Wk 9 – Artist Interview – Salon des Refusés

For the Week 9 artist interview, i viewed the work of “Salon des Refuses.”

IMG_1146 The 1863 “Salon des Refusés,” was said to be a “demonstration of empowerment on behalf of the artists whose work had been rejected from the Paris Salon that year.”  This collection is meant to be a tribute to the artists that were rejected. This group of artists had numerous skills, and various talents who all came together to “express their desire for creative autonomy.” This exhibit is nothing but interesting and definitely unique to say the least. IMG_1152 IMG_1150

This collection of art is meant to emphasize and reinforce the spirit of community. This creative group of artists focused on sending a message out to their audience and the public, about the world of the people’s daily lives in the city

This art was meant to be dedicated to those in society who are at a disadvantage. As in, those individuals who are below those top ranked individuals who control all the money in society. These artist wanted to showcase the talent and the skills of those people who are not acknowledged much in society. Their art focuses on the streets of the cities, and the people inhabiting those streets, that struggle to make it in this society. IMG_1149 IMG_1151

Theyrepresent the working group of people, and attempt to show it in a different point of view.

The most interesting artwork I saw in this gallery was a heap of McDonald’s food along with candles that you see after a person passes away. I believe with this piece, the artists attempted to emphasize the effect of fastfood on the people of society. Fastfood is harming many people and even leading to the death of many as well. Although this art isn’t very appealing, the message in this art is very strong and powerful. IMG_1155


Wk 9 – Classmate Interview – Abdul Algasim

IMG_1156For week 9, the classmate that I met was the first foreign exchange student I have spoken to; his name is Abdul Algasim. To be honest, it was very difficult to understand some of the words Abdul was saying, so I’m not entirely sure that “Algasim” is actually his last name.

Anyways, it was really awesome to meet a foreign exchange student, as I always wondered what their perspective of Southern California life is like. I asked Abdul, how does he like it here, and he responded, “IT IS AWESOME.” Abdul is originally from Saudi Arabia, and has come to Cal State Long Beach to pursue a major in mechanical engineering. As a 20 year old, Abdul, in the future, hopes to start his own company or work in a prestigious one.

Abdul has visited the US before, and California. He has no family here in Long Beach, besides his brother who also attends this school. He came to California to pursue his studies during summer 2012. SInce then, he knew he wanted to continue studying here until he earns a high paying career.

Abdul’s hobbies include playing soccer. He emphasizes his love for the sport, but in his free time he also loves to swim, watch movies, and just chill with his friends. In addition, Abdul enjoys traveling. He has been to Indonesia, Britain, San Francisco, San Diego, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. But by far, he loves LB.

When we talked about art, he said he likes viewing it, but doesn’t really have an interest in the actual activity of drawing or painting etc. All in all, Abdul Algasim is a great person, and I hope to learn more about him and his culture in the future.

Wk 8 – Activity – E-Portfolio

Screen Shot 2014-10-19 at 8.21.10 PM For this week’s activity, we had to re-customize our websites to a “e-portfolio.” To me, this meant my website will have to be more professional and more related to my career pursuits.

At first, my website was very colorful and designed to be more fun and creative, rather than professional and mature. As you can see from the picture, my website was my “adventure of art 110.” As a pre-nursing major, I attempted to create a website related more to nursing. Screen Shot 2014-10-19 at 8.48.22 PM

From this customized theme, I tried to emphasize that, ” I am pursuing a nursing major.” I changed it to a more dark and professional look.

In contrast from the first design, I altered the way the website flowed. At first, the posts from Art 110 were just in a “scroll down and view” type of structure. In the nursing theme, I set the homepage as my “about” page. However, I did have difficulty trying to find out how to add a category or tab to click on that would bring me to my posts of Art 110. Because of this, I had to switch it back. Screen Shot 2014-10-19 at 8.25.36 PM Screen Shot 2014-10-19 at 8.26.04 PM

Once i find out how to create the tabs and categories, my “e-portfolio” for nursing, will be much more professional like, and will have a much more structured look.

I hope to capture the attention of healthcare organizations and nurses, in order for me to be well connected with many groups and people. I hope to showcase my experiences and capabilities in nursing to help my career. I will be able to achieve this by creating an “easy to navigate” website for people to view my info.

Wk 8 – Artist Interview – Kiyomi Fukui

For Wk 8, the piece of artwork I chose was created by Kiyomi Fukui. This furniture is very weird, but also very interesting. From the start, it was obvious that Kiyomi Fukui is a very creative and unique artist, as I have never came across another piece like this.

IMG_1085I could not help but notice that the table was set and on an oval of soil and shells. I thought this was very interesting, but I didn’t know what to make of it. From this, I just made an assumption that Kiyomi loves nature, loves the outdoors, and really loves the beach and the woods. Because to me, her creation is a combination of both environments.



I was also very attracted to the arrangements of objects the artist placed on the desk. It all had its own different features and characteristics. And all probably had its own meaning as well. But this too, I was not sure what to make of the objects, the small bottles, and little figures that were placed on the desk. The cabinets were also filled with soil and shells, as if this furniture was just thrown in the forests and into the beach as well.

Kiyomi Fukui, definitely showcases her style and creativeness with her art. And she also puts lots of meaning into what she creates. Fukui is an amazing artist, and this one creation reveals a lot about her skills.

It seems as if Kiyomi also attempts to send a message to her viewers, one that is not obvious about what it is, but obvious that there is a message to be sent.

IMG_1089                                                      Her art just gives off a calm and peaceful vibe, which I admire. Kiyomi’s artwork is just absolutely amazing, and I am glad I was able to examine her awesome creations.


Wk 8 – Classmate Interview – Kevin Cordova


For week 8, as I was walking around the galleries attempting to find a partner to interview, I saw this guy who looked really familiar. I asked him if I knew him from somewhere, and it turned out that I actually knew Kevin Cordova from Hoover Middle School. It has been about five years since I last saw or even spoke to Kevin, and seeing him in class was pretty cool.

I never knew much about Mr. Cordova, as we were not that cool of friends in middle school. Although I did have several classes with him, this interview for week 8 is probably the most I ever talked to and got to know him.

After 8th grade, Kevin went to go attend Lakewood High School, while I went to Long Beach Poly. Kevin says he liked it at Lakewood, but wondered what it would’ve been like to go to my high school. He is not really into sports, but he does love long distance bike riding. His major here at Cal State is Anthropology, and hopes to pursue a fun career in his field.

Random facts about Kevin is that his favorite food is sushi. His favorite movie is Guardians of the Galaxy. And he loves to travel. Kevin has been basically around the whole country as he has taken multiple road trips to about every state. I found this absolutely amazing as I wish I were as lucky as him to be able to do that. However, he says it has gotten boring and repetitive. He hopes to travel outside the country instead, preferably to Spain, France – all around Europe.

When I asked him what he thinks of art, Kevin said he likes the activities of Art 110, but wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t for a grade. However, he does like viewing the art, but dislikes the abstract ones. Im glad I was able to see Kevin again, it was dopee.

Wk 7 – Activity – Painting

This week’s activity was to paint our name in bubble letters. However, I was unfortunately unable to go out and spray paint my name before the deadline. And for this, I am absolutely disappointed and upset, because I was looking forward to this activity from the start. Although, I was unable to do the project in the time given, I will still do this project when I have the time to in this following week. As I really think this project would be fun and enjoying.

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Wk 7 – Artist Interview – Maggie Freed, Yee Li


IMG_1035 The collection titled, Introspection, by Maggie Freed and Yee Li, is by far my favorite group of artwork I have seen in the galleries. To me, their work is remarkably elegant and strong, as their use of vibrant colors and the way it is placed on the canvas really brings out the passion in their art.

Introspection is the “examination of one’s own mental and emotional state.” I believe the mental and emotional state of both artist are perfectly and accurately captured IMG_1034in their work. Although their art may seem chaotic and hectic because of all the colors and strokes, the stability and tranquil nature of the pieces are also evident in their work. I believe the artist of this collection, are unwilling or unable to speak of their thoughts and feelings as they keep it to themselves. Art, is probably their way to express these contained thoughts and emotions and it is amazingly revealed on the canvas.

Unlike the other abstract art that I have seen, this artwork is very eye-catching and appealing to look at. I truly appreciate the Introspection as it seems this art has the most meaning and is the most true to the artists’ personality and attributes. It definitely showcases their skills and techniques. IMG_1032

Although the two artist’s minds and skills are different and unique from one another, their artwork complements each other perfectly. The combination of peacefulness and chaos, madness and calmness, and the flow of and stability of the work is amazing. This collection has definitely inspired me to create a “introspection” of my own.