Wk 9 – Artist Interview – Bethany King

I interviewed artist Bethany King at the art galleries on Thursday. She is an illustration major at Cal State Long Beach. Her display was a journal which she binded herself. Observers are able to touch and flip through the pages with the use of the provided gloves. She mentioned that her passion has always been book binding.

The reason why she chose to make this certain piece was because of her charity work over the summer. King worked for an organization called the LA Urban Project, which is a religious group that promotes art within areas of poverty in Los Angeles. The organization is split into various teams for different areas in LA. Bethany specifically worked in South LA in collaboration with Street Lamp Studios. She taught art to the kids in that area and related it to God and religion, stating that since God is creative so are the kids.

Overall, I enjoyed the piece that she created. Being able to touch the book hands-on is a neat experience that I feel many other art pieces lack (understandably). The variation of styles throughout every few pages was a nice touch.

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Wk 9 – Classmate Conversation – Bun

On Thursday, I spoke with my fellow classmate Bun while roaming the art gallery. He is a sophomore from San Francisco. Bun is a film major hoping to go into film production. He chose his major because he values the power of film. He also mentioned that he made a short film called “The Come Up” which is available on Vimeo.

There is also a possibility that he will switch to music since he enjoys music production and creating rap beats. He has a friend known by “M-God” who he made beats for.

We then spoke about the sports we played in high school. A mutual sport we enjoyed is football. Bun mentioned that he played middle linebacker in high school. He mentioned that despite his small size, he was able to make big plays on the varsity team.

Bun was one of the more humorous people I was able to meet in class. I hope to speak to him more in the future.

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Wk 8 – Activity – ePortfolio

During the years I lived in Orange County, I was able to find my release through playing music and going to hardcore/punk rock shows. It was through this community that I grew to appreciate music as an art as well as an outlet. Recently, I feel like the alternative music scene has been falling off the map and I would like to give it the recognition it deserves. This is where my ePortfolio comes in.

For this week’s ePortfolio activity, I wanted to turn my WordPress page into an alternative music blog. I hope to post about some of my favorite bands, upcoming local shows around LA/Orange County, and even a few of my personally recorded songs.

My blog had a straight-to-the-point modern black and white theme before. For the new ePortfolio page, I decided to go with a warm orange theme to match the header image of my favorite band Have Heart.

Up and Coming Bands

Stanley & the Search

Indie/Punk

Los Angeles, CA

I also wanted to recognize my cousin’s band, Post Season. He introduced me to the alternative music scene and motivated me to continue playing music. Post Season is based in Pennsylvania and have gone on a couple full U.S tours. If you like pop punk bands such as New Found Glory and Blink 182, you might enjoy their stuff. Here’s one of their songs (Warning: some explicit language):

Shows to Catch

State Champs, Handguns, & Forever Came Calling @ Chain Reaction in Anaheim on Oct. 25th

Being As An Ocean @ Chain Reaction in Anaheim on Oct. 31st

Four Year Strong, Transit, Such Gold, & Seaway @ the Glasshouse in Pomona on Nov. 8th

Self-Recorded Song

I’ve been trying to get back into writing new music, but school and work have been keeping me too busy. Here’s an instrumental version of an unfinished song I recorded with a friend during my senior year of high school.

Here are the before and after images of my blog. (FYI, I’m technologically challenged and never figured out how to screencap on my laptop.)

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Here’s how it looks on a phone screen.

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Wk 8 – Classmate Conversation – Evan Huang

I spoke with classmate Evan Huang on Thursday. He is a Criminal Justice major from Pasadena hoping to be a federal agent in the future. He has been wanting to go into that field ever since high school when he was working with the local sheriff department. He also hopes to go to law school in the future because it could help him in his field.

Evan is also a resident in Parkside N. Being an RA, I was able to share my thoughts on the perks of living on campus. He says he enjoys living in Parkside and that his RA’s Steven and Kirby have enhanced his housing experience. It is his second year living in housing.

We spoke about the displays in the gallery, which included a lot of framed photography. He told me that he also does photography as a hobby of his so he enjoyed the pictures on display. Evan chose to take Art 110 because of his background in photography and appreciation of art as a whole.

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Wk 8 – Artist Interview – Yu Ji

Yu Ji is a Chinese born artist and student here at Cal State Long Beach. Her display consisted of several oil paintings of the various sceneries of Long Beach. These paintings are not of the style she is used to or comfortable with, but she has to continue painting in that particular style in order to stay in the art program. Her original style is a hybrid of highly detailed sketching and oil painting (picture attached below).

The first thing she told me was how difficult it is to sell her current artwork in China. She mentioned that Chinese art buyers typically buy highly detailed paintings/drawings with Chinese figures. The artwork she has now is not so detailed and has American figures. She mentioned that western art revolves a lot around geometry while eastern art is a lot more free range.

Yu Ji also shared that she started drawing and painting at the age of 8. She also has a strong background in Chinese calligraphy.

It was nice to hear from an artist from another culture and get a glimpse of her perspective of art.

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Wk 7 – Activity – Painting

This week, we were assigned to sketch our name either in bubble letters or anything “better” than bubble letters and then paint it on some kind of surface. This activity was a bit challenging because I am not much of an illustrator.

For this project, I decided to do block letters. In the sketch, I had a bit of trouble shadowing the letters, but I think it ended up looking alright.

For the painting portion, I went out on a budget and bought a piece of wood and blue spray paint for $10. It was difficult to recreate my sketch with spray paint because my sketch had fine details and the spray paint was too thick. I ended up revising the design and I think it looks pretty decent. If I had more colors and practice, I’m sure I will be able to make it look a lot better.

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Wk 7 – Classmate Conversation – Justin Toguchi

I spoke with Justin Toguchi in class on Thursday. They have been friends ever since their classmate conversation from a previous week.

Justin is a junior from Huntington Beach. He is currently majoring in Environmental Science. He mentioned that he chose that major because Marine Biology was too difficult. Justin is a very outdoorsy person and enjoys snowboarding, snorkeling, and scuba diving. He also works at a reptilian zoo and brings various reptiles to kids’ parties. He spoke about how much he enjoys his job and he is able to relate it to his love for the outdoors as well as the other living beings that inhabit it.

This is pretty random but one of the most interesting topics we touched on was fighting off sharks. He mentioned that punching an aggressive shark in the nose will cause it to flee. I did not know this but I’ll make sure to keep that in mind for the next time I come in contact with a shark.

Justin was a very fun and entertaining person to speak with. He radiated positive energy and I hope to speak with him again.

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