This week, there was one particular gallery that really stuck out to me. I think I have to say that it’s my favorite gallery I have seen thus far! All of the small metal pieces were really cool and looked really intricate and difficult to create. This gallery, located in the Dutzi Gallery, was done by artist Brittnee Forline, and these metal works represent her own desire for a life fantasy. Brittnee said that she is inspired by fictional stories and and concepts of morality and history. When I looked at her pieces, I could tell where she drew her inspiration from, the pieces reminded me of old times and I could sense her want for fantasies and I overall really enjoyed this gallery.
This week, I want to teach my classmates how to do an origami star! I used to make these as a kid. There was an old Japanese story about a little girl who’s mom was suffering from cancer, and an old legend told a tale that 1,000 origami stars would make any wish come true. I really liked this story and even tried folding 1,000 of these stars. You do this by getting a one centimeter wide strip of paper. Tie a knot on the very end and fold the strip around the know until you reach the end of the strip. When there is only a small amount of paper at the end, fold the end into the paper and squeeze all 5 ends. And there is your star!
This week, this certain piece caught my eye. It was by Timothy Cooper, but unfortunately, he was not there to be interviewed. This piece caught my eye because as you can tell from my other posts about art, I like pieces that are small but when there are a lot of them. All of the small white plates lined up into a cross shape really intrigued me. The artist statement on the wall said that the 145 plates were all hand-thrown using stoneware clay and a satin white glazed fired to 2250 degrees Fahrenheit. I really liked the message of this, which is that multiple individuals can work together to produce a positive personal, social, and aesthetic experience. Many people working together can create something big and great.
This week, I decided to do ribbon leis! In high school, I used to make flower leis a lot for my older friends that were graduating, and my friends and I used to do it together! I really enjoy making flower leis because I think they are as pretty as flower leis, but unlike flower leis they don’t die after a few days. I really like ribbon leis because they last forever! And they are not that expensive to make, they just take a really long time. Its a lot of patience and repetitive movements. But since high school started, I have had no time to make any new flower leis. I even have a pink flower lei hanging on the mirror of my car.
This week, we did body landscaping with a corpse. I chose my death to be in a Library, because I can spend hours reading. When a new book comes out, I can sit down in spot for hours without eating, drinking, or sleeping. I just get so engrossed in a book that I can’t put it down until it’s finished! I also didn’t want to add any blood or die a violent death because that’s way to messy and gruesome for me! I wanted my death to be very peaceful and silent, and there’s nothing more silent than a library.
This week in the galleries, the exhibit named Trepidation caught my eye. The artists that put on this exhibit are the artistic Sophia Dao, Maggie Freed, and Yee Li. Trepidation is a feeling of fear or agitation about something that may happen. The reason this piece caught my eye so much was all the shapes and angles and colors involved in the different paintings. In their artist statement, they stated that they are exploring anxiety and fear through spatial representations. The spaced that they create influence the way people choose to react to moments of trepidation. Space can be interpreted in an infinite amount of ways. Literally, mentally, emotionally, etc. Everyone reacts in a different way. There are calm moments, silent moments, chaos, and everything in between. The artists claim that their depiction of spaces resemble feelings of claustrophobia and anxiety in open and closed spaces.
This week, I interviewed the lovely Anna Joy Floresca. I give her props for sticking around with me to interview because I was really sick and I couldn’t stop coughing! Anna is a first year who is pursuing a very hard road down pre-nursing. She even joked that she might be undeclared soon. I told her to not give up! Anna is a local who commutes to school. She really enjoys watching Korean drama and going on tumblr. Her favorite food at the moment is pho. She asked me why I choose Long Beach, I also asked her, and our answers were pretty much the same. She said because it was a good Cal-State and it was close. The number one thing on our life bucket-list is to travel to New Zealand because it has a lot of nature and she loves nature a lot. In high school she used to go hiking a lot, but now her college life is taking up too much time. Anna is full Filipino. She has two younger siblings, two brothers just like me, one brother is a senior in high school and one is eight years old. She has been to the Philippines before but she didn’t really like it because it was really tiring. Anna was a really nice girl and i’m really glad I got the chance to interview her!