Week 14 – Artist Interview – Yireh Elaine Kwak

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In week 3 was when I first saw Yireh Elaine Kwak’s art work, and I liked it from the beginning. When I found out that she was displaying another show I got very excited too see more of her art. She talked about how much she likes the process of making her art this time a lot more compared to the week 3 where she focused more about what her art meant.

She described her paintings as her kids. Every mother likes to spend as much time as she can with her children so they can turn out to be successful adults. Yireh tries to make her paintings as perfect as she can. What I liked most about her was her work ethic, she is constantly creating art, if she is not painting she is sketching, just like an athlete who trains everyday to be better.
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Above are my two favorite art works from the show.

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 9- Artist Interview- Michael Rollins

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Michael’s work was a pleasure to see. He was nice enough to talk to us about some of his paintings. His main thing was trying to mislead the mind. In most of his paintings there are certain lines that appear to be behind but once you pay attention to them you can see that the line was painted on top. He talked about how he paints with so much freedom because he does not have to look at something for his work. All his work is his imaginations roaming free.
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He describes his work as “a product of tension and balance” in his exhibition description, he also mentions that his goals for the work is to create a visual pleasure and a disruption for the audience. I can say that he truly achieved these goals. I hope Michael can create another exhibition for us before this semester is over because I really enjoyed and appreciated his work.
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Week 7- Artist Interview – Jesse

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Jesse’s whole idea for these two art pieces is to make people have to look at his work more than once to really understand what’s going on. He wants to people to relate his work to their own perspectives of how nature is suppose to look like and how it is not suppose to look like. For the first art work, I really like the contrast of the broken part of the mirror to the rest of it. It looks like it was a picture taken in the desert judging by the clear blue sky and the rocks and dirt the mirror is laying on.

The second art work is interesting to me. Having a sheet of grass in what looks to be a rocky desert is crazy. Grass that green would never be able to grow in the desert. Jesse really did a good job in challenging his audience’s mind, because anyone who will or has seen this art work would start thinking about grass being in the desert being impossible, yet Jesse did it.

Week 6 – Artist Interview – Alanna Marcelletti

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Alanna’s art was different from anything I have ever seen. The creativity behind it left me breathe less. Her own personal experiences inspire her work, she makes some of her experiences very vivid but throughout her work she leaves a sort of mystery that she just refuses to reveal. Another thing she puts into consideration is the “negative and positive results of outside influences upon the individual psyche”.

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This piece of art made me think about how many women are many times women pressured by society to get pregnant. The broken egg to me symbolizes how some women are not ready to get pregnant and it causes them so much stress that they can’t take care of themselves, which leads to a miscarriage.
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I really liked Alanna’s art because each one of her works made me think and reflect about society and myself. I really hope I can see more of her work in the future.

Week 5 – Artist Interview – Dianna Franco

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No she is not the actor’s sister. But she is talented just like them, but not as an actress, as an artist. Dianna Franco’s work was inspired by “how civilizations are always in flux(the flow of energy, constant change) with each other”. In her paintings she portrays how the inside affects and is affected by the outside. The center of her paintings appear bright because its surroundings are made a lot darker.

I enjoyed seeing her paintings. I also liked how she thanked her loved ones for making her gallery possible. That showed me how humble she is, despite being such a talented artist I hope I get to see more of her work in the future.

Week 4- Artist Interview- Rachel Gehrke

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“Porous Parallels II”

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“Strata Phenomena”

Rachel’s work was my favorite so far this semester. Her creativity is astonishing. She told me, “There is not where better to get inspiration from than your own imagination”, and I agree with her. You can tell from her art that her imagination is huge. She makes real life places seem to be from a parallel universe, with all of the mixtures of colors.

If I could wear her art on a t-shirt or sweater I would. I really did love her work. Maybe one day when I have my own house I could hire her to paint some artwork to hang on my walls. A really great artist. Wish her the best with her art career!!