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 Artist Interview for week 10 is Dawn Ertl.
Ertl is currently a graduate student in sculpture and this will be her last semester here at CSULB. Ertl got her BFA at Otis School of Art and Design. Ertl’s artwork for the Gallery this week was about weaving wool with a loom. She would dye everything first before she started putting her piece together with a Loom. A Loom is a type a machines that helps a person hand weave a sheet of wool. All the artwork that she displayed took a total of at least a year to make. Her artwork introduces a contrast between the human byproducts and how it disrupts the process of weaving. Ertl’s work is trying to express the harmful effects of human trash on out environment. That is why there are trash bags hanging from her work. The colors of her work are picked based on what went best together and mood. The plastic bags were saved from her friends and family. She is really happy as to how her art looks. When she wants to move her work, she would fold them up and put them in a box.
I personally liked her display because of the color mixture. Under the light in the room, it made the colors shine bright and I though it was very beautiful. Even though her work is fused with plastic bags, I still thought it looked good. Her work reminds me of the plastic bottle art gallery by Maccabee Shelly. The reason is because they both incorporate some kind of plastic into their work. I really enjoyed the Artist interview with Ertl because of her personality and the way she talked about her artwork. She sounded very happy when she is talking about her artwork. It was very disappointing that people in our class had forgotten that they are required to put their bags to the side when entering the room.
My artist interview for week 9 is Michael Rollins. Rollins’s artwork, in my eyes, are composed of different brush strokes on a canvas. His work looks like a mixture of different strokes with different colors because when he paints, he does not have any reverence material. So when he is painting, he does not have a set rule as to what he is allowed to to paint. This way he has the freedom and directness to paint what he feels like painting. Instinctive painting is what Rollins’s art is about. He just paints without having any restrictions to hold him back. With not only Instinctive painting, he also incorporates formal decision making. He uses Instinctive painting to express his personality while using formal decisions to connect something together.
When he starts painting, he would experiment with his works. After a lot of experimenting and looking through his work, he would then find a starting point and style that he wants. Rollins has always had art in his life. Before being an artist, he was majoring in illustration at an art school. The reason why he was an illustration major was because he was afraid of the risk and uncertainty of being an artist. One day he say an artist himself, and was inspired to take the risk and become an artist. Being an artist brought him a lot of freedom in his life. He does not care about things and just does what he wants. Sometimes being an artist and working on your artwork requires you to sacrifice time with others.
In my opinion, I liked the mixture of different colors, but as for understanding art, I have trouble understanding the artwork. All I see are paint strokes on a canvas. I like it, but I don’t really understand the meaning. The only one who knows the true meaning is the artist himself.
The gallery what I chose to visit was No Redemption Value by Maccabee Shelley. I want to talk a little about what I did and what I saw at the gallery. While looking through the artwork, I saw a lot of different glass bottle melted together that formed different shapes. The colors from the different glass bottles gave a beautiful look to the art piece. There was no real distinct shape that was formed, but it had an interesting design. The artwork did not look like it was made out of glass bottles, but by minerals and rocks that you would find on earth. I was amazed as to what one can do by melting and fusing glass bottles together.
According to Maccabee Shelley, it took him about 8-9 months to complete all his glass bottle artwork. He had to be extremely careful when handling the art pieces because it was heavy and if it dropped, he could get injured. He even had to go and learn how to carry his artwork without injuring his back. During his time working on the artworks, the skin on his hand would peel from dealing with the glass bottles. A lot of time was spent getting bottles, molding the melted bottles, and transporting his artwork. I could tell that Maccabee put in a lot of effort to create all his artworks. Geology, the Earth, the Ocean, and Astronomy could be said to be the inspiration for his work.
Maccabee Shelley presenting one of his art piece.
The first thing that came to mind when I saw Maccabee’s glass sculptures was an image of a whole new “world”. When I saw the sculpture, it looked like a landscape that you would see in a fantasy type setting. I felt like it was a piece of land on a different planet. It is probably not suppose to be about a different world, but to me, that is what I see. I felt like my imagination was running wild when I was looking at the sculptures. One of my favorite piece is the sculpture of two cylinder shaped towers on top of a platform. In my eyes, I see two hollow trees that you would find somewhere out in space. What I like about art is the different perspective that it gives people. The art sculpture can mean different things depending on the individual. When I told my classmate, Brandon Hamada, what I see when I look at the sculpture, he was surprised that it could be seen as trees on a different planet. I really like the sculpture because it sparked my imagination. It is amazing that a sculpture that is made out of glass bottles, something that people usually recycle or throw away, is able to become such a beautiful piece of work.
Artwork by Maccabee Shelley.
Artwork by Maccabee Shelley
Artwork by Maccabee Shelley