Wk 12 – Artist Conversation – Alice Andreini


Artist: Alice Andreini
Exhibition: No-Mans Land
Media: Oil, Canvas, Cold Wax, Impasto Gel
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
Website: http://www.andreiniart.com
Instagram: N/A

Alice Andreini is currently a graduate student at CSULB. She is expected to graduate Spring 2017 with her MFA in drawing and painting. Andreini was initially studying medicine. Eventually, she starting teaching perspective drawing and painting making her interests grow within the art industry. She started realizing that to teach to the best ability, she needed to acquire a degree. After she graduates, she intends to continue painting and teaching.

Andreini’s painted on large canvases with cold wax, oil paints, and impasto gel. She decided to use these resources to get the impression of a wet canvas. The colors all ranged from warm to cool tones. With the help of the colors, they helped create depth within the paintings. Also, the wax gave the paintings texture making them stand out. The paintings were all meant to create a romantic scenery.

Andreini took about 2 weeks to create a painting due to the collage structure. Most of the paintings are views of a golf course. Her point was to stay away from representation but more into abstraction.  She got inspired to do this from the two smaller paintings she had painted previously.

This exhibit was quite eye opening. I was in some sort of way, drawn to the paintings. I loved looking at how she put everything together in a collage way. I had always thought that collages were beautiful and the idea of them is really neat, so that is why I thought her paintings were also very neat. IMG_9301.JPG


Wk 12 – Art Activity – Ethnography

IMG_4443.JPGFor this activity, I plan on just staying in my room all night. Luckily, my roommate was out of town this weekend that gave me the perfect chance to do this activity. One of my favorite hobbies include reading. So before/during the sunset, I decided to read a book called “Warriors Don’t Cry.” Once it was pretty dark in the room, I decided to lay down and try to sleep. I’m not going to lie, I had the hardest time trying to sleep. I rolled around in bed for awhile but eventually knocked out causing me to wake up super early.

I thought this experience was going to be peaceful since I didn’t have to focus on anything or talk to anyone. It was pretty hard now that I think about it. I am so used to doing homework late at night or watching netflix and I couldn’t do either of those things. It took me so long to go to sleep, but once I finally did, it was deep sleep. Living without electricity limits the amount of things you are allowed to do. You have a smaller time frame to get all your work done. I believe it was easier for people back in the day to live without electricity since they didn’t have to worry about going to school and finishing up homework and such. I personally need electricity since I have work during the day causing me to HAVE to do homework at night when the sun is down.


Wk 12 – Artist Conversation – Travis Lober

Artist: Travis Lober
Exhibition: WORK: It’s a four letter word
Media: Printmaking, Wood
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Maxine Merlino Gallery
Website: N/A
Instagram: N/A

Travis Lober is currently attending CSULB School of Art as a senior in the BFA printmaking program. He has always loved art since he was a child since he was actually influenced by his father that also go his BFA. He used to work in construction however changed his mind and decided to get a degree in art.

Most of Lober’s pieces have dark colors that give the pieces a realistic feel to it resembling metal. The wooden frames tied the whole exhibit together, in my opinion. Some pieces Lober had used watercolor to give the paintings a soft feel however in most pieces, he used jagged lines to add texture to the pieces. Each tool was original and detailed in its own way to give the most realistic touch to the pieces.

The tools in both of his careers, construction and art, was what inspired him to do this exhibit. He admired the tools while they were put to work and while they were individually sitting there. To him they were more than rusted, metal machines. He chose the most perfect angles for the pieces. It showed everything that was needed to understand what the tool was and what it did.

This exhibit was very fascinating. Lober did an amazing job on these paintings. I loved how well he detailed the tools and depicted each and every one. This exhibit truly showed me that there is definitely beauty in everything you look at. I feel as this art personally shows me this message since I have never been into tools or such in my life. IMG_9306.JPGIMG_9305.JPG

Wk 11 – Classmate Conversation – Shannon & Eliza

This week’s classmate conversation was with Shannon and Eliza! I actually met Shannon on the first day of class so she is my first blog post on here 🙂

Eliza on the other hand, I just got to know. She is a freshman, just like me. She was a music major but just recently switched to Fashion Merchandising and Design. She isn’t too sure on what she wants to do with that major yet. She actually plays an instrument called the euphonium. I have never even heard of this instrument before so it was pretty neat knowing that! As we kept chatting, we realized we all shared a common interest, Netflix. Friends is our most favorite show on Netflix that we can watch repeatedly. I also mentioned to Eliza that I am in a sorority and she told me her hopes in joining one next fall. That is super exciting because she could potentially be in the same one!

It was great getting to know Eliza. I am glad Shannon and I got to chat with her 🙂IMG_4132.JPG

Wk 11 – Artist Conversation – Yujia Gu

Artist: Yujia Gu
Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence in the USA
Media: Photography, Graphic design, Multimedia
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
Website: yujiagu.squarespace.com
Instagram: N/A

Gu is currently attending CSULB’s MFA graphic design program as a fourth year. She actually was raised in China and acquired her BFA in graphic design there. Her dreams include furthering a career in graphic design and printmaking prior to graduation.

The colors that she picked were perfected for setting the theme. The bright bold red symbolized the violence or blood that occurred giving the whole gallery a much more emotional feel. The dark bold black gave a much more feel of death and fear. There were repeated guns on one of the walls in-between words showing the most important piece in the gallery which we should be focusing on. It gave a very overwhelming feel to the gallery itself.

The exhibit, “Tracing,” is all about showing everyone how many lives gun violence has taken and affected in the United States. The majority of this exhibit was based on the amount of children that were killed by guns in the United States. This is the most emotional part of the gallery. Kids are innocent and have not done anything to deserve the violence. On one of the walls of the exhibit, there were all the children’s names that this affected.

This experience was definitely one of the most emotional ones I have had all year. This gallery really touched my heart because I do not believe that children, or anyone in that matter, deserve to die. This gallery was an amazing awareness of gun violence and I am so glad Yujia Gu decided to do this. IMG_4129.JPG

Wk 10 – Artist Conversation – Clare Samani

Artist: Clare Samani
Exhibition: Dressed
Media: Paper, Ink, Clothes, and Print
Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
Website: N/A

Clare Samani used to live in San Fernando Valley but now has temporarily moved to Long Beach to attend CSULB. She in the School of Arts program with an emphasis in  printmaking. She has always loved drawing and painting since she was a child. Once she graduates, she wants to go to school in Louisiana to further her education is printmaking.

Samani’s work incorporates articles of clothing that she has found, bought, or given. She does an amazing job at blending multiple colors into the pieces that make the art pop out and appeal to the eye. As well as multiple colors, she also incorporates different patterns that depend on what type of clothing she has.

Samani really showed her interest with how people present themselves by this art piece. She chose each color individually based on what color people wear often. The pieces of art are so big because she used real articles of clothing to recreate the pattern.

This exhibit was quite intriguing. The different patterns really caught my eye and drew me into the paintings. It is quite amazing how she incorporated those patterns within the painting. I am not much of a fashion person but I definitely really enjoyed this exhibit. IMG_4105.JPG

Wk 10 – Artist Conversation – Brittany Waters

Artist: Brittany Waters
Exhibition: #MoreThanASandbox
Media: Photography, Ceramics, Installation
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
Website: N/A
Instagram: @ArtByWaters

Brittany Waters lived in Citrus Heights, California while attending Sierra College where she acquired her associates degree in Studio Art. At the moment, she is a senior in the BFA program for ceramics at CSULB School of Art. She has always had a connection with ceramics. She feels as if she has the most control while still being able to express her passion in detailing. Waters lived in Sacramento and used the nature around her to be her inspiration by using wood. Now she is incorporating different things as she lives in Long Beach.

The whole gallery had sand all through it really giving the art piece a beachy feel. In the sand, there is a blue striped beach chair placed to the left of the sea turtles and under an umbrella. On the ground all the way to the screen of the ocean is a line of individually painted sea turtles. I had to take a double take to make sure they weren’t real. They are coming out  of the ground which was where the “nest” was. There is a panel of glass that helps the audience really see into the nest.

The whole art piece is based on the environmental impact humans have on animals such as a sea turtle. Waters created #MoreThanASandbox to promote awareness to the sea turtle’s habitat loss and motivate people to help prevent anymore loss. The sea turtles natural nesting place is usually disturbed by the noise level and streetlight at night that make it difficult for newly born sea turtles to travel to the ocean.

This art piece was definitely one of my favorites yet. I loved the story behind it as well as the piece itself. The turtles were all different in their own way which shows the hard work and passion she put into this piece. Also, it made me realize that the stuff we do as people effects other living beings on this planet which isn’t the way it should be. More people should be aware of the difficulties we bring and this is a great way to help bring that to light. IMG_4101.JPG

Wk 10 – Art Activity – The Wedge

IMG_4108.JPGI’m sure every student at CSULB has either gotten stuck in the wedge or has had to wait about an hour to walk through it. It is such an inconvenience on this campus. I encounter this problem multiple times already and it is barely my first year here. In my opinion, the easiest way to solve this problem is to remove the dark gray wall that stands on the left side of the wedge. That way it will create a much larger walkway for students to walk through. The benches would definitely remain for the students that have to jump onto shuttles. Here is a terrible drawing of how I would expect the new and improved campus to look after fixing the wedge:IMG_4121