Throughout this semester I have taken away a lot of different perspectives about art itself. From the ideas of Glenn, to the conversations with the artists, and from the presentations about past photographers. I think I was most impacted from the presentations about the photographers because one; I am a photographer and two; I thought most of the photographers were very edgy and were successful because they took those risks and stood out from the rest. The photographs made me feel certain ways and develop emotion and had me look at life in a different perspective. Which to me, if art can make me develop feelings then it is true art. I also loved talking to each of the SOA artists as well because I thought each gallery brought their own backgrounds and opinions to life. Art is a reflection to the world and society around us. It is another way to send out messages and that's what I felt the Artist really did this semester. A lot of them I shared similar opinions with, so instead of a more “interview” style it was an actual conversation which I took away so much more from. And as for Glenn, I have learned so much more than I could have asked for. Coming to class each time and often getting question as to what art is or what we are even doing at this school. Most of the professors I have been exposed to at this school have never questioned what the purpose of being here is. Why we are tested by multiple choice, why we aren't asking what the meaning to life is, why we are rushed to finish school, why we have to know exactly what we want to pursue, and so on. So it was a breath of fresh air when a professor comes into your life and starts to question everything.
I recently switched my major from Business Management to Fashion Design and it is a decision I am so stoked about. Fashion design has always been something on my mind, so this decision didn’t come by surprise to me. Art will always be apart of my life because I plan to design my own clothing line that enhances the idea of feminist empowerment. I am also so passionate about photography and videography that it will never leave my life. As a photographer I see art in pretty much everything; from the way people interact, to the way we love, and how nature is formed. It’s everywhere, it just takes a second for your eyes to wander and capture it. For me I chanell the most accomplishing form of art through the feelings of a photo. A photo should capture a moment and then take the viewer to that day to that space of emotions. If you can look at a photo no matter it be a person’s facial posture, or body position, or the light of the sun reflecting the canyons, or a simple object, if it can project some type of feeling brewing up inside of a person then that is art coming to life. Every photo that is taken comes with a story. As corny as that sounds it is true. And as people we are all self made story tellers, it’s just a matter of how we project it. I was involved in photojournalism at my high school and our biggest thing that we had to remember was that “how can we capture what is happening in just a few photos to tell an entire story.” To me that is another thing about photography; it truly tells a story without words. It is a beautiful form of art and form of expression that is something that will always be a part of who I am.
I also believe a lot of art comes from traveling and exploring this world. When we go to new places we collect new thoughts, ideas, expressions, beliefs, and a whole lot more that shape us into new beings and that to me is art. I notice myself wander and crave a new setting when I haven’t experienced it for some time. And once that desire is cured there is this whelm of ideas that sparks so much creativity to make a person thrive. I will forever be grateful for traveling and all the experiences that come from it because that is what living is all about - exploring, opening the mind to anything and everything that is out there.
This photo was taken of me when i was back in Michigan. This day was spent filming all day and my friend captured me in my element of filming. this photo captures me bundled up but still out in the breathtaking scenery and so I aimed to capture my true carefree self. I love how big my smile is in this because that’s how I feel when i’m doing something that I love. I also wanted to show that I am in love with what I do and I feel like that creates a sense of comfort for the people that I photograph. I think it was pretty successful in achieving that. Next time I would like to capture myself on a shoot that takes place while hiking because it shows the adventures side of me and going the which ever extend to capture the photo that was envisioned.
I thought sitting outside drawing for an hour and 45 minutes was super relaxing and meditative in a way. I loved looking at an object and drawing it as closely as possible and reflecting on others drawings as well. I don’t find myself making time to draw in my spare time but I would love to incorporate in more into my life even if it is a simple sketch. I believe if you practice it more then you will get better at drawing without question. I am currently majoring in Business Management, but I have decided to switch my major to Fashion Design and that will definitely include drawing with sketching out the designs that I have created to make them come to life.
Artist: Amy Williams
Media: Ceramics, Mixed-Media, Installation
Gallery: LBSU School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Amy Williams is a 3rd year BFA student at in the School of Art Ceramics Program. She is intending on graduating this year and plans on becoming a professor someday. Her work explores the idea of natural objects and environments.
Williams designed a life size 3D scan of a rock from Colorado with lichen on it. She had wires hanging from the ceiling with water dripping down onto the floor which was a clay sculpture and plaster beneath it. The wires flowed all together in a windy shape and the sculpture took the shape of a boulder. Williams used natural colors to imitate an actual rock.
The idea behind Signaling is to show the natural way things change. Through this is the symbolic message of the salt water trickling down from the pipes that lands upon the clay sculpture that results in a change in color and appearance over time. It represents how everything is constantly changing. The sculpture also represents a microscopic rock which enhances the idea of paying attentions to one's surroundings; big or small. She aims to encourage viewers towards a attentiveness of the current complexity of our culture, which leads into how our actions impact our surroundings.
When I first saw this gallery I wanted to learn more about it immediately. I tend to gravitate towards work with nature and once I read the artists statement I knew this piece really resonated with me. I thought the way to created the idea of showing how things change both within nature and society was amazing. We are truly shifting into new beings each day and sometimes we don’t even slow down to recognize the beauty within that. It is easy to think of immediacy and instant gratification, but we benefit so much more from slowing down and that is the message that Williams is getting across.
This was super fun to create a short and simple video. My intention was to keep a peaceful aspect that matches with the music as well as the vibe of the whole trip. I believe I did succeed in that. However, for the future I would like to add voice over to explain more of my thoughts but I did not feel that that would have flowed well for this video. I love creating videos about my life and others and feel that they should be shared so we can learn and expand our ideas from ourselves, with that I do plan on creating more for the future.
This project was something very new for me and a bit challenging. I’ve drawn graffiti art on paper before and have only used spray paint to make a sign for decoration in high school, so putting the two together was a bit difficult, but made it fun to not have any expectations. At first I did not like my piece at all because the paint was dripping but then I thought the drip added a cool affect especially with the colors that I chose. Cool project!
Artist: Kim Abeles
Exhibition: Call and Response, When We Say… You Say
Media: Ink on paper
Gallery: CSULB, University Art Museum
Kim Abeles was born in 1952, and is an American artist living in Los Angeles. She is mostly known for being an activist because of her works of political and social nature. Abeles would also be described as a feminist. She has created projects with the California Science Center, air pollution control agencies, health clinics and mental health departments, and natural history museums in California, Colorado and Florida. Abeles has a very impressive and extensive resume of her work that she has clearly invested a lot emotionally and physically.
Abeles piece that was presented at the art museum caught my eye immediately and I knew I wanted to write about it. Her work was displayed with two panels stretched horizontally and on each paper was ink stretched across like an EKG. Each horizontal line was continuous and took the shape if sine buildings and trees but nothing too in detailed. The lines were small and created movement because she was literally on a train drawing this and let her hand move to the movement of the train. You have to get pretty close up to see the quaint images but it tells a story.
I loved this piece because from far away I was confused as to what it was exactly, so it drew me in and made me want to get a closer look to discover what it was trying to display. Once I took a second to observe the image I started hearing all the sounds on the train. The loud tracks against one another, the random conversations among strangers, the subtle julting of the training and the fast pace lives living just outside of it. I thought that was quite beautiful how a work of art like that could make me feel. It even made me feel safe in a way and I really resonated with that.
Artist: Savannah Paul
Media: Metals, Mixed-Media, Installation
Gallery: LBSU School of Art, Marilyn Weeny Gallery
Savannah Paul is finishing up her last semester as a fifth year for a BFA Degree in the Metals Program. The metals program is very small with only 8 people working towards that degree and all are female. She started in the metals program about three years ago, but before that was in drawing and painting, which she said has made an influence on her work. Ever since she was young she was always inclined to creating something and then Paul began getting more serious about her work in her last year of high school. Paul explores the ideas of femininity and being strong as a women.
Her figures are made out of wire and take the form of broken up curved lines. They are life size gestures that is not the complete female body but takes on the shape of it. To me the metal looks like twig like figure which adds a very natural element. Each gesture flows with one another to create a unit out of the whole gallery. Then as for her other pieces she used a model of the upper body of a female and then created a necklace out of actual bright orange rape whistles and then used the rope from the whistles to make a giant rope that laid on the ground next to the body.
This gallery in particular takes stand on the pivotal socio-political movement in our community of what it means to be a women. She embodies the powerful women that participated in the #Metoo movement. Her intention is for women and herself to see themselves in these objects, which is why they figures are kind of abstract in the sense of we have to fill the object. Then the whistle piece is a commentary on the appointment of Brent Cabana to our supreme court, it’s using the rape whistle as a jewelry piece to shed light on items like a rape whistle and pepper spray have become a normalized accessory as a women. And also the way the rape culture is in a way glamorized, especially in Hollywood.
Pauls work immediately struck my eye and I found it beautiful yet moving. I’ve been noticing a trend in the works of art based around feminism and that is something that I adore. It is a topic that needs to be talked about and heard. The gestures that she created are one of my favorite styles of art work.
Exhibition: Roll Call
Media: Resin, wire
Gallery: LBSU School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Hillary is on the path to graduate next semester in the Sculpture BFA program. When Hillary was in middle school she started becoming more and more aware that while she was in class she couldn’t quite process all the information that every other student could do. That is when she discovered that she has an Auditory Processing Disorder. This means that Hillary can still hear everything clearly but may process it a little bit slower. She described it as gathering about 80% of a conversation then the other 20% gets jumbled. So Hillary wanted to explore the idea of processing disorder as well as the anatomy of the body. It takes a lot of vulnerability to be open about the difficulties that she faces everyday. However, with lots of therapy and some lip reading, she is overcoming the auditory processing disorder.
Hillary created a 4D sculpture of the cochlea out of 3D printed resin with an embedded speaker in it and sodded wire. The sculpture is pretty true to size and is supported by string and wire hung from the ceiling. She used a clear resin and grey wiring to represent the nerves that are actually grey matter. It is a continuous piece that is curved around like the shape of the inner ear. The print itself took her 8 hours and the whole piece together took about roughly 3 weeks to create, including all the sound and wiring.
This sculpture is mainly focused around Hillarys Auditory Processing Disorder. The idea behind it is that, it is the part of the body that understands all of your frequencies and the pitch that happens. Then where it connects to the wire is the part where the nerve connects to the brain. Hillary was also interested in this because she thought it was similar to a conch shell; in how you can hear the ocean and ambient noises. She stated that she really struggles with ambient noise because it's hard to synthesize information that's going on. The underwater sound mimics the ocean, which is an ambient noise, and she has created that through the wiring and into the cochlea.
I really loved the message behind this gallery. When I first walked into the exhibit I was a bit confused as to how each piece all flowed together, but after reading the description I thought it was displayed very nicely. The idea behind Roll Call is a collection of thoughts, questions, reflections, exploration of vulnerability and present-day issues, and more that forms a community as they create. After learning more about Hillary's piece, I thought her work brought these words to life. It really exemplifies the concept of vulnerability and pushed the experience of her everyday difficulties. The whole exhibit made me reflect on my own life and own questions; and I believe that is exactly what art should do.
Discovered that finger painting is one of the most stress relieving activities someone can do. This assignment was lots of fun not having any pressure or expectations on what you create. Allowing my fingers and paint guide me aimlessly along the paper. I seem to have fallen back on this flowing motion of a wave. That was the mindset that this project put me in - flowing within the piece. I also loved the satisfaction of getting my hands messy. Great project!