I loved this week’s Art Experience (despite having to break my “one post per day” rule). But I let my followers know what was going on because I don’t actually post regularly. This project gave me the chance to actually see what my classmates are up to. To give me a peek into their lives to see what other people my age are doing. Since Instagram Day was on a Thursday (most college peoples’ Friday) there was a kickback thrown by a few of my old high school friends so I went to do that. Normally I don’t do that but it was fortunate that I posted myself actually doing something. I posted a smoothie I had after class with an old friend, my favorite little buddy, the moon, and the Body of Christ (Doritos, so goooood).
Here a few of my favorites from #art110s16
Artist: Helen Werner Cox
Exhibition: Silent Screams
Media: Oil pastel, water colors, crayons, markers, Wood
Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery West
Helen Werner COx is currently a grad student in her last year at CSULB. She will be receiving her MFA in Drawing and Painting. Unlike most of the artists that I have met this year, Helen hails from New York somewhere outside of Ithaca, NY. She left to study art in Massachusetts and then went to teach art in middle and high schools for 30 years. She has held a job in education for decades as a teacher and a librarian but it never stopped her from being creative and pursuing her dreams.
The lines in her work are rounded. No doubt that this stems from her notion that “Society is trapped in a carousel” and that society is doomed to repeat its mistakes forever. The colors Cox used give the carousel a faded aesthetic which gives viewers the idea that it’s not the carousel’s first spin. There’s depth in her use of color as well. The difference in color between background and foreground provides an extra dimension to each piece with the bright colors you can expect to see on a carousel near the viewers’ eye.
Cox believes that society is trapped and doomed to rotate about a fixed point without ever making any real progress. If this is true, it certainly is frightful to think that we are just destined to repeat ourselves. Perhaps this is why the horses are illustrated screaming. . .maybe they, too, realize this truth that cox believes. They seemed to be in pain and their faces were too hard to look at. Maybe this is how much Cox believes society is in trouble. Without progress or any real change, our fate has already been written.
Helen Werner Cox made me look at carousels differently. I don’t mind it since she did so with grace with her art. When I walked in I thought that maybe she really liked horses? But after hearing her speak on what it all means, I opened my eyes and began to notice her message in each painting. Just as it’s supposed to do, it spoke to me. I looked inward as an individual in society and noticed that I also live on repeat. That my life is an inanimate horse that’s bound to spin forever and that’s something that I won’t let myself become.
Exhibition: ALL WORK ALL PLAY
Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery
About Sean Joy Cabanig
Sean is a student at the CSULB School of Art in her fifth year. She is expecting to graduate very soon and she will be receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metals. But before going to Metals, she was a studio art major. She’s a SoCal local–born in LA and living in Long Beach. She has a boyfriend and she very much loves him because she smiled the entire time she talked about him (illustrated above). She plays a lot of video games with him.
Sean’s work is. . .beautiful. Each piece is flawlessly made and executed with expertise. She spoke a bit about a ring she made in her gallery and though it seems like a simple piece of jewelry, she emphasized the amount of patience it took to perfect it. She spoke about her process which starts as a concept on paper. . .only the she bends the paper to actually model what she wants to create!
Sean’s work is about her and her emotions in her life. She molds the metals according to her emotions, her surroundings, and thoughts. She even mentioned how her humor plays a huge part in her work.
What does it mean to me?
When I see Sean’s work, I am reminded of how much time and thought is necessary to create a beautiful work of art. That can be translated into any aspect of life when something must be done with 100% planning and effort. The penis piece itself embodied this for me. Upon studying it, I imagined just how much sculpting and touching up it must have taken to get the intricate details down.
This week I had the opportunity to meet Marylin Try! Marylin is a full time student here at CSULB in her 2nd year. She is majoring in Kinesiology with the hopes of eventually becoming a physical therapist. Becoming a physical therapist is a goal, but her current goal is graduating. She has always been a local in Long Beach so she doesn’t dorm here. When she isn’t at school she enjoys hiking, musical festivals, and just being outside and active. She has also always wanted to go to an abandoned asylum JUST FOR FUN!
I came to Moon Moonbase Alpha with the same hopes everyone else had when they left the Homeworld–new start, hope, and success. So I took a job as a miner like all my buddies were doing so that I could make a decent living here. For a while it seemed like I was doing well and I hadn’t thought about returning to the Homeworld for years. Now the thought of returning is all that keeps me going since the accident. I won’t keep you in suspense, the accident refers to a mine collapse in 2036 that was my fault. My mates were all incinerated by my hand. Against my will, I survived. When I returned to the surface, everyone knew of my mistake and I lived for years as a homeless, disgraced miner until I took a job as a busboy at a pub that I stand outside of. After years on the job, I made it as a bartender where I have regulars and make a decent living. These are some of my regulars:
There’s Leonidas Spartan Cat. Leonidas’ owner came by a lot. I forget his name but he used to be an awful, foul-mouthed drunk that I personally had to escort out. But I heard he made it as some big-shot inventor so good for him.
Also, Alien Bro. Alien Bro really knows how to party Lunar style. His people, the Bro-Hams, were here long before we got here. Man, those Bro-Hams really know how to tip a guy.
And Fawkes. He, too, has had a troubling past–the poor soul. Anytime I want to have a regular conversation with the guy all he talks about it getting back to Earth for some reason.
Artist: Luis Arias
Exhibition: The Weaving Machine
Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery
Luis Arias is a resident of Los Angeles but he is originally from El Salvador. He’s a student at the CSULB School of Art and he plans on graduating this May. He will also be receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Wood. On his free time, Luis tries to exercise as much as he can and his favorite way of doing so is playing soccer. We asked if he coached and he replied by saying he would never coach because coaches “don’t do anything but stand there and yell.” Luis much prefers to get in the game and be active.
From studying his work you can tell that Luis’ attention to detail is astonishing. There was symmetry down to the last detail in every piece in the gallery. Of course, there’s no touching in the gallery, but you could tell that the wood was smooth if you were so inclined to feel it. In his lounging chair, one could observe the intricacies in his work to be able to make the chair collapsible.
As I mentioned before, the intricacies in Luis’ work is what stood out to me. From walking through the gallery, it is apparent just how much patience it takes to turn lumber into art. Luis mentioned it in our conversation as well when he talked about his approach on patience. “Patience”, he preached, “figure out ‘how’, not ‘how long’.” In what seemed to be the hallmark of the gallery, The Loom, his virtuous patience was most apparent. There were so many moving parts and intricacies that it took Luis 6 months to complete it. The story behind why he made it was simple and beautiful. He told us that he took a fiber class on campus and each student was assigned a loom and at the end of the semester all the students were to lose access to the loom. Luis wanted to continue weaving. So being handy Luis, he decided to make his own loom!
When I look at how intricate his loom is, I just think about how long that must have taken to make. Then I think about how the amount of time it took meant nothing to Luis–as long as he made his loom perfect. The fact that he built something that complex on his own and for his own use without worrying about the time he would spend on it shook me to my core. I hear people my age complaining about how long it would take them to do a paper and how they would spend little time on it to get it off their hands. If only every student (or even myself) would apply a “how, not how long” mindset, we could achieve success parallel to Luis’ artistic talent.
I had the pleasure of meeting Aaron Satterfield this week.
He’s a computer science major here at CSULB and he designs apps for a startup company that he works for.
He was very excited about an app they just released that recreate the popular “Damn, Daniel” phrase over any video you record.
He told me that he wrote the application all by himself and that it had taken him about a week to do so.