Upon hearing Marta Troya speak, I was initially a little confused. I didn’t realize how simply being aware of the space I was in and doing a certain action there was going to make me feel anything or create any sense of influence, but once we began the activity I soon realized its significance.
The irony of actually feeling awkward reading books in a library was hilarious to me. People were looking at us like we were breaking the law, with confusion and bewilderment. I feel like once everyone in the library realized what our class was doing, it made them realize that they were the ones that were in the library drinking coffee, eating, and surfing the internet- things that a library wasn’t intended for. It was amazing to realize that you can become an outsider by doing something in a place that is dedicated to that activity. It made me think of someone becoming an outsider for being a nerd, too studious, at a school.
Much like recording a video of a concert instead of just listening to the music or taking a photo with friends for instagram instead of just enjoying their company, not taking pictures in the library was beneficial for me, I was able to become much more emerged in the activity, not worried about having to take photos to keep the moment forever.
Inside the bookstore, I didn’t notice as much of an influence. Everyone seemed so emerged in what they were they doing and our class was divided so I felt as though no one really noticed us. However I did realize how the space designed to be a BOOKstore was completely different, selling magnets and shot glasses and hiding the actual books. It was fascinating to realize how spaces change and evolve over time as societies needs change.
Artist: Helen Werner Cox
Exhibition: Silent Screams
Media: Oil pastel, ink prints
Gallery: Gatov West
Helen Cox is retired teacher who went back to school to persue her passion, she will be graduating this semester with a MFA from California State University Long Beach. She is originally from the east coast and is passionate about art and spreading the awareness of poverty.
Helen’s work consists mainly of horses you’d find on an antique carousel. Everything is done on a rather large scale and is created with strong, bold lines. She incorporates pops of bright colors into her work and utilizes movement when portraying the horses. She also works with different lighting writhing the art.
Cox says her main inspiration for this exhibition was comparing antique carousels with society. She said she became infatuated with carousels, particularly the ones in Griffith Park and began sketching them until she realized that these carousels go around and around and go nowhere much like society spins in circles.
Overall, I was very impressed with this weeks exhibit. It’s always inspiring to see someone come back to school to truly persue their passion and glcreate breathtaking art.
This week’s art experience was really insightful. I feel as though people use instagram to make themselves look as cool as possible, only posting photos of them having the best time, at the coolest places, but this week we got to share a peek into a normal thursday in all of our lives. While exploring the class hashtag, I found that most of us were doing very similar things. Most of us weren’t on lavish vacations or amazing concerts, like people usually are on instagram, but we were all living the typical life of a college student: eating, going to class, hanging out with friends. This was a much more organic and real approach to instagram and I’m glad I had the opportunity to share moments of my day with my classmates and see glimpses off all of theirs.
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This week I had a great conversation with Drew. Drew was a super chill guy and my friend Jess and I enjoyed getting to know him a little better. He’s a 3rd year engineering major born and raised in Long Beach, California. In his free time he loves playing and watching basketball (he’s a die hard laker fan) and skating. He said his absolute favorite food is sushi and although he knows it’s basic, he gets a caramel frap from Starbucks and his favorite color is red.
Artist: Sean Joy Cabanig
Exhibition: All Work All Play
Media: Metals: Silver, Copper
Gallery: CSULB, Marilyn Werby Gallery
Website: no website
Instagram: no instagram
Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig is a 5th year student in the BFA Metals program at California State University Long Beach. Originally from Los Angeles, she now lives in Long Beach, California and enjoys reading, gaming, cats, drawing, painting, and experimenting with her work more. She was originally a creative writing major, but wasn’t completely happy and switched her focus to art and after taking an introductory metals class, fell in love and found her passion.
All of Sean’s pieces are made of metal, specifically copper and silver. She said she prefers working with Silver because of the flexibility and value it adds to her work. The color scheme of her work ranges from dark brown to light silver, but all stays in the metallic family. Her pieces very much reflect rustic art that has been given a modern facelift. While some pieces are very smooth and delicate, others are not.
Cabanig says she draws inspiration from her daily life and doesn’t have a specific reason for creating specific pieces. She says she likes to incorporate ideas from her environment, humor, and art history. She finds it important to work randomly and not take art too seriously.
Overall, I found this week’s exhibit beautiful. The pieces really showed that metal art doesn’t have to just be jewelry. The metals used in the work really made the pieces feel unique as well as valuable. I really appreciated Cabanig’s honesty about finding inspiration everywhere, because I found that refreshing for an artist to say. I look forward to seeing more from Cabbing and have really loved all the metal work this week.
This week I met Julio Garcia! Julio is from Long Beach, California and is a sophomore and a criminal justice major at California State University Long Beach. In his free time he enjoys playing soccer, hiking around Southern California in Palos Verdes and Hollywood, and watching movies. He specifically likes watching exciting spy movies. He decided to take Art 110 because he needed units, but enjoys it now and looks forward to seeing Glenn’s changing hair color. Julio says a fun fact about him is that he works at Office Depot.
Hey Everyone!! My name’s Ca$h Castro, I lived 17 years of my life on Earth, living a normal human life, then on my 18th birthday my mom gave me a letter my father left for me when I was born explaining that he was actually an alien making me a half-ien! (maybe that’s why my skin’s blue?) I felt as though my whole life had been a lie and after following the instructions he left me I decided to venture off into space to find him and figure out who I really am. This is how I ended up on Moonbase Alpha…
Moonbase is pretty cool, I miss home, my mom, and being a human, but it’s literally a whole new world here. I work at GalaxyBucks, which is like starbucks for aliens, and make blended stardust drinks all day to energize the inhabitants of moonbase. Luckily, I’ve met an array of umm… interesting, characters while being here and I can’t wait to introduce them to you!
Okat first we have,Xante, she’s definitely one of the coolest people Ive met here! She’s a human so she understand things I miss from home and she has the most amazing voice, she’s definitely going to be a star one day! She was a bit standoffish at first and I thought she hated me because there was a new human in town but now we couldn’t be closer.
Next is, Patricia Sun, she is literally delusional. I met her at work and immediately new something was off. She goes around telling everyone she’s a superhero, and that’s just weird. Someone needs to tell this chick marvel isn’t writing a screenplay about her life. She thinks she’s special because she can fly, but I guess she doesn’t notice that we all can… awkwarrrrrrrd
Okay, and the last person I’m going to introduce you to is, Avalon, she’s soon cool! She’s my coworker at GalaxyBucks and I tell her everything!! She’s one of the people that knows my story about my birthday and all the craziness. She’s the best listener and has such a good heart. So lucky to have a friend like here here.