Week 15 – Art Experience – Finger Painting

Finger painting was fun in the sense that there was no specific objective to my drawing. As I was drawing I would add markings based on what I felt like doing at the moment. I was sad not to have another color instead of white but I made lighter versions of the colors I did have with white. Overall the activity is a nice experience to have and I would not mind doing it in the future.

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Week 15 – EC Feedback

Art 110 was a very interesting class and I was never bored in it. It was definitely more interactive for an introductory art course than what I had expected. The best activity for me was between the spray painting and photography of the death scenes. My least favorite was the taking of pictures to post on Instagram as it is something I do not like to do.

Wk 14 -Classmate Conversation – Nick Lemmerman

Nick Lemmerman is currently a sophomore going as a film major. He hopes to eventually write scripts for movie or even plays. His preference in art works would be traditional forms of art such as paintings. I asked him what he hopes to gain from the art class by the end of the semester and he hopes to have better appreciation for art. He hopes that he can experience different forms of artistic expressions and learn to appreciate them. He also hopes to become better at drawing and sketching because he feels that he is not very good at it.

As for the question of the week, Nick believes that classes in the year 2036 will be full of classrooms with chairs that have one leg shorter than the rest of them.

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Wk 13 – Classmate Conversation – John Savage

The classmate I got to talk to is John Savage and he is currently a freshman whom is going for a major in Film. John likes to go out and spend times with friends at the beach or  hiking. He is a local of CSULB as he lives in Long Beach and does not have to commute far and has not had much art experience before. He agreed with me in taking the red pill if offered between settling with a comfortable lie or going beyond that knowing that what we knew has been a lie.

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Wk 12 – Artist Conversation – Connor O’Brian

Exhibition Information

Artist: Connor O’Brian
Exhibition: Mentia
Media: Film
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr Maxine Merlino Gallery
Website: Miliapictures.com
Instagram: none

About the Artist

Connor O’Brian is in his last semester as a senior in CSULB. He is in the Photography BFA program and has picked up an interest in filming during the last few years. He hopes to continue working with filming or music when he leaves CSULB. His father is the main figure in his work that he has done in the past when using photography. His father was diagnosed with dementia roughly 6 years ago and the film he exhibited was within the last 2 years.

Formal Analysis

The artist was in the film as it was his brother who was filming, but he had organized the positioning beforehand. Most of the of the recording was done from a short distance from the artist and their father, which would be similar to the range of pictures. The film is the only exhibit and it is centered on the wall that is opposite of the entrance. The film resolution was very clear and captured all the details of what was going on.

Content Analysis

The footage was taken over time and documented the life of the author’s father who was diagnosed with dementia. The artist wanted to show the intimate depiction of the responsibilities in care giving due to the severities of dementia. He also wanted to show the film as a testament of enduring love that his father inspired to him and his family.

Synthesis / My Experience

The footage was saddening and heartwarming at the same time and made me want to cry. While talking to the artist I had to control my words to make sure I could properly talk to him. The film is a very personal scene in the artist’s life that he exhibited to show everyone that would gaze at the screen. In the film you could see the toll dementia had on his father and the tasks that have to be done in caring for him. In several scenes you can see his father smiling at what one can only imagine is due to being taken care of by someone he loves. The footage definitely made me think about my own parents and the hope that I could be there to care for them if they ever needed me.

Wk 11 – Artist Conversation – Caryn Aasness

Exhibition Information

Artist: Caryn Aasness
Exhibition: Bonham, Jones, Page
Media: Yarn , Paper with text
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr Maxine Merlino Gallery
Website: None
Instagram: @levelyellowproblemchild

About the Artist

Caryn Aasness is an undergraduate student that is in the Fiber BFA. Her work current work is reflective of her gender study classes. The weaving work she did took about 20 hours for each piece. She hopes to get a job in textile and wallpaper work after graduating from Long Beach. She likes to use text in her work.

Formal Analysis

The artist uses yarn to create weavings that had 26 columns and a differing number of rows. In each row there is only one cross section that stands out. From a distance there is no visible mistake that sticks out but I did not inspect the piece entirely enough to guarantee that. The colors used vary per column and are normal colors that do not reoccur. At the end of the columns there are the loose ends of the yarn turned into tassels. Next to the weaving is a table of lettering that is read from top to bottom and is corresponding to the irregular cross sections on the weaving.

Content Analysis

At first I didn’t understand the purpose of the work in the exhibit and thought of it as only for aesthetics. After a few minutes of looking at the paper with the table alongside the piece, I figured out the corresponding markings were coming out on the piece as well. I was also able to decipher the message to be “In the days of my youth I was told what it means to be a man.” The artist’s exhibit was meant to bring up social issues and this can be seen as an issue for those that feel that society is forcing them into something they are not.

Synthesis / My Experience

I found the work to be ingenious in the way that it delivered its message. I would not have figured it out without the sheet and would’ve ignored it all if it was not for the big message in the entrance. The message essentially stated that if you only thought of the work as a visual piece then you were missing something. The message in the piece I chose is true for and is not an issue for me but I understand it can be an issue for others. For those guys that feel they don’t fit the category of what a man should be, it may connect with more than it did with me.

Wk 11- Classmate Conversation- Nick Lemmerman

Nick Lemmerman is currently a sophomore going as a film major. He hopes to eventually write scripts for movie or even plays. His preference in art works would be traditional forms of art such as paintings. I asked him what he hopes to gain from the art class by the end of the semester and he hopes to have better appreciation for art. He hopes that he can experience different forms of artistic expressions and learn to appreciate them. He also hopes to become better at drawing and sketching because he feels that he is not very good at it.

As for the question of the week and fan art, Nick feels that is both good and bad. That at times fan art can add better artwork but that it can also be used in wrong ways. In the case of Demi Levoto’s reaction, he did not agree with her judgement.

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