Wk 11 – Artist Conversation – Caryn Aasness

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This week, I got to visit the Maxine Merlino Gallery at CSULB and explore an exhibit put on by CSULB’s own, Caryn Aasness. Caryn is currently an undergraduate senior who is working towards achieving her BFA in Fibers.

This week’s exhibit had no visible name. On the exhibit description, there was only a description, however, there was no title. The focus on the exhibit was to showcase her talent in fibers. The entire exhibition was made of a variety of colorful pieces that had to do with woven quilts. Some of these quilts came with messages that were either directly on them, or hidden in a sort of code.

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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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