Wk 3 – Interview – Kyler

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        This is Kyler. He is a bio major here at CSULB. With his biology degree he wants to pursue a career in medicine where he hopes to become a surgeon.
        This is his first year here at Long Beach. He lives in the area but still commutes rather than stay at the dorms. He enjoys hip hop and most other types of music.
        His mom is a nurse so she was thrilled to know he wanted to be a surgeon. He also wanted to become a surgeon because of the various locations his job may take him.

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Wk 2 – Activity – Graffiti Painting.

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      I started off this project by selecting my paint. It’s very cliché to go with black and white. Nah. Not with me. I’ve always loved the contrast with red and blue so that’s what I went with. I used satin spray paint on cardboard.
      I drew a sketch and used that as my basis. I thought of which color to use as the base, and I went with red since I figured the blue would work better as the outliner. I made the base of the work with the red and used two coats to  make the red pop more. I outlined the red with the blue, again using two coats to make the paint stand out more.
       I’m pleased with my work,  considering I’ve never graffitied anything before. My one issue was that I wish I had a larger board to work with as I felt the one I used was a bit too small.

Wk 2 – Artist Interview – Maccabee Shelley

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       Shelley’s exhibition is called “No Redemption Value”, and for good reason: His work is comprised of various bottles that have no redeemable value to them. While these bottles before had no value, the resulting art created by Maccabee Shelley breaths new life into these old discarded bottles.
       Maccabee mentioned that before he got into ceramics that he was a geography major. When he transitioned into ceramics his work was influenced by geography. And it shows. What was once man made bottles end up resembling coral reef, and it’s amazing. The byproduct of human waste turns into something resembling nature.
       A student asked if he plans out his pieces. Shelley responded by saying that no, he doesn’t. He let’s the intuitive part of his brain do the work and believes it is more important than the cognitive. He believes the subconscious works wonders, and I believe that to be true.
      

Wk 2 – Interview – Jairo

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   This is Jairo. This guy is the definition of a “cool cat” to borrow an out dated 50s descriptive. I sat down in the courtyard before class and I didn’t know anybody. Jairo was the first person to introduce himself and we began our conversation. That right there shows me he’s a people person.
    Jairo is a communications major, but he was an engineering major before. I was curious as to why he would change from a very financially secure major to communications. He said it was not for him and he enjoys comms a lot more. His ultimate goal is to be the individual who researches new music that will be put on the radio, which I thought was really cool.
    He’s part Guatemalan and Nicaraguan which I thought was pretty cool, and he plans to go visit his dad in Guatemala later this year. He mentioned that he’s never been there before and he’s excited to go.
    One of his hobbies is graffiti, so he’s really stoked for this week’s assignment. He’s been to Venice Beach before to tag the walls and he’s looking forward to doing it again. He says he enjoys graffiti because it makes a person feel stand out like an individual and makes one feel “out there.”