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Week 15 – Artist Interview – Various Artists

IMG_6313This week was a fun week because I got to see many people’s artwork in the gallery, Drawn Out, a BFA Illustration/Animation show, for 2015 seniors. My favorite part about this show was that I got to see the different types of styles every artist had and I enjoyed a few:

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This is the first set that caught my eye. It’s by Myke Marts. He didn’t say too much about the work he presented but I liked his illustrations a lot. I like the deteriorating woman and the black and white drawing of famous dining spots. The basketball players as food too, was a favorite. They’re fun and very creative. I like these types because you can interpret it any way you want and it’s fun because it could be so many things.

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The work on the top is by Ashley Healy and on the bottom, is the work of Juliana Verschoor. Healy’s work was another that I really liked because they’re strange and it makes you stand there and think for a while of what’s going on there. She enjoyed drawing creatures as a little kid and continues to present that in her illustrations today. She loves a lot of detail, as you can see in her work. Verschoor is inspired by Disney and I can see that through her work especially through, Cinderella. Which was my favorite out of all the works she presented.

I think this show was a great way to end the semester as it showcase so many different types of art. I was fascinated at all types and I appreciated them all. So much creativity in the air. Now it’s my turn! See ya!

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Week 14 – Artist Interview – Yireh Elaine Kwak

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This is Yireh Elaine Kwak with her work, Home. Her work was featured in the gallery, Liminal, an exhibit featuring many senior’s work on the concept of a transition they went through in their life.

Elaine is a senior, majoring in drawing and painting. She enjoys doing landscapes but also likes other types. She works with anything that inspires her. Home is of her backyard in Fullerton. She currently doesn’t live there anymore but that place played a big role in her life. It wasn’t just a house but it was her HOME. It symbolizes her family and the importance of nature to her and family. She started this work first by roughly drawing from observation and finishing with her memory of the site. It took her about a month and a half to complete.

Elaine praises her home and family for supporting her throughout her career in art.

Elaine plans to take a break from school after graduating. She’s going to “do her” and build her portfolio. She plans to attend grad school, hopefully somewhere in NorCal, like UC Berkeley. I hope her talents take her far in the art world.

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Week 12 – Artist Interview – Piet Eppinga

IMG_5854 As I walked into the Merlino gallery, I recognized this very distinct voice. It was the artist who’s from Holland, with a Dutch accent, talking to a few of my classmates about his artwork. He explained that much of his upbringing was because of his experience back home with clay. He has always been fascinated by it’s texture and decided that making art was something he wanted to continue in his life. Wheel thrown pottery and sculpting are his mediums in art and portrays many of his work about people. As I heard him talking, I became very interested in the piece he was discussing:

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This piece is called Man-Woman-Child. Piet explained that this sculpture is of a husband and wife who are joined together by a child. It’s obvious that the couple is the upper half but the child is what holds them together at the bottom. The man and woman are connected at the bottom but their heads are barely touching to convey that they’re still individuals even though they are married. Some of the ideas presented are how the woman can still be a wife to her husband and how she will be a mother to her child. Same goes for the man, of how can he still be a husband to his wife and how will he be a father to his child.

Another piece Piet presented is Songharijaneszzchee Uuman.

IMG_5853This woman’s name is Songharijaneszzchee Uuman. An interesting name for an interesting woman. This piece is also about the relationship with a child. Not only that, but Piet explained that she presents both happiness/sadness and good/bad of life. You can see it in her face of both emotions. Her breasts show that she has given birth of a child or even more. The skirt she has is beautiful but also has some holes and tears because although life is beautiful, there will be times of sadness, anger, and distress. The pot on her head is of her family, relatives, and even children who have passed away. Even though they’re gone, she still holds them close to her, like a memory. And, one day when she passes away, one of her children will hold her above their head too.

I really enjoyed Piet’s gallery and think his figurative sculptures are very interesting. I really liked the fact that the artist wanted to explain each and every one of his pieces because not many artists do that. I think it shows that he really does have a passion for his art and what he portrays to his audience.

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Week 11 – Artist Interview – Gabriel Garcia

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Gabriel Garcia’s Toxic Masculinity exhibit was one of the more popular galleries this week. Toxic Masculinity featured many posters presenting the negative culture masculinity has in society nowadays. Gabriel wanted to showcase a few main topics:

  • Domestic violence and how it should be reported more so that it doesn’t continue
  • Being in service of the United States doesn’t give men the right to be violent towards people they love
  • And how a man’s strength could lead to violent acts.

I took a good look at each wall, trying to get the message of each poster. The picture above is of the wall seen once you enter. The first poster “DON’T BE A PUSSY” reminded me of the guest speakers I had in my communications class the other day. They were from Interact on campus and they did a skit on sexual assualt. One of the characters was trying to get his friend to show his girlfriend “who’s in charge” and to not act like a bitch/pussy around her. The friend eventually raped his girlfriend, as a result of his friend’s tormenting. “Don’t be a pussy” is probably a thought that goes through a man’s head before being violent to hype them up to do what they want to do.

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This next wall reminded me of the case of Ray Rice, a former NFL player who beat his fiancee in an elevator. I understood the helmet picture and how that represents football, thus presenting the ideas of rough, tough, hard-hitting, etc. The poster of the one that says “ABUSER” took a little more time to understand. What I got from it however, is that the shield in the back is like a patch you get on a varsity jacket. In the middle of the patch says “champion” but it’s erased and labeled “ABUSER” instead. I thought the next poster had nothing to do with football but then I realized that the outline is of football pads and the NFL trophy is in the corner. So, I tied this all together with the banner from the first picture of “Fiancee + Assault = Wife” to Ray Rice’s case. Ray Rice was successful, earning his first ring in 2013 but however a year later, he abused his future wife and was arrested for assault. Surprisingly, Rice’s fiancee stuck with him and eventually married him despite the fact that he abused her to the point of unconsciousness.

I thought this gallery was very informative on how men have these characteristics that shows how manly they are but how nowadays, these characteristics and traits are used negatively, especially towards women. What I like most about this gallery is that it’s very relevant and I liked how I could relate this subject to recent stories.

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Week 10 – Artist Interview – Kaclica Chhin and Amanda Ruiz

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I almost didn’t walk into this gallery because I already went into one that I liked, but I’m glad I did. It was very interesting, unexpected, and nothing I’ve seen before. This is the first thing I saw:

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It was a wall sculpture of moldings of boobs, butts, and penises. It caught my eye but I wasn’t sure what it was at first. As I came closer, I walked a little slower trying to understand what I was about to see. I came face to face with the sculpture, amazed, and stepped back and looked at the walls that had little drawings of different aspects of sex.

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Interesting drawings included masturbation, fingering, and oral sex. I really liked the small, different drawings, especially the color. I thought it was brave to showcase an exhibit about sex. Sex is natural and I think it can be an uncomfortable subject for people, but I enjoyed what the artists presented! Artists Kaclica Chhin and Amanda Ruiz were uncomfortable with the subject of sex at first but learned to be comfortable. They wanted others to also accept the concept of sex and the private parts of the human body, which was one of the main purposes of the gallery. Although they wanted to share this experience with others, they also respected them by posting a sign warning viewers that their art may be offensive.

The artists explained that creating the art and setting up the exhibit took a long time. Kaclica, the sculptor, told us that the sculptures of the genitals were actually moldings of private parts of family and friends! In other words, her family and friends modeled while Kaclica sculpted. I thought that was very interesting but a cool fun fact.

Sex is natural and exploring your own body is normal. I think this exhibit is very powerful because I think it’s extremely important to be confident in your own body. I’d like to thank sculptor, Kaclica Chhin and illustrator, Amanda Ruiz for creating art that explores the topic of sex, genitalia, and self-acceptance.

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Week 9 – Artist Interview – Ralph Acosta

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One type of art form that I find beautiful is photography. When I walked into the Werby Gallery, these giant photographs caught my eye immediately. It’s called, Home “Sweet” Homes. Each photo is of a home and the address of that residence. The color scheme of each are different but similar in a way; it has a nostalgic feel to it. The content of each also peaked my interest. I wanted to know more about these photos, however the artist, Ralph Acosta was unavailable this week. Although I was unable to interview him, I really wanted to give him credit for his art.

Luckily, I learned a few things about the photographs. Ralph is influenced by memory quotes and in this case, his gallery was based on this quote:

Memories of childhood are the dreams that stayed with you when you wake.

– Julian Barnes, England England

According to the placard, these are giant postcards of homes in and out of the Wilshire District of Los Angeles, where Ralph lived, between 1970 and 1980. During this period in his life, his family faced adversity but Ralph and his brothers were able to overcome their hardships at a hotel called the Ambassador, a few blocks away from their home. Although he was able to deal with his troubles, it’s clear that those troubles would never be forgotten. The large 35 inch by 22 inch postcards represents how big and serious the issues his family experienced were. Ralph considers these several homes to be “home” despite what happened.

After learning about his work, it really hit home for me. I could almost relate in the way that I had several homes too. Not as many as Ralph, but each home I did live in has their own story and experience in it, good and/or bad. I lived in Norcal most of my life and although my first home was in the Bay Area, I wasn’t raised there. I was raised in the Central Valley and lived in a house for about ten years or so. I’ve had some of the best memories and the worst memories there. Unfortunately, we lost that home due to foreclosure. I had to move in with my aunt and her family. And that was my second home for a few years. It was a different experience but throughout those years, was when I was most grateful. Then, I eventually moved to Southern California because of job opportunities. This time, my home was an apartment and also had it’s own memories. Unlike Ralph, it hurts to pass by my first home. If I’m ever visiting town, I try to avoid the street it’s on. However, when people ask me where I’m from or ask about my hometown, I always refer to the city my first home is in.

It’s inspirational that Ralph explored his childhood years through the homes he lived in despite the adversities associated with them. I’m very glad he showcased his work. I wish I had the opportunity to meet him.

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Week 8 – Artist Interview – Laura Scatterwood

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This week in the Merlino Gallery, was a very powerful piece of art. Laura Scatterwood demonstrated the social issue of violence we experience. Although she feels as though she’s of a different generation, she’s living through this generation of what seems like a new norm in our society. Laura got her inspiration from the recent media disturbances of shooting occurring around the country and how there have been so many that it seems somewhat normal or common. This, I thought, was scary because it makes you think about what our society has come to.

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I really liked the layout of the room, it’s very straightforward and simple. The walls are paintings of human bodies, which are conveyed as silhouette targets from a shooting range. The couch is centered in the middle along with the rug, and mirror. The couch has guns embedded in it while there are stacked bullets under the bullet.

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From what I got from this is that this shooting violence phenomena has created a paranoia in people. This paranoia can affect people in different ways, either to be prepared with weapons and violence themselves or brush it under the rug and do nothing about it. Another aspect of this fiber art is the mirror and the strings that focus from the entrance to the mirror. The strings zone in on the mirror and makes the individual think where they see themselves in this society. All the objects in this gallery are profound and I really enjoyed it.

I asked Laura a few questions and I found out that she used to be a psych major like me. However, she realized that art is what she loves. Laura is graduating this semester and is hoping to get an internship at a textile design, particularly in Los Angeles. Fiber art is just one of the many different pieces she’s created but she specifically chose this project to showcase. I asked if she has any other hobbies but she said that if you’re an art major, all you do is work on your projects. Laura started her project in August and she mentioned that the last couple weeks were hectic as she was getting all the materials and concept finalized. It turned out amazing and I’m glad I got the chance to interview her.

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