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Wk 10: Social Network

I think that the term “social network” applies to my real life and my realize friends because I see them as the network of people that I personally socialize with. Through real life friends, I can network and meet new people in real life at events and gathering set up on online and mobile tools.

I suppose to some people, Dunbar’s Number makes sense, depending on how sociable and outgoing they are. Personally, I’m a shy and introverted person so 15o truly meaningful relationships seem too large a number for me seeing as I don’t socialize much or enough to reach 150. Also, for me to have a truly meaningful relationship means to open up and being introverted, I usually prefer to hold things back, making it hard for me to open up to a lot of people. So, by being who I am, I don’t see sense in Dunbar’s Number.

Having Facebook “friends” within the thousands can show popularity and sociability, I think. But most of those people are those who don’t have meaning–they are those who you meet once and add, never to meet again or remember each other. But there is a small number of close friends in there too. Those are the people who I use Facebook the most for, either to tag them in a funny post or to message them in a single or group chat to make future plans or just talk.

When I saw the social networks made, I was surprised how many different ways I knew people. Normally, I don’t look back on how I met someone (I actually forget sometimes) so it was interesting to see how I met them and reflect on how our relationship grew from that point.

My personal number would most likely be 10 considering how introverted I am and how hard it is for me to open up to others. I think 10 would be a good number of people to have in ones life–10 trustworthy people who you can easily talk to and open up to.

I do have a lot more friends than those who I truly consider my friends. Those extra friends I have are usually those I’ve met  before through school and organizations but have never gotten close to or have drifted away form. These weak ties haven’t brought me new resources but they help me work on socializing more and being more outgoing with people as I sometimes talk and catch up with them.

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Wk 10: Artist Conversation-Alicia Keyworth

Exhibition Information:

Artist: Alicia Keyworth

Exhibition: Oddments 

Media: Mixed Media

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

Website: aliciakeyworth.com

Instagram: aliciakeyworth

About the Artist:

Alicia Keyworth, who grew up in Southern California, is currently a senior undergraduate student at CalState Long Beach working towards obtaining her BFA from the School of Art’s Fiber program. After graduating, she does not plan on attending graduate school since she is also obtaining her teaching credential for kindergarten to 12th grade. Key worth also has an art teaching credential. In the future, Keyworth would like to collaborate with a fashion company such as Eileen Fisher and Patagonia. She created her exhibition Oddments with scraps she noticed from taking out the trash as lab technician for the fiber department.

Analysis:

Keyworth’s exhibition, Oddments, consisted of fashionable works she created with scrap pieces she has collected over time.  Her pieces include vests, poncho like tops, and other clothing articles that had an almost bohemian like feel to it with its more rugged style. The exhibition also consists of pillow/bean bag chair like pieces stuffed with clothing that was tossed away which were called “landfills.” The “landfills” and clothing pieces she had in the exhibit were a matching set with the fabrics and patterns matching each other.

Being a lab technician of the fiber department and seeing discard pieces as she took out the trash led her to question if each and every piece was being put fully to use. She used this question as inspiration for her exhibition as she took things are were discarded with the idea of not being of use anymore and turned it into something beautiful. The way in which people discard things easily once they serve their respected purpose is harmful towards the environment and by finding new, innovative, and beautiful ways to use leftovers is a good way to remain environmentally friendly towards the only planet we have, which is why Keyworth believes that through her exhibition which only uses discarded pieces she is playing a part in helping the environment.

Keyworth’s questioning of items being used to their full potential before being thrown out is something that really drew me towards her exhibition. Living in a well off middle class area in the United States has left a lot of us spoiled. Most of the things we have only serve a single purpose and once the purpose is no longer needed, the item is considered trash. But most things we consider trash have a multitude of other uses. For example, plastic water bottles are only seen as a one time use item where a person drinks all the water in it and throws it away afterwards. This cycle of one time use and tossing it away puts our environment at risk especially when the bottles are carelessly thrown away, leading the plastic to end up in the ocean. With just a pair of succors and some creativity , the water bottle can serve as a new home for plants and with some yarn, it can even lead to a cute little hanging garden.

 

Wk 9: Art Care Package

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I decided to send a care package to my friend Cindy who is currently an aspiring Biology major a CalState Long Beach. Inside my care package I put:

  • A periodic table
  • Some movie tickets
  • A small notebook
  • A little drawing that I did
  • An expired Disneyland Pass

I put the periodic table in there just in case she ever forgets her lab manual and needs to reference back to it for Chemistry purposes. I put the movie tickets in there to remind her of all the fun times we had together at the movies–when times get rough in school, I hope it reminds her that her friends are there for her and that life is fun and happy. The expired Disney Pass is there to remind of one of our favorite places and is a promise to her that we’ll go together sometimes. I placed a cute little notebook in there for her to jog some things down when she has sudden thoughts–the good and the bad. Lastly, I decided to give her a drawing that consisted of a quote from the Disney movie “Mulan” that I consistently like to quote around her and our friends along with a drawing of one of the characters from an anime movie called “Howl’s Moving Castle” to remind her of me and all our friends because I believe that everyone needs a reminder that they’re not alone.

Sending someone a ACP is similar to sending someone a snapchat because its personalized to that one person–like something shared just between the two of you. It can also be different from a snapchat because snapchats are not meant to be infinite and remain int their possession forever (unless they screenshot it) instead, snapchats only exist for a maximum of 10 seconds before it is gone forever. I’m an extremely sentimental person so I think ephemera is precious. I think they’re precious for what not they are, but for what they represent and for the memories they’ll forever hold. I think they can definitely gain value over time since vintage things can now go for a lot of money. To me, there is a difference between art seen by many people in comparison to art seen by few because art seen by many people pertains to something many people can see and understand while art seen by few can be understood by only a few select people. I believe that time and distance does mean something because when something takes less time to give and receive not much effort nor meaning has to be packed into it–the meaning can be built through multiple things like snapchat which is one of the reasons it can be better. When it comes to large amounts of time and larger distances, a lot of effort is put into them in order to ensure everything in it has meaning since it takes such a long time to arrive which is one of the reasons that makes it better–theres a bunch of meaning in it all at once. An ACP definitely contains a love thats different from snapchat. Snapchat is usually used for jokes and fun while and ACP can be a multitude of things from deep and meaningful to funny. The many possibilities that an ACP has makes it love different from snapchat in the sense that one can express so much through it.

Wk 9: Artist Conversation-Carmina Correa

Exhibition Information:

Artist: Carmina Correa

Exhibition: A Beach in Symmetry and A Breach in Symmetry

Media: Mixed Media

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East

Website: N/A

Instagram: N/A

About the Artist:

Carmina Correa is currently a senior at CalState Long Beach and is working toward obtaining her BFA from the School of Arts Sculpture Program. She plans on attending graduate school, but not directly after graduating. The schools she is considering on going to are UC Berkley, UC Irvine, and UC San Diego. Correa was raised as a Roman Catholic and is Filipino American. Her background of ethnic tradition and history are what she uses as inspiration for her art. She is also a type 2 diabetic which can be connected to her ethnic history back to the time of colonial Spain colonizing the Philippines.

Analysis:

Stepping into the exhibition and examining Carmina Correa’s work was like seeing a sculptural representation of someone’s own background and life. Each of her pieces contain a lot of personal background and ideas. For example, her confession box was a nod to the Roman Catholic background she was raised with and what was inside the confession box was a reference to her own personal opinion and views. Typically inside would be a priest as one knees to confess ones sins but in hers, was personal items such as stuffed animals along with religious candles. Also, her sugar piece connected to her type 2 diabetes and help a lot of personal background as working on the sugar piece trains her brain to dislike sugar.

Upon meeting Correa, I noticed how surely she spoke and her confidence. This can be seen in her work as it clearly projects her aim to the viewer. For her confession box, it showed how confession doesn’t have to be a daunting and scary thing that Roman Catholics are raised to see it as. In the Roman Catholic sense of confession, there is a pressure and a fear that individuals feel as they enter to ask for forgiveness. But what Correa does shows that confession is a part of life and is not as daunting as some think. The stuffed animals and religious candles she places in the area where the priest usually is explains that. Confession happens when we are with the ones that are closest to us–it comes out almost naturally and is weight lifting instead of stressful.

Being raised in a Roman Catholic family as well, I really related to Correa’s piece with the confession box. I too feel a lot of pressure and fear before I go to confession in church. There is a lot of stress as I enter and confess my wrongdoings to a priest that has no idea who I am other than a fellow Catholic who has sinned. Her piece and the message it projected spoke to me because it reminded me that confessing isn’t as hard as I was raised to think it was. It reminded me that those who I fine comfort in can listen to my confessions and its almost better in a sense because those who know me will understand me along with listen to me. In my opinion, while it is good to go to confession in church and be given penance to be forgiven by a priest, confessing to close loved ones holds a lot of meaning because one needs more than forgiveness–sometimes one needs understanding as well.

Wk 8: Sketching in the Japanese Garden

This week the class went to the Japanese Garden located on campus to do some sketching! Three representative (top three) and three abstract (bottom three) drawings were done. For my representative drawings I did them all at different areas in the garden, all overlooking the pond. One was when I walked directly into the garden where I saw the patio. Another was one that allowed a view of the bridge of the garden and lastly another was when I walked over the bridge and looked at the little island on the right side of the pond.

For the abstract pieces, it was a little hard because I couldn’t see the garden for anything else but the beauty that it already was. But what I ended up seeing was the infinite and continual movement of the water which is why I drew infinity signs as the ripples. I also saw hearts on the tails of the fish because I believe that love is what keeps life moving. Lastly I saw something that reminded me of “Grandmother Willow” from the Disney movie Pocahontas so I tried to draw the tree being protectively over the small stone house similar to how the “Grandmother Willow” was a protective figure toward Pocahontas.

Wk 8: Classmate Conversation-Monica

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Hello! This week, the class went to the Japanese Garden for our weekly art project and I got to meet Monica! She’s super friendly and down to earth and also loves dogs! Her favorite dog is the golden retriever and she currently has a chihuahua and dachshund mix. Despite living in California and near the coast, she doesn’t know how to swim (same here, I can’t swim at all). Currently, Monica is a 3rd year business major at CSULB and isn’t fully sure of what she wants to do but is sure that she wants to be in the business field. When it comes to the future and kids, she doesn’t mind if her child wants to major in art and wants them to find their own path and wants them to be who they are. An art piece she would like to share with the class is the large blue balloon dog from the Broad Museum. While most balloon dogs are a small and portable size, the one from the Broad is definitely not. The art piece is also made of a sturdy solid material rather than the typical rubber elastic of balloon animals. How the art piece and the real thing can look so similar but be different at the same time is why Monica wanted to share the art piece. Like the typical young adult in our generation, both Monica and I share similar first pages on our phone which mostly consisted of social media apps and text apps which we use to keep in touch with our loved ones and friends.

Wk 7: Artist Conversation-Nathaniel Paderanga

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Exhibition Information:

Artist: Nathaniel Paderanga

Exhibition: Social 

Media: Oil Paints

Gallery: CSULB School Of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Website: N/A

Instagram: Theartofnate_

About the Artist:

Nathaniel Paderanga is currently a senior undergraduate student a CalState Long Beach and is working towards his BFA from the School of Art’s drawing and painting program. After graduating this fall semester, he plans to focus on his painting. At first, Paderanga was not an art major when he first started his academic career at CSULB; instead he was a kinesiology major his first year. He ended up hating it and decided to switch to art and grew into it, using it as a platform to tell a story. Paderanga started painting when he was 18 years old and bases his paintings off everyday life photos he takes himself.

Analysis:

Stepping into Nathaniel Paderanga’s exhibition was like walking into a multitude of story books. Each oil painting was skillfully done and told a story of its own despite it’s showing of common everyday activity. The aim of his exhibition is to bring social issues into the light and to bring focus to hidden problems in situations that are seen as normal. His exhibition included Happy Birthday which depicted a small birthday gathering with a group of people and simple balloons in what looks to be a park. While the depiction is of a simple and commonly seen as mundane event, Paderanga was able to visually tell a story and capture the essence of the activity.

Upon meeting Paderanga, I noticed how easy it was to talk to him and how effortlessly he was able to communicate his ideas with others. His skill in communication can be seen in his painting as well. While they are paintings of everyday life photos, Paderanga is able to infuse his ability to effortlessly communicate and express through his paintings as each and every one of them tell a different story of their own. All of the paintings in Paderanga’s show were all of photos that held a deeper meaning. In his painting Get Together, it depicts two boys relaxing together in a living room, focusing on what the younger generation usually focuses on: technology. While this may seem ordinary, an underlying problem is brought to the light through the painting. Instead of spending quality time together, both boys are focused similarity on a fancy piece of metal.

The exhibition really opened my eyes to see more in everyday life. While things may seem normal and acceptable because it’s a habitual occurrence in everyday society, it doesn’t mean that it’s really is acceptable. Sometimes life moves so fast that one cannot read into what is before them to see any hidden problems. Paderanga was able to capture simple everyday life photos and bring out hidden and normally overlooked situations–it was like through the painting he paused time and allowed the viewers to examine and see the problems that we normally speed past by and don’t see.

Wk 6: Zines!

Doodling is one of my all time favorite past times so doing a zine just seemed perfect for this weeks art assignment. Recently, I’ve been drawing a lot of peaches so I decided to put them on the front cover. When it comes to the other pages in my zine, I just recalled all the art and calligraphy Instagrams I follow and drew inspiration from them. The captions and quotes I used came from random recollections of what my friends like to quote here and there in our conversations. I can’t really describe what my zine is but a book version of me. If drawings and illustrations can define a person, this zine would define me!

Wk 6: Artist Conversation-Sheila Garrett Rodriguez

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Exhibition Information:

Artist: Sheila Garrett Rodriguez

Exhibition: Were we even Here

Media: Mixed Media

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East

Website: sheilagarrettrodriguez.com

Instagram: sheilagarrettrodriguez

About the Artist:

Sheila Garrett Rodriguez is currently a graduate student at CalState Long Beach and is working towards obtaining her MFA from the School of Art’s fibers program. When she was an undergraduate student, Rodriguez attended CalState Long Beach and was part of the painting and drawing program. She enjoys eating Mexican foods such a tamales and claims that her grandmother makes the best. While her grandfather came from Mexico City, her grandmother’s side of the family has lived in California for generations. The effects of the two different cultural backgrounds of her family can be seen in her exhibition as it represents her trying to piece together her heritage.

Analysis:

Entering Sheila Garrett Rodriguez’s exhibition was like stepping into and being shown the personal and behind the scenes side of her heritage. An old and traditional styled wood bed frame sits within the center of her show and on the walls surrounding it is her other art works such as her flower embroideries and large painting of a body with a house for a head. On the other side of her exhibition, there is a video which brings you into a kitchen and shows someone making food and displays different cooking utensils the person is using.

Rodriguez’s grandparents came from two different lifestyles: one came from Mexico City and the other has lived in the states for generations. She mentioned that when her grandparents got together, there was still segregation between Mexicans and Americans and she shared that the only time she was able to embrace her Mexican heritage and culture was behind closed doors with her family. When she was out in public, according to Rodriguez, the goal was to display American tendencies and act as American as possible on the outside. The inside of one’s home can say a lot about a person and it tells a lot about that person’s heritage. The way the interior of a home is decorated can be associated to the culture and heritage of the owner and that can be seen in Rodriguez’s exhibition. Within it, there are brightly colored embroideries of flowers which is typically related to Mexican culture and in the video shown the food being prepared is that of Mexican descent as well. Rodriguez’s art shows her trying to piece together her heritage and her struggle can be seen in her oil painting piece that shows the naked back side of the body with its hands roped and held out. The design of the house can be seen as the typical American styled house and on the naked body and house are the bright and colored flowers representing Mexican heritage. The house and tied hands show how she had to act Americanized and the flowers on top of it represent who she truly is on top of just being American.

Being a first generation Vietnamese American, I can relate to Rodriguez’s attempt in piecing together her heritage. The closest connection I have to Vietnam and my heritage is my parents. They share stories of how Vietnamese society is like and what it was like growing up there when they were younger but, stories are only stories. Its hard to connect to my heritage when I’ve never been able to experience it first hand myself. While my parents brought Vietnamese traditions with them when they came over, it became mixed with American traditions in order to assimilate easier into American society. It’s hard for me to identify what my heritage truly is as it is not fully American nor is it fully Vietnamese–it’s a mixture of both.

 

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