Artist: Nancy Young
Exhibition: As The Crow Flies
Media: Ink through Relief Printing
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
About the Artist
This week’s artist is Nancy Young. She is graduating this year with a BFA in printmaking. She mentioned that she was a student when she was younger in 1984 but was kicked out of the university because of failing grades due to bipolar and addiction to certain substances. Now she has been really involved in her printmaking major by going to different classes or show around Southern California to make her work better. Nancy states that she isn’t in it for the money, she is in it so that her art will be there in the future, she already works as a programmer in Orange County.
Nancy chose the name “As the Crow Flies” for her exhibition because she traveled to different parts of Southern California for shows, workshops, and classes. In her work I saw several different textures of canvas, and also little pieces of sheet metal. There was a piece on the floor, it was a star made out of sand, it looked amazing, unfortunately someone did not notice it and stepped all over it. She mainly used dark colors like grey,white,and black. You could tell from her different pieces that she has lots of patience with her pieces.
When we were talking with Nancy, she said that we must be willing to go out and try new experiences. She said, “There will be hardships throughout the lifetime but it will make you fly higher.” She achieved her goal of receiving an Art degree from CSULB. Nancy is grateful she was given another chance to finish her goal of acquiring an art degree.
Synthesis/ My Experience
My experience for this week was pretty rad. Nancy Young allowed us to touch some of the pieces that she passed around. Her work was so interesting because everything tied down to a bird’s point of view of streets. Overall I was not a huge fan of the Artist conversations this semester because I couldn’t really enjoy the pieces because I was too worried about writing down all the information.
Madison a.k.a. Maddy was born on October 28,1996, She is 19 years old moved from Northridge to a house in Long Beach with some roommates. Maddy didn’t have a top school but wanted a school far away from home where she didn’t have to live at home but can easily go visit. She is a 2nd year here in Cal State Long Beach, her major is Human Development with a minor in psychology. She is part of a Sorority and plays for the Volleyball Travel Club. She loves to blog, explore, and hang out with friends. Maddy enjoys Indie, Hip Hop, and Rap. Fun facts about her: She went to Coachella this year and said it was an amazing experience that she can’t explain unless you were there also she went to Kentucky but didn’t try KFC(Really Maddy? C’mon) When we asked her where she’d be in 7 years she said she would have already graduated college, got married, have a career that involves helping people for example Family marriage psychologist, and she will have a Golden Retriever named Luna. Maddy is definitely the coolest girl in this class, very outgoing and easy to talk to.
This week our Art Experience consisted of strictly drawing. I am a terrible drawer but I love the fact that Glenn allowed us to simply go with the flow, it didn’t have to be perfect just for us to show some effort. I have never been to the Japanese Garden at school before until this day. It was such a beautiful place. The ducks, the fish, and the trees all made it so peaceful. We had to draw abstract which was my favorite because it was simply what I saw. This Art experience had to be one of the best ones for sure, it really made me realize how amazing art is. Also, art is not only being able to draw or paint, it is whatever you want it to be. Glenn thank you for a dope experience.
I FOUND IT! On Thursday after I finished my classmate conversation and artist conversation, I went on our site and started looking for geocaches. I had my GPS app and was simply going one by one entering the coordinates of every geocache posted. I came across Tyler Kedis’s comment and when I put it into my gps I got super excited because it was simply down the hall. Now it did take me a little to realize it was under the newspaper thing instead of inside but I got so excited when I actually found it because they take a lot of work to find. Anyways I took the quarter and put a quarter that I had in my pocket and wrote my name.
So I was shocked when I picked out Hilario Saucedo’s name. We’ve actually grown really close because of this class. Well in the ACP I sent Hilario, I started off with something of myself, I put an Active Ride Shop sticker because I always wear their T-shirts, then I decided to draw Hilario’s car, a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro. I am not the best drawer but i did my best. Lastly I put something we have in common, we both come from Mexican roots so I decided to give him one of my Mexican Flags. Sending an ACP is similar to sending someone a snapchat because I could draw on the card itself just like i could when i send a picture. Sending an ACP is different than sending a snapchat because they can actually keep this forever unlike a snap only lasts from 1-10 seconds before it disappears.I believe ephemera is a beautiful thing because you can enjoy it for a little bit of time and it won’t loose it’s value even when it’s gone. I think my grandkids would want to hear the story of the Coachella bracelet and if i ever go I’m sure it’ll be a blast. The only difference about Art seen by many and Art seen by a few is that the Art seen by the few means a lot more because it’s something that only those few can talk about. The time it takes to send a ACP doesn’t matter how fast or slow it goes, as long as it arrives and no matter what it’ll be special. A Snapchat does not compare to an ACP no matter what because an ACP takes a lot more effort to send and a lot more thought into it.
This week I interviewed John Stouras. John was that kid that everyone in my group knew except me. Well right off that bat I noticed he was from The Bay area because of the Golden State Warriors shirt he was wearing. To start off, he is from Santa Cruz, California. I have family there and he told me he lived near them crazy huh! He currently dorms at California State University of Long Beach. He is a freshmen looking to major in Film. He mentioned he liked hockey also and his favorite team was the San Jose Sharks. His hobbies consist of playing basketball, football, and playing the Bass. Fun fact, he worked for Apple and in order to work there you have to be pretty smart. He also said that he was born with not just 10 but 11 fingers!!! it was cut off when he was born though. He said to shout out his Instagram which is @jstouras. What do you know Bay area people are actually pretty damn cool.
This week we did Geocaching. To be honest this was by far the most fun I’ve had doing school work. Not only is finding these caches really challenges you but it gives you something to do when you’re bored. The one we found was in school and I did it with the help of some fellow classmates which was extremely fun. Then I tried to find some on my own around my city, I did not get lucky but I still had a lot of fun. Then I made a chache of my own. I found the container in one of my mom’s drawers and simply made a little log sheet and sharpened a pencil so it’ll be small enough to fit, I threw in a random safety pin just because you never know when it might be handy. Geocaching might just become a hobby of mine.
This week we had the privilege to spend some time with the talented Marta Troya, she is an aspiring artist from Malaga, Spain. She came up with an art experience that consisted of us reading oversized children’s book in the computer lab in the Library. Right off the bat we were getting attention, people in the computers would look over at this huge group of people sitting in the waiting area reading. Why were they so shocked? We were simply reading in a library. After that we went to the CSULB Bookstore, the funny thing is that there isn’t much books there it’s pretty much a normal store that sells school merchandise. In there we were told to use the computers to check our emails, buy some stuff, play some music, or anything available there but none of them consisted of us lifting up an actual book, which is ironic because it is a bookstore. Overall I had a great time being involved in this experience with Marta Troya. She is so young and has experienced so much also she is very talented and outgoing.