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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.

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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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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!