This week’s art experience was a photo walk. For my self, I love photography and love taking photos when every I can. Taking a photo for me is more than just capture a memory. While that is a big reason why I enjoy taking photos, I enjoy being able to share a story or experience with other people.
Some of my pictures were pictures of objects that everyone also got got a picture of while on the photo walk. The others are just pictures I just decided to take randomly while walking between points of interests for my group. You can see that I took some pictures of these point of interest objects, but I also picked some pictures in between. I would say my favorite picture is the black and white picture where people are sitting down eating lunch. While I can’t exactly put my finger on it, I believe this picture captures something that I can relate to, the struggle of having big gaps in between your classes.
Even though I live in the dorms on campus, I rarely get a chance to go out and capture photos of the campus. I really appreciated this art experience and wish we could do something more with photography later down the road.
For this week’s art experience, we experimented with food. Living in a dorm presented some challenges with this art experience because I don’t have a kitchen to work with. I would have loved to try something more complex, but I also could not justify buying $30 worth of food supplies when I will only use a little bit of it. In my case, I took cookie dough and attempted to cook it in the microwave. Going into this project, I honestly had low expectations. If anything, I expected the results to be cookie crisps, rather than golden brown cookies.
The cookie dough I used was just typical store brand pre-made cookie dough. I just took a piece and placed it onto a microwavable plate and placed it into the microwave. On my first try, I let it cook in the microwave for a little over a minute. The resulting cookie was almost like a cookie chip and it did start to burn. I was lucky not to set the fire alarm in my dorm off. Next I attempted to cook my next cookie in the microwave by cooking it in waves of 10 seconds. I would leave it in there for 10 seconds, let it cool off, then continue to cook it again. This process took a about two minutes before I had results I was somewhat happy with.
In conclusion, both of my cookies where failures. My first cookie was cooked into a chip and partially burnt. My second one wasn’t completely cooked all the way through and was too crumbly. Since my expectations were low in the first place, I was not really disappointed. But all in all, the cookies did taste like cookies, just not the texture we are all used to.
Eddie Castillo is a first year here at California State University Long Beach who is studying political science. Eddie is very enthusiastic about movies; his favorite movie is Borat. If he has to be an animal with no arms, he said he would want to be a snake. Currently, his favorite food he enjoys having on a weekly basis is Chinese food. Eddies dreams for after college is to one day become a representative or senator of California. He was originally a computer science major but he switched so he could fulfil this dream of his. The high school which Eddie attended was Marina High School and his favorite color is baby blue.
For week fours art experience, we did graffiti writing. Originally, I was kind of afraid and intimidated of graffiti writing. It seemed messy and difficult to do. Unfortunately, after actually participating in the art experience, I still think it is messy and difficult to do, but I also think it is a lot of fun and I have gained a lot of respect for the graffiti artists out there.
Since I was unable to go Venice beach, I used a big piece of card board and three colors of spray paint: baby blue, orange, and black. I used the baby blue as a background, but it is hard to see in the pictures. I next used the black spray paint to roughly write out my name in bubble letters. Next I used the orange paint to outline the black letters. Finally using the baby blue paint again to put a little crown on the C in my name.
I may have made it sound easy what I did, but I assure you it was not. The whole process was an interesting and fun learning experience. I messed up a lot of times, but was able to just paint over my mistakes. I also used paper to help aid in keeping some of the lines tight. Over all I really enjoyed this art experience and hope to someday gain more experience with spray painting.
Justin Marques is a first year here at California State University Long Beach who is studying computer engineering major. Outside of his school life, he works at Pacific Theaters in the Americana as a projectionist. After college he wants to go straight into the work force working for a business that needs computer engineers. Justin thought that the exhibit was nostalgic. It reminded him of his childhood because everything seemed so familiar. He said he, felt the vibe was more loony since the style of art reflected it.”
Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsey and Ideals
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Samuel Jernigan is a graduate student here at California State University Long Beach. He graduated with a B.F.A. in Ceramics and is currently pursuing graduate work. Samuel is originally from central California and moved to the bay area in his teens. Samuel has been interested in ceramics and has been passionate since the year 2000. Samuel loved art but chose to pursue ceramics because he was exposed to the materials and knew them very well because of human productions. Samuel spend about 4 months working on the pieces being shown in this exhibition.
Inspired from awkward feelings, Samuel utilized ceramics to show his interpretation of awkwardness. Samuels main media or materials he used was ceramics. A lot of his work seemed to have childhood like qualities, making the observer think of their childhoods. Samuel seemed to have a randomness theme in some of his work.
A lot of Samuels pieces can be interpreted different ways. As he puts it, “The result is a visual language of levity and gravity where hard material meets soft form, ideals are distressed, and autonomous forms establish contingent relationships.” Samuel also wanted his artwork to embrace the viewers experience from the competing forms without hierarchy in the sculptures.
Ceramics is one of my personal favorite types of artwork because it allows the artist to sculpt something out of soft moldable material and capture the art piece in time by letting it dry. Samuel is very capable and very good at doing this. He is not only able to capture these sculptures in his head and make them into reality, he is also able to put meaning and a motive behind his pieces. Almost like an orchestra, whereas each piece in Samuels exhibition is an instrument and having them all together creates this beautiful sound. After analyzing Samuels pieces, I more than just appreciate the effort he put into his work.
For this week’s art experience, we used the app Snapchat. Snapchat is a social media app that allows the users to send pictures or videos that expire after 10 seconds. I was excited for this week’s art experience because I am a big user of snapchat. I don’t really use the coloring option that snapchat includes in its app, so that was a fun and unique experience I had. I typically take a picture of something that I find interesting or intriguing and put it on my story. Overall this week’s art experience was a lot of fun and I got to connect with a lot of people over something I enjoy doing on a daily basis.