David DeSantis was the artist I got to interview for this weeks artist conversation. He is a very cool guy and to start off if you want to see some more of his art inspiration check him out on Instagram @rapturefineart. He currently goes to school @CSULB and plans on going to grad school after he graduates, maybe not right away though. Screen printing wasn’t always in his mind actually, even though I must say his art looks like it has been. When he first went to school @csulb he was introduced to the screen printing room and decided he should take a screen printing class so he actually deleted his art class from his schedule and picked up a screen printing class. He said even if he doesn’t work with art as his career when he gets older, he will always have the creative side to make things. He is very interested in making com designs and things like that for motorcycles and such. But enough of David because I think his art will keep you more interested. Keep in mind while he does these different projects, he tends to like to listen to music while he is working. The two photos I choose below are so interesting and looks like so much work had been put into them. I have never been more intrigued with a artists work!
This weeks graffiti painting for me was actually not to easy, although it was fun and very funny. I couldn’t seem to figure out how to make all my letters around the same size and font, and then the colors I first arrived with weren’t my favorite so I had to switch. I really liked this weeks activity, as a kid I must say I was always drawing bubble letters no matter what I was doing when I was in school. I guess my talent faded away over time. Back in the day I was a lot better than I am at it today. Whether I was doing math or english I was always drawing my name with bubble letters on the top of the paper. This is what I came up with.
Next, Venice Beach. This was the first time I have went to venice beach in a very long time considering I live over 2 hours away, but it was so beautiful that I plan on going again by the end of the month! So I went to the venice skate park around 2:30 pm, hoping I could just borrow a kids skateboard and take a quick picture but that wasn’t the case. These kids skateboarding were so good, they were flying in and out of the skate bowls and I felt like I was going to get hurt so I decided to just take a picture of me in front of the skate park
The finger painting experience was very awesome although it isn’t my first time doing it. I have always been interested in using colors and combining them to make beautiful creations. This time I decided to use yellow, blue, green and orange. The project was as hard/easy as I thought it was going to be because i’ve done it before. The painting looked different so many times and I couldn’t tell when to stop! Painting without a subject is very cool because unlike most projects, you start without an idea and most of the time it comes out amazing and very unique. It was very inspiring for me because it taught me that art doesn’t need to always have a certain projected outcome and it inspired me to try other art projects without starting with an idea of how the outcome would look. The painting compares to other paintings as similar in my eyes because even though they had an idea of the outcome, they used colors and materials to work together to provide something unique like mine.
Due to unfortunately arriving a little late to the art galleries to meet up for a classmate conversation, I was unable to grab a new partner because everyone already had one. Although, I discussed more with my first classmate conversation partner and I thought I could share more about him. Nate Livingston, like I said in an earlier blog post grew up only 15 minutes from Long Beach. I learned that he is in the Sigma Pi fraternity at CSULB. He described he also has a brother that goes to school and CSULB and plans to work with him in accounting after they graduate college with a job they already have set up. He loves art and I am glad I have learned more about him as the weeks have passed on.
Juliana Bustillo & Tidawhitney Lek
Drawing & Painting art major
This weeks artist convo was very cool, Juliana was a very nice girl and is a great artist! Although I wasn’t able to meet the other artist involved. She plans on going to grad school after living and growing up at Long Beach. She always has been told she has had some sort of artistic abilities so she went for it. She attended Wilson High School. The project is very deep it really had me interested about how performance between the creator and the created, basically posing of power and control. They offered a link to their Instagram which was really cool because they had me scrolling through the photos on by one. Creating the dimensional space using only black and white really helped show the point they were trying to make in my opinion.
This week’s flip book was really cool to me because we had to be very creative to come up with my own themed flip book. After trying for countless minutes trying to figure out a topic I finally found my idea when I stumbled upon this idea. I made “the happy meal” which is a series of separate pages of different kinds of foods with happy faces on them. I started off with a pizza slice which was funny and I think it looks pretty cool. I then went on and did a happy hamburger as well as the happy spaghetti because those are my favorite foods. I think it was very fun and a easy assignment. Once again, I had a great time doing this weeks art project.
This weeks art gallery visit was quite interesting to me. The art didn’t seem like “normal”art projects, it seemed like all the projects were bring together by different pieces to the project. Today I am going to tell a story about how this artist combined different houses combined on a separate street. This street of houses is located along the beachside. These houses are located on the port of long beach. The houses once weren’t on pedestals like they are now. I believe that the houses once weren’t pedestaled up until the water from the ocean started getting to close. The artist shows how the houses from different streets need a pedestal to keep the water away. A flip book could be made to show the process over time.
This weeks art project was nothing like I expected. This week’s art project really shows me that art can be made in 1 minute or can take several years. Automatic drawing seemed like it wouldn’t work and no one would move much. I expected the paper to have very little writing and when I finished the paper was full of color. I felt like we didn’t move no where near as much as we actually did. The project came out looking kind of cool because I really like the colors we chose.
The artist to this inspiring piece goes by the name Joshua Tomokazu Thomen. He is currently student @CSULB and in my eyes made a very nice art piece that seems to be very deep in meaning.
The project is basically a set of blocks of concrete set up in a diagonal and horizontal way. Each block on concrete had a cute little ceramic figure, like cute little animals and such. Each block seems to have a different ceramic figure. When I first walked into the room I was very confused and took me quite some time to figure out the project.
The project in my words is about the way people live in america today. I think the artist believes these ceramic figures are basically living people. Each figure represents someone in america and even though we claim to be free, we are trapped in this little box that not many people seem to get out of. I really like this piece because it had me thinking a lot and I love art that can make me think.
The ACP I made was for my grandmother Marie conlon. I wanted to send her a couple things thats I thought would interest her and the ACP is a great way to do so. I put in there the design for my new clothing company because I thought she would like it, a concert ticket, a page of a book that caused me not to receive a refund on the book (which hopefully she will pay for) and just a random drawing I found in my notebook. This is just like sending a snapchat because I would send someone a picture of my drawing through snapchat just like this. Although it is also different because I think it shows and has more meaning to it. I believe ephemera is awesome because it brings back memories and stories of the past. I think saving those things are great to show your generation of family. I think the ACP is very similar to the art in galleries because it all represents the same meaning and emotion given off whether how many people see it. Like I said before I think the ACP through the mail represents more effort and emotion compared to regular snapchats because of the time frame. It’s better to get the message around faster but worse because people don’t take time to appreciate it because it gets disappeared right away. I think the ACP creates a whole different level compared to a snapchat because it is more sentimental and is actual items that was once in your hands. I really enjoyed creating my personal ACP.