Wk 11 – Artist Conversation – Yujia Gu

Exhibition Information

Artist: Yujia Gu

Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence In The USA 

Media: Stickers, Projector, Video,

Gallery: CSULB School of Art

Website: yujicagu.squarespace.com


About The Artist

Yujia Gu is a graduate student who is currently enrolled in the MFA in graphic design at California State University, Long Beach. Yuija is originally from China, but decided to come to here because of the weather and the best program for her major. She also used to live in New York before she came here. She currently lives in Fresno and liked art her entire life, but wants to major in bio. At her free time she likes to hike and going to LA, eat at Urth cafe and play the saxophone. As for the art, she has always loved, she is inspired by her mother and started this gallery 3 years ago.


Formal Analysis

“Tracing Gun Violence in the U.S.” is an exhibition by Yujica Gu featuring the gun violence in the country. It includes mass shootings, comparisons of gun violence among different countries, the number of children killed by guns since Newtown and more. This is presented through a statistic template of stickers on the wall. She also has info-graphic mapping used to point out the places where gun violence happened during the last 72 hours in the U.S. and the number of people who were shot every day on the LED display. This entire exhibition is shown in two colors – red and black, where red are the people killed and black the people who are still alive in a statistic comparison. The entire wall is a big and sad poem about the gun violence in the U.S. One of the wall has a poem of stickers of words and guns shaped as a gun all over. Another wall has all the names in red of people who died in mass shootings. Addition to this, there is a projector of neighborhoods that there have been shootings and a screening of faces of people that have died.

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Content Analysis

The idea of this exhibition is very straightforward I believe. It’s basically about the gun violence in the U.S and how important it is to know about this because it’s happening more than people think. Yuija stated that her mom heard that international student was getting killed by a gun so that she decided to do research on this. She was surprised by the results she got and want people to be aware of these real numbers. The purpose of this exhibition is, therefore, to make people realize how serious the gun violence is. Lots of gun violence happens in our daily lives and people are often not aware of this. She wants to give a clear presentation and inform them about the gun violence happening around us.

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Synthesis/My Experience

I already knew a lot about the gun violence in the U.S., which I’m totally against, but seeing the statistics and footage as an artwork really wakes me up. It makes me realize that the world is cruel and that the U.S. gun policy is ridiculous. Compared to other countries, U.S is in the clear lead of shooting episodes, which makes me really scared but also blessed that I’m not from the U.S. I think this exhibition was very important because it’s the first exhibition I’ve seen that is a political issue like this. Gu is not hiding any of this by censorship or whitewashing this, which is great because the truth is right in front of us, presented in this gallery.

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Wk 11 – Classmate Conversation – Andrew Cox & German

Hi again! It’s been a while since I’ve had a classmate conversation it feels like. This week we had a different type of classmate conversation because this week we were having it with 3 and not 2 people. This made it very interesting because we needed to take the turn in talking and asking not only one, but two people. Since I’ve already met Herman and written about him and the experience of meeting him, I thought of leaving it simple and just explaining Drew’s part.

Drew Cox or Andrew Cox which is his full name is a first-year film student just like German and I. It was so interesting when we asked about major and he was actually majoring the same as us. What’s the chance of meeting three people with the same major? Anyways, to continue with what I was talking about. Drew is also from Long Beach just like German and they also have some mutual friends. He went to Lakewood High School where he used to run cross country. Addition to this, he skates (he had a bright pink skateboard with him, how awesome isn’t that?Photo Apr 12, 14 43 04

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Wk 10 – USU Wedge

In this week’s activity, we were asked to redesign the USU wedge, located at Cal State Long Beach next to the bus stop, before you enter the USU. As many have noticed, there is a way to sneak your way through, so you spare time by not going around the “wall”. I remember seeing a post about “20 things every student at CSULB do” and this was one of the things. I didn’t understand it truly until I started here, walking through that pathway every single day. Because so many people know about this shortcut, it ends up with being a line there most of the time and you may actually not save any time to go this way unless there’s no one there. Many of the times I’ve been going there, I need to wait for the person on the other side to walk through because the shortcut is so tiny only one and one person can go a time.

This is the USU wedge from the front, going to class most of the times

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This is the USU wedge from the back, normally walking back from class

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As you can see, there is only a small gap that you can walk through, which creates lines and waiting a lot of the times.

I redesigned the architectural design by simply removing the black wall, and adding another white “pole” in the corner next to the one that’s already there. This makes the corner stronger to hold its weights but removes the confusing wall that is constructed. Another thing I changed was that I removed the bench closest to us in the picture because I believe that one is enough and because it seems to not fit there. There is already a bench closer to the bus stop, which is what I assume is the reasoning for adding them there in the first place, but as I have noticed few people actually wait on those benches.

The ads that are placed on the black wall, can easily be removed and put on the wall on the other side without complicating things even more.  I think this construction is confusing and complicates because of the unnecessary gap and the extra bench that only takes up space where you are supposed to walk, not sit.

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Wk 10 – Artist Conversation – Amy Duran

Exhibition Information

Artist: Amy Duran

Exhibition: forever by your side 

Media: Ceramics, Sticks, Grass, Velvet

Gallery: CSULB School of Art Gallery

Instagram: @polkadot.pony


About The Artist

Amy Duran is a senior at California State University, Long Beach currently enrolled in the university’s BFA in ceramics. She has been extremely interested in art her entire life and was very artistic throughout her childhood. This exhibition is very similar to the rest of her work, which is all about discovering herself. As for the future, Amy wants to be a decorator and make props for movies.

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Formal Analysis

Duran’s exhibition is called forever by your side about her growing up or “coming out of age” as she describes it. This exhibition features a fairytale of how she grew up, telling a story of a girl (her) and her journey meeting animals (the society) in 5 different chapters. The story is showing every chapter in different “windows” through ceramic dolls and a book next to the objects, reading it as a fairytale, but with its own remix. Each chapter starts with a book and the plot for that window. Each window is covered by a different color of texture, the girl and whomever she meets and a stick that makes the girl spin around to gain interaction with the audience. The objects are ceramic painted in different color and other materials that fill up space such as grass, fog, and trees. Each chapter has a different background that is painted by the artist herself, mostly showing forests that often are displayed in fairytales.

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Content Analysis

The exhibition is about growing up and always feeling like an outsider. It’s her coming out of age story, featuring Amy discovering her sexuality and herself. Her brother told us that it’s about holding on to past memories and that the girl in the exhibition is supposed to be her, and that the animals are creations of the pets she had throughout her life. She states in her artist statement that the exhibition about her personal struggles and how it is growing up with anxiety and forgetting her “inner child”, but at the same time wanting to be an empowering woman who is free. She wanted to tell people that it’s okay to be sad and it’s okay to not be sure about where you are in your life, but that the things we experience and the things we learn are always going to be a part of us and shape us into the person we are today.

Another aspect of her exhibition is that she wanted to embrace feminity and showing us the true strength and independence that women can have. She showed this through the contrast of ideas with empowering through sexual exploration. She believes that one’s true self is shown to you as a child because you weren’t afraid to say what you felt and you were not manipulated by the media and the society at that age.

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As we can see here, she opens up her fairytale with a story about a girl (herself) who is afraid of the society by not being able to be herself and that she was alone in the world with the thoughts that she had. She later explains how the girl is running away from her problems to the animals (which are supposed to be her pets) because she finds comfort in them because of their non-human perspective.


Synthesis/My Experience

Personally, this was one of my favorite exhibitions so far that I’ve seen. Mostly because I can relate so strongly to the artist, but also because I loved how she told her life story through a traditional fairytale, but with a very remixed version. Like Amy, I also felt different and had a tough time growing up. I felt alone and had anxiety, which made me afraid to be who I am and say what I wanted to say. In addition to the general struggle of growing up, I also had a difficult time finding myself, exploring my sexual orientation and feeling less powerful because I am a woman. We love nothing more than to meet people with the same values and mindset as us, and that’s what I felt I did with this exhibition. Lastly, I’m also a huge believer in that everything you go through – good or bad, is a part of shaping who you are and I wouldn’t change anything if I could.

 

Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – David DeSantis

Exhibition Information

Artist: David DeSantis

Exhibition: Day Dreamer

Media: Ink, Spray, Glass, Paint

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Instagram: @rapturefineart


About the Artist

David DeSantis is a senior at California State University Long Beach, on his way to completing his BFA in printmaking. He decided to attend CSULB because it’s one of the top art school in the west coast and because they have an expensive lab printmaking studio that he is very interested in. Other than art, he likes playing pool and snowboarding and is very interested in the music genre dubstep which is a huge influence in this exhibition. He started his passion for art when he was 18 years old, but did graphic design at that point. He drew motorcycles but found out that wasn’t what he wanted to continue with. He likes graphic design, but not the idea of advertising and making the news. There’s also a lot of typography in graphic design which he doesn’t think leaves enough room for creativity. He did one tour around the building and switched his major that same day to printmaking because of the fancy equipment that he saw.


Formal Analysis

Day Dreaming is an exhibition by David DeSantos, featuring several prints of fluid abstract expressionism. The prints are a mix of different lines, forms, and colors, some without any object and others with. Some of his works that are drawn as objects are the objects of a monster or a scary, unknown form. His work embraces accidental abstract forms and shapes in various manners with the meanings left to the viewer’s imagination. The process starts with a piece of glass that he desires and a set of sharp tools. He then composes the image and abstract the art making around it. He then uses plexiglass that puts over the drawing and cut into the plexiglass then make ridges and then stick ink into it. He uses a thick layer of ink like butter to spray in the end and apply pressure with press.

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This is an example of one of his pieces, showing an abstract form of art. This print shows us different shapes and forms from painting and carved out from tools. Because this is a very abstract photo, the viewer can interpret it as he or she like.

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This is, however, a different type of art, showing an object within the abstract lines and ideas that he wanted. This painting is showing a face or a mask of a creature that can be interpreted as anything.

These two pieces of art are somewhat different, yet similar. The main idea of abstraction and expressionism is greatly shown in both works. David shows us that there are different ways of expressing something or an idea.


Content Analysis

This exhibition is a very abstract one, which is often difficult to understand or read. People often have a variety of ideas linked to this exhibition because of this. However, after taking with David, it was easier to pinpoint what this exhibition actually is about. He states that the theme was to explore the creativity of art appeal under appreciation. Through either paper or canvas. He later states that this exhibition is inspired by the derive expand of abstract and chaos, connected with the artist with it. Much of his work comes from music. He listens to music and starts making art through that. He either listens to one song on repeat until he gets tired of it, or he listens to a series of songs by one artist or inspired by a group of artists. His emotional connection detaches the meaning to that song, which is how his work of art is expressed. And because this is an abstract expressionism, it’s very much up to one to figure out the meaning behind i.


Synthesis/My Experience

What I really liked about this exhibition and that is the first time I’ve heard of is that he is using his music as inspiration. Not just as a general statement about music, but as he is making his paintings, he is actually listen to loud out music and letting the music to form his art. Music is something I personally listen to every day and that have an important meaning to me through the lyrics and songs. Music is a very personal aspect of one’s life because each song has a different meaning for each person, just like his exhibition. When I want to escape, it’s often through music. When I write or do homework I listen to music to deeper concentrate and isolate me from the world. I also think that’s why his art is so abstract – because he lets the music control his body and way to make art, which is often through lines and shapes, not through detailed objects.

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Wk 8 – Finger Painting

This week’s activity was really fun because I love to paint and use my creativity as I like. For this activity, we were going to finger paint with no subject, much like the automatic drawing challenge, just by ourselves. The materials I used for this was:

– 22×30 sheet of paper (same as Automatic Drawing)

– Watercolors (purple, pink, red, blue)

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I didn’t really have any intentions with this painting other than I wanted to use my favorite color, purple and different shades of colors. Because I love the ocean, I tried to paint an interpretation of the ocean but with the use of purple colors. As you are may be confused by, it doesn’t really look like much of the ocean. I wanted to create something new and modern and a way to create something with no guidelines on how it should be. The top of the painting was supposed to look the pier, then the middle part was the ocean and the last part the fish or creatures in it. I originally wanted the colors to fade from light purple to dark purple, but because that didn’t really work out as I had planned – the shades of purple were more of a mixture.

It was more difficult than I thought because I kept leaning my hands on the table and getting my clothes dirty because I forgot I had painted on them. It was also very different to paint with my fingers rather than a brush, but I actually liked it more because you feel more connected to your painting because you are directly painting, not through a tool. The only thing I didn’t like was how messy it was and that it kept distracting me from what I wanted to paint.

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Wk 8 – Artist Conversation – German Lomeli

So, this week’s artist conversation is kind of funny because I actually hung out with German later this week without realizing he also was in my Art 110 class! German Lomeli and I have a mutual friend who I was hanging out with last weekend. I was hanging in his dorm with his suite mates and one of them was German. It was a funny coincidence that I met him in class just a couple of days later.

German Lomeli is born and raised in Long Beach. This is his first year at California State University, Long Beach and like myself, he is a film major. It’s funny that we never mentioned our classes because we talked about how we both were film majors. German decided to live in the dorms, even though he is from Long Beach for the same reason as me – the college experience. German has a Youtube channel where he uploads some of his short movies that he has made, which I find really cool because I also do that. It was really interesting to get to know German a bit more although the fact that we already have met.

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Wk 7 – Artist Conversation – Elena Roznovan

Exhibition Information

Artist: Elena Roznovan

Exhibition: Stop & Stare

Media: Dirt, Window, and Screens

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gastov Gallery

Instagram: @eroznovan


About The Artist

Elena Roznovan is a graduate MFA student at Cal State Long Beach, majoring in sculpturing. Before she came here, she was an undergraduate student at Maryland College of Art. She started sculpturing only two years ago because that’s when she moved to California. She wanted to come to California because she is inspired by the light and space and this is where it interacts. She started as a painter but then moved over to interactive insulation. In addition to her passion for painting and sculpturing, she likes to write. Her writing is a huge influence in her art because she thinks about what she wants to do when she writes. She also likes to collect vinyl and spend time outside like hiking.


Formal Analysis

“Stop & Stare” is an exhibition consisting of one piece of art collected by several individual pieces. The project is based on a video projector showing different backgrounds such as landscapes. In the front we see several windows hanging down and the projector lighting through the windows, which creates an interesting work of art. There are three windows in different sizes and angles, hanging down from the rooftop. Every window has their own color of class so that the reflection from the projector and light creates a shadow of the figure on the wall. The moving image is a technologically mediated 2D window containing 4D content that is a representation of a 3D experience. Roznovan re-constructed the gallery space so that the environment challenge the validity of represented experiences.


 Content Analysis

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This is one of the most abstract exhibitions I’ve ever seen, which makes it difficult to understand what it is about without any background information. There are no words, no letters, no music or no communication other than one projector and three mirrors reflecting different colors. What does that mean? Is the point about this that you can read it as you like with no correct answer?

When talking to the artist, I started to realize more what this exhibition was about. She mentioned the idea of how the phenomenon on film doesn’t happen entirely. Through technology, we can decide what we get from it and that’s what she tries to show screens, lightbox and polaroid transparency.  She mentions that photographs are more beautiful and readable and that the light is very important to her. The only way to control it is by canceling all the light except for the light she is using. I believe that her art is a way to challenge our way of thinking and expectations.


Synthesis/My Experience

Personally, it made me think about the perspective and mindset we have today. Everything we do and everything we think is based on our perspective on the world. This perspective is being built in the first part of your life and is extremely hard to change. Once you’re taught a certain way, it’s hard to change. That’s why our childhood is so extremely important. Our childhood often haunts us – good or bad, but somehow it comes back at us. When you grow up and learn about the world and yourself, that’s when you start to form. But still then it’s hard to change. You are used to a certain way of living or thinking and you’re often at a point where you don’t have enough knowledge to think different.

Wk 7 -Classmate Conversation – Christian Infantes

I met Christian in one of the galleries and we sat down on the bench and started talking. I was the first one who introduced myself and what my major was – film production. Christian and I bonded really fast because he also had an interest in film. He is now a first-year with an undeclared major but is debating on majoring in film. Like me, he also really likes cinematography and production in film. Christian commutes to school from the South Bay Area where he is from. As for his hobbies, he is doing music production that he just started with during this summer. He has a huge passion for music and wants to learn how to play the piano. He also wants to make music for films and connect those different forms of art. He took some art and film classes in high school, which is when he just started liking film and art. Another hobby of his that he just started doing is skating. He had his skateboard in his lap as we were talking and he skates around the campus every day to class. Christian has an older brother and a half sister, but they’ve both moved out so he lives alone with his mother. It was a really nice conversation with Christian because we had a lot in common like film and Los Angeles cultures.

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Wk 6 – Artist Conversation (Short Story)

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Exhibition: Dank Memes

Artist: Carmina Correa

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In a world where the animals are in control and humans are the underdogs.  This world shows us how humans are treating animals and vice versa. Humans are either entertainment, food or company (if you are cute), without any else value. Humans are trying to gain the power back, but it doesn’t matter. The animals are bigger, stronger and have more resources than we could ever have. They have the technology and powers to destroy us within seconds, whereas we fight for our lives every day without no purpose because it’s never going to change unless they understand it themselves. We live in a selfish world where everyone is looking out for themselves.

Most of us don’t matter. Most of the human race have no meaning for the superior animals in our world, even though we are needed for our planet. We are an important resource, but the animals don’t seem to see it like that. The lucky ones who do matter are the good looking ones. They can be bought or sold to animals and get a decent life. It varies a lot. Some humans who are sold to rich families or families that are human-friendly can get a very good life. Food, a place to live, company and love. However, this is not the case for every human that are living with animals. Some are cruel to humans because they look weird because they didn’t know the responsibility having a human or just in general because they can.

As mentioned, humans are important for this planet. One of the reasons why we are so important to the animals is because our skin has important vitamins and proteins in us that are important for the animals nutrition. They kill, hunt and eat us. Some animals are crueler than others, not caring about the process how we get killed. Others, the human-friendly ones are making sure either already were dead or didn’t get tortured during this process. It’s still all evil without much consideration from the majority.

Our world is fake and just an evil circle for most of us. There is no way we can escape unless we physical escape to a place where the animals have no interaction with us, but not that many can go to those places. We need food, a place to live and a plan to get there, but that’s what I one day dream of. Living in a world where humans can live in the free. Compete as humans do. Live as humans do. I believe