Wk11- Artist Conversation- Yujia Gu


Artist: Yujia Gu

ExhibitionTracing gun violence in the USA

Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

MediaInfo-graphics, LED

Instagrams: @yujia_gu

About the Artist:

Yujia Gu is a CSULB graduate student majoring in Graphics Design. Her mom was an important aspect in her life as well as in her artwork. She became aware of gun violence when her mom worried that she would study abroad in the United States and heard news of a lot of violence towards international students. She was inspired then to create pieces visualizing these situations. Aside from her work, she loves to spend time creating designs of her own regarding brands, posters and logos.


Formal Analysis:

Yujia illustrates through her art the statistics regarding gun violence. In her hopes to spread awareness of this matter, she includes various topics in her work about shootings, determining the age and location of where they take place. In addition, she also showcases this using a LED display of how many people die from this every day.

Content Analysis:

Yujia showcases a powerful message in her work: “More and more people are buying guns to protect themselves from more and more people who are buying guns.” With pictures and information regarding the victims of gun violence, Yujia reveals that gun control is a necessity to stop this cycle of killings.

My Experience:

I was deeply moved with this exhibition. Given the recent shootings the past few years, Yujia takes a very current event and succeeds in informing the world of what is happening and the cause. Yujia also displays this in a simple but very powerful way, revealing accurate information to further her point of the violence spreading through the United States. It was heartbreaking seeing the faces and names on the wall she created of the victims.


Wk10 – Art Experience – The Wedge


In regards to the FA4 Wedge, I have proposed two additions to the current architecture of the building. I have added a new door as well as extended the pavement to walk. By doing this, more people will be able to go in and out fo the premises in a timely and orderly manner. The only fault of this design is the costs for pavement and the door; however, we would only be losing a few bushes and would not need to remove the huge tree in the way. Another fault, which is in my opinion not really a fault, would be the building having double doors on the same side. To counteract this however, I could argue that many people normally use the wedge as a means of entering and exiting the building.

Overall, this design is ideal for people who want to go in and out of FA4 in a hurry. People are smart enough to determine that it is courteous to use the right side of the door to open, and having another door would lessen the traffic from inside the building. People would both get in and out faster as well.

Wk 10 – Artist Conversation – Clare Samani


Artist: Clare Samani


Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery


Instagrams: @clares_printing

About the Artist:

David DeSantis is a  CSULB student aiming for her Bachelor’s of Art degree; she is currently majoring in printmaking. Clare’s dream is to attend LSU, Baton Rogue for her graduate degree. Things she likes to do besides working on her art pieces include watching movies as well as spending quality time with friends. She views “art” as a way of life.

Formal Analysis:

Samani’s work consists of multiple prints of clothes; each piece illustrates a unique aspect of clothing, but all of Clare’s artwork contain a certain personally to each one. For example, the summer dress illustrated on the top right photo, contain flowers that give off a certain “summer” feel to the piece. Furthermore, many summer colors are used in the dress, such as red and light pink.

Content Analysis:

Samani’s prints are all based off on real clothes. The pieces also reflect the size of the clothes as well, making them seem “life-sized.” Samani utilizes her love of fashion, primarily American fashion, to drive her work. She also loves to explore different types of fashion throughout the world, appreciating each style by showing it in her work.

My Experience:

Personally, I loved Samani’s gallery as soon as I stepped into it. All of her peices come out unqiue, from the various types of designs to even the unique colors she uses in each piece as well. My favorite one was the turquoise summer dress; in all honesty, pictures do not do her art pieces justice. The attention to detail of each fold baffled me as I looked at it close up! Overall, Clare definitely has a talent for portraying what she sees.

Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – David DeSantis


Artist: David DeSantis

ExhibitionDay Dreamer

Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery, CSULB School of Art


Instagrams: @rapturefineart

About the Artist:

David DeSantis is a  CSULB senior who is a part of the School of Art’s Printmaking program. David regards himself as a adrenaline junkie who also loves to attend music concerts; he also loves sports, especially snowboarding. He decided to pursue an art degree during his teenage years, switching from graphic design to printmaking because he thought the former wasn’t really interesting.


Formal Analysis:

DeSantis’ work consists of a variety of sketches and prints; he especially loves screenprinting and working with plexiglass. Specifically, his artwork involves many intricate lines and shading; at some pieces it is crisp and sharp, clearly defining the picture. In others, it is more of a blur, still retaining the picture as a whole but with a unique structure to it as well. He specializies in points and making use of the white spaces to fully form his images.


Content Analysis:

David’s drawings and artwork relates heavily on his interests, ranging from animals such as bears and wolves to taking a more landscape approach as well. He desires to explore and try to expand on his creavity by creating a variety of images separate from one another. Music played a huge part to this.

My Experience:

I absolutely loved all the pieces from his exhibition Day Dreamer. I also loved how he explained and expressed his passion and motivation for drawing. We also relate in a way that we both love listening to music while drawing; for me however, I love to listen to more classical and jazz. Ultimately, his images, which don’t really even consists of many colors (most of them are black and white), still illustrate such a beautiful setting.

Wk9 – Art Experience – Graffiti Writing


I tried my best to do bubble letters but it was REALLY hard to do with spray paint! I ended up doing this with spray paint, and because of this, I really respect graffiti artists in general now. I acquired the spray paint from my dad, who had some in our garage. I tried to mock how I see graffiti in my city, but I don’t think it came out well.

My parents lent me a huge cardbox box; I had asked them if I could use the walls from the backyard, but my mom was highly against it.It took me a couple of tries just to get a name out! It was mostly the coloring: when I tried the red paint first followed by the blue, I ended up with a not-so-good-looking blend. However I realized having the dark colors first would not only look better but would give my graffiti writing a shadow-like feel.

Overall, this experience was very enlightening. I was able to to kind of feel like a graffiti artist by the time I did my final writing. It was fun being able to actually write on something that wasnt a piece of paper; I could definitely see people, who regard this as an actual art, to really feel like they are leaving a mark in the world.

Wk8 – Art Experience – Finger Painting


One thing I noticed right off the bat was how difficult finger painting was as I tried it. I’ve painted before using acrylics, and after this experience I have never been so thankful about the creation of a paintbrush! Overall however, it was very satisfying to draw using your hands when painting.

For this experience I used some cheap acrylics that I had purchased during a sale a few months ago; it was the perfect opportunity to use them! I came into it not really knowing what I was drawing. This was actually very liberating; I did not have to copy or see images from any pictures, and I really felt unpressured to draw “as good” as another artist.  I decided to start with the background and have the middle be the focus point where I would capture all the attention. I used very dark colors, a mix of black, blue and violent for the background. I realized it looked a lot like an “abyss” feeling, so I kept the colors dark throughout the whole piece.

Towards the middle, I needed something that would stand out above all the dark colors, so I decided to choose a few light colors such as orange, green, brilliant red and white. What started as a simple hole turned into an eye, so I went with this scheme. Looking at my piece right now, it seems to multiple viewers that a “scary” eye has appeared out of nowhere, crying. My sister commented that it looked a lot like the game I was currently playing, so I may have been influenced by that.


Wk8 – Classmate Conversation – Carry Nguyen

This week I met a new friend via one of the acquaitences I met with in Art class! Her name is Carry Nguyen. We talked most of the time via text messages, but she definitely felt like a friend I met ages ago.

Carry is actually the first Heal Care Administration Major I’ve met, and from her I learned a lot about what they actually study. She is actually a lot like my friends Grace and Rebecca who I met at high school. It was also really cool knowing that it was her first semester here; she is a transfer student from IVC. She transferred here because it was very close to where she lives!

She decided to choose Art 110 because she wanted a class that was both fun and less stressful than her major courses; she says she doesn’t draw that great but I believe she is truly an artist.

As a health care major, she spends a lot of time volunteering; she also looks to find meetings pertaining to her major and that talk about her field. Overall, she was a very funny and bright person to hang around with!


Wk 7 – Artist Conversation – Elena Roznovan


Artist: Elena Roznovan

ExhibitionStop and Stare

Gallery: Gastov Gallery, CSULB School of Art

MediaScreens and Video

Instagrams: @eroznovan


About the Artists:

As a second year graduate from California State University, Long Beach, Elena Roznovan has innate experience in the school of art. Finishing her undergraduate degree at the Maryland Institute College of Art, she found a passion for sculpting when arriving to California. Her desires and interests shifted from drawing and painting to more about lighting and installations.

Formal Analysis:

Elena’s exhibitions consists of multiple individual pieces formed into one cohesive artwork. Forming a video installation and utilizing a Californian background as well as well-placed lights, Elena grasps a 2D window with a 4D content to express an overall 3D environment.She also made sure the environment was well-darkened to fully portray the light screens in her piece; she shows this by having window screens put up in certain angles.

Content Analysis:

With the assistance of the projector, the artwork looked a lot like a 3D video being displayed. The carefully crafted peices of work along with the moving california background loop was interesting. Window screen props to bring out the light into certain areas highlighted the importance aspect of this piece.

My Experience:

Going into the room I was a little bit confused as to what was happening; however, listening to Elena talk about her peice with such passion and delight was very contagious. I saw things she has pointed out in a new light, and her exhibition’s presentation was amazing. At first it looked more like a movie, which was still pretty pleasant to see, but looking and relishing each peice and how it fit into the bigger picture was ultimately a very humble experience.


Wk7 – Classmate Conversation – Sohee Son

It was really nice to be able to meet Sohee Son (https://a6yss.wordpress.com/)  this week! She is actually an exchange student from South Korea who is only staying one semester here 😥

Sohee came into California State University, Long Beach as a Graphic Design major. She is actually a third year student. At 21 years old, she loves going to parties, haha. She chose California out of all the states in the United States because of the weather and also because of Disneyland! She is planning to go with her other two friends from her home country soon. Sohee also chose California because of the landscapes; she loves nature just like me!

In her free time she loves reading and watching scary stories – completely opposite of me, by the way. I get frightened so much. She also loves playing video games; her favorite game is Overwatch.

As for drawing, she loves the visual arts aspect of things and is also skilled in Photoshop- I’m so jealous! She also carries her own drawing tablet, which I have always wanted, because she just loves to draw.

Overall, Sohee is a lovely person to be around, and I feel like she is the type of person everyone enjoys spending time with. Unfortunately, we forgot to take a picture of ourselves.

Wk6 – Art Experience – Zines and FlipBooks


I especially loved this week’s Art Experience because I was able to draw everything I loved about the new game my friends and I bought: Legend of Zelda, Breath of the Wild. On March 3rd, the Nintedo Switch came out, and the long-awaited game for years was playable. Many online gaming critic sites have rated it 10/10, so it was deinfitely a game everyone was waiting for. Because of its popularity, I decided to draw my zine about it.

The cover protrays the beginning of the game and the first screenshot that Nintedo introduced to us. It covers the vast land over a cliff mentality, where Link gaves to the plateau that the player can explore. The another picture I liked to draw was Link himself! The portait contains the main character, Link, shooting a bow and arrow into the enemy. It occured during the trailer and portrayed all the lovely graphics of this game! Finally, the last picture I loved to draw while I played the game was the monster, ChuChu. It is basically a small, blue blob that jumps on you. This is the game’s recurring monster and was highly detailed as well.

Overall, drawing everything was a fun experience and if I was to create another zine, it would be my trip to Japan this summer break! I would look online at al the places I want to visit and draw them so I could be very excited and remember the places I want to visit. Another thing I would have drawn was my time in Europe last winter. There were so many paintings to see and view, my zine would be VERY long!