Wk 5 – Artist of the Week- Josh Benz

Josh Benz’s painting was something you just could not ignore once you walked into Gatov East gallery. It just held an array of vibrant colors that drew your eyes in at first glance. And then as you look at it longer you see that there are figures that you can make out, and others you can’t. Because of this the formality of the lines and … Continue reading Wk 5 – Artist of the Week- Josh Benz

Wk 5- Classmate Conversation- Thomas Santillan

Thomas Santillan is a 3rd year at California State Long Beach and is majoring in computer science. For his free time he likes to hang out with his friends and read comics. He loves comics! When asked what his favorite comics were he said Spiderman, mostly because he is always seen as the underdog and still manages to be positive and witty. Thomas then proceeded … Continue reading Wk 5- Classmate Conversation- Thomas Santillan

Painting

Due to personal family matters I didn’t have time to participate in the activity this week, but I do have some experience with painting that hopefully should suffice. In high school I was in ASB ( associate student body) who’s job was to organize all the special events throughout the school year. During this time, publicizing my events were crucial to having a successful turnout, … Continue reading Painting

Artist of the Week – Emily Hernandez

The piece that caught my attention this week was an oil painting titled “Callous”. The canvas focused on an individual man who was in color, literally blue, and surrounded by a contrasting background color of red. These were the basis of the painting as the artist used various hues and shades of blue and red. The emotion that this mysterious man brought out was pure … Continue reading Artist of the Week – Emily Hernandez

Wk3: Artist of the Week- Nick Bamford

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       Upon walking into Gatov-East gallery, I was surrounded by giant sculptures made up of figures that seemed almost recognizable in face and position. The pieces were all built with the same bundle of materials- plaster, string, cotton, wire, and wood to serve as the support structure- and held no formal lines. Each piece was imperfect. You could see the underlying structure of the wood, the wire, or the layering of the plaster or mache- making the texture uneven and bumpy. Also all the pieces were neutral in color, containing only gray and white hues so that the emphasis was more on the shape of the work.

After observing the work I had numerous of questions for the artist-Nick Bamford. For introduction, Nick Bamford is a senior at California State Long Beach. His major is in ceramics, but he said that this gallery was to show his abilities of working with other material. When asked what the title was of his gallery he said there was none, it was more collectively to just convey a “gestural approach”. He even smirked and said “I guess I should have titled it huh? I guess now I know for future reference”. In truth it was kind of frustrating to interview Nick because he was so short answered. I was very curious to know if each piece represented or was inspired by someone or something, but his response was a simple no. He said that the gallery was again just his test to see if he could creatively use material that he hasn’t used before. So that is when I followed by asking what his intentions were for the middle piece in the gallery, which was an abstract structure of various limbs. It had caught my eye because it was so different from the rest of the gallery, it was neither a single person or limb, but just a crazy piece that seemed uninterpretable and thus forming the question to Nick, “What was the meaning behind this piece?”. Nick responded by saying that that piece was in fact his final piece and was an experiment. Towards the end of his month long creation to this gallery, he decided to stray away from the conformed figures and mix them all together in one last work of art.                                                IMG_0857           In conclusion I do believe I went too in depth when I initially viewed this gallery. Because of so, I had set way too high of hopes to retrieve some answers from the artist. In my mind, the entire collection of figures were all holding this theme that they were unfinished, but finished. And in response to that, they held this aura that all the figures were sad or distraught, seen through a majority of the expressions in the piece. So I guess in that part, I commend Nick Bamford for being able to portray that emotion through the gestures of each piece ( if those were his intentions). And although the artist didn’t really disclose that much personal information about the process of creating this gallery, I do believe that they hold some underlying meaning or event in his life that came to be the inspiration for each figure. Through this theory, I think that is what made this gallery alluring because it was open to interpretation. For the audience, they were able to see each piece and maybe reflect back to a time when they performed each gesture, especially with the one of the child sitting on the floor in the corner. Overall, despite my questions left broadly answered, I enjoyed the analytic process of observing Nick Bamford’s work and thought process. Maybe that was his game plan all along, to keep his audience wondering.

To follow up with Nick Bamford’s work you can find him on Instagram- @NickBam4

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Social Photography

Our generation today receives so much critique that our social lives centralize around the  little screens glued to our palms. And those before us, like our parents, might think that there is no real connection between the people we communicate with through these apps. Yet this activity is an evident truth that our interpretation of socialization has transformed. Yes it may be addicting to scroll … Continue reading Social Photography