So the art galleries have been pretty cool throughout the semester. I really enjoyed going to them. I will probably continue visiting them just to see whats up with the CSULB art scene. This week I was just grabbed by the exhibition by Troy Rounseville. It was a room filled with instruments automated and programmed to play themselves, all being controlled by motion sensors in a room of mirrors. Waving my hand in front of one of the mirror-walls would initiate the kick drum to play. Ambient C-chords were played throughout the whole process of interaction in this exhibit. It really exemplified on communication. To me I saw it as the things we do can initiate an interaction with something we don’t expect. The room full of mirrors showed me initiating the chords and the kicks.
So this week marks the last week of student interviews. I almost feel like I’m going to miss doing them during the galleries. But I also feel like I’m going to forget 2 days into Winter vacation because I, like many other people of my generation, have very short attention spans. Connor defines himself as a cinematographer. He likes to direct what the camera does and likes to control the lighting. He see’s cinematography very clearly in the way he wants to portray something or set a mood. He is a freshman and is a film major. If there was a movie on his life, Connor would want Owen Wilson to play his character. His ambitions are to be a professional cinematographer working for a studio. His inspiration for this comes from Star Wars. He watched the original series and watched the behind the scenes footage and to him, just seeing the way the movie was made was enough to convince him about what his passion should be.
So this week I interviewed Vanessa Garcia. She is a 2nd year studying Biology. She is studying it for forensics. Her goal from this is to go to USC grad school. If she could meet any historical figure (or in my terms anyone who’s technically deceased) she said she would meet Paul Walker (R.I.P) who is definitely someone I would like to meet too! Her ambitions are to travel anywhere different than California. Her preference was Spain, which is an awesome country! Love it there. Her inspirations are her parents. She didn’t have much growing up so it definitely is a driving factor for her to achieve success. Vanessa Garcia is a pretty chill person.
Sam Gold. A freshman studying marketing. Thats who I interviewed this week. If he were to meet any historical figure it would be Walt Disney. He would ask him about what drove him to be so creative. If there was a movie on his life, he would want Jonathan Bennett to play his character because of the slight resemblance. His ambition is to be the director of marketing for a fortune 500 company. What drives him is the concept of unlimited opportunity. Sam seems like a very driven individual.
Corinne is a dancer. She didn’t identify herself as much more. She likes to be free from peoples expectations in that case. It’s a cool form of expression. She’s a third year studying dance. If she could meet any historical figure it would be George Balanchine. She described him as the man who brought modernism to ballet. She considers herself to be lucky because she has what she needs to survive and be happy. Her ambitions are to dance professionally and to help other dancers from their injuries. She wants to help them so they can carry their careers as long as they can. Her inspiration comes from nature and the forests. I find inspiration in the forest too. It’s really peaceful and fresh out there.
So this week I decided to try editing a photo I took a while back in Malibu. I’ve honestly never tried editing a photo using photo editing software. I didn’t really do much, but mess with every thing I could to get to what I did. I didn’t really know what I was doing, but I just messed with the thingy’s until I got a picture I liked. My friends went camping in Malibu during the Summer and I had to get a picture of the bluffs. This picture is just really cool to me and I think the effects I added just make the picture look cooler. I’m not much a photographer, but I just love those scenic shots.
I am claustrophobic. I hate tight places and being in places I can’t step. For example, I hate going to some of my friends houses because their rooms are a mess. There’s clothes everywhere, there’s no space to sit, and it’s always just a mess. It’s never a matter of the room being small either, it’s purely from poor hygiene of the bedroom. Sophia’s paintings really inspired that anxious, cluttered, no space feeling. The paintings were of cluttered bedrooms that, for me, resembled the characteristics of some of my own friends’ messy rooms. I hate messy rooms. My room is always clean and organized. For me, it expresses comfort and space to relax and feel spacious.
So walking through this weeks galleries was cool. There was a lot to see and a lot to take in. They were full of very interesting pieces by people with very good ways of visualizing their point through various forms of art. My favorite piece(s) were by Heather Hassenbein. Her concept of having the art promote beauty and other happy feelings caught my attention. I really enjoyed her piece (pictured) of green clay with pink and red. I really reminded me of a field of green grass and pink flowers. Just somewhere peaceful. The other piece (also pictured) of the white clay going across with black swirls inside reminded me of Oreo’s and cream Hersheys chocolate bars. No lie I went and got an Oreo’s and cream Hersheys chocolate bar later that day. I really liked this exhibit. It was really interesting.
This week I saw the gallery by Mark Rissman. It revolved around the digital technology surrounding us. Being a computer science major I was intrigued by the photos he took of these technological headquarters. His art work shows how much space these places take up in our world and how much we depend and rely on all they provide. The photo’s I liked were the ones of Google and and Apple. These two companies are major in our world today. They impact our world and take up a lot of our space in the world and our time. Technology is expanding always.
This weeks weather was a mishmash of hot and cold. The mornings had me fooled as the sun rose to give me whatever cancer it felt like burning into my skin. Arriving at the Gallery on Thursday, I had just beat the sun to the shade when I met Sarra and decided to ask to interview her. She is a Sophomore who is studying Child Development. Her ambitions are to be a social worker or stay at home mom with a ballin ass husband. She wants to be a social worker because it’s a way for her to help people. For her she would be helping kids. I asked her what inspired her to want to help people and for her it was being a nurse. Being a nurse was her initial career choice, but she didn’t want to deal with all the blood but she still wanted to help people who were in harms way. That’s why she chose to be a social worker.