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 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.

Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – Janelle & Antonio

Artists: Janelle & Antonio
Gallery: CSULB School of Art

About the Artist:
Janelle is from Big Bear Lake and Antonio is from Los Angeles. They are both in the Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship club on campus. They have a get together every Thursday on campus and the club consisted of about 150+ members. They study the bible and worship on campus. They are also a social club that hangs out on the weekends.

Formal Analysis:
Janelle’s artwork consisted of strings and beans. She wanted her art to represent a community theme. Antonio used bridges and was a blueish and grayish color. The color blue represented the future. He was inspired by Lana Del Rey.

Content Analysis:
Janelle’s community theme was interesting. She explained that it is important to be recognized as an individual and to belong to a group. She says that it is important to feel as if there is somewhere safe. Everyone should add to a group of people. It is also meaningful to recognize others as individual people. Antonio used bridges because he explained that in today’s society, people want to build walls and exclude people. He wants a stronger community. He was inspired by the music video called Love by Lana Del Rey because in the video, it showed people holding the world on their hands.

Synthesis/My Experience:
I really loved hearing about their inspirations and why they chose to make their art. I thought it was interesting how Antonio was inspired to use bridges instead of walls. It is true that people are building walls in today’s society, which is indirectly referring to Trump, in my opinion. I like the idea of bridges because it connects people from different races, types, and cultures together. Janelle’s theme is also relatable because it was about the community as well. It is important for everyone to fit in somewhere, like school, family, and friends.