Week 12 – Activity – Algorithmic Art

Growing up I would go to downtown Los Angeles and downtown Long Beach at night to enjoy the view of all the skyscrapers. I would think to myself, “How lucky am I?” I get to see these beautiful buildings while the people who live too far from the city might never get the chance to. All these people only get to see them in pictures or videos. I wanted to create my own little sketch of the city, so these people can grasp a small glimpse of these beautiful buildings.

THE PROCEDURE
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THE MASTERPIECE
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I created exactly what I wanted. Buildings of all shapes and sizes making a city. The bigger buildings always overshadowing the smaller ones, but never making them unnoticeable. Since there are a lot more small buildings than big ones, the small buildings are important for the creation of the city. Overall, the result were great, and I enjoyed drawing the city in my own personal way.

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Week 12 – Artist Interview – Ashley Sharpe

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Ashley Sharpe’s solo BFA Printmaking show! Even though Ashley has never owned her own cat she has always been real fond of them. She enjoyed playing with her roommate’s cats because it would at times relieve some of her stress. Her show is a tribute to cats. Cats are important because they help people overcome challenges in their life with their peaceful presences.
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I thought her exhibition was very cool to look at. The picture above shows my favorite art work from her show. I liked every detail from it. Adding the extra eye to the cat as in saying that they have an extra perspective, also having such a jungle like background portraying a cat in the wild.
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I really enjoyed her show, because I know what a role pets have on a person. They can be your best friend and be there for you when no one else can. Ashely Sharpe is a very talented artist and I hope she succeeds.

For even more information about Ashley Sharpe you can email her at ashleylovespeace@hotmail.com or follow her on Instagram @artmadebyash

Week 12 – Classmate Conversation – Benjamin Zhou

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I met this very cool guy named Benjamin during my class on Thursday. He is a business major and this is also his first year at CSULB. He is taking this class as a GE but he says that he has enjoyed this class very much. Benjamin has been the tallest person I have talked to in this class, standing strong at 6’1. It is no surprise that playing basketball is one of his favorite hobbies, along with skating, playing the guitar and video games.

Benjamin lives in West Covina, which I thought was cool since my aunt lives there too and I know the area pretty well. Unlike me, he dorms here on campus. He told me that living in the dorms is fun and all but that there is no place like home. I completely agree with him, living at home at times can be annoying with all the rules that are set for you, but one is more comfortable living at home.

Please check out my new friend’s website!!!!  Benjamin Zhou.wordpress.com

Week 11 – Activity – Sculpture

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This week’s activity gave me a hard time but overall it was pretty cool and fun. I forgot to bring a shovel so I had to get my hands dirty from the start and dig up a decent size hole.DSC_0021

I failed to realize how heavy wet sand is, so I really struggled to take my bucket full of wet sand back to the hole. Making the plaster was probably the easiest task of this activity, due to the fact that I have made it many times before.

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I originally was going to have a sculpture of my hand doing a peace sign but when I tried to dig out the finished sculpture I broke it, probably because I didn’t have a shovel to make it easier to dig around it. Even though I couldn’t have the finished product I enjoyed struggling through the whole process. I’m going to have to go back better equipped next time and redeem myself.

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Week 11 – Artisit Interview – Gabriel Garcia

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“The current culture of masculinity has a negative impact on us all” – Gabriel Garcia. Gabriel’s art exhibition was all about how the idea of a “macho” man has given society the wrong ideal of how a man is suppose to act or look like.
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The 5 pictures above tell a story. A solider in the Philippines went to a bar a began drinking and he started to pick up this girl. He later found out that the girl was not really a girl, but in fact a transgender. When he figured it out, he got so angry at the fact that he had been flirting with a guy the whole night that he killed the transgender. What astonished me the most about this story Gabriel told us, was the fact that the man can get the maximum penalty for this homicide.

I enjoyed Gabriel’s art and think that the message he is trying to put out there is incredibly powerful. No one should ever question their own sexuality because they are afraid of what society might think of them.

Week 11 – Classmate Conversation – Hung Trinh

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Today I met a cool dude by the name of Hung Trinh. He is from West Minister which is not to far from the school but with traffic it can be quite a hassle. This is Hung’s second year at CSULB and we both agreed that semesters fly by. He started as a Chemistry major but then moved to Public Health because he did not enjoy his chemistry classes.

Hung Trinh only has one older brother which is struggling to find himself in life. Hung is really proud to be the first in his family to go to college. As a youngster he had a few problems and he never thought of attending a four year university. He actually only applied to CSULB and when he got accepted he decided he was going to college.

Hung and I had similar views on life. We had a good conversation about karma, the good kind and the bad kind. Both of us think that if you help out people in their time of distress, people will help you when you are in need of it too. Also, If you go around disrespecting people and giving them a hard time, bad karma will catch up with you. I’m glad Hung was one of the classmates I was able to have a conversation with this semester.

Please go check out his website:  https://hungqtrinh.wordpress.com/

Week 10- Activity – Student’s Choice

This week I decided to mess around with in-motion pictures. I decided to show off some of my soccer skills one picture at a time, so I had my brother take a bunch of pictures in a few seconds to capture each movement I made.
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I showed just one of the many tricks I do for fun with a soccer ball. I really enjoyed doing this activity since I got to see each motion I do to complete the trick. As a decent soccer player, a lot of the skills I am able to do come natural to me, I do them without putting too much thought into it. These pictures fascinated me because I saw in what way my body is able to move so I can show off this trick. I am planning to capture more of my tricks with this technique of taking pictures, so I can appreciate what I am able to do.