Artist: Alice Andreini
Exhibition: No-Mans Land
Media: Paint, Oil, Wax
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Alice Andreini is a MFA graduate student and is approaching her last semester in school. Alice is majoring in drawing and painting. She is going to graduate this upcoming spring. She is originally from Minnesota and later moved to San Diego and finally Long Beach to attend school. Alice, similar to most students, wasn’t exactly sure of what she wanted to pursue as a career. At first, Alice was studying medicine but later decided to switch to theater. While studying theater, she was a set designer and she also was the one to paint the back drops in the plays. Alice has always had a passion for art but did not believe it was a stable career. Her goal in the near future is to become a professor at CSULB and wants to teach art. She also wants to continue painting. During her free time, she enjoys reading poetry.
Alice Andreini’s art gallery consisted of large painted canvases. All of her art pieces were beautifully painted and all colorful. The way Andreini painted it made the texture really unique, almost 3D. I noticed that she used a lot of geometric shapes and all had so much detail. Her art work was supposed to resemble golf courses. She used grid like patterns to achieve it.
Alice Andreini mentioned that most of her pieces were inspired by landscapes and nature. She also mentioned that she wanted her pieces to be more abstract.
I really enjoyed Alice’s paintings. The texture of each painting really stood out to me and I believe that was what drew my attention as soon as I walked into the gallery. All of her paintings are very unique, nothing like I’ve seen before. I personally thought a lot of her art looked similar to mosaic art.
Artist: Yujia Gu
Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence in the USA
Media: Graphic Design, Print
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
About the Artist:
Yujia Gu is an international student at CSULB in her last year of the MFA program. She is getting her masters in Printmaking. She is mainly focusing on graphic design. Yujia was originally from China and she plans on returning after completing her education here in the US. Yujia also lived in New York for a short amount of time and decided to move to Long Beach. She has always been into graphic design since the age of 19 and has always been drawing as a kid. Yujia uses her social media to spread awareness of the problems that the world is going through. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and visiting museums.
Yujia Gu’s art gallery is based around one thing and that is Gun Violence. Right when you walk into the gallery, you see a huge image of a gun on the right. The gun consisted of smaller images of guns and words related to it. Yujia mentioned that gun violence is a revolving problem. When you look to the left side of the gallery, she placed a map of the United States with the statistics of gun violence crimes that have taken place within 72 hours. In the back wall were names and images of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting.
Gun violence has always been a major issue in the United States. As a kid, Yujia has been wanting to come to the US to study but because there have been several cases of gun related violence, her parents were hesitant to let her move here for schooling. The point of her gallery was to explain to her audience that gun violence is a very serious issue here in the United States.
As I was viewing the different art galleries, I was really attracted to this one specifically. As soon as I walked in, I saw a giant image of a gun. It was also really interesting to learn about the statistics of gun violence in the United States. Previous to viewing this gallery, I was aware of how much gun violence there was, but I forgot how serious of an issue this is and also how often it occurs. It truly is sad to think about all the people that have passed due to this problem. I do think her gallery was effective and Yujia got her point across.
For this week’s classmate conversation, I got to meet Alexander. Alexander is a 3rd year at CSULB and is majoring in General Biology. He is originally from Norcal, specifically near East Bay, which is cool because I rarely meet anyone from up North. The city that Alexander is from isn’t too far from where I am from. Because he isn’t from around Long Beach, he has an apartment near by school so he can commute. I learned that his favorite food is steak and that his favorite color is Cyan Blue! I really enjoyed talking to Alexander and I hope to meet more people throughout the rest of the semester!
For this week’s art activity, I chose to do it on the wedge by the USU. Everyday walking to class, I see this wedge and I even go walk through it myself! Im not sure why everyone decides to squeeze into such a tiny space. Possibly because we’re all just too lazy to walk around or we believe it saves time. If I had the chance to redesign this area, I would probably just tear down that wall and maybe even remove the benches next to it. I think by doing that, it would open up so much more space for students to get around and cause less traffic. . I also don’t think that the benches are being used that often, so removing it won’t be much of a problem.
Artist: Brittany Waters
Exhibition: More Than A Sandbox
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi
About the artist:
Brittany Waters is a senior at CSULB and is in the MFA program, mainly focusing on ceramics. She is going to be graduating this semester and is planning on getting her masters in Oregon. She was originally born and raised in Sacramento and moved to Long Beach. She is often inspired by nature, but especially the ocean in this exhibit. Her exhibit displayed how important protecting nature was to her.
Brittany Water’s art exhibit featured baby sea turtles in several different ways using ceramics. She made about 118 sea turtles, each taking about 3 hours. She also features sea turtles in instagram posts which you will see right when you walk in. There are also many images of sea turtles hung up on the walls.
Brittany mentioned that she created this art exhibit because she wanted it to capture her love towards nature. She also wanted the audience to understand that the beach is not only a place for us to play and have fun at but also it is a place for animals. We are sharing the beach with these animals and we need to respect their space.
Synthesis/ My Experience:
Brittany’s exhibit is probably one of my all time favorites that I have seen throughout this semester. I loved every single thing about it. I enjoyed all the little details that she added. Her message to the audience was very thoughtful and I like how she incorporated that into her art work. I personally love the beach and I never really thought about how us humans affected nature and wildlife. All in all, her exhibit was really impressive.
ARTIST: David Desantis
EXHIBITION: Day Dreamer
MEDIA: Ink and paper, Printmaking
GALLERY: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
David Desantis is currently an undergraduate senior in the CSULB School of Art’s Printmaking Program. He is originally from Westminster. As soon as he turned 18, he knew he wanted to do something art related. At first, he was a majoring in typography and graphic design but decided to change it to printmaking. David began drawing at a really young age and has continued until this day. However, as a young teen, he often only drew motorcycles. He really wanted to attend school in Long Beach because they had one of the top art programs in the west coast.
Most of David’s art pieces are on thick white paper. He often chose to do each piece in just one color, mainly dark colors like black and red. Unlike many artists, David most of his art pieces stuck to the same few colors. He rarely used sharp lines. They were all curving and swirly lines. Although it may seem messy, it was very clean.
Every single one of David’s art pieces has multiple meanings to them. Each person can interpret each piece differently, it all depends on the individual. A lot of his artwork is influenced by music, mainly dubstep. I found that really unique because he mentioned that his artwork is based on “the rhythm and beats of the music.”
David’s art gallery was very interesting to me. All of his pieces were very realistic and did not have much color to them. Although some of his artwork was very simply, they were really detailed and I really enjoyed it. I also loved how clean his artwork was. The picture above was one of my favorites from his gallery.
For this week’s art activity, we had to spray paint! I was super excited about this project because I had never even touched a spray paint can before. Unfortunately I didn’t have any spray paint at my apartment in Long Beach, but I did find a can when I went home for spring break at my parent’s house. There was only one color, black. I didn’t have the opportunity to find a nice place to complete this project, so my dad pulled out a piece of cardboard from my sister’s old project. Because I have never spray painted anything, I started off spraying from really far away and nothing showed up. Then I realized that I had to go A LOT closer for the paint to touch the card board. All in all, I had a lot of fun doing this activity. I definitely did not think I would ever have to spray paint anything so this was a new experience for me.