My interview for week 15 is not about one Artist’s artwork, but multiple ones that I really like.
The artworks that I like are by TC Chang, Katherine Lin, Angel Sun, and Lorraine Dasouki.
The first artist is TC Chang.
I really like Chang’s artwork because not only does it remind me of something that you would find in video games, but also the detail put into his work. Chang was born in Taiwan and moved to Southern California in 2001. He has been working for 10 years as a graphic designer and is currently taking courses in CSULB to major in Animation. His artwork reminds me a game my roommate plays called Diablo. The fantasy style of artwork is very detailed and really brings you into a science fiction type of world.
The second artist is Katherine Lin. Lin is another Taiwanese artist that moved to the U.S. at a young age. Lin has a passion for telling stories. She had trouble learning how to adapt to transition when growing up. The change in language and culture caused her to be very soft- spoken. Although she had trouble communicating vocally, she was able to communicate through her art. I like Lin’s artwork because her story telling reminds me of manga. I read a lot of manga and I love reading the stories that they tell. The same goes for Lin’s story-telling artwork. I enjoyed reading the short stories.
The third artist is Angel Sun. Sun’s artwork is simple, but I liked her style of art. The way the character’s expression is drawn. It looks like something that could be in a t.v cartoon show. I found it interesting that her artwork to the left is different from her artwork to the right. The girl on the left that has pink hair is drawn in more detail compared to the ones on the right. The detail in the hair is more noticeable.
The last artist is Lorraine Dasouki. Dasouki did not post anything about herself and her art, but if you read her little bio, you will know she is a pretty funny person. I really like her artwork because it is similar to the art by Angel Sun in the sense that their artwork is simple and give multiply expressions. I really like the expressions that she draws, especially the one with the yellow shirt girl laying down. I found the mad expression very funny and it put a smile to my face.
My Interview for week 15 is Marina Barnes.
Marina is a freshman who is studying Film at CSULB. During our interview, she did a video interview instead of the usual note taking interview. She was the first one that I met that did a video interview. I asked her what she thought about the ART class so far and she said that she likes going to the galleries. The course was a required class for her major and because of the ART-110 class, she now knows that there is an art gallery on campus. Before she took the class, she did not know that our school had an art gallery.
Marina wanted to be a film major because it was something that she was interested in. Her uncle works with film and he inspired her to become a film major. Her uncle did not have a daughter of his own and his sons were not interested in film, so he treated Marina as if she was his own daughter. He would try and show her the world of filming and because she was interested, she decided to becoming a film major going into college. Marina does not really have any hobbies at the moment. She use to sail a lot and plan to join the sailing team next year, but recently she has not been doing much. She even said that she was embarrassed of her lack of hobbies.
Unfortunately I forgot to get a picture of her during the interview, so here is a picture of a yogurt.
My artist interview for week 14 is Rachel Gehrke.
I was not able to talk to Gehrke in person, so I will be basing most of this post on her statement. Gehrke’s art is based on the concept of spirit animals. She is trying to connect humans and animals together and support the belief that humans and animals are both a part of nature. That they are bot equal and neither one is superior to another. She is mesmerized by the lines in nature and she tries to capture an image of an animal and scenery that goes well together. Line is something that Gehrke uses to support and build reality. She wants to convey a sense of mystery in her work.
When I look at her artwork, I really get the sense of mystery and a feeling of outer space. The black and white colors goes well with each other to create a dark night sky made of jelly fishes and zebras. My favorite part of her art is the night sky. The sparkles of stars in the sky really caught my eye. I also liked the details put into drawing the zebras and how their stripes connect with the jellyfish floating around the paper. At first I thought it was strange how Gehrke used a Zebra and jellyfish together in her painting, but as I spend more time looking at it, I realized that they go really well together. The jellyfish tentacles fusing with the zebra stripes. Over all I thought the drawing was cool and it really stood out to me in the gallery.
My classmate interview for week 14 is Zhen Su.
Zhen is currently a film major student. He was born in Chine and moved to America about 3 years ago. He learned English for 1 1/2 years at a English school before getting into the University. He studies performing arts, painting and dance. Ten years ago, he moved to Beijing and went to Beijing dance academy. It is a university that focuses on performing arts like acting, dancing, and art. He really likes his major because he finds it fun and it has been a big part of his life when he was growing up.
We talked about how he lives close to a beach and big port back at his Home town. That was one of the reason why he chose to live around long beach. It reminded him of his home town because it is so close to the beach. His hometown is Qing Dao and apparently they are well known for the beer they make there. We don’t really have much in common, but it was interesting talking to someone who grew up studying performing arts. It was the first time I talked to someone who spent most of their childhood going to a school that focuses on things like dancing and artwork.
My classmate interview for week 13 is Prem Muni.
Prem is currently a Sophomore studying Computer Science. We started the conversation about our major and what classes we were taking. We both talked about the different professors for the engineering department for most of the duration. I asked him if he likes the major so far. He said that he likes it even though he finds it very difficult. I am in the same situation when it comes to being in a major like Computer Engineering/Computer Science. Even though it is difficult, it is something that we like to do and enjoy learning.
Some hobbies that Prem likes to do is play basketball. He loves to play basketball and use to play it a lot with his friends. Unfortunately he does not play anymore ever since he started college. He does not have time nor have people he can go play with. The same goes with playing video games. Prem use to play video games as well, but now he does not play as much because of limited free time. We then talked about our favorite food that we like. I didn’t have just one favorite food, but I liked mango. Prem said that his favorite food is chocolate chip ice cream or any ice cream for that matter.
My Artist Interview for week 12 is Piet Eppinga.
Eppinga’s artwork is composed of different sculptures molded from clay. His work expresses the different emotions that people experience. Most of his work is placed vertically from the ground and have ceramic pots on the top. The reason why he places most of his work in a vertical fashion is because he is influenced by his upbringing in a country that is generally flat. Most things that matter to the wellbeing of people are in a vertical form. The pots on the top of the sculptures represents head decorations.
Eppinga was inspired to be an artist that works with clay during his childhood years. Eppinga and his brother were given clay to play when they were children and this soon lead to his interest in sculpting. He feels like the clay gives him a link to the past and his ancestors. His work tries to make a link between our ancestors and the present through his artworks.
I thought that his artwork was pretty interesting. It reminds me of a tribal style of artwork that you would see made out of wood carvings. I enjoyed listening to Eppinga’s explanation of his clay sculptures. He sounded like he was very eager to explain to us his artwork and what they represent. At first I thought the artwork was a little strange, but when I heard the explanation behind them, I thought it was pretty interesting.
My artist interview for week 11 is Gabriel Garcia.
Garcia’s artwork depicts the current culture of masculinity and how it has a negative impact on society. The artwork is about how men in society are seen as Masculine, strong, and superior. This leaves everything else as girly, weak, or unmanly.
Garcia’s artwork is composed of ink and charcoal using the colors black, white, and gray. All his artworks combined took roughly 3 months to make and each wall of artwork is connected to one another. He chose a specific font and color in his artwork to try and slow down the way people read the message. He wanted the audience to read the message slowly and take in the meaning.
I really enjoyed the artworks by Garcia. At first it might seem like a simple artwork, but it has a big story behind them. I like the line of message that was written in his artwork. It is something that I personally heard before when I was in high school. As a guy, if you did anything that showed any fear, uncertainty, hesitation, or anything that is perceived as feminine, you would be perceived as weak and “unmanly”. I heard it a lot in high school and I can understand how this could effect the children as they grow older. It would psychologically affect not only boys, but girls as well. Everything is generalized into a stereotype that acts as a kind of chain that holds you down from doing what you like because of society’s standards. I enjoyed the gallery because it brought an issue to my attention that I previously, did not really think about in my daily life.