Artist: Nancy Young
Exhibition: As The Crow Flies
Media: printmaking, linoleum, wood, ink, paint, litho stone
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
Website: (no website)
Instagram: (no Instagram)
Nancy Young is an undergraduate student in the School of Art’s Printmaking Program here at Cal State Long Beach. Nancy was very excited to tell us that she recently turned her final project in and shared there are various types of printmaking of which fascinate her very much. Nancy doesn’t wish to pursue art as a career but instead would like to make a living as a programmer Nancy does enjoy printmaking, but loves her job involving database work. When she is not working on her art, Nancy likes to listen to music and spend time with her dogs. Nancy actually was a student at Cal State Long Beach in 1984. She did experience substance abuse and had bipolar issues but has since put those cloudy days behind her and has learned to control her emotions. She explained how new projects dig up new knowledge as to how it was back then. Nancy went to various workshops in Santa Ana, Irvine, and San Pedro. Nancy wishes for her art exhibit to be a bookmark or big checkmark for her life and to show other people how things were before or her.
Nancy’s artwork looks simplistic at first glance but, once you take a closer look, you will observe the attention to detail to puts into her work. Nancy decided not to make her art exhibition as brightly colored as previous ones but instead, used washed out colors or variants of great and blue. Her carvings into the linoleum plates created smooth textures into her work.
Nancy expressed how she chose to title her exhibition, “As The Crow Flies,” since each piece of art references a place she has traveled. Nancy also wants to expose her own inspiration through her pictures and photography so avoided all online possibilities to create her own work. The type of printmaking she does is not as toxic as other types of printmaking and each piece of art is placed in the gallery based on the distance from Cal State Long Beach. She was highly influenced by her personal life and explored ideas from various topics, such as her past issues with substance abuse and the death of her husband. This exhibition symbolized Nancy’s journey of finally getting to the point of being able to finish school and was a pleasant bookmark in her life.
I appreciated the fact that she was willing to share so much personal information about herself. It was incredibly inspiring how even though Nancy has experienced so many tragic events, she was able to overcome these tragedies to ultimately share her story to others through her artwork in “As The Crow Flies.” I resonated with Nancy very much, due to her personal struggles. Many times it can be very difficult to continue to follow through with the tasks you are passionate about.
This week, I had the pleasure of meeting Xiomara. She went to a high school not that far from where I went to high school. She is in her 2nd year at CSULB and is a nutrition major. She likes to go hiking and visiting new places. She has an interesting parrot named rocky which is really cool! Check out her website @ XIOBRENES.wordpress.com
The geocaches that I had found weren’t as hard as the normal ones from the geocache website. Although I was only able to do 5, finding all these Geocaches did take up about an hour of my day. It was a better experience than having to find a regular one from the actual Geocache website. there was an issue though. Many of the logs on the beach art website were read as invalid or weren’t even on campus! Other than that, this was an easy project and a fun experience.
G1: Upside Down Newspaper
G2:In between 2 bushes
G3: Beachside Bush
This week’s art experience was an incredible one. I enjoyed it more than any another one we’ve done all semester! I had no idea that I enjoy to draw but the sculpture garden was just a beautiful and relaxing place. The difficulty I did have with this project was the interpretation of what exactly abstract is but other than that the rest was pretty easy and free flowing. After I had finished drawing everything I had to, I still ended up staying an extra 20 minutes to enjoy the garden itself. I was accompanied by my wonderful girlfriend which made that much more memorable!
Gee-caching was such a fun experience! I went around the city of Cerritos and with one of my very good friends and had quite an awesome adventure. Our success rate of finding the attempted one we did was probably the lowest ones for this who barely start but the enjoyment rate was through the roof. We were able to find one but given that we tried at night, we probably would have had a higher success rate during the day. Overall a fun experience! I would most certainly try this again in the future.
“A little sunshine”
N 33* 51.328′ W 118* 3.163′
Artist: Jennifer Chen
Media: Printmaking, Ink
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Jennifer Chen is a Printmaking major at California State University of Long Beach. She is currently a graduate student after graduating with a Biology major. Her work between the two different majors allows her to bring about different ideology’s to her work which make it that much more interesting. She is planning on teaching art class possibly next semester. Her work included the concepts of succession where as her work is created through wood carvings, paint and uses computer look like graphics.
The beauty in succession is its ability to depict the impact on the ecosystem through this digitalized and virtual world. On the virtual paintings, it describes the mapping that google has done in order to help those get directions. This is how the web sees nature with all of these jagged angles and edges. Her work doesn’t allow for the full captivation of the trees. The trees are vulnerable and give the idea of the damage that is being done to different ecosystems through pollution and deforestation.
Overall, I really enjoyed the combination between the biology and art that Chen created. Her images depicted a world in which the trees were no longer alive and gives a feeling to the audience of what the damages on the real world have on ecosystems and the effects that’ll lead to. It was interesting and refreshing viewing her artwork!
This is Florenz. He is a first year and is currently undeclared but plans on pursing nursing as his major. An interesting fact I learned about florenz was that he enjoyed playing the trombone in elementary and middle school band. He did mention he felt some pain when he dropped that hobby in high school but does occasionally pick up his instrument to play some jams.
This is Colleen Siognco! She is in her 2nd year and is pursing a degree in chemistry. She attended Gahr HS where she enjoyed her time in ASB. She hopes to have a fun time doing the activities this class offers us. Had a funny convo about how insane planning events for the school was but was nonetheless satisfied with her time in ASB Her website is https://colleensiongco.wordpress.com.
The year is 2046 and here is Marvin. This is jus your ordinary guy who does nothing all day and prefers to keep a low profile around the base but for some reason gets tangled up into tricky business with the wrong people due to his friends’ vices and tied up deals. So the saying of ” the enemy of your friend is your enemy” is reversed to back and gets him in trouble on the moon Base. But you should check out the rest of his friends and their adventures!
https://florenzbaltazar.wordpress.com/- His buddy Paws, Half human and half dog, what more can I ask for. Its like my own wilfred but we’re on the Moon!
https://colleensiongco.wordpress.com/2016/03/20/marina/ Then theres the marine biologist that journeys to galactic against her will searching and studying different life forms, the brains and pretty much knows anything about anything too.
https://saviordeezy.wordpress.com/2016/03/20/dank/ Dank Waters, a former millionaire on earth due to selling drugs. Being infatuated with immortality he creates an immortal pill which he takes and now lives on moonbase alpha spreading wisdom and stories of earth for money.
Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig
Exhibition: All Work All Play
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
Sean is currently 23, and graduating after this semester. She is an undergraduate student at CSULB in the BFA Metals Department. She currently resides in Long Beach. In her free time she loves to read, play games, and play with cats. She loves to experiment with new things.
Cabanig’s work is inspired by her range of sentiments and emotion through copper and silver. Each piece has no certain shape, yet has her point of view of random thoughts. She used paper models for construction as a “rough draft” for her actual pieces.
Through her own understanding of the environment and her humor, many of the pieces were made. Of the pictures seen above, her favorite piece from her exhibit was the chain ring. Sean said the simplicity of the ring was what made it beautiful and the range of beauty that can be displayed through the time and effort in her work.
I didn’t enjoy Sean’s work. Her work did look like it took quite a bit of effort but the messages she was trying to convey were of pure randomness and had no substantial meaning which I happen to enjoy more of. But of course her work did appear as though she had invested time and effort in it to the point where I can still respect it.