Wk-3-Classmate Conversation-Betty

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This week I got to meet Betty, a close friend of a classmate I had previously interviewed, Andrew. Like Andrew, Betty is in her senior year at CSULB, and has plans to major in psychology. Betty and Andrew first met at SOAR, and later got put in the same class, and became good friends. One thing I learned about Betty was that she loves comic books. While speaking to her about different comic books, she explained to me how many different publishing companies there are. For example, most people, like myself,  know of Marvel, and D.C Comics but there are many more that are just as good. I had fun talking to  Betty and hope she has a great last semester at CSULB.

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Wk3- Artist Conversation-Megan Macuen

 

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Artist- Megan Macuen

Exhibition- Untitled

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Gallery- CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East

The show held on Wednesday, February 8th, was Megan Macuen’s first show. Macuen first explored the art of weaving during her time in San Francisco. She has over 1o years of experience weaving yarn and continues to weave, while incorporating yarn in many of her art projects. During the interview I learned Macuen weaves not only to create art, but to prepare for her creation as well. Before creating anything, she does not think in her mind what she will do, or make; instead, she weaves until she is in her desired state of mind. From there her hands begin to create something she has not yet mentally designed.

Before speaking to Megan I spent a good amount of time examining her untitled pieces of art. I tried to observe one piece very carefully. That piece is featured in the slideshow above. As I was observing the art piece, I noticed the color palate dominantly used was white, or some type of neutral palate. However, on this specific piece there is a pop of color in a few areas. For example, underneath the table there are different colored dogs, underneath the dogs there is a pink geometric-like stripe, and on one leg of the table there is a lightly painted blue mark.

Macuen’s style doesn’t involve developing a specific story,or reasoning behind her art; rather, she operates by separating her mind and body, allowing her body to create whatever it desires to. She mentioned to me, she doesn’t like having mental ideas for a design, if she does, she rejects them. She doesn’t like to work with a mind set that is already set on a specific idea. One thing  I asked her about was the idea behind the placement of the dogs. To that, she responded, the dogs  were placed underneath the table because to see them clearly the person examining the piece would have to bend down slightly like a child does. A child looks underneath a table and finds different things. That idea inspired her to place the dogs where she did.

At first glance I was not sure what to make of Megan’s pieces. I tried to ignore that thought and simply focus on understanding. Suddenly, I realized her pieces did not ask to be understood, but rather to be appreciated. Her construction and weaving skills are clearly shown to be exceptional. Her creativity is abstract, and eye-catching. Although, she does not work off the basis of a story line like many other artists, her pieces create their own story by whoever has the opportunity to look at them.

Wk2-Art Experience-Landscapes with a corpse

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As I was developing ideas for this project I did not want to take a serious approach, but rather a silly one. For that reason, I chose to do a Snow White inspired death. Every morning before I go to class, I take an apple with me for the road. As a result, I thought a poisoned apple would be fitting for my death. Even though my portrait is simple, I had fun directing the photographer, my sister, in the angles I wanted to capture. I love how the second portrait explains everything, while only my dangling hand and a fallen apple are in the frame.

Wk2-Classmate Conversation-Diana

For this week’s Classmate Conversation I met Diana, a freshman. She shared with me some of her interests and future plans. Diana enjoys making videos of her spontaneous adventures with her friends. I got the chance to watch a video she made and was impressed with her video editing skills. She explained to me she uses iMovie and is able to create a simple, yet well made video. Diana wishes she had a go pro to record her videos; however, her iPhone makes for an exceptional video recorder. Besides Diana’s interests, she hopes to major in marine biology and minor in film.

W1-Art Experience- Plaster Casting

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Overall, I’m very pleased with the experience I had with this plaster activity. The only obstacle I faced was getting the 50lb bag of sand into my car from the hardware store. In that case I had to ask a stranger for help. Besides that obstacle I enjoyed the relatively simple project. Since I had a lot of sand and plaster left over, I made a second molding which my dad kept because he thought it looked neat. I molded my hand rather than my foot because I thought the finished product would turn out more elegant and graceful than a foot. I held my fingers close together when putting my hand in the sand because I didn’t want the fingers of the mold to brake off once it needed to be pulled out. If I were to repeat this activity in the future, I would make the consistency of the plaster much thinner so it would reach all the pockets in the mold, and really catch all the details of the hand. Ultimately, I had a great time creating this hand and have a better appreciation for artists handling heavy objects.

W1-Classmate Conversation-Andrew & Jazmin

During the first Art 110 Wednesday class meeting I had the pleasure of meeting Andrew, and Jazmin. Once I spoke to Andrew I got to know a few interesting things about his personality along with his past. While in high school, he was involved with band. He has 9 years of experience playing the Saxophone. Even though Andrew is 21 years old, his age hasn’t kept his love for video games from growing. When asked where he see’s himself in the next five years, he hopes to be working within the field of psychology. As for Jazmin, she has already begun working in a few internships. One being Living Arts of Long Beach where she was an assistant for a high school art class. Jazmin is in her last semester at CSULB. She will be graduating with a major in graphic design. I wish her the best of luck on her next chapter of life after graduation!