Wk 12 – Art Experience – Ethnography

What did you think the experience would be like?

I knew that it was already going to be difficult because electricity and mobile devices are what we use every day. I knew that the experience would consist of fighting off the urge of picking up my phone to browse through social media.

Was it “easy” or “hard”?

It was difficult because I usually use my laptop for homework and my mobile device for social media.

“Frustrating” or “Liberating”?

It was frustrating because I had to avoid my phone/laptop, and that was my main source of communication with my peers. It was hard not knowing whether or not someone was trying to contact me.

Did you get better sleep? Are you usually sleep deprived? What would it be like to sleep well every night?

I got better sleep! I am usually sleep deprived because I am always on my phone before I go to sleep. It allowed me to not touch my phone and fall asleep peacefully. I think that it would be very beneficial because sleep is the most important factor in our lives. Better sleep will lead to better energy and grade

How is living without electricity more organic or harmonious with nature?

I think that living without electricity is more harmonious with nature because without electricity, I believe that you appreciate nature more.

How is living without electricity more limited? Is it boring?

Our everyday lives consist of electricity, whether it is mobile devices or lights in the house. Living without electricity is extremely limited to what you’re able to do when the sun sets. I believe that it is very boring too, because I am a person that is on my laptop and phone a lot.

How do you think people survived without constant stimulation?

I think that they learned and forced themselves to think of other ways to be able to survive nights without using electricity, such as using candles.

What would be your ideal level of life activity and connectivity?

I think that while I have my mobile device, I should focus on enjoying nature a bit more than just focusing on a tiny screen. I think my ideal life would always consist of regular electricity instead of other alternative options such as candles. I feel like I should connect to nature more. For example, I think hiking is a good option because it allows you to exercise and appreciate nature.

Wk 12 – Artist Conversation – Alice Andreini

Artist: Alice Andreini
Gallery: CSULB School of Art
Website: http://andreinianbriart.com

About the Artist:

Alice Andreini is a graduate student in drawing and painting. She learned how to paint about 6 years ago and was in school for it for 3 years. She plans to contribute practice as a painter after she graduates. As hobbies, she likes to read poetry and and literature. Her favorite author is Virginia Wolf. She also likes to hike.

Formal Analysis:

Andreini likes to start with the suspicion of her own perceptions and then thinks about how we are unaware of these constructs that define the way we see things. She believes that cell phone changes how we look at time. She used landscapes as a construct because they are stimulated and even when they’re natural, there are structures imposed on them. Nature in landscape is used symbolically.

Content Analysis:

Andreini is interested in how we visualize and imagine spatial illusions. She isn’t inspired by beauty or nature but is more inspired by the questions related to nature. She is really inspired to paint but she needs more leisure time to do so.

Synthesis/My Experience:

I really enjoyed looking at her art because even though they looked similar, each piece is different with meaning. I like how subtle the colors are and how they each cross each other that creates the image as a complete whole. I like how she enjoys nature and landscapes as an inspiration to her art. She was really interesting to talk to.

Wk 12 – Classmate Conversation – Maria Romo

Today I had the pleasure of meeting Maria! She is a first year here at CSULB just like me! She is a communications major and is thinking about minoring in political science. She says that she is not sure what she would do with a communications major. She is from Downey, California. Maria loves watching movies and her favorites movies are La La Land and Breakfast and Tiffany’s. She loves to also watch The Game of Thrones as well. She has a younger sister. She commutes from her house because she thought it was too close to dorm and dorming is too expensive. She does not have a favorite type of food.

Wk 11 – Artist Conversation – Yujia Gu

Artist: Yujia Gu
Gallery: CSULB School of Art

About the Artist:
Yujia Gu is a graduate student here at CSULB, majoring in Graphic Design. She loves to do  logo designs, visual identity of branding, packaging, posters, books, and magazine layouts. When she wanted to come to the United States to study, her mom warned her and was scared about her safety because of incidents she heard about on the news. She heard that international students were killed by the usage of guns. However, Yujia Gu still decided to come and has been living in the U.S for three years. She researched on the statistics and was inspired to create a project through art considering the intense situations on gun violence.

Formal Analysis:
Her purpose of her exhibition is “to make people realize how serious the gun violence is”. In her projects, she shows the names and faces of people who lost their innocent lives through gun violence. She also wants to show people how to have gun control and the proper usage of them.

Content Analysis:
She includes mass shootings that has happened in different countries, including children’s deaths. She maps out 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.

Synthesis/My Experience:
This exhibit was one of the most meaningful artworks that I have visited this whole semester. I think that gun violence is a major problem around the world. I believe that gun control should be more strict, even if people say that that also creates problems as well (such as less chance of being protected). Gun violence is a serious issue because of the amount of incidents that has happened these past years.


Wk 11 – Classmate Conversation – Annie Chung

Annie is a first year health science major! She is really nice and loves to meet new people. She is from Temple City high school and knows some mutual friends as well. We actually found out that we had the same Nutrition 132 class last year as well as Human Biology 205 this year. She likes going to the beach and likes to bake. She doesn’t know how to swim or ride a bike. For her career, she wants to work in a hospital which is related to her major, health science. She likes cajun food like Kettlebar and Boiling Crab. Annie doesn’t like spicy foods unless it’s hot cheetos or takis. She loves window shopping online like me, too.

Wk 10 – Artist Conversation – Amy Duran

Artist: Amy Duran
Media: Ceramics
Gallery: CSULB School of Art
Instagram: polkadot.pony

About the Artist:
Amy Duran is an undergraduate student here at CSULB, majoring in Ceramics. She is from Buena Park, which is very close to the Long Beach area. She went to community college in Cypress before coming to CSULB. Her alternative hobbies include baking and designing cakes.

Formal Analysis:
When I went in the exhibit, it was really interactive. There a house-like structure which was a surprise to me. There were curtains and there was different stations in the exhibit. There was also books telling a story for each station.

Content Analysis:
As content, she explains herself and her life throughout these models and books. She explains personal struggles and experiences. Her childhood was also a big part of her displays because she showed a relationship between toys and animals. They were a huge impact on her life

Synthesis/My Experience:
I enjoyed her exhibit because it was very unique and different. I had fun reading her stories and getting to know her one on one.

Wk 10 – Art Activity – Architecture & Urban Planning – The Wedge

*side note: this isn’t a great sketch, not very good at it

Since the wedge is a place that everyone squeezes through for a faster route, this reminded me of the time my friends and I snuck in through a gate for a concert. We did not have tickets, so we found a “faster route” to get in instead of trying to sneak in. The guard in the front of the venue went to the back of the building, and there was a gate in the front where people go out to smoke at. There was a small opening in the gate and the 7 of us, including me, snuck in the venue successfully. The wedge reminded me of this very exact moment!

In addition, what I would do to improve this area is to remove the columns that make less room for the pathway. It is better to make the space where people walk quickly through bigger as well so there are two pathways available.