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Wk 14 – Art experience – Sketching in the Japanese Garden

This week’s a little bit more different compare to the other art experiences we have for the pass 13 weeks, as this time we are really doing some drawing!

I have sketched 3 presentation and 3 abstract.

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For photos I have taken 6 of them which is all related to what I have drawn.

 
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I have only been to the Japanese garden once since I came here as it is too far away from the Engineering Building. Today I was shocked to realized that there are ducks in the Japanese Garden, and looking at the way they move is so relaxing!

My sketching experience was not bad, first I have no idea how and what to sketch as I have never done it before, but after awhile I get used to it and just sketch whatever I see in front of me. I know the instruction says do not use eraser, I tried my best to control my urge to use it but in the end of the day the devil deep inside me had been summoned by the eraser and I end up using it anyway for correction. =(

This is my very first time sketching so I know I did not do a great job, but overall I am satisfied as my drawing did not turn out as bad as I taught it would be, with my 0 experience in drawing. =X

This art experience is one of a kind, I have always seen people sketching in the park and I wonder how would it be like I were to do the same, but meanwhile I am afraid of doing it in the public as my drawing is not good. This time, I was given a chance to do it, FINALLY! I realized that when you are drawing, it seems like the whole whole is only between you and the object you are drawing, you tend to not care much about other people that walk by, what they are talking about, as much as before, and this was a brand new experience for me! Overall, I like this art experience, the only down side is that the sun is too strong at noon for us to sketch under the sun. =X

 

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Wk13 – Art Experience – Art Care Package

This art experience is interesting as we are mailing our everyday item to one of our classmate. At the beginning i have some trouble finding things to put into the package, as i thought “will it be trash for the ones who receives it?” Then i came to realized that an art package is about my memories, or about myself as a whole, where i have been, what i have done, what i have received. Therefore, thinking about these criteria, i begin my searching.

I search through my room and i have found something that i have gotten from last semester or this semester that i am still keeping it, they are either from mail, shop or schools. It is basically about my memories as a whole in California.

It includes mini flyers from the engineering department with my EE class note exercises at the back, with some random drawing i made,  a tag of a sweater that i have bought recently, a sticker from the engineering department, a sport flyer from Long Beach Sports team in Fall 2015, and a nice  mailing stamps that i received from another Cal State’s flyers, and an expired sunscreen coupon that i have received from a beauty box i received once i arrived in the United States.
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I am going to mail this is Martin. 🙂

 

  • The experience of creating your ACP:
  1. How is sending someone an ACP similar to sending someone a Snapchat?

In Snapchat, we are basically snaping random stuff around us, regardless of it’s “beauty”, it is more of like a temporary daily dairy for us, a temporary documentation. Just like an ACP, we are stuffing random things, like the flyers we have received, means we have been there, at the certain place, on a certain date to get those, we might or we might not get involved with it but it is still part of our memory, and these flyers that we received, sort of documented that moment that we have been there.

  1. How is sending someone an ACP different from sending them a Snapchat?

Sending someone a snapchat takes only seconds, but mailing n ACP takes DAYS. Also, sending a snapchat is FREE, and sending ACP cost us postage $$.

Apart from that, we are able to gather everything we could find and put it into the ACP package, it is a little bit more troublesome, and also requires more effort, but at the same time, more memories and more “moments” are begin transferred to someone else in the ACP package.

  1. What do you think of ephemera? Is it precious? Or trash? Does it gain in value over time? Does your grandma’s parking ticket from half a century ago mean something to you? What about her tickets fromWoodstock? What might your grandkids think if you one day gave them the bead bracelet you wore at Coachella?

From my point of view, it does gain value overtime, but the value differs from one another. If i have no idea who it belongs to, and i just see it on the floor, i might not even bother to look at it and continue my way. But if it is from someone i know / my family, it is definitely more precious, as it defines the memories and the moments of them, things that have been through. If I were to show my grandkids my Chochella ticket, they will be “Wow! my grandma was once a hyper young girl!”,  in stead of “My grandma is old and boring.” It might change how they view me or other elder people.

  1. Is there a difference between art that is seen by many people, like a painting in the Museum of Modern Art, and art that is seen by few, like the ACP you send to someone?

ACP contains a more specific aim, as you are sending it to a particular person, you know their gender, example, if you know he is a male, you do not send him a barbie doll or a pink ribbon as a gift. It is more specific more customize. While in Museum it is more general, more for everyone.

  1. You can take a Snapchat and a friend on the other side of the globe can view it, all within seconds. To make an ACP and send it even to a nearby friend will take days. Does this time and effort difference mean something? How is fast better? How is slow better?

Fast is better in a way, as everything moves fast these days, if you are slow, you are a loser. However in some way, slow is better. As it is more meaningful, it shows more emotions, requires more efforts.

  1. People sometimes say things like prepare a meal with love. Can you prepare a meal with love as fast as you can get food at a McDonald’s drive-thru? Does an ACP have the possibility of containing a sort of “love” different from a Snapchat?

Sending the ACP requires more efforts, to search, to gather, to mail. It is more precious in a way as efforts are applied. Someone that receives it will be happier to receive it in mail  as they know that someone actually take the effort to search, gather, mail it to him/her. Therefore it contains a certain amount of “love” in the ACP package. While in Snapchat everything happen so easily that people pay also a little or no effort to sending message to somone else, therefore i supposed that the amount of “love” sent from Snapchat is lesser.

 

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Wk13 – Artist Conversation – Ihab A. Ali

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Artist: Ihab A. Ali

Exhibition: Eye Witness
Media: Car, dry walls, black sheeting, ceramics, burlap,
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
Website: Artist have no website
Instagram: ihabali

About the Artist

Mr. Ali was an undergraduate student at CSULB. He have graduated from California State University, Long Beach with an undergraduate degree in Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, Ceramics. He will walk on May 2016.

Mr. Ali was originally from Europe and he have been here in the United State for over 11 years. Growing up, Mr. Ali’s experience as a kid was different from the ones in the United State, He was born in Syria and is a half Syrian and a half Iraqi. The place where he was in, there are wars, there are dead bodies, there are people screaming for help. Due to the extraordinary experience he had, it inspired him to create the theme of this exhibition – Eye Witness.

Formal Analysis

This exhibition was extraordinary! Looks like a maze / walk through in a park!

I have no idea what it is until i enter, it was really dark therefore it is hard to take pictures and we will need to use our flash lights from our phones as we walk. There are couple of scenes that we saw while we walk and it actually shocking to us.

Here are the picturesimageimageimageI would say, the entire gallery is Mr. Ali’s art piece as a whole.

The colors of the art is mainly dark, either black, grey or white.

The scale of the art that is created by Mr. Ali, was HUGE! as it uses the entire Gallery.

Content Analysis

Mr. Ali is trying to recreate scenes that he have it in his memories, and the times where his parents have gone through from the past while they were still in Europe. He let his parents walk in his exhibition and his parents said: “Everything was so familiar.”

The main aim of this exhibition is to let his audience, to become an eye witness of the pain and struggles of the people from another side of the world. By entering the gallery, he wish to bring his audience to a whole new different world, a world where they have never thought exist.

My Experience

Mr. Ali’s art is special, this is the very first time I have ever seen something like this in my life. When i first enter the gallery, I have no idea what will happen or what is in there, due to it is dark, i am a little scare. But after walking through the “maze” and interview Mr. Ali. It gives me a whole new knowledge and perspectives. Mr. Ali told us that that is once he was acting as a hostage in an exhibition, the audience walked in and saw the scene, many were trying to save him but he could not escape. Why? Because in real life, there is no help, at all. This exhibition gives us an idea of how a country that interact frequently with war looks and sounds like.

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Wk13 – Classmate conversation – Tiffany Tran

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Today I met Tiffany Tran, I have seen here in class for quite some time but i haven’t got a chance to talk to her, and today I did! 😀

She is still a Freshman but she will be moving on to her Sophomore year very soon as she is in her late Freshman year. I asked her about what are the differences that she felt between college life and High School life. She replied, college is less stressful. At first I was shocked but later on i started to understand, college have less classes you have to take and also, the schedule is more flexible. In High School, involvement is like a MUST but in college basically no one cares. In stead of a 5 days classes, we can choose to have only 2 days,3 days, or 4 days a week! Majority of us take the Fridays OFF!  :DDD

Tiffany’s major is Psychology, because she have always like to talk to people, and understanding and helping them. It have always been in her, and therefore, instead of undecided, she enrolled in the Psychology major right away in her Freshman year. For her future plan, she wish to get into graduate school, and wish to get a PHD in Psychology! *Awesome

Just like majority of us, Tiffany is a “victim” of the commuter system, she has to commute 30 minutes in total every day for her 2 way trip to school.

 

During her free time, Tiffany likes to hang out with friends, and watch movies. Her favorite food is PIZZAA! :DDD

 

 

 

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Wk12- Art Experience – Game Design

This week art experience was kinda confusing.

I downloaded the Geocaching app ti find “treasure” on campus, but unfortunately,

after looking for more than 3 places, we still could not find anything. 😦

Immortal.

We were literally like 3-7 feet away from it! But still could not find it.  😥
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Fire Hydrant.

We arrived there and try to look for the box, but after a while, we get to know that the treasure was gone through the reviews.
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Beach Structure

I followed my group to a place where the professor placed a caches here few months ago, but we could not find anyting, although we were looking into the right place. The stuff have got stolen or gone missing. 😦
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Last,Beach Pyramid

We were looking for it for so long, the hint saids it is magntic so we try to look into the polls, but the treasure is no where to be found Instead, we found baby birds!

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The GPS coordinates of the cache I placed:

N 34 degrees 0’52.0416″

W 118 degrees 10’6.816″

What I have inside:

  • A coin
  • 2 pencils
  • A $1 coupon

Hint: Between 4 and 5.

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This activity is fun and frustrating at the same time, as we never get to find anything. 😦 But the experiences you got from the middle of finding is great. 🙂 You discovered a lot more than others.

The experience was both hard and fun. It is really different.

It is really different, I have never taught of it will by that must still hiding around the places where we walk by every day! Next time when i am walking on the street i might think differently, just like a treasure haunter. *Who knows i might found a million dollars. Joking. HAHA But still they don’t know about the coordinate data and the mapping of where caches are, so they’re still pretty much

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I remember back in High School, my friend and I always like to spend our break at the empty field which located at the back of school. Slowly I noticed that we were the only “gang” there everytime during break and this place hardly ever have people come and therefore i got curious about it. I went ahead and ask my friend around, end up found out that the place where my friend and I always go, is suppose to be a “haunted” place in our school, as years before we got in, there was a student commit suicide there. Ever since then, my friend and i decided to moved on to somewhere else during our break instead of that scary haunted empty field. =X But nonetheless, that place will still be one of the best memory I will ever have in High School with my friends. Whenever i go back to the same place, i will think f my memories more than the scary haunted story that I have heard.

The haunted story of that field was one of the story others know but i don’t

I personally thinks that the only way to map personal feelings and emotions onto the geography of a place is possible with memory (virtually) but not physically. As years passes, that specific location that you usually visit might not look the same or even not there anymore. Therefore, the one and only way to keep track or documenting our emotions and feelings will be virtually *photos, videos* or memories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wk12 – Artist Conversation -Tiffany Le

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Artist: Tiffany Le

Exhibition: Tau
Media: Mixed media, watercolor, ink,  color pencil, charcoal, BFK paper, Arcylic, Pastel
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
Website: http://www.letealeaf.prosite.com
Instagram: letealeaf

About the Artist

Ms. Le is currently working on her MFA, Master’s of Fine Arts. This will be her last semester here at CSULB, and she will be graduating in May.

She is a Vietnamese and her parents are refugees of the Vietnam War. She noticed that there isn’t much information about the Vietnam War in the history book she study in school. Therefore, in the exhibition, she wish to bring out more of the “truth” and more narrative of the Vietnam war – what her parents and relatives have gone through in the past.

Formal Analysis

This exhibition is very special for me. As I step in the gallery, the huge boat sculpture is eye catching, I took a step closer to look at the artist’s paintings, the art pieces do matches the story that was told by the artist. 
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There are many pieces that Ms. Le created, it comes in different sizes. The one that I like the most is the huge boat structure. Ms. Le told us that it looks better when the gallery’s doors are closed and lights are off, so she demonstrated it in front of us.

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The shape of the piece is irregular. *There are boats are different sizes.

The colors of the art piece is mostly white.

The scale of the art pieces is huge.

The texture of the art piece is not smooth.

Content Analysis

Ms Le is interested in her family’s story when they are migrating to United State. She feel that the first generation parent’s story are hardly known by the second generation like herself and therefore, she kinda “force” her parents to tell her more of their story when they came here. Thereby the story inspired her for the art pieces of this exhibition.

She wanted to knows more about the pain and struggle that her parents have experience but never shares. She wanted to use her art to represent and let others to understand more about the detail of the Vietnam War as we did not study in school.

My Experience

I feel that Ms. Le ‘s urge to understand the histrory of her first generations parents is really great, as far as i know there are many students who parents were from another parts of the world, but they as their child have no idea about their parent’s story or even cultures.

I personally thinks that understanding your own culture i extremely important as it is an extra knowledge or skills that distinct you from one another, that is why the word “diversity” is so important, Universities are showing their data of International student on campus every semester on their Magazine, which shows it as a multicultural and diversity place. But for me, the place would not be called or identify as “diverse” if the people themselves have no idea about their own culture or even their mother tongue. We must always remember, without the first generation’s parents struggles, there would be no future for us.

Therefore, Ms. Le urge to understand about her parent’s story and pain, and more of her culture and narrative is amazing. 🙂

 

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Wk 12 – Classmate conversation – Katherine Pantoja

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I meet Katherine today!

I have always noticed her for her special hair color and today I get a chance to talk to her!  😀

She is currently a freshman, major undeclare. But she said she is leaning towards creative writing and she thinks that she will pick that as her major.

She have been interested in writing for a long time, and therefore she thinks that it is something that she wanted to try out, and do in the future.

In the future, upon graduating, she wish to work as a journalist or an author.

Katherine is bilingual! She speaks english and spanish!

From her personal experience, she think that college life is more mature in compare to high school.

Just like me, Katherine do commute every day to school.