Week 15: Classmate Conversation!

To start, I am a little antisocial until someone starts talking to me or I have to talk to someone, so I really enjoyed having to do this over the semester!

This week I got to talk to Jessie Winslow! Jessie is a freshman and is studying liberal studies! With her degree she wants to be an elementary school teacher, and from chatting with her I think that is the perfect job for her! She grew up locally in Seal Beach, and commutes to school! She is working at Sunglass Hut (Which I also used to work at and then moved up in the company), but plans to quit in order to be a nanny for the summer. She loves kids, so she looks forward to nanny for the fours little ones! In her free time, she enjoys making short films and videos. In 5 years she wants a nicer apartment, be starting her career, and have a dog. She also wants to travel all around the world!

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Week 15: Designing my Life

Currently I think I am going to be graduating and finding a job as a pharmaceutical drug rep. I want to do that straight out of college and get involved with a company as young as possible. I want to get a good reputation in that company and eventually move up and take higher and higher positions. I think this is a good plan and will let me live a financially stable life and be able to afford all the things I want in life. I think in 5 years I will have a solid career, a great relationship, and be continuing to travel the world and experience new cultures and people. In 10 years, I want at least one kid and hopefully another on the way, a happy marriage, be looking into buying a home, and hopefully have moved up from being a rep to a higher position! For my rating I used a 1-10 scale. On confidence i’m around an 8, I think that I truly have what it takes to achieve my goals. For resources, i’m at a 10. I am lucky enough to have my entire college paid for by my parents, so I will graduate with no debt and be able to start making and saving money easily. For impact I wasn’t sure if this was impact in the world or impact for me. But I would say the impact is around a 7, if I am able to provide life changing drugs and supply them to people that need them that is a pretty great thing. For satisfaction, I think that my satisfaction would come from a monetary viewpoint and I would be satisfied when I am able to afford a house, the car I want, and to have been able to travel all over. I think for the rapid prototyping section, Linkedin is my best bet! It has a ton of great jobs and openings and outlines all the requirements and can help me to better my chances of getting a good job.

If my dreams crumbled and I could not be a drug rep, I would probably take more classes and apply to Dental School. I had originally planned on going to dental school at USC and then specializing in orthodontics, but I realized I would rather get out of school and start making money rather than go back for another 6 years. I think it would be a great option if I truly could not figure out another option but the scales here are a lot different. Again with the 1-10 scale, I would say I am about at a 4 for confidence. I have a decent GPA but there is so much competition these days that I don’t think I could get into dental school. For resources, as lucky as I am to have my parents pay for my undergrad, I’m unsure if I could get them to pay for my dental school, and then I would have to take out student loans and that wouldn’t be fun. For impact, I think probably the same, a 7. helping people is always good. For satisfaction, probably a 9. I would be a doctor and that would be pretty dope, and I would be helping people. I think that the rapid prototyping would just come from lots of studying, networking, and self endurance.

And now for the one I was waiting for… If I had an infinite amount of money, I wouldn’t go crazy (just kidding how could I not). No but in all honesty, I would just travel. I would stay in nice places, I would drive nice cars. I would devote time and money into helping out in places I’ve traveled and making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than me. I would start a non-profit and run that while I am not traveling and I would build a beautiful life for myself. I would remain humble and continue to be the person I am, but more cultured and in tune with the world and its inhabitants. I think for confidence, if I had these opportunities, I would be at an 8.5 that I would truly be able to achieve what I want to achieve and make the difference I want to make. For resources, obviously a 10! For impact I would most definitely strive for a 10, I’d want so much to make an impact somewhere and change some lives. For satisfaction, most definitely a 10! I would be so content traveling and being cultured and have a better understanding for the world, different people, and different cultures. For the rapid prototyping I don’t know what I would put for this section, I guess you could say my dreams are a prototype!

Week 14: Art Activity!

I had never been into the Japanese Gardens, even though I dormed in the Parkside dorms right next door and had walked by them literally hundreds of times. I did not realize how big the gardens were and how beautiful and well kept they were. It was so tranquil and relaxing. I sat in silence and just observed everything for a while before I broke out my sketch pad (which unfortunately was a notebook because I didn’t realize we would be sketching ūüė¶ ). The sound of the water and the birds was so nice! I found it difficult to try and draw without looking and try and limit the time you take to drawing something. I am a perfectionist so only taking 30 seconds to get what I want to convey down was hard! I also found it incredibly difficult to draw without looking, and although it was difficult, my drawings came out a lot better than I was expecting them to. Line I did not think would connect, connected and there were only a few things out of place. It really made me think that my mind and body were connected better than I thought and I had better control than I imagined!¬†IMG_3840img_3841.jpgimg_3842.jpgIMG_3742

Week 14: Classmate Conversation :)

Yuritzi Chavez. This weeks classmate conversation was a little interesting. I had never seen Yuritzi in class, which was a little shocking to me because I am a very observant person and never really have had a situation where I didn’t recognize someone I had a class with. The only thing I recognized was her unique name!¬†Yuritzi is a junior here at Long Beach state and is studying Human Development in order to become a Physician’s Assistant. She is from Downey, CA and commutes to school every day. In her free time she likes to hike, eat, sleep, and travel. She has traveled to New York, Seattle, and she is traveling to Turks and Caicos sometime this year. She is graduating next year and is excited to move on to PA school. She has her eyes on USC or UC Davis’s PA school!

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Week 13: Artist Conversation!

Artist: Laura Lopez
Exhibition: Selvatica (Wild)
Media: Drawing and Painting
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery
Website: NONE
Instagram: @artdelauralopez

Laura is a Master student at Cal State Long Beach working toward an MFA in Drawing and Painting. She is here in school from Colombia and came here specifically for school. She has been going to school here for 3 years. Before she came to school for drawing and painting, she studied architecture but decided she liked to paint more since it was something that she had always done. When she is done with school she wants to return home to Colombia. She enjoys hanging out with her friends in her free time. She really likes nature and that is what inspired her.

When you walk into the gallery, you are met with bright, neon colors that portray the rainforest. There are linear lines and different shapes that make up beautiful scenes of the jungle. Each piece has a color scheme that ranges from oranges to pinks to greens to blues, each piece containing different hues. The paintings are beautiful to look at and although simple, make quite a statement. Each one portrays a different part of the jungle and as a whole make up the entire jungle.

Laura’s work has a big focus on nature, specifically the tropics. She uses amazing, vivid, and bright colors which really capture the viewers attention. With all these different colors it is hard to notice small details at first, but when you look closely you can see that a patch of orange is a bird or some green is a snake. She said that nature really is her biggest inspiration because nature is so beautiful. The plants and trees are her favorite to observe and paint because there are so many different little details that make up each one and they are all so different. She described that she is fascinated how nature and animals help each other and together build such an amazing ecosystem where everything is interconnected to one another. She explains that she views the jungle as her home and that is where her roots are planted so naturally she would want to paint it.

I liked how she chose the tropical rainforest to paint and used so many different bright colors, because rainforests are home to over half the species on Earth and I think that these colors were a good representation of that. The neon colors and all their different hues are a good representation of all the different animals and how small variations among animals give rise to new species. I truly enjoyed talking with her even though she was a tad hard to understand due to her accent!

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Week 13: Classmate Conversation!

This week I got to chat more with Jeremy Masterson! I had seen Jeremy around class, but never really got the chance to talk to him or even learn his name. This week we got to chat a bit while we were checking out Laura’s exhibit. We were both drawn in by the vivid and amazing colors! Jeremy is a Sophomore here at California State University, Long Beach and is an accounting major. He moved down to Long Beach from Sonoma County up in Northern California. In his free time he likes to play ultimate frisbee, and is part of the ultimate frisbee team here at Long Beach State. He loves to play and attends tournaments around California! He likes living in Southern California and plans to stay here when he graduates. He is super excited for summer!!

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Week 12: Artist Talk

Artist: Alice Andreini
Exhibition: NO_MANS LAND
Media: Drawing and Painting
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov East
Website: http://www.andreiniart.com
Instagram: NONE

Alice is a Master student at Cal State Long Beach working toward an MFA in Drawing and Painting. She likes to paint and draw things that concern her and something she can critique. She is concerned with how many people are unaware with mental concepts that affect the world. When she is not doing art she enjoys reading poetry, going to art galleries, and studying philosophy. Her favorite author is Virginia Walter. She lives here in Long Beach and has for the past 6 years, 3 of which she has been in school! She always wanted to be a painter, but never pursued it seriously until now. When she finishes school, she wants to teach art and painting and continue painting.

Her paintings are very intriguing to look at, and really make you wonder what she was trying to show. It would appear that there is no rhyme or reason to what she has painted, but after talking with her and realizing that she is inspired by how “unaware people are with the mental concepts that affect our perception of the world” I was able to understand that she is showing things in a new light. Some of her pieces reminded me of the movie Inception due to the fact that they really challenged the mind.

Her art really exemplifies her thought process when she begins to make a piece. She explained that she likes to paint and draw things that she has an issue with and can critique or has a concern with. This is seen in her art. You can tell she saw something and had an idea of how it could have better been portrayed or done and so she completely reinvented the image and made it her own, and in most cases is completely different that what she was looking at. I loved that. She said that her pieces take anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months to finish and it really varies.

The art is very colorful and appealing to the eye. The lines flow gracefully across the canvas and the images are captivating and alluring. I think that the best part is trying to figure out what is being portrayed (since it is up to interpretation of course ;)). Like I mentioned, I definitely felt like some of the pieces could have been a scene from Inception which I actually thought was pretty cool. I definitely would like to know what her inspiration was for a few of those pieces and where these ideas came from.

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Week 12: Ethnogrophy!

Oh my!!! I took this pretty seriously and to say the least, it was difficult. I always have candles going in my room so I knew those were going to be my light source, but I had no idea what I was going to do with my time. To start, I turned my phone off, gave it to my roommate and told him to give this back to me in the morning, because I was doing a project. He confusingly obliged and I went to my room to get started. I lit the candles, turned the lights off and laid on my bed. I enjoyed it for all of 10 minutes before I went to turn on a fan and realized that was electricity too. I sat back down, stared around a bit, twiddled my thumb, then started grabbing things and reading every bit of type that they contained. I did that for a while, then drew in candlelight, figured some doodling would help. I eventually just laid down and stared around, since I would usually be on my phone, but I just went to sleep. I usually sleep really well so I would not say I slept better! I do feel as though you appreciate more of nature when you do not use electricity. Although you feel more aligned with nature, no electricity is rough and can be boring. If you do not have another person to chill with and talk or go on a no electricity adventure, it will be boring. Electricity makes life easier. Life was different when there was no electricity, you went to bed when the sun went down and got up when the sun came up, so I think that they were just used to it. I think that I manage pretty well not to let technology and electricity district me when I truly want to connect with nature!

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Week 11: Artist Talk

Artist: Yujia Gu
Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence in the USA
Media: Graphic Design
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
Website: NONE
Instagram: NONE

Yujia is a masters student at CSULB and is working toward a Masters in Fine Art. She is a foreign student from China and came to Southern California to study art. She is really interested in why the United States has such a high level of gun violence in comparison to other countries and this curiosity sparked the creation of her exhibit. Her mother was very concerned about letting her come to the United states due to this high gun violence, and it really resonated with her as she came here.

The gallery is very interesting as you walk in. The wall to your right had side contains repeated gun stickers, and repeated lines of ¬†“To protect themselves more and more”, “are buying”. I tried to figure out how the lines connected, but I was’t able to. Next, there was an electronic message board that displayed the acts of gun violence that had happened in real time. The most striking piece was the list of names of all the children that died in Newtown, CT and their pictures that were hanging from the ceiling.

This art is very serious and shows how much gun violence is a problem in the United States. I found it interesting that this exhibit was done by a foreign student, since usually foreign students are only well versed in their own countries politics and problems. I think it is wonderful that people from other countries recognize that gun violence is a problem and think that we should be more strict with gun laws in order to get rid of this problem. Yujia’s art is a real and live display of how bad the gun violence problem is in America.

The gallery is very aesthetically pleasing to the eye. The symmetrical way things are displayed and the perfect shapes the stickers are set up is very inviting. I was very curious as to what all the technology in the room was representing. The electronic message board on the wall was definitely the thing that stood out the most. I waiting for it to do something and upon reading what it said I realized it was displaying real time acts of gun violence. And the map on the wall, I later found out, mapped all the acts of gun violence that happened in the last 72 hours. It was a very deep and eye opening gallery, and I agree that there should be stricter gun laws.

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Week 11: Classmate Conversation

This week I was introduced to a friend of someone I had done a classmate conversation with in the past. Her name is Vina Trac. Vina is a sophomore here at Long Beach State, and like me is a biology major. With her biology degree, she wants to go to Med school or Pharmacology school. She is from Northern California, San Jose, and how down to Southern California for school. Her favorites food is any type of soup, and her favorite color is pink. In her free time she likes to sleep (lol). We had a lot to talk about since we are both Biology majors, including how hard Chemistry is, and how hard out major is. Vina is super chill and I enjoyed getting to chat and work with her on our ID cards.

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Week 10: Architecture and Urban Planning

For my architectural redesign, I chose the wedge by the USU! I’m a pretty big guy with broad shoulders and I can say that even with my broad shoulders, I still walk through the wedge! I used photoshop in order to redesign the wedge to make it bigger. The large grey/black marble (or granite?) structure has enough surface area to support the weight it carries, thus it could be slimmed down to allow a bigger gap for students to walk through. I made the wedge gap bigger by making the marble structure thinner, which will allow for an easier flow of traffic and more than one student to pass at a time. I also would move the bench in a little bit to align with the new thinner pillar. Some trade offs could be if a new support system would be needed in the new thinner pillar to support the weight. Students would benefit from this because they wouldn’t have to wait as long to walk through the wedge as so many of them do on a daily basis.

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After Redesign:

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Week 10: Artist Talk!

Artist: Brittany Waters
Exhibition: #MoreThanASandbox
Media: Sculpture, Ceramics
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
Website: NONE
Instagram: @artbywaters

Brittany is a Senior at CSULB and is in the Sculpture and Ceramics program. She is really into sea turtles and believes that they inhabit beaches in Southern California. Brittany was always surrounded by water since she grew up in Northern California and finds nature to be the inspiration for her art. Now that she lives in Southern California she is inspired by sea creatures.

When you walk into the gallery, it is like walking from a room into a tropical paradise. It is set up like a beach and there is a big sea turtle nest that hundreds of sea turtles are coming out of. In the nest there is also egg shells and half hatched baby turtles. These baby turtles look extremely lifelike and there are so many of them! Brittany created each turtle by hand using clay.

Brittany’s art is very cute and definitely took A LOT of time since each of the turtles and eggs shells were hand made from clay. She explains that as cute and nice as the set up is, there is an underlying message that humans cause a huge disruption to the environment of these turtles and we need to take more responsibility. There is no turtle nests on the beaches in Long Beach or the surrounding area because they are too popular and there are too many people. The adolescent turtles that do reside in Souther California are by the mouth of the San Gabriel river because the power plants spill warm water into the area making it a safe place for these turtles to mature into adulthood.

When I first walked in, I honestly though the egg shells and turtles were real. Of course that thought was quickly dismissed, but they were so lifelike and realistic. I thought it was really cool how Brittany set this up to demonstrate how much humans impact the environment and how we need to be more conscious of the tracks we leave. I though the beach set up was a nice touch and really felt at ease and relaxed while in the gallery. I had a funny question as I was leaving which was how they were going to get all that sand out of the gallery!IMG_3334IMG_3335