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Artist: Jennifer Chen
Exhibition: SUCCESSION
Media: Digital print, Print making
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: Artist does not have a website
Instagram: Artist does not have an Instagram

This week we met Jennifer Chen. Chen is in her last year at California State University. Previously a biology major, Chen now plans on teaching Art 270 at CSULB a way to help students develop their passion while making a living.

Jennifer’s work begins with an image she takes herself or one she searches for through Google maps. She then extensively photoshops the image until she is pleased with it, after this she prints it out as a silk screen, creating a stencil. Once she has this stencil, she then uses it to paint the image. Her work features a varied color palate, with some pieces being black and white and some being rather vibrant. Chen’s work has a rather geometric precise vibe yet, upon further inspection you notice jagged, more raw looking lines- a byproduct of the photoshopping.

Chen’s work showcases gradual changes in nature. Changes caused by fire, floods, landslides etc. She spoke of an example of a landscape that was once full of weeds changing into one full of shrubbery or trees. These gradual changes often go unnoticed by many, but Chen’s work magnifies what we ignore.

Overall I genuinely gained a deep appreciation for Jennifer Chen and the art she has created. The laborious process she goes through to produce her art is commendable and produces art that is extremely unique and original. Chen truly opened my eyes to the changing landscapes around me and made me realize that nature is always changing, even if we don’t always stop and take time to notice.







Artist: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: Silent Screams

Media: Oil pastel, ink prints

Gallery: Gatov West 

Website: http://www.helenwernercox.com

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.  



Artist: Andrea Lauren Williams

Exhibition: Sacrifice

Media: Ceramic, raw clay, cement, mason stain

Gallery: Max L Gatov Gallery West

Website: http://mrsdubbayoo.weebly.com/

Instagram: @andreawilliammms

Andrea L. Williams is an undergraduate Ceramics BFA student at CSULB from Riverside, California. Alongside being an artist, Williams is a wife and mother. She loves music and animals, especially her pigs, dogs, and chickens.

Andrea Williams utilizes rock clay, ceramics, mason stain, and cement in her work. Her pieces are created at a large scale and are an instant attention grabber. She uses muted, warm neutral tones with little bright colors, strong reds are used to add contrast and emphasis. While ceramic and clay pieces are typically smoothed intentionally, Williams purposefully left her pieces rough and with hand prints to show that they were created with human hands.

Andrea’s work has a consistent theme of religion. Andrea describes herself as a religious person and says she likes to work with religion because it’s a topic many artists are afraid of. It’s evident that Andrea’s work is a reflection of herself, with themes of religion and motherhood being a constant theme. Andrea works a lot with images of the female body to really show its power and capabilities.

I personally was immediately drawn to Andrea Williams’ work. It’s large scale and sometimes controversial subject matter really drew me in. It’s rare to see religious pieces done with a bit of edge and these were exactly that. Williams’ use of various mediums shows her ability and talent as an artist. I look forward to seeing more work from Williams and am eager to tell my friends about this emerging artist. IMG_4373


Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsey and Ideals
Media: Ceramics, Sculptures, and Paint
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: http://http://www.cargocollective.com/samueljernigan
Instagram: @samueljenri

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.






Artist: Josh Vasquez

Exhibition: V i d a / M o r t e

Media: Painting, Drawing

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: joshvasquez.com

Instagram: JoshyBehr

Josh Vasquez is an undergraduate student in the painting and drawing program at California State University Long Beach. He is originally from downtown Los Angeles and in his solo show, V i d a / M o r t e, he aimed to explore the idea of life and death.

Josh Vasquez’ art juxtaposes life and death through his use of light and dark colors and hard and soft lines. Using sharpie markers, black paint, discarded flowers, and plastic trash bags, Vasquez proves amazing art can come from the simplest of supplies.

Josh Vasquez stayed very true to his overall theme of life and death. Flowers are something that most people associate with life and by presenting them in a nontraditional way, dead and disheveled, Vasquez blurs the lines between our thoughts of life and death. Also, Vasquez realized that everything he used to create his artwork has an individual end date, the ink “dying” before the plastic and the flowers “dying” before the paper. In V i d a / M o r t e, Josh Vazquez brought life to traditionally gothic and “dead” images.