WK5- ARTIST CONVERSATION- Molly Ramage

Artists:  Molly Ramage
Exhibition: Sleep Sweat
Media: Manipulated Paper
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
Website: N/A
Instagram: Jetbootsjetpack

About the Artists

Molly Ramage is an undergraduate student at California State University, Long Beach, She is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Print making. Many of her art works are inspired from dreams, more specifically nightmares. Although the nightmares may not be of her own they are certainly of the same narrative.

Formal Analysis

Molly Ramage mainly works with paper and the manipulation of paper in her artwork. As seen in the pictures of her exhibition her art is composed of papermache sculptures, paintings, and sketch art. To remain with in the boundaries of a nightmare narrative she employs the use of dark tones and rugged edges. When observing her two sculptures of the flying nightmare creature and the monster under the bed, you can see that she employs somewhat black and white color tones and rugged edges to give it the underlying nightmare theme.

Content Analysis

As previously stated, Molly Ramage themed many of her pieces of art after nightmares she has personally dream of and some she has thought of from others dreams. Molly Ramage’s take on dreams is that everyone inherently dreams and it is just a matter of remembering them when you wake up. She also believes that dreams are a way of processing subconscious thoughts. The reason Molly chose to incorporate nightmares as her art theme is because she has personally endured vivid nightmares and she wants to give those nightmares a physical embodiment as a way to conquer them.

Synthesis /My Experience

The reason I chose Molly’s art was because I was immediately drawn to her exhibit because it was very different from the other art exhibits this week. When you walk in the exhibit you are greeted by two creepy and interesting sculptures in the middle, then as you walk around the room you are greeted by more nightmarish ghouls. One of my favorite pieces of art in her gallery was the three characters riding the lama unicorn with two horns. Since I couldn’t find its proper name at the time I nicknamed it “mini jesus, piccolo, and space cat riding lama dicorn”. Later on I found out that this image actually had religious inspiration and an added cat for good measure. Another reason I was intrigued by Molly’s gallery was because it was a more intimate and exposing reason than the rest. Molly chooses to share her dreams with the people in her exhibition which is very respectable.

Overall, I found Molly Ramage’s art very interesting from both a physical aspect and a conceptual aspect.

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Wk5 – Art Experience -Automatic Drawing

I know what your thinking after seeing the cover image for this blog, “Oh god what is this marvel? Where can I purchase a rendition?”

Well if you just go on to my eBay linked here, then you can buy one for $42 not including tax or shipping.

Jokes aside, this weeks assignment for Art 110 Glenn had us create an “automatic drawing”, an automatic drawing is basically drawing blindly without any rules or ideas, just put the drawing utensil on the paper and draw, except, this automatic drawing wasn’t a solo job you need to do this with someone else.

I decided to do this project with my girlfriend Saturday morning. After doing a couple of Saturday morning errands we went to my house to do the project. On my living room floor I set out the drawing pad and oil pastels. I showed her the instruction page and that it we began to draw.

At first the oil pastel didn’t move since we both had the notion that the other would begin. I told her to start moving and I would do the same. It was kind of a weird feeling not knowing what you were drawing and only picturing it via the movements of your hands. We kept on drawing alternating between 4 preselected colors. At the end of the experience we both opened our eyes and were surprised, to say the least. We both mentioned that in our minds it looked a lot different from what we imagined.

As for the results, all I can say is that it looks either like a fireball or an tumbleweed set on fire that’s been run over a couple of times. My girlfriend on the other hand says it looks like that since I was grumpy that morning because I didn’t eat and it transitioned into the drawing. I guess the world may never know.

Overall, this was a fun art activity to do because it was relatively easy and didn’t require much thinking. I had fun because there were no specifics to do; however, I was quite surprised by the look of our drawing.

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WK4- ARTIST CONVERSATION- Ingrid Michelle Gonzalez

Artists:  Ingrid Michelle Gonzalez
Exhibition: Lamps
Media: Wood
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov West
Website: N/A
Instagram: N/A

About the Artists

Ingrid Michelle Gonzalez pursuing a Bachelors in Fine Arts with an emphasis in wood media is a student at California State University, Long Beach. She is in her second year in the wood program. Her art mirrors her interests as she is infatuated with creating music, specifically electronic music, and long distance wiring.

Formal Analysis

Ingrid draws here inspiration in her exhibition for herself. As previously stated she enjoys creating her own music, specifically electronic music which was playing in the exhibition hall although I don’t know if it’s her personal work. She was inspired by wood work and lamps for this project; however, initially she wanted to make light pulses because Ingrid wanted to incorporate wiring into the hall. There were also supposed to be more lamps in the back but she was limited to space and the complications of wiring. When you walk into the hall the first thing that sets it from the rest of the exhibitions is that it had its own music to you, a sort of electronic vibe. The art in the room was very colorful and abstract including a arsenal of balloons, wood, and lamps.

Content Analysis

Ingrid’s art exhibition perfectly modeled her personality and interests, from what I found out by speaking to her briefly. She is interested in electronic music, so her favorite type of music is playing and matches the atmosphere of the exhibition hall. She is interested in wiring so she incorporated electronics and wiring into her lit lamps. The wood and lighting also give off an aura similar to a hotel, which is kinda what she was going for because the explanation posted mentions living spaces.

Synthesis /My Experience

The reason I chose Ingrid and her Art for my artist conversation is because, to put it simply,  her art was simple and interesting. This was the last gallery to walk into after looking at every other gallery and this one stood out. Compared to the other galleries her’s was more simple and took much more to understand it. When you walk into the gallery the mood is set by the dim lights and music. Most of the light in the gallery is illuminating from the art itself making it center stage in a sense. It was also more colorful than the rest, since it use mainly primary colors (which contributed to its simplicity). Overall, I’m a simple person so I was intrigued by Ingrid’s exhibition because of it’s superficial simplicity, I even used this gallery as basis for that days ID card and took inspiration from it.

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Wk4 – Art Experience -Art Care Package

This week in Art 110 we were tasked in mailing an “Art care package” to either a
– fellow classmate
– Stranger
– wrongfully imprisoned inmate

Initially, I wanted to mail a care package to an inmate that has been wrongfully imprisoned; however, I was initially going to mail the person colored pencils, stencils, art tools, etc and I questioned if those items would make it through the screening process and even make it to the inmate. So that option was trashed, I do thing that it is a nice thing to do so I’ll save it for another time.

Next, I planned to send it to a stranger. So that is exactly what  did. My plan is to use a address randomizer  to find an address particularly in Southern California and mail it to them.

For the art care package I chose the theme “Happy Birthday” which is, in my opinion, a sweet thing to do. Included are:
– A Birthday card explaining to them why they got it, and also reminding them they are important and loved.
– A Birthday banner for when the day comes.
– Glow sticks and bead necklaces so they stay lit af.
– A coloring book, to keep an art aspect.
– A drawing book to encourage them to draw or write what ever is on their mind
– A picture of what I would look like if I was a jedi
– Various pictures of my cat

Besides the coloring book, drawing pad, and pictures. The package might not look like its an art package. What I was going for was an artistic package together as a whole. Sort of like painting a picture that looks like a birthday.

 

  1. How is sending someone an ACP similar to sending someone a Snapchat?
    – I don’t really see any similarities between this and snapchat. In my opinion social media apps like snapchat changed the whole game. The only similarities I saw were the amount of thought that was put into it.
  2. How is sending someone an ACP different from sending them a Snapchat?
    -The whole thing was different, for this you actually had to go out and buy some things compared to putting emojis on it.
  3. What do you think of ephemera? Is it precious? Or trash? Does it gain in value over time? Does your grandma’s parking ticket from half a century ago mean something to you? What about her tickets from Woodstock? What might your grandkids think if you one day gave them the bead bracelet you wore at Coachella?
    – That really depends on a case by case basis. Nothing is inherently trash but then again nothing is inherently precious. Its all up to the recipient. The person that receives my package may think that its a joke or they might think its a sweet thing from a stranger.
  4. Is there a difference between art that is seen by many people, like a painting in the Museum of Modern Art, and art that is seen by few, like the ACP you send to someone?
    -Art is Art, reminds me of the quote “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”, of course it does. So It doesn’t matter how many people see the art. Its still art.
  5. You can take a Snapchat and a friend on the other side of the globe can view it, all within seconds. To make an ACP and send it even to a nearby friend will take days. Does this time and effort difference mean something? How is fast better? How is slow better?
    – I would much prefer an ACP rather than a snapchat. Snapchats are a dime a dozen. If a friend takes time in sending you a care package, then their a keeper.
  6. People sometimes say things like prepare a meal with love. Can you prepare a meal with love as fast as you can get food at a McDonald’s drive-thru? Does an ACP have the possibility of containing a sort of “love” different from a Snapchat?
    – Of course, as I previously mentioned snapchats are easy to make and send. An ACP can contain love because it actually too time to prepare and was a lot more effort than a snapchat.

    Would you rather have someone slide into your DMs or your mailbox.

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Wk3 – Classmate Conversation – Bernadette Villena

Hey all! This week for our classmates conversation I got to know Bernadette Villena. Me being a self-proclaimed anti-socialite didn’t know who to talk to since it looked like everyone already had a partner in my group of friends. Thank god another friend of mine introduced us, otherwise I might not have done this weeks assignment. Kidding.

First things first, as being a college student the number one thing you have to ask another college student when meeting for the first time is year and major. I turns out that Bernadette is a nursing major and is in her second year in the program. We talked about the classes we were taking this semester and she mentioned she was taking anatomy this semester. Knowing other peoples experiences with the class I asked her how her semester was so far and she said that its surprising that its already the third week.

While our conversation was cut short because we were walking through the art gallery and because the artist began to talk and we wanted to take notes and ask questions for our other assignment.

After we finished listening to the artist we walked back into the gallery to take our picture Mimi Haddon’s name.  Towards the end of our conversation I found out that Bernadette played tennis and was part of  Mayfair High School’s tennis team where she played a mix of doubles and singles, she must of been that great! But she was also the manager for the boys team too! After that it was time to return to the classroom.

I’m glad I got to meet Bernadette and make a new friend, hopefully we run into each other on the courts sometime.

Wk 3-Artist Conversation-Mimi Haddon

Artist: Mimi Haddon
Exhibition: Touch Color 2
Media: T-Shirt fiber art
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: http://www.mimihaddon.com/
Instagram: mimihaddon

About the artist

Mimi Haddon is a California State University, Long Beach Alumni. She has a Graphic Design degree from CSULB received in 1994. In her undergraduate years here at CSULB she was interested in photography, and probably still is, she is also interested with costume making which have similar properties to her current project. She is now a Graduate Student here at CSULB working on her Masters of Fine Arts in Fiber Art. Her main source of inspiration for her current “Touch 2 color” project was a Ghanaian sculptor named El Anatsul who employed the use of old and discarded bottle caps to formulate art, similar to how she employs used T-shirts.

Formal Analysis

Mimi Haddon’s art is a mixture of soft texture and warm colors. Most of her art structures are flaccid, if they are not being hung up by a more stable structure; However, that completely aligns with the objective of her project. The T-shirts she worked with due to the color and very nature of a T-shirt lets off a very warm and pleasing aura to the eye which attracts one to the art. Although the use of warm colors does truly define a soft aura that supports each other. The sharp red also blends with the other colors very well, which is what catches the eye the most.

Content Analysis

Haddon’s take on T-shirts is a unique one. Normally what people do with a old or used T-shirt other than donating them to a goodwill type of store is turn them into rags. In my mind the lives of these T-shirts could have been completely different from what they are now. They could have been stained and dirty rags used to clean the bathroom floors, for all we know. Haddon talks about how she wanted to breathe new life into the disposable or “fast fashion” culture that has consumed our culture. By doing so she created art that employed the use of used T-shirts to create a unique form of art which was inspired from her interest in the physiological effects of color after studying Josef Alber’s Interaction of Color.

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Synthesis / My Experience

Of the pieces of art in Mimi’s gallery my absolute favorite was the one on the floor [Pictured above] because it took me awhile to find out what it was. Initially I believed it was a steak on the floor; however, after speaking to Mimi I found out it was actually a map of the United States from the right point of view. Now, the second time looking at it, it did look like the United States right down to the topography, at least that’s what I’d imagine the topography to be like.  Context wise, I really admired the underlying purpose behind Mimi’s art because, in a way, it is giving old pieces of clothing a second chance, which is what we all need sometimes.

Here are some other pictures I took from the galleries extended

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Wk2 – Art Experience – Landscapes with a Corpse

Quite a morbid topic for this week’s art activity. Which quite ironic to be deemed unpleasant when college students often describe themselves as “dead” when asked how we feel but I digress.

For this week’s art activity, we were assigned to take inspiration from Izima Kao’s long time art project Landscapes with a corpse . We were encouraged to employ ideas such as framing, context, and relationships. When I was brainstorming for this project a flurry of ideas came to mind,  some involving a sarcastic image, other involving a more serious ambiance. Eventually I decide to do a more serious topic that I’ve personally been through and what I believe is relatable to everyone.

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The image above was produced in my front yard which was a bed of rocks, this also served a metaphorical relationship to the explanation and thought process behind the image. “Hitting rock bottom” was the what I named the image.

Last summer I finally got to take a course I’ve been bragging about and have been so excited to take. Back then I was on the pre-med track, I had semi-good grades, motivated, and felt I could take on the world with one hand and 3 fingers behind my back. The class I took was an Emergency medical technician class (EMT) and it was my first time taking a class of that nature. Throughout the course of the class  felt like it was a breeze, although I was lacking a bit in skills performance, which was real scenarios acted out, I felt like there wasn’t a chance in the world that I would not pass. Finally, in the final week of the class we had two finals a multiple choice final and a practical skills final. In the multiple choice final I scored a near 90 percent, which made me really happy; however, the next session in the practical skills final it was a little different. A simple explanation was that your were not allowed to make a single mistake, that’s it. Guess what I did, a mistake. During the drugs application scenario I failed to ask the simple yet important question “can I help you” , the instructor administering the test said that my execution was perfect aside from the simple mistake. Because of that small mistake I failed. I felt like I hit rock bottom because of that hundreds of dollars down the drain, three months of my life down the drain, and what made it worse was disappointing my family. I didn’t eat for a couple of days after that, didn’t speak to anyone for awhile, I just locked myself in my room. But you know what the best thing about hitting rock bottom is? The only way out is up. So that’s what I did I got back up, took me a semester to still realize that it’s still what I wanted to do, but hey. As of now I’m enrolled at another EMT program and I anticipate to be finished in a couple of months.

In the images the rock bed symbolized hitting rock bottom and the EMT supplies in the trash bag symbolized how I wanted to quit after failing.

Hopefully this topic hits a cord with some of you that have hit rock bottom as we all know how it feels.

Overall this was a fun project, especially setting up a ladder that kept shaking my friend as she was taking the picture and how comfortable the rock bed was.