I thought that this art experience was pretty fun. Upon looking at the #art110s16 pictures, I definitely feel like there is an entity that we have as an individual class because we are guided by Professor Zuccman to look at art in such an open-minded way. I really enjoyed this experience and was glad I could fit my girlfriend within this project. I almost forgot to take the last picture but I did it right before midnight! Anyone reading this should come out to Dipiazza’s near school on April 3rd, this Sunday. My band is playing at 7 pm!
Artist: Helen Werner Cox
Exhibition: Silent Screams
A graduate of Boston University’s School of Fine Arts, Helen Werner Cox is an extremely talented painter. Born in central New York, Cox now teaches art to those who do not have easy access to it. She focuses on painting multicultural art.
Her art show, Silent Screams, is a collection of paintings of horses and carousel animals. She uses many colors in some works and also paints in black and white in others. The horses are indicated to be carousel horses because of the poles that stick through the middle of their backs, as they do on carousel machines. Her paintings utilize nice even strokes and shades of color.
According to Cox, she wanted to paint these carousel images because she wanted to focus on the idea of this cycle of life. For example we make the same mistakes over and over again, just as a carousel spins round and round. She actually sat on a carousel ride up in Santa Monica for 4 hours sketching out the carousel image of the horses riding round on the ride. She also painted the ceiling of the Griffith Park Observatory in one of her paintings. Underneath the ceiling was the carousel of horses.
I really liked her paintings because they were simple and not abstract. Abstract art is cool but it has no anchor too the tangible world that we live in. The universe created by abstract art only exists in the mind of the artist. It was interesting that she rode the carousel for 4 hours to sketch her drawings! I think the concept of carousels and the cycle of life is a good symbolic message that people can absorb.
Name: Po T. Ato
Profession: Organic Mercenary and Part-time Honey Harvester
It’s the year 2046 and organic materials have contracted a virus that gives them intelligence to move, think, and do. I live in the mountains of Olympus, somewhere on Mars. I eat potatoes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This place is literally infested with them. My silly cousin working for the Ministry of Agricultural Sorcery wouldn’t heed my warnings when my bees were coming back in fewer numbers. One day, I found where most of the had died – a cave where the infamous organivirus was cultivated and spread to infect the planet’s supply of organic plants. Now every day, I wait. Hoping the Moonbase Alpha League figures out a way to cure this disease.
Continue the story with…
My cousin: Toma Ato
My congressional representative: Mr. Spacey
Fellow mercenary: Tsunami the Eliminator
So for the Automatic Drawing session, I did the assignment with my girlfriend. I didn’t have time to meet up and arrange it for the way Professor Zuccman suggested it to. Overall, it was a really fun spelling project and I had a lot of fun doing it. It wasn’t that awkward, at least for me.
We ended up just doing scribbles. Maybe we weren’t do something correctly, but I think we did okay. I colored some of the scribbles so that it doesn’t look like scribbles. I colored it to look like an egg, as seen below! Overall, it was a very fun experience and I would definitely do it again.
This week, I met Eddie Castillo. He is a first year (like me) in political science. He had originally entered Long Beach as a computer science major, but then he realized that it wasn’t something he could handle at the time. He played badminton for Marina High School. He also did a lot of community service with key club in high school, and now he’s doing circkle K; so it wouldn’t make sense for me to go. He likes asian food, but he prefers not to eat fatty foods because he hates the texture you get in your mouth whenever we have it.
Artist: Almira Nikravesh
Exhibition: Scultpur B.F.A. Senior Show
Gallery: Maxine Merlino
This week, I got to meet with a sculptor, named Almira Nikravesh. She considers her a “maker” or a creator of things. This causes her to really engage in and utilizes the way she sees and feels music. She like stop weight-life in her free time. That was quite surprising because not many girls want to go to the gym and work out body parts. An important thing that she stands for is personal space among peers.
For her senior show gallery, he used MDF wood to create this wooden carpet with an elegant design on it. The final project produced a wooden-like carpet that. She decided to attempt to do this carpet because her father enjoys see her try new things. Along the four walls, at the bottom, there were sculptured feet. They were all identical in shape and size.
Almira reveals that her art work centered around self-consciousness and the self-esteem of any person engaging in their art. The feet represent her ethnic background as being without shoes or socks, as it emphasized freedom from everyone.
When I was observing the artwork, I was really into the wooden MDF carpet. It’s pretty cool you can make stuff like your own rag or wall mounts using programming skills. Overall, though, I really liked the art because of that cultural background. I’m really into culture, myself, as I like to promote my island roots to people when the time is right!
I actually worked on this with Maison Chiu, as I had just met her this last week! It was really fun working on it with her. She came up with the idea of doing a casual food critique of Carl’s Jr. (mostly because she wanted fries). We didn’t have much to work with so I improvised the use of frame shift with the in-video effects of the movie software I was using.
It was kind of a silly take on a food critique, but most of the comments we made were really serious. I got the El Diablo and I was really disappointed because it wasn’t that spicy as they had mistakenly advertised. I’m an avid eater of spicy foods so you can imagine how betrayed I was when it wasn’t spicy at all. However, it was quite filling!
This week, I met up with Maison Chiu who is a first-year business marketing major. She came from Millikan High School and loves to draw. Something interesting that I found out about her is that she grew up without a phone or any kind of technology. She didn’t have television or internet because her parents wanted her to experience life without being drowned by technology. She explained that her parents wanted her and her sister to associate technology with work. She is an extremely open person and we talked about theories about the universe and religion. It was really nice to talk to someone who appreciates faith as much I do.
She prefers waffles over pancakes. I found that quite disagreeable but to each their own! She talked about how she is into a more electronic music, such as trap, chill step, and house.
She’s definitely very open person, and I am very glad to have met her!
Artist: Andrea Williams
This week, I got the chance of seeing art created by Andrea Williams, an undergraduate majoring in Ceramics. Born and raised in Riverside, she loves animals. She used to experiment with music and drawing as her art medium, but has since taken a strong interest in ceramic art.
Her gallery this week, titled Sacrifice, were displays of clay and ceramic wall mounts that depicted biblical images of a naked woman and her journey through pregnancy. The clay faces of the mounts have this dripping design and the surface was very rough. In front of each wall mount there were small sculptures of clay-made body parts, such as legs, a hip bone, and an animal skull.
Upon my initial observation of the art, I thought she was trying to portray the sacrifice Jesus made for people. With the title Sacrifice, I assumed she was referring to the sacrifice He made for us. It gave me a feeling of strong love and passion. The mounts were so beautifully crafted and emphasized the time she put into her art.
After asking her about the art, Andrea revealed that she wanted to focus on the sacrifice a mother provides for her child. Growing up she expressed how supportive her parents were for her art and interests. She talked about how she joined a band and how she has been playing the drums since she was a teenager. Her parents were always there to support her endeavors.
This week start experience was pretty nice because we got to walk around and enjoy the beautiful day. Sometimes I forget that everything can be art if you can see beauty in it. I joined the photowalk led by Crysta Tim who took us down to Brotman Hall from the SOA Galleries, through the walkway near the bookstore. She was very polite in allowing us time to take pictures and she chose a good path to observe!
The different objects and scenes that we saw on our walk were very simple and mundane, however, going on this walk really opened my eye to the inner beauty of simplicity and monotony. The blossoms seen below were my favorite piece of scenery because it represented natural beauty in a synthetic environment. The jade-colored metalwork on the side of the lecture halls always intrigued me because I never knew what it was. The campus is a really nice and well-kept place!