Week 12 Art Experience – Ethnography

Honestly, at first I thought the whole experience was going to be extremely difficult. I mean no electronics for a whole night is something you don’t hear often now a days. But once I realized I just have to sleep the whole experience was really easy. At first it was a little frustrating not being able to reach over and grab my phone, but after a while it was liberating. I honestly think I did get better sleep because without constantly looking at my phone I was able to go to sleep earlier. Usually I am sleep deprived but once I went to bed earlier I got some much needed rest. Living without electricity is more harmonious with nature because its going to back our roots. Our ancestors didn’t have electricity at first and they used nature for their whole livelihood. Living without electricity is def boring but the more used to it you get the more things you find out to get rid of that boredom. People survived without constant stimulation by keeping busy. Helping around the house, going out, different things to keep their minds off the constant stimulation. My ideal level would be a balance between connectivity, and life activity. Not too much of both but a sweet spot of the 2.

Week 12 Artist Conversation – Travis Lober

Exhibition – Work: Its a four letter word

Media – Print

Gallery – Merlino

About the Artist -Travis lober is working towards his BFA in print making and is currently in his last year at CSULB. Originally from NorCal Travis moved over to SoCal once he got accepted into CSULB. Originally he was majoring in graphic design but later on he switched his main focus to print making and he hopes to have a future career in it once he graduates.

Formal Analysis – At first glance Travis goes on to state that overall this exhibit took a long time to create due to the very meticulous attention to detail he did. Overall it took him about 3 years to create this exhibit and that is because he paid very close attention to detail. The main inspiration for this exhibit was Travis’ first job which was a construction worker, that is where he got most of his inspiration from and applied it to his exhibition. Applying what he learned from working construction he applied it to his art work and that is shown by how meticulous all of his works of art are.

Content Analysis – As Travis worked construction he gained a lot of knowledge and passion for what his job and that later became applicable to his art career. Becoming well known around different tools that allowed him to build a connection to not only the tools of his work but to his work overall. Pertaining to this exhibit he applies his connection to his tools and that is what he tries to show. A defining meaning that he learned as he worked construction and he became to appreciate his tools that used to work construction.

My Experience/ Synthesis – Overall this exhibit was very interesting, it opened a new perspective for me in terms that anything can be applied to art work. In this case an old job. Although me personally I haven’t had a job yet, I feel like if I did I could apply what I learned from that job into my overall life like Travis did. His appreciation for his work tools opened my eyes because anything is appreciated in this life.

Week 11 Artist Conversation – Saroush Moghim

Artist: Saroush Moghim

Exhibition: Geometry of Grief

Media: Cculpture

Gallery: Gatov Gallery East

About the artist – Being born in Iran Saroush moved to California with his family and is currently an undergrad aiming towards his BFA degree while taking courses in the school of arts sculpture program. His parents also being artists themselves he gained inspiration from them and eventually fell in love with sculpting. Overall being the outdoorsy type he hopes to get a career in sculpting in the near future.

Formal analysis – Sculpting and projections with a soundtrack is what Saroush’s artwork mostly consists of. Soundtrack that mostly featured sounds from nature, he includes nature into his artwork to give it a different sense of feeling. Mirroring images ontop of each other with different layers, Saroush creates a sense of feeling for his art work. Primarily using elements from nature Saroush incorporates nature sounds, colors, and ultimately feelings into his works of art.

Content Analysis – Saroush coming from an Islamic background, a background where nature is considered very valuable is incorporated into his works of art. Nature is incorporated into his feelings, his emotional state, and that is then translated onto his works of art. Reflecting internally is another huge element that Saroush tries to include his works of art, looking inward and taking in nature is a form of self change within oneself and he hopes that others can accomplish this by looking at his works of art.\

My experience – Initially going into the exhibit, I hear the soundtrack. Nature instantly comes to my mind and I’m already sold because I really love nature a lot. As soon as you hear the soundtrack you feel calm and at ease and I think this is what Saroush was aiming for. By far my favorite piece of the exhibition was the violing hanging with the layers of nature encompassing it. It is so unique that you just cant help to understand it. Being able to understand Saroush’s art work is important because it has to deal with ourselves internally and what we think matters in the world. I think his exhibition really helped me to see that better.


Week 10 – Art Activity – Architecture and Urban Planning

When it comes to the USU wedge, what I’m changing is that the black stone wall will be essentially cut in half, thus giving more space to reduce the flow of traffic between students. The main problem with that wedge is that the little opening is basically what most students decide to go through because “why not” I guess. By cutting in half the black stone wall, and getting rid of the bench that was there on the far right, which would give a lot more space for students to go through. Usually there is a line of students waiting to pass through that little wedge but by providing more space there wont be a line of students anymore, students will be able to walk freely through that wedge. Some trade offs to doing this is that I would be getting rid of a bench, thus not leaving much more space for students to sit and relax after a day of school but that shouldn’t be a problem because there are a lot of other places to sit by, and by getting rid of half of the black stone wall, I would be getting rid of a place for advertisements and posters that could be placed there. The way I made my choice was easy, there is traffic in the wedge because there isn’t enough space so by providing more space the flow of traffic will be reduced. The way I think students would talk about this new access route is that they would be glad knowing they wont have to wait in a line for other students and they can freely go to and from classes.3ebPWc4g.jpg

Week 10 Artist Conversation – Clare Samani

Artist – Clare Samani

Media – Print Making

Gallery – Merlino

Exhibition – Printing

About the artist – Clare is a senior at CSULB, only staying in long beach for school, Clare being from San Fernando Valley, is aiming for a bachelors degree in the arts while achieving a future major in print making. Being inspired by art her entire life, Clare hopes to further her art education at graduate school and hopefully achieve a future career in some sort of print making job.

Formal Analysis – When it comes to Clare’s art work, her prints primarily focus on clothing. With different colors to enhance the feeling of the clothes, the background compliments it. When it comes to the specific arrangement of the clothing, its in a straight vertical format. Each dress

Content Analysis – When it comes to the clothing that is used in her art works, the clothes are all americanized. So many different styles and types of clothing have been influenced in America. What Clare tried to accomplish was for ever piece of clothing that she portrays in her art works is to give it some sort of identity. An identity that is revolved on the impact of american clothing on America.

My experience – When it came to the overall exhibit, I really enjoyed it because it was simple yet complex at the same time. The colors of the specific clothing and the color of the background complement each other very elegantly. I really enjoyed the whole concept of the these exhibition and I hope to see more from this artist.

Week 9 – Graffiti Writing

So this week we did Graffiti writing, and it was pretty fun to be honest. Never done anything like this and I think I did a pretty good job for my first time. First I wrote my name out with pencil and later used orange and blue spray paint to color in the letters. Although mine was on a miniature scale, maybe next time I can do it on a much larger scale. And maybe next time I can switch from block letters of my name, to different drawings like animals or something. Overall I really enjoyed this experience because it was something different, something I have never done before. Graffiti usually has a negative connotation because of street gangs etc, but this I feel has a different perspective because this is art. Art has different meaning and purpose to everyone around, and this is one activity I really enjoyed because it shows this different perspective. I cant wait for more activities like this.

Week 9 Artist Conversation – David Desantis

Artist – David DeSantis

Exhibition – Day Dreamer

Gallery – Merlino

Media – Ink and paper

About the artist – David is a senior undergraduate, who is aiming to get his BFA at art printmaking program at CSULB. He listens to various genres of music which he draws most of his inspiration from. Most specifically he listens to dubstep and rock music, and that helps him to get his ideas on paper. Originally wanting to do basic designs he later fell in love with fine art and incorporated his past experiences with designing with fine art to create the type of art we see here.

Formal Analysis – His works of art have a feeling of fluidity. No sharp, jagged edges, but simple and comforting curves. He gives his works of art a sense of movement and simplicity by the way the various bodies inside his work move across the page. Not really representing sharp edges or straight lines, the curves symbolize a free spirit which he draws from his past experiences.

Content Analysis – Even though his works of arts symbolize fluid shapes and curves, which are sometimes indistinguishable, but they have a deeper meaning. He says that he symbolizes different meanings to his works of art embody different ideas from his past experiences. He wants to symbolize things that aren’t considered the “usual”. He wants to do things his way and make his works of art symbolize something that isn’t considered the norm.

My experience – The way David incorporates his past experiences in his life into his art work is interesting and appealing to me, because like him I try to incorporate past experiences into my life into my current life. I really liked looking at his works of art because how fluid his works of art were, I cant wait to see more works from him.

Week 8 Classmate Convo – Jonathan Duran

So this week, I got to meet up with Jonathan, and I had a good time talking to him. Although he was from the 2 pm section, it was still a fun experience getting to talk to him. Jon is a sophomore at CSULB as a mechanical engineer. He likes to hang out with friends, go out to eat, and over all is just a sociable person. He likes to do well in school and focus very good at it, and at the same just be a sociable person. He has one dog, and loves to play basketball. He usually goes every weekend with friends to play basketball at the CSULB gym. Jon’s favorite place to eat is in&out, like mine as well, and his favorite is blue. He has one dog, and a younger sister. Jon is very into basketball shoes, and has quite a collection. Over all I really enjoyed talking to Jon, because he was a very down to earth person, and we shared a lot of hobbies together, like hanging out with friends, aspiring to do well in school, and over all just trying to be a fun person in life and have a good time. Here is Jon’s wordpress site. https://jonduranblog.wordpress.com/

Week 8 – Finger painting activity

The whole finger painting activity was pretty interesting, because I haven’t done any actual finger painting since I was a little kid. It was kind nostalgic doing it again. The whole experience was easy, because in the end it’s just finger painting. Overall painting with no subject was interesting, because you usually have a starting point on where you want to go with your art work. So when painting with no subject was interesting because I didn’t know where to start with my art work, in the end I just ended up going in circles, with different colors. The colors I used were red, blue, and green. In the end the final product with just a swirl of these three colors. Painting with no subject was pretty liberating because you weren’t confined to any sort of agenda when it came to the piece of art. When it comes to comparing to other pieces of work, most of them are confined to a certain topic or know what they’re going to do from the start. But with this one, it was up to ourselves to just be free and see what we can come up with.

Week 7 Artist Conversation – Elena Reznovan

Artist – Elena Reznovan

Exhibition – Stop and Stare

Media – Sculpture

Gallery – Gatov East

Elena being part of the masters program that takes place in CSULB, and is looking to achieve a masters degree in sculpting.Originall from Moldova , she traveled to the U.S. to study art and make a career out of it. After first being apart of the Maryland Institute College of Art. When she first began pursuing Art, Elena Reznovan was a painter but as she got more involved in art itself, she decided to move onto what is called interactive installations. After studying in Maryland Institute College of Art, she eventually came to California to pursue and further her art career because this is where space art is from.

When it came to specifically her work, its more of a piece of art work that involves different pieces, she uses these different pieces to form a whole. The whole represents something that is personal to her, and every intricate part of the whole is something that comes from something small. Her art work, Stop and Stare is a scenic piece of art work that focuses on mountains and clouds with the sun setting in the corner, which gives it a feeling of nature to me personally. When it comes to the room itself, its dark which gives the art work a some what of a light atmosphere because that is how it is represented. What is interesting is the use of square filters that thrown about around the art work, almost as if we choose what we want to see, but we should choose to not view things through a filter. Personally, the way I view this piece of art work is that we see things differently in life, which is why the filter is there to represent that. But what is really behind the filter is the beautiful part of life. We sadly sometimes choose to view things through filters because we think that is what we wanna see, but in reality the filter may not necessarily be the best thing because it skews our perspective in life. I feel that this is what Elena was trying to show. We in life filter ourselves to see what we wanna see, but deep down what we really wanna see is the beautiful parts of life and without it, we get a sense that something is missing from our life.

Overall the exhibit takes place in a black room. and where all you see is what on the wall. Her art work with the filters thrown wildly about across the work itself. Its almost as if you enter your own little world and and you can do is, “stop and stare” . I feel like Elena really captured what she was trying to do perfectly. She wanted to create a sense of space that the person who is looking at the art work can stop and pay attention to what is really going on. She creates an atmosphere where light is what is the main focus and that light helps create a sense of feeling, where you can appreciate what her art work really wants you to see.