WK 6 – Photowalk – Annie Ronning

This week I decided to follow Maddy Braverman for the photowalk project. She was very enthusiastic and energetic throughout the walk which made it exceptionally fun. For our walk, we started at the very top of campus where we found the artwork made within plants. Against a brick wall that looks out at 7th street, there are five bushes shaped to spell out “CSULB”. I really appreciated this portion of our walk because many students didn’t even realize it was there – so it was enjoyable to witness the discovery with some of my classmates. Our next spot was the bus stop, where we rode to the Japanese Garden at the other end of our very large campus! I have always loved the Japanese Garden because it is also a hidden gem on our campus. I lived in the dorms my entire first year of college and didn’t enter the gardens until my last month of living on campus. This area is like walking into a different world full of nature and wildlife and I love that it creates a break from reality. Our final stop was at the Walter Pyramid, which I love as well. Some of my greatest memories from college have been made in the pyramid. From working the #1 ranked men’s volleyball games for my Athletic Training major to jumping up and down and screaming with joy when the men’s basketball team wins in double overtime, this place definitely holds a special place in my heart. Not to mention, it’s a big blue pyramid that’s just awesome to look at and take pictures of. There are a lot of places that make our campus special and we did a good job at getting to a few of these places. I couldn’t agree more with Maddy when she says these spots really make our campus great. This photowalk was fun and a great way to meet new classmates and enjoy our beautiful school!

WK 5 – Classmate Conversation – Breezy Hastie

Classmate: Brianna AKA Breezy Hastie (https://breezyhastie.wordpress.com/)

This week I spoke with Breezy Hastie. Her full name is Brianna but she goes by Breezy. I did not know Breezy before this class but we are actually now in the same sorority and she just so happens to be my “pledge mom” and I love that she is. She is a Fashion Merchandising major and her hometown is Los Alamitos. Her passions include her sorority Delta Gamma, helping other people, being a leader, and inspiring others. One interesting fact about Breezy is that she has 3 extra ribs and you can actually feel one of them around her neck area. Her biggest fear is car accidents and her favorite food is sushi. She loves pigs and would consider them her favorite animal. Breezy is a very fun, outgoing girl who is great at making friends and being social. I am lucky to be her friend and now her sorority sister!

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WK 5 – Artist Conversation – Annie Ronning

Info Block:

Artist: Krystal Ramirez

Exhibition: Fuse: Join to form; single entity

Media: metal

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: no website yet

Instagram: @kreeestol

About the Artist:

The artist named Krystal Ramirez in an undergrad student at CSULB in the 3D Media program and works strictly with metals, which is her major specification. Krystal enjoys making art but also loves to thrift shop and make DIY things. She has a drawing and painting background so she uses that as a base of inspiration and exploration in her work. She draws from the different techniques to help aid her in the creations of her pieces. She mainly focuses on movement and linear forms. She decided to work with metal because she took a jewelry class in high school and fell in love with it. She states that it is her favorite thing. After graduating, she has an interest in industrial design but hopes to continue working with metal.

Formal Analysis:

Krystal’s work was clearly made from metal and she created salt and pepper shakers. The lines were smooth and curved and the metal was silver ans shiny. The texture of the shakers was soft and polished. The shakers also had holes in the tops so they could be used functionally but also looked really nice as a household decor.

Content Analysis:

As mentioned previously, Krystal stated that she likes to incorporate the techniques of drawing and painting in her artwork and it can be clearly seen in the salt and pepper shakers.Although the shakers were real life objects, they looked as if they could have been drawn or painted on paper. The lines resembled drawing lines very much so and the shine from the metal resembled different shading techniques that may be used in painting. Krystal also discussed linear movement and this is also seen in the pieces. The shakers have curved bodies that flow very well from top to bottom, as if a wave of light is moving through them.

Synthesis:

I really enjoyed Krystal’s artwork because it was artistic and realistic but also practical. The salt and pepper shakers look like something I would buy at a store to keep in my own house. They are functional but also appealing to the eye because of their smooth lines, surfaces, and curves. Krystal aimed to explore linear movement and drawing and painting techniques in her artwork and I believe she was successful. As you walk around the pieces, they look as though they are moving. The reflection of the light bends on the shakers and makes them flow very nicely together. I also really respect her work because it was done with metal, which is something I have no knowledge of. I may know how to paint and draw, but before this exhibit, I had no idea how something like metal salt and pepper shakers were created. In addition to seeing pieces of art I would want in my own kitchen, I also got to learn more about working with metal. I really enjoyed her work along with the other pieces in the gallery.

WK 5 – Cuisine and Beyond – Annie Ronning

This week I selected the coiffure option of the project and attempted a braided up-do on my roommate. She had an event at a country club so she let me do her hair for the occasion. I chose coiffure for my project because I just recently learned how to french braid well and I wanted to practice even more and find a hairstyle that incorporated french braiding. I achieved my goal of creating three french braids, but the buns that were supposed to look like flowers didn’t look that much like flowers. My roommate’s hair in on the shorter side so unfortunately some of her layers came out as I attempted to pull at some sections of the braid in order to make them look like flower petals. Surprisingly, the hairstyle still didn’t turn out that bad. I was also surprised with how different her hair was than mine. It was a lot thicker than mine so I had a lot more hair to work with than normal. This project was definitely both fun and interesting and I learned that hair-styling is not as easy as it may seem. Although I watched video tutorials on Youtube, performing the actual style was harder than it looked. Next time, I would try this hairstyle on someone with long hair so I won’t have to worry about layers or loose ends falling out. Overall I had fun with this project and my roommate did too!

WK 4 – Classmate Conversation – Annie Ronning

Classmate: Haley Elizabeth Anderson (https://haleyandersonsite.wordpress.com/)

Haley is a fun and energetic girl who is passionate about the things she loves. Her home is located in the Bay Area, specifically in the city of San Leandro. Haley went to a Christian private school for high school and is grateful for the experiences and memories she is making in college. She is an active member of the sorority Delta Zeta and loves her chapter very much. She is extremely passionate about her nursing major and just recently applied for the program this past month. Haley plans to complete the nursing program at CSULB and is hopeful she will be admitted this upcoming semester. In addition to her love for medicine, Haley also loves to play soccer. She was goalkeeper when she played in high school and stated that she misses it very much. She’s thankful that there are soccer philanthropy events she can participate in with her sorority. The main reason she decided to come to Long Beach State was for her major but also the campus, she loves all of the trees. When we discussed the artwork, we both mutually agreed that we loved the “Cookie Monster” sculpture in Samuel Jernigan’s exhibit. Overall, Haley is a great person and I am glad I got to know her a little better than I did before.

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WK 4 – Artist Conversation – Annie Ronning

Info Block:

Artist: Samuel Jernigan

Artist Tag: Gatov-West

Exhibition: Weight of Whimsy and Ideals

Media: Metanna spray paint and ceramics

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: cargocollective.com/samueljernigan

Instagram: @samueljenri

About the Artist:

The artist named Samuel Jernigan is a recent graduate from CSULB with a BFA in Ceramics. He recently submitted multiple applications to graduate schools including UCLA and Alfred State Ceramics. He loves a lot of things like watching cartoons, playing music, and reading comics but he especially loves to eat and drink; coffee and beer are his favorite choices. He stated that most of his days will begin with a latte and conclude with a beer. The ideas his work explores include consumerism, belonging, sentimentality, and alienation and how these concepts exist in our culture.

Formal Analysis:

The two main forms of artwork used in his exhibition are ceramics and spray paint with the occasional addition of materials like steel and wood. His work consisted of sculptures as opposed to the previous artist I studied whose main form was painting on a plastic canvas. His work was very entertaining to look at, especially because it was three-dimensional and included colors. Many of the pieces have clean lines and detail that made the artwork seem extremely realistic. The colors used in his work included pastel and also bright colors. The pieces had a finished look that made the surfaces seem “soft”. These vibrant and life-like sculptures were extremely enjoyable to look at and study.

Content Analysis:

A lot of Samuel’s pieces are about childhood and represent the feeling of nostalgia. Although the pieces represent many toys we remember from our youth, they are all altered in their own way. For example, the Cookie Monster sculpture can easily be identified as the familiar character from Sesame Street but it does not look exactly the same as the original. It has its own uniqueness and differences that relate back to the artist’s concept of alienation. His sculptures were quirky and fun, and he stated that he always makes pieces of art that he sees as funny. As soon as you walk in the room, you start to recognize elements that were present in your childhood and it provokes feelings of nostalgia and sentimentality, which is what the artist aims to do. His artwork pulls you in and stirs up feelings you may not have felt in a long while.

Synthesis:

I thoroughly enjoyed this entire exhibition and wish I could see even more artwork. The ceramic sculptures with smooth surfaces and pleasant colors make the pieces extremely enjoyable to look at. I especially loved Samuel’s exhibit because it brought back feelings that I have forgotten about. I believe part of his goal was to make the viewer reflect on their childhood and how it represents the bigger image of feelings like nostalgia and belonging; emotions that everyone feels but not as often. This showroom was fun, energetic, and lively but also made me think about how different things are now compared to my childhood. I loved his work and the message it left in my thoughts.

 

WK 4 – Graffiti Writing – Annie Ronning

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel to the Venice Beach Art Walls in order to do this project. I had never spray painted anything before, so this was a new and exciting experience for me. I decided to choose two of my favorite colors – coral and turquoise. These colors actually complemented one another very well. After I found a spot on the walls, I practiced my bubble letters by making the outline in blue first and then filling it in with coral. Unfortunately, some of the letters didn’t look as “bubbly” as the others but I was still very happy with how it turned out. I loved the atmosphere at Venice Beach and I’m really grateful I was able to make it out there. I have a new appreciation for graffiti art because using spray paint to make letters is definitely not as easy as it may look. Overall I loved this project and it has been my favorite one yet.

Special thanks to my boyfriend Kyle for driving and photographing!

Wk 3 – Classmate Conversation – Annie Ronning

Classmate: Destiny Breanna Farihi (https://destinyfarihi.wordpress.com/)

I met Destiny in Art 110 through a mutual friend Haley and she’s a super fun person. Her favorite things to do include cheerleading, exercising, and eating…which are also some of my favorite things as well! She loves Mediterranean food and an interesting fact about her is that she has extremely small feet for her height (she is a size 3 in kids). She also has a hidden talent of wakeboarding and her favorite childhood memory is when her newborn sister came home from the hospital for the first time. Destiny was only 4 at the time and stated that she doesn’t remember anything else from that year in her life except for that moment her sister came home. Her biggest fear is funny but actually very rational, she is always afraid that she is going to drive away with the gas pump still in her car. In addition to her biggest fear, her biggest pet peeve is when people chew their food very loudly. In addition to getting to know her, we also discussed the artwork we observed and both agreed that Joshua Vasquerez’s skull painting was our favorite piece of the day. Destiny is a great girl to be around and I’m glad I got to know her better!

Wk 3 – Artist Conversation – Annie Ronning

Info Block:

Artist: Joshua Vasquez

Artist Tag: Gatov-West

Exhibition: Vida/Morte

Media: Spray paint, Sharpie markers, plastic trash bags, wood panels as frames, red rosin paper

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: http://joshvasquez.com

Instagram: @joshybehr

About the Artist:

The artist named Josh Vasquez is an undergraduate student at California State University, Long Beach and he is planning to graduate from the BFA Painting and Drawing major a year from now. Josh’s main interests are painting and making art in general, which he has been doing for a majority of his life. He stated that he had just started taking art much more seriously around two years ago, and he now has a non-degree solo show. Josh’s interesting pieces explore the concepts of life and death and how they contrast.

Formal Analysis:

The two main forms of artwork in the showroom consist of paintings on “plastic” canvases along with dozens of dried flowers places on paper that seemed to resemble dirt and the ground. The paintings on the canvases were extremely intriguing to me because there were many jagged and straight lines that formed from the Sharpie markers. I really liked how the streaky appearance of the marker lines added to the roughness of the pieces. The canvases were especially enjoyable to look at because the works were created on clear plastic as opposed to the average white canvases. In addition to the black and white paintings with a jagged appearance, there were also softer aspects of the showcase that included dried flowers. Although the flowers were all dried, dead, and placed in a straight line, they gave off a much warmer tone. These flowers had bursts of color that brought vibrancy into the pieces. Overall the colors and materials seemed to contrast one another which ultimately made them complimentary.

Content Analysis:

From what the artist has said about his work, it can be seen that he is interested in the aspects of life and death, hence the name of the exhibition. He explored these two ideas by considering pieces from artists such as Van Gogh, Kahlo, Cezanne, and O’Keefe and interpreting them into his own thoughts, feelings, and images. He did this by including materials that all have a “life span”. Although everything will come to an end at one point in time, they will all do so at a different pace. For example, the flowers will not last as long as the trash bags and so on. I believe he did this to display how every single life has a different expiration date. Whether the time of death may be fairly soon or dozens of years from now, all things must come to an end. He incorporated the ideas of life and death by using contrasting colors and materials, and by making these items seem hard and soft. The contrast between these things represents the greater ideas that none of us can control, which are life and death.

Synthesis:

I really appreciate this exhibition because Joshua Vasquez explored a concept that so many people are afraid of: death. When discussing life and death, sometimes it can be heard to explain, imagine, understand, and illustrate, but I think he did an excellent job at displaying both. Although the exhibit seemed to be centered around death at a first glance, the more I looked the more I realized it represented life just as much as it did death. The paints and markers that were used were black and the flowers were dead and the canvases portrayed images such as skulls so it gave off a feeling of gloom but also a feeling of vibrancy and brightness. I was especially drawn to the colors of the flowers, I loved that even though they were dead, they still had great color in them. All of the pieces did an excellent job at demonstrating the conceptual ideas of life and death. Now when I think of these things, wonderful pieces of artwork come in to my mind.

 

 

 

 

 

Wk 3 – Snapchat Art – Annie Ronning

I really enjoyed our Snapchat project this week. It put a fun twist on an app many of us use on a daily basis. I, along with most other people I know, use Snapchat as a form of communication just as often as I use it for taking pictures. I do not think my Snapchat drawings communicate a specific emotion but I know that they communicate things about myself. They show that I like incorporating other people in my drawings and I had a fun theme to my photos. Although my drawings do not communicate to any other Snapchat drawings from the class, it does not mean that I don’t communicate through Snapchat on other occasions. Often times I can have an entire conversation with someone else just by using various facial expressions and drawings in my photos. I love Snapchat and I loved this project because it demonstrated how communication can work without the need of any words.

The first two photos are my Snapchat drawings and the last two are screenshotted from classmates!