Week 14 – Interview with an Artist – Troy Rounseville

This week I had the pleasure of entering the craziest gallery exhibition yet by the great Troy Rounseville.

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In talking to Troy he had high hopes for where his exhibition would go not only in its creation but beyond.  He does hope to tour around with this exhibition and I definitely feel it would be a smash hit.  What I found amazing was that this was completely his creation.  Granted he admitted he had help from friends but he painstakingly put every piece together from the wiring to the music to create the wonderful works presented to the students of CSULB.  So without further adieu, it is my pleasure to feature a few parts from this wonderful exhibition.

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Upon entering the exhibition you hear an eerie and uneven soundtrack coming on from time to time and featured around the gallery.  Troy chalked up the magnificent work to simply putting in time in classes to learn the wiring of it all to get everything to work so perfectly.  The instruments featured here would begin playing themselves at different times for a few seconds to coincide with the musical soundtrack already being played.  This totally freaked me out! But I loved it nonetheless.  Perhaps my opinion has a bias because I am a musician and that is where my heart is but I felt the idea was truly original.  I definitely felt an over all dark tone from the music and the way the instruments were positioned.  Perhaps this was the only way to get them to work with for electrical reasons but come one what is more dark than a hanging piano?  The bass drum was the worst/best though. The deep sound came out of nowhere assuming you had been in the gallery and not yet heard it, as I had not.  It definitely caught me off guard but immediately a scene played through my head with the music and drum as a background and story teller. I loved it.

Also featured was a record player which I could only assume was partly providing the eerie soundtrack for the exhibit.

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Like the other pieces, this one would play itself periodically and contribute to the macabre.  I love the look because I am a sucker for vinyl but also because it contributes to a dark old timey feel which always makes things more creepy right?

The subsection of the gallery was a claustrophobic cube that was magnificent.  I will admit I had to come back to the gallery with my boyfriend just so he could experience it.  So here it is, the wonderful, terrifying cube:

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Now unfortunately it does not look like much because I could not capture the cube and really, it is a cube of mirrors I am not sure how anyone could but you get the point.  The room is small with mirrors and lights everywhere and a speaker playing creepy music every so often.  Fortunately the door was kept open because I am pretty sure I would have had a major freak out if I was enclosed in this cube of madness.  As scary as standing inside was to me, it was mesmerizing because my reflection is just that great…KIDDING of course.  It was so mesmerizing possibly because there a very few times any one of us would be enclosed by mirrors and further more, rooms of mirrors like to play tricks on the mind.  Thankfully this was a cube not a maze.  I felt it contributed to the gallery by being its own dark corner of insanity.  The musical aspect came in here because it was played and even echoed a bit in the box.  Or maybe it did not echo I do not know because I was submerged in the madness for the minute or so I was in there.  I think this work showed the great artistry Troy possesses as well as his ambition.  The idea seemed truly original and worked well with all the works featured. Kudos to you Troy! To see more of these works or Troy click on the tags!

Week 14 – Interview with a Classmate – April Gliane

This week marks the last of 14 where I interviewed a new student every week.  It has been quite rewarding I have met some truly amazing and ambitious people.  This interviewee was no different!  This week I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. April Gliane, a 2nd year student whom also shared in the plight that is being an undeclared major, such as myself, until recently.

April’s ambitions lie in nursing which she hopes to declare soon.  This interest came from the professions of her parents as they too were nurses.  However, they have only been motivation to her, they never chose her path for her which is something to be admired in parenting now a says.  We also share the common past time of working when not in class.  April works at a Zumiez where she actually enjoys work and has a very great manager.  She says her parents were not thrilled at her working while in school but she assured me, and them I am sure, that the job is easy and she has been balancing everything just fine.  There she is a sales associate and the atmosphere can be described by her as “really chill”!

Other than working we had a few more common interests (though I can hardly say working is an interest).  She likes going to the beach and she also enjoys hanging out with her boy friend on the off chance she has free time from school and work.  However, April is very family oriented.  She enjoys spending time with her three sisters as well as her supporting family.  I asked April what she was looking forward to the most in her life and she said Christmas, another interest we share!  April was very kind and we enjoyed one another’s interview most likely because we may be in fact be the same person *lol*.  At any rate the pleasure was all mine of interviewing April and I have no doubt she will be successful in life and have many more great experiences being the kind woman she is! To learn more about April visit her website at http://withloveapril.wordpress.com/page/2/ !

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Week 13 – Conversation with an Artist – BFA Exhibition

This week, CSULB’s finest put together a collaborative show of magnificent work from talented artists. The result?

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“Post Synthesis” showcased many amazing art works from drawing and painting majors at CSULB. I was especially drawn to works that had intense color or used color in a way that felt significant so two pieces stood out to me.

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This first piece is a wonderful rectangle of chaos. I’m always a fan of chaotic art so this piece had no trouble bringing me in.  I love the prisms falling in the image simply because I love the shapes. What makes this piece really great in my opinion is that you have order because the shapes are so neat and the colors are demure yet you have disorder because the shapes are different in many ways, such as size, and they are all falling. However I could be wrong perhaps they are floating up but my first impression is a drop from the sky. As for the significance in color, I admire that the colors seem to match. I’m sure there is a complicated theory to the colors being complimentary to one another but from my perspective I feel no color is out of place and the colors chosen are calming because they are not overly intense and they do follow a certain order.

The second piece I love I’m sure you will too:

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How beautiful is that? I love this scene even if just for that beautiful moon. Upon further reflection I feel like that may actually be a setting sun but my first impression was that it was a mokn because the rest of the work looks, to me, like a night sky. I like the though it is a moon because I feel it makes the picture seem all the more dramatic. Although I don’t know the artist was going for this, this image reminds me of Native American culture. I could see the peaks in the image resembling ancient homes and even the choice in depicting the landscape a certain way seems like symbolism which is very prevalent in Native American culture. I love the colors because they are intense. That celestial sphere is so alluring I could just gaze at it for an eternity. I also admire the beautiful dark colors that canvas the rest of the landscape. As I mentioned I feel it bares resemblance of a night sky. I think the lines represent ripples of a lake and I like the concept of mixing pattern with non pattern. I feel it gives this image many places for the viewer to look and you definitely will not see just one thing in this painting

I saw some truly marvelous art featured this week and I commend all of these ambitious artists! To see more from this exhibition, click on the tags and do some exploring, you will not be disappointed!

Week 13 – Conversation with a Classmate – Sara Kodesh

This week I had the pleasure of meeting the very “fashion forward” Sara Kodesh ! It came as no surprise to learn she is a fashion merchandising major. Luckily, in addition to being fashionable, she was friendly and outgoing which made the interview super easy.  As a 3rd year college student, Sara eagerly awaits graduating and beginning a career in her field. She did get a slight taste of this working retail at a Nordstrum but we both agreed, as retail working refugees, that working entry level retail is quite horrible. Currently though, Sara works at a bakery and designs wedding cakes which I can’t help but think must be an amazing jobs. How she stays so perfectly in shape I do not know.

When Sara is not being a designer of all trades, she loves to spend time with her younger brother. A favorite activity of theirs is hitting up antique markets and going crazy. Among the cool Sara has been are Spain and Italy where she was able to tag along as a chaperone for a school trip her mom was a part of. As for what is next in the ambitious young Sara’s life, she is mostly looking forward to graduating. We share the same feeling of liking school but definitely ready to move on.

As for for the simple pleasures in life, Sara likes to go to the beach and (seperately) watch Netflix. Perhaps we have more in common than we realized! It was an overall pleasure to get to know Sara and if you would like to learn more visit http://sarakodesh.wordpress.com!

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Week 12 – Conversation with an Artist – Angie Samblotte

This week I had the pleasure of walking into the lovely home of Angie Samblotte and Lacy McCune.  Or at least it felt like it when I walked past a welcome mat into “Taking my Time in the Paradigm”, an exhibit by the two aforementioned BFFs.

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The exhibit was filled with works by the two ladies whom are actually best friends and you definitely feel at home with the pieces within the Dutzi gallery walls.  When talking to Ms. Angie Samblotte you realize this is the goal and they have hit it spot on.  Angie explained how her’s and Lacy’s goal was to encourage viewers to take the time to slow down and appreciate life and all the little particles of it that go on unnoticed.   This gallery featured a few very “homey” pieces and I am going to feature two of my favorites.

PUN ALERT!!!

First we have Engrained which I could love simply for the title alone but the artwork is pretty cool too:

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At first glance you see a row of bread which on its own is just great.  Seriously love the pun and love the artistry in the bread, or should I say artisan BA DUN TSS.  Each individual slice is beautifully crafted and together makes the perfect loaf.  On closer inspection you see hands engaging in an act that Angie revealed was simply a game of Pattycake which is pretty much engrained in everyone’s childhood hence the title of the work.  I did not understand the connection between Pattycake and bread until Angie explained it was simply to connect the grain to the Engrained which was pretty cleaver.  I like how there is growth from one end bread to the other and I think there had to have been lots of patience to get each slice just right.  I feel a sense of home with his piece because I grew up with both aspects as Angie said so I cannot help but remember being young and making school sandwiches (or being 18 and making work sandwiches) as well as playing hand games with all of my friends.  The message here is sweet and nostalgic and I think the girls accomplished it just so.

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Lastly I must give an honorary mention to this piece because I love the idea behind it.  Angie and Lacy as best friends got pages from their sketch books and recycled them to make a piece together which I just think is so sweet.  So the artistic result of these ladies’ struggles and successes can be seen here in Sketchbook:

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To see more of Angie Samblotte’s work, click on the mccunesamblotte tag, visit http://www.angiesamblotte.com/ or follow her on http://angiesamblotte.tumblr.com/ and stay tuned for more lovely work to come.

Week 12 – Conversation with a Classmate – Evan Huang

Week number 12 introduced to me to the very tall, among other great qualities, Evan Huang!  I have become like a predatory eagle in scouting interviewees for Art 110 and so I immediately snagged Evan once I hit the courtyard of Art 110 students!  Without further adieu, Evan Huang ladies and gentleman!

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While talking to Evan I realized just how much of a focused individual he is.  He actually skipped straight to taking a 300 level class this semester so to say he’s career minded and intelligent is quite an understatement.  Overall though, Even does like his school career so far and looks forward to what lies ahead on his path in Criminal Justice.  He told me that he took Art 110 as a GE requirement more than anything however what I did not know until I checked out his site (evanshuang.com) that he is quite the artist himself!  He takes some pretty rad pictures definitely worth a scroll 🙂  He did describe having a love of photography though whether it be landscapes or people, I just had no idea how great his skills were and how much he follows it and I definitely encourage him to keep at it.

Among his hobbies is playing tennis where he actually makes money as a private coach.  Needless to say, Evan is pretty much great at everything.  He also likes to hike which I am finding is a common interest and I think we should all just go on an Art 110 hiking trip #justsayin .  Food-wise, Evan’s heart lies with Pizza and sushi… probably not at the same time but hey I am not here to judge.  He also loves his large family that he has gone to visit in Taiwan and while telling me this I would like to mention his face lit up so his love for Taiwan is pretty legit.

In general, Evan is looking forward to getting good grades and making it to law school some day.  Might I just say taking, and surviving, a 300 level class already is a pretty good start.  His goals lie in his career but he carries with him his artistic passion and love for his family which make one well-balanced Mr.Huang.  Evan has reached great success thus far and I hope he continues to soar because with his talent and determination, nothing can stop him.  To learn more about his career or see his amazing photography you may once again visit evanshuang.com and seriously give him a call for some great picture taking!

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Evan is Even Adept at Selfie-Taking

Week 12 – Activity – Teach One

This week I had the task of teaching someone one of the concepts we went over this semester in Art 110, or other things but that is what I chose.  I was a bit worried about where to find a student but luckily my trusty brother, Daniel, was home to help me out! I actually left it up to him which activity/concept he wanted to be taught but I had an inkling of what he would choose.  See, my brother is an actor so perhaps you can guess what he chose. Did you guess? He chose our counter factual identity project!  I told my brother about the project and how I did not do so great with it but he was actually excited for it.  I must say though I suppose I cheated because he already likes to act like different identities! Well recently, his lovely girlfriend gave him a classy gangster looking hat which he just went gaga over and has been looking for how to pair it for a night out.  He saw this as his chance.

First we have mild-mannered Daniel in his everyday appearance:

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By  nightfall and some 1930’s Jazz later, we have classy gangster Daniel:

2014-11-16 21.01.002014-11-16 21.01.59I did not accompany Daniel on his adventure to the Anaheim Packing House because to put it simply it was a date and I prefer to not “third wheel” it however he did give me to pictures to use and told me of his experience.   My brother described his look as a dapper 1930’s gentleman and he, as well as his girlfriend, loved it.  He was a big fan of all the heads he turned and even an array of compliments he got as the night went on.  At first he felt a little weird looking so fancy in a casual environment but then he let his freak flag fly and brought class to the Anaheim Packing House.  Though I must mention this location was a plan b as his unmentioned plan a simply felt too casual.  Here he had a great time however, his clothes brought up a new persona and even a sense of swagger to himself.  He described his suit and hat as having changed his topography.  Those around him noticed all of this and applauded his efforts.  He quite enjoyed his night as his dapper alter ego and liked the project as a whole. For him, acting out another identity means a night of fun and I am happy he had a better experience than I did.

As for the teaching aspect I suppose it went over okay.  He got more out of it than I expected and was descriptive in how he felt that night and about the project so I think he go the jist of the project.  I would like to have learned a more specific technique and then attempted to teach it because you really have to applaud those teachers for having nothing but patience!  At any rate the project was a success in that my student got what I was going for and bonus points for him having a great time!