Wk13 – Classmate Interview – Benjamin Zhou

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On Thursday, April 23th, I went to the CSULB SOA Gallery Complex to interview the artists and visit their artistic works. After I walked around to experience the artistic works at the Gatov-gallery, I found a classmate that I could have an interview with.

His name is Benjamin Zhou. He is a freshmen student who is majoring in business. He told me that he is currently living in the dorms. He decided to major in business because his father likes business and he wanted to do something similar. He is from West Covina, and he was living in Diamond Bar and Acadia before. He was born in Shanghai, China, and he came to the U.S. with his father when he was 5 years old. He also told me he could speak a little Mandarin, and he has went back to China for several times during summer breaks. He speaks Shanghai dialect much better than his Mandarin because he always speaks Shanghai dialect with his family. It is not usual that he is the only child in the U.S. He told me it is because of financing. He likes video games, basketball and guitar. And his favorite food is Pho. He also likes to eat Sushi and pasta.

I suggest Ben might go to Mainland China for working later because his ancestors were from there. Also, I told him that speaking Mandarin is more and more important, and it will be an advantage to him. Ben Lee was the 12th classmate that I have interviewed, he was smart and accommodating. I’m so happy that I could meet him, and everything goes well with him.

Wk12 – Classmate Interview – Christian Park

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On Thursday, April 16th, I went to the CSULB SOA Gallery Complex to interview the artists and visit their artistic works. At the Gatov-gallery, I walked around to experience the artistic works. After I was experiencing the artistic works, I found a classmate that I could have an interview with. We both didn’t have a conversation with others so we began to interview each other.

His name is Christian Park. He is a freshmen student who is major in pre-film. I told him that I was a pre-film major student too. He was surprised, and he thought that we could probably make projects of film course in the future. He told me that he was 19 years old. He was born in the U.S. and he was from Seattle, WA. He moved to CA when he was 1 year old. His family is living in Palos Verdes, and he is living in dorms. His mother and father were from Korea. He also told me that he likes guitar, movies and videos games. He could speak a little Korean, and he has been to Seoul and Pusan, Korea for one time when he was little. He likes Korean BBQ, Sushi and Chinese food because they are Asian foods.

After we finished the interview, Christian Park and I talked about his our last names. I told him that his last name is Piao in Chinese, and many people has that last names in China. He said that he knew some last names are popular in China and Korea, such as Lee and Chan. Christian Park was the 11th classmate that I have interviewed, he was kind, accommodating and optimistic. I’m so happy that I could meet him, and everything goes well with him.

Wk12 – Artist Interview – Ashley Sharpe

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On Thursday, April 16th, when Christian Park and I walked into the Merlino Gallery, we both were attracted by some artworks that features a collection of theme of cats. The artist of the artworks is Ashley Sharpe. The artworks were very unusual, remarkable and special in the gallery.

Ashley Sharpe said that she created this show to express her fondness of cats and let her playful personality shine through. She spent many hours to complete this show.  And she said that she has lived in the Orange county and Los Angeles area over the eight years, she has lived with multiple cats owned by roommates, while she has never owned her own. She said that these cats have brought a sense of peace and euphoria to her life in times of stress and anxiety. Also, she has created molds of cat food cans that can be found in her show. These cans are presented on an altar to pay respect to the cats that are living, or now in the spiritual world.

What I’m thinking about this show is that the abusing animals is more and more serious in China, especially abusing cats. Some people in China believe that it is not a big problem of abusing animals. Some people abandon cats or dogs when they are moving to other places. As a result, these animals will be hurt or killed. People who live in the U.S. can’t do these things because they will go to jail if they do, and there are some laws to prevent this behavior. After visiting this show, I could feel how the artist or even Americans love these animals. I really hope that people can care of these animals, and we could have some laws to stop abusing animals in China.

Wk12 – Artist Interview – Ashley Sharpe

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On Thursday, April 16th, when Christian Park and I walked into the Merlino Gallery, we both were attracted by some artworks that features a collection of theme of cats. The artist of the artworks is Ashley Sharpe. The artworks were very unusual, remarkable and special in the gallery.

Ashley Sharpe said that she created this show to express her fondness of cats and let her playful personality shine through. She spent many hours to complete this show.  And she said that she has lived in the Orange county and Los Angeles area over the eight years, she has lived with multiple cats owned by roommates, while she has never owned her own. She said that these cats have brought a sense of peace and euphoria to her life in times of stress and anxiety. Also, she has created molds of cat food cans that can be found in her show. These cans are presented on an altar to pay respect to the cats that are living, or now in the spiritual world.

What I’m thinking about this show is that the abusing animals is more and more serious in China, especially abusing cats. Some people in China believe that it is not a big problem of abusing animals. Some people abandon cats or dogs when they are moving to other places. As a result, these animals will be hurt or killed. People who live in the U.S. can’t do these things because they will go to jail if they do, and there are some laws to prevent this behavior. After visiting this show, I could feel how the artist or even Americans love these animals. I really hope that people can care of these animals, and we could have some laws to stop abusing animals in China.

Wk11 – Classmate Interview – Veronica Meza

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On April 9th, I met Veronica Meza outside in the middle of these four galleries. She is the 10th classmate I have a conversation with. We changed our name at the first time, and shared our happy moments during the study of artistic work.

Veronica was from Mexican but now her family moved to Long Beach, she is from a big family that has one brother and two sisters, I can tell they may have a lot of fun in their everyday life. She is major in psychology and often take a bus to school as she lives close to campus. I was happy that she told me how to be less nervous when speak in front of a group people and encouraged me to speak English as often  as possible to make improvements.

We also had a conversation about her favorite art work, she showed me  the painting and told me the story about the artist Roger which was very moving. She mentioned that although her favorite color use to be pink when she was much younger, now she really dislikes it and much prefers green We actually had a really cool conversation about what we thought about art, what influences we have in our art. Even we did not talk too much, we had a good time together.

Wk11 – Artist Interview – Patricia E. Rangel

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On Thursday, April 9th, when I walked into the Werby Gallery, I was attracted by several special artworks that named as “REBUILDING”. The artist of this artwork is Patricia E. Rangel. The artworks were remarkable and great in the gallery.

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Patricia E. Rangel said that metal and dirt are resistant materials, both are forgiving to work with. Her process involves extracting fabricating, building, compacting anf repetition. She respond to dirt as a material, it has the ability to present vulnerability, failure, strength, and change. She created structures by compacting earth. They are composed of dirt she resued, each time rebuilt in a new form.

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In addition, Patricia E. Rangel said she collected materials from places that hold personal significance – orchards, roadsides, her grandfather’s ranch, her parent’s backyard, and Smith Mountain Cemetery in the San Joaquin Valley. She was working the dirt by mixing, reconstituting, and re-contextualizing it. She said the labor of repetition is important to her practice as it relates to the arduous acts of working the fields.

Wk11 – Activity – Plaster Casting

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The week 11 activity is Plaster Casting. It is hard and embarrassed to say that I have never tried Plaster Casting even though I started to learn arts when I was 6 years old. It is not because I am a stereotyped guy, or I am a lazy guy. I usually think that plaster is an industrial thing. People use plaster to repair house and wall. And I don’t like to touch wet things like plaster. However, I have to change it because of the class.

After I watched the videos on our class website, I began to have interest in Plaster Casting. In the videos, people went to the beach to do the activity. It is hard to me to go there for the activity because I have to go to Pomona every weekend. Therefore, I went to Michael’s to buy the plaster. When I was back home, it was more difficult to start the activity because I didn’t have any place to dig the hole, especially at apartments.

Finally, I found a way to do the Plaster Casting. I discovered a glove that fits my hand, and then I started to make plaster referring to the direction. I used a bucket to the container, poured the plaster and water into the bucket, then stir them together. When the plaster was liquid, I poured it into the glove and held it for several minutes. After the plaster was solid, I used a scissor to cut the glove to take the casting out. Fortunately, I got a nice plaster casting of my hand. This activity let me restart to think about plaster. When I touched the plaster during the making time, I felt that plaster is not only a industrial thing. It is alive, and its power base on how many passion that people put into.

Wk10 – Classmate Interview – Eduardo Catalan Olivares

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On Thursday, March 26th, I went to the CSULB SOA Gallery Complex to interview the artists and visit their artistic works. At the Gatov-gallery, I walked around to experience the artistic works. After I was experiencing the artistic works, and I found a classmate that I could have an interview with.

His name is Eduardo Catalan Olivares. He is a freshmen student who is major in Math. He is also minor in physics. He is 19 years old. He was born in Mexico, and came to the U.S. with his family when he was 5 years old. He has two sisters and one brother. His youngest sister is the only one who was born in U.S. in his family. He told me that he likes learning new things, reading and being outside. Also, he likes to travel even though he has not been to many places. He said that he will go back to Mexico to visit other family members for next trip. He likes cold places even though he was born in Mexico and lives in California. His favorite food is pizza, and he prefer to eat Mexican food. He told me that he has never eaten Chinese food, but he will try it.

After we finished the interview, Eduardo Catalan Olivares told me that he likes to watch soccer but not good at playing it. It is interesting that he said when he watch World Cup, he will support not U.S. but Mexico as first and Germany or Spain as second. In addition, he told he has two last names that from both of his parents. It is very surprised to me as a Chinese guy. Eduardo Catalan Olivares was the 9th classmate that I have interviewed, he was kind, accommodating and intelligent. I’m so happy that I could meet him, and everything goes well with him.

Wk10 – Artist Interview – Dawn Ertl

On Thursday, March 26th, when I walked into the Gatov Gallery, I were attracted by two special artworks that named as “One Nation Under God” and “Long Distance Relationship,”. The artist of this artwork is Dawn Ertl. The artworks were remarkable and great in the gallery.

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The artist said that she has been weaving about 6 years, and she started her works about a year ago when she started weaving wool, yarn and plastic to create these artworks. The artworks were made by fiber. It is interesting that it let me recall our fiber activity. My work is too tiny and simple than hers. Ertl explained how the two weavings reflected the relationship between politics and religion. She wanted it to show how these two different work together.

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In addition, Ertl also keeps eye on environmental issues. She thought that the plastic bag is a headache problem. she likes to use plastic bags for her artworks to represent the issue. What I’m thinking about the artist and her artworks is that she is a very assiduous artist, she could spent a lot of time to create one project. She is also an ideologist because she likes to use her artworks to show her concept. And she is not only a artist but also an environmentalist. She has the sense of responsibility to remind people to protect the environment by her works.