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 artist interview for week 13 is Shihori Nakayama.
Nakayama’s artwork involves drawing very detailed images of people and places that are important to her. She not only uses pictures, but also memories that she has of certain people or places for he artwork. She tries to reclaim certain moments in her life and create her own visual interpretation of how she feels. Nakayama tries to create her own imaginary world and show it to the viewers. She uses her artwork to express herself to others. When she works on her artwork, she likes to be in an environment where she can relax and do other things while working. She tries to do other things while working on her artwork so she does not get bored focused solely on drawing. Things that she likes to do is play music or watch anime on the side.
I really like Nakayama’s style of artwork. The drawing is very detailed to to point where you would be engrossed in the drawing. It was so detailed that I got lost looking at the different parts and the story that comes with it. I could tell that a lot of time was spent on the artwork. I could also see a part of her life when I look at the artwork. I can see the things that she likes, the different people that she knows and the things she has seen.
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.
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.
My classmate interview for week 9 is Khoi Nguyen.
Khoi is a student at CSULB who is currently majoring in Civil Engineering. He currently lives in Anaheim somewhere near Disneyland! I asked him why he chose to attend CSULB, he said that it was because it was close to home and he had always wanted to go to this school. The reason he chose Civil Engineering was because he likes to deal with houses, buildings, bridges, and other structures. I also asked him about what he thought about ART-110 and he said it was a chill class. He likes art, so he enjoys the time during the art gallery on Thursdays.
Khoi also likes video games like CS:GO. He likes to play shooting or games that is first person. He enjoys playing different types of sports like basketball, badminton, and swimming. He has been to my home city, ARCADIA because he said that he has been to the 626 night market at the Santa Anita race track. He said that he would go every year, but except last year because he was busy and was not able to make it. Khoi is also part of this business club on campus and was able to make more friends because of it. He use to have trouble making friends cause he “was kind of a loner,” so it helped him connect with other. They also thought him how to communicate with others.