Wk13 – Art Experience – Art Care Package

For this week’s art experience, I found it to be fun and different. The ACP is different than snapchat because it is something you can physically hold and grab, you can see every detail of what ever you receive and it doesn’t disappear after 10 seconds. Yet it is similar because you’re sending a form of art to someone whether it be a drawing or a photo. The time between sending something and receiving it on snapchat and the ACP does matter. When it is sent over a long period time instead of seconds, in my opinion I think it has more meaning behind it, instead of it being something you just came up with. The ACP is my opinion can be made with love rather than making a snap with love lol. An ACP can contain things that you like or things that the receiver likes. It can personal and intimate, or cool and fun, it all depends on what you want to do with it. This art experience taught me that its ok to express your opinion of what is art and what isn’t, by sending the person I picked what i thought was art meant that I am not afraid to express what is art to me and not what is art to society. IMG_0934.JPG


Wk13 – Artist Conversation – Nick Bamford

Artist: Nick Bamford

Exhibition: Process and Form

Media: Ceramics and mixed media

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East

Website: NA

Instagram: nickbamf4d

For this week’s artist conversation I had the pleasure of meeting Nick Bamford. Nick is a fourth year at CSULB, graduating with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ceramics. He is originally from Huntington Beach but decided to go to CSULB to pursue not only a degree in art but also a career. Nick is the only one from his family to pick art as a career choice. His hobbies include painting, sculpting, and working on any of his current projects. Nick’s interests also revolve around most of his art work and hobbies.

Nick’s work is different from all the other art work I’ve viewed the semester. His artwork contains carmaics and lights, also random toys and trinkets adding individuality to his work. The sculptures’ scale are bigger than most art work I’ve seen, it is taller than the average human. The use of the backlights and glow sticks create and eerie yet exciting effect. His work is a combination of being jagged, undulating, sinuous and staccato. All the elements of his work come together to form something beautiful.

When I asked Nick why he chose to make this artwork, he stated that he liked the challenge of using different techniques of art and combining them into one. He wanted to bring different aspects and dimensions to his art work so it can stand out and not be like the rest of the artists at school. He explained that all of the things he made are not really random, that each of them have a specific purpose, place, and meaning to his art. “It was not coincidental or an accident, but more of a purpose”.

When I look at Nick’s art it gives me flash backs to an arcade and my childhood. The use of glow sticks and different toys/objects makes me feel like I’m 12 again, playing laser tag or winning arcade toys. His artwork stands out because he has so much going on, combined into one. The black light, glow sticks, skulls, and metal/chains also reminds me of halloween giving off a eerie/spooky, yet exhilarating/beautiful feeling.

Wk12 – Artist Conversation – Jennifer Chen

Artist: Jennifer Chen

Exhibition: Succession

Media: Silk screen, google maps, photography, photoshop, printmaking

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East

Website: NA

Instagram: NA

Jennifer Chen is on her last year at CSULB. She is an undergrad for biology and is completing her master of fine arts for print and digital making. She is going to teach an art class next semester at school and she has switched her major to develop a meaning in art and discover the different ideas she has. Chen’s work explores the merging of science and art, and it also depicts how after a disturbance in nature, a place changes hence her exhibition name Succession. When I asked Chen what her interests were, she said they are wide ranging and primarily artsy and outdoorsy, giving inspiration for this exhibit.

Chen’s work took a long time to create and even perfect, she wanted to play with the idea of painting and photography. She uses a camera and google maps to create her work and then when she has her images she prints them on silk screen. The shape of her art work is to be similar to nature as if it was 3D.  Her art work is smooth since it is printed on screen paper, she uses earthy tones also to give off an exact resemblance to real life nature. Jennifer’s art work is a combination of jagged, undulating, and sinuous since it is to resemble natures. Just as nature is different at every view and detail, her art work is different in every small print and design.

I asked Jennifer why she chose to print nature she told me that she wanted to allow people to fully grasp how the environment is currently changing and rapid it is happening. She says we have to be more aware of the environment and how we treat it. Her images are trying to explore succession in nature and how when one thing dies, another is reborn or replaced. She explained that her art work depicts the minor changes in nature from the modern world perspective.

In my opinion Chen’s work depicts beautifully how nature is constantly changing around us, from the tearing down of forests and trees to the raising of buildings and cities. her art work give me the idea of conserving nature and taking time to realize what the modern world does to the environment and the creatures with in it. If humans took more than just a second to realize how nature and our earth is slowly deprecating over time, then we would be conserving more of not only our lives but the planet’s also.

Wk12 – Art Experience – Game Design


The cache I placed is North 32.8504 degrees and West 117.2730 degrees.

The cache I found was semi difficult, I went to a library and found it in the fiction books in the sub category: fantasy. While the one I placed was far down south, which may prove to be a fun yet hard challenge for those that are up to it. Geocaching made it fun to find new boxes and places, also figuring out what there is to do. This weeks activity made seem like it was hide-and-go-seek, hiding a box, and seeking out others. When thinking if you can map feelings and emotions onto a map, you can. If you think about places they hold secrets and stories and some may know and others may not. Yet if we explore these places we can learn their secrets, emotion, feelings, and adventures. The geocaching takes us to these places to not only find a cache but find the stories with in these places and learn the emotions that come with it.