Wk10 – Art Experience – Architecture: The Wedge

I borrowed Glenn’s photo for an example of the current architecture. 🙂 I decided to work with the Upper Campus wedge since I have dealt with it on numerous occasions. If someone else is trying to walk through the wedge, one person will have to stop the let the others pass. If you are in a hurry or not paying attention, things can get a bit messy.

I still scratch my head wondering 1) what is its intended purpose and 2) who designed it to be so awkward. I mean its really awkward.. AKA really inconvenient. There are two options to deal with this architectural mess.

  1. Destroy it.
  2. Redesign it and move it.

Since we are encouraged to keep it to appease some alumni whom will likely never donate a dime back to campus (jk), I have decided to redesign it and move it.

Part of the problem is also the parallel concrete benches. They need to be moved as well. Oh, and that random white column.. Again, why?

I broke up the chunk of granite and turned it into separate pieces. One piece of marble stays on the same side, except it will be centered. The other will be parallel and face the first. Then a triangle roof will be placed on top of the granite pieces. The triangle will be a mini version of the campus pyramid. One of the concrete benches will be moved somewhere else on campus because no uses it and one will stay in the same place.

By breaking the granite up, space will created so that more than one person can fit through the upper campus “wedge.”

A year from now, the students will appreciate the new architecture because it alleviates the clutter they had to walk through.


Wk10 – Artist Conversation – Clare Samani

Exhibition Information

Artist: Clare Samani
Exhibition: dressed
Media: Printmaking
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
Twitter: @clares_printing

About the Artist

Clare Samani is currently working toward her BFA degree in the School of Art’s Printmaking Program. She enjoys printmaking and exploring the connection between people and their clothing.

Formal Analysis

In the artist’s work, there are pieces of clothing printed onto a background of varying colors and prints. The colors seen in the exhibit include blue, red, yellow, green, and other non-primary colors such as grey and dark blue. The prints the artist created vary from florals to zig-zags to embroidered/textured. There are also checkers, plaid, and simply solid color backgrounds to go with the varying articles of clothing. The exhibit consisted of women’s dresses, blouses, a bathing suit, and a shirt piece which the artist described as androgynous.

Content Analysis

Through this exhibit, the artist wanted to explore identities, clothes, and people and how they were all connected. She explained clothes can be archetypes and they have a language that we speak by putting on a certain dress or shirt.

The patterns, colors, and prints all complete the portraits of each person represented in the pieces. Moreover, the pieces are models of expressions of each person. The colors chosen were because the artist like them but they reminded her of each person who the clothing belonged to.

Synthesis / My Experience

I liked this artist’s work because it was different from other art that I have seen before. The images were like floating silhouettes and I was drawn closer to examine what they were. I had no idea that each piece represented a person until the artist explained but I did understand that each piece had its own “personality.” They were all different but connected somehow similar to humans.

I also really liked how the artist chose different patterns and prints for the backgrounds. They really helped to bring the subject’s identity to life, so to speak. Through the detail, color scheme, and clothing piece presented, I understood what the artist meant about clothing language.

Wk9 – Artist Conversation – May Roded

Exhibition Information

Artist: May Roded
Exhibition: Anamesis
Media: Mixed-Media, Printmaking, Paper, Ink, Canvas, Photography
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery

About the Artist

May is a senior at California State University, Long Beach who is pursuing Bachelor of Arts in Printmaking. While her exhibit is about memories, May uses memories as inspiration for her everyday work. She likes to work with memories in different way. She wants to understand what they are, what they mean, and how they can be interpreted in different ways. May also enjoys photography and likes to explore it in addition to her major.


Formal Analysis

Most of the artist’s work in the gallery consist of print making pieces. The different techniques for the pieces include Lithograph, Cyanotype, relief print and reductive relief print.

There printed pieces of objects are black and white while the canvas’s are blue. Her other printed images consist of a colorful image of a young girl.The mixed media piece consists of wood, blue material, metal, and other medias.

Content Analysis

A few years ago, her parents sold off their house and belongings, and moved to Israel. The pieces in this gallery represents what the artist was left with when her parents left, memories or anamnesis. The artist wanted to explore the ideas of memories and the objects within those memories. She “pulled” out some of the objects from her memories such as a chair and clock and created printmaking pieces of them (not pictured).

The three blue tinted canvas pieces are images printed with Cyanotype. The outer photographs are of the artist’s grandparents and the inner photograph is one the artist took near the same location in Israel where the first two were taken.

Synthesis / My Experience

The artist’s desire to explore what memories mean resonate with me as I also question them myself. Watching my grandfather disintegrate from Alzheimers disease had an affect on the way I perceive memory and life. I watched as he struggled to make sense of the past and of the current time. In small moments, his memories would come back but then they would disappear. He would grow frustrated unable to understand why he couldn’t remember.

So, I love what the artist has done with her memories. She has brought them and the objects within them to life. If we could create our memories as the artist has done here, should we?


Wk8 – Classmate Conversation – Duy Vu

Duy can be pronounced Do-yee or You-ee because Vietnam has a big “D” or little “d” annunciation. I decided to go with the later pronunciation because that’s how Duy says it is intended to be said.

From first glance, Duy seems quiet, nice and a little shy. Behind his quietness is a wonderful person with an interesting story of immigration.

Duy is eighteen years old. He is a freshman and Computer Science major. He was born in Saigon, Vietnam but migrated with his family to the United States eight years ago. He lives in Garden Grove with his family and has a younger sister. We talked about his immigration experience some but found politics to be a more interesting topic! He is very open to learning about all political views. He demonstrates his willingness to learn through his own political research.

Aside from researching politics, Duy is a big gamer. His favorites games are League of Legends and Overwatch. He prefer video games that are animation/cartoon based. He decided on his major because he loves to play video games. When I asked about his future post-BS, he said he would like to work on his own creating games but he may try to work for a cooperation. Naturally, he is unsure.

He enjoys the TV show Sherlock on Netflix but he does not have a favorite movie. His favorite animal is a wolf! That is pretty cool!

Wk8 – Art Experience – Finger Painting

This was a fun experience as I haven’t finger painted since my younger days, probably Kindergarten days! As Glenn said it would be, the experience was very relaxing. I just let my fingers slide across the paper until I decided to start tapping my fingers against the paper. I liked what that technique produced so I kept going! I believe my final piece is very abstract!

I “borrowed” acrylic paint from my boyfriend’s collection for this art experience. His collection mainly consists of neutral and primary colors. I was drawn to red, blue, and this off white yellowish paint because they remind me our national flag.

In my mind, I titled my piece “What It’s Like to Be American” because of the colors I chose. As I painted, I was reminded of all I’ve learned in college about the United States. I remembered what the colors represent and what we are taught to believe they represent.I have always been a patriotic nationalistic person because I loved this country. I still love this country. As a political science major, I have come to learn about our country in its glory days and in its darkest moments.

Through my higher education, I realized our nation isn’t as great as I once thought it was. What comes to mind is this small list:

America is racist.

America allowed slavery.

America instigated international military coups.

America has started wars that cannot be finished.

America has bombed countries.

But I also remember what I used to believe as a little girl. This other small list comes to mind:

America is ever-changing.

America believes in hope.

America fights for freedom.

America has produced some of the greatest people, ideas, and innovations in the world.

America is great.

America is great. Not because of its history, its racism, or its constant international intervention but because of its resilience and ability to evolve. So, I wanted to incorporate everything I have learned into the piece. Instead of words, I allowed my fingers to speak for me.

We all bleed red and sometimes blue.

Wk7 – Classmate Conversation – Yuritzi Chavez

I am glad I had the opportunity to do the classmate conversation with Yuritizi this week because we formally met. I have seen her throughout the galleries and I did not know who she was. Thankfully, I know now and I can introduce her to the awesome people I have already met!

Yuritizi is giggly and bubbly. She has an upbeat personality that can make anyone feel warm and fuzzy inside.

She is a third year student pursuing a BA in Human Development. She hopes to become a Physician Assistant soon. Our similarities include our ethnicity and our love for hiking (YAY)! We both do not work but have plenty experience working seasonal retail!

Her favorite activities include hiking, trying new foods, visiting new places, and traveling. Her television preference is law and court case television. She likes to watch documentaries such as the new OJ Simpson one and “Killing a Murderer.” She said the law is interesting but also flawed. When asked why she doesn’t become an attorney, she said, “I couldn’t.” IMG_8645.jpg

Wk 7 – Artist Conversation – Ashley Shumaker

Exhibition Information

Artist: Ashley Shumaker
Exhibition: Storm Studies
Media: Printmaking, ink transfer, monoprint
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
Website: Ashleyshumaker.com

About the Artist

Ashley is currently pursuing her MFA in Printmaking at California State University, Long Beach. She received her BA in Studio Practice from Portland State University. She is Seattle, Washington native but now resides in Long Beach to finish her Master’s degree. Her current works focus on what is and how that “what” is depicted through art. Her older style consisted of geometric shapes while her newer style is more organic. She explained, the newer style allows the materials to make their mark.

Formal Analysis

The artist used Japanese papers, printmaking oil based ink, etching ink, stencils and palm bark to create her pieces. Her pieces are mono print because one individual piece can never be replicated. The pieces were made with delicate type paper and uneven strokes.

The torn papers are not even. Rather, they are rigid. The different colors are extenuated by the the layering of the paper. This also creates an overall “worn” look in the pieces. The pieces were created by solar dye which means the ink is dried by the use of the sun. The colors are muted and greyscale. Some pieces were created with multiple colors while others were only created with one ink.

Content Analysis

When I asked the artist why the pieces were all greyscale, she explained the meaning behind the series. She works in San Pedro and one day when she was there, there was heavy fog outside. Her other inspiration comes from the recent storms. The artist thought the sky looked more interesting during a storm so she decided to depict it in her work. The colors were chosen based on the time of the day she saw them.

Synthesis / My Experience


I liked this artist’s work because of the choice of colors. They were dark and moody and reminded me of mountains. However, after I spoke to the artists, I like their true meaning. A stormy sky makes them more beautiful because I can see her inspiration in my mind. We all experienced the storms and I can visualize why she chose the colors she did. At first glance, the pieces did seem boring but in closer inspection, they contained more depth. There are layers and layers to the print making that can only be experienced up close.