This week, the piece that caught my eye was “His Extravagant Proposal” by artist Hyeri Kim. I really liked her piece because its about love, and I’m a real sucker for love. Hyeri Kim said that when it comes to your first love, there is nothing that you forget. You remember every feeling, every look. She compares your first love with that of God’s love because up until that point, it is the strongest thing you have felt. I really like the message of this piece because I really believe in love and all of it’s glory. I guess you can say i’m a helpless romantic. However, this is a religious peace and God’s love is the purest. This is where I cannot relate to the piece because I am not that much of a religious person. However, I still greatly enjoyed this piece.
This week, the piece of art that caught my eye was a piece by Wesley Hicks. It really stuck out to me because of the contrast of the white walls with all of the different colored sculptures. All of the small sculptures with different sculptures against the white walls really grabbed my attention. The artist that worked on this piece was Wesley Hicks, but unfortunately he was not there to be interviewed, But on the artist statement against the wall, he said that his art is reflected back at the world through a hazy mirror. He said that in the idea of presenting an object infers there is underlying knowledge about it because you are presenting it. There is an authority given to the presenter that is presenting the object, Through this idea, the artist presents art with unknown origins and arranges them so that the arrangement is the only hint to signify what they are. The objects he made are very small in scale, and he said that his objects can display themselves in a way that they can interact with each other. I really enjoyed this work because of all the small different sculptures. They really spoke to me because of all the different interpretations and colors really overwhelmed me!
This week, I chose to write about a piece done by artist Kiyomi Fukui. Walking into the art gallery, this piece immediately caught my eye. I was very intrigued by the wooden desk sitting on a bed of dirt covered in white rocks with tiny sprouts emerging. I don’t know why something about it was very interesting to me. Unfortunately, the artist was not there for me to interview. Luckily, there was a paper taped to the wall explaining everything. Her inspiration for the piece came about when she came across a dying bird. When she encountered the bird, it was obvious that it was at the end of its life. She placed the dying bird on a table and watched as its life came to an end. This dying bird had a very big impact on artist Kiyomi Fukui. Since then, she has created a ritual in which she pays respect to those that have died through her practice of art. And that is what this piece is, she calls it her “ode to both the dying and the living”. She makes those white birds from her scrap materials and embed seeds into them to grow. She waters them everyday without fertilizer, and the tiny seeds grow out of the birds. I think that this piece is a very beautiful thing. It perfectly symbolizes life coming from which that is already dead. It symbolizes the process of life and death and how they are connected.
This week, I took some interest in a piece called The Afterparty by Kenita Hale. Unfortunately, she was not at the exhibit for me to interview her, but I still took a great interest in her work. The piece included a black room surrounded by drapes. Inside, there were many different altars. These altars were surrounded by candles and had a picture and a sculpture of their face attached to the altar. The room had a very weird and creepy vibe to it, and I was almost scared to be in there alone. I think what attracted me to this piece was the mysteriousness of it. I didn’t know what was in the dark room and when I went inside to find out it definitely surprised me. I did no expect a room full of altars.
I had some trouble figuring out the meaning of this piece. At first I thought they were names of famous people but I did not recognize any of the names on the altars. The paper attached to the wall did not have a description of the piece. The paper just had short phrases such as “yes to spectacle!” and “yes to trash imagery!” and many other phrases. I assume that these phrases each have something associated with the different altars. I assume, that from the name, that none of these titles matter in the afterlife. No matter what you are labeled, in the end everyone is equal and together in death, hence the name The Afterparty.
This week in the exhibit, I looked at the piece Labyrinth, by artists Angel G. Franco, Isaiah Ulloa, and Juan Martin. It was a very interesting piece with fake snow with a man laying in the center, a sculpture of a face, a dear, and a human with a dear head. One of the artists was sitting outside and I had the opportunity to interview him. Angel is a fifth year art major who decided to put on this show with a couple of his friends. He sad that their inspiration comes from the question- where can technology take us? He said he was fascinated by the 3-D printers and that everything in the piece was computer generated. The man laying in the snow? That was him! He was scanned and outlined by computers and sculpted with Styrofoam. The face? That was his face! I think the fact that everything was computer generated made this piece that much cooler. The dear shown above is actually a scan of a dear toy. The piece as a whole took about three weeks to complete and a lot of hard work. It paid off though because Labyrinth is a really cool piece!
This week, unfortunately, the artists were not there for us to interview, but that’s okay! The first time I passed this piece, I did not think twice about it because all I saw was a receipt in a frame. But the second time I passed by, I took a closer look and I really liked the meaning of the piece. The name of the piece is called A Measurement of Love by artist Rosa Vasquez. It depicts a still of her mom in an interview explaining how she got over the border from Mexico, and the second piece is a receipt from her First Communion that her mother planned for her.
In the interview, her mom explains that the first time she tried to cross the border, she was caught by immigration officers and deported back to Mexico. She was not successful until she tried again two weeks later. In the still, she explains how when she was caught she was handcuffed from the neck. The receipt from her First Communion is significant because her mom always wanted her to experience it as a child, but Rosa Vasquez always denied her because she did not want to create more work for her mom. But when her mom finally did it, it meant so much to her. The reason why this piece is called a measurement of love is because Rosa’s mom has done everything she can to make her daughter’s life better. She risked everything to come to the United States to giver her daughter a better life. And even after that, her mom continues to do everything she can for her daughter. And this measurement of love, I believe, can only be shared between child and parent.
This week, I interviewed artist Scott Burns, whose abstract sculptures occupied the Werby gallery. I was quickly intrigued by the clay sculptures because of the way they portrayed actual humans. They way the sculptures were so warped and disfigured were very interesting to me, paired with the different colors they were painted, drew me into interview the artist. None of the sculptures were labeled, and the note on the wall simply stated that it is easier for the viewer to simply experience the art rather than reading about it. The lack of information further drew me to interview the artist to learn more.
The artist, Scott Burns, does not attend California State Long Beach. Instead, he attends a community college in the area and decided to sign up for the art exhibit in order to display his new pieces. He explained how he created his pieces: fully sculpted from clay incorporated with bits of broken glass, painted and glazed over. His pieces are totally done by hand. Burns gets his inspiration from a dear friend of his that passed away a few years back. He explains that his artwork was not always so abstract and compulsive, that his art used to be boring and generic. He used to try and create old classical pieces, and those were just a bust. However, after his friend passed, he began to create new art and eventually fell into what we saw at the exhibit. His favorite piece in the exhibit was the purple and black one placed in the corner of room.