For week 15 and almost the last week of fall semester I did my artist conversation on Troy Rounseville! His was really neat because I love music and played multiple instruments. His art work was instruments like a drum and guitar that played sounds through a machine. Nobody was playing it so it caught my attention because it was something very unique.
Troy explains that he does this to answer a question many have for our future. Will technology change the way we view things in the future? Instead of us playing music physically will music be as important to us when we have technology to do it? That question intrigues me because it would mean a lot of change. There would be no more music awards or concerts. If music is played only by technology what will happen to singers and other celebrities?
This piece was awesome to walk around and admire because it was all something very new to me. I thought it was a bunch of junk when I first went in there but after sitting there for a while I loved it.
For my week 15 classmate conversation I interviewed Abdulelah Algasin. Abdulelah is a 20 year old freshman here at cal state long beach. He came from Arabia and decided to come here because his brother was here first. He decided to come to school with his brother to get his degree. He wants to be a mechanical engineer so that’s what he is majoring in for now. After college he plans to move back to Arabia and get a job there where he can start a family and also be with his family.
Abdulelah has hobbies that consist of soccer, movies, and hanging out with his friends when he has free time. He mainly loves to play soccer and does that majority of his time when he isn’t busy. He has three sisters and two brothers in his family. He is also religious and is Muslim but it didn’t seem like he wanted to talk about it much. I asked him what he though about class and he just said he likes art class but it’s not something he’s completely interested in. Overall he seemed like a really cool guy.
This week my artist conversation was about Brittnee Forline art pieces. The one that intrigued me the most was the piece that had a cross and a ring. This caught my attention because the ring reminded me of The Lord of the Rings. That movie is one of my favorite movies of all time. This reminded me of that movie because the ring looked like a symbol of power just like the movie. To me it looked like something one of the characters would wear.
Brittnee uses metal because it allows her to capture moments and concepts that she does not wish to let go. She is inspired by fictional stories which is probably also why they caught my attention when I walked into her gallery. She is inspired by it also and as she says it allows her to grow as an individual.
This week I met with Antonio Lavermon who I kind of already knew because of my friend Devante. Devante has known Antonio for a while so it was a person I was familiar with. Antonio is a sophomore film major that recently switched to that major. Before that he was a theater arts major but switched a couple weeks ago.
Antonio played ever sport growing up but mainly played baseball. Antonio stopped playing baseball in 6th grade and started playing football because of his dad. His dad wanted him to stay with football so he couldn’t so any other sports really. He is from Analope city in Sacramento and went to that high school as well. He wants his career to be around here in Los Angeles but also wants to live in Malibu. He wants that to happen because he wants to be a film director or actor. He is in a lot of clubs on campus and also works on campus at beach fund. On his off time he likes to makes videos for fun to help develop his skills.
I decided to teach and art activity I taught my sister the activity of deciding where to die. She wanted to die from being to bored because as she says she is “always home”. She thought this activity was weird but very simple but had fun learning it haha.
Timothy Coopers art was pretty much the only artist I went to visit on Thursday. His piece looked like a bunch of plates that he payed out in the image of a plus or cross. It grew on me because to me it was a symbol of a cross which represented to me what Jesus did for us. We all have our own interpretations on things and this one reminded me of my faith.
Stoneware clay and satin white glaze that was heated to 2250 Fahrenheit was what the 145 plates were made out of. This was created Timothy says to show that individuals can come together and design something of personal and social experience.
This week I met with Eric Yanagihara when we ran into each other and asked each other to be partners haha. He was more different than any of the classmates I’ve had before. First off he is a junior like I am except he is 29 years old. He came here after he transferred from El Camino college. He is majoring in physical geography where most of my interviews students were somewhere into sports. He said he would like to work somewhere for the government like the department of agriculture.
He grew up in Torrance and went to North high school. He told me he didn’t play any sports. Now he is a supervisor at Starbucks so I told him to hook me up with free drinks haha. I asked about his hobbies and he said he is starting to get into photography and rock climbing with his friends. He seemed like a really cool guy even though he is a lot older than me. We didn’t talk much after the interview so I don’t think I will be seeing him much.
This week we were suppose to make our own activity up and post about it. I love reading my Bible and I love God so I decided to write a verse on a white paper and post seashells on it. I posted it on my wall because I liked it so much.
I decided to do this because it is a type of art. I created this with my own imagination and it was something I love. This verse represents what we should all do in life where we should not have to worry about anything.
For week eleven I decided to do my artist conversation on Wesley Hicks. Wesley was not at the galleries but I thought the art piece there was the best one for the week. When I walked into the galleries, there were drawings of people, computer art videos, and then the piece I saw from Wesley. When I saw uh piece I already knew I was going to write about that one.
Wesley says the art he does is reflected back at the world through a hazy mirror. Wesley talks about when things are presented there is always authority. Someone is always controlling how it is displayed, represented, and understood. Wesley says his art pieces are always small because he wants us to think that there are big versions of that same scale.
When I saw this piece I thought pretty much what Wesley wrote about. I thought the scale was a small version of buildings that were either being constructed or broken down. The biggest piece, which was silver, kind of reminded me of the World Trade Center. This was because it was the biggest of the pieces so it towered over everything else just like the real ones did.
I decided to die at school because, well, school will be the death of me. I’m really lazy when it comes to school work so I figured dying at school would be perfect. I feel like we do too much work at school and one day my head is going to explode haha.