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This week, I had the opportunity to get to meet and talk to an artist named Jacob Hogan. Jacob is currently an undergraduate student at Cal State Long Beach who is pursing his BFA in metals. In this exhibit, he displayed household items and jewelry by hand in order to showcase to everyone what he can really do. Growing up, he had a bad habit of taking apart objects around the house and rebuilding them into new gadgets or household items, but it didn’t stop there. He continued to build and rebuild objects with the help of Legos until the age of 17 and continued to further his experience by working for a restoration company in Newport Beach, to which he still works at. As of right now, Jacob is commissioned but hopes that in the future he can further his career and build household items for companies such as Target or Ikea. Jacob decided to focus his dreams on building because he was inspired by product stores to further tweak the product or make it better.
The items displayed in his exhibit are from school assignments, but instead of making assignments that focused on jewelry, he focused on household items. He tried to make the exhibit feel like home and comfortable in order to have his products feel like they belong there, to which he succeeded. Before having the chance to display his products for everyone to see, he made a mini model of the showroom in order to plan out the perfect layout. He designed the floor plan to focus on three sections: household items, jewelry and cabinetry. Altogether, the products took a little overr 2 months to complete. If anyone who sees and is interested in any of his products, they are able to buy it online on his webiste.
This week’s activity was pretty difficult for me and my family because we are so used to having electricity and having the possibility of going on our phones or computer. At some point in the night, my family left our house and go somewhere else because they were bored. My boyfriend and I stayed inside my house and we just layed on the bed talking with the lights off. We ate dinner before the activity so we didn’t really need to rely on a microwave or anything, however we did snack on chips as a midnught snack. Having the inability to go on my phone made me stress out because my mind kept thinking about school and my life as a whole. That’s when I realized that I tend to use my phone as an escape or a distraction from what’s going on in my life. So in order to destress myself, my boyfriend tried to talk to my me about what I wanted to do the next day or this weekend and movies. We joked around and laughed all night until we eventually knocked out. Although it was difficult to live with electricity in the beginning I feel like it gave me a chance to really focus on my relationship And have fun together.
This week, I had an opportunity to interview Yujia Gu, a international student from China who is working for her MFA for Graphic Design. After receiving her bachelors degree in China, she decided to come to the states and get her masters in order to have a better chance on getting a job, whether it is in China or the United States. Usually Yujia will focus her projects on cultural differences but this time she wanted to do something different. For her project, Gu decided to do an expose on the dangers of gun violence in America because of her mother. Before coming to the states, her mother was very worried about the dangers of Yujia being her alone because of the rise of gun violence; therefore, she wanted to showcase and express what people feel daily when they are in an area that has high gun violence. Her goal with this project is to have people understand the dangers of gun violence whether they realize it or not and the dangers of what people face on a daily basis. She also feels that gun control should be strengthened because of the growing death rate in the US compared to other countries like Canada.
I feel that the exhibit was a great eye-opener to the people that was unaware of the dangers and growing numbers in the United States, especially with the current shooting in San Bernardino. The greatest emotional affect I feel is the children’s pictures and the names on the walls because it makes the viewers realize that these children were accidentally/purposely shot and will never have a chance to grow up into their own person. Overall, I feel like this exhibit was very influential and educational to those that are unaware of what is happening in America.
For this classmate conversation, I had the opportunity to talk to both Misty and Jennifer. We decided to talk to one another because we just so happened to be interviewing the same person at the same time and thought why not. I was afraid that it was going to turn out to be one of those awkward conversations where you are basically interviewing each other just to learn about them. However, the conversations kept on flowing nonstop. I learned that Jennifer is a 3rd year transfer student from the east coast and is working towards getting her english and film major at cal state. Although she is now residing here, she misses the support system that she once had with her friends and family but is glad to get away from the terrible weather. As for Misty, she is a 3rd year student also who is currently undeclared but is trying to work her way into getting her kinesiology degree and can only do so when she passes Anatomy during the summer. The three of us got along really well and we talked nonstop about movies. Eventually two girls named Katherine and Antonella joined our group and the five of us talked about movies and their book counterparts. Having met all of them was really nice and they seemed like genuine people.
For this activity, I decided to choose the wedge that was closer to Brotman Hall because I am more familiar with it and I have had experience with it. Every time I have to walk to Brotman Hall for my exams I always decide to go through the wedge even though there is traffic there majority of the time. I feel like it’s because us college students are too tired to walk around the black wall that is creating the wedge and it just seems like an easier choice. Although it is famous for creating traffic, it is still a pain to go through because you have to walk in a certain way to avoid people or if you are carrying a big load. For my design, I decided to just take down the black wall all together in order to get rid of the wedge. It will be missed by past graduate students but as time move on, the memories will disappear and the wedge would eventually be forgotten as new students are accepted into the university. With this new design, it will create a natural flow of traffic and people won’t have to wait for other people to walk through because there is enough room for everyone! However, if you still want to experience the wedge, it will still be there on the side of the new opening.
For this weeks artist conversation, I got the chance to talk to Brittany Waters, a 4th year student at CSULB who is currently working towards her BFA in ceramics. Waters found her passion in ceramics during her time in high school where she spent most of her time working with her hands and sculpting. She had decided to pursue ceramics as a career at the age of 19 when she realized that painting was not something she wanted to do for the rest of her life because of the process; instead she enjoyed the process and messiness of ceramics itself. After deciding her passion, she wanted her work to focus on nature such as lakes and forests because she was raised in that area in Northern California and wanted to showcase the beauty of it in Southern California. After she graduates CSULB, Waters hopes to achieve her masters in ceramics and stay in the west coast, possibly Oregon, because she feels there is a greater ceramic dynamic in the west.
Her exhibit brought to light the endangerment of sea turtles and other creatures that live among our beaches. She wanted to focus on sea turtles as her senior project because she found inspiration through her trip to Hawaii. In Hawaii, she saw the natural beauty of the beaches and creatures and when she came back to Long Beach, she noticed that the beaches were destroyed by humans. In her mind, the beaches have become commercialized with bonfire pits and destroyed by all the trash; therefore, no animal could live there. However, while doing research on her project, Waters was able to find out that the only place that still has sea turtles is the San Gabriel River but they are slowly becoming endangered species.
In her exhibit Waters was able to make 118 baby turtles by hand, each taking about 2-3 hours to make each, with low fire white clay called Steve’s White. When you first walk into the exhibit, you will notice that there are pictures of the turtles up close and personal, making you think that she saw them at the beach. However if you were to look at the opposite wall the making process of each turtle was revealed, shocking the viewers. Waters purposely set up the pictures this way in order to trick the viewers into thinking that the turtles were actually real in order to bring some amusement. As you walk deeper into the exhibit, there are a bunch of baby turtles placed in a scene that looks like a beach “crawling” into the ocean. The projected ocean on the wall is supposed to represent the barriers and struggles that baby turtles must face in order to survive, and that varies from predators to pollution.
Overall, I feel that Brittany Water’s senior project was a complete success. The little details on the turtles were amazing and to use this project to bring awareness about endangered species and our beaches was a big hit.
I wasn’t able to make it to Venice Beach this weekend (which sucks) because I left for Mammoth Lake, however I was able to finish the assignment in my backyard. I honestly thought that this activity was okay and feel like if I had a wall to work on, it would have been more enjoyable. But because I didn’t have a wall to work with, I ended up doing the activity on a poster board. I like the color I chose but I miscalculated on the size that was needed to write my name and that’s why I had to put it on different lines. The first time I did the activity, I messed up and didn’t leave room to fit my name and so I had to redo it on the back. It turned out okay but could of cane out better if I had more space.
I don’t think I did this weeks activity correctly because mine isn’t as abstract as it should. I really liked doing this activity because I felt like a little kid again. Looking at the blank white board, I was getting frustrated with what to do because it was such a broad concept. However after looking at the colors that I had, I came up with the conclusion that I wanted to do a space themed piece. I painted the sun and moon as much as I could and because I didn’t want to ruin what I had going with the flairs of the sun, I splattered in the stars. The final piece to me was great because I believe I got my theme across.