Last Week- Artist Interview – Troy Rouseville

Walking outside the galleries, I hear a loud banging. I was a drum playing. I was thinking when I walk in someone will be playing the drums. Wasn’t I in for something, the drums were playing themselves. Then I heard and saw the piano playing themselves. moving around the room there was also a record and a guitar the was playing music without the hands of a human or anything. I thought it was really cool, but I also thought how much work it must have taken to make this project actually successful. I’m not exactly sure his “purpose” in creating something like this, but I didn’t get some sense of how technology becomes so advance and we are just left here helpless.

We become so advance in technology that we don’t even need to play the instruments themselves. Yet, that takes away the beauty of music and a musician’s ability to tell a story through an instrument. I don’t think we should let technology overpower that, but I still do admit that it’s pretty cool they can play themselves.

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Last Week- Classmate Interview – Sam Gold

The first thing about Sam Gold that caught my attention was his last name. How cool is that “Gold.” Then I found out that he is a first-year business major who I currently taking Calculus 115. Gold also has a Disney Pass, I am pretty jealous. I have been wanting a Disney Pass this past year, and I live closer than he does. Sam Gold is coming from Northridge, which is about an hour north of where we are. Since he lives so far, it is safe to assume he dorms in Hillside. He explains how sometimes he does get homesick, and only visited home about four times since he has started school here at Long Beach. Although he does attend Long Beach State, his first choice and dream school was UC Santa Barbra.

Yet,  he explained how he is getting involved at Long Beach by joining a Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Si. He will be an official member is the special business frat by the spring semester. He said he joined to gain connections and network in the business world. Gold also used to be on the swim team, did martial arts, baseball, basketball, but can’t play soccer.

Wk 13- Artist Interview – Marie Thibeault

The very first gallery caught my attention. It looked like the painting of a sunset, yet I wasn’t sure if they artist intended it for it to be the sun or the moon. The bright color looked like pink to me. In person the picture looked like it was glowing. I was very appealing to me. The color caught my attention and everything around it stood out to me even more because the colors were so dark. The painting was very vivid. On the other hand, the colors of all the cubes caught my attention also. All the pink and oranges caught my attention. I seemed to notice I am most attracted to paintings that have pink or are very bright and colorful. Although some paintings seemed to be very dark, there are always at least figures within it that stand out because of their color. Maybe it is because the artist wants to emphasize something, they simply liked the color, or it just turned out that way. This gallery was the one that caught my attention the most. Some paintings were very odd and dull to me, but I decided to take pictures of the colorful ones. The last one that drew me in also was the picture of someone falling out an airplane. There are many surrounding planes, but this was pretty gruesome to me. I don’t know exactly what it was suppose to mean but then again it did have many shades of pink and that may be why it drew me in.

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Wk 13 – Classmate Interview – Steven Lozano

Meetin Steven Lozano was very interesting. He right away came off as a really confident person. At first, I wasn’t sure what to think, but he seems like a very nice guy. I didn’t think Steven was a first-year, but we both are. We are also both pursing a degree in Business. He already knowns, unlike me, what he wants to major in for sure, Business Management. Yet, Steven did express that he isn’t the biggest fan of his class of Business Calculus. Setting aside his major, he has already decided that he wants to minor in art.

He hopes to continue and try to open his own business. He actually attempted a kickstarted called Black and White Industries, that sells his designs. Lozano mentioned how he loves to listen to all types of music, but favors the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Daft Punk. I found this pretty odd since they are two completely different types of genres. His favorite color is actually a color I used to strongly hate, a forest green. Now I just tolerate it. He also expressed his loves for animals and how he has two dogs and one turtle. When his turtle passed he actually held a whole funeral in its memory. Lozano runs for fun, and enjoys visiting Disneyland every Friday and Thursday with his pass.

Wk 12 – EC

My favorite three activities from this semester were from weeks eight, ten and twelve. The ePortfolio, Photography and Teach One activities all revolved around the same idea for me, Photography. In my ePortfolio activity, I centered my website around my photography and tried to emphasized how important it is to me. Obviously, my photography assignment was when I was able to do an assignment without dreading it because of how much I love taking photos. Lastly, my Teach One activity was the chance for me to share photography with my brother, and I think he excelled. Photography is a great, clean and simple way for me to be creative since I have never been very artisy with my hand for things like drawing and painting.

Weeks four, six, and seven were not exactly my hottest weeks. These involved sculptures, drawings and paintings. Like I mentioned before, actually using my hands, that type of art is not exactly in my talent category. I am not very good at transferring an image to my hand and onto a paper, canvas or sculpture. I would like to think I am better at transferring my mental images through a lens. They were not my most favorite assignments, yet it was pretty cool to see what other people came up with and to see how they are gifted in those areas.

In all honesty, my favorite part about the class was how I did not need a textbook. What made it even better was all the interaction within students. Going out and doing different assignments was pretty cool also. I would not be sure what I would improve about the class, I personally enjoyed it.

Wk 12 – Classmate Interview – Marlyn Castillo

I could not even imagine driving forty-five minutes just to get to class each day. I hardly handle the fifteen minute drive from home to Long Beach. Marlyn Castillo, who I got the chance to interview, has to drive, what seems to me, are long drives to school. She is a second-year student and was undeclared, at a time interested in nursing and now is pursuing a career in social work. Asking her what influenced her to go after a career in social work, it was obviously the kids. She explain how she loves to deal with children. Yet, before decided on a major, she also had to decide on a school to attend. Graduating from Huntington Park High School, Marlyn explain how she was accepted into UC Riverside, yet it was too far and she didn’t want to dorm. I couldn’t even imagine the commute she would have from her home in Huntington Park all the way to Riverside each day, or even twice a week. She spends most of her day at school, from eight in the morning to about four in the afternoon.

Other than living in Huntington Park, Marlyn shared how she has three sisters. Two older ones at the age of twenty-eight and twenty, and a younger one at the age of seven. It was nice to meet Marlyn, she was very sweet and kind!

Wk 12 – Artist Interview – Timothy Cooper

Walking into the first gallery, I was immediately drawn into the giant piece put together that was laid out across the floor. Plates. White, glossy and fragile plates were carefully places across the floor of the gallery. The first thing I thought was “X marks the spot,” but going around it you can also view it as a cross. It depends on the angle and mentality at which you decide to look at the piece with. For some reason the plates really drew me in. The lighting also casted shadows beneath the plates which gave it a more intense look. In my picture, the plates look a little like they were floating, but again it’s just the shadows. I thought it was pretty cool something as random as plates could be made into art.

I could not exactly decipher or understand what they piece was supposed to represent. Honestly to me, it looked cool and that is why I picked this piece. Yet, looking more and more at the work, I started to think about the many different types of food that could be placed on each plate. How the colors of the food could add something else to the art work, or how the different types of food could had a cultural meaning to the artwork. Then again, I was fairly hungry by the time class started. All in all, the piece was interesting to look at and the lighting made it look even better.