Wk 15 – Artist Conversation – Sam Mederios and Ramona Gomes

Artist: Same Mederios and Ramona Gomes

Exhibition: Holiday Sale

Media: Sculpting and Printmaking

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery


About the artists: Sam Mederios is pursuing art. He wants to work in a shop and start in a studio. Ramona Gomes is getting her degree in printmaking. Her favorite form of carving is linoleum. It’s when you make a stencil out a stamp and press the ink. Sam is graduating next semester and Ramona is graduating in 2020.

This week was different because the holiday sale was going on. Different artists had their work for sale. I chose this gallery because it was the most interesting to me. This gallery mostly consisted of prints with different images. Sam made the chess board out of wood and the pieces were made out of weights. I decided to buy one piece because it stood out to me a lot. I don’t know who the artist is but I wish I did.


Wk 14- Art Activity- Instagram

I thought this Instagram activity was really cool. I got to see pictures that other people thought were “instagram-worthy” and it was almost like a way of getting to know people. I noticed that a lot of people really love their pets and love posting about them. I also noticed people posted pictures of scenery and different views. I wasn’t really surprised with anything posted. I was surprised that a lot of people seemed to have a problem with un-privatizing their instagram. For my pictures, I took them all at school. My first pic was a selfie because I was really feeling myself that and I happened to find a full length mirror, yay! My second pic was one of some trees on the Friendship Walk. I think the Friendship Walk is so pretty and I had always wondered how it would look in a photograph. My third picture is of an assignment in my criminal justice class. Writing case briefs is not fun. My fourth photo was a collage of different things I liked in the FA-4 building.

Wk 14 – Classmate Conversation – Valeria Gonzalez

This week I met a lovely girl named Valeria Gonzalez. Valeria is a 3rd year here at CSULB and is majoring in recreational therapy. Her career goal is to become an occupational therapist. Valeria loves to binge watch tv shows, go to the movies and amusement parks with friends, and take naps! She is currently watching the latest season of Shameless and Jane the Virgin. She’s also trying to catch up on iZombie and Dexter.

When I asked her what she thought the college experience would be like in 2036, she said she saw more ethnically diverse teachers and faculty. I agreed. As more children of immigrants are growing up and finishing school, there are already people of different ethnicity and race giving back to their community by becoming teachers. I went to an elementary with mostly white teachers. When I pass by now, I see teachers who look like my aunts and others who are of color. Hopefully by 2036, teachers all around will represent the communities they teach. We also talked about how there wouldn’t be anymore textbooks. Textbooks will become E-books or materials will just be online. This is probably likely since we’re a very tech-savy generation, I think.

Valeria’s site:¬†https://valeriagonzalez96.wordpress.com/

Anti-Trump Protest 11/12/16

I will never forget my first protest. I am so happy I went. I arrived an hour and a half early because I was too excited and didn’t want to run into any problems like traffic. The protest took place in a low-end area where the Hispanic community thrives. My favorite kind of place. As I was waited for more people to show, I walked around to see what the Hispanic abuelas and mothers were selling. An Asian lady wearing all black, a hat, and sunglasses then approached me and asked to see what my sign said. My sign said “In the name of humanity, we refuse to accept a fascist America” (some organization was handing the signs out so I took one)

I will never forget what happened next. She then pulled out a small sign from her bag and it said “love for everyone.” Then she looked at me with a face full of fear and shakily said “You know I’m really scared. What’s going to happen?” She started to cry. It then struck me how serious and dangerous a Trump presidency can be and what’s caused. This older Asian lady was crying to me because she’s scared of what will happen when she leaves her house. We were talking and sharing stories of what’s already happened in the few days since Trump was elected.

I will never forget what happened after that too. As we were talking and holding our posters, a white man walked by and yelled “Give it a rest!” As in to accept the fact that our country is being ran by a racist, vile, misogynist, homophobic, sexist, rapist, and dishonest man. As in to accept the fact that the vice president thinks I should undergo electroshock therapy to cure me of being gay. As in to accept the fact that 11 million illegal immigrants, my family and friends, should be deported and killed. As in to accept the fact that I won’t be believed when I report a sexual assault. As in to accept the fact that human beings are going to be treated based on their gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, skin tone, and class. Just like how it was back in the 60’s.

“Fuck you!” I yelled back. The lady hugged me and we parted ways. After that, I was even more inspired to protest.

I was amazed by how many people showed up. There was a great energy going around because so many of us came out to fight for what we think is right. There was a strong sense of unity and it was empowering. In a country that is so divided, it was nice to the huge turnout and happy faces.

We marched right through traffic! At first, I felt bad and ashamed. The media has depicted protesters as violent and disrespectful for blocking traffic for those going to work. I didn’t want to be upholding that image as we walked through traffic where people were trying to get to work. I didn’t want to inconvenience anyone. And then I realized the actual purpose of this protest. This “inconvenience” is only a minor temporary one for those who happen to driving in the area. What about the inconveniences minorities will have to face now that Trump is president? It’s already happening. People are sharing stories about how they’re getting their hijabs ripped off their head at the mall, being harassed while getting gas, and just being attacked while out doing daily things. People get mad, annoyed even, with protesters. What’s the point? some people say. The point is this: if you don’t want to listen then we’re going to make you listen. Minorities have been fighting for their rights for a century. They didn’t fight that long fight just to have it happen again under Donald Trump. We’re crying out on social media about the hate that’s being spewed only to be answered with more hate. If people won’t listen online then it has to be taken to the streets, where all the past activism has taken place. Police are getting away with murder, rapists get a light jail sentence for having good grades, people are struggling on the minimum wage. Meanwhile, Trump wants to get rid of affordable healthcare, give tax cuts to the top 1%, and get rid of all people who aren’t white.

I think a protest is just the start of all this madness.


Wk 12- Artist Conversation- Connor O’Brien

Artist: Connor O’Brien

Exhibition: Mentia

Media: Video Installation

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

Website: miliapictures.com

Instagram: n/a

About ConnorConnor is an undergrad senior working on his BFA in photography. This project was inspired by his father, who has been diagnosed with dementia. Connor has been taking care of his father for six years and his father does not remember him. This happened when he was diagnosed. One day his father tried to get physical with him and it resulted in almost taking the life of Connor. This then led to him taking his father to be treated at a mental health facility.

Formal Analysis: The project was composed of one video. The video contains footage of his father and demonstrates the type of care he needs. There’s footage of him in a hospital bed, him showering, how he eats, and how he dresses. It seems like it takes a lot of work to handle simple tasks.

Content Analysis: The video shows different things. It shows the hard work that caregivers do and what they deal with. Caregivers aren’t given enough credit for the demanding work they do. The video also showed the effects of dementia. Connor’s father does not speak more than a “whoa!’ or “hey!” and requires assistance for tasks like changing and eating. Taking care of someone with an illness can be challenging and can take its toll on someone. Connor explained how it has been difficult maintaining relationships with people because he’s always needing to attend to his dad and watch over him. Connor explained how his father is now bed ridden and can’t walk or feed himself. The next progression of the dementia is either not being able to breathe or swallow.

My Experience: This art piece actually scared me. It scared me because I was reminded of my mom and her illness. My mom has epilepsy and happens to be an alcoholic. Epilepsy and alcohol do not go well together. I’ve seen just how bad the two mix. When I talked to Connor, I was mostly asking questions about how caring for his father affected him. I asked because when I lived with my mom I would take care of her when she was drunk while having a seizure every hour. It took a big toll on me. I didn’t handle it all that well and so I admire Connor for having the patience to care for his father who doesn’t remember him. He talked about how it was hard to maintain relationships with people and how hard it was to devote time and thought to other things. I can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like to care for someone with an illness as serious as dementia. I don’t think I’d be able to handle it along with school and life. Now I’m aware of how serious illnesses can progress and I hope I can apply what I learned with how I treat my mom.

Wk 11- Artist Conversation – Caryn Aasness

Artist: Caryn Aasness

Exhibition: “To Call It Cute Is To Misunderstand”

Media: Fiber

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

Website: N/A

Instagram: levelyellowproblemchild

About Caryn: Caryn is currently a senior pursuing her BFA in fiber art. She has been at CSULB for 4 and a half years. She has always been interested in textile and was interested in learning the different techniques of weaving. She started learning how to weave two years ago. As a child, her grandmother taught her how to embroider and sew but not how to weave.

Formal Analysis: The gallery was composed of different fiber textile pieces.The pieces were created with colorful yarn. The pieces were constructed in a type of coding and next to each weaving was a piece of paper to help decode the piece’s message. Some weavings had bright colors while others had dull colors.

Content Analysis: The messages encoded in the weavings were common phrases or comments she would frequently hear in elementary school. She was not a big fan of these phrases. The reason she had “To call it cute is to misunderstand” sewn on the weavings was to show how long of a process weaving is and how the hard work often goes unnoticed. For example, just to set up for the pieces took 10 hours. Caryn explained how tedious of a process it is to lay out all the yarn and position it in  a way where it won’t get entangled. In total the whole thing took about 20 hours. Rather than have her work be admired for the “pretty colors” the artist should be appreciated and taken into consideration.

My experience: When I first saw the pieces, I thought “wow these are nice” and immediately felt bad thinking so when I saw the weaving with the giants words sewn on. Then I talked to Caryn and understood. I have always been fascinated by textile artists because I have always wondered how these artists could have so much patience and skill to create such beautiful pieces. I know the most intricate pieces could only be done by a human hand so I was amazed by every piece. Caryn had designed a formula to construct each piece in its own unique way and it was neat seeing it be brought to life in fiber. I really liked how instead of sewing words on she made a code to figure out the message. I’m always wondering about the human hand behind textile designs so it was nice to meet the one behind this gallery.


Wk 11 – Classmate Conversation – Ana Gomez

This week, I had a classmate conversation with Ana Gomez. Ana is a second year and is majoring in psychology. She was born in  Whittier and raised in Maywood. She is currently a server at a Mexican restaurant called La Barca Jalisco. She is taking this class to fulfill her G.E. requirement. Ana is “super fascinated” by fan art because she says it’s all different due to each artist having their own art style. She said she felt like Demi overreacted to the whole situation. Ana explained how the artist drew her as his own portrayal of her through his eyes and that the portrayal wasn’t so off of how Demi actually looks. Ana also mentioned how Demi has always been public about her insecurities and her eating disorder so maybe that’s what caused her to react the way she did. Ana also agreed with me that Demi could have thanked the artist for taking the time to draw her.

Ana’s page: https://anamgomez1221.wordpress.com/