Week 13: The Detailed Art by Shihori Nakayama

As soon as I glanced inside of the Dutzi gallery I knew I would really enjoy the art that was being displayed inside. From a distance the art looked extremely detailed and when I actually walked inside and took a look at the art work I was in shock. The art pieces were extremely complex and super detailed. I was impressed by how close each line was to one another and how they overall created a very unique and elegant design. The first thing I thought of when I saw Shihori’s art work was it can make amazing tattoos. The lines were as thin as lines that are made with needles, just too thin to maintain precision. Here are some pictures of some of her work to express the dedication she put into her art work and the level of patience that it requires. IMG_5056IMG_1598.JPG IMG_1599.JPG IMG_1600.JPG IMG_1601.JPG

On the other end of the spectrum, I was really amazed by the projector that was hung up at the gatov-east gallery. The art displayed in the gallery was amazing but I was really impressed by how the projector was hung up on the ceiling. It was perfectly in place and balanced with the use of chains. Being into computers and technology quickly made this s scenario catch my attention.

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And last but not least, I was touched by the pictures that were also displayed int at the gatov galleries. I remember of the times when I was in Elementary school and would buy the ‘churros’ from the churro man outside of my school. We’ve come a long way and showing these pictures I believe pay a huge respect to those who struggle making a living.

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Week 13: Meeting Valerie!


This week I met Valerie Arredondo, she is a freshman student here at The Beach and is pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Biology. Ms. Arredondo went to Long Beach Polytechnic high school. She was born and raised in long beach and continues to live here in the city where she commutes to the University on the daily basis. She currently plays Rugby and swam all four years during her high school times. The most interesting part of the conversation was when I introduced myself to Valerie because my spouses name is Valeria which is very similar to Valerie. Valerie was very polite and extremely outgoing, I encourage other students to interview her sometime during our final 2 weeks of class. Check out her blog at https://valarredondo.wordpress.com/.

Week 12: Conversation with Kevin Nguyen

Kevin Nguyen is a sophomore full-time student at CSULB pursuing a major in Computer Science. Nguyen is from Santa Ana and commutes to the University on the daily basis. Kevin and I previously met in a class that we took together, Physics 151. Kevin uses his Penny skateboard to commute around campus and is taking Art 110 to meet one of his Art general education courses. It is unusual to meet someone in Art 110 pursuing a major in Engineering, this is why I find it quite fascinating that I had the opportunity to have a conversation with Kevin this week.

Although Kevin is pursuing a major in Computer Science and I am pursuing a major in Computer Engineering, they are almost similar and merge together in many of the lower division courses. This is a major way to describe how we share something in common. Nonetheless, I do not consider myself a programmer but I do in fact have some programming experience with both Java and C++. In the past all of the programmers I have asked which is there preference always tell me that they would always go with C++ over Java, but Kevin preferrers to program in Java Language.

Week 11: My plaster piece!

This weeks activity has been my favorite of all so far. It consisted of going to Home Depot and purchasing some plaster mixture a mixing stick,and a brush. After having obtained all of the materials I had the pleasure to drive to our beautiful Long Beach, here in my favorite city! Alongside I was accompanied by my wife which made the activity much more fun. She decided to create a molding of her hand while I created a molding of my right foot. I was very impressed by the result on my art creation as even tiny details like my toe nails and major veins in my foot were captured by the plaster. Although this might sound easy, it did take some trial and error we put very little water into our mix, in addition to mixing the plaster before we created our molding. At this point we decided to start from the beginning and take it one step at a time. The ending results were phenomenal. Here are some pictures of the activity and procedure.

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My result

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Week 11: Meeting Abby Luna

This week I met Abby, she is a freshman classmate whom is still undeclared but is considering to pursue a major in Health-Care Administration. Abby is from the city of Downey, just like the majority of us she commutes to school everyday. She knew what school Wilson was when I told her I went there during my high school years. Abby’s first name is Abigail but goes by Abby. Although she is still not part of any organization or clubs on campus she is definitely looking forward to joining some in the near future. Abby is currently not working as she would like to fully dedicate herself to her studies in order to obtain good grades. Meeting Abby was a fun experience!


Week 10: The Wonders of Dawn Ertle’s Art Work

This week was a very interesting week as far as art work goes. After looking at Dawn’s art work my perspective on art totally changed. I quickly began to engage more with art and realized that art can be alive. Her art work was fascinating, and the ideology behind her work made it even better. Although I did not get all of her art pieces titles I did engage with almost all of her work which was displayed at the Gatov-West gallery. Previous from this day I believed art to be a simple way of expression. What I mean by this is, I thought art was expressing your feelings in which ever way possible. Nonetheless, I found Dawn’s art work extremely complex and sophisticated. As an engineering student I enjoy art because it is the smoothness in my life, it is the distraction from my everyday logical life. However, this day I saw art being engineers. I can prove this was extremely complicated because of the displayed blue prints of her work. Every single piece was carefully constructed and engineered.

Here are the pictures to expressing the complexity of her work.

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In addition, to her art work being complex, a very interesting part of the work was the ideology behind it and how it was implemented to have meaning. What I mean by this is how it broke down into songs and what they meant towards the art work.

The following pictures describe what I mean:

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Overall, I really enjoyed Ertle’s art work and greatly consider and appreciate the time and dedication that was implemented into her work. To show my interest and appreciation towards her art work I took some photos with her art work along with my beloved wife. Here are some of the pictures which we took.

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Week 10: Meeting Joseph Cardoso

This week I had the pleasure to meet Mr. Cardoso. Joseph is a second year student at CSULB. Almost completing his 4th semester here at the University, he is pursuing a degree in Human Development. Joseph has a quite fascinating academic story which foretells how he ended up declaring under the Human Development department. Cardoso, first came into the university looking into pursuing a degree in Nursing. Nonetheless, he was told that the major was probably not his best suit based on the circumstances and factors at the time. Then he moved to Kinesiology were he was not all that comfortable, and furthermore was told that the major was impacted so the chances of staying there were very slim. At that point is when he decided that he was going to pursue a degree in Human Development were he pictures himself to someday possibly become a counselor of some sort. Joseph has a pretty mature personality and meeting him was quite a great time. Cardoso expressed his 3D graphic designing skills to me. In fact, he used his skills to accomplish the last activity for Art 110 which required to adopt a building. He designed a building with a 3D architecture through a computer software were he then added details and more accuracy. His work is really good and he is a very talented designer. Cardoso uses his tools to accomplish his design, such as his iPad mini and his Personal Computer. Joseph comes from Poly High School here in Long Beach, California. He grew up enjoying to swim and play water sports, soon after the college life took over and there was no longer any time to be active as he used to be back in his high school year. Overall, meeting Joseph was a great experience.