Demi in Art 110


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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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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.


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Wk10 – Artist Conversation – Daniela Ionescu

Exhibition Information

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Artist: Daniela Ionescu
Exhibition: La Blouse Roumaine – Cultural Identity/Art/Fashion
Media: Clothing, textiles, photography
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov East
Website: N/A
Instagram: N/A                                                                                                                                            Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/daniela.ionescu.5

About the Artist

Daniela Ionescu is a graduate student in her last semester at CSULB currently pursuing her Masters in Art History. She is originally from Romania and came to America after she got married and her son was born. She has had a passion for art history since the 6th grade. Her parents wanted Daniela to be an accountant, but after a while she realized she hated it so she went back to school. She changed her major three times because majoring in art history won’t bring in money, but stuck with it because you can eventually find a way to make things work. Daniela’s ultimate goal is to work at LACMA Textiles or a Romanian museum where her work is inspired from.

Formal Analysis

At first glance, Daniela’s gallery is very simple. There are pieces of clothing all along the three walls and also fabric hanging down in-between. The clothes were displayed on either wooden poles or mannequins. The base color of these pieces all seemed to gravitate towards white or beige and after that they became more colorful. The intricate details were also very eye catching.There is so much precision that these pieces undergo that you can tell that each piece has their own story and background.

Content Analysis

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Wk9- Artist Conversation – Carmina Correa

Exhibition Information

Artist: Carmina Correa
Exhibition: A Beach in Symmetry and A Breach in Symmetry
Media: Mixed Media, Sugar
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov West, Gatov East
Website: N/A
Instagram: N/A

About the Artist

0018Carmina Correa is an undergraduate student in the CSULB School of Art working towards her BFA in sculpture. This is her final year here and she would like to go to graduate school eventually at either UCSD, UCI, or UCB because they are great research schools. Carmina’s professional career goal is fabricating for other artists. She works in 3D modeling and has taken a 14in scale model and made it 14ft and would like to continue doing that kind of stuff. This gallery is a collection of works between three artists and within it, two belong to Carmina: the sugar piece and the confessional box. These pieces are inspired by Carmina’s Filipino-American background and her being Type 2 Diabetic. This is her first gallery within the student galleries, but has done many others.

Formal Analysis

0015The first piece I saw was the sugar piece. I was confused as to what it was at first, but when I talked to her I understood it. When the show opened on Sunday, it was originally clear, but now it is melting, dragging, and fogging so the color and form has changed because it is water soluble. To make this, Carmina created a silicone mold, cast hard sugar into the mold, and then let it set into a slab. Each layer took about an hour each to complete. When making sugar pieces, the artist allocated 24 hours straight to make them because it is important to her personal practice. Also, I do not have a strong sense of smell so I did not notice it, but I heard my classmates talking about why it smelled sweet in that general area where the piece was and when we found out it was sugar we understood why.

The next piece that Carmina did was the confessional booth. It was located in the corner of the gallery straight from the door entrance. You walk in on the side of the back wall through a black curtain, and then step onto a small platform to view the inside contents. At first you will only see the religious figure through the diamond shaped hole, but upon closer look, you will see a wide array of fun and entertaining dolls and items from anime, Disney, cartoons, other shows, and then religious candles. Concerning the exterior, everything seemed to be made of wood.

Content Analysis

Synthesis / My Experience

I included pictures of the other works in the gallery by  Sam Medeiros and Nicholas OConnell because I think it is important to see how Carmina Correa’s works was cohesive with theirs. My favorite piece from Carmina was the confessional booth because I have a strong affection for the things inside such as the Sailor Mercury body pillow, the same Rilakkuma doll that I have, the Totoro doll, the pastel yellow alpaca, the Duffy bear, and the Winnie the Pooh and Stitch tsum tsums. When I first walked into the confessional booth I was super excited by myself because I recognized all these items. I can relate to the artist’s work because I am the type of person to keep everything to myself and rarely talk to anyone about my “confessions.” This is where I find comfort in my large collection of stuffed animals or extremely close people. I should have taken a picture of the sugar piece from a different angle because when you look below the top layer, it looks super cool the way it is collapsing and breaking in some parts. I also think that it is super commendable of Carmina to work with sugar as a material to keep her away from sugar due to her disease. It takes a lot of self control and diligence to just do the job for 24 hours straight without getting sidetracked. I hope I can be more like that someday lol.


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Wk7 – Artist Conversation – Brianna Meli

Exhibition Information

Artist: Brianna Meli
Exhibition: OVER_REALMED
Media: fiber, video
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery
Website: http://www.briannameli.com/
Instagram: @melt_brianna

About the Artist

img_4978Brianna is an senior undergraduate student at CSULB in the School of Art Fiber Program obtaining her BFA. She is originally from Fullerton College but then transferred to CSULB. After graduating, she hopes to obtain her Masters in Library Science and include art somehow in her career. This exhibition is her take on the physical world versus the digital and the connections that come with it.

Formal Analysis

Content Analysis

The intent of Brianna’s exhibition is to express her inner turmoil of the physical world versus the digital world. As noted in the synopsis or introduction to the exhibit, she feels that if she were to truly disconnect from the digital world she would lose opportunities to go forward with her art and suffer from lost connections. Nowadays, most people are just a text away so if she threw her phone away, she would also lose the opportunity to see people more. When Brianna is on her phone she thinks to herself is she is being productive or just scrolling mindlessly. Something that this artist said that stuck out to me was that the phone is a tool that helps her. She does not let the phone make her a tool. She does acknowledge that there are positives to having a phone and it is logical and convenient to have one so she does not downright hate them, but questions their purpose sometimes. When friends are hanging out and just on their phones, it’s like what’s the point of coming together as one if we are not going to make a physical or emotional connection by being present? Brianna personally puts her phone away if she is with somebody she cares about to actually be there with them in that moment. Another thing that Brianna mentioned was that it is good to have awareness. By putting your phone down, you will notice the pole you are about to walk into or maybe even the crazy guy following you lol. All in all, when Brianna is not thoughtlessly on her phone without purpose, she feels more satisfied, wholesome, and content as a person.

Synthesis / My Experience

img_4985The picture above is actually me on a daily basis lol! Briana mentioned that being on your phone is so normalized and I absolutely agree with her. I have heard of a few instances where a guy in a coffee shop is just drinking coffee and doing nothing else and people were like “Whoah!” as if it was weird. Another instance is that many times, people (including myself) fake being on their phones just to look busy. Usually at a bus stop or something similar, everyone waiting will just be on their phones and I have heard from a friend that they just went on their phone too just to not look weird. This is how being on our phones is normalized today. Brianna also mentioned about her childhood versus today. Back then, even for myself, having fun and playing meant going outside and playing tag or handball with the other kids. I feel that the generation today mainly uses electronics for entertainment. I played A LOT of video games and whatnot when I was a kid too, but I did not have to be forced outside to get fresh air. I don’t think iPad’s and tablets alike are bad for children, however, there is a noticeable difference in the upbringing of kids due to technological advances. I appreciate that Brianna claimed that her exhibit was not meant to influence anyone, but to mostly express her inner thoughts on the matter through a creative outlet.


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Wk6 – Artist Conversation – Blaine Scot Prow

Exhibition Information

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Artist: Blaine Scot Prow
Exhibition: Extrusions
Media: Bristol Board, Foamcore
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
Website: In progress
Instagram: @tiffuts

About the Artist

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Blaine is a senior undergraduate student currently working on his Studio Art BA Degree in the CSULB School of Art’s Studio Program. Blaine mostly participates in graphic design and photography, however, he hates painting.  Blaine’s inspiration for his exhibit was his love for geometry. He has always been fascinated with geometry and has a passion for building things and that was presented through this exhibition. The artist’s exhibition took about 24 hours of total work to complete and he did it all in about one weekend with no sleep (too relatable).

Formal Analysis

Content Analysis

The artist used this exhibition as “another chance to build something.” His love for construction and mathematical theorems allowed him to assemble this show. Blaine’s work consisted of only straight lines because he hates curves. Blaine was asked why he chose to do his exhibition to in only black and white and he answered that he wanted the audience to focus on the shapes. Adding color would distract from the focal point so he made everything black and white to express simplicity.

Synthesis / My Experience

img_4667The origin of Blaine’s exhibition was an idea he had starting with a triangle a long time ago while messing around and he decided to make some more pieces to show off. I am glad he continued with these pieces because I think they are very unique. While I also enjoy complicated, abstract art; I also enjoy simple artwork. My friend once told me he saw math as a form of art and I never thought I would see an actual artist being completely inspired by mathematical formulas and geometry. Everyone can be inspired by truly anything nowadays and I think that Blaine’s passion for construction and geometry is very powerful for him. Also, here is a random fact about the artist: his favorite shape is a triangle because he see’s it as the strongest!