Wk5 – Artist Conversation – Ralph Acosta

 

Artist: Ralph Acosta

Exhibition: RELAX: Reimagining Los Angeles International Airport

Media: typographie

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website: Ralph Acosta on facebook

Instagram: none

 

Ralph Acosta is a former graphic design Student who just graduated to the degree of Master of Fine Arts. The Exhibition shows his final project. Ralph is a comparatively old student who already worked in the industry before deciding to make his degree at the CSULB.
His Master projekt is a matter of the heart for him, since he grew up in Los Angeles and always liked to visit the airport. Its a place where he used to spend a lot of time in the seventies and he learned how the airport has changed since then.

The overall idea of the projekt is a new corperate-design for the LAX, which according to Ralph is not really existing at the moment. Every gate nowadays seems to have its own signage system.

While Ralph Acostas new design ideas also includes a video-loop for the security check in and a plane-spotting app, I’d like to focus on the new signage he came up with. A font that is called The font is Runway Gothic.

 

whatsapp-image-2016-09-25-at-22-24-391The font is called Runway Gothic This grid is the basis for the new LAX – font. The rounded rectangulars are sympathized with the screenwall in front of the Airport.
It also intentionally reminds on the windows of airplanes and the curves on the crossings look like the runways for landings. That’s also the reason for the name of the font.

Another feature of the font is its stencil-character there are fillers between every counter of each letter, which makes it easy to spraypaint the letters with a template and also refers to the look of the numbers on the landing strips.

The whole font is designed very playful but always very logical too – unlike other fonts you would expect to see in an airport, this one is a serif font but since the serifs match typical aeronautical elements it really fits.

Ralph Acosta worked about 2 years on this font and will now probably try to sell it. I hope that his new ideas and designs convince those responsible to rethink the image of the LAX and maybe the next time I visit LAX in the future I might spot at least one gate using his new font.

Wk 4 – Art Experience – Automatic Drawing

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Today I met with Evan Burton – my classmate and first ‚classmate conversation‘ partner to team up for our ‚Art Experiance‘ this week. We met at the campus at Brotman Hall and together we drew a dish of black and green spaghetti.

The idea behind this drawing lies more in the process of drawing than in the actual result. we made it by sitting in front of each other, holding one piece of chalk between us and letting it move  on a sheet of paper without any intention but with intuition and the rythm of our pulse. It was an funny and interesting experience, even though i’m not too enthusiastic about the drawing itself.

Anyway – we had a very good time making it 🙂

 

Wk4 – Artist Conversation – Carly Lake

Artist: Carly Lake

Exhibition: Closer

Media: ink and watercolors on paper; mixed materials and objects

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery

Website: carlylake.com

Instagram: instagram.com/sea.lake

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Carly Lake is a Student of illustration at the School of Arts CSULB. She plans to graduate by next spring semester with a minor in American Indian studies. Afterwards she plans to continue studying in a Master-degree. Carly lives in Huntington Beach and apart from drawing she does a lot of sports like playing soccer and running. During the interview – that she gave together with her friend and exhibition partner May Ta – she worked on drawings for an experimental animation movie.

The exhibition ‚Closer‘ is a collaboration between Carly and May Ta where they arranged different drawings, sculptures and installations in the Dutzi Gallery.
I want to focus on a piece that is named ‚Clonal Mojave Yucca‘ and is a sculpture out of painted wood, clay, and yarn. On a horizontal hanging plate of wood stand 14 finger-sized clay monoliths in a circle. each is painted very colorful and in different patterns and on the downside of the plate each one connects to a strings of yarn and all the strings tie into a funnel-like knot.

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The title of the sculpture refers to a plant located in the Mojave Desert in California. It is one of the oldest plants in the world (about 12000 years) and consists of different tribes that grow in a circle formed formation and are all connected through the underground root-system. The arrangement of the sculpture seems to mirror this plant formation. But it also connects the idea of shared roots to our human kind by using the different colors patterns for each tribe. regarding Carlys Background in American Indian studies, it makes sense to link these patterns to different Indian tribes. Or at least different cultures and civilisations that are somehow connected to each other – maybe without even realizing this connection.

Obviously I didn’t know about this plant or the message behind the sculpture when I first saw it in the gallery. But its colorful and striking composition made me curious of the story behind and during the interview Carly mentioned the idea of connected roots behind this sculpture.

It uses the Yuka plant as a metapher and I think its a perfect Illustration for this forgiving and encouraging idea of intercultural connection.

 

Wk3 – Artist Conversation – Alvaro A.S.F.

Artist: Alvaro A.S.Fall

Exhibition: A Response to Classical Music

Media: acrylics, metal and differend textiles on canvas

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery

Website: none

Instagram: none

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Alvaro Fall is studying sculpture at the School of Arts CSULB. He is an undergraduate student who just began his third Semester. Alvaro was born in Guatemala and emigrated to the States when he was 8 years old and is now living in Los Angeles. After finishing his degree he wants to be an art teacher – or find an other way to work with kids, something he really enjoys.

When I met Alvaro at the exhibit rooms he was just about to explain his latest passion for classical music which is the basis for his sculpture.

The sculpture is a canvas (about 6’x 10′) layed on the ground and plastered with acrylic colors, metal sticks and clothings. most of the color is located in the center of the canvas. the paint sometimes reveals foot and handprints, so you can conclude the color was not applyed by brush.

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The idea behind the sculpture is to give a visual response to a piece of classical music – in this case Beethovens Overture Fidelio.
Alvaro did this by dancing on the canvas, instinctively choosing colors and materials to apply them on it. He describes it as falling into trance and responding to the music with the whole body. The dance is  not a planned performance but a direct and intuitive response.

wp_20160907_14_19_44_proThe exhibition does not only show the sculpture but also a video that displays the process of building it. The camera is placed right above the canvas and Alvaro as he dances to the Overture Fidelio. It really is a joy watching him dance as his dance is very expressive and he uses breakdance techniques as well as ballet-like movements.

In my opinion the video adds a lot to the exhibition itself because it shows a lot of Alvaros personality and his wish to express himself. Alvaro is an ambitious artist who really flourishs in his art and I think thats a wonderful base for his sculptures.

Wk3 – Classmate Conversation – Stephen de Villa

Wednesday in the CSULB Art Gallery I met meet Michael aka. Stephen who just joined our class.
Michael is 19 years old and studies ‚film and electronic arts‘ in his third semester. Apart from that, he already works as a freelancing videographer.

Together we wandered through the SOA-Galleries had a nice chat about our interests in Film and Games and ended up in the room where Alvaro A.S.F.  displayed his artworks.

Michaels website: (not yet published)

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Wk 2 – Art Experience – Landscapes with a Corpse

corps1My landscape with a corpse was made at a swimming pool by the apartments of some other exchange students and friends who also helped me with the photo. Fortunately there weren’t so many people around, so we were able to shoot a nice picture of a corpse in an otherwise pretty abandoned looking landscape. looking back at the picture now, I think my head still is a little too straightened and doesn’t look so dead after all – I would also have loved to put some ketchup on the head and into the water but that would have caused problems with the owner of the apartments I guess.corps2

Wk2 – Classmate Conversation – Samuel De La Cruz

 

Today I met Samuel who is a chemistry student and just began his first semester at the CSULB, after studying in X-ray technologies.

We discussed the matter of the question of the week „if art still is importent in the modern world“ and to anticipate: We both think it is – even though we had some different ideas why. I argued that, since we are a wealthy society that wants to be entertained, there is a lot of space for artists to fill. Samuel found that the need or importance of arts doesn’t only settle in the need of entertainment, but also in the power of art to connect people and maybe to bridge a gap between people of different background.

Samuels Website: https://samueldelacruzblog.wordpress.com/

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Wk1 – Art Experience – Plaster Casting

Today I went to the beach to plaster-cast bodyparts in the sand. At the end of the day that was eventually quite satisfying. Even though it didn’t all came out as it was supposed to look like,it still had some morbid charme. wp_20160827_19_40_02_pro

First I tried to do the foot and handprints in the sand near the water but since the flood came and washed out the prints every now and then, i decided to dig a hole further away from the water and fill it up with fine sand and water – using the handy and very practicale  art 110-bucket. There I was able to make some decent imprints: two rather flat ones and two with some more body to them. These had the problem that some sand had fallen into the hole when I removed my hand and foot. Thereby the negative plastic now had some dubious looking holes in it, as if the bodyparts where somehow enroded.

 

Wk1 – Classmate Conversation – Evan Burton

At the end of this weeks class I met Evan who is studying Economics here  at CSULB. Since I am an exchange student from Germany and his father was apparently born in Germany too, we had a nice chat about the German and the Californian wether in comparison, and about my first impressions of Long Bach and the University.

Link to Evan’s website: (evanburtonblog.wordpress.com)

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