Wk. 15 – Classmate Conversation – Marlon Fernandes


For my final classmate conversation, I had the pleasure of meeting Marlon Fernandes. I previously met Marlon in one of our discussion groups but I didn’t get to talk to him the way I did this week. Marlon was born in Washington D.C. and he lived in Kuwait for SIXTEEN YEARS. He arrived in the US in 2008 and went to Artesia High School. He’s a senior here at CSULB in his 6th year. He’s majoring in Consumer Affairs, Mastering in Emergency Management . He lives in Cerritos now, right around his old high school.On his free time he likes hiking and fishing, just like me. His favorite food is sushi and he loooves the Boiling Crab. Something he also felt necessary to share is that he eats his cereal dry with a cup of lemon juice.


Wk. 15 – Artist Conversation – Chelsea Blecha

Artist: Chelsea Blecha

Exhibition: Mixed Aesthetic

Media: Paper, Pen, Pencil

Gallery: Max L. Gatov-East

Website: chelseablecha.com

Instagram: chelseablecha


About Chelsea Blecha

Chelsea Blecha is in her senior year at CSULB and she is set to graduate at the end of the spring 2016 semester. She has attended CSULB for 6 years so that she may earn her Bachelor of Fine Art in Illustration. Her passion for art comes from her upbringing. Chelsea’s mother also graduated from CSULB and she also had a passion for art. Art is an escape for Chelsea. She draws inspiration from people, travel, and personality. She currently works for a catalog and does some freelance on the side. In fact, she sold the skateboard depicted below the morning this conversation took place. She never considered art as a career until high school. But now in her final days at CSULB, Chelsea has her eyes set on a job at Pixar doing concept art sketching.


Most of Chelsea’s work looks as though it has been pulled from sketchbook. It’s very detailed, yet it has no color. I’m describing the work of various structures in one frame. She mentioned that she draws a lot of inspiration from her travels and these structures–very intricate and detailed–may be something she has encountered in her travels.These works are on a small scale but the subjects of which are of the larger scale.


Chelsea is a traveler. She sketches what she sees and what she deems beautiful gets recorded in her sketches. She mentioned a few times that she spent a lot of time in San Francisco and though I have never been to San Francisco, I would image that it’s where she pulled a lot of these sketches from. Though to her, it is “mostly emotion, not just aesthetic” which would perhaps imply that wherever she sketched these is where her heart lies. Maybe she Left Her Heart in San Francisco?

I really enjoy art in which the subject is a fascinating structure. Though Chelsea’s exhibit had much more to it, my focus lied on her structural sketches. What fascinated me is the way she went about recording these places she loves. Most people take a picture and let it rest in  folder until they feel like reminiscing. But people like Chelsea would sketch the beauty they encounter in their travels and try to recreate it by their own hand from their eyes and memory. That, to me, is art.

Wk. 14 – Secret Lives of Tumblr Teens

This article was certainly fascinating. Our generation of teens have become so disconnected with each other under the guise that we are actually more connected than ever. Our technology that claims it’s connecting us with friends but we hide from social situations on social media websites. And the comments made on famous Tumblr posts mainly deal with how socially awkward our generation is and the other millions of Tumblr users agree–hence the popular page, so-relatable.
But with this new generation of teens come a new form of advertising. The Web is where teens spend the majority of their time so it’s sensible for advertisers to advertise where the children go. Advertising is seamless nowadays. For example, Instagram recently introduced ads to their app and sometimes they just seem so homogenized in the familiar format. Advertisement posts blend in and look just like other posts so at first glance it seems like just another post from a friend.
We are so much more vulnerable to advertisements in our age. But the technology we use that advertisers find us on has countless possibilities. But we currently use it for such useless things. Memes. That’s the plague of the internet. The capability to communicate with people from across the globe in a blink and we are mostly concerned with Who’s not allowed in and certain bathroom. Our priorities aren’t in order.

Wk. 14 – Activity Feedback

One of my favorite activities was the Legal Graffiti. I never had the opportunity to spray on stuff because I never thought myself an artist or someone to deface a wall for art. I also enjoyed the Geocaching activity because those caches have been lying among us for years and this activity helped me unlock them. I also enjoyed Moonbase Alpha since I like to think myself a creative writer.
I didn’t like the Plaster casting since I don’t really have a lot of money so buying supplies was a lot of trouble for me. Same goes with having to spend for shipping on the Art Care Package. I also didn’t like the Photowalk because of its dependency to be done on a certain day.
Overall, the class seemed totally relevant. We were given an Introduction to Visual Arts and after the “What is Art?” Presentation, it can be argued that all of our activities were relevant. Our Discussions, artist conversations, and activities were totally relevant.

Wk. 13 – Artist Conversation – Nick Bamford

Artist: Nick Bamford


Media: Wood, Plaster, Foam

Gallery: Max L. Gatov-East

Website: N/A

Instagram: nickbamf4d


About Nick

Nick is in final year at CSULB. In fact, he is set to graduate this semester and he seemed very excited about it. He’s from Huntington Beach, CA so he’s a local artist. Fun fact about Nick: he came to CSULB for the Spanish program because he heard it was really good but he stayed for the Art program. When asked what he does on on his free time he–like many CSULB artists–told us that he just works on his art whenever he gets free time.


Formal Analysis of Nick’s work

Chaotic. There’s no sense of order, yet it remains balanced. Nick claims that his work is “spur of the moment” and one would be inclined to agree because it looks like he piled random things and formed structures from them. There are blacklights that illuminate the room that are installed into the structures which warp the colors present on his work.


Content Analysis of Nick’s work

Nick claims that there were no messages he meant to broadcast in his work. He created his structures to be intuitive. Nick just lets his art happen. Theres a penci sketch that he makes but he still withholds meaning so that meaning comes from somewhere else. He wanted meaning to come from the viewer and the elaborate pieces on display don’t disappoint with material to derive meaning from.


Synthesis of Nick’s work

There’s so much put into these structures that it’s hard to find one uniform idea that carried the structure into existence. But even with all that in the piece, the individual pieces find balance and maintain the structure despite the moving parts and chaotic nature. Support. That’s what I get from his work. I feel like if one piece were to go missing, the entire structure would collapse.


Wk. 13 – Classmate Conversation – Aaron Valenzuela


This week I had the pleasure of meeting Aaron Valenzuela. Aaron is majoring in Film, like me. He likes playing soccer,video games, and editing his video gameplay. His favorite teams are Real Madrid and second favorite team is Manchester United. His dream would he to go pro in soccer, but his plan B is something in film. And if that doesn’t work out, he’ll be in Highway Patrol. Aaron has a plan. I asked him what his dream car was and he gave me a look and told me that he’s currently driving his dream car–a 2016 Mustang GT. But he would like a Porsche GT3. He also is a big fan of tacos. Especially from King Taco.

Wk. 12 – Classmate Conversation – Alyssa Castro

This week I had the opportunity to meet
Alyssa Castro. Like many of the students in class, Alyssa is a first year student here at CSULB. She’s majoring in political science because she’s good at it and the process of government interests her. With her degree she plans on doing something in the field of International Relations.
Alyssa dorms here at CSULB since she is originally from Victorville, CA. Alyssa works at Starbucks and when she’s neither at school nor work she’s watching netflix or she’s outdoors camping–things of that “nature”. She also really loves tacos. I asked if she loved Taco bell tacos or Mexican street tacos and I was glad to know she meant Mexican street tacos. And she’d love to get tacos with Kanye West just to hear him talk about whatever it is he feels like talking about.