Wk 12 – Artist Interview – Piet Eppinga

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    I had the good fortune to walk into the Werby gallery when Mr. Eppinga was already talking with a few students. Right away, I could get a sense that the statues in his exhibition had to deal with sexuality and fertility. According to his artist statement, his work with clay is a means to connect with the people of the past who also worked with clay. His pieces are about people and their emotional connections, both up and down.
    Many of the works in his exhibition have multicultural influences; including Japanese, African, and European. Piet stated that he got some backlash for including so many different styles into his work, but he feels that we all live in a multicultural society so it is only right to include so many cultures into his work.
    Mr. Eppinga stated that when he starts he has a single piece of clay and a general idea and goes off of that. The idea develops over time and could take several months before he reaches the final interpretation. Though he says it will always be an ongoing process of interpretation.

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Wk 12 – Student Interview – Pablo

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     Pablo here is a mechanical engineering student here at CSULB. It’s his first year here and when he graduates he plans on maybe getting his Master’s degree. Regardless, he either wants to get into aerospace or something else. He thought about minoring in physics or math, which would look good on his resume as well as give him more variety when he looks for a job.
     In his spare time Pablo likes to write articles for a website, though he doesn’t have much time to do that as he is taking some intense classes. He told me he is also applying for the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He said it is a two semester process and that they keep a close eye on your gpa because a single person’s gpa affects the whole fraternity’s gpa. I thought that was interesting because I know next to zilch about fraternities.

Wk 11 – Activity – Sculpture

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    I went to Newport Beach by my lonesome on Saturday (it’s the beach closest to me) to complete this week’s activity. I found parking easily, so I knew it was going to be a good day. I found a spot not too far from the water and not in the dry sand to set up my equipment. I never attempted plaster before so I was worried I would not succeed with the amount of plaster I had.
    I dug a nice hole and attempted various hand gestures for the mold, including a thumbs up gesture. It was difficult to keep a mold with a finger or two protruding so I went with a closed fist. Once I had the hole, I mixed the plaster and poured it into the hole carefully. Then it was time to play the waiting game. I brought a book with me and started to read. A young kid came by while I was reading and asked to borrow my shovel so he could dig a hole to bury himself in. I obliged.
     After thirty minutes I carefully dug out the mold without destryoing it. It was pretty caked in sand but it looked pretty good. I packed up my gear and went home. Once there I grabbed a brush and tried to get off most of the caked sand. The end result was actually better than I had anticipated!

Wk 11 – Artist Interview – Gabriel Garcia

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    Right when I walked into Gatov gallery west I was blown away by the grayscale imagery that was all over the walls. I did not know who the artist was nor had I read the artist statement and I was already very impressed with the subject matter.
     Gabriel’ show, “Toxic Masculinity” refers to the ways masculinity is represented in the world, and how sometimes masculinity can cause some degree of harm. Gabriel used grayscale for his pieces, and the fonts in addition to the colors were used on purpose. The mixture was used to create a sense of background voices and noise.
    Gabriel had an image of a pig, or more precisely – the outline of a pig. I wish I had gotten a picture of it. But the simple outline of a pig conjured up so many ideas and notions when it comes to masculinity. When you think of a pig you think of chauvinistic,  cops, and the way we are pigs in regards to consumer culture. All the pieces together took around 3 to 4 months to complete for the show. It really was an eye-opening show because you really don’t realize how much of a negative impact masculinity can have on our culture.

Wk 11 -Student Interview – Koi

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   I had the pleasure of talking with Koi before walking through the galleries. We discussed a number of topics and he was really fun to talk to. Koi’s a first year civil engineering major here at CSULB, and with his degree he hopes to  work for the government. Right now he is taking some pretty gnarly math classes, including calculus. I am not a math guy at all so I told him I respected his endeavours.
    He told me a pretty funny story of how he drove his high school history teacher crazy. Apparently the teacher was pretty boring and not exactly the nicest person in the world. Back in high school Koi did swimming and enjoyed tennis and badmitton. He really enjoys rollercoasters, though he says he has never been to Six Flags Magic Mountain. He is also a big fan of Marvel films and is really looking forward to the new Avengers film.
   Koi here enjoys sushi, pasta, and Mexican food. I asked him if he could have any car what it would be. He answered with two: Lamborghini and McLaren. Pretty expensive, but awesome tastes.

Wk 10 – Activity – Student Choice

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    For this week’s activity, I decided to do some sketching. Sketching and doodling has always been one of my favorite pastimes and hobbies. Ever since I was little, I’ve always enjoyed taking a pen or pencil to paper and drawing images that come into my head. My mom still has some of my earlier drawings from when I was little.
   Much like reading for some, drawing for me serves as a means for relaxation. When I have had a hard day or a long one, I’ll break open one of my sketch books and just start sketching some cartoons. You would not believe how soothing it is to sit in silence and have the images in your head come to life on paper.
    In regards to medium, I generally work with pencil and ink. Mostly pencil. I rarely use color because I feel most of my sketches are not worth coloring most of the time. Sometimes, however, I’ll take some Prismacolor markers ans color in a sketch I feel is good enough. Pencil gives me more to work with than pen. With Pencil I can go from light to dark and be able to do some shading if necessary. Sketching is something I will always do. Hell, if you look at my notes for my other classes, you’ll see I have doodles all over the edges of the paper.

Wk 10 – Artist Interview – Dawn Ertl

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   Ms. Dawn Ertl had her exhibition at the Gatov Gallery. Her exhibition, “Radius of Action” was actually two different shows, and they were the culmination of her studies for her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts. Ome of the shows is called “One Nation Under God” and it is the exhibit with the threaded material using the loom. The other was called “Short Term, Long Term Relationships.”
   For “Short Term, Long Term” Dawn incorporated weather data into her work, which took months of data gathering before she started working. I personally have never seen anything like that before, and I thought it was interesting to see someone taking weather and climate data and weaving it (literally) into their own art. The colors displayed on the graphs and data produce vivid colors and unique patterns that translate well into reality. I was thoroughly impressed.
   “One Nation Under God” was the other half of the show. This exhibit featured loomed fabric of different colors interwoven with plastic. Dawn mentioned that this exhibit was meant to display the relationship between people and how they affect the environment. The plastic bags she gathered from friends and family who saved them for her. She mentioned that even though our Constitution says church and state are supposed to be separate, religion and church are still woven into the fabric of our society, including government and politics. (I’m full of puns today)
   Dawn mentioned that she received her BFA from Otis, and I’m aware of Otis and its esteemed reputation so I asked why she came here of all places to receive her Master’s Degree. She said that Long Beach offers a place where someone can experience and learn about all different kinds of mediums and they are all interdisciplinary. I thought that was really impressive; a really talented artist chose Long Beach to receive her Master’s after getting her undergraduate degree from one of the top art schools in the country.