This Thursday we went on an art walk at California State University Long Beach. The mission of our walk was to experience and capture all the things that make CSULB, CSULB. Our tour guide, Maddy Braverman explained, “our university has many amazing attributes but when referring to the campus there are a few particular locations and attractions that really make the school unique”, no other school has a giant blue pyramid or a japanese garden, so we took this opportunity to really appreciate the wonders of Cal State Long Beach.
The famous Walter Pyramid, home of Long Beach State basketball and volleyball for over 20 years, one of four pyramids in the US.
The 1.3 acre Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden The friendly koi fish that inhabit the koi pond of the Japanese Garden
The famous CSULB plant sign that can be seen from the street, a welcome sign for all 49ers.
A hilarious, often unnoticed, warning sign, near the track and field throwing area.
Artist: Krystal Ramirez
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Website: no website
Krystal Ramirez is currently an undergraduate student at California State Long Beach University. She was a transfer and has been here for two years working on art. She majors in the 3D media program, working with metals. Ramirez is from Huntington and enjoys thrifting, antiquing, doing DIY projects and painting. She used to be in love with 2D art, but has recently shifted her focus on creating work that’s done in 3D. Ramirez decided to focus on using metals because in high school she took a jewelry class and instantly fell in love with it.
Most of Krystal’s work included pieces with smooth fluid curves. Everything was done entirely in metal, but instead of being very sharp and cold, the metal always manipulated in a way to make it very soft and fluid.
Krystal spoke about a necklace she made. This necklace was definitely a statement piece with branches of metal coming out like waving, dancing, arms. She said she was inspired by a brazillian song and began drawing dancing women and eventually, the women’s bodies became the inspiration for her necklace.
Overall, Krystal created beautiful pieces. Most people don’t immediately think of jewelry and metal when they think of fine art, however I believe this week really opened my eyes to the craftsmanship that goes into every piece of metal and jewelry I see around me everyday.
When we began talking about fashion and clothing in class many students pointed out that sometimes things seem expensive for no reason, this prompted me to start thinking about distressed jeans. No matter what brand, distressed jeans are always more expensive than non distressed jeans. While they’re very trendy and edgy looking, it’s insane that people are now spending $200 for some ripped jeans, so I decided to try to do it myself.
I started with a pair of plain light wash denim jeans.
I watched a video and began cutting and plucking threads, and before you knew it, I had cool holes.
While it was a tedious process, in the end I’m super pleased with how the holes turned out. It’s good to know that I turned a pair of basic, inexpensive, jeans into some really cool, trendy ones.
Aaron is a 2nd year computer science major from Huntington Beach, California. He developed his own video editing app, Live Studio, which is now in the top 10 in Italy. He’s on the Long Beach State’s snowboarding team and last weekend they had their nationals in Mammoth. He likes listening to hip hop and reggae music and his favorite rappers are A$AP Rocky and Logic.
Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsey and Ideals
Media: Ceramics, Sculptures, and Paint
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Samuel Jernigan graduated in 2015 from California State University Long Beach with a bachelors in fine arts. He grew up in Central California around agriculture. He has been sculpting for 15 years and says that for about 3 years he lived out of his car because he was spending all of his time invested in his art. He also collected most of the toys feature in the collection from flea markets. The exhibition took him about 4 months to complete.
Jernigan’s work is all very smooth and soft. Smooth ceramic surfaces and soft tones and colors make up the majority of his work. A lot of his pieces look as if they could be pulled straight out of a Disney film and he said that Disney is a big inspiration for him.
Jernigan said that when he say the toys being sold at the flea market he felt very sad. The toys were forgotten and abandoned and it brought upon him a realization of mortality. His work, on the surface, is all very whimsical and childlike, however, when examined further there is an underlying sense of pain and abandonment within his work.
Overall, I was astounded by the exhibition. The large piece of the woman’s head, entitled “Hi-n-lo”, was instantly my favorite. It reminded me of a disney princess I would’ve loved as a child, but with more depth and soul. She was beautifully sculpted and I loved the basic color, that is a piece I would love to have in my home one day. After experiencing Jernigan’s exhibition and speaking to the mind behind the work, it’s easy to say Weight of Whimsey and Ideals is hands down an amazing exhibition; it is an exhibition that’ll make you rethink about your lost and abandoned toys in a way Toy Story never did.
Things never go as planned…
I was excited for an excuse to go to Venice beach, a place I enjoyed so much as a kid. My friend Jess and I planned to go with some friends on Sunday morning. Once we arrived to a super packed with happy Valentine’s Day couples, Venice Beach and searched for over 45 minutes for a parking we realized we forgot a very important thing- the cans of spray paint. We thought instead of losing our parking spot, we’d be able to ask someone there to quickly borrow some paint for our small names, however some not so friendly graffiti artists refused to share their paint with us because we we’re “just doing bubble letters”.
We decided to enjoy Venice while we were there and appreciate the art and culture. Two of my friends, one from New Jersey and one from England, had never been and were excited to explore.
After coming back to the dorms, we found some cardboard and got to spraying! It was a overall great experience, we even felt like rebels shaking our cans. I had used spray paint once before to create an ocean backdrop for a school project, but never wrote letters and it was harder than I had anticipated. The cardboard made it a bit tricky because we really had to wait for things to dry so the cardboard didn’t get soggy.
I chose to do my last name instead and I liked how the colors we chose turned out. We have a lot of left over paint so we’re planning another venice trip soon.
This week I met Martin, a 3rd year computer engineering major. He previously was a mechanical engineering major, but thought that was boring and switched since he uses a computer everyday. Martin is from Carlsbad, California which is near San Diego and says it’s similar to Long Beach but Long Beach has more people. He’s an amateur boxer and likes to play soccer and do computer stuff in his free time. Martin says he eats a lot and his favorite foods are tacos (mine too) or buffalo wings.