Week 14 – Artist Interview – Yireh Elaine Kwak

Today, i got the opportunity to experience a very unique art gallery. There was an abundance of impressive and intricate artwork on display. One particular art piece stood out and by some luck the artist was there to share her ideas with us. Elaine Kwak is one of the fifteen artists who had artwork in the gallery. The name of the art exhibit was Liminal. The word is an adjective and it describes a transition. For Kwak herself and the rest of her classmates, this is their last gallery as undergrads at CSULB, so for them, it is a bittersweet transition.

They have known each other for three years and in turn have experienced alot together as friends and colleagues in the art major. Other students, as well as myself, understand this feeling also. Since I am about to graduate this semester, i think of all the experiences and friends that i made at CSULB in the civil engineering department. My classmates and I see each other every other day at least and take the same classes; we all shared the same experiences and struggles.

This is parallel to Elaine Kwak and her peers. Their artistic style has been influenced by each other and they all grew together in an artistic sense as well as people. They would work on their pieces and critique each other, sharing different perspectives and without question that has had an effect on their style.

Regarding Kwak’s show piece, she did an oil painting of a landscape. It includes multiple colors and has an untamed garden in the foreground as well as a mountain landscape in the background, which gives it a nice contrast. Another thing that i liked was a secondary layer of the foreground; which includes a staircase and a walking path, producing another contrast of colors between the garden and the rest of the painting.

As far as the process goes in creating her art piece and just for her work in general, she likes to first look at a landscape that is fitting and then proceed to sketch it through direct observation. She takes the canvas on site and draws it out. She keeps her drawing loose, the charcoal lines and shading is suggestive because she will then take it to the studio to paint it. This is important because then she will paint the piece using her memory and add in what she likes. In this regard, she feels that she can create a landscape but still give it that abstract perspective. She likes doing this part by memory because she feels memory is a powerful tool to help create and inspire ideas.


wk 9 – Student Interview with Zack Kim

This week i got the chance to talk to Zack Kim, a freshman whose attitude reminded me alot of my own when i was his age. Realize that I am 25 while my friend Zack is likely only 18 or 19.

To him, he said art didn’t really interest him much. Understandable, when i was 19, i didnt really have a reaction towards art, it was just one of those things that people that were really good at drawing could do. I couldn’t really draw and i enjoyed drawing straight lines in drafting class or in my math classes. Art just seemed to be one of those things that if i didnt think i was good at it and i wouldn’t be able to make a career of it, why bother paying attention to it at all.

But believe it or not, although he isn’t into art one bit, but he does play instruments and does a bit of singing. His mother has experience in singing classical. He told me that he picked up the guitar on his own recently and he has been working on his range with a singing instructor. This is really cool because he said to his mom that he wanted to improve his range. I also had thoughts about wanting to improve my range, especially because i basically have no skill with my voice and feel really limited. Improving my singing is something on my bucket list. But as for Zack, to him, visual art is not something important to him, music is a large part of his life, considering the influence that his mother has on him.

Zack was raised in Davis, CA and then moved to Southern California in the 2nd grade. We talked a little bit about how we both had to move from place to place when we were younger. I moved from a school i thought i would graduate from in 8th grade to a whole other school, something that was unexpected and took alot to adjust to. Him being Korean, we talked about the culture alot. I was able to talk quite a bit about it cause alot of my friends are Korean.

week 8 – remix culture – art110 blog theme haiku

For this weeks activity, i decided to do a remix of my classmates blogs. I tried my best to create something coherent when putting together a few of my classmate’s posts together.

death of meditation

garbage band engineer patch

Jairo selfies snowboards

Adam Price, Alayna Grapel, alexdunk, alex, amanda bjornstad, delalunaamber, angelicapalad

Each person had a theme in their most recent blog post, i read their blog post and took the first word that seemed to pop in my head and summarize their entire post.

In Angelica’s post, she did a remix on selfies, so i decided to choose that. In Abby’s post, she posted a picture of herself as if she were dead, so i picked death. in Adam’s post, he wrote about Brianna Allen’s art exhibit and how he joined in a meditation. In Alex’s post about ‘Consumed’, he spoke of the exhibit and how it related to litter around the world and mentioned a ‘garbage patch’. Alexa made a remix of a song through garage band. Amanda interviewed our classmate Maggie, who was planning on majoring in engineering because she is still undeclared. Amber interviewed Jairo, who is studying communication and is in to music. His name was just very cool to me. Andrew had a picture of himself in snowboarding gear in his post and Angelica had a post on selfies.

Although my haiku seems to have no meaning, the context is that of the themes of some of my classmates in art 110, the hardest part was taking what i saw off the top of my head in their posts, and making a haiku out of it. It would be interesting to see how people would take these words and make a more fleshed out poem out of them 🙂

week 8 – Student interview with Benjamin Zhou

This week I was approached by Benjamin to be interviewed, we decided to both interview each other. In a way, he showed me the ropes of the class because this is actually the first time that i have shown up to the art galleries, sadly.

Benjamin grew up in West Covina and is currently pursuing a business and finance degree. I told him that i was 25 and a senior standing, compared to him, a freshman. He was a little surprised, but i explained to him that I’m taking the class to fulfill general education requirements. We both liked how the class is unorthodox, it’s not a class where you just sit down, do your work, study for tests, and get out. You get to talk to people (which is kind of like the work or assignments) which provides a different form of mental stimulation, something that i personally feel is very fulfilling and worthwhile

His hobbies include skateboarding, basketball, and video games. For him, he particularly enjoys playing league of legends, a competitive five versus five teamwork game. We both had pretty much the same interests, which was really cool.

Art that he has been exposed to was extracurricular art classes when he was younger and introduction to art classes in middle and high school. This included water coloring. His reason for choosing to be in visual arts class, like me, was for the general education requirement, but also because visual art seemed like a different, yet interesting class, which we both agree has been to be the case.