Wk 10 – Art Experience – Instagram

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This week we had to use Instagram. I never had an Instagram before and it was very confusing at first, but my friends were able to help me with it and explain how it works. When I was taking pictures, I wasn’t looking for anything specific. I was just taking pictures of what appealed to me. The first picture I took was of a small sculpture made by Helen Werner Cox and I thought it looked cool. It had such great detail and it was cool how instead of using an actual horse for her centaur, she used a carousel horse. The second picture was of a meal I got at Chick-Fil-A. Their food is great and thought I should share this knowledge with other people. The third picture was of my dad’s robot and toy car collection. He treasures that collection so much and thought that it was cool that he had a collection in the first place. The last picture was of my sister’s package that she bought online. She likes dolls and ordered that one from Amazon. I liked how the doll was very dark and gave off a very sinister aesthetic which is something you don’t normally see in dolls. There were a lot of similarities between me and other people on Instagram. A lot of people took pictures of food, cool locations, nature, and awesome stuff they had in their house. Instagram seems to be the site where people can show off stuff they’ve done or stuff they have to their friends and family. It captures mostly the good moments in peoples’ lives. I also found other posts that I thought were awesome mainly because they were of food and I like food. There was one post on a dog and thought that it was just so cute that I had to share.

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Wk 10 – Artist Conversation – Helen Werner Cox

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Artist: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: Silent Screams

Media: Oil Paints, Woodcarving, Pastel

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: http://www.helenwernercox.com/

Instagram: None

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Helen Werner Cox was a teacher before she applied to get her art degree here at CSULB. She is a graduate student trying to get her MFA in painting and drawing. She was originally from the east coast and grew up in  New York. She taught mostly in Boston before she moved to Long Beach because she got tired of the snow and rain. Helen used to teach art to middle school and high school kids. While teaching in middle school, she also became their librarian. When she’s not working on her art, she enjoys gardening and reading. Fun fact about her is that she doesn’t watch any television, but enjoys games on her phone like the Dot game.

Helen Werner Cox mostly paints her work with oil paints and water paint. Her work is mostly paintings of carousels and vary in colors. Sometimes they are in black and white and sometimes they’re in a mixture of warm and cool colors in which she uses the contrast to make the horses stand out more. The scale can range from a medium sized framed picture to a large canvas to truly capture the actual size of the carousel horse. It is not that symmetric since her work has running carousels that actually move while she’s painting it. Helen brings great detail in making the horses and tries to make the carousel more of a background, but she still makes sure to give it a lot of detail too.

Helen Werner Cox tries to symbolize chaos when she makes her paintings. She believes that a carousel is messy. She thinks of it as people are spinning in circles and getting nowhere. People in the carousel are in a point in their life in which they are stuck and are waiting for something to stop the carousel so they can leave. This could mean that they are waiting for something in their lives to help them move on and stop moving in a circle, but in a straight line. Helen believes that the carousel is a metaphor for a society and the horses symbolize instruments of human development since they have multiple uses.

I think that Helen Werner Cox’s work is very symbolic and meaningful. Never in my wildest imagination would I have made the connection between a carousel and society. Her work not only stands out with its use of pastels, it also stands out with its message. I used to think that carousels were just a ride kids went on for a good time, but Helen changed the way I see them now. I admire how she didn’t make the carousel very fun and childlike, but instead gave it more of a serious aesthetic to convey her message of society better. I am also astounded by the fact that some her paintings were of actual moving carousels. Her ability to give such good details to a moving horse is phenomenal.She does such a great job with her work and should be given more recognition.

Wk 10 – Classmate Conversation – Justin Marquez


Justin Marquez is a really cool dude I met while we were both interviewing an artist for our blog post this week. I found out a lot about him and that we had some similarities like how we’re both freshmen and we both love video games. He has to dorm here since he lives in Glendale and it’s too far of a commute for him. He majors in computer-engineering and currently has a job as a projectionist at a movie theater. He enjoys sport related video games and hanging out with his friends. He also told me that he joined art because roommate told him it would be a fun experience for him and so far, his roommate is right. If you want to know more about Justin, you can visit his page here





Paws the Dog Thing


Hello, I am Paws from the planet Dog-E-topia and am here at Moonbase Alpha to seek refuge. Our planet is being taken over by the humans from Earth. They invaded us and made us wear such fashionably unpractical restraints they call collars and leashes. For every two dogs, there is one human supervisor who just sleeps and eats the good food while they feed us weird meats like Beggin’ Strips. They often enjoy taking away our precious bones or sticks and throwing them very far, forcing us to run and chase it before it touches the ground. We try to dig our belongings, but they always seem to find and take it from us. Nowhere is safe for dog kind while the humans are here. I am one of the lucky few who has escaped Dog-E-topia and fled here. I am worried about my friends, but at the moment, there is nothing I can do.

All I do is wait here drinking this weird drink called coffee with barista named

Petronilla Naia: https://artsyash.wordpress.com/2016/03/15/petronilla-naia-vanessa/

Since his big gun scares me, I try to avoid this colonel here named

Robert Lee Abram: https://leonvonapple.wordpress.com/2016/03/17/robert-lee-abram/

It’s a good thing I have one friend here who I get along with and that is

Leonidas Spartan Cat: https://nicchowordpresscom.wordpress.com/2016/03/17/leonidas/


Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

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Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Exhibition: All Work All Play

Media: Metals, Silver, Copper

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website: None

Instagram: Only for Personal Purposes

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Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig who is 23 is originally from Los Angeles and studies at CSULB. She is currently a 5th year undergraduate trying to get her BFA in Metals and Jewelry. This is her last semester. Sean Joy likes reading, gaming and cats. She also wants to keep herself active in metal work in her free time. She didn’t always want to be in metal work, but changed ever since she got to work with metals and see what it’s like. She says it’s important to experiment for any artist since it helps find what works and what doesn’t.

Sean Joy uses metals like silver and copper in her work to create jewelry or small sculptures. They are usually small in size and have a smooth texture. Her work isn’t very vibrant due to them being made by metals, but they do shine. Also, since she makes jewelry and representative sculptures, they often take a curvy, round, and sometimes abstract shape like with the ladle and with the male genitalia which I did not get a picture of, but think is very interesting. Most of her work is very symmetric too.

The ideas Sean Joy conveys in her work is mostly personal and based on her experiences and emotions. When she feels something or sees something she likes, she uses that to brainstorm new ideas for her work. Sean Joy also conveys her humor to her work. She has jewelry like the choker to express her sadness and feelings of being trapped or stuck.She can find inspiration in the most random things like the ladle and with the male genitalia, which was probably her humor being reflected through her work.

I feel like Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig is a very bold and creative artist. he likes to take risks and is very expressive of her work. I like how she finds a way to share her feelings in her art and kinda gives a hint of what her personality and life is like. I also like how her art is useful since it is wearable. I also appreciate her taking the time to experiment with her work and to not rush it. She does a great job with her experimental work as it gives her a more edgy vibe.


Wk 9 – Classmate Conversation – Xiomara Brenes


Xiomara Brenes is a really nice and nature-loving person. She is from Bellflower and enjoys going outside taking hikes and just absorbing her atmosphere. She is a sophomore here at CSULB and is a nutrition major. Her goal after CSULB is to go to medical school since her dad is a dentist. She wants to be a dentist since she knows people in the field and would be an easy transition for her. In her free time she likes to buy make-up, go to the mountains, hike, and tend to her pet parrot. Xiomara explained how she likes nature because she feels relaxed and calm. If you guys want to know more about Xiomara, you can visit her page here



Wk 8 – Art Experience – Automatic Drawing

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This week’s art experience was very weird since I has no idea what was going to come out of it. I convinced my little sister to work with me on this project in exchange for hot cheetos. At first she was freaked out since she thought this was like a Ouija board related project, but I explained to her it was just art. When we were working together, I think I was trying to visualize something that conflicted with what my sister was trying to visualize. We let the pencil do its thing, but everything turned out to be a hot mess of lines and squiggles. The final product was abstract and not what I wanted it to be. I was picturing a bird and not a hairball. Hopefully other people’s projects turned out better than ours.

Wk 8 – Artist Conversation – Bri Joy

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Artist: Brianna Joy Lynch (Bri Joy)

Exhibition: MERGE

Media: Screen Prints

Gallery: CSULB School of Art: Gatov Gallery East

Website: None

Instagram: @bri.joy

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Bri Joy is an undergraduate transfer student from OCC and is trying to get a  Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking. Bri is a very active person. She enjoys a lot of activities that involve a lot of movement. She’s into skateboarding, snowboarding, yoga, surfing, and hiking. When she first came to Long Beach she was surprised because of the size and population. Bri came from a small town and experience culture shock since it was very different from her home. She was able to adapt and even add a new technological aspect to her art. She sells her stuff on Etsy to try to make up for all the printing she does.

Bri Joy does screen prints which are mostly in black and white and are very large. They have an array of patterns that make them abstract or even very linear and organized as if they were a pattern of computer drawn lines put together to make a picture.Since these are on paper, the texture is very smooth. Each of her prints are different and combine aspects of curvy, jagged, and straight in all of them.

Bri was trying to explore the combination between organic and inorganic. She usually made hand drawn art, but she discovered a new kind of art when her computer was being weird and created a digitalized version of her self-portrait.She shows how people are basically digitalized themselves with the addiction of technology and people basically losing themselves into the digital world. She doesn’t see technology as a bad thing, she just sees it as a component of life that can be both helpful and detrimental to society. Life coexists with technology.

I think that her work is very unique. Her self-portrait of her nude body showed her vulnerability and with it being a digital portrait, I thought of it as vulnerability to technology and how it’s so easy to get sucked in. I also believe that this demonstrates how technology isn’t just a tool, it’s also an art people invented that benefit the rest of the world and how we shouldn’t think that badly of it since it is both entertaining and useful.


Wk 8 – Classmate Conversation – Christopher Chadwick


This week I was able to meet Chris Chadwick who is very laid back and easy to talk to. He is in his third year here at CSULB and he is majoring in mechanical engineering. I found out that he lived in San Diego and has to stay in an apartment just so he doesn’t have to commute all the way from there. Chris enjoys working with cars, planes, and all kinds of mechanical stuff when he can. He also enjoys video games in his free time. He likes first-person shooter games and Pokemon. Pokemon was something we both enjoyed and are both excited for the new sun and moon games to come out. It was nice meeting Chris this week and if you want to know more about him, you can visit his page here



Wk 7 – Art Experience – Group Video Activity

This week, I did my video project with Marvin Madrigal and Colleen Siongco who I already had classmate conversations and you can find their websites somewhere in my blog. Our group decided to showcase group member Marvin since he has a serious passion with music, especially the drums. We decided to take a video of how talented he is with them. Marvin also teaches kids how to play the drums so have an idea of how good he is. This project was very fun since we got to see Marvin at his best and Colleen and I got a free drum show out of it. There weren’t a lot of problems that we experienced, butt finding a good place to film was hard since most places were full of people. Luckily we were able to find this park where people barely go to and we got to film there. Overall it was very cool and it’s great how were able to let the public see Marvin do what he loves.