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.