Wk 14- Artist Conversation- Chelsea Blecha

Name: Chelsea Blecha
Exhibition: Mixed Aesthetic
Media: Drawing
Gallery: Gastov East Gallery
Website: chelseablecha.com
Chelsea Blecha showcases her drawing skills at California State University, Long Beach. As she is about to finish her time at CSULB, she loved & enjoyed her time as she became close to many people for the past 6 years. Upon graduation, she aspires to work at PIXAR yet going for a company illustration in order to achieve that goal. Her biggest inspiration was her mother considering how she was an artist. Her work is based on people and personality around her environment such as the iconic film, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Her desire to pursue art began as a toddler when she first drew simple sketches; yet did not find the drive until high school. She uses art as a means to escape reality. Aside from being an art student, Blecha enjoys any things in life such as traveling, and skateboarding.
Blecha style of drawing showcases her ability & skills throughout the exhibition. Many of her pieces comprises of hybrids and quick sketches. She states how the length of her works range from minutes to days. For example, while her small sketches were fast-paced, other works took longer. In this case, her flower skateboard took her a considerable amount of time as it shows fine detail. She likes to base her works on the city of San Fransisco, which makes identifying a pattern noticeable.



Wk 13- Classmate Conversation- Cassandra Topete

Name: Cassandra Topete
Website: https://cassandratopete16.wordpress.com/
Cassandra is currently a student at California State University, Long Beach and currently majoring in Psychology. As I was talking to her, I found it intriguing that we are both PSY majors and that we’re taking PSY 220 the following semester. She originates from Central Valley which is located near Central California. She enjoys the beach, partying, Netflix, hanging out with friends, pizza. As far as next year, she intends to dorm again next year as she is under the Honors Program.

Wk 14 – Art Experience – Aaron Dela Rosa

This week the class explored one of the main fundamentals of art: drawing. Basically, instead of having the conventional routine of going to the galleries, we went to the Japanese Garden at California State University, Long Beach to sketch various scenery. We drew a total of six picture: three of them representational while the other half was abstract. The whole class drew under the sun while we walked around the garden to explore the many things we can draw.
In my experience, this was a fun & interesting assignment. Drawing is one of my favorite hobbies; so being able to exercise that for a class was definitely worthwhile. Drawing both representational and abstract had its pros and cons. For representational, although sketching it proved to be difficult, grabbing the idea of what to draw was a breeze. As for my abstracts, sketching it was easier yet getting an idea what to draw was the hard part. This assignment  not only honed my drawing skills, but also allowed me to explore my imagination in terms of drawing (especially when trying to create abstract sketches). Out of all the places throughout campus, the Japanese Garden was a good scenic environment to draw.


Wk 13- Classmate Conversation- Shannon McGuinnes

Name: Shannon McGuinnes
Website: https://art110shanmc.wordpress.com/
Shannon is currently a student at California State University, Long Beach as she is majoring in Business Management. Although she is an only child, she still has a close-knit family considering how her cousins are almost like her siblings. She shows talent through her soccer skills for 9 years and passion through her job at High Tech Archery as an instructor. Aside from being a college student, McGuiness enjoys a whole array of activities such as reading, writing, playing video games, watching Netflix, hanging out with friends and family, and singing.

Wk 13- Artist Conversation- Nick Bamford

Artist: Nick Bamford
Exhibition: N/A
Media: Plastic, cement, foam, plaster, wood, ceramics, etc.
Gallery: Gatov Gallery East
Website: N/A
Instagram: @nickbam4d
Nick Bamford showcases his ceramic skills at California State University, Long Beach. Under the ceramics program, he is currently an undergraduate student expected to obtain his BFA. Originating from Huntington Beach, Bamford was inspired by ceramics as a kid. However, he was truly driven to major in the arts during high school where he took a ceramics class.  He found interest as during the course as he wanted to make truly aspiring and unique pieces in the future. Aside from being an undergraduate student, Bamford enjoys a whole array of other activities such as being inventive through various outlets of art including paint and playing the guitar. Something noteworthy of Bamford is his creativity skills. His exhibition shows how he manages to incorporate random items while manipulating lights for a visual affect. Bamford’s pieces shows how different objects can come together to form a new context.
Bamford’s style allows him to create an exhibition that is certainly unique. The fact that he is able to manipulate various random objects and mash them together is the foundation of his works. For example, one of his favorite pieces, the once that incorporates a shopping cart is a whole mixture of random objects. From glowing lights to eyes, he managed to take an ordinary object and edit it into something extraordinary. The neon lights throughout the exhibit compliments his pieces. Adding different colors of lights ranging from blue to yellow allows the audiences to focus on certain aspects/views of the sculpture. Overall the items with the neon lights allowed for a colorful exhibit.
One main idea Bamford tries to portray through his work is the idea of trying new things. He shows how he isn’t worried of breaking the rules with his style of art. He manages to take things with original meanings into whole new contexts. For example, a skull generally represents death. However, he incorporates a skull by putting light under it. That being said, he is able to take the original meaning of the object and suggest a new idea on life. Because he bends the rules through mashing objects together, he shows how art can be an outlet to try new things. Each of his piece is a completely new & unique form of art as it incorporates entirely new objects while keeping the style of neon lights.
In my opinion, I personally enjoyed Bamford’s work. His style of art was quite unique as I thoroughly enjoyed the overall exhibit. The colorful neon lights and the absurd mashing of various objects what makes Bamford’s exhibit astounding. Because I like to try new things, the idea behind his work really resonates onto me. With the colorful personality like mine alongside with my tendency to try new things, in some ways his exhibition is a form of reflection on my life.


Wk 12 – Art Experience – Aaron Dela Rosa

This week the class explored a trend that has been motivating people to be adventurous: geocaching. The assignment was to located a cache and then hide one as well. To be quite honest, this experience has got to be terrible. No blame to the practice, but when I tried to find a geocache, none of the items were there. At first, I was excited to find “treasure”. Yet in reality, a walk cross campus proved to be useless considering the fact we found nothing. As my friends and I looked for hours, we could not find any trinket despite the fact the app explicitly told us it was there. I’m sure in the future we will be better, but we were not able to find a single one for this assignment.
On the other hand, hiding an item was quite enjoyable. Instead of being the typical person who hides a tin with trinkets, I decided to place food and Yogurtland Coupons in the bottle for people to find. The coordinates are latitude 33.775138,  and longitude -118.114928. Deciding how the trinket would appear and what to put inside was the fun part. Knowing that people or even student might potentially find my item allows the trend to live on.

Wk 12 – Classmate Conversation – Meng Chu

Name: Meng Chu
Website: https://mengchublog.wordpress.com/
Chu is currently a Computer Science Major at California State University, Long Beach. Originally from Taiwan, he moved to Northern California in Fremont then recently moved to Long Beach for school. Although he finds school difficult, he has many activities ranging from basketball, fishing, and computer games such as League of Legends. Upon graduation, he plans to move back to Taiwan to build his cultural roots and either find an occupation in his originally country or here.