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

Wk 7 – Artist Conversation – Juliana Bustillo & Tidawhitney Lek

Artist: Juliana Bustillo & Tidawhitney Lek
Exhibition: Doodles in Space
Media: Tissue paper, Installation
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery
Website: N/A
Instagram: @juliaanaaaab , @tidawhitney

Juliana Bustillo & Tidawhitney Lek had quite similar back stories. They both are enduring their last year at CSULB in the road of getting their BFA in drawing and painting. Similarly, they both grew up drawing here and there but eventually found a much greater passion for art later in life. Bustillo’s passion began in college after a semester without an art class; this lead to a realization that she enjoyed art and wanted to pursue it. Lek’s passion began in high school when one of her teacher’s taught her how to oil paint. They both want to attend grad school and continue their education in art and painting.

Everything in this exhibit was black and white. The floors of the gallery were covered white white dry wall which gave the effect and illusion of continuance. The shapes in the space were geometrical, but not very symmetrical. The tissue paper was crumbled and hung from the ceiling and neatly pasted on the wall. The exhibit has overlapping rhythms throughout it which I really enjoyed.

Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek had began their art pieces with loads of color, however they have started to admire and lean towards black & white doodles and the simplicity of it. They wanted to emphasize that doodles are not art and they can express more about the mind that other art styles. They are simply standing up for the idea doodles.

I really enjoyed this art piece. One reason was because I am quite the simple person so having plain and simple colors throughout the whole exhibit really appealed to me. Also, I liked the meaning behind the exhibit and really thought they brought life to it. IMG_8723.JPG


Wk 6 – Art Activity – Flip books

IMG_3939.JPGIn my flip book, I decided to talk about my college experience so far. It was a really great way of looking back into last semester and seeing how far I have gotten, what I have achieved, and how much I have changed. I drew images about my sorority, books (to symbolize the grades I have gotten and how much I had to study to achieve them), and a muscle arm to symbolize the fact that I have been working out way more than I ever have and how it has changed my mind set quite a bit. It was definitely a fun activity!

Wk 6 – Artist Conversation – Cintia Alejandra Segovia


As my husband and I walked into the immigration office, he started getting nervous that he wouldn’t pass his test. It was the moment of truth. The nice lady started testing him on the history of the United States. My husband killed that part. The next thing she did was ask him to read a couple sentences. He started reading the sentences, then all of a sudden she started freaking out on him. She started yelling at him because his accent was too heavy and he was having a hard time rolling his R’s. She decided to give him another shot. He tried his hardest the second time and she finally accepted it. She approved him and gave him a certificate to sign. I was so proud of him and his accomplishments. I can’t wait to see what else he conquers.

Wk 5 – Artist Conversation – Yeri Hwang

Artist: Yeri  Hwang
Exhibition: Within Us
Media: Mixed-Media, Glass, Electronics
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Website: No website
Instagram: @yeriyeti

Yeri Hwang is finishing up her 4th year in undergraduate CSULB College of the Arts. She is aspiring to get her BA in Studio Art. She had always known that she wanted to become an artist but never really pursued it till she got much older. She always dreamt of becoming a graphic novel artist.

Throughout the exhibit, Hwang used a mixture of multiple different materials. She made the art interactive, which I really enjoyed. A couple of examples of the soft side of the exhibit would be the smoke and clouds made out of cotton in the piece Destination and Mystery. The pieces Choice and Commitment and Acceptance and Forgiveness brought sharpness to the exhibit with the sword and broken glass shards. There was light presented to project the colors of Progression on the wall.

The exhibit, Within Us, shows the journey through life and all the obstacles that we encounter. Hwang’s point of the exhibit was to prove that we are all heroes in our very own stories. She had 6 different pieces: Origin, Destiny, Progression, Destination and Mystery, Choice and Commitment, and Acceptance and Forgiveness. Origin was the start of the exhibit where the journey starts. Destiny was where you would name the unborn child. Progression had multiple lens that showed the different views each individual had. Destination and Mystery was the cloudy house that showed that everyones lives are a little cloudy but eventually everything works out and clears up. The Choice and Commitment was the piece that had the sword. It’s purpose was to show that everyone needs to at least take the leap of faith just once in their lives. The last piece was Acceptance and Forgiveness. There was a shrine with broken glass that asked spectators to write down what they want to be forgiven for.

This exhibit really stood out to me because of how interactive it was. I really enjoyed it. I thought it was a really great idea. Also I really enjoyed how the piece could reflect back to everyone that viewed the art pieces since it is simply the journey of life. It definitely made an impact to my life as well. IMG_3840.JPG