Wk10-Art Experience-Fiber Art Social Network

The term social network, in my opinion, refers to online tools that connect people together. In real life, I would not say that I have a social network, I would just say that I have friends. I think that having truly meaningful relationships with 150 people would be pretty hard, but I’m sure that it is possible. Personally, I think that I would rather have a few close friends than a lot of friends that I can’t really connect with as well. With this activity, I realized that I do not really know that many people in art class. I did not know anyone before, and I only know a couple of people through the classmate conversations. Despite this, those few people I met were very nice and I enjoyed talking to all of them. Here are some of them pinned with the red string next to me.

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To me, friendship is truly something that is priceless. For other people that may be different though. Some people may enjoy having many friends and try to connect with everyone. Personally, I am very shy, so I don’t really like to talk to people as much. I definitely prefer having few friends to having a lot of friends. That way, I am able to build more meaningful relationships with the people I know as opposed to just being acquainted with a lot of people. This activity was quite interesting though, and the way the room turned out was pretty cool. It looked like a crime scene investigation with all of the pictures and yarn used. Overall though, I enjoyed this activity and it was nice to see that I had actually made a couple of friends in this class.

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Here is a drawing of my personal network.

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Wk10-Artist Conversation-Tony Nguyen

Exhibition Information

Artist: Tony Nguyen

Exhibition: Neoteny

Media: Metal

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Website: eltigresite.wordpress.com

Instagram: elll_tigre

About the Artist

Tony Nguyen is a student at the California State University of Long Beach. He has been a student there for five and a half years, and is currently in his last semester at the school. Tony was originally a illustration major, but after a teacher told him he needed to put more time into it, he decided to switch to something else. Tony, and undergraduate student, is now working on his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the 3D Media program. When he first got into 3D media, he fell in love with it. He said that once he figured out the rules and regulations of how to make the metal, he was able to modify it and create something unique to himself. Tony is one hundred percent Vietnamese, and you can see in the art how much that influences him.

Formal Analysis

In the gallery, you can see a lot of works made out of metal. There are a total of 15 separate pieces of work throughout the gallery. Some examples of the works are a dispenser type machine, a samurai mask, rings, gloves, and a crown. All of them are made of some type of metal, and Tony explains that each piece can take from 4 to 6 weeks to make. All of the pieces are numbered with little golden plates as well. Most of the pieces are different colors, and not one is exactly the same. Each little piece is very detailed, and that is very evident in the little figurines that he made. At first glance, there seems to be no real theme to the gallery, just a lot of metal that is very appealing to look at.

Content Analysis

Neoteny, the name of his gallery, is when an individual maintains juvenile behaviors into adulthood. This resonates with who Tony is, and what his gallery represents. All of his pieces are like him bringing a piece of his childhood into his adult life. The goal of this gallery was to create a sense of nostalgia for viewers as they journey through with Tony through his favorite childhood stories and experiences. For example, a lot of his works are modeled after an old childhood story he heard. That story is about a monkey king named Sun Wukong. The Vietnamese culture is instilled with Chinese culture, so growing up he was able to stories like this one. The gloves, crown, and a necklace in the gallery are based off of this Sun Wukong. He also uses his family culture and stories to make his art as well, evident by his family bridge.

My Experience

I think that this was my favorite gallery I have been to so far. All of the metal works were really cool to look at and it was awesome how each and every piece had a backstory to it. My favorite part of this gallery was definitely all of the Sun Wukong related stuff. Although I did not grow up talking about Chinese stories like that, I know of Sun Wukong through something else. My favorite show ever, Dragon Ball Z, was influenced by the story of Sun Wukong. Walking into the gallery and seeing all of that art really brought me back down memory lane to my own childhood. I think that it is awesome how Tony still keeps his childhood with him even as an adult. Talking to him and seeing his gallery just really stuck with me. It made me realize that wherever you are in life, your childhood will always be with you. As I continue to move on in life, I won’t forget about those times and they will continue to influence who I am, as they have done to Tony.

Wk9-Art Experience-Art Care Package

For this weeks art activity, we were all supposed to make an art care package and send it to someone. For my care package, I will be sending it to my cousin, Martin. My inspiration for what went into this care package is just the many conversations that we have had recently and in the past. I put in a pair of socks because we both have been losing socks lately, and we came to the conclusion that my brother had been stealing them from right under our noses. I also put some of my drawings of Dragon Ball Z characters in there because he always makes fun of my doodles. This way, I can rub my pictures in his face and show them just how bad they really are. I also put food in there because whenever he is at my house, he steals my food. Now, he doesn’t have to steal it because I am giving him goldfish crackers. Last, but not least, I put a mini volleyball in there. I obtained this volleyball from a USA game at the pyramid, but my cousin snatched it right out of my hands. Although he always says that it belongs to him, I know that it truly belongs to me. Despite that, I just wanted to let him keep it for a good minute to know the guilt of being a thief.

Overall, I found this project to be quite enjoyable. I have always liked putting stuff together, so this project was right up my alley way in terms of fun. It also made it more enjoyable knowing that I would be sending this to my cousin. In all seriousness though, if I were ever to do this again, I think that I would send it to someone who truly needs it. Homeless people, those in prison, or even a complete stranger would probably benefit a lot more from this than anyone, so that is the direction I would like to go in if I got the chance to do this again.

Wk9-Artist Conversation-Daniel Bonilla-Vera

Exhibition Information

Artist: Daniel Bonilla-Vera, Dalia Banuelos

Exhibition: Infraction

Media: Photographs, yarn, clothes

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Website: dbvphotography.com

Instagram: @dbvqp, @deliaeffect

About the Artist

Daniel Bonilla-Vera and Dalia Banuelos are both students at the California State University of Long Beach. Unfortunately, Dalia was not at the Art gallery to talk, so this essay will mainly focus on Daniel and his views. Daniel, originally from the Central Valley, is currently a senior at CSULB trying to pursue his undergraduate degree. Daniel is a Studio Arts major, although that is not what he wants to do. Back in high school, Daniel enjoyed both music and photography. That being said, those were the two careers in which he could choose from. Although enjoying both, Daniel decided to try and pursue photography. In high school, he took a photography class which caused him to fall in love with it. Unfortunately, for both Dalia and Daniel, their applications were rejected by CSULB’s photography program. For Dalia, it will have been her 2nd rejection, meaning she cannot apply again. However, for Daniel, there is still hope as he has one more chance to pursue his dreams.

Formal Analysis

When first walking into the room, you will probably notice a lot of pictures and yarn. There are pictures all over the walls, with black yarn strung up around half of the room. According to Daniel, one side of the room contains his photographs, while the other contains Dalia’s, with both having pictures at the end of the room. In one corner, you also see a trashcan with photos inside of it. At the end of the room on the floor, there are also what seem to be like two people. The people are not real, but whatever they are, they are wearing real clothes. One of them is lying in a little corner, while the other is on their knees in the center of the room. Above them, there are pictures hanging off of the yarn and along the walls. The room is also very dark, so it gives kind of a depressing mood.

Content Analysis

The title of the gallery is Infraction, which has the definition of disregarding laws and rules. In a way, this gallery is Daniel and Dalia’s attempt at showing their disregard and frustration towards CSULB as an institution. The two bodies in the gallery represent both Daniel and Dalia. All of the photographs in this gallery were their rejected works, which is interconnected with the black yarn. The yarn is that color because Dalia likes black, but it also adds to the overall atmosphere of frustration and negativity. If you were to follow the yarn, you would realize that only one whole string is used. You would also be able to see that it ends up in the trashcan. This symbolizes how all of the art and photographs were meant to be in the trash, according to the institution.

My Experience

When I first walked into the gallery, I was honestly a little weirded out by how the room felt. I had no idea what any of it meant. After listening to Daniel speak and explain the thought behind the whole thing though, it truly did not seem weird at all. What Daniel and Dalia felt is what I think most of us have felt at some time in our lives. Frustration and anger is a hard thing to get away from once it hits you. Through the gallery and hearing Daniel speak, people can truly sympathize with what he has to say and the meaning behind his art. Daniel and Dalia both do a wonderful job on constructing a piece of art that conveys their emotions in a way that other people can appreciate and relate to.

Wk8-Art Activity-Japanese Garden Sketching

This week for class, we were able to go inside the Japanese Garden at CSULB. When you first walk into the garden, you kind of notice how big it is. I did not expect it to be as big as it was, and there was a lot of different things you could look at as you walked around. There is just a lot of nature in the area. There are numerous trees, ponds, and there’s even a waterfall in a little corner. Everything in the garden felt very serene and relaxing. It is a place that I would like to be even if it wasn’t for a class assignment. For the assignment though, we had to draw abstract and representative sketches of scenes in the garden. For my representative sketches, I tried to draw scenes exactly and found myself looking down at my sketchbook a lot.

For the abstract drawings, I tried to view the scenery more and draw without looking at my sketchbook. This was a lot harder in my opinion, and I think that my representative sketches ended up looking better. Many of my abstract drawings look very simple and I drew them very freely without having to draw perfect lines or shapes.

Overall, I found this activity very enjoyable. I don’t consider myself good at drawing, but I am actually pretty proud of some of the ones I drew. I would definitely love to go back to the Japanese Gardens just to relax. Coming back to sketch would also be fun as well because there is just a lot to look at. The feel of the garden is very inviting and warm, and I hope to be back there again someday.

Wk8-Classmate Conversation-Brandon Hong

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of meeting fellow classmate Brandon Hong. Brandon is in his 4th year at CSULB and is from Glendale. He is majoring in civil engineering. When asking Brandon what he would use as his medium for art, we both agreed on the same thing. Brandon and I would both use something pretty generic, like a piece of paper or a canvas to paint on. We both had different views on whether or not we would be okay with our future kids pursuing art, if we have kids. I said that I would probably be okay with it because people have the right to be happy with whatever they want to do. Brandon had a different take and said that art would be good as a hobby or side job, but they should have a main job with it. When comparing our phones, we both had some pretty different apps. I had more apps than he did and I think I had more games as well. We both had one thing in common though. We both had pictures of our girlfriends as our background. Overall, it was a pleasure to meet Brandon and I hope to see more of him.

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Brandon’s website: https://hrandonbong.wordpress.com/

Wk7-Artist Conversation-Dulce Soledad Ibarra

Exhibition Information

Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra

Exhibition: Manos De Oro

Media: Found objects, installation work, manipulation of found objects

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East

Website: dulcesoledadibarra.com

Instagram: Not available.

About the Artist

Dulce Soledad Ibarra is in her senior year at the California State University of Long Beach and is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree. She became a part of the CSULB School of Art’s Sculpture program just last year. Dulce is 25 years old and is currently the only artist in her family. Originally from Chino here in California, Dulce was inspired by her dad to do this specific piece of art for her gallery, Manos De Oro. Her dad wanted to be a lawyer when he came to America, but became a gardener instead. Despite not being able to become a lawyer, her dad is still proud of what he does, and she wants to feel proud as well. She feels that a lot of her family is not in the same position as she is fortunate enough to be in. Her family is here in America, while some of her other relatives are not able to live here. Through this gallery, Dulce wanted to show the value of people’s hard work, especially people like her dad.

Formal Analysis

When you first walk into Dulce’s gallery, Manos De Oro, you will see many different things. You will notice a video is playing, which shows her dad gardening. You will also see lots of gardening tools and machines. Within the gallery, there are 2 lawnmowers, shovels, shears, bags of leaves, and many more things. There are outer layers of grass that surround some of the tools. Some also lie on top of the grass. Everything in this gallery is very unique in the fact that they were all covered with gold. All of the tools and machines had some article of gold on them. For example, the engines of the lawnmowers were covered with gold, as were the head of the shears. Overall, the gallery was very fascinating and interesting to look at.

Content Analysis

To most of us, gold has a connotation of being rich and wealthy. In a lot of cultures, gold is often tied to having some sort of value. Ultimately, what Dulce is trying to show is that gold just connotes an idea. We as people can be wealthy in many different ways. Dulce and her dad are both allergic to gold, so the idea of this gallery was to show people how hard work often goes unnoticed. Dulce told a story of how she once worked in the garden with her normal clothes on. She said that people were wondering why she was doing that, but when she put on her dad’s work clothes, no one acknowledged her. In a way, she is trying to kind of portray how she is allergic to a certain lifestyle, the one of luxury. Despite having to do hard labor in the sun with gardening, Dulce and her dad are still proud of what they do. Maybe they are not rich in the sense that we think of, but they are rich and wealthy in the sense of pride that they have for their own work. By showing us her dad’s hard work in the garden, she gives us all something beautiful that we can view.

My Experience

I feel that Dulce’s story and beliefs can truly resonate with a lot of people. For myself, I have never really been able to say that my family is very wealthy, because we are not. Despite this, I am proud of what my parents have been able to do for me and my family. Even if they do not make a ton of money, I am more than grateful for all of the sacrifices they have made. My parents came over here from Vietnam at a very late age, so I am very proud of them and what they have accomplished in all of the years they have been here. Even if they do not make money, they have something more important than material value. They have a sense of pride for what they have done, and that will always be more valuable than money or gold. Dulce’s gallery does a great job at portraying the true value of hard work and pride.