Wk 10 – Art Experience – Instagram

This weeks art experience was somewhat different than that of the other weeks. However it was fun to see how many different things people can do it just one day.  When I posted my pictures on instagram I saw the different pictures that everyone else was posting and i literally found nothing the same as what I was doing.  Some pictures that were posted were from school such as the one with the police car, I remember seeing this car when they were having the police fair, and I saw a group of people I guess were protesting against the immigration.  I think it was the Latino group who were protesting. The project was fun because it was great to see through other people’s eyes for a change.


Wk 10 – Artist Conversation – Helen Werner Cox

Artist: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: Silent Screams

Media: Oil pastel, prints, carving, water based material, etc.

Gallery: Gastov West Gallery

Website: http://www.helenwernercox.com/

Helen Werner Cox showcases on of her last solo shows at California State University, Long Beach as she is expected to graduate this semester. Cox is currently a graduate who has showcased her work multiple times throughout her career. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, she moved to California as she thought fine arts for 30 years. The biggest inspiration for her exhibit roots from carousels as she was amazed & fascinated by the appearance and its function. Her love of reading and art translated into her thirty year career as a teacher/librarian. In her early years of teaching in Boston, after getting her degree in art education from Boston University, Cox taught art in alternative education settings because desegregation issues prevented her from being hired at public schools.

Cox showcases an array of artistic techniques throughout her exhibit ranging from oil pastel, prints, carvings, paint, and water colors. She shows enthusiasm & hard work considering the fact that many of her pieces takes a long time to process. For example, in one of her prized pieces, “Silent Screams”, Cox not only shows a hybrid of artistic styles, but also her energy and dedication into her passion. Helen’s pieces in this exhibition include subjects related to carousels, but most importantly in this category is horses. Helen included lots of bold lines, pops of bright color and graceful figures of horses galloping.

Cox decided during this time at some point to go back to college, earning a masters in educational management from Lesley College. After earning her second degree, Cox moved to California where she had to start fresh because nobody in the area knew her. Starting fresh meant having the option of teaching high school or middle school students as an art teacher. Cox had already taught high school students quite a bit, so she decided to take the middle school teaching route. Cox believes that carousels is the perfect representation of her perspective as she channels both anxiety & creativity into her works. By looking into the horses’ facial expressions and the direction they’re going, they seem miserable in an endless spiral.

This wood carving took one year to complete from the sketching stages to the final finished product. Cox has experience in carving from a few years prior to attending CSULB and she decided to incorporate her knowledge into this show. Her inspiration was an English carousel centaur with two saddles.

Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig
Exhibition: All Work All Play
Media: Copper and Silver Metals
Gallery: Marily Gerby West
Website: None
Instagram: None

Sean is a fifth year who will be receiving her BFA in Metals. Other than metalworking, Sean takes interst in reading, gaming, cats and drawing and painting. Originally a Creative Writing major, Sean was unsure what exactly she wanted to studying, so she switched her focus of study to Drawing and Painting, and whilst she took an introductory metals class, she fell in love and knew this is what she wanted to major in.

In her art work, she made interesting pieces that were made out of metal. The shapes of her pieces were all different. Most of them were smooth that won’t cut you when you touch it. The colors of the art she created was just simply and plain. She didn’t change the color of the metal. The size of her pieces varied. Most of here pieces were something that you could wear around your neck, wrist or even your fingers. All of these pieces made me realize how hard it is to create art out of metal. They looked very smooth and thin. The drawing of the white flowers inside were not as smooth, a bit shaky, but nicely incorporated.

These art pieces are just about anything that deals with Cabanig’s daily life. Nothing specific was on her mind while creating this pieces. However, she does like to incorporate a bit of emotion or humor into her pieces to really show others about who she is as a person.Perhaps its the use of silver and metal, but I feel like the medium used help emphasize on the curves and shaping of the metal. Sean explores ideas captured from her environment, her humor, art history, and random thoughts. I love her art besides the penis she made, that was my least favorite one.

When I got to the art gallery I saw that she was the only artist there at the time so I decided to go and interview her. At first I really didn’t know what to expect because I like to hear what the artist has to say before going inside the gallery and look at there work. She was very interesting to listen to because she told us that she likes to show off her work with the experience she learns. I enjoyed looking at Sean’s work. This is my second time looking seeing metal art and I have been impressed with how cool it is.

WK9-Classmate Conversations-Carlos Nava


This here is one of my closest friends, his name is Carlos Nava, I have known him for about 7 years now.  We first met when we were in high school sophomore year. He is currently trying to major in hospitality management, however he really wanted to be account but unfortunately he did not make it.  When he heard of hospitality management he decided to go that route.  One of his favorite pastimes is to go out and play soccer with his friends, from what I hear he is one of the best out there, and he truly believes he can become another Messi. He has big dreams that will one day come true if he sticks to his game plan.

Aside from his plans in the future he enjoys playing video games every now and then, one of his favorite games he is playing right now is Diablo 3, he at first did not want to try out this game but one of his best friends insisted on buying the game.



Jonathan Sniper is a well known defender of the Moonbase.  He has been with the force for about 15 years now and does not plan on retiring.  He has killed anything from monsters from the far far planets, to his own kind because they were rebelling. Jonathan was from a very poor family and was told he could not do anything with his life, so he sought to do different than that of what his parents told him which is why he became a marine.  Jonathan has hundreds of friends and is allied with the wealthiest and strongest people in the Moonbase.  Though Jonathan did not go to college he has extremely great people skills so he does not need school to acquire what he needs to survive.

  1. Aqua Marine 

AquaMarine is a very trusted friend of Jonathan Sniper, and has known her for many years. Some people can say they are the best of friends.

2. Evangeline

Evangeline is also a dear friend of Jonathan Sniper, as she has saved him from the worst enemies known to man.  She not only is a dear friend but can be trusted with your life.  If anyone needs a good friend Evangeline is the person to call.

3. Ghost

Ghost here is one of my best friends, we have conquered practically the whole universe with our own two hands.  There has been times when he thinks he is better than me but time after time I have to put him in is place, second place. Though sometimes I like to go ahead and let him kill more enemies than me, I do it out of the kindness of my heart. Though Ghost is a very dear friend of mine, if you’re his enemy, there will be some hefty consequences, meaning DEATH.

Wk 8 – Artist Conversation -Brianna Joy


Artist: Brianna Joy (AKA Bri Joy)
Exhibition: Merged  
Media: Screen Printing
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Instagram: @bri.joy
Brianna Joy showcases her work at California State University, Long Beach. Joy is currently an undergraduate trying to obtain her BFA and is expected to graduate this year.The printmaking program is a three year program, so Bri has been apart of the 49ers family for 3 years now and this semester is her last. Bri started the art of printmaking in high school and came into college with that major set in mind. Aside from being an art student, she is interested in an array of activities ranging from sports, yoga, and various stuff that includes “board”. As an artist, Joy prefers to be at the presence with her peers: one of the reasons why she doesn’t  have a website. Bri mentioned that she is terrified of graduating because printmaking is reliant on equipment and not the type of equipment that she can set up in her living room. The need for a studio is a must and this is something that makes her scared of stepping out of college because she has to has to work on finding ways of getting ahold of these materials and storage space she needs to be successful in her craft.
There are different types of printmaking and in Bri’s exhibition uses the Lithograph which is print flat on the surface rather than that lift on a surface.In her art she uses a mono-chrome harmony that creates a thought provoking feel to the audience. Though Bri’s work might look really easy at a glance, it is pretty complicated in a way that it takes time to contrast the colors she uses. She describes the process of screening prints quite the process considering how it takes time and effort to combine various layers into one. The figures are using actual lines, implied, and psychic lines that point in all three directions of vertical, horizontal, and diagonal that shows the change of action.
Bri told us about what is behind her motivation in her art, and this being a small town and a big city.  In Bri’s work it shows two main things that she loves about herself, which everyone should love about theirselves, and this being her past and her present. Throughout her pieces they look very smooth but it has a texture to it because of the way she has to process the printmaking. In this process she has to use a compressor and the use of rubbing ink and the paper. Although Bri has to compress and combine her art pieces into one piece, it is fascinating how she can take her past and her present and put them together to make a whole, which to her is what every person is, their past and their present.
Joy’s pieces allows me to see how the past and present can be combined into one entity. In this case, her past and present being mashed together to represent her showcase. The art allows the audience to consider two contrasting elements seen into one setting. When looking at Bri’s work, I took time to just picture my past and my present, and this is what I really loved about her work is that she can put her past and present into one and her art passes that on. When looking at her pints I first thought they were just lines but when looking deeper and focusing my eyes on the prints I started to see figures and my mind began to wonder on the different actions going through the lines in each piece. I guess she did this on purpose giving the idea that art will always have a deeper meaning to it than just giving it a glance.

Wk 8 – Classmate Conversation -Erick Diaz


Classmate: Erick Diaz

This week I had a conversation with my fellow classmate Erick Diaz. Erick is a 2nd year student from Bellflower, Ca. His major is Business marketing.  Some of his interest are cars, football, and basketball. His favorite genre of music is hip-hop/rap.Some of his favorite teams are the Los Angeles Lakers, even though they’ve been doing pretty bad during the past seasons, and the Dallas Cowboys. Erick told me about his football playing career which he played for 8 years. He played defensive end in high school.He is currently in the fraternity Delta Chi. He was saying that most of the weekends they throw parties, and that sometimes he attends them. Overall, it was cool I got the chance to meet someone as well rounded as Eric; he is such an easy guy to get along with, it felt like we’ve been friends for a while because of how easy it was to talk to each other.

WK8 – Art Experience – Automatic Drawing


Alright honestly this week’s art experience was pretty weird.  I actually sat down with my girlfriend and we spent a couple of minutes just sitting there, and as I predicted nothing happened at all.  So of course we started laughing because it was funny, but then we started again and I just started go ahead and move the crayon myself since I  knew it was not going to move by itself. I chose to use green and red just because I am a big fan of Christmas since that is my second favorite holiday of the year, first being Independence Day. Overall this weeks project was pretty cool, although it seems like a cool art piece to me just because I was the one who made it.  If was a fun experience.

Wk 7 – Artist Conversation – Andrea L. Williams

Artist: Andrea L. Williams
Exhibition: Sacrifice 
Media: Clay, Paint, Texture, Ceramics, Mason Stain, etc.
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: mrsdubbayoo.weebly.com/
Instagram: @andreawilliammms
Andrea L. Williams showcases her work at California State University, Long Beach. Williams is currently an undergraduate student at the university obtaining her BFA. Andrea was born and has lived in Riverside for most of her life. She is a very talented person because not only does she enjoy making art and expressing her feeling in the art she does, she also loves to play the drums and express her feelings through music.  She also loves animals as she owns a couple of animals herself.  Andrea is also in love with babies, but then again who doesn’t love babies. Her inspirations for her art comes from her family and especially her daughter. Andrea is expected to graduate this year.
You can easily tell that she is dedicated to her art because it takes about two to three weeks for each art piece.  Her art consists of ceramics which does take a while to make which is why it takes two to three weeks to complete one piece of art, but you can see just how much work and detail she puts into her art pieces. There are a couple of art pieces that I have chose to include that were not made by Andrea but I put them because they look beautiful.  In one of Andreas art pieces it shows a pregnant lady.  The colors she uses contrast each other to make the lady stand out.  So when you look at the piece of art. you would immediately look at the woman because that is what stands out.
In many of Andrea’s work she loves to express woman. She believes that motherhood is a very important thing in her life.  As you can see in her art piece the pregnant woman for example is a huge accomplishment in a woman’s life.  As she is a mother herself, being a mother is a huge component to her art pieces. She went on to explain that although she really enjoys her life as being a mother, her art portrays a different experience.  In her art pieces it expresses a feeling that being a mother is a difficult task and not everyone can do it. The fact that her pieces reflects Christianity suggests her religion. She uses religion as a style of art in order to incorporate both her personal story alongside the general idea of women’s peak and pitfalls throughout life.
William’s work allows me to see her personal accomplishments in the form of art. Not only does the audience are allowed to delve into her story, many women can relate to her experience. Though being a mother is definitely a blessing it by no means easy which is why Andrea’s art is the best I’ve see so far.  I enjoyed looking at her art pieces and these art pieces were really inspiring, as these art pieces really told the truth of being a mother and what motherhood really looks like.

WK 7 – Art Experience – Group Video Activity


For this week’s art experience, we had to make a video in groups.  I chose to go my group video with Carlos Nava the day before it was due because we couldn’t agree on one video.  We took about ten different videos and we chose to go with this one. We did not think it was going to be this hard to make a video but on our first try all we could do was laugh and not stay focus.  After a few attempts we finally made a decent video that we hardly laughed.  In this video, we basically acted out an interview for a job a Google, and that is why Carlos is dressed that way.  Towards the end I noticed that this was not a professional person to work for, that’s when I  decided this job was not for me so I went ahead and just left. Overall, this was a great experience, and I enjoyed making this video with my friend and my girlfriend, who was the person taking the video, Estefania Garcia.