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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wk. 13 – Artist Conversation – Nick Bamford

Artist: Nick Bamford

Exhibition:

Media: Wood, Plaster, Foam

Gallery: Max L. Gatov-East

Website: N/A

Instagram: nickbamf4d

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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