This week I had the pleasure of meeting Alice Andreini, the artist behind the gallery “No-Man’s Land.” Alice is a graduate student in drawing and painting and she enjoys poetry and good literature while her favorite author is Virginia Wolf. An interesting fact that I’ve learned about Alice is that she learned how to paint approximately 6 years ago and has been in school for arts for 3 years. She has always had a passion for painting but never pursued it however, she plans to contribute practice as a painter after she graduates.
When I walked into Alice’s gallery and saw all her paintings, I was astonished. The pieces were extremely big, almost touching the floor to the roof of the gallery. I saw some that had 2 colors while others were so colorful and eye catching. I learned that each piece is different since they all have different amounts of time it takes to create. For example, some works take 3 weeks while other take up to 3 months to complete. She begins each painting with the suspicion of her own perceptions and thicks about how we are unaware of these constructs that define the way we see things.
Alice also said that cell phones change the way we look at time and she used landscape as a construct. Alice said that landscapes are simulated and even when they’re natural, such as nature being a landscape and can be used symbolically. Alice’s inspiration is to always wanting to paint and she also needs it in her life. She is interest in how we visualize and imagine spacial illusions. It’s interesting because Alice isn’t inspired by nature but more by the questions related to nature.
After and while walking through the gallery, I was so baffled by how talented Alice is. The paintings were so eye-catching and the color pigments were so unique. I could only wish to paint half as good as Alice. When I see the paintings, I see landscapes and scenery even though it’s not clear, that’s what I see. My favorite would have to be the one with gray tiles with cracks between with red, orange, and yellow colors that look like lava.
This week I chose to walk into one of the most realistic art galleries. When I say realistic, I mean how eye opening it is. I wasn’t able to interview Yujia Gu, the artist behind the gallery but I believe the work and her personal statement speak for itself. Her work was in the CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery, and her piece was called Tracing Gun Violence in the USA.
At first when you walk in, you immediately see all the pictures of guns plastered on all the walls. There are maybe hundreds of guns and little people plastered on the wall with words that say “to protect themselves from more and more…are buying.” on the bottom of the wall, you see it says “Canada” with only a limited amount of people represented. Then you see “The United States” and all 4 walls are filled with people. This represents how America is compared to other countries regarding arms weapons.
Another piece that you can’t miss if you walk in is the projection wall that highlighted different states and cities that gun violence has been an issue. The one that hit me the most was in the back wall to the left. It was a transparent wall with pictures of little kids on it. I didn’t understand it at first but when i looked behind it, it said “Children Killed by Guns Since Newton” and it broke my heart. It also includes their names.
I really enjoyed this art gallery because of how realistic and honest it is while being extremely informative on gun violence. Guns have always been a controversial topic and some people don’t understand why, but I believe that this gallery and Yujia’s work really brings the issue to light. It’s not something we want to see or believe but this is all reality and I think that this is a very nice way to show it.
This week I had the pleasure of talking to Vicki. Vicki and I have met before because we have biology class together. However, I didn’t know much about vicki such as how she changed her major from health science to health care administration because she aspires to manage a hospital and helps patients indirectly. I also learned that she doesn’t like the beach and that her favorite food is hotpot. She also doesn’t know how to swim so she is afraid of water but she likes to jet ski. It was a pleasure talking to Vicki this week!
This week, We had the task of pick either the wedge at the USU or the wedge at FA4 to redesign for efficient traffic flow. I chose the wedge at the USU because I have had experience with that. Sometimes I ask myself why there is even a wedge there. At the USU, there is this wall between the buss stops and the USU, which to me, is absolutely unnecessary. There are a few signs and posters hung up there and 2 benches and I’m confused as why there are even benches there because i’ve never seen anyone sit there. My proposal is for the school to knock it down for more efficient traffic flow. That way students don’t have to get stuck between the wedge, wait one at a time to pass through, or to have to walk around.
This week I had the pleasure of meeting Amy Duran, a senior at CSULB who will be graduating this fall with a BFA in ceramics. I learned that she is a really interesting person because she has an Etsy shop and sells brooches that she makes. I’ve never met anyone who has their own Etsy shop. I also learned that we both have baking in common since Amy decorates cakes in her free time.
Amy’s piece was in the Marilyn Werby Gallery and it is called “Forever by your Side.” I felt as though her exhibition was very interactive since she incorporated a fairytale theme for guests to walk around the gallery. The pieces really reminded me of a Disney fairytale even before I walked around the gallery. Each station had a fairytale book and featured a ceramic girl and various types of animals. I loved the intricate backgrounds as well because i feel like it really brought the whole piece together.
The message Amy was telling behind “Forever by your Side” was that she was trying to explain her struggles of never feeling like she belonged. She was afraid that she was the only one who felt out of place while also being afraid that she would lose her inner child as she was embracing the woman she was becoming. Her pieces tell her audiences that it is absolutely normal and okay to be afraid of change, especially as an adult.
Before walking into the gallery, I felt as if I walked into a fairytale, and after leaving, I felt like i just experienced my whole life story. I can relate to the message that Amy was relaying because I felt alone in my worries too and trying to hang on to the child within myself all while changing into the woman that I had to be. I really enjoyed this exhibition because it was like my own little fairytale.
This week, we were asked to create art using spray paint. At first I was excited because I love to paint and painting from a can sounded so fun! So I found 2 spray paint bottles in my house and a piece of poster paper from daiso. So I went to work. once I started I regretted it. It was a nightmare. The paint I had was a glitter one and a gray one. I tried to copy the artists from the documentary from this week’s art talk by outlining my name and filling it and then outlining it again with a different color. It was a disaster. after I did it with the gray one and then tried to outline with the pink, it looked horrible. So I restarted. this time i filled it in with the pink first then TRIED to outline it with the gray. at first the pink was great, but then after I outlined it with the gray, it was a nightmare. It smeared the pink and you can barely tell it’s an “a” anymore. Plus, i stained my front yard with gray spray paint.
trial and error:
This week I had the pleasure of meeting Janelle and Antonio. I visited their gallery at the SOA Galleries this week and I was extremely inspired with their art. After looking at their galleries, I went to go meet the two artists. I met Janelle and Antonio, just two of the people involved in the pieces from the gallery. I learned that the pieces in the gallery consisted of a group of people involved in a college club on campus, known as the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship club. They told us a bit about the club like it’s a Christian club, they get together every Thursday, there are over 170 people in the club, and they study bible worship on campus and hang out on weekends. I also got to know them a little personally also. Janelle is from Big Bear Lake, and Antonio is from Los Angeles. Some of the pieces that they created was the Blue Bridge Pillar, the String piece, and the Bean piece.
At first glance, when I walked around the gallery, the most captivating pieces to me were the pieces that Antonio and Janelle made, coincidentally. Antonio’s piece was the 3 dimensional piece that has the blue pillars. I asked him what the message and inspiration was behind the piece and he said it symbolized a bridge. He said that it’s especially important in today’s society where we want to build walls and disassociate ourselves from others. The bridge thus symbolizes a strong community. I asked him what his inspiration was and he replied “Lana Del Rey” and the color blue was used to symbolize the future and the connection between people.
Futher more, I was also captivated by Janelle’s pieces which was the String piece and the Beans piece. The String pieces was hanging in the corner of the gallery and it realy caught my eye because it was so unique and really stood out to me. there was a piece of fabric and an intricate design of string and it really caught my eye. The piece was called “All Caught Up” and the description says “Genuine community is about acknowledging the strands as well as the throng. May each string represent an individual that makes up the multitude.” I can see that the description represents a community also. I believe the overall theme of the gallery is to inspire a community. As for the beans piece I see different types of beans in a spiral design. And the work is called “Meet Me In The Middle” probably symbolizing the middle where all the beans meet. That really caught my attention as well.
I really genuinely enjoyed the gallery because it is sending a message and encouraging all of us to be a community. Their statement is “A group show about being in a community of friends and family that came from different backgrounds. We are unique and different within the community with different experiences…” I really enjoyed the gallery and the messages they were trying to relay to the audience. I thought that it is truly inspiring.