Week 15 // Artist Convo // Nancy Young

Artist: Nancy Young
Exhibition: As the Crow Flies
Media: Ink through Relief Printing, Printmaking
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
Website: none
Instagram: none

About the Artist

Nancy Young is a student at CSULB pursuing her BFA in printmaking. This exhibit will be her final project as a student. Nancy Young’s academic career started back in 1984, she was put on academic probation due to bipolar disorder and issues relating to substance abuse. When she returned back to school, she took an art history course which fueled a new found passion of hers. She decided that she wanted to pursue a degree in printmaking. When Nancy isn’t working on her art she enjoys playing with her dogs and listening to music. Her dog stirs inspiration in her work and this positive relationship has made her consider adding another fur baby to her family.

Formal Analysis

Initially, I immediately saw crows. Everywhere, I saw crows. But it wasn’t until I took the time to visit each piece that I was able to pick up on the micro details that Nancy puts into each piece. She also explained to us how each piece was crafted a certain way with different materials from the piece sitting beside it. They each produced the same content, a crow, but was delivered and repackaged in different ways. The very last thing I noticed about Nancy’s exhibit was the beautiful sand drawing on the floor. The design was tampered by a crowd but it was an element to an exhibit I have yet to see all semester!

Content Analysis

Before Nancy began this project she had a plan. She stated that having a specific plan heightens an artists attention to detail while visually documenting form personal perspective. The goal of her exhibit was to embody this vision but she also learned how important it is to be able to alter the course of a project in order to finish on time. With this game plan in mind, Nancy dedicated a fairly large amount of time to learning from masters of her craft before beginning her project. Nancy also mentioned that she works at the Country of Orange as a programmer and doesn’t intend on making a living off her art. I get the feeling that Nancy’s profession as a programmer translates into her art. She likes structural art, which I think is awesome!

Experience

Overall, I really enjoyed this exhibit! I appreciate Nancy Young for speaking about her past and being so open. She helped me better understand her work by thoroughly explaining how each piece was made and what tools she used in the process. I can tell that Nancy is doing what she loves and is enjoying life! I’m happy for her successes and hope that she continues to grow as an artist.

Week 15 // Classmate Convo // Ciprian Robielos

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This here is Ciprian. He is a Sagittarius. He attended Paramount High School and is 20 years of age. He is currently  a sophomore at CSULB as a film major. His favorite color is blue. It used to be red but now its blue. When Cip is browsing around on Netflix his go to show is How I Met Your Mother. Cip enjoys listening to Indie music. A couple of his favorite artists are The Shins, Chainsmokers, and Fort Atlantic. Cip really wants to attend Coachella next year. We both missed Coachella 2016 but hopefully we’ll run into each other in 2017!

Week 14 // Art Experience // Japanese Garden Drawing

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This weeks assignment was most definitely my favorite all semester! One of my favorite things to do is put in my headphones, visit a place I’ve never been to before, and thoughtlessly draw. I don’t dedicate as much time to my hobby as I would like to, especially during the semester. My first time visiting the Japanese Garden was back in week 6. It took my breath away. I feel extremely blessed to go to a school that dedicated a portion of campus to create a beautiful place for students to relax. With finals coming up, work, and balancing a healthy lifestyle the stress has piled up. This assignment helped relax me and bring me back to center.

Week 13 // Art Experience // Art Care Package

This weeks art experience goes down as one of Art 110 most involved assignments to date! At the beginning of class, we each had to write our own addresses on a piece of paper to drop into a hat. When each person had dropped their own paper in the hat we had to pick at random. This assignment got me really excited because there is an element of surprise! When I found out who my person was, my mind was racing through all the things that I wanted to put in their care package. I have many sentimental memorabilia in my room, but part of me feels very apprehensive about giving away those moments. What if the person who receives my stuff doesn’t hold these items to the same sentimental value as I did and it gets lost? I guess I felt this way because our class as a whole haven’t built a strong enough relationship yet.

I decided to fill my care package with memorabilia from my childhood. Things that have been hoarded in my life since I was a young girl. Toys, drawing utensils, random trinkets.

Week 13 // Classmate Convo // Jennifer Lee

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This is Jennifer Lee! Jennifer is a Pieces. She is currently in her 2nd year at CSULB pursuing a degree in Healthcare Administration. She enjoys eating Southeast Asian cuisine such as Korean, Vietnamese, and Japanese food. She works as a tutor for family friends and relatives. During her free time she enjoys watching K Drama, cooking, and baking. Her biggest fear is public speaking. She has an older brother and sister and a younger sister with a total of 3 siblings. She is in love with drinking boba, anything boba. Her go to drink at Starbucks is a hazelnut machiotto. Her plans this summer is to sleep.

Week 13 // Artist Convo // Nick Bamford

 

Artist: Nick Bamford

Exhibition:

Media: Ceramics

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East

Website: N/A

Instagram: @nickbamf4d

About the Artist

Nick Bamford is currently pursuing a bachelors degree in the ceramics program here at CSULB. Nick Bamford was born and raised in Huntington Beach where he first discovered his passion for the arts. His high school ceramics class is what propelled him to make his passion into a career. Bamford enjoyed the creative process as a young boy and always knew that he would grow up to be a prevalent influence in the art community. His art explores the manipulation of perspective on physical objects we see in our everyday lives. Bamford enjoys dabbling in other medias of art as well. He mentioned that he enjoyed making things from nothing. He has an inventive side to him. He also enjoys painting and sculpting during his free time.

Formal Analysis

First off, this exhibit is like nothing we have seen in the weeks prior! The blacklight and led light combination added an element of suspense and mystique. It wasn’t until I got closer I saw all the trinkets that were stacked on top of one another. I saw a shopping cart, lamp, shoes, wires, poles, etc. His imagination shined through in each piece. Honestly, how did he get shopping cart to stay up in the air balanced with only strings and sticks! Bamford’s work consisted of bright colors, straight lines, and large objects magically balanced on top. This made for an interesting exhibit to observe.

Content Analysis

Bamford’s work helped me explore the fantasy of making imagination real. His pieces seemed so out of this world but he somehow made it a tangible piece of work. His work brings me to look at things outside of the box. I believe that Bamford wanted to inspire his audience to look at our everyday lives at more than face value. To some, his work may just be a bunch of random things piled on top of one another and called “art” but Bamford is the person who spent the time thinking and putting together his vision. His exhibit showed me that there is nothing wrong with being different and doing things that have never been done before.

My Experience

I thoroughly enjoyed Nick Bamford’s exhibit. His work explores the ideas of stepping outside of the box. I theme I live by. I enjoy watching fellow students doing things that they enjoy, even if it is outside of the “norm”.  It’s refreshing and it inspires others who want to do the same but can’t build the confidence to do it alone. I congratulate the artist for getting an exhibit at CSULB and pursuing his dreams. This experience has inspired me to continue to live outside of the box and embrace those qualities about myself and others.

 

Week 12 // Art Experience // Geocaching

Man, I was starting to get pretty frustrated with this assignment. The first two caches were a fail. I left feeling pretty disappointed. Right when I was about to give up after my third attempt, I found my first cache! I looked pretty crazy in my gym clothes hanging from bars trying to get this one but it felt really rewarding when I did. Geocaching is totally rad! I think this would be a fun activity to do with my younger brother. Unfortunately he wasn’t with me when I went to look for the caches.

My cache includes a Mrs. Fields bag that I got a couple months back to surprise my boyfriend with after he got his first tattoo done. A Home Depot receipt from the plaster casting assignment. One of many ping pong balls I keep in my car (i like to be prepared at parties and you can never have too many ping pong balls) These are the coordinates to my cache, feel free to try it out! It’s really close to campus so anyone who has a break in  between classes can check it out.