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Wk15 – Artist Conversation – Amy Duran

Exhibition Information

Artist: Amy Duran
Exhibition: CSULB Art Sale: Love Houses
Media: Ceramics
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov-East & Gatov-West
Website: N/A
Instagram: polkadot.pony

About the Artist00119

Amy Duran originally transferred from Cypress College and is now a senior at CSULB currently pursuing her BFA in Ceramics. Amy’s two artistic interests include sculpting and stop-motion animation. She mentioned that she is inspired by fairy tales and incorporates that into her work. She also hopes to work with Pixar Animation Studios one day.Amy’s hobbies include painting, cake decorating, and watching movies.

Formal Analysis and Content Analysis

0018When you first walk in, all around the room will be pieces of art ranging from vases, cups, plates, sculptures, jewelry, and more. It was a bit overwhelming being around all these pieces because I can be clumsy… but I didn’t break anything so it turned out okay! This exhibit is actually in collaboration with Amy’s friend, Luis Casas. He made the vases while Amy decorated them. The vases that Amy made had intricate floral patterns and you can tell that her cake decorating skills came in handy to make these complicated designs. Her work seemed to have a similar base for everything in that they all have either a black or brown background. The flowers on her pieces looked as if they were drawn onto them, but some of them came out 3D which I thought was totally cool and different. It added some texture to the piece and gave it more perspective. Another of of her works was the girl, wolf, and man in the apple trees. I thought it was really cute and noticed how fantasy like it seemed which makes sense because of her inspiration that comes from fairy tales.

Synthesis / My Experience

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I really liked Amy Duran’s pieces and wish I was not so cheap so I could support her. Her work definitely fits in well with my own personal aesthetics. I love flowers and the concept of fairy tales so for an artist to create pieces with these is amazing! I hope one day I’ll have somewhere in my house to decorate at least one of her vases with because in its current state, I would not be able to show it off properly lol. I wish Amy luck in her future endeavors!

P.S. Not all pieces shown belong to Amy Duran. They were also in the gallery and I liked them so I wanted to post them here too.

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Wk15 – Art Experience – Finger Painting

00123The last art activity for the semester was finger painting. In the art kit we were provided with three tiny pots of paint and a large poster paper. The colors I got were black, pink, and orange. I was really happy I got pink because it is my favorite color! I honestly did not know how to even begin finger painting so I just put most of the paint on a paper plate and then had another plate of water to clean off my fingers sometimes.00124I started with the black paint first because there was so much of it and for some reason the orange paint I had was a little dried up so I could not use much of it like I did with the black and pink. 0015As for the actual finger painting, I originally started just doing random strokes and swirls on the paper with the paint and eventually begin smearing it to make it less “heavy.” After a while I wanted to do simple drawings so I drew a sun with all the colors given to me, a pink bunny to represent D.Va from the game Overwatch, a heart, a circle, and then wrote my name to “sign” my work.  I also realized that the colors I had could make a sunset so I tried to blend the colors into each other but I think the black came out too harsh against the orange.00114I think this was a fun experience just because I never get to play or create with paint. Whenever I draw it’s usually on random notebook paper with a pencil or pen so being able to use paint and my fingers was different. I thought the experience of making something with no subject was easy. I did not feel restrained to try and imitate something that I’ve seen and was able to freely just paint what I felt.00113This finger painting is pretty different, yet similar from our graffiti writing activity because with the latter, we had to write our names with paint and with the former we are free to just draw. In fact, I think this may be the most art-like activity in this Art 110 class that I was expecting to do lol! It was still similar in the sense that we were just creating our own art though. I had fun with this activity and would be willing to do it again for fun!

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Wk14 – Art Experience – Instagram Day

On Wednesday, November 30th, both Art 110 classes participated in posting photos throughout the day on Instagram using the hashtag #art110f16. Up until I got to class at 1pm, I realized I had been using the wrong hashtag lol. I was using #art110OF16 and was confused as to why I only saw my posts and maybe two others. For this activity, I made a new Instagram so I would not spam my other account with things I would not regularly post. On my new account, “koisurudemi” (which is a reference to AKB48’s song Koisuru Fortune Cookie) I posted random things that I liked. I actually really liked posting random things even if they got no likes so I might keep this account and post pictures that are not relevant to my main account.

As I went through the hashtag, I had fun seeing what everyone else was posting. My personal favorite pictures were pet pictures and seeing what kind of drinks people got at Starbucks. I did feel a sense of community looking through all the pictures because for the most part, we were all on campus that day taking pictures of recognizable places or things and it was interesting seeing these photos from different perspectives. I thought this was a fun activity and I enjoyed seeing what my classmates do outside of class.

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Wk14 – Classmate Conversation – Cindy Le

This week I met Cindy Le! She is a currently second year and a Prebiology major. Her hobbies include drawing and playing the violin. She specifically draws anime or animals and has been playing the violin for seven years. She also enjoys gaming such as the recent Pokemon games. Random fact, she chose the grass type Pokemon, Rowlette as her starter! Cindy commutes from Westminster and doesn’t drive like myself lol. I asked her what her favorite food was and she said that she can eat anything, but was currently craving sushi at the time of class. Her favorite color is blue and plays badminton sometimes. We also talked a bit about what anime we like! We both enjoy sports themed anime. In the year 2036, Cindy believes that the tuition will be super expensive. I honestly would not be surprised if that turns out to be the case lol.

Here is the link to Cindy’s blog: https://cyneele.wordpress.com/


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Wk13 – Classmate Conversation – Ana Maya

This week I talked to Ana Maya! Ana is a sophomore majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Spanish. Her hobbies include taking pictures and claims that she is not too good at it but would like to get better. She also likes learning new languages, or just small phrases. In 2014, Ana started to learn Portuguese after the World Cup because she wanted to know what the Brazilian football players were saying in their interviews. I can totally relate to that because that’s similar to why I self taught myself Japanese. She was born in Mexico, but raised in Southern California. Ana hates hot weather, so tends to favor rainy, chilly days over sunshine. To my surprise, Ana doesn’t really like sweet stuff. She does not really like cake,  but likes sour candy and Mexican candies lol. Ana, like myself, is also scared to drive, but knows she has to learn because of work. For the question of the week about the red pill or the blue pill, Ana said that she would choose the red pill because she would rather live in the real world than have a fake happiness that was not genuine.

Here is the link to Ana’s blog: https://justisabelm.wordpress.com/


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Wk12 – Artist Conversation – Sage Garver

Exhibition Information

Artist: Sage Garver
Exhibition: BIO
Media: Polyurethane Foam, sculpture
Gallery: CSULB School of Art,Dutzi-Gallery
Website: N/A
Instagram: N/A

About the Artist

af1qipnjgnzbjmtjytjji473bjlkaoba-4tp1n2nisf5i-uSage Garver is an undergraduate senior at CSULB currently pursuing her BFA in the sculpture program. She transferred to CSULB as a sophomore from El Camino College and will be graduating soon. She does not have any plans to go to graduate school after graduation, but instead wants to moves to Hawaii and get a job there while working on her art. Her hobbies insclude swimming, hiking, cooking and traveling. Since she has just been living with the sickness her whole life, she believed that art was something she could do without moving around too much. Sage’s illness led to her creating this exhibition where she depicts the biology inside of her body. The artist never specified her illness.

Formal Analysis

Content Analysis

After reading the artist’s statement and interviewing her, I found out that the exhibition was symbolism for her body. I also found out that the room was meant to represent the cells inside of her body. The bumps and raises in the walls portrayed the cell structures inside of our bodies. The chandelier/jewel piece is actually the nucleus of the cell that brings together the whole room. I thought the fork was really random at first, but now I think it perhaps represents how the artist’s illness limited her from eating what she wanted and when she could. It also might just be for personal expression or aesthetics though.

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Wk11 – Artist Conversation – Caryn Aasness

Exhibition Information

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Artist: Caryn Aasness
Exhibition: N/A
Media: Fiber, textile
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
Website: N/A
Instagram: @levelyellowproblemchild

About the Artist

Caryn Aasness is currently a 4th year undergraduate senior at CSULB pursing her BFA in the School of Art’s Fiber Program. She hopes to eventually attend graduate school, but would like to build up her portfolio in the period between graduation and then. Her dream project is to have her own show and would like to design textile and wallpaper in the future. About two years ago, Caryn learned how to weave and slowly began to incorporate sewing and embroidery techniques she learned from her grandmother into her works. This gallery is a collection of the works she has created utilizing these techniques with a bit of a twist to them.

Formal Analysis

Content Analysis

Synthesis / My Experience

001My favorite part of the exhibit was interpreting the messages hidden in the fabrics. Some of my favorite messages included the title “PUNCTUATION’S NOT DEAD” and in the boxes was written “EXCLAMATION POINT QUESTION MARK” and another one titled “-PALAHNIUK” and within it written “NOTHING OF ME IS ORIGINAL I AM THE COMBINED EFFORT OF EVERYONE I HAVE EVER KNOWN.” I liked this gallery of Caryn’s work because of how interactive it was. I enjoyed “working” to get to the meaning of each piece by deciphering and decoding the patterns and connecting the works together. It was a bit hard sometimes though because I made a lot of words that did not make sense until I separated them to shorter words lol. Another aspect I liked about the artist’s work is how the pieces are a bit imperfect such as the picture above. The ends don’t match evenly and the tassels don’t hang all in one row. I think details like make the work more personal.