Wk12- Artist Conversation- Alice Andreini

For this week, the art pieces that I enjoyed to see were all placed in the East Max L. Gatov Gallery and were property of Alice Andreini. She is a graduate student of Draw and Paint, from CSULB. A couple fun facts about her is that she loves to go hiking and peeping art galleries. She has been living in Long Beach for 6 years and she ones had a job at a movie theater.

Through out her art pieces, Alice has different colors; she says that she tried to tie the different colors with the time settings of the day. Like for example, blue was for a gloomy night and the gold/yellow is the golden hours of a sunset. Which I thought was very wise of her. Her paintings are about different landscapes and of her personal perspectives of them. She also said she scouted the landscapes before she actually started painting them, for example my favorite piece from her which is the blue one below, is from a golf course. She made it clear that she isn’t inspired by nature that much, but loves illusions or special constructs. Which personally I think she shows. She made the golf course look like a virtual reality. But before she created the big pieces she actually did smaller ones (which are also below.) The smaller paintings follow the same landscape concept but they don’t have any color, only black and white.

This was the only information I got to receive and I would have hoped I could have asked a bit more; I had to do something important.

 

Exhibition Information

Artist: Alice Andreini

Exhibition: No-Mans Land

Media: Painting, Landscapes, illusions

Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery East

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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)

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Exhibition Information

Artist: Nichole Borgo

Media: Ceramics

Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Instagram: n/a

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 4- Artist Conversation- Robert Nehemiah and Elmer Guevara

So, for this week’s artist conversation a couple other classmates and I actually got to interview two artists. They seem to know each other so they could have been best friends or just art partners. The two artist were Robert Nehemiah and Elmer Guevara; Robert says he grew up in a lot of places, the bay area being one of them but he lives in Pico Rivera at the moment. Elmer Guevara states that he was born and raised in Los Angeles. Both of the artist are undergraduates and currently attend at CSULB for draw and paint. They are both working for their BFA after it’s their last semester. Another reason I think they are best friends it’s because they both also have a similar goal to achieve; they want to continue studying to achieve their master degrees.

Getting into their art, Roberts paintings are usually smaller than Elmer’s. Roberts art is painted on unusual surfaces and surfaces that don’t last as long. Some of the surfaces that he painted on were a side of a broken wooden box, big metal plate, cardboard, and a piece that seems to be from a tent. The art that is painted on the surfaces are mostly portraits of his loved ones. At the Max L. Gatov Gallery West in CSULB he has more than a couple pieces. He drew a mentor he loves, unfortunately I didn’t get the name of the mentor but that’s one of the ones I enjoyed the most after it had a lot of detail on the beard. Other pieces he as at the gallery are of a mother, grandmother, and he also has a self portrait. One of the classmates ask which from all was his favorite and I like the way he answered. He says that he really doesn’t have a favorite because it will be like asking which person he loved the most, but the one that always comes to his mind is his painting of his grandmother on the cardboard surface. He states that the art piece took him the longest to complete and that he kept going back to it, adding more and more to detail. (see pictures of his art below)

Elmer Guevara having larger paintings than Robert says that all of his art pieces are based on real life people that he interviewed. By him living in Los Angeles, he gets to talk to homeless people that live or stay in the areas of the metro, under freeways, or even in street intersections. He also states that his paintings are collages of the homeless person’s personality or character. I loved Elmer’s paintings, to me they seem that they need to be in a museum. When I first saw them I thought the paintings where replicas of some famous/ popular artist. Having a plot behind every painting is why I love them the most. One of the paintings that I seen from him also had pieces of jean textile, giving the painting a more vivid look in my opinion. (see pictures of his art below)

Also, one of the art pieces that was within the others was of a spray painted pink panther. I was told that Elmer created it, meaning that not only Elmer knows how to paint but he knows how to spray paint.

Both of the artists I got to meet were both very nice and unique; they gave us their Instagram’s (Robert Nehemiah @wookieewarrior / Elmer Guevara @3lmski1)

I hope they get what they want to achieve because they are both indeed very talented.

Exhibition Information

Artist: Robert Nehemiah; Elmer Guevara

Exhibition:  Immaterial

Media: Draw and Paint, Personal Life, Interview

Gallery: CSULB School of art, Max L. Gatov Gallery West

Instagram: @wookieewarrior / @3lmski1

Wk 3 – Artist Conversation- Kelvin Lopez

So one of the artist that my classmates and I got to interview was Kelvin Lopez; I’m inferring that his nationality is Hispanic off his name. Kelvin stated that his art life started in his hometown of San Diego. He was always interested in art, so the first art class he took was in his freshmen year of high school; Kelvin said he was horrible. In fact, other students used to make fun of him. Furthermore, after he graduated from his high school, he attended a community college in San Diego, where he got his associates degree in art.

He then transfers to CSULB, he discussed that he took a draw and paint class and he removed it right after. He disliked that the classroom was always stuffy and hot, very unventilated. Continues by saying that he also got headaches from the oils of the paint used in the class. Eventually, he turns to the screen printing genre of art. He turned very good at screen printing because he enjoyed it. He says that the multiply layers that it takes to do an art piece in screen printing made him neat, OCD.

He is now a senior at CSULB, actually he has a job in the university where he screen prints. At the moment he has a solo exhibition in the Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery between FA3 and FA2 named “SCRY BABY”. A couple of the art pieces he has to show have to do with crystals. He stated that all of his pieces are of his personal life; I took a few pictures of them, which you can see are under this post. He says that the people in his prints are either him, his nephew, or his dog Lou. On top of his personal photos, he adds a few layers of crystals. His ex girlfriend introduced him to crystals, when she gave him a type of crystal named green onyx. He got more into crystals with time; he sees them as very spiritual and beautiful.

Also, one of the picture I took seemed very weird so I asked him about it, he states that it’s a screen shot from a music video. The music video is from the band “Portugal the Man” and the song is named “Noise Pollution.” The piece that I’m referring to is the one with a guy climbing down a tree. He enjoys the band after he actually has contact with them.

Kelvin was a great/nice artist to discuss with, not only because I enjoy his art but because he is very unique and talented. He gave the students his Instagram (@Klart760). I hope he gets his BFA in CSULB, finishes grad school, and becomes a part time art instructor like he dreams about.

Exhibition Information

Artist: Kelvin Lopez

Exhibition: SCRY BABY

Media: Screen Printing, Crystals, Personal Life

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

Instagram: @Klart760

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KLART760

Contact: klart760@gmail.com