Week 12 – Artist Conversation – Christopher Linquata

Christopher Linquata’s collection is shared along with artist Mike Kent, this collection is called, “Sacred & Profane”. This is Christopher’s last semester as a student at CSULB with a major in representational drawing and painting. The medium used for this collection was acrylic paint. The largest painting displayed in his collection took him four months to complete, and the preparation took about 5 and a half months, overall 6 and a half months total. he said that the idea behind the paintings are up to the audience to interpret, but otherwise for Christopher, it’s all made up by religious and mythological stories in modern times. He is inspired by renaissance paintings and street art. In his collection, this painting took place in “Sunken City” in San Pedro. To discover more of Christopher’s work, his Instagram is: icon5350.
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I really enjoyed viewing his collection, his art looks as if someone has captured a picture of the “perfect day” with friends. This collection to me, appears to represent bliss and simplicity.

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Week 9 – Artist Conversation – Maccabee Shelley

Maccabee Shelley
(http://www.maccabeeshelley.com/)
Maccabbe Shelley has a degree in Studio Art from Humboldt State University and a minor in Art History. He is now working on a post-baccalaureate a CSULB. He said CSULB is more intense, competitive, and and strong. Maccabbee said he loves creating something new because it excites him,m even the littlest artwork inspires him to do more. He says his small art creations are put into a bigger piece of artwork, which he called the snowball effect. He has been in the industry of art for as long as 9 years. This is his third gallery shown at CSULB. He prefers to have his art shown at CSULB because it’s more of a solo show. Maccabbee recently traveled to Italy, which inspired him to do the artwork that was displayed in the gallery. The medium he used for the artwork in the gallery were: materials made from ceramic, glass, plaster, acrylic, and latex paint. As a young child, Maccabbe was more interested in science, reading, and outdoor activity. He didn’t realize that he was becoming more interested in art until later in college. He then realized he did better in art and started to realize he kept taking art classes than he initially thought. He said that in art there is no real sense of security when it comes to jobs, but he loves what he does. He works hard making his creations and thinks of it more as a game by arranging the pieces together to create one piece.
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Week 8 – Artist Conversation – Rhiannon Aarons

Rhiannon Aarons.
Rhiannon’s artwork in the gallery were prints of skulls and skeletons based off mythological creatures. The name of these art collections she made is called: Ex Libris. She had formal training in art since she was 17 years old. She’s worked as a nonprofit teacher for people with disabilities. Rhiannon spends most of her time helping other people in her community. She made her artwork on what she thought was interesting and what she felt was always forgotten in history, meaning throughout time things and people become forgotten and she wants to keep them remembered through her artwork. She said reserving her work to create these prints took a very long time. Rhiannon started her artwork as a digital designer. She’s had countless of her art presented in many galleries throughout southern California. She decided to work more hands on, in which she can create more prints like the ones shown below. Her website is: http://www.rhiannonaarons.com/
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Week 7 – Artist Conversation – Jane Weibel

Jane Weibel’s art was based on memories. Since we believe we remember something, and we think we remember it vividly, we don’t know if it’s accurate or if our mind creates a memory that never happened which led her to creating her artwork more abstract. Jane Weibel’s medium for her project were ceramic, fiber, and objects from her childhood such as clothes, shoes, and some decorations. She wanted the audience to remember their personal memories and learn whether the brain hangs on to this memory or manipulates a new one. With some objects she made she manipulated its shape the best way she could rememeber the objects real shape. The clothes and shoes she displayed were hers from when she was about two months old. Her artwork was more child-like, creative, and abstract. She believes the vibrancy of this creation was very important. She said the brighter the pieces the more able and direct we recall something. Jane Weibel said her favorite artists are Jessica Stockholder and Martail Raysee.
Jane Weible’s Instagram is: janenargette
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Week 6 – Artists Conversation – Bianca & Alice Andreini

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Alice Andreini painted flowers because she believes symbolism hides behind flowers. The flowers she painted were crocuses and chrysanthemums that were inspired by the gardens her mother created and of some soldiers. Her mother taught her with gardening there’s a focus of space, time, money, and security. With that, she was able to take that and relate to it in her artwork. She believes that her art is similar to soldiers, they are either protective or destructive. The medium she used was oil on canvas. She also answered the question for the day. What I expected to her answer about the primary colors took me by surprise to see how much more open she is. She felt that red is tied to excitement, anger, and romance. For her yellow is a very dynamic, vibrant but yet a neutral color. She feels it’s a friendly color. Lastly, blue for her represents more of a water element but like yellow, blue is also a friendly color.

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I also had a quick conversation with one of the artists, Bianca who did “Mezclado”. “Mezclado” is a collaboration between five other Latina artists. They used various mediums. There main goal was to show how they felt their Latino heritage is being is being stereotyped. Bianca said that their artwork was a 2 part show. The first part was inspired by the game Loteria, for those of you who aren’t familiar with it, it’s like bingo but instead of numbers and letters they are images. In Loteria they had different images and made them into how those images are being stereotyped today.  Bianca’s contribution to the second part of the show were the huaraches. Huaraches are traditional sandals worn by the Hispanic culture dating back to pre-Mexico and pre-Colombia. Huaraches were durable and could be worn in any type of weather. In this piece “Estos No Son Toms” or “These Are Not Toms” explains how these hard working Hispanics hand made the huaraches out of leather and sold around $20 and now Toms created a similar style to these huaraches called “Cognac Leather Huaraches” also hand made in Mexico, but is sold for $129-$149.