Wk 15 – Artist Conversation – Nancy Young

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Artist: Nancy Young

Exhibition: As the Crow Flies

Media: Print Making

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

Website: None

Instagram: None

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Nancy Young is in the BFA program for print making. This was her final show before she graduates this semester. She has been on and off from school due to some personal problems she had in the past like her substance abuse and bipolar nature. She overcame these problems and is now allowing her past to resonate in her art work. She has now moved on from her problems and is currently a programmer. She loves her art, but doesn’t want it to be the thing that sustains her life. he has a job being a programmer and considers art as a passion and a hobby.

Nancy Young’s work is composed of photographs she took her self around Southern California. Afterwards, she printed them and framed them, some of her work is on wood, plates, and she even used acid to make them show on other materials. Since she makes prints, her work is pretty smooth. Her work is mostly medium sized and in black and white. It is symmetric when it comes to the materials she prints on, but the pictures are more representational of her feelings and surroundings.

Nancy Young’s work explores her experiences from the past like her bipolar nature and substance abuse. Those were roadblocks in her life since they were the cause of her failing grades which eventually led her to be kicked out of school. Her work is in the point of view of the crow and using the crow’s view, she is able t let the public see what the crow sees. In terms of her work, she is the crow and the places the crow visited is a metaphor for her journey into graduating and finally getting her BFA in printmaking.

To me, Nancy’s work is very meaningful. She has been through a lot and the fact that she is able to overcome her struggles is amazing. Her work may seem dark due to the color, but it’s actually inspirational since she has visited so many places and has done so much even with the things that were holding her back. I like her prints since they are very precise and very meaningful.


Wk 15 – Classmate Conversation – Aaron Valenzuela


Aaron Valenzuela is a really nice and relaxed guy. He is a film major who someday hopes to become an accomplished director. He enjoys watching movies and enjoys making them. He wants to direct both horror and action movies in the future. He is a freshman at CSULB and comes from Downey. In his free time he enjoys hanging out with his friends and playing soccer. He enjoys soccer because he likes to run and has a competitive side. He also likes the idea of teamwork that’s needed in soccer. He says that tacos are his favorite food and plans to visit Spain if the chance arises. If you want to know more about Aaron, you can visit him on his website right here


Wk 14 – Art Experience -Sketching in the Garden

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The sketches/photos on top are representational and the photos/sketches on the bottom are abstract. This week’s art experience was little tough for me since I can’t draw at all. The sketches I made are very off from he real thing. Even though the activity was a challenge, actually being at the garden was very relaxing for me. I got to think to myself and I was able to be alone with my thoughts since the atmosphere was so calm and relaxed. This was my first time being at CSULB’s Japanese garden and I have to say that it’s beautiful. Walking around made me feel like I was actually in Japan. It was cool to see that there was also a koi pond. The most challenging part of this activity was the abstract portion of it. Representational drawings were simple enough, but I wasn’t sure what would be considered abstract so I just drew something that seemed different. Photos were easier since the camera does most of the work. I chose unique settings and textures in Japanese garden to represent my abstract photos. Overall it was a very fun and soothing experience that I ill probably do again, but only after finals.

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Wk 13 – Art Experience – Art Care Package

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I am sending this stuff to Marvin because I don’t really need them anymore. Finding all of this stuff was fairly easy. I got the doll from the garage, the book from my old backpack, I made the picture, and the postcards from my drawer. There was a point in time where I had use for these things, but now, they just take up space. The postcards are of my favorite band and I wanted them to have use. My sister let me give away her doll since she has other dolls and didn’t really care for this one. The book is from high school and these days, I don’t read anything that isn’t from a textbook. Sending an ACP is like Snapchat because of the whole process of sending something to someone and the fact that when someone opens the package, they experience something going on from the sender’s life. It is different from Snapchat because we actually keep the package and it takes a while for the receiver to get the package. Ephemera is both trash and treasure because it all depends on the eyes of the beholder.Everything has meaning in it and it is a person’s job to decide how much something means to them. When things are only seen to a couple people, or whether they are seen by many people should not matter. People should like what they like and dislike what they dislike. They shouldn’t let popularity blind their judgement on whether something is good or not. Time is significant when sending something. Fast is better when the need is urgent, slow is better to reassure the receiver that time was taken into making a package or message. When people take time to make things, it is overall more thoughtful and better since they worked hard for it ad they took the tie to care. I likes this experience very much and can’t wait to give my package to Marvin. I’m also excited to get my package.

Wk 13 – Artist Conversation – Nick Bamford

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Artist: Nick Bamford

Exhibition: Untitled

Media: Random Objects, Plaster, Ceramics

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East

Website: None

Instagram: @nickbamf4d

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Nick Bamford is a senior undergrad here at CSULB. He majors in ceramics and is from Huntington Beach. His favorite thing to do are all art related. He’s always liked art ever since he was a little kid. He likes building things too. He graduates this semester. He likes Picasso’s work and he likes working with different things. Art takes up most of his time and he enjoys it since he likes coming out with new works for people to observe and enjoy. Nick also plays guitar in his free time whenever he’s not making art.

Nick Bamford’s art is very abstract with many vibrant colors due to his use of black lights to create the neon effect. He rearranges the objects he finds to create a whole mixture of art. Each sculpture of his is unique. His work isn’t symmetric since there are many objects, included n them. The texture is different too since his work combines many things into one. There are very vibrant colors in his works and they are very large according to scale. Nick does a good job in connecting  all the objects together and making sure his work doesn’t fall apart.

Nick Bamford explores different meaning in his art. He sees an object and tries to find another function or use for it. He thinks outside the box. He shows very well that normal, everyday objects or even the most random objects can too be considered art. It is in the eyes of the beholder to see it that way. His work is also up to interpretation.There is no specific meaning he wants to convey. He wants people to interpret his art and find their own meaning.

To me, Nick Bamford’s art is very playful and colorful. I like the way he combines the weirdest objects together and makes art out of it. It’s very impressive. I also like the way he adds a black light to make his works neon and bright. It makes them stand out more and at the same time, it highlights all the objects in that work because the light is shining on the random objects. I also like the idea of things having more than one function. Overall Nick Bamford did a great job in his works and should continue this style of art since it is unique and very eye-catching


Wk 13 – Classmate Conversation – Catherine Chin


Catherine Chin is very nice and very relaxed. She is a freshman here at CSULB and she majors in molecular biology. She’s unsure about what she wants to do after CSULB and she hopes she can find a stable job on something she likes doing. She enjoys photography and dancing. Her dances consist of mainly hip hop choreography that she learns online. She dorms in park-side and she comes all the way from Pasadena. She recommends eating at a ramen place called Men Ho in Little Tokyo. She wants to go visit Japan if she ever has the opportunity. If you want to know more about Catherine, you can visit her website here




Wk 12 – Art Experience – Game Design

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This art experience was weird, but still fun at the same time. I had a hard time finding my geocache since it was hidden in the plants. There were a lot of spiders and dirt so I got grossed out, but I still found it. It was really dirty and the contents inside it were strange. There was bubble gum, portable toothpaste, and even sunblock. It was cool that I found it since in a way. it was a connection to other people who had also found that geocache. I hid my geocache near my house since it was easier for me. I thought that an abandoned railroad would be perfect place to hide a geocache. I put in some coins, rubber bands, and small toys inside with a pencil and a small piece of paper so that other people can write in it and tell me if they thought it was an easy enough find. This is a fun game that I might play again if I had some free time. I guess people would be muggles in this game if they are not from the area. They have a disadvantage since they don’t know where to look and how the city or town works. This game made me wonder about how many hidden treasures are in my city waiting to be found

The coordinates of my geocache are: 33’51’15″N, 118’4’19″W

Wk 12 – Artist Conversation – Jennifer Chen

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Artist: Jennifer Chen

Exhibition: Succession

Media: Print Making and Digital Print

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: Note

Instagram: None

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Jennifer Chen is a graduate student in her final semester here at CSULB. She is trying to get her MFA in print making and she was also an undergraduate in biology. Her interests are wide and they range from both art and science. The reason she changed her major from biology to art was because she wanted to try something that would help her grow in a different way. Once she s done with her last semester, she will be teaching Art 270 in the fall of 2016 with one her colleagues.

Jennifer Chen’s work is mostly made up of prints she created from landscapes, but sometimes she adds some gloss and watercolors to make them pop more. Her work ranges from small to large and isn’t that symmetric since nature itself is very unorganized. The texture of her work is very rigid due t the extra gloss and watercolors that she adds. Her work ranges in color since some are landscapes of the city, the desert, flowers and other things. Jennifer gets some of her prints from Google World and tries to bring more life into them. She adds more details in her print making so it doesn’t just look like a picture from Google.

Jennifer Chen’s work tries to convey the ecology and other disturbances that affect and change it.She explores how natural disaster can change an ecosystem. Her works shows how fluctuations in nature can be both detrimental and beneficial to the species that inhabits them. Her work also conveys that nature is different and has many different aspects to it.  No one landscape or environment is the same. Her exhibit is called Succession because she likes seeing these differences in ecology and how they change over time. During the interview, Jennifer also adds that nature can also show our earth’s history and what changes or stays the same over the years. That’s an important detail on how the earth tells history.

To me, Jennifer Chen’s work is very significant since it conveys a message of nature. Her work shows that the earth goes through changes all the time with natural disasters and it affects everyone. It shows that it’s important that humans should respect nature and how we shouldn’t make the earth worse than it already is. The earth already provides itself with its own natural disasters and we should avoid providing the earth with man-made disasters like pollution and global working. We should try to help the environment. I also like how Jennifer Chen captures details in the landscape very well. Her shots are good and printing skills are very impressive.

Wk 12 – Classmate Conversation – Leon Phung


Leon Phung is a very relaxed and cool guy. He is a second year here at CSULB and is a civil engineering major. He doesn’t dorm here since he lives pretty close and he doesn’t mind driving to school because it relaxes him to be out on the road. On his free time, Leon likes to hangout with his friends and just chill with them. He says that they mostly just cruise around their town in their car and checkout fun stuff they can do. Leon is from Vietnam and has a huge interest in cars. He thinks they’re cool and very well-structured. Leon also likes to eat food. His favorite meals are steak and barbecue. If you want to know more about Leon, you can visit his site here



Wk 11 – Art Experience – Turning Pages

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  1. Documentation Questions
    1. Documenting ephemeral experiences like Turning Pages can be done by taking pictures and writing about it. Though the whole experience won’t be felt by the viewer or the reader, they are still able to get the idea and try it out themselves.
    2. Words and pictures can capture a segment of an experience, but it can’t capture the while thing since there are many interactions that come through that experience and words or pictures don’t exactly bring those to life.
    3. Style does matter since it is a part of the presentation. People have many different perceptions of experience, style can help convey how they felt with the experience. The style can convey a message that isn’t so obvious, but just as important that the obvious.
    4. Videos are a better way to share an experience since you can see people interacting and with the eyes of a camera, it’s a little like using it as your own eyes to experience the experience yourself
    5. Documentation does take away from the experience itself since you aren’t participating as much. Mostly you are a viewer and not as involved. There’ a little bit of worry when it comes to documenting because you have to make sure you capture the good moments and when someone just tends to the whole time, they miss out on the entire experience altogether.
  2. When I wasn’t taking pictures, I felt more relaxed and authentic. I felt like I was actually experiencing the activity rather than trying to capture good moments of it. I felt more involved and I was paying more attention to the entire experience. When I was at the bookstore however, I felt forced. I couldn’t just sit down and worry about nothing because I had to take pictures of myself doing something. When it came to documenting my activities, I found it hard paying attention to the interesting parts and focused more on my camera than the experience.
  3. My experience was a good one. I was able to challenge the library and turn it into something it was, a place to read. I had a lot of fun because we were making other people feel awkward and I thought that was kind of funny. I also had fun at the bookstore since I discovered so many new things in there that I never knew about like a guitar store and a computer store. I also got to kickback and just relax in there so it was a very fun activity.
  4. I do have a new insight on spaces and how we are being more technological and digital. We are adjusting ourselves to the digital world by replacing books with computers and using phones to communicate rather than face to face meetings. A new digital age is coming and I realize that so many people are adjusting to it because they don’t want to be left behind in the times. It shows how much our society is easily swayed to what’s trending and keeps changing.