Wk6-Photo Walk

Hi everyone! This week we were assigned to complete a photo walk for art class. My tour guide, Dorothyrose, took us to see the different kinds of water on campus. For our first stop, we went across the Theater building and saw one of the art structures on campus. Unfortunately, the water has been drained for a while and we’re not entirely sure why. The first structure was by Claire Falkenstein, titled “U” as a set and was made in 1965. Then we went down towards the fountains near Brotman Hall. The fountains, as you can see in this picture: IMG_4599

is called “The Lough Memorial Fountain” and was dedicated in 1976. As you can see, there were a couple of ducks in it that day. As another form of water, I included the CSULB water tower in our pictures as well. Finally our last stop was Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden. In the garden there was a beautiful lake with cuoi fish:


really cool structures and designs:



and finally some beautiful scenery:



In my photos I like to take pictures through vinery or up at tree tops to allow the viewer to gain a sense of transcendentalism and give the sensation that the person is a part of the picture. I prefer taking close up shots because I believe that often times people forget that they too are a part of the nature that they are experiencing, not simply an observer. This is a beautiful world that we are fortunate enough to share. These are our environments and ecosystems that we often take for granted. In life many situations occur that often make us feel as though we are trapped and isolated in our issues. Nature however, is forgiving, it is uncaring of anyone’s situation and exists just to survive. We can appreciate nature for this reason, its free and unending beauty. It is for this I must again bring up the reoccurring theme, one must always stop and smell the roses.



Wk 5-Classmate Conversation-Tareena Woods


Hi everyone! My classmate conversation of week 5 was with Tareena Woods. Tareena is a Freshman here at CSULB. Currently going for a Film Major, Tareena commutes to school from her house in Buena Park.  She took this course partially because of her major, but she loves exploring and trying new things so this class has been fun for her so far. Tareena is in a sorority here on campus and enjoys spending time with her sisters. One of her favorite things to do is to try new foods, currently her favorite is Mexican! She also loves spending time with her family and friends, watching Netflix, and playing with her dog Dexter. Thank you for reading! To hear more about her, feel free to check out her website, the link is right here!  Tareena Woods


Wk 5-Artist Conversation Tony Nguyen


Wk 5– Artist Conversation – Tony Nguyen

Exhibition Information

Artist: Tony Nguyen
Exhibition: FUSE: Join to Form a Single Entity
Media: Metal, Silvers, Fire, Fur
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: N/A
Instagram: @ell_tirge


About the Artist

It is Tony Nguyen’s 5th year here at CSULB. As an undergrad, Tony is going for a Fine Arts Degree. Tony is the only one of his family to have grown up in the United States. He explained that he finds his inspiration through meeting new people every day, and that he can find beauty in the everyday object.

Formal Analysis

While some of Tony’s work had materials such as fur, most of his art pieces were metallic. From what I saw, Tony integrated a lot of golds, blacks, and russet reds into his pieces. Many of them appeared to be smooth but end with jagged edges, others were more round. His works additionally gave of the impression of being old and classic in that they offered a sense of Aztec in its appearance. Finally, Tony had modeled most of his work with the materials of brass and copper, allowing for the cozy adventurous style of the past.

Content Analysis

Tony’s work, as he had explained, often reflects upon the interactions he has with the people around him. That being said, I believe that much of his work is based on communication and the concept of casual communal thought. One of my favorite parts of his exhibit was that he offered a chance for feedback to his work. The mailbox, he had designed and that we have a picture for below, is a very beautiful piece. The mailbox itself is actually a working mailbox. This means that the people viewing his work can write him a letter and leave it in the slot, to where the artist would revive it at 5:00 anytime during the workweek to receive it. I believe that much of Tony’s work is made to demonstrate the concepts of time. While mailboxes are a system of the past in that so many people neglect today, they are too busy using technology as an easier yet cheaper form of communication, you can use it to leave him a message that he will read in the future. I believe that most of his works are meant to reflect upon the changes of time through history, and allow for a sense of respect and admiration for the ways of the past.

Synthesis / My Experience

I found Tony’s work to be intriguing. With the russet looking images of the past, I gained a feeling of thrill and excitement. The image at the top of the page is called “Mempo and Helmet”. The picture is of a small ring and a mask. This art piece gave off a feeling of Indiana Jones, demonstrating a sensation of riches and aged value.  Along with the representation of time with the mail box, as well as his initials of his other face, E.T. of “El Tigre” Tony brings forth an adventurous other side of the situation. In these structures we can see that there are always two sides to a situation, respecting the past in the present, and looking forward to the future.


Wk5-Cuisine, Nutella French Toast


Hi guys. For this week we were instructed to make some sort of special food we wanted to try. For a long time I’ve been seeing these Nutella French Toast rolls on Facebook and Pinterest but never had a real motivation to make them until now. I looked up the recipe online and found that the ingredients we needed were white bread, Nutella, strawberries, 2 eggs, 3 tbsp milk, dash of vanilla, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, and butter. First, we had to cut off the crusts of the breads, individually flatten them down, then spread on the Nutella. Once that was done we washed and cut up the strawberries, placed them in a line, then rolled up the bread into little rolls. After mixing the eggs, milk, and vanilla, we soaked the rolls in the substance and fried them on the pan. Finally, we mixed the sugar and cinnamon together, emerged the rolls in the mixture, and they were ready to serve. They were delicious! But I think I may have acquired diabetes in the process. Thanks for reading!IMG_4562






Wk4-Graffiti Project!

Did the graffiti project today! Went to The Home Depot, got blue and white (although white might not have been the best idea on white poster board, but you can kinda see the difference) graffiti spray, went to the backyard and ta da! Here it is. It only took me getting attacked by 5 spiderwebs to do. 🙂 thanks for viewing!

Wk4-Classmate Conversations-Symone Pallett


Hey guys! Today I had an interview with our fellow classmate and friend Symone Pallet. Symone lives in Buena park and is currently a Pre-Speech pathology major. She really loves helping people, so along with this idea, she is currently working at a mental health clinic and while it is difficult, she really enjoys her job. While Symone is taking this class to fulfill her GE requirement, she does appreciate it and hopes to better understand it by taking this course. While talking about the gallery today she confessed that she found the work to be different and strange, yet she found it interesting enough to focus on it which according to her, she usually is not able to do! Out of all the options in the gallery, her favorite art pieces were  the fish. She found them to be colorfully optimistic and she appreciated the time he dedicated in making the sculptures. I posted one of the pictures of the fish down below off of Samuel Jernigan’s website, http://cargocollective.com/samueljernigan.  If you want to hear more about Symone feel free to check out her website! Just click on Symone Pallett. Thank you for reading!


Wk4-Artist Conversation-Samuel Jernigan

Wk 4 – Artist Conversation – Samuel Jernigan

Exhibition Information

Artist: Samuel Jernigan
Exhibition: Weight of Whimsy and Ideals
Media: Ceramics, Clay, Wood
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: cargocollective.com/samueljernigan
Instagram:(samueljenri) https://www.instagram.com/samueljenri/

About the Artist

Samuel Jernigan is a young artist who just recently graduated from CSULBin 2015. Growing up in the Bay area of California, Samuel was surrounded by agriculture as a child and was exposed to creating sculptures at a young age. Having majored in ceramics, Samuel graduated from the BFA program and now spends his time playing guitar and making artwork.


Formal Analysis

While Jernigan mainly focuses his artwork on structuring clay sculptures, many of them have unique styles to their texture. Some of his pieces have a rough sandy approach while others had a smooth shiny cover. On certain specific ones he has both, the slippery atmosphere of work on a body of the piece, while having a drier look to the face of the character. Most of Jernigan’s artwork is displayed on average size while some were scaled to look moderately taller than others. Additionally Jernigan included some wood in his projects, mainly to allow or to offer the appearance of movement in the body parts on some of his creations.


Content Analysis

When discussing with Jernigan, he explained to me the motives behind his artwork. Jernigan proclaimed that he received his main inspiration on a trip to the flea market. On his trip, Jernigan gazed upon a blanket that had many toys for sale that appeared damaged or old. He stated that it made him feel emotionally “sad” and that he felt a sense of abandonment with the toys. In his artwork he sought to allow the viewer to “unfix” the sense of maturity in their eyes and to look past the nostalgia of their childhoods, his toy creations are meant to remind us of a time of simplicity and bliss. Within this bliss he wishes us to recall our ignorance, in hopes that it can spawn a time of unity that we once felt before the discretion and judgment of our present. A time where we can all share love, happiness, and hope for our future.


Synthesis / My Experience

When viewing Jernigan’s work, I felt a range of different emotions. Foremost, I found his fish-like sculptures to bring joy in that it offers a Doctor Seuss appearance in a goofy, yet happy tone. I was slightly disturbed however, when I realized that each toy representation had some form of sorrow. While Jernigan claims that his art is meant to create unity, I feel a sense of isolation within the pieces. Each “toy” sculpture either had a different color eye, a deformation, or a sad, some even titled “Mona Lisa” smile. Not one sculpture was completely happy. I personally think that Jernigan is shaming society for giving up on imagination and the happiness that a childhood life offer’s, by allowing the things that once offered us so much positivity to be forgotten and rot alone. While the objects were all in the same room, each one offered a sense of loneliness and isolation, as if they once had memories of people who loved and cared about them, all to be eventually lost with time. One sculpture specifically, “Bubble Gum Ballerina” was especially unnerving. This sculpture has a body that appears wet with a grimace on a dry face, his arms and legs hang loosely from his body and then under the table, and it appears to be staring off into the distance straight past the viewer. I feel as though this sculpture represents lost dreams. By being named after a “Ballerina” yet not even having the legs be attached to its body, Jernigan displays a sense of hopelessness and despair. While his intention may have been to offer a sense of unity and pleased, I feel as though his art is a reminder, or the realization of the least, of the pasts we left behind.