Artist: Nick Bamford
Exhibition: no name
Media: Mixed Media
Gallery: Gatov East
This week I had the chance to meet Nick Bamford. Nick is s senior at CSULB currently in the undergrad BFA ceramics program. He chose to move forward with this program because all his life he has likes arts better than all other subjects. In hight school he took a ceramics class and later he decided that it was what he likes best. His ideas explore taking things out of their context and giving them a new meaning. For this particular exhibit he used blacklight in his theme because e wanted to change things up a little. Nick’s all time favorite artist is Picasso.
In this particular exhibit, Nick’s art revolves around a black light. The black light gives it a dark yet colorful finish. The room just glows as one walks in and immediately I wanted to run to all the sculptures. Most of the sculptures have spiky tops rather than being rounded. It’s hard to tell if one is not up close but it is made up of objects one uses in an everyday life.
Nick spoke about wanting to take the initial purpose of an object and give it a new meaning. He does this by putting things one normally would not find in a sculpture such as a toy. I think he did a great job at making this a little personal by adding a bunch of objects that here important to him.
I know I said this about all the other exhibits but I think That Nick’S art caught my eye because this is nothing like what I have seen before. I have to admit at first I did not know what I was looking at because it was so random. Later I discovered that the objects used were of a sentimental value to Nick.
This week I met my classmate Bianca Dominguez. Bianca is a freshman here at CSULB who is currently undeclared but is eventually planning on going into pre nursing. She chose pre nursing because she likes to help people and she finds the medical field extremely interesting. Her older sister inspired her because she works as a surgery recovery technician. As a surgery recovery technician she collects organs to be donated to the patients in need. Bianca has they pet poodle dogs names Romeo and Lola who she loves spending time with. On her free time she loves to go out to new places with her friends and family, watches YouTube, and enjoys catching up on sleep. She’s a people person and loves to make new friends. Bianca chose to take this class for a required GE but she also finds art very interesting. Her favorite food is chicken tenders and don’t forget the side of ranch!
Artist: Jennifer Chen
Media: Digital Printmaking/ Painting
Gallery: Gatov West
Website: no website
Instagram: no instagram
This week I had a chance to meet Jennifer Chen. Jennifer is an undergrad Biology student who decided she wanted to pursue a degree in Master of Fine Arts. She likes to allow herself to grow in different ways and that is why she switched her major to something that allows her to work on different ideas. When creating art, she specializes in print and digital making. Her work explored disturbance in landscape.
Jennifer’s work looks very realistic while having a little abstract twist to it. Most of the colors are typically neutral then a pop of color is added. A thing I noticed that she likes to incorporate are trees but other than the trees her work contains a lot of lines. There also seems to be movement going on in her work.
As a former science major, I believe that Jennifer is trying to incorporate some sort of science into her work. In our previous conversation she mentioned that her work explores disturbance in landscapes. With science you learn about all these disturbances with earthquakes, global warming, weather changes, and other natural disasters.
Jennifer Chen’s work is pretty amazing and unique out of all digital prints I have seen so far. Her work is definitely something I would love to have hanged up on my wall. In my opinion she used her resources very well and did a great job in incorporating science as an art.
This week I was able to learn about Geocatching. This activity was definitely an interesting one that I see myself doing outside of class when I don’t have any plans or if I’m bored and feel like going out. Geocatching reminded me a lot of a sort of scavenger hunt. Except unlike a scavenger hunt, with Geocatching you don’t know what you’re looking for. Once I downloaded the app I was surprised to see how many people used it. There was a ton of bubbles showing all the locations of where there were placed on a map near me. The first one I tried to find was on campus and the GPS was hard to read so a classmate and I decided we would try on our own off campus to see if it would be easier. The second one, which was closer to home, was even harder to find because there was a bridge and a park under it so it was hard to tell how to get to it. After trying to solve the riddle and being unsuccessful with it, we decided to to try one last time. The third time we came across a very simple area that basically gave where the box was away but after trying to find it I was not able to find the Geocatch. I learned that you won’t be able to find the catch always but the fun is going on little adventures trying to find them. I created my own little Geocatch by inserting random items I found on my desk. I later placed in in the small neighborhood park right next to my house!
This week I met my classmate Katherine Pantoja. Katherine is a freshman undeclared major but is leaning towards creative writing. With creative writing, she wants to become a better writer and eventually write books. She was born and raised in South Gate, California. Her favorite subject is college so far has been sociology. On her free time she enjoys reading and watching movies. Although she listens to all kinds of music her favorite is alternative rock. One of her secret passions is doing hair and she has dyed hers too man times to count. Her favorite all time childhood movie is The Little Mermaid and she could watch it over and over again. Katherine has two dogs, a Terri mix and a Border Collie mix. In ten years from now she sees herself traveling. The place she has mostly wanted to visit is Europe because she really wants to be exposed to a different culture. Katherine chose to take Art 110 not only because it was a required GE course but she was curious about art in media.
This week for our art experience it was literally more of an experience than the creation of art. As a class we went to our school library to do what was initially expected in a library. Before we spoke about this I realized that I had not noticed what has happened to our library. In elementary school and middle school we had what was actually a library: a place where books are stored, read, and checked out. When it came to high school, our library was referred to as “the media center”. There weren’t as many books, there were way more computers, it was often used as a meeting room, an art gallery, or a place that held events. Now in the CSULB library there is a Starbucks, there are hundreds of computers, there are several stories where students can study, but there are not nearly as many books. I feel as though as the years pass, the definition of a library is fading. I realized more of this when we went to our library to actually read. People were staring at us as if we were doing something wrong and at some point it felt as if we were about to get kicked out. I really believe that in a few more years libraries will have completely lost their meaning.