Week 13 – Classmate Conversation – Karen


Meeting Karen was such a delight! She is a student at Cal State Long Beach and lives in an apartment there. However, she was originally from Pasadena. She is currently in her first year and plans to major in business management. She really enjoys going to the gym and watching Netflix at home. She is also very passionate about Indie music. One of best spontaneous moments she had was when she experienced a 10k mud race with a friend. It was a challenge for her but she had a lot of fun and would do it again. However, she doesn’t like running. One of the things we had in common was food. We both really love experiencing new types of food and cooking as well.

Week 12: Art Activity – Ethnography


So for this week’s activity, it was a little bit different. We had to spend a night without electricity which was hard because everything has electricity. I started my night around 8. I stayed in my room for the whole night because if I went around my house, my family would have lights on. I wanted to go outside and gaze at the stares but if I went outside, there would’ve been even the slightest electricity. I wanted to keep this as authentic as I could. Although, personally I am so scared of the dark. It was pitch black in my room. I didn’t have any candles so I just kind of laid in my bed and collected my thoughts to not concentrate on the darkness. It was maybe about an hour in and I was getting pretty sleepy since it was after a long day of work. I guess I had fallen asleep for the rest of the night because I woke up the next morning not knowing what had happened.

In my experience, I thought this was a fun yet difficult experience. Although I had very limited options considering where in the community had some sort of electricity. I got kind of bored laying in my bed with nothing to do so I can’t imagine what sorts of activities they had years ago when electricity wasn’t invented.

Week 12 – Artist Conversation – Travis Lober

About the Artist

Artist: Travis Lober
Exhibition: Work: It’s A Four Letter Word
Media: Wood, Print-making
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merline Gallery
Website: N/A

About the Artist

Travis Lober is a senior at Cal State Long Beach. He is currently a senior who is majoring in print-making, which means he will be acquiring his Bachelors in Fine Arts. He initially came to CSULB to major in graphic design because he was accepted into the program, but enjoyed the hands-on experience more when he took a class for print-making. He is originally from North California but moved down for school. Ever since he was little, around ten years old, he has enjoyed art. He was influenced by his family who are also interested in arts. His father obtained a Bachelors in Fine Arts which encouraged him to pursue his art career. However, before becoming an arts major, he was a construction worker which he discovered his passion in tools. His artwork is filled with different kinds of tools.

Formal Analysis 

In the gallery, each print is made in different shapes and has a different border aroundIMG_1705.jpg it. Each print has very similar color scheme: black and white. Most of the prints have colors contrasting each other which makes up the whole image. The theme of the gallery is about wood and tools. The prints are mostly all aligned together as well. The texture and surface of the painting is smooth. Each print next to each other flows very well together. In the gallery, the first thing to see is the center piece which was the title of the gallery and the creator.

Content Analysis

Travis’s gallery, Work: It’s A Four Letter Word, was inspired from his job as a construction worker. He explained that just like the art he does now, is similar to his job from constructing. For example, he would be assigned to carve a block of wood in a specific way. With his artwork, each piece has a wood frame of its own. Since he is also very passionate about tools, he has incorporated a type of tool onto his prints and is the center piece of each frame. It took him about three whole years to finish his pieces. He is very passionate about art because he loves to express himself with imagery rather than with words.

Synthesis/My Experience

I really enjoyed Travis’s artwork. I love how he incorporated everything he is passionate into his gallery. My favorite piece was his center piece of the gallery. I thought it really popped out compared to his other pieces. Although, like always, I loved listening to his story about how he came about with art, wood, and tools. Everything connected to each other very nicely and I loved the flow of it. I thought it was interesting how he was a construction worker prior to becoming an amazing artist. Also, his personality was very friendly as well. He was open to his interview and seem to enjoy it as much as the interviewers.


Week 11 – Artist Conversation: Yugia Gu

Exhibition Information

Artist: Yugia Gu
Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence in the USA
Media: Digital images
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
Website: Yunjiagn.squarespace.com

About the Artist

Yugia Gu is a student at Cal State Long Beach. She is currently majoring in graphic design and is trying to earn her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts. She was always interested in drawing her whole life. She hopes to become a publisher for the newspaper. She is originally from China and moved to the U.S for school. She studied and stayed in New York for about five years until she decided to move to California to study. However, she really loved her time is New York. Lastly, she enjoys photography and going to museums.

Formal Analysis 

The images to show audience has no certain pattern to it. There is only a theme, which is to demonstrate the increasing number of guns that can affect people who live in United States. One of the images (left) shows the number of people buying the number of guns. The less people who buy guns, the less guns there are. Most of the images that are shown in the gallery are very well aligned with each other and is neat. There is not much color as well–only black, red, and white. This allows the distraction of color to not be invisible and viewers are able to get the point of the presentation.

Content Analysis 

Yugia Gu wants spreads information about gun violence. Since she is originally from China, there is less gun violence because people aren’t allowed to own guns there. Her mom warned her when she moved to the U.S about gun violence here. She wanted to spread awareness against gun violence. She really was involved in art ever since last year due to all the gun violence going around.

Synthesis/My Experience 

I really enjoyed the idea of creating a gallery. I thought it is very influential among students who attend CSULB. It creates awareness with gun violence in the U.S and it could possibly save a person’s life. I personally thought it was very meaningful. My favorite part was the large graphic design on the wall with the amount of persons and guns. My interpretation of it was that if there was more people who owned guns, the more gun violence there is in America.

I am very afraid of guns. I live in a more lower class neighborhood in Anaheim. There is so much violence whether shootings or robberies, that I am afraid to enter my house at night. There was a night where I was doing laundry outside and I heard about three gun shots and heard screaming after. My heart was pounding after that. Police came rushing about five minutes later. It is my personal reason for supporting awareness to gun violence in America.

Week 10 – Art Activity – Architecture & Urban Planning

There are a couple of architect mistakes that are here on CSULB campus. However, I don’t blame them. Although it is beautiful, you wouldn’t know have even known there is a mistake unless you experience it yourself. And once you experience, it’s hard to fix since it is already built and placed. I also see these little quirks as a little secret exclusively for CSULB students. It makes us unique and I wouldn’t want to change it.

However, for this assignment, I will be redesigning the side building of FA-4. Although I have gone and walked through it a few times, I have not actually walked in it when students are going in and out of the building since it is out of my way. Yet, I still can sense the traffic problem for students who may enter and go as apart of their routine at school since there are many students always coming and going from this building.

In the picture, you can see there are many different ways a student may leave and enter the building. One big flaw that I see is the door, right under the patio. Many students can go through that little opening but no one can predict when the door will open or not. Another I have noticed is there is a rail on the side and many students can go between the rail and tree, but this can cause traffic as well. I have set up my drawing so that both the rail and tree is gone. It would be wide open so that people can come and go as they please. I think it feels more welcoming rather than closed up with a bunch of plants as well.

My experience with this architecture planning was actually a bit difficult. I would actually think it would make everything easier to get rid of the railings and tree, but I was also afraid that students may complain about how simple and plain it looks. Although, I actually prefer it more open. Maybe after class, a student can walk out the doors and feel the sunshine on their skin instead of having the trouble of going through the crowd and feeling more suffocated after a two hour class session.

Week 10: Artist Conversation – Clare Samani

Exhibition Information 

Artist: Clare Samani
Exhibition: Dressed
Media: Print-making
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino
Instagram: @Clares_Printing

About the Artist

Clare Samani is currently attending Cal State Long Beach as a senior. She is originally from San Fernando Valley but is temporarily living in Long Beach for school. She is working towards her Bachelors in Fine Arts and majoring in print making. She has plans to continue school at grad school located in Louisiana. She has always loved art her whole life. Her dad had inspired her to draw in her childhood. However, she discovered print making when she was attending community college and fell in love with the whole process. Currently, she has been print making for about five years now.

Formal Analysis

The prints focuses on only one type of clothing. There is no structure to the fabrics. The color to each painting has it’s own speciality. Based on what color the dress is, the background compliments the fabric. Some of them are created with the same color but different shades. Also, the way it is hung on the wall, they are straight and aligned, although some prints may be slightly larger than others. The image on the print has some shape because of the way the clothing has been drawn. Some of the images, as show from up above, are two types of dresses. They are drawn very similar and the colors are the same as well. However, the one on the right is drawn in inverted shades next to each other.


Content Analysis 

Clare Samani has explained that her prints are based on American clothing. She wanted to display that there is such a variety of clothing with fashion in America. Her paintings were based on either a person or clothing. If she knew the person, the colors of the painting would represent the individual. However, she would also base some of her paintings based on the type of clothing. Her main idea was drawing on identity with the idea of pattern and design to each painting.

Synthesis/My Experience 

I really enjoyed the exhibit, Dressed. I thought her exhibit was very unique because of the different shades of colors, yet they were from the same color. I thought it made the prints pop out as their own individual. Also, some of the painting had another beside it with inverted colors. My favorite part of the gallery was the concept and idea behind it all. I was surprised when she said it was based on American clothing because I felt that there are many people in America who would want to show foreign types of clothes. I really like how she emphasized the variety and beauty in American fashion and based it on individual who she knew or a clothing she enjoyed. I think that’s what makes it even more meaningful.

Week 9: Art Activity – Graffiti Writing


For this week’s activity, we were suppose to go out and find somewhere legal to spray paint. But I felt like many legal places already are full of enough names and pictures and decided to do mine at home. I was nervous to spray it at first because I didn’t want to ruin it, yet it happened anyways. I found another big piece of paper at home and started over. I actually really liked how it turned out considering it was difficult to actually have control over the spray. The windy weather did not help as well. I had to spray over my letters a couple of times to darken up the color. For my graffiti, I chose two colors, silver and light blue. I wanted a color that was near to black and white for a more dimensional effect and it worked. I had to study many graffiti art on Google and even searched how others would write the name “Kathy” in graffiti.

What I learned from this experience is that it is harder than it looks. I think if I had more paper, I would be more comfortable with the spray and be able to actually make it look better, but I was very limited. I thought it was really fun to spray paint since I’ve never done it before. I’m planning on saving my extra paint so that maybe once if I head over to LA and find a place to graffiti such as Venice. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to feel free with their art because once you spray it, you just have to go with it.

Week 9: Artist Conversation – Dulce Soledad Ibarra

Exhibition Information

Artist: Dulce Soledad Ibarra
Exhibition: Recuerdos 
Media: Dolls, clothes, piano, shelves, closet
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

About the Artist

Dulce Soledad Ibarra is from Chino, California. However, she moved to Long Beach to study at Cal State Long Beach. She is on her way to graduation and earning a degree in the Bachelors of Fine Arts. She is currently a sculpting major. For this upcoming year, she is expecting to apply for grad school. Initially, she was a painting major but found it dull and decided she didn’t want to work with paint and found her passion in sculpting.

Formal Analysis

The sculpture portrays a little antique room. It contained dressers, a drawer, a piano, and even clothes. Although the clothes were neatly stuffed inside, the sculpture looked messy because it had the closet door opened and drawers slightly. The organization demonstrates as if someone has been ruffling around the room. There is no certain color scheme but are mostly solid and has a more dull, old look to it. However, it does not look run down.

IMG_1576.jpgAnother part of the sculpture displays a variety of dolls. There is not pattern to how it was organized but all the dolls have a place where it can be seen. The larger ones in the back while the smaller ones are in the front. However, there are a few scattered dolls with veils on them that are slightly more noticeable that others.


Looking at the whole sculpture, there are mostly dolls scattered around. There is a mix of sizes between the assortment. The color of the shelves, drawer, closet, and piano is all yellow, yet the room is full of color.

Content Analysis 

Dulce Soledad Ibarra major inspiration for her sculpture is her aunt. She used to collect “tacky objects” after a celebration or event has ended. It represents the good memories and spirits that were occurring that day. It allows the collector to revisit those old, happy times. However, those ideas connect to her aunt. For Dulce herself, she mentions that she will never understand the preciousness of the objects her aunt has left behind because she is not aware of the memory it holds. She does think that that holding onto things creates the act of hoarding, yet they can symbolize such importance to a person. Nevertheless, they are still monumental presently which is the reason she has created this sculpture.

Synthesis/My Experience 

Walking into the exhibit, I would’ve slept in it if it had a bed. It felt like a room from the past. There was many dolls that seem to have special meaning behind it. The way the sculpture was created, I can see the thought and organization of it. It wasn’t just a small room with a closet and drawers but I appreciated how some of it was opened and some closed. My favorite part, which is the main attraction of the sculpture are the dolls. They make wonder what meaning behind each of them, how long it actually took to collect, how old they are–I have so many questions about them. Overall, I enjoyed the experience and the antique image of it all.


Week 8: Art Activity – Finger Painting


Finger painting was a positive yet negative experience. I actually haven’t painted with my fingers before so it was my first time–or at least I don’t remember. It was harder than I imagined. I would dip my finger into the paint and when I started dragging my finger along the paper, it would suddenly disappear and I would have to go back over and over again for the color to evenly spread. Even though it would evenly spread after going over the line, I would have drawn only about 1/3 a line and it would vanish. I also thought it was very messy. I did not have a cup of water next to me but washing my fingers with my wide hands into a cup is probably not very comfortable. I actually became impatient with using my fingers because I would keep dipping my fingers repeatedly into the paint. I also didn’t really feel free with the paint. Although I had a bad experience with finger painting, I thought about other painters who do paint with their body or fingers. I appreciate them a lot more because I can feel their struggle now. I thought it was also harder to control as well because brushes actually have small to extra large sizes yet fingers are only a slightly different size. I would definitely recommend this to someone who enjoys being messy and letting themselves go to create art with their body or fingers.

Week 8: Classmate Conversation – Alicia


It was a pleasure meeting Alicia! She is so easy to talk to and has such a positive vibe. She lives in Temecula so she dorms at Long Beach. She is a second year as well and majors in psychology. Her passion is working with children so she wants to be in a field where she can engage with the youngsters. However, she is an indecisive person so she is having a hard time deciding what specifically she wants just yet. Luckily, she still has about two years before she graduates and hopefully figures it out by then. Other than enjoy working with kids, she spends her leisure time at Disneyland! She just recently purchased an annual pass with her mom. Maybe you’ll be able to bump into her and meet her bubbly personality as well!

Week 7: Artist Conversation – Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek

Exhibition Information

Artist: Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek
Exhibition: Doodles in Space
Media: Toilet seat covers,
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: MaccabeeShelley.com
Instagram: Juliana Bustillo – @juliaanaaaab, Tidawhitney Lek – @tidawhitney

About the Artists

Juliana Bustillo born in Texas until the age of three but moved to East LA, where she was raised. She currently attends Cal State Long Beach and is on a mission to obtain her Bachelors in Fine Arts. Her major is painting and drawing. Spring 2017 is her last semester at CSULB and is planning to move to the east coast where she wants to earn a Masters degree. She has always been good at drawing since her younger years but she has never thought that it would ever be a serious career. She has even won awards when her drawings were entered in a competition. However, in college she was more interested after taking some art classes and started pursing an art major.

Tidawhitney Lek was born and raised in Long Beach, California. She is attending Cal State Long Beach as a super senior. She is earning her Bachelors in Fine Arts. Her major is drawing and painting. Her plans after graduation is to go to grad school in the east coast. She has always enjoyed drawing and it would be the most accessible for her. She was not able to paint because her mom could not afford it. So she used what she had which is water and a bucket and drew on the concrete floor. Although she came into college with thoughts about having a stable, paying job rather than pursue art, she asked herself, “If I don’t do art, will I be happy?” and her reply was “No.”

Formal Analysis 


The materials in the making of the gallery are made with toilet seat covers. White and black covers are scattered all over the place to give a more abstract and dimension. However, it is also constructed with shapes and patterns which are equally symmetrical. It is hung all along the top of ceiling and hanging freely down to the floor. It shows a The two opposite colors, it gives the white more emphases while the black creates a dark space. In the picture, there is black and white paper mixed ad crumpled together that allows viewers to see.

Content Analysis 

In Juliana and Tidawhitney’s gallery, they wanted to play with Doodles in Space. Their idea was creating a duality since they initially engage with many colors most of the time so the concept of black and white came into play. They decided to have only two colors with black being an inside and white being outside. It was meant to be an installation. They also chose toilet seat covers to use because it has a very unique transparency that you would not be able to get in store. They also thought about having doodles within their gallery. Doodles are thought of mindless drawing and they wanted to show viewers that it is not always the case. Doodles can have symbolism within themselves which was beautifully displayed in the Doodles in Space exhibit.

Synthesis/My Experience

When I first went into the gallery, I was a bit confused because there was such a small alley way to enter and it made me feel like I was entering a secret space. I thought it was very interesting with being a room that was covered in black and white. I was also a bit confused with a large ruffle of black and white paper in the corner. However, once I took my time observing the whole area, I thought it was really cool to see the dimensions that were in play within their artwork. The most I enjoyed in their piece were the patterns and shapes they created. To me, it added structure and was definitely eye-catching. Overall, I thought this was a really unique exhibit because they used toilet seat covers rather than getting paper from the store.

Week 7: Cattleya Reyes


Cattleya Reyes is a Filipino freshman at Cal State Long Beach. She is working towards nursing and is currently in pre-nursing. She lives in Anaheim with her younger brother, mom, and dad. It is coincidentally the same city I live in as well! She commutes to school everyday. She works at Yogurtland, her first job, since last June. Although she is very busy with school and does not have much time to play sports, she enjoyed basketball and track&field in high school. Additionally, she travels a lot with her family and has gone out of the country as well. However, she has only visited one foreign country, which is her home country, the Philippines. I also found out we had a couple things in common which was shopping and spending impulsively. We both agreed it was a bad habit we had to end before we spend all our money! We both snacking on hot cheetos as well. In the end, we hit it off great and exchanged our phones numbers, hoping to catch up outside of class!