Wk14 – Artist Conversation – Sery Kwon

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For this week’s artist conversation, I had the pleasure of speaking again with talented and creative Sery Kwon (a link to our previous conversation). Her art was displayed in a group show named “Transference,” which showcased the art of Senior Drawing and Painting Majors. The show is held in the Max L. Gatov Gallery West.

When walking into the gallery, paintings filled the room, with different themes and a variety of colors. One of the artworks did not seem like the others. It had shredded black and white pieces of canvas and little acrylic paint splattered on it. I was curious about the piece, and it turned out that the artist was someone I had already interviewed before, Sery Kwon.

For this particular piece, Sery said that she was inspired by her favorite 20151203_193930031_iOSartist, Mark Bradford. She was also wanted the piece, which is called “Behind You,” to be different compared to the other pieces in the gallery that were traditionally painted. The concept of the piece was for it to be a map within a map. To make the piece, Sery first painted the canvas, cut and ripped the material, arranged it, and then used acrylic paint on it again. Another really cool thing about the painting is that the back of the piece is painted red, which reflects on the wall it was hung on. “Behind You” took about one month to complete.

Sery also had two other paintings displayed in the gallery, named “Hidden Paths” and “Uh Oh,” which shared her common theme of maps like her art in her previous gallery.

Overall, I really enjoyed seeing Sery’s art and speaking with her again. She has such an unique style that I appreciate very much. I hope to see more of Sery’s work in the future!

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Sery in front of “Behind You”

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

Wk12 – Artist Conversation – Christopher Linquata

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For this week’s artist conversation, I had the pleasure of speaking with the talented and detailed Christopher Linquata. He and another artist, Mike, collaborated ideas and created a show is called “Sacred & Profane.” Christopher’s art is displayed in the Max L. Gatov Gallery West.

20151112_191048471_iOSWhen walking into the gallery, four large paintings are hung on the walls, while small three painted panels are laid on a shelf. Each painting had a background of a beach that contained ruins in it. Besides the constant background, familiar faces were in each painting, especially the artist’s. Seeing Christopher in each painting intrigued me enormously, considering that he and others were doing very specific actions in some paintings. I needed to find out what his art was about.

The artist, Christopher Linquata, a representational drawing/painting major who is in his last semester at CSULB, said his acrylic paintings were based off sacred and religious scenes. He, in general, paints theological scenes, and, interestingly, used to be a religious icon major. 20151112_190957186_iOSEach painting is based off of either a religious or classical scene. One of the paintings was his version of Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, with Christopher being Jesus, while another was that representing when 20151112_191020413_iOSHercules was killed by his father, again with the artist being the main character. Besides being inspired by theological and sacred scenes, Christopher is also inspired by nature and by the artist Piero Della Francesca. The three panels he painted, which is a portrait of him, his wife, and son, were actually references to Francesca’s style. Alongside his inspirations, Christopher’s backgrounds were that of real places. He chose to paint the scenery of
the ruins in San Pedro, and also shared that he knows each person personally that he painted in each painting. It took Christopher ten months to complete all of his paintings. 20151112_191013934_iOS

Besides his art in the gallery, Christopher, who is from Los Angeles, has been drawing his whole life. He later plans/wants to be a selling artist, and 20151112_191042094_iOSpossibly become a teacher.

Personally, I really enjoyed Christopher’s work, and how he made modern versions of classical and religious scenes. Being raised Catholic and a product of Catholic school, I was very familiar to these scenes. Each brought back a memory of what I studied before, and left me to be a little nostalgic.

Overall, Christopher’s art left a great impression on me, and I hope to see more of his work in the future!

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To see more of Christopher’s work and works in progress check out his Facebook and Instagram.

Wk10 – Artist Conversation – Valentina Moeur

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20151029_182842271_iOSFor this week’s artist conversation, I had the pleasure of speaking with the down-to-earth and talented Valentina Moeur. Her show is exhibited in the Gatov Gallery West, and is named “Mysterium.”20151029_182623755_iOSWhen walking into the gallery, I was automatically intrigued. An array of 20151029_182750412_iOSwooden desks and tables filled the room, either holding little metal works and jewelry or other mystical items, which fit the name of the gallery entirely. Some of the tables even had the classic Ouija board design on them. Many glass items 20151029_182707996_iOSheld little trinkets in them, and there were also cupboards that held little bottles, with what seemed to be colored glass, which I found out later to be enamel. Tree branches were also displayed, along with a table with tarot cards. Besides these 20151029_182712434_iOSpieces, a couch and table were in the corner of 20151029_182816392_iOSthe room, which I thought was a very nice touch to the gallery. Right next to the couch, music was playing, which the artist explained after was a Russian man getting people ready for a seance.

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The artist, Valentina Moeur, who has been studying at CSULB for three years now and is working towards her BFA, said that her gallery was inspired by mystical things, spirituality, the unseen world, and natural feelings. Overall, Valentina works with the theme of the mystical realm in all of her works, and through her gallery, she wanted people to feel like they were walking into another world, especially one that there are not entirely comfortable with. Valentina said that she owns all the furniture, and either got them from friends or from a thrift store. Being a Metals (3D Media) major, she made all of the jewelry and metal works, which took her took her three years to make.

Besides her jewelry work, Valentina is from Southern California, but moved to Seattle for awhile, and then moved back down. She was not really big with college, but went back to school in 2004 to learn how to paint and draw. At El Camino College, she tried out different art classes, and one day went to a show, which made her decide to entirely get into jewelry. She has been making jewelry ever since. Currently, Valentina has been keeping all her works, in order to put them all into a big show, displaying everything.

Personally, I related to Valentina’s gallery because I feel like I am a very spiritual person. I was raised Catholic, but I will admit that I have become more spiritual over the years. I do believe in the paranormal, but I would not mess with a Ouija board. There are too many things that cannot be explained, so there has to be more than meets the eye.

Overall, I really enjoyed Valentina’s work and getting to know her. I felt like her gallery was complete and really comfortable in it, compared to others. I hope to see more work from her in the future!

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Valentina is the one between me and my friend Maddie

To see more of Valentina’s work and works in progress. check out her website! http://valentinavioletdesigns.com/

Wk9 – Artist Conversation – Maccabee Shelley

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For this week’s artist conversation, I had the pleasure of speaking with the very talented and insightful Maccabee Shelley. His show is exhibited in the Max L. Gatov Gallery West, and is called “Fragile Nature.”

20151022_180230013_iOSStepping into the gallery, I was automatically intrigued! Art pieces were made with different types of materials, like glass, plaster, and ceramics, which were fused together. These items had beautiful colors painted on them by acrylic paint, that I believe complemented the pieces nicely. Along with this fused glass, there were also random items in Maccabee’s 20151022_180221647_iOSartworks, which he found at thrift stores, garage sales, or dumpsters, like suitcases, books, or little figurines that would probably be found in my house. The suitcases usually held the artworks on top of it, while the smaller items were placed on his artworks. My favorite piece in the gallery was the one that contained drips of colored glass that dripped upwards, rather than the usual downwards.

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20151022_180308705_iOSThe artist, Maccabee Shelley, who is on his fourth semester at CSULB, said that he didn’t necessarily have inspiration for his gallery, but admits that the head of the art department at CSULB, Tony Marsh, inspired him to become the successful artist he is today. Growing up in 20151022_180242818_iOS   Los Angeles, as a child, Maccabee has always been interested in science. He also liked to take things apart. He later went to Humboldt State University, majoring in Environmental Science, but after continuously taking art classes each semester, gradually moved from his previous major to art. He earned his BA in studio art and minored in art history, and has been making ceramics for about nine years, while being a full time artist for about five years now. Maccabee admits that he overproduces his pieces, and lays them out strategically, especially since he said that he has lived his life like a chess game.

I really like Maccabee’s artwork and love the concept of how he would fuse and place items next to each other that did not necessarily fit together. The pieces introduce the viewers to open their minds into a different perspective, which not many people can do. I believe that people should always keep their minds open, because if too narrow, I do not think that they will experience life to its fullest.

Maccabee was very insightful and I hope to see more of his work in the future! 20151022_182413792_iOS

To see his current works, check out his website! http://www.maccabeeshelley.com/

Wk7 – Artist Conversation – Jane Weibel

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For this week’s artist conversation, I had the pleasure of speaking with the talented and down to earth Jane Weibel. Her show was exhibited in the Max L. Gatov Gallery West, and is named “The Extraordinarily Difficult and Impossible Tasks of: Recounting Fading and Altered Memories and Stabilizing Shifting Time.”

When walking into the gallery, I was automatically intrigued. Little figures 20151008_181743692_iOS that were molded to represent items of my childhood filled the room. From a swing set to little coats hung on the wall, nostalgia came upon me, making me interested in the installation’s purpose. The different ceramics, made from clay, were painted in bright, almost pastel, colors and made the room feel very lively, and very childlike.

20151008_181754506_iOSJane, who is a ceramics major and has one more year until graduating, said that she was inspired by pictures of her sledding with her mother at a young age. These photographs triggered the memories of that day, but the fact that what she remembers today may have not been accurate to what actually happened frightened her. With the addition of a family member passing away from Alzheimer’s and realizing that her memories might not be true, Jane acknowledged that she has an anxiety of losing her memories and a desire to hold onto them. To relieve this anxiety and satiate this desire, Jane made this art installation.

Based off of her childhood, Jane filled the room with everything she 20151008_181857802_iOSremembered to have played with at a young age. She even included actual artifacts from her childhood, like coats, her little bronzed shoes, and the red sled that is shown in the pictures that inspired her. These artifacts represent the physical things in her 20151008_181632665_iOSchildhood, and the rest of the ceramics she made represent what she has filled in to make these memories complete.

Besides her interest in reliving/remembering her memories, Jane previously was a graphic design major, and only got into ceramics about two years ago. She is from San Diego, and has one younger brother. Jane works part time at a pottery studio, and it took her about two months to complete all the pieces in her show. With the help of two assistants, she installed the gallery in thirty six hours.

Personally, I am in love with Jane’s concept. I believe that childhood is a very important stage in a person’s life, and affects us the most because it shapes us into who we are today. I always have random flashbacks of my childhood, and can relate to how these memories can be obstructed from what they used to be, thus making me question myself to what was real or imaginary at the time. I can also relate to Jane’s anxiety of losing these memories because I do not want to forget my past and how innocent I was when I was younger. Our childhood memories molded us into who we are today. If forgotten, how will we know our personalities true origins?

Overall, I really enjoyed Jane’s installation, and I hope to see more work from her in the future.

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To see more of Jane’s work and works in progress, check out her instagram: janemargarette

Wk4 – Artist Conversation – David De Mendoza

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20150917_180806640_iOSFor this week’s conversation with an artist, I had the honor to speak with the talented and creative David De Mendoza. He and another artist, named Vanessa Gamboa, collaborated together to make a show called “Disquieting.” Their show is held in the Max L. Gatov Gallery West.

When walking into the gallery, I was automatically intrigued. I saw bright 20150917_181943559_iOScolors on every painting, but instead of a whimsical and fun idea, horror would be portrayed. Each painting and sketch that David made contained fear that people would usually have, which ranged from clowns to spiders. and even a combination of both, like in his painting named “Deadlights.” Colors in the paintings, that would usually clash, managed to work nicely together, thus effortlessly making the fear portrayed stand out even more. Also, oil paints were used on David’s paintings, and made a smooth and clean texture on each piece.

David, who has one more year until graduating from CSULB, said his inspiration for his pieces are the horror movies he has seen throughout the years, with his favorite film being the Shining. 20150917_181954418_iOSThe paintings were based off of recognizable fears that manifested into real life, but show different approaches to it, like his painting “Last Lullaby” which was based off of the fear of the sandman. Besides majoring in painting at CSULB, David also is majoring in drawing, since he originally was into pen work. He only started to paint three years ago, and was able to gather inspiration for his paintings through the sketches he made about two years ago, that are also 20150917_181936890_iOSshowcased in the gallery. An overall theme of fear is portrayed in the gallery, with Vanessa’s paintings being about psychological fear, and David’s works being about physical fear.

Personally, I love to watch horror movies. I will admit that I do get scared after watching them, but the thrill of something making me jump out of my seat is exciting. Like Vanessa’s pieces, I do believe that fear is only in the 20150917_180825568_iOSmind. We end up becoming scared of something when we think it is scary, and if we do not think something is scary, then we, in general, do not fear it. But, as for the ideas portrayed in David’s pieces, I know too many people that are scared of spiders and clowns, and if encountered with these fears, would imagine/see these normal things in a super exaggerated way.

Overall, I really enjoyed the pieces David and Vanessa showed in their show “Disquieting.” I love the exploration into fear, and the fact that people can feel about anything. I hope to see more work from David in the future.
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To see more of David’s work and works in progress check out his instagram: demendizzle