Wk13 – Artist Conversation – Tyler Turett



For this week’s artist conversation, I had the pleasure in speaking with the talented and creative Tyler Turett. His work was displayed in the Max 20151119_194556936_iOSL. Gatov Gallery East, along with the works of other Animation/Illustration majors.

When walking into the gallery, sketches and storyboards filled the room. Either in color and black and white, each artwork had its own whimsical feeling. For one of the art displays, a figure that seemed to be made out a clay and a book and pen were on top of a tiny self. Above the shelf, a black and white storyboard with mice, cartoon scenes, and character designs of frogs were present. Thankfully, next to all of these things was the artist, Tyler. I then began to interview him.20151119_194559844_iOS

The artist, Tyler Turett, an Animation artist from Huntington Beach who is currently in his last semester at CSULB, said his inspirations for is art are the numerous amounts of cartoons and old animated movies he watched as a child. He was always interested in animation, thus deciding to major in the subject in college. He admited that he learned how to design and draw correctly at CSULB, and that anyone can learn how to animate. Tyler also said that Toy Story was his favorite movie of all time.

20151119_194605251_iOSCurrently, Tyler is interning at Shadow Machine studios, which is based in Hollywood and works with major television companies like Comedy Central and MTV. The company also works with Netflix, specifically animating the show “Bojack Horseman.” As an intern, he will be working on panels for a new show called “Jeff and Some Aliens” in a month of two. For the future, Tyler plans to hopefully work with Shadow Machine and then later work with bigger studios. He also admits that he will go with the flow and see where the future takes him, as long as he continues to animate and make money.

Personally, I love cartoons. I grew up watching cartoons when I was younger, and have always had an appreciation in how the drawings come to life. Even now, I still enjoy them. Besides the art, I have a deep respect for artists, like Tyler, who are pursuing their dreams and continuing to be creative in their adulthood. Cartoons are constantly said to be for kids, but I beg to differ.

Well, I really enjoyed Tyler’s work, and I hope to see more from him in the future!


If you want to check out Tyler’s work and works in progress, click the link! http://tylerturett.wix.com/tylerturettanimation



Wk6– Artist Conversation – Sery Kwon


20151001_181911399_iOSFor this week’s artist conversation, I had the pleasure of speaking with the talented and bubbly Sery Kwon. She and two other artists, named Laura Lopez and Alice Andreini, displayed their abstract paintings together in a show named “Site Lines.” Their show was displayed in the Max L. Gatov Gallery East.

When walking into the gallery, bright bold colors immediately caught my eye. Random lines and textures filled each painting that Sery made, creating a sense of wonder and interest with every glimpse. The paintings were very abstract, making people guess their meanings/purposes. Even without knowing these purposes, Sery’s painting were beautiful and, in a sense, both fun and whimsical. Acrylic paints and rice paper were used in the making of the paintings.

20151001_183124604_iOSSery, who is working towards her BFA in drawing and painting and is graduating this semester, said her inspiration for her paintings was colors, especially saturated/bright colors, with her favorites being coral and purple. She also said that her paintings were based off of open cities, which she creates or portrays, with the help of Google Earth for inspiration. Two out of the four of the paintings displayed were based off of two actual cities. One was to portray Los Angeles Traffic, and the other 20151001_183134335_iOSwas to portray the city of Dublin, Ireland. The one of the other two paintings were said to be what happens in someone’s mind, and the last being a random city she created herself. All four paintings took her two months to complete, and have the common theme of how control and order, shown through maps and geography, are built up and ruptured. Besides the destruction of order, Sery interestingly began to paint abstract only 20151001_181924654_iOSrecently. She used to paint figures before, but became tired of it in her junior year of college since there was always an answer to the classical art type. Abstract, instead, could have many or no answers, which Sery enjoys very much.

Born and raised in Korea, Sery came to the United States at age fifteen, along with her brother, to study art, since, in Korea, the art is traditional and skill orientated. She wanted a freer representation in her art, and her parents were very supportive for her to move over here. Hopefully, they are able to attend her graduation ceremony.

Personally, abstract paintings can be a hit or miss for me. Yet, for Sery’s, I enjoyed her paintings very much. Being someone who has lived in Los Angeles all her life, I tend to love cities over the countryside. City life is just more familiar, and Sery’s portrayal of Los Angeles traffic gave me a nostalgic feeling since I have encountered it many times. Also, her painting that shows how much goes into the mind is great considering that  the human mind is not simple, neat, and organized easily. The mind is simply all over the place.

Overall, I really enjoyed Sery’s paintings and speaking to the artist herself. She was very outgoing and open, and I am amazed at how well she speaks English, considering that she came to the states at age fifteen, and said she did not know how to speak as well before moving. I hope to see more of Sery’s work in the future.


Sery in front of her painting portraying Dublin, Ireland.

To see more of Sery’s work and works in progress check out her website: http://serykwon.weebly.com/