Wk 10 – Artist Conversation -Tony Nguyen

This week, I had the opportunity to visit an exhibit in the Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery on the CSULB campus. The exhibit was put on by CSULB’s own Tony Nguyen, a metal BFA student who originally started off drawing and painting.

The exhibit, titled “Neoteny”, was beautiful and featured different pieces made of metal. The exhibit was given the name “Neoteny” because of a conversation Nguyen had with another artist. The impression the fellow artist had of Nguyen was that his personal style was the definition of neoteny: an organism or individual that maintains juvenile behaviors into adulthood. Nguyen welt that that perfectly described his work as his artist so naturally, he designed an exhibit around the theme of childhood and youth. Nguyen himself described the overall goal of the exhibit to bring a sense of nostalgia to the people who come to experience it. The work in the actual exhibit was influenced by childhood experiences, stories, hobbies, and philosophies that the artist grew up with.

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Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – Daniel Bonilla-Vera

This week, I had the opportunity to visit the Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery. I explored the exhibit titled “Infraction” put on by two CSULB artists named Dahlia Bañuelos and Daniel Bonilla-Vera. The exhibit centered around the experience two people shared of being rejected from a BFA photography program and the emotions of frustration, rejection, and anger that accompanied that event. The art that was actually featured was a wide variety of photographs sprawled around a room with a unique twist. Instead of the photographs being framed, they were outlined with yarn and the room maintained a neutral color scheme. The feelings experienced by the art students during this ordeal were well-expressed with the solemn color choices and the man-made bodies crouched, face-down on the floor.

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Wk 8 – Classmate Conversation – Fatima Negrete


This week, I had the opportunity to meet Fatima Negrete and have a conversation with her. Fatima is a 2nd year, accounting major. When we were discussing the first art question of the week, Fatima told me that she would pick movies because they have the power to show events from the past and can also do other things such as make people laugh. When we got to discussing the second question concerning if we would support our child if they decided to pursue art in college, we had similar answers. We both said that we would support our children in whatever they wanted to do, however, we would try to be realistic and explain to them that it would be difficult. We both agreed to be honest and realistic but to not totally crush our child’s dreams either.

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Wk 7 – Artist Conversation – Dulce Solidad Ibarra

This week, I visited the Max L. Gatov gallery and had the opportunity to experience an amazing exhibit put on by CSULB’s own artist, Dulce Solidad Ibarra. She is a 25 year old art student from Chino, CA and has recently been emphasizing on sculpture art. As stated by Dulce herself, the art she creates often focuses on manipulating objects she finds.

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Wk 6 – Art Experience – Zines

During this week’s art activity, we were given the choice between making a flip book or making a zine. I chose to attempt to make a zine.

I’ve never made a zine before and didn’t really know what it was at first. I later found out that a zine can be anything you want it to be, as long as its a magazine of some sort. It can be a collection of pictures, old flyers, poems, or drawings, and can be of any length.

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