Wk13 – Artist Interview – Tyler Turett

This week I interviewed Tyler Turett, who had his exhibition on the Gatov East gallery. He is a student majoring in animation and is in his last semester here.

When I first walked in the gallery I noticed that most of the pieces were small and that there were tons of them. They seemed to be grouped together in terms in groups and looked like they were done with a combination of pencils, pens, color pencils and other things like that.

Tyler said that he recently got into animation (2 years ago) and that his dream job would be to work at Pixar. He also said that although he started on mainly paper, he rarely uses it anymore, he uses a digital format, which makes sense because that gives you more tools to work with and it is easier to fix a mistake.

When I first walked in, all the pictures reminded me of comic book pages because a lot of the characters had a comic book style. I liked them because they kind of reminded me of the times I draw when I’m bored in class, just kind of informal doodles.

Tyler is actually the first artist who has his own website, and here it is. –>


Wk10 – Artist Interview – Thomas Cressman

This week I interviewed Thomas Cressman. His art was located on the gallery Gatov East and was titled “Living Forms”. He is currently a 5th year student here at CSULB that was born and raised in Seal Beach.

When I first walked in I noticed that all the pieces seemed to be metal. There were no big pieces. The focus seemed to be on the process of how the pieces are made and the details rather than the size. The two pieces that stood out to me were the ones set up on the two manikins’ torso. Another thing that stood out was that a lot of the pieces seemed to have a nice flow to them, kind of like jello or a splash of water.

Each of the pieces took Thomas anywhere from a week to a month to finish. His inspiration comes from the ocean and other things ocean related, so it’s normal that his favorite animal is an octopus.

I picked this gallery because I liked how simple it was. The art work he had displayed almost reminded me of jewelry. Shinny colorful things in an otherwise dull space. Probably more so because I was focused on the manikins.

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Wk9 – Artist Interview – Juan Martin

This week I interviewed Juan Martin. He is attending CSULB and is majoring in Art, he started by working with ceramics and then started doing more sculptures. His work was on Gatov East gallery.

When I walked in I noticed that this gallery i noticed that there was only 3 pieces. A big black box, what looked like a casting of a deer, and a headless manikin sitting on a mirror. The man looked like it was molded concrete in parts (arms, abdomen, legs) then put together (it was grey and rough). The deer almost looked like it was carved out of wood and painted black. The pattern on the side almost looks like how termites leave trees so I thought the artist took a tree that had been eaten by termites and carved the deer out of it. Then painted it black. The black box was the simplest one. It was a big black box covered in clear wrap it kind of looked like Kaaba, the Muslim’s sacred site located in Mecca where a lot of them go atleast once in their lifetime to pray.

Juan said that he got his inspiration from Tony Smith’s Sculpture, Die from 1962.He also said that the deer and man took him a few weeks each to finish. He also wanted us to know that the manikin was really heavy.

The manikin without a head sitting on a mirror so far has been my favorite piece of the semester. The fact that it’s a heavy cement body sitting on a thin mirror was kind of cool, and I also like the simplicity of it, I usually don’t like art pieces that are really busy with a lot of things going on. The deer was also cool. I just thought of it being a piece of nature (tree) that was destroyed into an animal of nature. I know that it’s not a carving out of a tree and that termites didn’t eat it, and that he didn’t mean it to be seen that way, but that’s the way I see it.

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Wk8 – Artist Interview – Rhiannon Aarons

This week I interviewed and saw Rhiannon Aarons‘ work. The title of her show was Ex Libris, this was located in both Gatov galleries, so I’m going to tag it as Gatov East because Gatov West was partly another exhibition. This is her second year as an MFA student, shehas attended Otis College of Art and Design, and has 17 years of art experience.

Her art pieces were drawings of skeletons. Most of them were black and white, except for one, which was brown with black. First looking at them, they look like fantasy creatures, the skull and rib cage from a human and the rest of the body from a combination of a snake or other creature. One of the paintings with the human skull had wings, which clearly showed that it wasn’t supposed to be an accurate representation of a human.

Aarons was inspired to make these pieces by many different works in literature and anatomical books, which adds on to her interest to obscure and dark things. The Clitoral Truth by Rebecca Chalker is one of the pieces from which she got a lot of inspiration for this piece. Aarons really wants the people who look at her art to think about it and not just gloss over it like you would any random object.

I thought this was pretty neat. I first thought of those fake science or fake history books that have realistic anatomy of things that didn’t exist like dragons. A big part of why I liked them was because they were simple, clean and well done. Interesting art this week.

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Wk6 – Artist Interview – Alice Andreini

This week I saw the gallery Site Lines by Sery Kwon, Laura Lopez, and Alice Andreini in Gatov East. Although there were three collaborating artists I only listened to Alice Andreini.

Most of the art work was bright and abstract, but the ones that I liked the most were Alice’s. Her paintings were really bright but looked like they did have some composition to them. They kind of reminded me of what you get when you get picture and turn contrast to 100% on photoshop. There were silhouettes of the toy solders and flowers along with what seems large blades of grass, almost like if they were shots of toy solders in someones back yard blown up into a huge canvas.

Alice’s inspiration was her mom’s garden. She put the soldiers because she would randomly find them when she was in he garden. As for the colors, yellow specifically, she thought it was a dynamic color.

Her painting, the mostly green, yellow, and orange one has been my favorite piece of art this whole semester. At first glance I thought it might represent war and the toy soldiers were actual soldiers. The two points with rays surrounding them looked like explosions. Love the dynamics and love the painting.


Wk5 – Artist Interview – Josh Benz

The gallery I chose today was Gatov East. This gallery was pieces that were a result from a collaboration between eight artists. (Jarand Abad, Josh Benz, Roddy Hernandez, Sery Kwon, Peter McCaulay, Coleton Kargi Palmer, Karen Solis, and Krista Tsukashima). The artist that I got to interview; however, was Josh Benz.

Most of the paintings had alot of color and were kind of abstract, which was cool. Josh’s specific painting, which he did along with Karen Solis, was the painting that stood out to me. Part of it is a clear painting of a girl laying down, then the rest starts to blend with its surroundings. It looks like she is looking at a TV and whatever is on the TV is spilling out and filling up the room. There are different components in each part of the room, but the background color blends them together to form a tightly knit painting.

Karen started on the girl and Josh on the surrounding paintings. Josh didn’t really start with a clear idea, but clarified that the painting was the transition into adulthood.

Before I heard Josh’s interpretation, I just felt like it was someone who was watching a movie and who was so into the movie that it was taking place in their living room. When I watch movies, sometimes I put my self in the protagonists point of view and submerge myself into the plot, so I thought that was what this painting was trying to convey.

Josh doesn’t have a website or instagram, but he said he does have a facebook. I looking him up, but I couldn’t find him. I texted a few people and none knows, so good luck finding Josh online.

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Wk3 – Artist Interview – Nick Bamford

All of the galleries were pretty cool, but my favorite was Nick Bamford’s work in the Max L. Gatov Gallery East. He is currently a senior at CSULB originally from Huntington Beach. Nick didn’t have a title for his work, but he did call them guys (sitting guy/jumping guy).

The sculptures were very rough, they reminded me a lot of our recent plaster casting activity. You could tell that the main structure for a lot of them was primarily wood and wire, the shapes are comparable to early video game characters, great general shape so they audience can see what they are and what they are gesturing, but none of the little details.  The sculptures were all bigger than life size and were the color of which ever color the material was, but since clay, plaster, and concrete was used to put all the materials together, they ended up being mostly neutral grey.

Nick stated that each sculpture took about one day to complete and that he wasn’t going for a specific look, but instead wanted them to be open for interpretation. He said that he was just going with the flow without a specific idea in mind. These sculptures were more of a challenge because the material he was using was from things laying around or stuff he got while dumpster diving, so he wasn’t too familiar on how to work it or shape it compared to other materials he has more experience with.

Whenever someone reads a book, watches a movie, listens to a song, or looks at art, the audience will shape to fit into scenario of their life and interpret it in a way that involves them, even if the artist was going for a completely different feeling. For me, I felt that each of the sculptures were a person going through their own story, each with its own scenario and it was up to me to fill in the blanks and decide what they were doing. I actually liked the roughness of the pieces and the carelessness.

Nick Bamford’s Instagram:

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