WK14 – ARTIST CONVERSATION – Lourdes Martinez


Lourdes Martinzes never knew what she wanted to do.  She didn’t start liking art until her last year of high school.  Once she hit college, she basically used it to get into CSULB and she didn’t exactly have the intention of keeping it.  But everything changed because she actually started loving her major.12336267_1130148457018472_1193807874_n

Hers is the glass piece that “shows everyone and everything.”  In 1978 NASA made a project to get space crafts to shoot out far into space.  In these crafts were golden discs with pictures and sounds, as well as different languages and maps for people out there if there were other life forms in space besides us.  It was a picture of earth and within this glass like picture is a tiny white spec which is us.  This is a picture of earth 66 billion kilometers away; earth from that distance.  If we were alive in 1990 were on those squares.

It’s earth from that time zoomed all the way out and it’s technically a picture.  Her interests in this represents items that “don’t even show anything or see anything anymore” and that facinates her.  It is the “greatest selfie ever made” and her interest in the concept of space shows this.  The same space and science – the image making how to record things in picture and sound – just looking at them.

To me it shows her perspective with technology and how it can show us outside and back of almost anything.  We need to look at the bigger picture I think and see how small we really are.




WK14 – CLASSROOM CONVERSATION – Leslie Jovel and Alicia Jones


Leslie Jovel is a 2nd year Psych major who likes music and art. Her hobbies include going to museums, watching Netflix, and swimming. She went to Wilson high school in Long Beach. During Winter Break, she will be going to El Salvador to visit her grandma. To her, art has made the biggest impact on her life through music because it reflects every emotion and it comforts her.
Alicia Jones is also a 2nd year student at CSULB. She majors in film and wants to work on film editing. Not only is she a cheer leader but she coaches cheer to high school students as well. She is originally from LA and she went to Gahr High School in Cerritos. Her favorite color is purple. Over winter break, Alicia plans on spending time with her family and eating a lot, and watching Netflix.



This week I interviewed animator/illustrator Tyler Turett.  He started at a community college then transferred to CSULB three years ago.  Now he is currently in his last semester as a student majoring in film and his main focus is the animation route.  As a kid love old Nickelodeon cartoons but his favorite cartoon right now is Rick and Mortey.

It is a film medium – but an art major.  The process of creating his work starts with paper or “Disney style” where hundreds sheet of paper are drawn out.  He start with these rough drawings, character designs, mess around with different shapes and sizes, then cleans them up.  What’s cool is only he draws a character once then just creates different facial expression to get what he wants to animate; cleaning, after affects, create skeletal and joints to “move around” in animation.  It goes frame by frame and they are basically like puppets.

To him it is fun because he is creating his own stories, while not necessarily animating it but he works – edit scenes, put sounds in, etc.  His work is inspired by Disney movies (seeing those as a kid – it’s amazing); the hype of that style and cool to aim at that “even though [his work] is not to close. [to the Disney style]”.  His animations are also inspired by films he like, films he thinks are fun, and new animation that comes out.  It’s hard to decide with animation or illustration, but he says he would choose animation because you could pick sound and make them move and even mess around with their personalities.

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I went into another room and was lucky enough to land on his animations showing on screen.  It was really cool to see what it looks like when it’s done – going from simple sketches, to the actual cartoon work.

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Today I interviewed Jeanine Pham, a second year and bio major here at CSULB.  Her goal is to go to nesting school for her graduate program.  She is from Garden Grove but ahe attended Cypress High School.  Her hobbies including cooking, baking, and reading. She chose long beach because it was close by and affordable. She also really likes long beach because she made good friends here. Her definition of art is a bit different now because she did not see social media as a form of art.  She understands art better now because of the artist conversations. 

You can find her at: https:// jeaninepham.wordpress.com



This week I interviewed Christopher Linquata at his gallery called “Sacred and Profane” in Max L. Gatov Gallery West.  He is thirty-eight years old and attended CSU Northridge where he later took years off to teach.  In the master’s program, he worked with other painters; here he found inspiration.  He first began doing artwork with comic books – he would reference the work and recreate the images.

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The materials used in his work is acrylic paint and the reason why he used this type of paint is because it dries faster than oil.  He paints two paintings at a time for about eighteen hours a day and each painting takes about ten hours to dry.  The larger pieces took around four months to create.  His paintings in this exhibit all come from one area – usually a majority comes from certain areas in Long Beach.

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His inspiration for his artwork come from early Renaissance painting and street art.  He references certain artists with space, color, and light.  First he takes his sketchbook with him to draw what he experiences throughout the city with a bystanders sensibility and the with the use of historical art references to create a carefully orchestrated composition.

I enjoy his perspective on the areas in which one see everyday.  He takes creates his own perspective of the areas we normally see and it helps us visualize how he see things.  I really enjoyed the color tones he used for his art work.

You can find him on his instagram: @icon5350

WK12 – CLASSMATE CONVERSATION – Jennifer Rodriguez

Jennifer Rodriguez is currently a senior at CSULB.  She is 23 years old and is majoring in child development and family life education.  Jen used to go to Dominguez Highschool in Compton but she currently resides in Long Beach and commutes.  Her siblings consist of a little sister and brother.  Her favorite color is blue and she – like me – will eat anything.  She is in CJSA – Crimal Justice Student Association; they often go to the shooting range.  Jen is able to speak Spanish and a little French.  The color that calms her and the color that activates her would be blue and red respectively.



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Today I interviewed Kathy Yoon, a twenty-seven year old artist who majors in ceramics.  She has spent three years in this department but before this her original major was math.  As a child she liked drawing and the only thing close to what she does now was her playing with playdoh.  It wasn’t until she went to college that she was introduced to ceramics.  Kathy really loves Tim Burton and the animation and illustration he uses to create those characters.  Before creating all of this she was working with animal forms and realism but it didn’t work out the way she wanted to with her feelings.

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The materials used for her gallery are made up of clay.  All of them are built in “coils” which are long strips of clay where all the pieces are hollow.  Each piece took an average of two to three weeks individually from start to finish.  She choose white because she wanted to concentratte on the highlights of each piece.


All of the characters are a representation of her and how she feels.  It is the “So Many Me’s” work that expresses her moments in life and her experiences.  A couple of them are also inspired by people around and close to her.  Her message to the audience was that she “wanted to convey her feelings and personality through them and if people could relate then it’d be an accomplishment.”  Her favorite piece would have to be the character holding the heart balloon.


I have never ever closely related myself to anyone’s exhibit as much as I have to this one.  I was awed and amazed at how similar both the artist and myself were feeling.  The pieces she had created were exactly the emotions and problems I am currently facing now.  Within her art I saw myself and sadness and understanding genuinely rushed over me.  Other people, like my friend, just saw cute little characters.  But to me I saw a reflection of myself and the artist.  It really did speak to me.

You can find her on instagram: @kathycyoon


For this week activity we were supposed to make some type of “hanging” art so I decided to make a dream catcher like piece.

First the materials. Some thick colored thread and bracelet like pieces.


Then the process or wrapping around each color until the whole bracelet was filled.  I then moved on to crossing different colored thread back and forth to make that dream catcher like effect.

 It turned out not too bad but not horrible either. I’m not really the crafty type so I was actually proud of myself.  Getting these materials were kinda pricey though.  I think i’ll stick to drawing.


Jenna Lee is currently a sophomore at CSULB and majors in Business Accounting so she could one day become a Certified Public Accountant.  She lives at home back in Cerritos and commutes to school with her 2014 Toyota Corola.  Right by her home is her old Highschool, Garr Hughschool in Cerritos.  Her hobbies include hiking, going to the beach, geocaching, and going to baseball games.  Her job right now is working at a hair salon called Salon M.  To her, tattoos are a form of expression but just on body.  It is the physical attribute to your personality but tattoo artists can express themselves as well. They want people to be happy with their decisions and want their tattoo to have meaning.  For her, she would want map coordinates – which shows a significant place towards her grandparents cemetery.

Find her at: jjennalee.wordpress.com