My artist interview for week 8 is Brian Davis.
This week’s art display was very interesting. It was something that you do not see everyday when it comes to “artwork”. When I went into the gallery, one corner has a stall where Brian is blending different vegetables and fruits. Another corner someone was soldiering things and had a fortune telling box on the table. There was also a corner where you can put anything on the art display and take a picture of it as if you were a professional photographer. It was the first time I have every seen something like that. I really liked the art because it was out of the ordinary. I also like it because it was something that you could physically watch and in some cases, do yourself. When Brian was blending the vegetables and fruits, he does not have a set recipe that he follows. He kind of just picks something on the table and puts them in one at a time. It was fun watching him cut the vegetables into small size and put them into the blender. He was giving out the juice that was blended to the students to try.
The one I like to watch the most was the soldiering type workbench. Someone was soldiering things together on a bread board and using wires to make something work. Unfortunately, it was not working so I do not know what it was suppose to do. The reason why I like it is because it was related to my major. I am a Computer Engineer and I had to deal with circuits as well. It was just cool to see something related to my major in an art-110 activity. Overall I want to say that the art was interesting and fun. It was fun watching people do things in the form of art. There were also couch and pillows in the room for guests to relax on!
My artist interview for week 7 is Juliette Angulo.
Juliette’s art involves pictures of her sister except she is cut out of the image. Juliette has a younger sister who joined the military. Her sister is a Mechanical engineer who fix Apache helicopters for the army. Juliette’s sister was a big part of her life so when she enlisted to the army, she lost someone important. She said although she still talks to her via message or Skype, it felt weird not being able to spend time with her being physically there. Her sister lives on a base in El Paso, Texas and is on a trip to Kuwait. Her sister just turned 21 and will be on the trip for roughly 9 months.
Juliette’s art involves the use of her sister. She is trying to convey a message of how her sister joining the military caused her pain and loneliness. her art has pictures that she took of her sister. She cut an outline of her sister out to show how she is missing from her life. Aside from her art with photography, she is currently working with metals for her artwork. I don’t have anyone in my family who is enlisted in the military so I can not imagine how it must of felt. It is good that her sister will be coming back some times in July or August.
I thought her artwork was pretty interesting. Even though she just cut a picture, it leaves a huge impression on the audience. It is simple, yet has a big meaning to it.
My artist interview for week 6 is Emily Babbette. Her artwork involves drawing in mostly black, gray, and white. This is my first time interviewing an artist that uses her friends and family as models for her artworks. Emily likes figurative art with music and culture. It takes roughly 30- 40 hours for her to complete one painting. Each session with the models last about 3 hours, with 3 sessions a day. It requires the model to stay still for 3 hours while she draws. She would go to them in order to draw her artwork.
I really like how Emily uses her family and friends as models for her artwork. It takes hard work and a lot of time to create one piece of work. It is tiring for both the model and the artist. I like how detailed her artwork is when portraying the models. It looks really detailed and one can tell that a lot of time and effort was spent to draw it. I enjoyed interviewing Emily because the way she talks is energizing. I enjoyed listening to her talk about her art and what she does as an artist.
Although this post says Artist Interview, the art gallery has art displayed by more then one artist. The group of artist work with different metals in order to sculpt their artworks. The person who was there who talked about the artworks was Brianna Allen. She talked about her artwork and what their group is like. The group’s works consist of soldering, wielding, riveting, and other techniques using different materials. The materials can consist of metal, plastic, and sand. Brianna likes to use as much materials as she can depending on what she is trying to do. She is inspired buy the work of other people. She would observe the works of others and use that as an inspiration.
She has traveled to Germany before and if I heard correctly, she is currently living somewhere close to Long beach port. If you take a look at their artworks, you can tell that it is very interesting and not the usual art that involve a canvas and paint. One of her work was the Chess pieces on a sand tiled chess board. I though that was very interesting and beautiful. Not only that, but the other sculptures as well. Everything reminding me of items that you would find under the sea or stuff from the past. Stuff that would be considered treasures from the past.
Unfortunately I do not have a picture of Brianna. She said that she does not like to have her picture taken. That was a reason why she does not use Facebook. So I decided not to take a picture of her. But you can look at the beautiful artworks instead!
My interview for week 5 is Tai Bui. Tai is a freshman who is currently undeclared. He does not know what he wants to do as of now, but hopefully he will find something he likes to do through his G E classes. When we were talking to each other, he told me that he was excited for the art gallery. He enjoys looking at the artworks by the artists. We also have another thing in common when it comes to games. He also plays a game call League of Legends and is currently ranked GOLD IV. We spent most of the time talking about the game, but it was fun talking to someone about their experiences with the game.
Tai Bui is Vietnamese and part Cambodian. He will be celebrating Chinese New Year this weekend with his family. When we were talking to each other, I enjoyed our talks about our favorite game and hobbies. For some reason I find talking to Tai interesting. The way he talked to me was different compared to my other interview. He sounded like a very happy person who has a lot of energy. When we were done with our interview, we went and looked at the artworks together and listen to the artist speak about their works.
Me (left), Tai Bui (Right)
Unfortunately, I was not able to interview Rachel Gehrke personaly on Thursday because she had to take a test during the gallery showing. I really liked Rachel’s paintings, so I interviewed Makaila Palmer, someone who has been working with Rachel.
About the Artist:
Rachel Gehrke is a painter that likes to paint things related to what she does and the unknown. She is a Scuba diver and would take pictures during her time underwater to use as material for her paintings. As you can see from her painting, it has a theme of underwater creatures. One of my favorite painting by Rachel was the Porous Paralles II. It has an octopus surrounding a world of space. He artwork also has a sort of mystery theme to it as well. She likes to play with color and would sometimes put her artwork on paper. Rachel is going to start involving more animals in her paintings.
I really liked Rachel’s paintings because her style of art relates to parallel worlds and mystery. When I saw her paintings, I was really impressed with her details with space. Looking at the painting really feels like you are looking up at the night sky filled with stars. It also gives a feeling of wanting to know the unknown…if that makes any sense… It invokes a fantasy feeling when I see her paintings. I love anything that has to relate with science, space, or fantasy because it is something that i find interesting. I also really like the detail she put into the stars. It really looks like an image of space.
Strata Phenomena, Rachel Gehrke, Oil on Canvas
Porous Parallels I, Rachel Gehrke, Oil on Canvas
Nautical Tangled, Rachel Gehrke, Acrylic and Charcoal on Paper
Porous Parallels II, Rachel Gehrke, Oil on Canvas
My artist interview for week 3 is Yireh Elaine Kwak. Elaine is a Korean oil painter who likes to paint landscapes. Her paintings were mostly inspired by poems that she wrote. She lives on a hill so that was also a reason why she likes to draw nature. Her artwork is related to nature and are drawn on big canvasses. When she talked about her artworks, she said that drawing on a canvass is different compared to other forms of art. Unlike sitting down and creating artwork on a computer, drawing and transporting art on a heavy canvass is more demanding. Painting is very manual compared to other art. It requires a lot of moving to transport the paintings.
She is currently working on projects that includes figures and landscape. She does not currently teach others art, but when she is working with other artists, in a way, they teach and learn from one another. Although she does not teach a class for art, she said she would like to. The Exhibition is called Harmony and Discordance: Conflicting Landscapes. The purpose of the different type of landscapes is to invoke different feelings ranging from peace, joy, confusion…. When I see her paintings, it reminds my of my childhood when I would go to my backyard and surround myself with trees and plants. When I was young, I would like to go outside and look at the different plants that my grandpa planted. You could say after looking at Elaine’s paintings, it was a blast from the past.
Yireh Elaine Kwak in front of her artwork.