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Chelsea Mallinson

Week 12- Ethnography

This project was difficult. To be honest, I was not looking forward to it. I know I need some sort of electricity at all times. I quickly realized that I am addicted to checking my phone (I realized this when I turned off my cell phone and would subconsciously press the home button and my thumb automatically went for the spot where my Instagram app would be).

But something happened where I was liberated by not using my cell phone. I was not as stressed. Because every time I check social media I: 1) Get FOMO aka Fear of Missing Out.  2) Get down on myself because I see all these beautiful girls all over my feed. By not being on my phone, it eliminated that stress. I was also more relaxed because I did not have to worry about texting/calling/e-mailing people back.

It is crazy to think about how we take a light bulb for granted. Luckily, I have a bunch of candles but of course they’re not as convenient. But at the same time, it was peaceful just reading with candles. I feel like I got in touch within myself more than I would have if I was just texting the night away. We are so overstimulated that we can’t focus on ourselves. I feel taking a day or night off from all the crazy distractions of the world, we would all be more at peace!

 

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Week 12- Artist Convo

Artist: Alice Andreini

Website: Andreiniart.com

Exhibition: No-Man’s Land

Gallery: Max L. gator Gallery

About Artist:

Alice Andreini was an undergrad in Minnesota and majored in set designing. She’s currently a graduate student at CSULB and is on her way to complete her MFA in the School of Art’s drawing and painting program. Alice hopes to become a teacher at CSULB. Her hobbies include hiking, viewing the latest galleries, and poetry.

Content Analysis:

Her message behind her work is that she wanted to convey that the new architectural world was not always there and that is not a natural surrounding. We have made man made things a part of our daily lives. These man made creations are covering the world’s nature. 1-1.jpg

Personal Observation:

I liked Alices’ approach and message as it was unique. Her work reminded me of a abstract view of Long Beach. We get quite a lot of oil rigs and things like the port.  I loved her balance between dark and bright colors. And how the bright colors are almost breaking through the dark.

Week 11- Classmate Convo

Anthony Doo is a sophomore and his major is film! Film is a major that I have always been interested in so it was nice to see his perspective on the major. Anthony is from LA but currently lives in Cypress.

Anthony loves to travel as he went to Korea recently!

Anthony also mentioned how he really wants to step his game up in school and continue to find his path to success!11026315_984813928204793_3520275575099283520_n.jpg

 

Week 11- Artist Conversation

Artist: Yujia Gu

Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence in the USA

Media: Graphic Design

Gallery: Dutzi

Website: LinkedIn – Yujia Gu & yujiagu.squarespace.com

About Artist

Yujia Gu is a grad student here at Long Beach! She is striving  toward getting her Masters in Fine Arts. She is focusing on graphic design as a third year student in the MFA program. Yujia received a BFA in Graphic Design at China Women’s University in 2014! She is an explorer as she came to the states looking for new and exciting adventures.

Formal Analysis

Gun violence has been a heated topic for the past few years. Yujia’s exhibit focused on the issue of gun related violence that includes mass shootings, gun violence in different countries, the number of children killed by guns since Newton, etc. She displayed a map in her gallery to point out the places where gun violence happened during the last 72 hours in America. LED lights show the number of people who are victims of gun violence every single day.

Content Analysis

Yujia’s gallery is to show the harsh realities of gun violence. She mentioned how a lot of people are oblivious to what is really going on in this country. She came to find that schools and businesses are most at-risk for shootings. Because of this, she wanted to spread more understanding to her audience. She emphasizes the importance to have knowledge on gun control.

My Experience 

Last year it felt as though there was a shooting almost everyday. I heard of so many opinions of whether to have stricter gun laws or not. This gallery was very powerful as it is an important issue of our time.

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Week 10- Artist Conversation

Artist: Amy Duran

Exhibition: forever by your side 

Media: Ceramics, Sticks, Grass, Velvet

Gallery: CSULB School of Art Gallery

Instagram: @polkadot.pony

Artist background:

Artist Amy Duran is a senior at CSULB with a BFA major in ceramics. She has always had a passion for art her whole life and had a knack for it throughout her childhood. Her messages in this exhibit and her past work has a running theme of discovering her own self.  Amy hope to one day land a job within entertainment and be a decorator for sets and make props!

Formal Analysis:

Amy’s exhibition, forever by your side, tells the tale of her growing up.  Her gallery demonstrates a fairytale-like story of her growing out of childhood. It shows a girl meeting animals. Which represents her being exposed to society. Her art displays ceramic dolls through different windows and a book next to it. As like its reading a story. This art is also quite interactive as you can spin the ceramic doll. Her art consists of painted ceramics, grass/trees, velvet and a background Amy painted.

Content Analysis:

This gallery displays coming out of the ‘pure and innocent’ childhood fairytale and feeling alone. This is where Amy begins to find herself including her sexuality. This gallery also portrays Amy’s personal struggles battling anxiety and drawing further away from her inner child. She also embraces this change and strives to be an empowered women. She wants to show that not feeling completely set on where you are in life is okay. We learn from every experience and it helps us become who we are as people. Amy  also exemplifies female empowerment throughout her artwork. She believes children are less filtered and will give you more truth than what society has done to make us shy away from expressing our true feelings.

My experience:

I loved Amy’s gallery. I appreciated everything she stood for–female empowerment, sexuality empowerment and believing that the good and bad in life shape who we are. I always find it comforting when artists display their anxiety struggles throughout their art as I don’t feel as alone with my own anxiety battles. I also am a sucker for fairytales and I believe Amy told her own reality in a beautiful way.

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Week 10 -Architecture & Urban Planning – The Wedge

I have a love for quirky things. I love when my roof leaks from the rain, I love when me refrigerator door squeaks. So it is safe to say for the past four years, I have loved this wedge on campus. There has been many times where I am waiting in line to “cut time” and just laugh because I know I’m not. So I wouldn’t change this wedge on campus because it has become a lovable quirk. But if I had to, I would try and open it up so the pedestrian traffic would flow much faster. Because there is a big concrete wall in the middle of this pillar, it blocks possible walkways. So if we take that out and add a thinner pillar, traffic would flow much easier. Also there is a small concrete bench right by the wedge that would be beneficial to take out. 

Week 9 activity-spray paint

I felt like a bad ass doing this! It felt very powerful doing this art activity. I wish I had a huge surface to do more and get extra creative but it was still quite fun working with what I had.  While I was doing it I thought how crazy it was that art has so many different forms including spray paint. I can see why it’s a thrilling experience for street artists. I was thinking about how cool it would be to spray paint on a stencil as well. The effect spray paint has is very fun and different from regular painting. It’s also unique  in the sense where different techniques of applying spray paint are used. I’m definitely no graffiti artist however it was so fun to do this one!

Week 9- artist conversation 

Artist: David DeSabtis
Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlin Gallery
Artist background: 
David realized he wanted to pursue a career in art once he turned 18. He started drawing at a very young age and always had a knack for art. He tended to doodle motorcycles at a young age. He probably did so because he’s always loved exciting things and get his adrenaline pumping. He stated that Long Beach has one of the most pristine and top art programs in the west coast. This is his first full showing. 
 
Content Analysis:
David stated that his work is experimentations on figurative imagery and expressive mark makings. He said since his art is abstract it has multiple meanings. A different meaning for different people. His influences are music within his artwork. 
My Experience:
I thought David’s gallery was very unique. I instantly connected music with his artwork. One of the pieces that I was drawn to was the red samurai-like portrait. It was very eye grabbing because of the vibrant color. You can also sense the passion behind it. 

Week 8-Classmate Conversation

I met with Jennifer Ostroff and she transferred to Long Beach after going to school in Pennsylania for two years.

She is interested in switching her major to Film. We talked about how we are both interested in the  behind-the-scenes film industry. I want to be a casting director and she would love to be a screenwriter.

She went abroad to the U.K. and I thought that was so interesting as I really want to do the same! She highly recommends traveling abroad and said it was one of the best experiences.

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