so big and colorful yet there was no way of getting inside. It made me think of how I am as a person, I can be so bright and bubbly yet I could never truly let someone in because of my own person issues. How there’s so much of me that feels trapped and there’s no way of letting it out. Her piece really made me connect with my inner self and made me realize how things don’t have to be that way at all.

Wk 5- Art Experience- Graffiti Writing 

So for this week’s activity we had to go out and graffiti our names in bubble letters! This was something I always wanted to do but never really got around to doing it but I’m glad we got to do it for this class. I was going to go to Venice but I ended up finding a cool place in San Pedro called Sunken City. Prettt cool place with lots of rocks over the ocean with lots of graffiti writing so I figured why not make myself part of it! I had so much fun writing my name that my inner chola came out when it came down to taking my picture hahaha. My favorite art experience so far, I did have a lot of spray paint left over so I just decided to keep the cans incase I ever wanted to leave my mark anywhere else. 😛

Wk 4- Art Experience- Automatic Drawing

This week’s activity was a very interesting one that’s fersure. I thought it was a bit childish at first but my friend and I ended up having a lot of fun with it! It made my inner kid come out a bit and it was overall pretty cool. When I asked my best friend to help me with my art project she was like we have to do what? And I laughed and said I know but common it can’t be too bad! So we sad facing each other touching knee to knee and did the automatic drawing. She had extra pastel colors so we mixed a lot of the colors in. We did 2 passes and it was interesting because the first pass was so relaxing and calm and I actually felt really relaxed. But on the second pass my friend got really aggressive and it felt kind of angry which was odd to me. But in the end our project came our pretty cool but I thought it was crazy how it could look like so many different things depending on the person. Too me it looked like a human brain and to mr friend it looks like a cat laying down and to others a butterfly. The possibilities are endless (:

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