This week we participated in a Photowalk. Never in my life have I ever heard about a photowalk until this day. I choose Crysta Tim as my guide because she wanted to show us around the places where I go through everyday and I wanted to know if there is any other things i’ve might’ve missed. We first started off taking pictures of an abstract sculpture on the side of the wall, I do not know exactly what it is. After we reached the bookstore area, we saw a truck with a store in it for women’s clothes which was pretty neat. Then we looked at the two CSULB Themed cars out in front which were really cool. We then made our way down to the ASU where we saw a giant sculpture over a desk. Outside was a beautiful waterfall like fountain which makes the place seem a bit peaceful we then made our way downstairs to see the pool tables which I have played at many times.. Lastly we headed over to the famous fountain in front of Brotman Hall, it was a hot day that I was tempted to jump in. Crysta made a good choice in showing us these places because each place wasn’t that far apart from each other. It was a great way to experience my first ever Photowalk.
To be quite honest I wasn’t too sure what I was going to make. I woke up Sunday morning and I was craving some toast. As I was making them I thought that it would be a good idea to give it a little twist. I made the toast as usual, I sprinkled some sugar on it, then some brown sugar, I saw the Nestle Abuelita Chocolate and grabbed a grinder and grinded some of it over my toast. Already it looked mouth watering, to top it off i poured some syrup on it. I could already taste the diabetes but I poured my self a glass of milk and still enjoyed it very much. I don’t think I’ll do it again because I took way too long just to make toast and it is very unhealthy.
Artist: Kristen Jensen
Exhibition: Fuse: Joined to form a single entity
Media: Copper, Some Steel, Silver, Fire, Saw, Hammer, Sand Paper
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: No Website, Uses Instagram
Kristen Jensen LOVES METAL! She started out as a sculpture major because she wasn’t into conceptional art. Jensen says Metal is better because it is easier to manipulate, she has been working with Metal for 2 years now.She is an Undergrad and is from the Metals & Jewelry BTA program at CSULB School of Art. Some other interests of hers are cooking, reading, working with Fiber Art, drinking Red wine, and she enjoys spending time with her husband.
Kristen Jensen’s work was really nice. She said her favorite piece was the colorful necklace which she made in 2013 and still doesn’t have a title. The necklace is a roundish piece, with green,black,brown,and blue mixed with a silver chain. The texture is really smooth and it looks glazed. It’s definitely meant for a women but it is still a beautiful piece.
When asked what her art explored or was all about, Jensen said, “No specific message, it’s just driven by process.” For her finishing a piece brings pride and satisfaction. “Very Satisfying to finish.” were her words.
For me I really enjoyed viewing Kristen’s work not just because they look nice but because of the way she described it, she said, ” I don’t do art talk” which made me feel like she kept it real with us. Also when asked what she doesn’t like about metal she was straightforward and said, “Nothing, it’s badass you work with fire.” That made me feel that you don’t have to be all about art to create art.
This week I spoke to a good friend of mine. His name is William Luna but everyone simply calls him “Luna”. Luna and I met when I started playing soccer for Greater Long Beach United, he played for the older team and I played with the younger team. We often played together during practice or for a Tournament. He was instantly my friend because he is such a humble person. Also I respect him so much for his great Soccer skills. I learned a little more about him. William was born May 26, 1996 in the city of Paramount, California to Honduras born parents. He started playing soccer at the age of 4, he was shot at the age of 5 due to living in a bad neighborhood but made a full recovery. He attended and graduated with honors from Lakewood High School in 2014, where he played in the soccer team and made the All-Moore League 1st Team. While attending CSULB as a Mechanical Engineer major, he took some classes at LBCC and joined the soccer team for 1 semester as a Center Defensive Midfielder. His favorite soccer teams are Chivas de Guadalajara and FC Barcelona. Anyone who gets a chance to meet William, you’ll Love him.
This week we experienced a form of art that many would view as a negative form of art. I was a bit skeptical about doing it out in public because I didn’t want anyone to see me as a bad person. A couple of friends and I took the trip to Venice beach only to experience it the right way. Right off the bat we noticed the walls with amazing graffiti. I felt bad covering up a piece because I am not as artistic . Also we noticed people crowding and taking pictures, they must’ve been some tourists. I quickly tagged my name and realized how difficult it was to keep the paint from dripping. I am amazed at how detailed the real graffiti artist make their pieces. The Venice Public art walls is a great thing that really allows Graffiti artists to express themselves without it being illegal. Who says Graffiti doesn’t look nice?
Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsey and Ideals
Media: Ceramics, Sculptures, and Paint
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Samuel Jernigan is a sculptor from Central California. He graduated from Cal State Long Beach in 2015 with a BFA. Now he showcase his creative pieces at CSULB at the Art Gallery. Jernigan works for the Farmers’ market where he is inspired by his experience. He said he noticed a set of abandoned toys, there he thought about getting the old toys and bringing them back to life by mixing them together. That is where his Victorian style art comes to be.
Most of Samuel Jernigan’s art pieces come from scraps of abandoned toys being made into one. He uses ceramics to to create his pieces, what is unique about his work is that they are interchangeable. For example, some of his work have parts that come off and are able to switch with other pieces. At first I was dumbfounded when I saw what looked like the shoulders of a women in a dress but the head was missing. Then i saw that he had taken it off to demonstrate how his pieces work.
Talking to Samuel was really inspirational. He was so excited when he saw how many of us crowded around him to ask him about his work. By hearing him describe his art, it was easy to understand why he creates what he creates. I would really love to see more of his art, and maybe have the opportunity to mix and match some pieces, that’d seem fun.
Overall, his art reminded me a lot of Dr.Suess’s creations which i truly enjoyed. I respect Samuel Jernigan for his humbleness, honesty, and his integrity.
For week 4, I had the privilege to talk to a friend of my friend in the class. I met Hilario Saucedo on the first day of class and just like I thought we got along really well. Hilario is 19 years old, he will turn 20 this year on April 8th. He graduated in 2014 from Paramount High School in Paramount California. Now attending CSULB, he is a Criminal Justice Major hoping to one day fulfill his dream of being a Police Officer. I asked him if he played any sports before and he said he played Baseball and was a Shortstop. He prefers Nike over Adidas, as do I, which is why i think we’ll be good friends. Hilario is also blessed to be driving in his chick magnet car, a 2013 Dodge Challenger. He is a really cool dude and would be a great friend.
Hit him up: hilariosaucedo.wordpress.com
This week’s art experience was with Snapchat. I thought this was going to be pretty easy since i am a regular user of snapchat. I don’t normally draw on my snaps though, I then realized that it was not going to be as easy as i thought. First off i didnt know what to draw on the picture but i also realized how difficult it was to even draw. After thinking i came up with two snaps. My first snap was a picture of a little staircase made up of plastic with what looked like a purple tutu. I decided to draw a little guy sitting on the stairs giving a thumbs up just because. On my second snap I took a picture of a painting of a women with her eyes smudged off. I added a pair of eyes, then i noticed what looked to me as a pills container and thought she may be in drugs, so i drew horns on her and a devilish tail. I put the hashtag #bornsinner because i believe everyone sins.
The other two snaps i took from my classmates William Luna and Hilario Saucedo. William took a picture of shattered glass and assumed a killer bass broke it and Hilario simply went crazy on the women’s portrait.
Artist: Heather Jarrard
Exhibition: Standard 2.6: An Education Student Association
Media: Mixed-Media with Macaroni and Beans
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
I had a hard time choosing which Artist’s work I enjoyed the most. After going through the four different rooms, I came to conclusion that Heather Jarrard had to be my favorite. She has been working for her degree for 7 years and her main goal is to create and teach art. Heather is a graduate student and is working on 3D art. She has been an artist for 3 years and is looking to become an art teacher for a middle school or high school. Her main interest is working with metal for her pieces, but metal can be expensive. Therefore her pieces for this gallery are the complete opposite, they represent the budget crisis on art being only made from macaroni and beans.
These art pieces were made with only macaroni noodles and beans put together with hot glue. simple stuff right? Although she used really basic materials, the noodles and beans were carefully place and formed many different shapes and textures. The yellowish color of the noodles contrasted well with the brown and black color of the beans, making the pieces attractive to the eyes. These pieces weren’t the largest pieces in the room but still managed to attract attention.
Heather wanted to express her feelings on the budget crisis for art, with that she spent very little money on supplies and created many beautiful pieces. She informed us that the second worst state in the United States for a budget crisis on art was California. On average, a student will receive only $0.24 in California. I do not understand how it would be possible to even buy anything with that budget.
I’m not really interested in art but I was truly awed when I walked into this gallery and saw the simplest pieces but told a lot more than the other pieces in the room. I enjoyed the concept of the art and would love to see what other ideas Heather comes up with.
We had our first classmate conversation and it was pretty cool. This week i spoke to Alfonso a.k.a. “Poncho” Madrigal. Alfonso is a second year from Paramount, California. He has an older sister and 2 younger brothers. He is a Communications major. Alongside his interest for communications, he loves playing soccer and has been playing since he was only 5 years old. Apart from playing the sport, Alfonso has his referee license and has been directing games for about a year now. He is part of the ZBT frat and parties a lot, his favorite song at the moment is “I Like Tuh” by I LOVE MAKONNEN feat. Carnage. His favorite hashtag is “#GSWS”, he did not want to tell me what the acronym stood for because it’s confidential. Even though he likes to party a lot, he works out often to stay in shape.