Wk 15- Classmate Conversation- Eddie Castillo

For the last week I got to talk to Eddie Castillo! We actually helped each other in the Moon Base Alpha Art Experience! Eddie is a first year Political Science major but he was a Computer Science major last semester. He was born in Irvine and moved a lot as a kid and he went to Huntington Beach for high school. He loves dogs and he has a Maltese poodle at home. His favorite food is sushi and would like to travel to Japan. His favorite Art Experience of the class was plaster casting.



Wk 14- Art Experience- Japanese Garden

Even though I dorm, I rarely go to the Japanese Gardens. I’ve walked through it multiple times before so I already know what’s going to be there. However, sitting down and finding things to draw really made me look at things individually. For example, instead of looking at the bridge as a whole, I would concentrate on the ornate sculpture on top of the rails.

These were my 3 actual drawings. The first one was the wood panels that held up lanterns nearby the Japanese-style house, the second was one of the sculptures on top of the bridge, and the last one was a fence by the rock garden. These took some time as I had to look at the finer details of each piece.

These were my abstract drawings. The first one was inspired by the water ripples, the second was inspired by the round gray rocks surrounding the water, and the third was inspired by plants. For these abstract drawings, I didn’t really focus on the actual object but more on the shapes or patterns that they each had.

These pictures are of the wood panels by the house, general view of the garden, koi fish. The garden is pretty photogenic overall so it wasn’t hard to take some good photos. I’ve also noticed that it’s been arranged in a way that you can see the majority of the garden if you look down from the entrance.

For these abstract pictures I tried to photograph things that people wouldn’t usually photograph. The first one was shadows made on the ground, the second was a close up shot of a plant, and the next was a close up shot of a leaf with a heavy shadow behind it.

Wk 14- The Secret Life of Tumblr Teens

I started my blog, nekohy (feel free to take a look, and if you go far enough to see NSFW posts, I hope that you will turn a blind eye…), during the summer before my freshmen year in high school, so long ago that I can’t even see it in my archive. One of my old best friends, Stefanie, showed it to me and I thought I’d give it a try. Stefanie and I started off with similar blogs, both focusing on Asian fashion, Korean Pop, and girly pictures with deep quotes written on top. However as the years have gone, by our blogs (and our relationship) diverged. She continued with Asian fashion and in addition had posts about romance. Currently, my blog is filled with anime/manga, memes, and photography. What a combo. You can tell that I’m a pretty avid Tumblr user so I was interested in this article. I really like reading analyses (often on Tumblr about popular series) because I’m not really smart enough to think of these by myself so I often read about other people’s views and see if I agree or not. I was expecting this post to be about the strange culture that Tumblr created but I was met with an in-depth article exploring a world of Tumblr that I wasn’t even aware of.

I follow people who post about series I like, fan art, or those I know in real life. I never followed a blog that was solely comedy or just because it was popular so I didn’t know about Tumblr user pizza. I’ve seen their URL on my dash but I’ve never gone out of my way to check out their blog and give them a follow. The blogs that I follow don’t usually have ads on their theme so I didn’t even know that ads could be a huge source of revenue for the owners. The Great Termination of blogs honestly sounds like a myth to me because I’ve never seen anything about it on my dash, I was completely unaware that this even occurred. It always seemed highly unlikely that people can make money off of their blogs so I never really gave it a thought. I feel kinda about for Lilley and Greenfield because they gave up college to work in a growing network of internet websites only for it to dramatically die off.

Tumblr was once was a website where introverted nerds could come together and make a group of friends. Unfortunately I was not one of those people; I wasn’t popular in Tumblr. Over the 3 1/2 years, I just hit 400 followers. Recently I’ve noticed that Tumblr culture has spread all over the internet. Being a nerd is considered normal and self-deprecating jokes are relateable to everyone. It’s gotten so popular that it even affected our language mannerisms. “Same” and spelling out acronyms like “TBH” and ” SMH” are some examples. It’s really ironic how the current teenage culture is lead by a site that was originally made of up introverted teenagers who were seen as outcasts.

Wk 14-Art Experience Feedback

My 3 favorite Art Experiences from this semester would have to be Landscapes with a Corpse, Snapchat, and Game Design. I love photography, it’s something that I would love to do more but I really just don’t have the time to do it. Whenever I’m out, I always keep an eye out for great photography spots. Just today I saw a bridge with an industrial looking background behind a Red Lobster and a circular building which was definitely inspired by Asian culture in the middle of a street. Landscapes with a Corpse gave me the freedom to design a set of what I wanted the picture to look like, even though I wasn’t the one taking the picture. Next, Snapchat. Snapchat is a app that I used everyday and I check up on everyone’s stories when I’m bored so this experience was very easy for me to do. Also it helped me play around with settings that I don’t usually use and it helped me look at my pictures in a different way. And lastly, Game Design. The idea of an in real life game of hide seek is a really great idea! It’s something that you can easily go out with friends and hunt down each cache. I was really hyped up about it but actually looking for the cache by myself was really tiring. But honestly the feeling of accomplishment was worth it when I found the cache!

My 3 least favorite Art experiences were Plaster Casting, Graffiti Writing, and Group Video Activity. My reasons for not liking these experiences are very similar, they took too much time and/or materials. For Plaster Casting, I wasn’t able to go to the beach with everybody because I still had class afterwards and I didn’t have time to go to the beach during the week so I had to do it at home. I didn’t have sand so I had to go buy a 50 pound bag of sand from Home Depot. It’s playground sand so my family doesn’t really have a use for it so it’s just sitting in the garage taking of space. With Graffiti Writing, I can’t drive so I had to ask someone to drive me to Joann’s and then back to my dorm. I really don’t like inconveniencing others so I felt uncomfortable asking for the ride. And with the Group Video Activity, I didn’t actually do it, I opted out it voluntarily. I remember I had my first Bio test that week so I was stressed out the entire week and couldn’t think of anything besides Bio. I knew it would be a hassle to get a group together, meet up with them, and then edit the video later on so I just didn’t do the activity. It if was something like the Instagram Art Experience, I could’ve easily done it but the Video Activity just took out too much time for me.

Wk 13- Artist Conversation- Nick Bamford

Artist: Nick Bamford
Exhibition: Untitled
Media: Foam, Wood, Plaster, Cement
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov-East
Instagram: nickbamf4d

Nick Bamford is a undergraduate at CSULB and will be graduating this spring with a BFA in ceramics. After graduating he plans to take a year off to continue his art and then apply to graduate school. Bamford is from up north but lived the majority of his life in Huntington Beach. One of his hobbies is playing his guitar. He has a little sister who is in accounting. He’s been interested into art since he was a kid but a ceramics in high school is what inspired him to major in ceramics.

This exhibit was interesting to me because of the Bamford incorporated the use of black lights. The black lights made whites and neon colors stand out in the room. H even used colored fluorescent lights and fans with lights on the blades to enhance the luminescence in the pieces. Bamford’s exhibit has a feeling of randomness with all of the miscellaneous items on the sculptures like a shopping cart, bird cage, flags, lamps, etc.

Bamford’s exhibit is about finding objects and bringing them into a new context. He wanted to create something unique, something that isn’t the traditional sculpture, thus the plethora of objects on the pieces. He used black lights to add a sense of distinctive flair to his exhibit.

I enjoyed Bamford’s exhibit. Although the objects on the sculpture may feel random and crazy, I feel that you can always find something new when looking back at his works.  Looking at his pieces can even have a calming effect I think.

Wk 13- Art Experience- Art Care Package

I am going to send my Art Care Package to Charles Watson. In it I included, scratch paper that I used to do Chemistry problems, a flyer for CSULB’s BREATHE campaign, a flyer to help a band play at Van’s Warped Tour and a drawing of the Star Wars.

An ACP and Snapchat are similar in a sense that you are sending someone some sort of message. Snapchat however is much quicker than an ACP. I think ephemera can have significance depending on what it is. A parking ticket holds no value and doesn’t bring good memories to the holder so I think it’s considered worthless. However giving someone a piece of memorabilia like a ticket or bracelet has more meaning attached to it because the giver sees it as an important item. Giving it to someone would kind of be like transferring that happy moment to someone else.


Wk 13- Classmate Conversation- Florence Balthazar

This week I got to talk to Florence! He is a freshman at CSULB and is currently undeclared but hopes to get into nursing. His hobbies include eating out, playing video games, and online shopping. Some of his favorite games are Pokemon and Super Smash Bros. He works at Babies R Us and lives in Cerritos. He wants to travel to Japan because he has family there.

Wk12- Art Experience- Geocaching

I saw a geocache in the parking structure and began to look there. I thought it would be easy because so many had posted pictures of it but after 40 minutes of walking around I began to give up. As I was walking back, of course, I actually saw it. Unfortunately I was too short to reach the container so I left without logging myself in.

Since I was already there I decided to hide my container in the structure too. Even with pictures, it’s hard to find things in there because everything is the same, gray color. I put random things in my container like hair bands, binder clips, and pennies.


Wk 12 – Classmate Conversation- Jing Huan Ooi

This week I talked to Jing Huan Ooi! She is a 3rd year transfer, originally from Malaysia, and majors in Electrical Engineering. Her hobbies include watching k-dramas and documentries, some of her favorites are “She was Pretty” and “Oh my Venus”. She hopes to become an engineer or start up a small company. Her favorite food is KBBQ.

Wk 1o- Artist Conversation- Helen Werner Cox

Artist: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: Silent Screams

Media: Woodcarving, Oil Paint, Pastel, Water Based Materials

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: www.HelenWernerCox.com

Helen Werner Cox is currently a graduate student here in California State Long Beach and is in the Drawing and Painting Program. She was born in  Ithaca, New York and eventually moved to California for the weather. In California she worked as a high and middle school teacher and also a librarian. Her hobbies include gardening, reading and lately has been playing the DOTS game. Fiction and Mystery are her favorite genre of books.

Her gallery consist of horses, like the ones that you see in a carousel ride. She uses a wide variety of media to convey her horses like woodcarving, prints, and oil pastels. I like that her color scheme varies between each piece, some are monochromatic while others have bright and lively colors, similar to those of a carousel. Most of the horses had a terrified look on them. Her lines her subtle and it it adds a very “soft” feeling to the art, in contrast to the horse’s expressions.

Cox channels her emotions about society in her exhibit. She feels like we are going in circles and not progressing enough. While technology is advancing, our emotions aren’t. We keep repeating our mistakes so we are stuck in the same place. The horse’s expressions depict the chaos that humans are going through. She spent a long time studying carousels and even riding them which is what I think gives a realistic feeling to all of the art pieces.

I really love that meaning that Cox put in this. gallery. At first I thought she was one of those girls obsessed with horses in school but she used the horses to convey a very important message. It’s almost like a cry to society to change but no one can hear. I love her variety in the gallery and shows how skillful she is in each area.