This week’s art experience taught me that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I went with a guide around campus to the fountains and Japanese garden, yet as we were walking to these places I decided to take pictures around me and capture what I thought was beautiful. Looking through my camera lens around campus I noticed the little aspects about CSULB that I did not notice before. Everyone has beauty and for some its most noticeable and for others you have to take a closer look. Everyday in society you hear about what is “aesthetically pleasing” and it is constantly changing, one day one thing can be beautiful and the next day it could be considered ugly. Beauty has no actual term that applies to everyone, people’s opinions on what is nice looking is different, no person is the same.
This weeks art experience has taught me that its ok to accept being different and express creativity. I decided to do cuisine as my way to challenge and voice my inner creativity. I love food so why not do something fun with it. In all honesty my mom thought I was weird for ‘playing’ with my food but hey, if you still eat it at the end then thats all that matters. I decided to make a fruit smiley face to remind myself to always stay positive! Using food as a art experience is pretty cool because a lot of people wouldn’t consider it art when in reality it is. Food can be made just as crazy, beautiful, and inspiring as compared to say poetry, painting, and even fashion. This art experience was hard because I just wanted to keep eating the fruit as I was making the project and it was difficult to get everything to stick together, but I made it work and had a blast doing so. Food is a great way to express creativity and explore your taste buds, so i recommend trying cuisine as a form of art expression and inspiration. Staying positive and eating healthy is the way to go!
Artist: Kristi Jensen
Exhibition: Fuse: Join to Form; Single Entity
Media: Mixed metals
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov East
Kristi Jensen is a student of the BFA program and is graduating soon in fall 2016 completing her bachelors degree. She was originally interested and was working on sculptures but found a love for metal instead. Her works don’t necessarily convey a specific message but instead are open to interpretation and broad general meanings. In her free time Kristi likes to knit and do fiber art/ metal smithing.
In her work she uses Copper, Enamel, Gold Leaf, Steel, and Sterling Silver. Most of kristi’s work is smooth in texture, and the colors of the metal mix well. Her work is smooth and curved. The color pops out of her art work and the texture helps enhance it.
Kristi’s art work wasn’t inspired by one single idea but a general message to the viewers. She enjoyed making all the art and working with metals. Kristi wants to continue making her art work after she graduates and have job that allows her to do so also. She also hopes to make her own stands for her art instead of the white stands that they have in the gallery, she wants to be creative and original.
Kristi’s artwork poured beauty and originality, from the colors of the metal to the shape/ designs. Its interesting to see metal in art instead of paintings or clay. Metal is a cool way to sculpt and be unique. My favorite piece was the necklace with the beautiful colors and how they swirled into one another, blending nicely. She took a lot of time to make her art work and it paid off, the beauty and colors melting into one. Working with metal looks fun and interesting.
This week I had the pleasure of speaking with a classmate named John Stouras. He is a first year from Santa Cruz who is currently studying film at CSULB to specialize in production management. John has a cat but doesn’t really like it much, he prefers dogs and is allergic to cats. His favorite color is blue more specifically Royal blue. John likes sports and played football for Scott’s Valley High School and his favorite team is the Jets. Currently John is pledging a fraternity ZBT and has to wear a fanny pack around campus lol. He plays bass guitar and wants to learn acoustic. John is also an outdoorsy person, he likes to hike and also likes to go party every once in a while but is not really a party kind of person. In his free time he likes to do community service because he sees it as a great way to give back to the community. John took Art 110 because wanted to complete a GE requirement and wanted to see what the class was like. His favorite class at school is film/drama.
Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsy and Ideals
Media: Ceramics, paint, clay
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: cargo collective.com/samueljernigan
Samuel is a 2015 graduate of BFA Ceramics at CSULB. He is from Central California and the Bay Area. He is currently working on his Post Baccalaureate. He has been doing ceramics since 2000 but has worked on and off with it. He fell in love with ceramics due to working for a ceramic production company making backgrounds and props. It took his approximately four months to do his exhibition. His other interests are food such as fresh tomatoes, and plays the guitar.
Samuel’s work is made out of clay sculpted into little kids toys then painted with vibrant colors. The colors that he uses are bright such as pink, orange, yellow, blue, green, and purple. The scale of his work compared to normal toys that you see in the store are larger. Some of his work is undulating and sinuous such as the fish and barbie doll head.
The artist inspiration for his work are awkward feelings and toys that you play with. He saw toys at a flee market and made them his platform for his work. His ideas surrounding his art are nostalgia and brutality. That his work is very specific when you look at it, but he wants to unfix the fixed meaning of it. Samuel stated that everything is interchangeable and he wanted to express it in his art. He wanted to create something that has a pretense of a specific identity but can be changeable, for anything to go on or in it.
Looking at Samuel Jernigan’s art work gives me a sense of hardships. Over time as we grow up and fight through trials and tribulations we leave behind what we once loved, such as the toys we played with as children that we thought we would keep forever, only to throw it away once we get older. His work gives life and enhancement to the toys we once sought to be our best friend. His work means to me that as we grow older we should still appreciate the beauty of our childhood and not forget where we came from and who we once were.
This week I met a fellow classmate, Tiffany Van Gilder. She is a first year at CSULB planning to major in journalism to become an editor in a magazine or event planning company. She is from Cimi Valley. Her hobbies include watching movies such as Clueless , photography, camping, hiking, anything outdoorsy. She has no siblings and no its but she would like a dog. She took art because an old roommate liked the class and talked about the art projects and it sounded like fun and decided to take it. During Tiffany’s free time she likes to watch Netflix, mostly The Office and One Tree Hill. She also likes to hangout with friends. One interesting fact about her is that she is left handed. Tiffany’s favorite type of art is music and her favorite band is The 1975, she also likes to listen to radio music and does not like rap or heavy metal. The most interesting place she has been to is the Mediterranean while on a cruise. She wants to go to Zion National Park in Utah.
Some consider graffiti to be vandalism while others consider it to be art. People think that anyone who does graffiti work is a delinquent or has the intent to ruin someone’s property, yet that is not necessarily true and this week’s project proved it. This week’s art experience showed how graffiti writing is subjective to each person, for me I consider it a form of art work. It can be beautiful and express creativity and individuality with out having to be gang or violence related. I used dark and light blue, orange, red, yellow, and black to spray my name in bubble letters. The reason I chose the colors was to make my name resemble a sunset. California has such beautiful sunsets, so why not express it in paint. This experience has taught me that not all graffiti art is related to gangs, violence, or vandalism. Some work depict social issues, beauty, and even awareness for what is happening in the present and some for the future and past.