This Wednesday I met Shalane Holm who is a Studio Art major and in her fourth year at CSULB.
As we were discussin what the College Experience will be like for a student in 2036, we came to some interesting ideas. First, we considered if the future college Experience will progress after all – regarding some recent politicle events- but since it’s more fun to imagine an utopia, we thought of ways to improve the current situation. One of the ideas was that new Virtual-Reality technique could improve the way we learn in many different ways. It could be used for virtual classrooms where you can choose your teacher and topic independently of your real location. Also It could be used to experience scientifics historical events at first hand. Games like minecraft already have education licenses to be used in class – its very possible that this trend of ingame-learning will go on.
Shalane also mentioned how bad the current parking situation is at the campus – maybe there will be a solution for that in 20 years. There might be big underground parking lots or maybe cars are a thing of the past by then and you can easily use public transportation from wherever you come from
Last – it is well possible that the american education system will develop towards the scandinavian models which are often praised to be more effective and also less expensive for the state.
I sincerely hope that there WILL be a progress in education want thank Shalane for the very nice talk!
Shalanes Blog: https://shalaneholm.wordpress.com/
This Project is not directly class related – but it’s where I spent most of my time and afford during the last two weeks and now I would like to share it.
It is a twine-game where you should ‚help‘ Donald Trump during an interview by prompting him the answers through an ear-plug.
The Game was developed by Mia Woelm, David Axt and Me at the class of Prof. Adam More FEA 365 Introduction to Game Writing and Design
Artist: Tony Nguyen
Media: metals, plastic, wood, various objects
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
Tony Nguyen is a BFA Student of the Metal-Sculpture program at CSULB. He’s already in his fifth year and will soon be graduating. He decided to study as a major in ‚metal‘ after he began as studying illustration and noticed he’d rather do more crafty work. Tony is also interested in all kinds of ’nerdy‘ things as he describes it himself – which also has a great influence in his work. Many pieces for example refere to fantasy and samurai-armoury.
The idea behind the exhibition ‚Neoteny‘ was to show things from his childhood that formed an influenced him in his thinking and philosophies. All the pieces refere to stories or people he has or had a strong relation to.
What I really like about Tonys work, is that it looks very well propotioned and elegant – espacially compared to other common ‚fantasy‘ designs that often look overloaded and bulky.
My Art Care Package is going to one of my best friends in Hamburg who is going to visit me at the end of december. I sent her some drawings of the projects i’m doing for my furniture class, a CD from the supporting Act of a Devendra Banhard Concert I visited some weeks ago, a funny little guidebook for america that i read on my flight to L.A. a postcard designed by carly lake (from my artist conversation wk4) and of course a letter.
I can’t remember ever sending a package like that – even though I’m sometimes writing actual postcards and letters. Having these kind of personal things with it makes it somehow a lot more exiting.
I’m not really using snapchat nor do i know much about it (I feel old writing this) but from what i’ve heared it’s pretty much the difference of a physical message since it really only last for some moments – while the things I sent in the package have a materialized message that you can keep – either for memories or even a practicle use
Artist: Vanessa Olivarez
Exhibition: Don’t Be Careful, Be Gentle
Media: Acrrylic, Plastic, Film, Electronic devices
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
Vanessa Olivarez is a student of the Sculpture Program at CSULB an is currently working on her BFA degree. Beside her sculpturing she also does some rather graphical art and has a little onlineshop where you can buy some things she made. The shop is linked above.
As Vanessa explained, the projekt of ‚Don’t Be Careful, Be Gentle‘ began as an material-experiment with the acrylic-glas that she used, but developed into something very deep and personal.
Vanessas installation occupies the whole room of the Dutzi Art Gallery, the entrance is covered with black curtains to keep it dark. The room is dimly lit by a pinkish red light and a small tv in one corner. Also there are two video-projections facing each other on opposit walls and right in the middle between these projections stands a small seesaw made of acrylic-glas. Every now and than the seesaw flips and with it the shown films on the opposite walls – one of them is then showing a drawing of a faceless girl looking into a mirror while the other one is showing hand-recorded videoclips of the artist in everyday-lifes situations. when the seesaw flips the videos swap and one is now showing the color inverted version of the faceless girl ond the other one shows the videoclips.
The small TV in the corner is also showing similar videoclips and is covered by a zigzag – plate of acrylic glas that reflects the clips.
As you can probably already see, the sculpture is playing with a lot of metaphors and symbolics that refere to self reclection and balance. That being said the overall feeling I had in the gallery was very emotional and somehow intimate. The whole very dense atmosphere that was created by the dim light, the noise of the old tv and the regular tapping sound of the seesaw made me feel very close to the the thoughts and feelings of the artist that were represented by the videoclips. somehow it felt like walking throught the brain of a self-reflecting soul. In a way very familiar but also a little intruding.
On my visit to the Japanese Garden I met Rei. We did already know each other from the Art Gallery exhebitions and together we strolled around the garden and did our sketches.
We also discussed the matter of the question of the week, Nr 2: ‚Would you be supportive of your child wanting to pursue an art career? Why or why not?‘
We both pretty much agreed on being supportive to the child in a situation like that. I – specially since I choose some kind of an art career for myself. But we also asked ourself if it makes sense to pursue an art career at a young age. We agreed that some amount of experiance is nesessary to be an artist. And being really supportive to a child that wants to be an artist actually could be a bit tricky since it often means more than just visit a school of art or a painting class and learning the craftmanship (we were focused on the graphic arts – probably since we were sketching). It might also mean to travel the world, have good but also bad experiances, to grow up and learn how to express in an artistc way.
This week we met in the CSULB Japanese Garden to do some fast sketchings. Unfortunatly the weather was not the best – at least campared to what i’ve experienced so far of the californian weather – and the light and shadows where low in contrast. So i decided to do more twodimensional and reduced drawings, concentrating on the flow of the lines.
Espacially for the 30 second sketches that worked out well and I tried to really stick to these 30 seconds. For the 5 Minute drawing I sketched a tree that i liked and tried to add some different textures and shadows.
The abstract sketch came out as a duck that sleeps with his head hidden underneath one wing. I really like the shape and how it looks like a mix between a flame and a drop of water.
Artist: Blaine Scot Prow
Media: Foam board, Bristol paper, charcoal paper
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
Blaine is a senior student of Studio Art at CSULB. He also does a lot of graphic design and wants to work in this line of business. He always had a fable for geometric shapes and math. Other than that Blaine is a passionated musician playing guitar, bass-guitar and keyboard.
Blaine doesn’t claim for himself to express anything else than the pure joy of geometry and the ability of it to transform two dimensional shapes into threedimensional objects.The example above shows the unfolded version of his piece ‚C.O.‘ the paper is still complete – no part is missing. But when folded in the right way it shows the letters C and o – one as a negative space the other one as a three dimensional geometrical form.
To archive this, Blaine spends a lot of time calculating and measuring. The final pice of art then only takes between 1-3 hours to produce and is all about precision in cutting and folding. Since he wants to focus on the beauty of geometry he decided to use white paper on black foamboard. The use of any other color would only distract and produce expectations of some meaning he doesn’t intend to express. Also the lighting takes an important part in Blaines work. The objects are lit by a spotlight from a certain point above – so the pieces usually seem to appear in white, black and two (grey) gradations
I can perfectly understand Blaines fascination for these geometrical forms – out of a flat surface comes a complex object and leaves a negativ space behind. it’s the same fascination that you can have for origamis – complex figures made of one piece of paper but in case of Blaine’s objects there are cuts added and the result is no figure but a geometrical form.
For this weeks art experience we had another fun activity. We had to make either a flipbook or a zine with a topic of our choice.
I decided to draw a flipbook with little walking-cycle. The last years I did a lot of computer-generated animations, and it was really nice to do some hand-drawn frame by frame animation again. It always feels like magic when static drawings suddenly come to life.
Our Art-Experience Task for this Week was to spray paint our Name as a ‚bubble letter‘ Graffiti.
I was blessed to have the wonderful complementary colors ‚Shocking Pink‘ and ‚Acid Green‘ in my Artbucket. Thats why I decided to go Fresh Prince of Bel-Air-Style and I made a Logo to match with the typo of this 90s series, that I really loved as a teenager. B-)