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 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 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.
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
It has been a long time since I had sat down and draw. The last time I can remember when I did any type of drawing was probably 3 years ago… I actually had a fun time drawing for this assignment. It felt relaxing to sit and just draw what I wanted to draw. In this image, I attempted to draw my name in a bubble 3D fashion under a picture of my favorite face expression from a manga I read. Unfortunately I do not have the ability to go to Venice Beach to draw on the walls. So I will have to settle with drawing on a cardboard. I used the colors black, orange, red, and green for my painting.
I do not have the artistic skills to make amazing drawings, but I still like to draw whenever I get the opportunity. If I have any free time throughout the semester, I would like to spend time just drawing the things I like.