Week 15 – Artist Conversation –

Artist: Nancy Young
Exhibition: As The Crow Flies
Media: Printmaking/Sketching
Gallery: Dutzi Gallery
Website: none
Instagram:  none

Nancy is currently an undergraduate art major here at CSULB. She is working towards her BFA in printmaking and will graduate soon. She really likes music and nature and wants to work with animals in the future. Her love for animals is very apparent in the works presented in her art exhibit.

Upon initial observation of Nancy’s works, they all look like they’ve been sketched and scanned. It is apparent that each piece was printed since there is no apparent texture on the images. Each picture involved some kind of animal; most of the animals turned out to be crows or ravens, and this is probably why the exhibition is called as such. She printed each image in black and white. There was little to no color. The lighting of the room really emphasized the shadows of each art piece, making them appear darker.

According to Nancy, she wanted to create a “bird leaving the nest” idea. It is reflective of her almost getting to graduate from the art program she is currently in. She talked about how the process of how she came to create this art exhibit came to play in its reflective theme. She had a rough plan of how she was going about the project, however, she had to adapt to whatever life gave her and this showed how her maturity as an artist has given her the tools necessary to get past the obstacles that are present when pursuing projects such as her exhibit.

I thought that her exhibit was cool and I liked her idea behind the project because it is different than the other exhibits we’ve seen this semester. It seems fitting that at the end of my first year at CSULB, I get to see an exhibit about moving to another level of maturity. Reflecting on this last year, I plan to do more next semester to improve myself as a student as well as my experiences here at college.
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Week 15 – Classmate Conversation – Molly Poyer

This week I had the opportunity to meet Molly Poyer, who is a third-year Communications major, here at CSULB. She chose to study communications because she likes being around people. She isn’t focused in a particular field of communication; she enjoys the whole general subject of communication. She really likes hip-hop/contemporary rap music and her favorite color is green (which was obvious because she was wearing all green). Coincidentally, she is the person I sent my art care package to, though she hasn’t received it yet. Hopefully she likes it!

We mostly talked about the art in the Gatov-Gallery that was created by the senior art majors. They were all pretty cool and we both thought that we could really connect with a lot of the themes because they were mostly from our generation. Overall, Molly is a really chill person and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her talk about her ideas of communication as well as the art that we were looking at.

Week 14 – Art Experience – Sketching in the Garden

This art experience was really fun. I like drawing, but I’m not that good at it, in my opinion. The Japanese Garden is a really beautiful place and I’m glad we took the time out of our days to go and spend an hour there. I think that this art experience is the standard art experience that everyone usually thinks of when you think of art. In terms of abstract or representational sketches, I feel like all of my sketches look like they’re abstract. I was hanging out with Maison while I worked on my sketches. Her sketches were definitely superior to mine.

I really didn’t know how to choose what to draw so I decided to draw whatever it was that was closest to me! My three representative sketches are shown first and my three abstract are shown after the first three.

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It was simply relaxing to sit down and draw whatever we were seeing. Next is my three representational photos along with my three abstract photos.

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I think I have a better eye for photography than I do for sketches. Overall, I think I had more fun drawing than I did taking photos because the process of drawing is a lot more enjoyable to me. I think I will start to get more into drawing as time goes by.