This week I interviewed Christopher Linquata, which had his art gallery “Sacred and Profane” set up on the Gatov West gallery. Him and another artist had joint galleries, but the other artist didn’t show up. Chris is a 38 year old who is majoring in , representational drawing and painting, and this semester is actually his last one here (he’s graduating).
His painting were huge. They were all centered around people and all of them were in the same location. At first I thought that location was Venice beach if an earthquake hit it (because of the graffiti walls), but my friend told me it is actually Sunken City in San Pedro, I’ve actually never gone, but it look pretty cool. Although the pieces were huge, they had tons of detail. One thing I noticed is that there was a bearded guy in them that looked a lot like Chris. I thought that was pretty interesting and that it might mean something.
These painting took Chris a lot of time to make. He said that just preparing everything took around 5-6 months, and that the paintings themselves took months also, the biggest one taking about 4 months. He said that his paintings represent mythological and religious stories, but they are representational so they are subject to interpretation of the audience.
These paintings have been my favorite so far. Not only are they big, have tons of detail, and are done really well, but they remind me of different memories. They remind me of the times my friends and I would drink and do other things that we weren’t allowed to do and just had a good time. No worries all joy. In the paintings the people look so relaxed in some and as if they are in bliss in others. That’s what they remind me of, the emotions I felt with friends, the times when you forget about responsibilities, worries, troubles, and you just enjoy your time.
This week I’m interviewing Jane Weibel that had her art in the Gatov West gallery and it was titled “The Extraordinarily Difficult and Impossible Tasks of: Recounting Fading and Altered Memories and Stabilizing Shifting Time”. Jane is a junior here at Long Beach State and is currently majoring in ceramics.
When I first walked in i was surprised, I really wasn’t expecting to see what I saw. I felt like I walked into a coloring book or a cartoon world. Everything was so colorful and felt like they were just outlines of the real world. There was a lot of colorful strings holding things up like ceramics, baby’s clothing and other things. After settling in I noticed that there was a lot of things relating to a house and baby paraphernalia, kind of reminded me of a playground or daycare because of the colorfulness, the swings, baby clothes, and what looked like toys.
Jane said that she got her inspiration from her childhood and her childhood memories. She wanted people to remember their own memories when they saw her gallery because your memories are basically who you are. Jane lost a family member to Alzheimers, so the concept of memories and their value has a little more weight on her.
I felt like I emerged myself into a different world when I walked into her gallery, like a cartoon world or into a coloring book. I think I felt this because the art was all around the people, my self included and I actually had to navigate through it, so I felt more emerged. All in all, I liked this gallery and thought that it was pretty cool.
Jane’s Instagram: https://instagram.com/janemargarette/
All of the galleries were pretty cool, but my favorite was David De Mendoza and Vanessa Gamboa’s work in the Max L. Gatov Gallery West. They did a collaboration, Vanessa;however, was not there at the time so I was only able to talk to David. David is from Santa Monica, he is finishing up his masters’s degree and has one year left.
The paintings have a lot of color. Most of the work was on big canvases and had a lot of color. Vanessa’s Untitled and Sedentary had tons of texture. You can see that she used a lot paint to add the texture and give it more life. Untitled is mostly shades of red, whereas Sedentary had lots of different colors and also a person who seems to be sleeping and falling over from a bed. David’s work was also colorful but it’s more creepy, like skulls, monsters, and baby heads.
David said he got his inspiration from old, scary movies and book, one of which was It by Stephen King. He said he just wanted to get a reaction out of people. Wanted to show the fear of the unknown and of nightmares. One of the things that stood out was the use of bright colors to make things look creepy, he said that to him bright and saturated colors were scary, but to a lot of people those would be the opposite of scary.
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. I didn’t really think the painting were scary, but I thought they were pretty cool and interesting.