For my zine, I did not want to write a story or draw a cartoon, but rather show a piece of my life in the form of pictures. Music and concerts are a big part of my life. I am always listening to music, trying to look for new songs and artists that i can connect with through sound and rhythm. I am also a heavy concert goer. I attend on average 3 or 4 shows a month, and have been doing so for about 2 and a half years. Once, i attended 5 concerts in 7 days and absolutely exhausted myself, but those 5 shows proved to be some of my favorites. One of my favorite things to do in the days after a concert is to find professional pictures from photographers at the venue as well as videos released by the artist or just by people on social media. Sometimes i am able to find myself in those pictures and i have created a sort of collection of them on my computer. For my zine, on each page is a picture of an artist at a concert. In each picture, i am visible and i can recognize myself. In a few of the pictures, i cannot see my face but i can see the shirt i am wearing or by some other form of identification. The concerts that i attend are spread across different genres from rap to pop punk to hardcore to metal to EDM but the i enjoy all of them equally. According to my non-concert attending friends, I “live in the moshpit”, thus i have decided to title my zine “Life in the moshpit”. Just as a heads up, the picture quality is not as good as it should be. My printer is having issues and i can only print in black and white.
Throughout my life, I have always been the type of person who avoids attention as much as possible. I went through elementary, middle, and high school without raising my hand for this very reason. There was only ever one consistent moment where i craved attention. This occasion was when you had a brand new pair of shoes and wore them to school for the first time. In 5th grade, i remember finally getting a new pair of shoes after my old ones had began showing the wear and tear that comes with being a 10 year old. The excitement was building as it came closer to my bedtime, the night before i would wear my new shoes for the first time. I wanted nothing more then to show them off and get complimented for them. Initially, looking back, it seems ridiculous, but when i thought about it, it’s really not. People wear their favorite outfits to look nice for other people. They are seeking attention without possibly even knowing. But back to the story, the day that i would wear my new shoes had arrived. I was extra careful to not get them dirty on the way to school before anyone would get the chance to admire them. When i arrived at school, i was greeted with a pleasant surprise. A firefighter was visiting our class to talk about what he does. I was so excited as we all eagerly waited for the time to come for him to talk to us. The entire time, i forgot about my new shoes. The day came and went and on the way home from school, i stopped walking and looked down. I was so excited to show off my shoes, and no one said anything about them. I just kept staring at my feet with my fist clenched as i thought about my wasted opportunity to stunt on my classmates.
This week for our Art Activity, we did an “automatic drawing”. To create this, we placed our paper onto a large piece of cardboard which was used to draw on. In order to do this activity, it requires two people. My sister was kind enough to help me with the activity this week. In order for the drawing to be created, we use both of our hands and with our eyes closed, we let our hands guide the drawing utensil around the paper. After about a minute of drawing with our eyes closed, we opened them to find our design across the paper that was created without knowing where exactly the utensil was. This activity was very interesting as it shows the ability to create patterns and work randomly without being influenced by our own vision of what we want to draw or create.
Artist: Emily Barnett
Media: Lithograph, mono type, watercolor, gouache
About The Artist
Emily Barnett is currently a graduate student in the School of Art’s Print Making program. Emily previously attended Humboldt state where she earned her undergrad degree. Emily’s art is a reflection of some of the problems she has dealt with in her life such as depression and anxiety. This is a common theme in all of her work presented in this exhibit.
Emily Barnett’s work is mostly lithograph prints on paper but a few of her pieces incorporate other forms of media such as watercolor paints and oil crayons. In most of Emily’s work, there is a mix of black and white images with color prints layered over the print. The colors can be described as light pastel colors that bring some warmth and comfort to the work.
The subject of Emily Barnett’s work is centered around the depression and anxiety she has dealt with in the past. In multiple prints. there is a common image of a Winnie The Pooh bear doll. This Pooh bear toy was described by the artist as being her “comfort object” which would help her relieve any sort of stress or anxiety when she was younger. Another common image in her work is a picture of herself hiding under a blanket when she was younger. This shows herself finding comfort under the blanket when she is not feeling well. The combination of these images create a sense of safety for her younger self in the work. This may also explain the use of color in her work. The image of her younger self is black and white and her comfort items are always a vibrant, comfortable color to show that those objects are there to help ease her emotions.
This exhibit instantly got my attention as soon as i entered the gallery. Upon seeing the images of the stuffed bear and her younger self hiding under a blanket. It brought back memories of myself. Almost everyone had an item that provided comfort when they were younger, and for those dealing with things such as depression and anxiety when they are older, there may be feelings of remembrance to when they had a comfort item such as a stuffed animal or blanket.
This week, our task is to assemble a care package of items, and send it to someone. I chose to send my package to my younger sister. The package contains mostly concert related flyers and a ticket from one of my favorite shows that I’ve been to. I chose to include these things because music and concerts have been a huge part of my life. I have been going to 3 or 4 shows a month for a couple years now, and my sister knows how big live music is in my life. Also included are little mementos that have a shared meaning between my sister and I.
The items i chose are a bit of a summary of my interests and exepriences that are spread over a decent amount of time when compared to that you send in a snap on Snapchat. When you send someone a snap, it’s always what you are currently doing or thinking, rather than what you have done over a period of time.
When I was putting this care package together, I really had to think about what I was sending and the meaning that the items have. This means that this package is alot more personal than a message sent through Snapchat or through text would be.
When creating and assembling a package like this, the contents have more meaning and is more personal than an instant message. This experience was something i have never done before, as it made me appreciate the ability to express your feelings through items without a face to face confrontation or through a digital message.
Artist: Jenny Cho
Exhibition Name: In Process
About The Artist
Jenny Cho is currently a student in the School of Art’s Drawing and Painting program. This is her final semester at CSULB before graduating. Jenny’s art is a reflection of the struggles, issues, and overall experience that comes with being a woman. The subject of her art varies from a flower, to an empty room, but her message remains constant throughout. The issue of double standards is also present in the media of her art as well, as she challenges the idea of “what is fine art?” by using materials that one would not typically consider to be used in a fine art piece that is found in a gallery.
The media of Jenny Cho’s work varies greatly, as she proves her versatility with the work used in this gallery. As stated earlier, the subject of her art revolves around the issues that women face, but there is no common subject matter or even colors. Jenny is able to convey her message without making each piece entirely similar. Some of the art is light and colorful whereas some of the other pieces use some darker tones.
The subject of Jenny Cho’s work revolves around womanhood and the issues that aise with growing up as a woman. One of the pieces that Jenny discussed heavily is her Blooming flower piece. The piece is a hanging piece constructed of woven paper. On one side is a closed flower that is yet to bloom, and on the other is fully bloomed flower. When she described what message or image she was trying to convey with this piece she said she was trying to show the concept of duality, the way two different things can live intertwined as one object or being. The flower also shows growth in one’s self as a person can bloom similar to how a flower does. The second piece that Jenny Cho went in detail with is her miniature globe room. The room is built of objects that she believes show the struggles of a woman. These objects include a pair of high heels a mirror which represent the struggles of living up to society’s beauty standards, and written across the back of the globe is “SLUT”which represents the double standard adn stigma that comes with having sex as a woman.
Jenny Cho’s work not only shows the problems women face everyday, but the things that come with growing up as well, such as with the Blooming Flower piece. I can not personally relate to some of the other works because I am not a female so I have not had to deal with things such as the beauty standard or with slut shaming, but it did bring those issues to light for me. I have heard of these issues before, but have never really thought too much about it, and this exhibition did just that.
Artist – Kelvin Lopez
Exhibition Name – Scrybaby
Media – Lithograph, Mixed-Media, Mono-Seragraph
Gallery – Merlino
Facebook – Kelvin Lopez
Instagram – @klart760
About The Artist
Kelvin Lopez is a student in the School of Art’s printmaking program, where he gets to use a lithograph to create some of his prints. Kelvin Lopez’ work is self described as being motivated by his personal life as a whole rather than a specific moment or instant in time. The subject matter of Kelvin Lopez’ work is inspired by his own beliefs and experiences.
Kelvin Lopez’ work is mostly lithograph prints on canvas, although there was a display of minerals at the center of the exhibit. The minerals themselves were often the incorporated into some of the prints. The prints were not dark or heavy at all, but rather light and “trippy”. The prints were often composed of a sort of pastel color, with the subjects of the prints arranged in a way that is slightly abstract, but not where the subject is unrecognizable.
As stated in the Artist Information section, Kelvin Lopez’ work is inspired by his own personal beliefs and experiences. Much of his work contains images of crystals and rocks which he believes contain power and is an integral part of his beliefs. As well as the minerals, he and his dogs are often found in his work. When he was asked about why he chose the subjects that he did he said “That’s the best subject matter, whatever you are doing in life”. Kelvin Lopez describes his work as a personal reflection of himself. He says that he is not trying to push a message through his work, but is portraying his life through the prints, similar to a story. This is why he includes images of himself when he was younger and at a current time as well as images of his dogs. Kelvin’s work which I described earlier as “trippy” is exactly how he wants his work to be seen. He says that he took a lot of inspiration from other artists that create similar types of images.
Sometimes with art, I feel as though an artist is pressured in a way to make their work have extra meaning, or that their work must be inspired and designed with a message in mind. In this exhibit, Kelvin Lopez created art that is a reflection of his own life. Personally, i have experienced a similar feeling when doodling. What i have drawn may not mean anything to anybody else, and it may not even be inspired with a specific subject in mind, but everything I create is a result of what is going on in my life including my beliefs and experiences.