Trevor Young

Week 11: Artist Convo

(Will update on artist name soon)

This artist based most of his work on his late mother and has a heavy influence from Islam. He created an exhibit called “Geometry of Grief” because his mother had passed away recently. He had a very close relationship with his mother and used his grief as an art form of expression. This was an extremely touching exhibit because I too, lost my mother but at a much earlier age. He is a 4th year student. The cloth stitching he has encased was created by his mother with influences of the violin. He mentioned how he saw the violin as expressing human sorrow. Much of his art work is based around geometry because he explained that geometry in Islam represents perfection created by God. He emphasized the many patterns in many Islamic designs. The most touching piece to me was the hanging violin piece. He explained that the violin hanging represents his mother and transitioning into the afterlife with a nature background. However, the shadow that the violin makes on the background represents the void he feels about losing his mother, and mentioned as if he lost a piece of himself. He has channeled his grief into creating beautiful and touching art pieces.


Week 11: Classmate Convo


This week I had the pleasure of meeting Maria and Adrian!

Maria went to Warren high school and is currently a first year student here at CSULB. She is majoring in Communications with a minor in history and plans to get her masters in poli sci. She works for assembly member Cristina Garcia as a program coordinator which is super cool! Some of her interests include going to concerts, playing softball/soccer and watching TV. Some of her favorite shows are Game of Thrones and Sherlock!

Adrian also went to Warren high school and is a 5th year at CSULB. He plans to graduate this semester with a degree in construction engineering and management. Some things Adrian likes to do in his free time is go to concerts, hit up the bars and hang out with friends on the weekend. He also works at Performance Construction Inc as the assistant project engineer!

Week 10 Artist convo: Brittany Waters

Brittany Waters

CSULB Dutzi Gallery

Instagram: @Artbywaters

This week I had the pleasure of experiencing Brittany’s great art exhibit while also raising awareness about the topic it presented. Brittany is a senior here at CSULB and is raising awareness about how we treat our beaches and that it is #MoreThanJustASandbox !

I really enjoyed Brittany’s exhibit because it is a real life look on what is going on and definitely raises awareness. To physically see how sea turtles migrate into the ocean is one of natures beauty taking place. It is ashamed they are endangered and I feel like there is definitely not enough recognition for this issue. Brittany did an awesome job setting up and illustrating the life of a sea turtle and offers a really interesting look on beaches. Most people go to the beach and have fun and don’t really think about the creatures already living there. Brittany mentioned that we cannot co-exist with such fragile creatures and I agree. We need to really take a look at what we are doing to our environment as far as the pollution issue and the destruction of habitats.


Week 10: Architecture: The Wedge


In my design I would take the 2 pillars and lay them down to really open up the walkway and viewing space. I think it would look more aesthetically pleasing and also can be used as a long table since there are already concrete slabs as benches to sit on. It will really open up the area and create a nice scenery. A small tradeoff would be that people would still probably have to walk around it, but it is not as tight as slipping through a one person crack. It is a very cool concept but I don’t think it was the brightest idea to put it in the middle of a very busy walkway. So instead of removing it, we could just lay it flat. I think it will be a popular topic for sure, but I’d imagine the flow of traffic would be much more spread out and not so constricted with the bottle neck effect. I also think if we layed the slabs down flat, a lot of skaters would probably use the edges to perform skate tricks on it.

Week 9 Artist Conversation: Vanessa Olivarez

This week I talked to Vanessa Olivarez and her exhibit located in the Marilyn Werby Gallery. Vanessa is from Long Beach and is a senior majoring in sculpting. Alot of her work involved power point projections with sad lyrics written on them. She included a karaoke setup with very sad lyrics. When I asked her about the meaning of the content of the lyrics she explained to me that her intent was to create a safe space for feelings. She wanted to emphasize that it is ok to feel sad sometimes and you shouldn’t hide it or be ashamed to feel what you feel. She mentioned that karaoke usually involves very happy songs and she wanted to change that up by putting some more sad lyrics in it to flip the script a little bit. She also explained it represents contemporary life is full of distractions for us to numb the feeling of being sad like using our computers, phones and social media. In a sense it is like filling a void. I really thought this approach was interesting because I have seen posts about how we are ultimately distracting ourselves from the bad in the world and almost in a sense turning the other cheek and ignoring it. She also mentioned it represents the feeling of being alone in a crowded room, so there is definitely the feeling of isolation going on. In her free time she likes to make videos and has also created a small art exhibit in her apartment for a small showing for her and her friends.

Week 9: Classmate Convo Moreen Meng


This week I talked with Moreen! I had actually met Moreen around the first few weeks of class but we never actually did our classmate convo until now. She is a sophomore here at CSULB and is originally from Sacramento. Moreen is really smart too because she has a 3.8 GPA. In her free time she likes to hang out with her friends and go to the beach and just chill out. We made ourselves choose a couple of words that best describe us and she picked spontaneous and awesome! I can agree with this because right after class ended we went to go get some food at Beach Wok! She is definitely a very cool person!

Week 9: Grafitti Painting


I painted my graffiti art with Courtney Clyde this week! As an added twist we challenged each other to paint our names with our left hands. Although it’s not the prettiest writing, I still consider myself lucky I can still read it for using my left hand. It was a pretty cool experience since I have never spray painted before. Me and Courtney decided to paint together because apparently you need to be 21 years old to buy paint at an arts and crafts store (I’m 21). I only had 2 colors to work with and not much cardboard, I definitely wouldn’t mind to try this out with more colors next time and maybe make a better looking art piece of my name with palm trees that I could maybe frame and put it in my room!

Classmate Conversation Week 8: Mark De Artola


This week I had the pleasure of talking to Mark. We are both taking anatomy and have the same lab together. We talked about our upcoming test we are having on Wednesday and how difficult we think it will be. We agreed we are gonna start studying with eachother and form a group to ace this practicum. He also showed me his ID card he drew with a preying mantis on it. It was really well drawn and I suggested that he become an artist!

Finger Painting


This was the first time I have finger painted probably since preschool. The experience was fun, and kind of relaxing. I just put on some of my favorite music that I vibe to and just went with the motions of my hand. I didn’t really have a specific goal or expected outcome, but halfway into it, I was feeling like I was painting a space-like background. It was a pretty easy assignment and it was pretty much what I expected with it. I like the flow of painting and I definitely felt a connection using my fingers as a brush. The experience of painting an abstract piece was definitely a fun, relaxing one. There are no errors, you just learn to work with whatever you throw onto the canvas. I don’t really have another painting to compare to mine as there are so many abstract paintings out there. But I would say some similarities would be the mixing of different colors and just turning nothing into something. You can really see the flow of paint in some other art works.

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