Wk 15 – Artist Conversation – Sam Mederios

Exhibition Information

Artist: Sam Mederios

Gallery: Marilyn Werby Gallery

Exhibition: N/A

Media: Sculpture

Website: None

Instagram: onetruesam

About the Artist

This week’s visit to the art galleries were different as the holiday art sale was going on. I was able to meet Sam Mederios who is currently a senior at CSULB. He is majoring in Sculpture and will be graduating next semester.

Formal Analysis

This gallery was different from the past visits since there was not one certain theme, rather than different items from different students who made these pieces. For Sam’s piece, he had made a chess piece using wood, resin, and acrylic. The chess box looked really high detailed and finish, it did not look cheaply made. One side of the chess pieces are black, and the other side were grey toned color. The chess board was a brown, wooden color.

Content Analysis

He stated that the chess piece took him ten days to complete, as making each detail took a long time. He stated making a chess set will be something that will show his abilities with wood work. The chess pieces really showed his artistic skills by showcasing all details and nice cuts with the wood.

Synthesis/My Experience

I enjoyed Sam’s chess piece a lot, it fascinated me to see a student was able to create this thing with such great detail. I would have liked to see him have his own gallery where he would have more items on display and see more work. His work is something I could see myself purchasing to have in my home.

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Wk11 – Artist Conversation – Kyle Kruse

Exhibition Information

Artist: Kyle Kruse

Exhibition: Janus Maxim

Media: Sculpting, Wood, Film

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website: http://www.kylekruseart.com

Instagram: @kyle.kruse

 

About the Artist

This week’s visit to the art galleries, I had the pleasure of meeting the artist Kyle Kruse. He is currently an undergraduate student at CSULB School of Art’s Printmaking Program. Growing up he moved a lot, he stated of not staying in the same place for more than a year. He currently has been in Long Beach for 6 years, and has plans of moving after graduating from school.

Formal Analysis

Kyle’s exhibit consisted of many things including mask sculptures, wooden engravings and films. The exhibit is very dark as there is a black curtain before walking in. The light is very dim, makes hard to see certain things. There is dirt/mud all over the floor which you are able to feel once you walk in. There are three stands with a wooden mask is sitting on top of a stand. Then there are three wooden engravings on the wall behind the masks. On the other end of the exhibit is where there is a screen that is playing the film.

Content Analysis

The exhibit is based on Greek mythology, where each head represents Prometheus, Janus, and Sisyphus. Each piece is a representation of the character’s stories and what these characters have done. The large space between the wooden pieces and the film is a representation of void, the void we all stand in. He stated that the experience you get from the exhibit varies by the viewer and how they grew up and what they have encountered.

 

Synthesis/My Experience

 

The way he had the exhibit set up and the details on his sculptures were amazing. The pieces are well done and I enjoyed the craftsmanship. The feeling of scary and creepy you get when you walk in was perfect and he was able to execute this good. When it comes to the overall meaning behind the exhibit was not really good to me. I did not understand it that much and I think I’m not that big of a fan of Greek methodology to understand it.

 

Wk3 – Artist Conversation – Alvaro A.S.F.

Exhibition Information

Artist: Alvaro A.S.F

Exhibition: A Response to Classical Music

Media: Mixed Media, Paint, Music, Canvas

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

Email: arturo830@gmail.com

Website: None

Instagram: None

About the Artist

This week in class while we were in the galleries, I had the pleasure to meet the artist Alvaro A.S.F. from Guatemala. He is an undergraduate transfer student here at CSULB that is working toward his BFA degree in the School of Art’s Sculpture Program. He wants to become an art teacher and inspire kids on what they want to do in life. He is very passionate about art, as he described pursuing his dream of going to school for this after losing motivation when his parents did not support him on pursuing art initially.

Formal Analysis

Alvaro’s art installation, A Response to Classical Music, had many different parts to it which really caught my attention. In the gallery there was two large tarps laid out on the floor, one was white with a bucket of white paint and the other was a black tarp with different paint colors splattered around. This black tarp also had metal wires bent and shaped into different angles. There was also one black shoe covered in paint splattered all around like the tarp as well as pair jeans that was splattered with different colors as well. There was also a blue shirt laying on one of the metal wires that was not splattered with paint. On the white tarp there was a shirt and pair jeans that seemed as they were dipped into a bucket of white paint. There was also a laptop project a video onto the wall. The laptop also had a shit hanging off of it with paint splattered on it, seemed like it goes with the other shoe that was on the black tarp. The video that was showing was of the artists, Alvaro, dancing or rolling around the tarp with paint while the music of Beethoven Overture Fidelio.

Content Analysis

Alvaro’s installation as his title insist is his response to classical music. He did not describe it as him dancing to it, as one may intercept it as it seems he was breakdancing but just more of how every one of his body parts reacted to the classical music. He states how he fell into a trance of different sounds of the overture with the search of new experience and language as each body part reacted different through the music. Different things helped with the way he responded as to the clothes he wore, the paint, his physical body parts and importantly the music. He showcased how the transition from a blank canvas started to the finish piece of all the paint splattered everywhere including on his clothing.

Synthesis/My Experience

When I first walked into the gallery I was not sure what I was looking at first. It took me a few minutes to understand it and watching the video it really gave me great insight on what the artist was trying to do. I enjoyed him using classical music because that is something I feel a lot of young people tend not to use. Him having the video showing of what he did and showing his response to the music was great to see. Also for him to show the process it took for him to do this art piece from the start of a blank canvas on the floor with the clothes being blank as well was very insightful. Being able to hear from him first hand on his thought process and what things he did was also great as it made me feel more connected to the art installation. Seeing how he used every single part of his body in this piece is something different as a lot of art pieces tends to be someone just using their hands. Overall I enjoyed Alvaro’s art piece and will definitely look forward towards any of his future work to come.