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Week 15- Classmate Conversation- Dominic Erich

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This week I met Dominic Erich. Dominic, like me, originates from Northern California. He moved to Long Beach from Stockton to go to college. Stockton is pretty close to my hometown Brentwood, and he shared with me that he had been on the water-polo team in high school and had played my high school, Liberty. It really is a small world. Surprisingly, Dominic is one of many in my Art 110 class that come from Northern California. It seems we all wanted something similar: a college experience away from home. Not everyone has the heart to leave home and chase their dreams, so I give Dominic and the rest like us kudos.

Dominic is currently a freshman at CSULB, and dorms on campus. Though I never dormed, I would guess it is a great opportunity for new students to make friends, especially for people like Dominic who moved a pretty far distance to be here. When I asked Dominic for a fun fact about himself, he said that he was shy. I was a bit surprised to hear this because he approached me for this interview. I used to be really shy too, so I know how it can be in a new place or be in a situation where you might need to take initiative in meeting someone. I’m happy he approached me, he seemed very down to Earth and we had good conversation. Though he may be shy usually, I’m sure dorming will help him make lasting friends here at CSULB.

Dominic is an accounting major and would like to work for businesses or do audits. Another interest of his, is his passion for music and playing the guitar. He has been playing guitar since 7th grade and even had a band his senior year of high school. They would mostly perform locally, at places like the school or their church. Recently, he played at the nugget, I thought that was awesome. He has a few friends that might want to start a band, but he says its hard because they all have different styles. Dominic likes blues/acoustic music and enjoys artists like John Mayer and David Ryan Harris. something we had in common was that he likes 80’s music, including the Smiths, the Cure, and Duran Duran.

I enjoyed getting to know Dominic, if you would like to learn more about him and his music, you can visit his site at: Dominicerich.com

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Week 15- Artisit Conversation- Troy Rounseville

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This week, I was awed in the Marilyn Webster Gallery. When I first walked into Troy Rounseville’s masterpiece, I’ll admit I was confused about what was going on. I walked up to every instrument, when I first arrived in the room, they were silent. I admired the placement of the instruments in the sculpture. I did not realize at first that the white square walls in the center of the room had a door in the back.

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I was standing by the drum when I first heard the music begin and the drum was triggered. I noticed then that all the instruments were being manipulated in place by an invisible musician. Then I saw the wires that connected the instruments to the white box in the center. I walked to the back of the little room and noticed a door. I as amazed when I walked inside. Square panels of mirror covered every wall, the floor, and the ceiling. There were little white lights that illuminated the room. As people joined in, I realized that the music was playing more, and that is when someone noticed the little sensors between some of the square panels. We were the music, our bodies movements over certain areas in the mirrored room were monitored by sensors then sent through the wires to the instruments. It was brilliant. I really felt like part of the piece.

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I also admired how the mirror made the room feel like it went on forever, and when I looked down at a certain angle, there were many of me on different levels. Looking from a different angle, my feet were standing on top of my feet below me and the other version of myself was upside down. It was a very interesting illusion. I went out of the room and saw the instruments were a lot more active, while the room remained active with people and moving body parts.

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Rounseville stated that his piece was exploring the disjunction between our physical embodied experience and its translation through technology. I do believe he portrayed this very well, having people interact in one space and having there interactions literally play outside, out of view. He also stated that he was curious to see if transferring emotion through technology changes the authenticity of an actual experience. I personally, think it does, as my experience became a happy one when I walked through the door and experienced the magic-like quality of the room. Technology, especially these days, has a way of making interactions and experiences very dull and impersonal. Troy’s room made the technology outside and inside the walls a personal experience. I really enjoyed his piece and insight into technology and emotion.

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Week 13- Artisit Conversations- Jeff Dulla

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This week, I was memorized by Jeff Dulla’s piece, “Chaos”. This brilliant piece was done with oil on canvas, it incorporates many lovely colors that create movement that tells a story within it. To different people it may look like different things or a different story to be told. When I first looked at this piece I was fascinated by the colors that seemed to blend into one another. The first picture I saw was one under water, the gold was a palace like the one in The Little Mermaid and my eyes focused on the swirling blues and greens. Then my eyes reached the red flames and lava and I thought of it as an underwater volcano or two oceanic plates diverging, spewing lava from the lithosphere.

But then I noticed the black pillar spitting out blackness and the iridescent appearance of the colors below and I knew this was a tale of beautiful destruction, an oil spill. The more I looked at the piece in this new light, I gained more evidence to the theory. In the blues behind the black pillar there are buildings and stairs. In the oranges that before looked like flames to me, there are numerous buildings appearing to be of Asian descent. The volcano is flying lava a crossed this city. Next to it, The oil being brought up from the Earth, only to pollute it. Next to it on the left, there is either a beautiful waterfall or a damaging dam break. And once where I saw a palace and ocean life, I see a civilization being eroded and sucked into the abyss of the green whirlpool, houses and animals being pulled in. I tried to decided if this was man’s doing or if it was by natural causes, and I decided it was both. It seems almost apocalyptic, damage by natural and artificial causes causing chaos and the destruction of our world. And that was exactly what Jeff Dulla wanted me to see: the interaction of forces that impact nature.

Jeff Dulla creates pieces like this to evoke emotions by appealing to our senses. He does this by making his works complex, something that makes the viewers in awe and wonder. He paints, imagining the flow of the universe, which I can definitely see when I look at chaos, with the movements and blending of colors. He highlights the elements and the Earth. Dulla’s goal is to change people’s consciousness and make them aware of what we, as humans, do to our environment. Also, that we are a small part of a bigger picture. Of life, nature, and the universe. I for one, received his message loud and clear and think this “Chaos” is brilliant.

You can learn more about Jeff and his work at:

http://www.rawartists.org/jeffdulla

Week 13-Classmate Conversation-Kari Maehara

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This week, I met the lovely Kari Maehara.

Kari is a freshman at Cal State Long Beach and is currently undeclared as a major. Though she is undeclared, she is thinking of working in the health field, possibly in health science or as a child development major. She is interested in health science because she has always been fascinated with oral care and would possibly like to be a hygienist. However, Kari loves kids, so child development might be more up her alley. Either way, I think she would do great in what ever she decides to do, as I can see her ding either one.

Kari is a local to the Long Beach area and went to high school at Los Almitos, in a neighboring city. Though she is from the area, she currently is dorming at Parkside to gain the full college experience that it very important to her. In fact, when Kari started at CSULB in the fall she rushed and joined Gamma Phi Beta as a way to get the experience and gain friendships. I thought it was cool she was apart of this sorority because my best friend at Sac State is in the same one and even sits on the Panhellenic council. Kari had a much different experience. She did make some friends, but found it wasn’t for her. Which is pretty common. I know how expensive being in a sorority can be, some people often find it is a lot like paying for friends. And if it were me, it might be a little too emotional spending so much time with a ton of girls.

For fun, Kari goes running and hiking. I enjoy hiking as well and she recommended a few spots I should try out, which I appreciated coming from Northern California. Also like me, Kari enjoys drawing, painting, and going to the movies with her friends.

I loved meeting Kari, to learn more about her, you can visit her site at:

http://karimaehara.com/

Week 12- Classmate Conversation- Conny Ramirez

This week I met the lovely Conny Ramirez. Conny is an undecided freshman at Cal State Long Beach, where she commutes to from Paramount, CA. Though Conny is currently undecided, Conny is thinking of becoming a Biology or a major in healthcare. Surprisingly, Conny’s first choice for college was not CSULB because she really was interested in San Francisco State. Though she has never been to Northern California, she has always been fascinated by San Francisco because of the weather and nature. This was common ground for me, because coming from Northern Califronia, I also enjoy the crisp weather and beautiful trees and mountains.

For fun, Conny enjoys reading, fashion, hanging out with friends, and traveling. When it comes to reading, Conny enjoys reading sci-fy’s and books about utopian societies. She is currently reading the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, which I was excited to hear because I have read them as well. Conny also enjoys fashion. She watches shows like fashion police and frequently goes on sites like pintrest and polyboard to put together cute outfits. With her friends, Conny has fun making videos for youtube, creating blogs, going on adventures and getting lost, and going shopping. Her experiences going on buses with her friends to go explore and get lost by taking the wrong routes reminded me and my friends from Northern California doing similar things. I truly is fun adventuring, the freedom and care-free nature I think is what appeals people to do things like that. Conny has visited Las Vegas, Texas, and Mexico, mostly to visit family members. She travels to Mexico about once a year to see her grandfather and his girlfriend, which I thought was sweet. Like me, family seems important to Conny.

Fun fact: If Conny could, her dream place to live would be Colorado because of her love for mountains and nature.

I enjoyed getting to know Conny, if you would like to learn more about her you can visit her site at: https://connyramirez.wordpress.com/

Week 12- Artist Conversation- Angie Samblotte & Lacy McCune

This week I fell in love with “Taking my Time in the Paradigm” works by Angie Samblotte and Lacy McCune.

I had the pleasure of meeting Angie Samblotte to talk about the works and her part. Angie is a student at CSULB and wants to be an illustrator. Angie is thinking about doing free-lancing for an editorial or galleries and is very excited for her future. Angie did most of the drawing works, but also helped worked with McCune on the concepts and sculptured tree. The concept of the works were paradigms nature produced that they wanted to explore. They wanted others to experience their thoughts through the art.

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One of my favorite works done by Angie Samblotte was this piece titled “Awkward Hug”. Angie stated that this is what an awkward hug feels like: it is stiff and seems to last forever. She was inspired to do this piece because of an awkward hug she experienced, and felt other people could relate to this experience. I personally thought it was a genius concept. Being a hopeless romantic, when I saw this piece I thought of harmony and of two people growing together in love and throughout their life. This could be a love of two friends that grew up together, or the growing of a romantic couple, maybe in marriage, growing together threw time.

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This second image was my favorite, and was from the works titled “Daily Death”. I understood the concept to personify the leafs, that many people do not usually see as “alive”. One of the papers that made up the piece was on the ground and had a shoe-step mark on it. I wasn’t sure if that was produced on purpose or if someone in the galleries was being careless. When I spoke to Angie Samlotte about the piece, she stated that it was inspired by the death of leaves when they fall off of trees. Again, I thought the concept was genius. She stated that they are separated from us, and them falling is so mundane to us, nothing of special interest. Angie, however, thinks of the death of the leaves as an art. She thinks others see the leaves as trash that people often step on-which explains the footprint. She wanted to display the loss of life, which can be seen in the tormented fave of the leaf pictured above. It is actually quite sad.

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This piece was titled “Family Portrait, Delicately Interconnected”. Though I didn’t speak to Angie about this particular piece, the name helped me understand what the works were trying to convey. Usually in a house, we have pictures up of all our family members, showing our lineage and who we are related to. This piece tells us that we are connected to trees, that in a way, they are our family because they are living things as well that we co-exist with. Another genius concept.

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I really liked the overall look of these pieces displayed like a living room. I wondered if it was a living room set outside or a living room inside with grass as a natural carpet. Angie told be it could be either one. I think this is trying to show that our home is the Earth and it is beautiful and provides the things we produce artificially. Grass is our natural carpet. We do not need to make our own decor for the Earth is beautiful in its own, without the “concrete jungle”. Just my observation though.

You can learn more about Angie Samblotte and her work at: http://www.angiesamblotte.com/

Week 12- Activity Feedback

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My three favorite activities while in the Art 110 class in order were:

1. Week 5, Counter factual Identity. I really loved this activity because it gave me an excuse to dress a little differently than people would expect and express myself. What was interesting was that with this identity, I felt more like myself. Since then, I have changed my style to more closely reflect my counter-factual identity, turns out, it might be my true identity!

2. Week 10, Landscapes. I really loved this activity because I love photography. Also, I am a criminal justice major and it was a lot of fun creating a scene that would make the photograph interesting. I liked posing and getting my make up done as well. It gave me the chance to let my creativity come through.

3. Week 4, Plaster Casting. I mostly liked this activity because of my experience going to the beach with some of the class mates. It was fun helping them and hanging out while we waited for the plaster to harden. Also, my foot came out pretty well and I was proud of it.

My least favorite activities while in Art 110 class in order were:

1. Week 7, Painting. I unfortunately did not get to do this activity but wasn’t really excited to do it. When I first saw an activity titled painting I was really excited to actually paint. Having worked with spray paint I knew there wouldn’t be much detail involved, which I love to have in my art. Also, I wasn’t too happy about doing my name in bubble letters, it seemed sort of boring and I already knew I was bad at doing bubble letters. Plus I didn’t have a space to do it and did not have the money to drive to Venice.

2. Week 2, Instagram. It was hard coming up with four pictures to post. While I’m in school, my life isn’t exactly thrilling and I had a hard time finding what to post and posted things I normally wouldn’t. I noticed the same thing with other students in the class. I also wouldn’t normally post that many pictures in one day unless I’m doing something exciting. A lot of followers find it annoying.

3. Week 6, Drawing. I didn’t do this activity either because I was looking forward to actually drawing and sketching something beautiful out with lots of detail and realism, but that wasn’t the activity. I also have an android and androids can’t get the app French Girls. I tried on my ipod, but my ipod was too old to get the update that was needed to use the app, it was disappointing.

Overall, this class was a ton of fun. At first I was apprehensive about finding new students to interview every week because I have always been a bit shy. But as time went on, I’ve really come out of my shell and I love it. I think that is my favorite part of the class, besides seeing the art work in the galleries. I found with every person I met, that even if they were completely different than me, that we could always find some common ground to relate on. I think that is an important quality to have in life, to be able to relate to people in a personal or professional realm. I loved going to the galleries each week. What I mostly loved was finding out what message the artist was trying to convey and comparing it the message I received. Two of the most useful activities were probably the kickstart and eportfolio activities. I dreaded doing both of them because I was unfamiliar with both. But, I found that these are probably two activities that will help me professionally in the future.

Something that might make the class better is if a couple of the activities, like drawing or painting, were done more traditionally because there are many people who, like myself, enjoy actually painting with paint or drawing with pencils/pens. I feel like there would be much more creativity with this approach.