Wk 12 – Artist Conversation – Alice Andreini


Artist: Alice Andreini

Exhibition: No-Man’s Land

Media: Paint

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov East

Website: http://www.andreiniart.com/

Alice Andreini is a CSULB graduate student who is working toward her MFA in the School of Art’s Drawing and Painting Program. Some of her interests include hiking, attending galleries, and reading poetry. One of her favorite authors is Virgina Woolf. Some of her ideas that her work explores is focusing and thinking about constructs that we have in the world such as architecture and how they are imposed upon society.

Formal Analysis: In terms of the formal qualities of the exhibit it features mostly canvas pieces with different colored paints on them. The sizes of the canvas however range from a few that were small sizes to some that were very large, almost taking up most of the wall it was hanging on. The lines in each piece varyIMG_8405 but most have lines that make many squares. Some of the lines in the pieces are also either straight or are curved. The shapes that these pieces feature are many squares and circles throughout each unique piece. The square shapes and lines stand out by the darker colors that are used for them. The colors in each piece are very vibrant and colorful. From purples and blues to bright yellows and reds, each piece uses lighter colors in the background, so that the bolder and darker colored lines and shapes stand out in the piece. The rhythm in each piece various because of the way the lines are placed randomly in some, but in other pieces they work together to form what looks like either a landscape or a building structure. In some of the pieces that Andreini has in the exhibit, they appear to be undulating.  Although the pieces feature straight lines and appear like architecture, the lines and shapes move in a wave like motion either to one side or they are curved.

Content Analysis: In terms of the ideas behind this exhibit, it focuses on the constructs that we have in the world. When I was speaking to Andreini, she wanted to make it clear that we tend to live the world seeing architecture such as buildings and other structures as just part of the nature of our world. But in reality, these buildings that we have all around us are artificial and were not always there. Andreini also wanted to capture in her pieces the idea that nature IMG_8406is not just a place, but is featured with various symbols. The pieces represent what it is beneath the structural surface of many places we have in our society. She wants us to question our perception of these structures and to see what is underneath them all or what is imposed by them. The pieces relate back to capitalism in America and also the idealism we have in many of the structures in our surroundings. They tend to hide histories or information that is blocked off through this utopian and aesthetic looking architectural structures. Andreini also wanted to show in her pieces how the buildings and places such as golf courses underneath are typically static or focus on this idea of romanticism. She wanted to ultimately demonstrate that these places depicted in the pieces are constructs whose machinery needs to be uncovered underneath to understand what it is trying to show us on the outside.

Synthesis/My Experience: In terms of the overall exhibit and how it resonated with me, I believe that it helped me gain a new perspective of the world around me. In my personal life I don’t tend to see building structures and golf courses as anything but man made. But in reality these places are constructs that we have made because of society. I believe that her ideas have helped me understand that many of theses constructs are just a cover for something more. Previously I had never imagined that something that seems simple such as a building can bring about ideas such as romanticism, idealism, or utopianism. I think the ideas that she presents provide a new way for me to understand that even buildings can reveal much more than just an aesthetic image.





Wk11 – Artist Conversation – Yujia Gu


Artist: Yujia Gu

Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence in the USA

Media: Mixed media

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery

Website: yujiagu.squarespace.com

Yujia Gu is a CSULB graduate student who is working toward her MFA in the School of Art’s Graphic Design. Yujia is from China and she is a third year at CSULB. Some of Yujia’s interests include shopping, listening to music, and going to various museums. Some of the ideas that her work explores is the focus on having more control of the usage of guns, and the effects of gun violence in terms of the many school shootings in the United States.

Formal Analysis: In terms of the formal qualities of the exhibit, it features materials andIMG_8335 media such as the videos that are projected on the wall and television screens, a LED display, headphones, and a large plastic poster that features various photos of children. In terms of the graphic design media of the exhibit, there is images on the walls of people going across the bottom of the whole exhibit. There is also a large image that features figures of people, guns, and words in black put together in the shape of a gun.  The colors in the exhibit that are shown are black, white and red. The only shapes that are shown in the exhibit are the black and red figures at the bottom, the figures that make up the giant gun on the wall, and the shape of the USA that would appear  on the wall from the projector. On one side of the wall there is also the list of some of the names of the children who lost their lives in some of these shootings. The exhibit also featured videos of the various locations where shootings had occurred, specifically shootings that involved children. Their is rhythm in the piece in the way it is organized neatly and each unique piece of exhibit seems to flow nicely with the main idea of the exhibit. In terms of texture, one texture that stands out is the plastic poster that is hanging in the exhibit.

Content Analysis: In terms of the ideas behind the exhibit, it focuses on the intense reality of mass shootings in the United States. As I spoke with Yujia, she discussed that she focused on shootings involving children because people seem to have a stronger impact on the dangers of guns when it involves children. This is key to understanding the ideas behind the exhibit because Yujia wants to emphasize how dramatic these shootings truly are. She is from China, and when she came here her mother was hearing how international students were being killed. And because of these news stories she was IMG_8347scared for Yujia living in the United States. These conversations with her mother about her safety and the shootings is where Yujia drew inspiration for this exhibit. In the exhibit, there is a feature with various figures across the exhibit from Canada and another line of figures from the United States, and the only one that goes around is the one from the United States. This likely represents how more people are killed in the U.S compared to another country such as Canada. The videos that she displays and the photos of the children also provide the message on how these shootings happen in various spaces with different children whose lives are lost too soon. The LED Display also provides more emphasis back to the idea on how often these shootings occur by providing the date of the most recent shootings and the amount of people that were killed. Yujia also features one of the conversations that her mother had with her in Chinese with a English translation by Yujia herself. Her mother speaks about the dangers she sees in the United States and how she is worried for Yujia. I believe that with this part of the exhibit she demonstrates her idea that gun violence is truly dangerous and abundant to the point that her mother is constantly worried about her. For this exhibit, Yujia wanted to make it clear how many shootings there have actually been in the United States, and how society needs to take in these events and have stronger gun control to reduce the shootings that occur every day.

Synthesis/ My Experience: In terms of the exhibit as a whole and how it resonated with me, I honestly felt that it relates closely to my life because of where I work. I work in a afterschool program with elementary school kids. When I stepped into the exhibit it hit me pretty hard especially the images of the children and the fast paced video of all the locations of the shootings and once again the children. It almost made me cry knowing that these shootings happen at random and that it takes away innocent lives. I saw the children in this exhibit, and it made terrified knowing that it could happen at my school. I wanted to push the idea from my mind, but the scary reality is that many of the locations where these shootings happen which is presented in Yujia’s exhibit do occur in California. I know that these situations do occur because of people possessing guns, and this exhibit goes along with my perspective and opinion that their should be higher gun control to prevent tragedies like this to reoccur on constant basis.




Wk 11 – Classmate Conversation – Christian Infantes and David Valle



For this week’s classmate conversation I was able to have the pleasure of meeting David and Christian. When we first started talking we asked each other what year we were and to my surprise I was the oldest one there. They were both freshman at CSULB. David is majoring in business and Christian is majoring in film. I found out that David likes business because he feels he could get a good job with that degree. For Christian however, he told me that he had initially tried computer science, but knew it wasn’t for him. In high school, school was pretty easy for him, but not fun. I thought that was pretty interesting to hear considering usually whatever is easy is fun. If either of them were to get a minor, David said that he would try Graphic Design as minor and Christian would try Psychology as a minor. As we continued talking we got into the topic of anime. All of us had that in common that we liked anime. David’s favorite animes were Naruto and One Punch Man. For Christian, he enjoyed animes like Hunter x Hunter. We had an interesting conversation on anime because I realized that the ones I watched weren’t really some of the most popular ones, compared to their favorites. We also talked about the type of genre we liked in anime and how they watched it as kids. We also talked about where we were from, and Christian is from South Bay, and David is from Downey.

Although they both don’t live so far away, David was actually born in Guadalajara, Mexico. He had lived there for eleven years until his dad found a job opportunity here in the United States, and they have been living here since. I thought that was pretty interesting so I asked Christian what his ethnicity was. He was both Colombian and Peruvian, which I thought was pretty awesome because I don’t normally hear that pretty often. We also talked about our favorite foods which David said would include anything with meat. The only exception to that would be seafood because David is seriously allergic to it. He said that if he were to eat it he could potentially die. I thought that was so scary knowing how extreme the allergic reaction is. Christian then shared after hard time deciding because he loved eating food so much, that he enjoyed eating carne asada tacos. I also found out that they both loved Spiderman as kids, saying they would wear the costume or watch the cartoons. I found out that Christian’s favorite movies were Blade Runner and The Shining, and David’s was Civil War. David doesn’t really like watching movies or television so this question was a bit hard to answer. This conversation with the both of them was actually pretty fun, I know that we talked longer than we probably all intended because of how close it was to the end of class time. And considering where we were sitting was pretty hot after a while, it was obvious that we cared more about the conversation we were having than getting burned in the sun. I hope to talk to them again they were really chill and fun to talk too.

Wk10 – Artist Conversation – Amy Duran


Artist: Amy Duran

Media: Mixed Media, Ceramics

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery

Amy Duran is a CSULB undergraduate who is working toward her BA in the School of Art’s Ceramics Program. Amy is from Buena Park, CA, and is a senior at CSULB. This exhibition is part of her Senior Thesis. She hopes to pursue a future career in creating props for films. Her interests include creating ceramic pieces and going to Disneyland. Some of the ideas that her work explores is the struggle of sexuality as a woman while trying to maintain her inner child.

Formal Analysis: In terms of the formal qualities of the work, it features many different types of material ranging from pieces of wood, fabric, clay, marbles and IMG_8243some type of cotton. Throughout the piece, the main characters that are shown are made out of clay with many details. Each of the panels in the piece features it’s own scenery which includes pieces of wood for possible walls, spinning turntable for the characters to move, and some type of grass. From an overall perspective, there are various colors of fabric curtains that surround each panel.  In terms of media, there is also some technical features such as the wood mechanisms that were created to make the characters move. There was also a wolf character that features glowing eyes which were due to lights that are inside the eyes. Throughout the exhibition there were various lines due to the different shapes of the characters such as the young woman, the teddy bear, the dogs, cats, and the pieces of clay foods. In terms of the colors of this exhibit, it features a variety of colors such as pink, blue, yellow, red, purple, brown, and mixes of these colors. IMG_8246There is also the key color of gold that is featured on each physical book that is positioned in front of each storytelling panel. The rhythm within this piece is shown in the way that each panel is next to each other in the form of a story. Each of these panels represents a scene providing a smooth transition of the story being told within the exhibit. The scale of the overall exhibit is big, but features medium sized panel boxes with the characters and scenery. The exhibit also features many different textures which range from the smooth fabric of the curtains, around the pieces, and within the pieces. There is also the texture of the pieces of cotton that is featured in one of the boxes. Another unique texture is that of the wood lever that people who view the exhibit may pull to make certain scenes or characters move.

Content Analysis: This piece is specially focusing on the idea of the conflicting worlds that women have in terms of their sexuality and yet their innocence as children. In this piece, Duran wanted to demonstrate her own struggle of trying to be free withIMG_8249 her own sexuality as an adult woman, but feeling as though there is a struggle between that sexuality and her inner child having a space of it’s own. Duran wanted to express through her fable story exhibit that it is ok as an adult to be afraid. And the way to counter that fear is to not forget about the inner child which makes you who you are today. This is expressed in the way the story talks and shows a young woman who seems to be on both sides of the spectrum through her bondage type dress and yet running through the forest with her teddy bear. She goes on this journey to find answers and runs into characters and beings that represent somebody from her childhood like her old pet. By the end of the story presented in the exhibit the young woman realizes that she has no reason to fear how she views the world. The exhibit demonstrates childhood elements and yet shows sexuality elements to present how both worlds can collide and be beneficial together.

Synthesis/ My Experience: In terms of the overall exhibition and how it resonated with me, I felt that it relates to how I feel when I live my life. I think that as a grown woman I am obligated to grow up. And yet for me I feel it is very important not too lose your inner child and I feel that I demonstrate that playful inner child everyday. Although this is the case, I realized having that side of me seems to collide with my own sexuality and freedom as an adult. After seeing Duran’s exhibit and understanding her ideas I can relate to the struggle of being scared of being between two worlds. I feel that the exhibit talks about ideas in my mind that I never believed other people such as Duran thought about and struggled with. And I feel that after seeing this exhibit, I can feel more comfortable that I am not the only one thinking about these overlapping ideas.




Wk 10 – Art Activity – Architecture & Urban Planning

IMG_8251For this week’s art activity, I was able to approach face to face with the one part of the campus that always had me puzzled since the first day which is the awkward wedge near the USU. When I was watching people pass I already knew there pain after having to pass through it awkwardly for so long. So while I was looking at the piece I was thinking what was the point of having that gap not only there, but also in the middle of the wall next to the gap. I realized that the only point of the gap in the wall was for decoration. There is no pictures in it, mirror or even a working light. At first when I looked at it I noticed the hole for the light above and thought maybe that explains the gap on the side. But when I took a closer look I realized that the hole didn’t even have a light bulb, and neither did the other two on the wall. My first idea for changing the design was to figure out how to at least reduce gap without eliminating so much of the wall that it could cause an imbalance of weight at the top of the structure. So when I kept looking at it and thought again about the middle gap in the wall I thought why not just eliminate the other gap in the wall?

In my design what I decided to do was redraw the wall, but without the unnecessary gap in the wall and just combine both sides together. The whole wall would be symmetrical and it would look nice and simple. What makes this design better is the fact that it eliminates the gap in the middle to compensate for the small gap onIMG_8258 the side. I’m sure when they thought about designing this wall they used the gap as a design feature. And yet the feature doesn’t really bring anything except create a small amount of space for people to try to walk through. The tradeoffs at my site is that this design isn’t changing to much of the original idea that the designer had. It isn’t crazy and it’s subtle in the design. It eliminates the uselessness of the middle gap, and because both walls would be placed together than it makes the awkward gap not so awkward. My choices to redesign it this way was because anything too dramatic would either eliminate the subtle but elegant image of the area, and could provide this obstacle in how the weight of the ceiling part would manage itself.

Honestly if students were to see my change in design a year from now I think it would leave them surprised. The reason for this is because of the realization that the gap truly was weird and at times a bit uncomfortable, and with just a small adjustment the structure isn’t too different and now they will have more space to walk in. Although there will still be this space they need to walk through between two walls, this time around it won’t be so tight. I think with the new design two people would be able to fit together without a problem.

Wk9 – Art Experience – Graffiti Writing


For this art experience I got to do something I never thought I would get the chance to do which is Graffiti Writing. This experience was very different for me because I never tried spray painting anything in general. I bought both of my spray paints from Home Depot, and tried to draw out a hand drawn sketch of what I wanted to do. For the cardboard I was able to ask my boyfriend to bring me a cardboard box from work. I ended up opening it up flat and took only a part of it to use. I felt that if I used most of it, it would be end up looking weird because it wasn’t just a flat cardboard with no gaps in it. So I decided only to use one part of the cardboard.

To actually start spray painting I took the cardboard outside and decided to practice FullSizeRender2spraying a heart or something and it kind of worked. At that moment I went to get the bigger piece of cardboard from the box and I went outside and made sure the wind was not blowing in my direction. The two colors that I was going to use for my project were black and turquoise. The only problem that I was thinking about before I started was that the cardboard piece was going to be too small for what I wanted to do. When I actually started writing the letters I realized that the B I made was a bit big and I wasn’t sure how I was going to fit the other letters on the cardboard so I tried my best.

In the end the experience was interesting because it was actually harder making my letters than I thought. I kept going over each one over and over again because I messed up on the lines and how I wanted to do it. And I ended up trying again on a smaller piece of cardboard to write my name. Although the pieces didn’t come out the way I wanted, I at least know to get a bigger piece for the next time. I think I underestimated the size of the cardboard and that’s why the first letter I sprayed messed up the rest of my idea because I lost track of the outline of the letters a bit and the layers of paint would blend with the previous layer at times as well. This experience honestly made me realize that the art and skill of graffiti writing is honestly a real talent because you really have to know what your planning to do, and for me I know to get better I would have to keep practicing and have more room to do what I want. Overall, I loved the experience and it had me doing something outside of what I would normally do in terms of an art project. I hope to one day do it again and have more colors and a bigger space to experiment.

Wk9 – Artist Conversation – Dulce Soledad Ibarra


Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra

Exhibition: Recuerdos

Media: Mixed Media

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov West

Website: https://www.dulcesoledadibarra.com/

Dulce Soledad Ibarra is a CSULB undergraduate who is working toward her BFA in the School of Art’s Sculpture Program. Andrea is from Chino, CA, and is a senior at CSULB. Her first language  is Spanish, and her second language is English. Some of her interests include singing karaoke, specifically Spanish songs by Selena and Juan Gabriel.  And some of the ideas that her work explores is the value of objects.

Formal Analysis: In terms of the formal qualities of the work, it features various pieces throughout the work. It features a piano, dolls, clothing, cloths, clocks, a IMG_8123dresser, small trinkets, porcelain statues, small cups, yarn, plastic flowers, bird cages and other items. The piece looks like a small room in the center of the gallery with all the pieces closely placed together. The overall exhibit features various lines and shapes because of the different little antiques and trinkets that are in each part of the different pieces of furniture including the piano. The main bright color of the piece is yellow. Yellow is the color of all the pieces of furniture such as the mini closet and dresser. The rest of the piece features many different colors. The rhythm of the piece seems to be a bit in unison because all the pieces are closely placed together in each open space making it easy to glide through all the various pieces that are in the exhibit. In terms of the scale of the overall exhibit it looks small because it is not openly spread out throughout the exhibit room, but placed in the middle of the room. The pieces within the furniture and on top of the furniture range from very small cups IMG_8122or figurines to medium to big dolls, and statues. The textures of the piece range from the wood texture of the furniture to the smooth porcelain texture of some of the statues. Overall, the piece features various textures throughout it.

Content Analysis: In terms of the ideas behind this piece, it relates back to the collection of items that Ibarra’s aunt had before her passing. The ideas focus on how her aunt had continuously throughout her life collected different pieces and with these pieces came these memories of a particular event or celebration. Ibarra focuses not on memories in general, but the way that through these items they each represent a particular moment in life. The exhibit focuses on the way that her family tended to collect items for the sake of collecting, and yet in reality it was more than something that may have seemed like hoarding, but as way to step through memory lane of all the celebrations and IMG_8120festivities of a person’s life time. Ibarra also wanted to focus on ageism as well by her discussion of how her aunt was small like a child, but wise like an adult and it is reflected in the piece.

Synthesis/ My Experience: In terms of the overall exhibition and how it resonated with me, I felt that it resonated very closely to me and how my own family is. She and I are both from Hispanic backgrounds, and looking at the piece reminded me a lot of my own aunts and my grandma. When I would look at the piece it reminded me of the type of things my aunt would have in her room from bear statues to little girl statues and dolls or anything cute in general. When I saw the piece I also thought about the little room my own grandma used to have with the hand woven table cloths, to the dolls, and the hand woven blankets and clothing. It resonated so much with many memories of those rooms especially now that my grandmother passed away not in December. The ideas that Ibarra presents also remind me of my own views on recuerdos and how in reality their are different meanings in translating the word recuerdos to English. And I feel that the way she presented her exhibit really explores what it really means by memories or recuerdos through her late aunt’s collection and room pieces.