Wk 11- Classmate Conversation- Mark de Artola and Jeremy Masterson

For this week’s classmate conversation, things went a bit different. The assignment was to interact with two other classmates you haven’t spoken to and the classmates I got to speak to were Mark de Artola and Jeremey Masterson. I did my index cards with them after we had to connect our cards and create an art piece similar to one in the gallery’s.

So, what I learned about both of them wasn’t much but I got the basics down. Mark is a 2nd year student and lives in Temple City, CA. Which I was shock to hear after the city is pretty far from the school. He says that he doesn’t dorm and that he drives from his home to school 4 days a week. I then asked him for the type of car that he drives and he said it is a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle; which for some reason explained why he loves to drive. His major is in Kinesiology with the emphasis in exercise science.

Jeremy is also a 2nd year and is majoring in business accounting. He told me that he lives in Long Beach at the moment but is originally from the bay area. I didn’t get to know if he dorms or not but I am assuming he does. Asking for his hobbies, he stated that he plays ultimate Frisbee and enjoys hanging out with his friends. I think that him playing ultimate Frisbee is very unique, after to be honest I didn’t even know Frisbee can be played with different teams. I’m curious if he plays for a team?

They both seemed to be chill and nice guys. I hope I get to interact with them a bit more.



Wk11- Artist Conversation- Nichole Borgo

For this week’s artist conversation, I have chosen, Nichole Borgo. She is a student at CSULB and will be gradating with a BFA in Ceramics. She was not there to answer any questions students may have had for her work, but the following information was taken from the description paper posted by her exhibition. Her art work was placed in the Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery and I was drawn into it for one main reason. Her gallery was the only gallery to catch my eye and that I related to, in a way. Throughout her gallery she has ceramic objects she built by hand (they look like smooth, red, clay bricks) and on the top side of the objects she has old family photographs. She wrote that, the images come from a polaroid or from her personal Instagram (which is not on the description paper).

In her work she tries to capture old feelings that reference in her past, like when she was younger. The way she has them displayed is also interesting, the bricks have wires connecting each other; she described it as a web but to me it looked like a brainstorm. The images that are connected to each other are all from a stage or memory in her past so, they all have unique personalities, emotions, faces, or masks. She states that, some images in her work also can trigger sense such as, smell, taste, and touch. Which I can agree, after some pictures have cakes and hand gestures.

Earlier I said I somewhat have related to her work and that is because by seeing her images, it made me remember of a couple related memories. Like for example, an art piece she had displayed, had pictures what look like a birthday party she had when she was younger and this reminded me about pictures my mom has in our family picture book. (image of art below)


Exhibition Information

Artist: Nichole Borgo

Media: Ceramics

Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Instagram: n/a

Wk 10- Art Experience- Architecture: The Wedge

I did my redesign on the USU Wedge, funny to say that I’m one of the students that has a little affection to the wedge. The first time I ever came to CSULB I passed through it after I was to lazy to go around the gray block. The gray block was built to be a place were student drop advertisements or flyers for other students, but to be honest, they rarely use it now days; I took a picture of it and it looked rusted/dusty. So that’s why, for my redesign I have removed it. I thought it was okay to remove it after across the wedge’s flyer block, there’s another one just like it. If students ever want to add flyers, they can place them on the other one. Also by removing it, I do not think students would even care, after it will prevent the traffic it causes most of the time. If anything, the people who have affection to it can still walk between the cement bench and pillar that I have left in my redesign. My redesign in a way still has the USU wedge and prevents from a line from being formed.

Wk 10- Artist Conversation- Amy Duran

Amy Duran is responsible for the art exhibition I chose for this week’s artist conversation. She was not present to answer any questions for me or my fellow classmate had, but thankfully her brother was there to assist; I didn’t get his name unfortunately. Amy Duran is a senior at CSULB and will be graduating this May with a BFA in Ceramics. The work she had place down for students to see was actually a visual fable that in a way represents her personal struggles on feeling anxiety as an adult woman. She created ceramics characters and obstacles to tell a story about a young girl that didn’t feel in place in different situations of her life. A brief summary: The story is about a girl having a dream of herself running away into the forest, hopefully solving her problem. While she is in the forest she finds out she needs to let her inner child go and only then will receive happiness. I enjoyed this fable after I kind of related on filling out of place and too sometimes feel like running away.

The presentation of the entire story also caught my eye. The entire story was surrounded by a fake house, which made it feel like if I entered an actual home. (PICTURES BELOW)

After you have entered, the story is told in parts, from the start to finish. There is ceramic display with a written description for every section. The ceramic displays also had levers, which would move the characters. Duran’s brother said he helped to build the levers but did not know how his sister built the ceramic figures or the fake home around the place.

Her brother told the students that they are from the city Buena Park and that his sister has been comminute her entire CSULB journey. I then asked if he knew if it was Amy’s first gallery and replied by agreeing. I then asked for his sister’s hobbies and said she only works on her art and her bakery skills. Amy apparently loves to decorate cakes at a bakery she is employed at.


Exhibition Information

Artist: Amy Duran

Exhibition: Forever by your Side

Media: Ceramics

Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery

Instagram: @polkadot.pony

Wk9- Art Experience- Graffiti Writing

For the graffiti experience I had to buy some spray paint. For some reason I wanted to buy gold spray paint, which I did. Then for my second color I got white, first because it was the cheapest color and second because I thought white would compliment the gold. At first I was going to spray my name on a huge piece of wood my parents had in the backyard but they denied. So I did the activity beside my house, on the floor. I actually sprayed my last name, not my first name; my friends call me and know me by my last name. Glenn told the class to make a pencil sketching first but I just did it free hand. It came out awful but I wanted to feel or try it like an experienced graffiti artist or gang member who finishes their name under a minute; they don’t use pencil sketches.


Wk9- Artist Conversation- David DeSantis

David DeSantis was the artist I got to interview for this week’s artist conversation. He is a senior at CSULB and he will be graduating with a bachelor of fine arts, in the print making category. The gallery that he had in the Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery was his first here at CSULB, but his 4th gallery overall. DeSantis is in deed interested in attended grad school after CSULB, but he noted that he wouldn’t join it right away. He states that he enjoys working in a job he has and doing art at the same time; he will join grad school when he thinks he is more prepared or ready. DeSantis was actually not in screen printing when he first entered CSULB. He discussed that in the first week of school he was getting a tour of the different classes in the art building and he ran into a screen printing class. He made it clear that as soon as he stepped into the printing class he knew he wanted to at least try it; he dropped the art class he was taking at the time and added himself to the screen printing class that same day. DeSantis says that he has always been interested in art; when he was 4 years old he used to draw motorcycles but then stopped. He was then inspired by Jackson Pollock, which I can see a resemblance in his work. DeSantis does his art while hearing his favorite type of music, dubstep. He states that he has one song in replay or has a playlist of only dubstep playing. His work takes around 2-3 days, he likes spending around 8 hours per day. The two art pieces that I took pictures of (WHICH ARE BELOW) are my personal favorties of the work he had up. Both of them look a bit similar to Pollock works but of course DeSantis added his own touch into them. One of the pieces has a wolf with his mouth open wide, which I think looks awesome.

David DeSantis is chill and cool in my opinion and a very nice person. He gave me and other students his Instagram, which is @rapturefineart. In the future DeSantis wants to open a website that includes his art and hope to be featured in other galleries; which I think would be easy, if he continues his hard work.


Exhibition Information

Artist: David DeSantis

Media: screen printing, print making

Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Instagram: @rapturefineart

Wk 8- Classmate Conversation- Chris Toledanes

For this week’s classmate conversation, I got to speak to a senior; Chris Toledanes. He is graduating as a computer engineer; sorry to say it will be until next year. The main reason being that he failed a couple of classes. When he told me, I already knew the classes he was about to say. I heard engineering and instantly I thought about math. He stated that he failed Calculus I ones and Calculus II twice. He also told me that he got into engineering after his both parents, they are both engineers; his dad is a civil engineer and his mother is a MIS engineer. Chris’s parents are Filipino and they live in Long Beach. So, he doesn’t dorm; he has been communing all his four years to CSULB. I then asked him what he will like to do with his degree and he replies saying that he wants to design some sort of computer chip, it will be found in any electronic.

Chris also enjoys taking pictures with his camera that cost him around $1,500. He posts a couple of his pictures on a platform called Flickr.