Artist: Nancy Young
Exhibition: As The Crow Flies
Media: Print Making
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi-Gallery
Website: No website
Instagram: No instagram
This week I visited the exhibit of Nancy Young, a printmaker here at CSULB. Young is stoked to receive BFA in print making and excited because this is her final show case in CSULB School of Art. Young had the opportunity to present her art work in the SOA galleries by asking for the chance to show her work to everyone. Nancy started attending California State University Long Beach in 1984 and left after being placed on academic probation following issues with substance abuse as a result of her bipolar disorder. Nancy enjoys taking printmaking classes and has taken all of them at Long Beach State.
Young works in Orange County as a programmer and simply enjoys art as a side passion with no desire for financial gains. Nancy’s work consists of printmaking on several surfaces, metal, rubber, paper and shows many images of landscapes and crows witching these different environments. Most of Young’s art works are extremely intricate in the fact that all the details in each piece are very defined. There are a lot of lines, especially rough and rigged lines because of the materials and process she goes through when creating this works.
The inspiration behind Nancy Young’s work is deeply personal. She creates pieces at locations she has personally visited and that she holds significance in. The reoccurring theme in all of her work is crows, these birds represent aspects in her life that need to be freed, “like a bird leaving the nest”. Youwng’s exhibit had an obvious focus on black crows. Her work is a reflection of loss and grief after losing her beloved husband nine years ago who continues to be an inspiration to her expressions, and the loss of one of her dogs.Nancy’s work explores ideas of personal issues. She mentions her dogs and the grief of losing her husband nine years ago. She describes this exhibition as a bookmark for her life that after all these years she’s finally finished getting her degree. The crow in her work symbolizes the fact that people are always traveling and moving to different places.
I personally loved this weeks exhibit. The amount of personal influence in Nancy Young’s work really made the images that much more moving. I believe she is a very talented artist with an interesting background and past. Her story is inspiration for anyone who left school and is considering coming back or is afraid they might fail. Her work actually looks like fun.
This week I had the pleasure to meet Carlos Cucufate.Carlos is a first year student and his major is business management.Carlos commutes from Inglewood, but doesn’t mind driving to school like most commuters. His favorites sports are soccer, and basketball. Carlos’s favorite color had to be blue. He has many hobbies but one thing he told me he likes to do is play some Xbox, I myself am a Playstation fan but the Xbox will do the job. He was telling me that he enjoys playing Fifa 16, but he does not like the goalies because they block about 99% of the shots. His favorite sports team is Real Madrid, and despises their rival, Barcelona. He graduated from Amino Leadership Charter School. Carlos was a great person to talk to and meet.
This week we had a peaceful experience and that was sitting in the Japanese garden and drawing a sketch of the garden. I chose to draw this tree that was right behind the lake. I love this tree because the leaves were so green, and it was just there living you know. The tree did not have to worry about anything at all. I also liked the leaves that were on this tree, they were just swinging in the wind all beautiful like. What was really intriguing was the branches this tree had on it, they were growing everywhere, all random. I love this because this is what made the tree unique, no matter how it grew it would still serve its purpose. I’d say I really did love this week’s project, even though I was not able to do all 6 drawings.
So this weeks art experience was a fun one, it was something different that I have never done before. So we had to send a “care package” to a random classmate which means that we would also receive a care package. So I received this care package mid day on Saturday. At first I thought I wasn’t going to get the package on time but I guess my partner sent it in express mail or something. Anyways this is what i received, at first glance it may look a little weird, but at the same time it’s so interesting. This picture of a small kid, I can’t help but think this is from the sender when he was a little kid, but I have no idea who my sender is, so it will forever be a mystery which is what I think is so unique. The paddle board was pretty fun to use, though after a couple minutes I played to hard with it, and it ended up breaking. Overall, this was a unique art experience, and I would definitely do it again with my friends, I would maybe send a couple weird things. This is quite similar to snapchat because people post meaning less posts of their food, clothes, etc. which you can do here, but what makes snapchat most different is that you can send it to multiple people at the same time of the same object and here you cannot. An ACP is does contain “love” because that person went out of there way to send something with meaning to a friend, they actually went out of their way to mail this to a person and not just upload it quickly to the internet, which is what is ruining America, they are making everything way to quick, which gives lots of things no meaning.
This week I had the pleasure to meet with a fellow classmate, Patrick Dong. He is a fourth year here at CSULB, and his going to major in Math. He plans to either work in a middle school math teacher, or work as a twelve grade math teacher. He said if none of these plans work he wants to become a high school counselor. I greatly enjoy what he chose to do with his career because what ever route he chooses to take, it will greatly help the youth. He is twenty two years old and about to turn twenty three this year. This is impressive because since he is about to graduate this year, that means he has been on track these four years. Something very interesting is that he was born and raised in Vietnam, you can easily tell because he does have a very noticeable accent. He recently moved to the United States, which was about ten to eleven years ago. Overall, Patrick was a very interesting person to meet, especially because is from a different country. He inspires me because he is on track to graduating which makes me want to graduate even faster now.
Artist: Nick Bamford
Media: Mixed Media, Plaster, Clay, Cement
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov West Gallery
For this week’s artist conversation, the class and I had the pleasure to see some of Nick Bamford’s art. Nick Bamford is currently a senior here at CSULB, and is going to graduate majoring in Ceramics this semester. Nick Bamford was born and raised in Huntington Beach where he first discovered his passion for the arts. When he was in high school, he took a ceramics art class and he immediatly fell in love with it, which is why he decided to choose this career.
His art exhibit includes three glowing structures that are presented in a black light setting. This exhibit is like nothing we have seen in these past weeks. The blacklight and led light combination added an element of suspense and mystique which is what really made this exhibition stick out. There are many colors in multiple angles and multiple lights. The black light brought out some interesting exotic colors which were neon. His imagination shined through in each piece. Honestly, I did not know how did he get shopping cart to stay up in the air balanced with only strings and sticks.
Artist Nick Bamford explains that his sculpture pieces are actually not random. He was explaining how he picked his art, which was a reflection of his past experiences and the way he views himself. I believe that Bamford wanted to inspire his audience to look at our everyday lives at more than face value. To some, his work may just be a bunch of random things piled on top of one another and called art but Bamford is the person who spent the time thinking and putting together his vision. Towards the end of the interview he states that Art Is Life, and that Art is what he is.
I personally enjoyed viewing Nick’s artwork. At first when I went inside I thought it was going to be weird but when I got closer I thought it was very interesting. His artwork is very unique in such a way that I would never see an art piece like this ever again. His exhibition gave off a mood of excitement and awe. This experience has inspired me to continue to live outside of the box and embrace those qualities about myself.
This week I had the pleasure to meet with Eli Yee. At first I did not have a person to talk to since just about everyone already had a parter for this week’s classmate conversation, however just as I was about to give up, I saw Eli in the distance so I just had to talk to him you know. Well it turns out he too was looking for a classmate to talk to. It’s Eli’s second year here at CSULB, and he is 20 years old, and he will turn the big 21 next year. He is trying to major in art and he actually does paintings on his free time. He showed me a couple of his art pieces and one was a painting of a blue flower, and I actually liked it but when I asked him the price he said he was selling it for $100. He said he drives a nice 2007 BMW, its maroon but it recently has been in an accident. He said he fixed it not to long ago but he did not pay for it because it was the other drivers fault. Overall, Eli was a nice person to meet, he has big dreams of becoming an artist and I personally think he will be a great artist because he does already have some great paintings.
Artist: Jennifer Chen
Media: Digital print, Print making
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: Does not have a website
Instagram: Does not have a website
For this week’s artist conversation, I had the pleasure to meet with Jennifer Chen. Jennifer is currently attending CSULB completing her last semester to obtain her masters in Fine Arts with emphasis on printmaking. Although she is majoring in Fine Arts, Jennifer’s first interest was in biology.She uses a sort of masking technique that she utilizes after printing images which she has edited using photoshop. From looking at these photos from a distance you can almost say it looks as if she really painted it.
Jennifer’s art exhibition consists of eleven different yet somewhat similar artwork. Some of her artwork have color which is mainly green since there are mainly trees in her artwork. While some of her artwork consists of black and white. I had asked her why some of her artwork is black and white and she had said that they showed more of microscopic images. Also, some of Jennifer’s artwork may look glossy and this is because she wanted to give it more of a 3 Dimensional look. She said that she prints these images on her Epson pinter, then adds the masking for stencils later. She claims that she does not know much of photography, however her art work speaks otherwise in my opinion.
Jennifer said her artwork ideas of succession, she says that this is her inspiration for making these artworks. Jennifer said that whether there is a fire, flood, earthquake, or what ever disaster may occur that the world would end up repairing itself, that the world will always come back to the way it was before hand. Well not exactly the way it was before but healthy in a sense. Her large art pieces would take about a week to complete because they are done in four different sections. She would have to wait for the pieces to dry before starting a new section.
Overall, I really enjoyed viewing Jennifer’s art. At first when I arrived I had said to myself “No way she painted all of that in that great detail.”, but obviously I went up close to find out that it was printed and she had just added a couple things to it. It was something new for me to see. Her artwork in my opinion, is very unique, I had never seen artwork like this before and I did actually end up liking it.
As I was waiting to meet one of the artists for this week, I got a chance to conversate with Lainie Le. Lainie is currently a first year here at California State University, Long Beach. As of right now, she’s undeclared but accounting has definitely sparked her interest! Lainie is Cambodian and Vietnamese but she speaks Vietnamese much more fluently than Khmer. She even taught me how to say hi in Vietnamese! It’s “chao!” Also, if you love boba, you’ll definitely see Lainie at Fusion Tea Bar in Cerritos! She’s practically almost always there! I’m glad I got the opportunity to meet her! She has an adorable personality! If you have time, check out her blog at https://laayyknee.wordpress.com/