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Wk 15 – Artist Interview – Elia Murray

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     I had the pleasure of talking to Elia while she was taking questions from other students. Ms. Murray had exhibit along with other students for the “Draw This” BFA senior show. Ms. Murray’ illustration work was very interesting, and I was especially drawn to the works involving dogs (I love dogs). She mentioned she had been doing illustration for as long as she can remember, and has been a semi-serious artist since high school. She says that the inspiration for most of her work comes from everywhere, including prompts and poems. For color combinations, Ms. Murray says that Pinterest is her inspiration for finding combinations. After she graduates, she plans to dedicate herself full time to her art and start up her own business.

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Wk 14 – Artist Interview – Yireh Elaine Kwak

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Ms. Kwak was part of a themed exhibition at the Gatov gallery. She was the only artist there ( or so I believe) so the majority of us interviewed her.  She emphasized the importance of community with other artists in the exhibition. she mentioned that all the artists are very honest with each other and expressed either distaste or their approval of each other’s paintings. she mentioned that there are 15 artists all together.
    Ms. Kwak had another show earlier this year and her work at this show is similar to compared to that of her last show. when she is not painting she tries to do something creative each day just to keep her mind flowing creatively. She mentioned that she does sell some of her art and that the price varies on size and effort. Her work, “Home” painted with oil on canvas was the one on exhibition in the gallery.
    Ms. Kwak mentioned that she is heavily influenced by Van Gogh, Gaugan and a few other artists. She said that she was able to take a trip to Paris to see a gallery of Van Gogh’s work and it basically changed her life. She stressed the importance of never closing yourself off and always be open to new ideas.

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 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.

Wk 4 – Artist Interview – Makaila Palmer

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   Ms. Palmer was one of the featured artists featured at the Gatov gallery. She featured paintings which were based off her study abroad to Europe last year.
   The common theme among her paintings is that she used colors only featured on Euro currency, which was really intriguing. The use of specific colors gives each piece a unique feel.
   While in Europe she explained that she was exposed to a lot of different styles of art which was inspiring to her and allowed her to experiment with different styles.
    She highly recommended going abroad to study.