Wk 15 – Artist Interview – Troy Rounseville

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This week’s gallery was very different in comparison to prior work in most of the galleries. I really liked it because although there was several instruments playing simultaneously, it wasn’t annoying or distracting. I was intrigued by the fact that the artist was able to have these instruments play at a certain time without having someone actually play the piano or hit the drums! I forgot to take a picture of the little room with the mirrors but I loved it. I felt a little claustrophobic but I would actually love to put mirrors on one wall of my entire wall. I also felt as though the piano playing or the banging of the drums weren’t as meaningful if someone were to be playing the actual instruments. The instruments had a constant tone/beat the entire time and it was a little boring. Seeing someone firsthand play the instruments and their reactions to the music playing would’ve also been amazing! In relation to his statement, we cannot lose our communication skills with the world, whether it’s face to face interaction or playing music in a large theater because then we will lose what it feels like to actually feel. Yes, music can play by itself, but I feel like it’s a lot more personal when one socially interacts with another or watches one perform rather than using technology to present their message although technology isn’t a bad source of communication.

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Wk 13 – Artist Interview – Jeff Dulla

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“Cyclical Nature”
Out of all the galleries, this one was my favorite! When I first laid eyes on it, it reminded me of the movie The Lorax. To be specific, the scene in the beginning where the little boy is talking to an older man who lives in a house and his surroundings are dull, dead and not full of life. Since he used all of the trees to knit together gloves, socks, hat, seat covers, etc., it reminded me of this painting because the colors in the painting are so dark and matte just like how dark the place got with all of the color sucked out of it by cutting down all the trees.

Wk 13 – Student Interview – Amir Kiani

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This week I met Amir Kiani 🙂 He is in his third year and is pursuing a career in Computer Science. He really wants to work with systems and protect online data, sort of like antivirus and firewalls, but not quite…more with an emphasis on one particular website. He gave me the example of sending cash to another individual through a specific network where it’d be impossible for anyone to track the location and/or person! I thought that was really cool because as online networks work today, literally anything is traceable and open to the public.

He listens to rap, hip-hop and EDM music but mostly hip hop! His favorite rapper is Curren$y. I have no idea who he is but he recommended that I’d listen to his music so I have yet to do that. Amir’s favorite tv show is “It’s always Sunny in Philadelphia.” I have also never heard of that show, but it is in Netflix so I will definitely also be checking that out! The only chick flick that he actually liked was Crazy Stupid Love starring Ryan Gosling! That movie is actually one of my favorites!
We actually both like the movie “Hours” starring Paul Walker and anyone who loves this man should definitely watch it! It’s about a guy whose wife died during labor but his daughter survived and the power goes out in the hospital and Paul has to do do everything in his power to keep the incubator going for 48 hours for the baby to survive! It’s crazy, just watch it! Lol

His favorite food is Italian food, which also happens to be one of my faves!

His favorite brand of clothing is Imaginary Foundation, where its main focus is usually on space and philosophers with philosophical quotes. I have also never heard of this brand name so it was really interesting learning about it.

Travel – Amir has visited Paris, Germany, Canada, Spain and multiple states across the United States! I found that so exciting because I haven’t been out of the country, yes I know, how boring, but I need to!!

If anyone is interested, his URL is http://heresamirkiani.wordpress.com

Wk 12 – Activity Feedback

  1. Three favorite activities
    1. Plaster Casting
      1. I have never used plaster to make a mold and it was really fun with the help of my brother casting my mold!
    2. Graffiti
      1. I have never worked with spray paint before and it was a great and new experience working with it!
    3. Painting
      1. Using the French Girls App., it was fun having a complete stranger draw your selfie in their perspective and drawing skills
  2. Three least favorite activities
    1. Kickstarter
      1. I honestly couldn’t think of any creative ideas to launch but by the looks of it, the other students do have great ideas which is awesome!
    2. Vlogs
      1. This activity seemed pointless because the ePortfolio introduced our “new” blog so I didn’t really see the point in having to make a video. But I also hate speaking in front of camera so that could have been the main reason.
  3. With all of the other courses I’m currently taking, this class gives me a sort of leeway to relax and take a break from all of my other stressful courses and enjoy various forms of art with a fun and easy class!

Wk 12 – Activity – Teach One – Plaster Casting

This week, I decided to teach how to cast a mold with plaster because it was my favorite!

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First, go to a beach and dig a hole not too far but not too close from the shore and make sure it is deep enough to fill with plaster and that it is the shape that you want it to be.

Second, put either your hand/arm or foot into the hole. Have your partner gather wet sand and cover your arm/foot whatever you decide to use with the wet sand while forming the shape of the desired shape. Make sure to keep arm/foot in mold long enough for the shape to stay up.

Third, take out either your arm or foot, open your plaster carton and pour it into a bucket, fill half of the carton with water and pour it in with the plaster. Stir the plaster and water as fast as possible because plaster tends to settle/dry really fast. After you’re done stirring, pour the plaster into the opening of your mold and let it sit for 30-40 minutes.

As Glenn says, drink some tea in the meantime!

After that time has passed, remove the wet sand from the outside of the plaster mold and dig up and find the white plaster. Take it out and dust it off! Make sure not to soak the plaster mold in water the same day that it was formed because it will fall apart!

And that’s it! Easy creative piece of work!

Wk 12 – Artist Interview – Michelle Thompkins

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The very first gallery that I walked into was my favorite! It caught my attention because the characters in the pictures above reminded me a lot of the movie Despicable Me! The leftmost picture reminded me of the scene where Gru had no other choice but to take Agnes, Edith and Margo to their ballet rehearsals in order for the girls to go sell cookies to the villain Vector because of the shrink ray. Although he wasn’t as upset in the movie, in the picture he seems angry and furious. And the little girl who fell I imagined her to be Agnes from Despicable Me because she was so silly and energetic and falling would play her role exactly.

It sort of also reminded me of Twilight: New Moon because towards the end, Bella was told by Cam Gigandet (I forgot his name in the movie) to meet him in her dancing studio from when she was younger. The guy would be the vampire (guy) where he is anxiously waiting for her arrival.

Wk 12 – Classmate Interview – Celine Phan

  • Meet Celine Phan!
  • She is 17 years old and a first year here at CSULBIMG_5241
  • She is currently a Biology major but is thinking about changing it to Business!
  • She is from Fountain Valley
  • She has two sisters, one of the age of 16 and the other is 12, which makes her the oldest.
  • Although she is thinking about switching to Business, she mentioned that she really wanted to be a veterinarian so I told her that she should actually think about sticking with Biology.
  • She works back home at a dessert place called Zero Degrees Italian Ice. This is her first job and has been working for a couple of months.
  • She is not dorming, so she commutes to school every day.
  • She mentioned that she likes going to the movies, shopping and eating. Her favorite types of movies are comedies and her favorite movie is Grown Ups!
  • Her favorite TV show is Bones and we both love The Vampire Diaries and we prefer Ian Somerhalder over Paul Wesley!
  • Neither of us are involved with school because our busy schedules take up most of our time.
  • Towards the end, we both realized that we were in each other’s Chem 90 myself and we both passed the CPT, which is amaaaaazing!
  • Overall, Celine was a great friendly girl to talk to! If anyone is interested, her URL is http://celinephan23.com/ 🙂