WK 12 – CLASSMATE CONVERSATION – Alex Lo

This week I got to talk to the wonderful Alex Lo, a sophomore at CSULB that enjoys skating and working out.

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Alex is a second year Kinesiology major, and when he graduates he hopes to become a physical therapist and help those who have injured themselves while doing sports. Alex himself is quite the sports buff, having played a variety of sports in high school, which include but are not limited to popular sports such as football and volleyball.

Alex currently lives in Rosemead, and commutes to school on his new car. He likes the color red, saying it is the most passionate color, and that describes him, because he too is passionate. In his downtime, Alex likes to skate and workout, and he confessed to me that while he does not have a favorite food, he would never say no to some In n out. He also has a dog, whom he loves very much, and he says is the best friend he could ever ask for. He is also a big art aficionado, with his favorite artist being Rembrandt.

I would very much like to get to know Alex some more as well, as we are both fitness enthusiasts.

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WK 11 – ACTIVITY – Sculpting

This week’s activity was a “choose your own” activity, so I decided to take this opportunity to try my hand at sculpting. I am predominately a 2D artist, so I have never really sculpted before. I went to Michael’s and bought myself some clay and decided to make a small sculpture of a mermaid. It took me about 20 hours total to make, but in the end i think the result was worth it. Sculpting was more difficult than i thought it would be, because I had to focus on all parts of the body, not just the ones revealed on the paper. Overall, though, I think I’m going to continue sculpting, and trying to get better and better at it.tumblr_n9nm55FJJ21rghwodo4_1280 tumblr_n9nm55FJJ21rghwodo2_1280 tumblr_n9nm55FJJ21rghwodo3_1280 tumblr_n9nm55FJJ21rghwodo1_400

WK 11 – CLASSMATE CONVERSATION – Kevin Cordova

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing the lovely Kevin Cordova, a fellow freshman at CSULB who also happened to have attended the same high school as me, Lakewood High School.

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Kevin is a talented writer, and is actually in the process of writing his first book, titled “Legacy”. Although he enjoys Professor Zucman’s class, he has confided in me that he is not artistically inclined. He also is a huge enthusiast when it comes to cycling, and never misses an opportunity to get out there on his bike. He enjoys going on bicycling trips with his friends, and sometimes these trips stretch for as long as 20 miles.

In his free time, Kevin enjoys playing videogames with his friends. He is also the family chef of his household; he cooks all the meals. In the time he can spare in his busy schedule, he can be found writing, whether working on his book or just writing short stories or drabbles.

Kevin and I happen to share the same favorite movie: Guardians of the Galaxy. Overall, I enjoyed talking to Kevin during our interview, and I look forward to getting to know him throughout the remainder of this semester.

WK 11 – ARTIST INTERVIEW – Romina Del Castillo

The exhibit that really stuck out to me this week was Romina Del Castillo’s “Shifting Focus” series.

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These pieces really resonated with me because as an artist myself, I appreciate a masterfully drawn, anatomically correct human. Romina Del Castillo did a beautiful job depicting these figures of women, particularly with as difficult medium to master as charcoal and chalk. The limited use of color, as well as the way it has been tied in to the piece as a whole, is exquisite. In having limited herself to just these media, Romina Del Castillo allowed herself to explore them more in depth.

The pieces as a whole serves to represent the experience of being a woman, according to the artist. In creating it, she drew upon her own experiences, and those of others.

Overall, I believe this may be one of my favorite exhibits that I have seen, and I would love to see more of Del Castillo’s work.

WK 10 – CLASSMATE CONVERSATION – April Gliane

This week I had the pleasure of talking to the lovely April Gliane, who is a very kind, interesting, vibrant person.

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April is an undeclared major, though she intends to go into nursing in the future, becuase she enjoys helping people. Some may even say that it’s her passion.

Her hobbies include reading books, particularly ones written by Nicholas Sparks. She’s lived in Long Beach her entire life, but her dream location to live is Hawaii.

She is full filipinio, and, standing at 5 feet 3 inches, is the average height for one too. She has three sisters and no brothers. April is afraid of dogs. She also used to play basketball, dance, and also plays the piano. However, now, she has no more hobbies, because her entire life is taken over by school and her job at Zumiez in the lakewood mall.

I really enjoyed meeting and getting to know April, and I hope i’ll have the opportunity later on to get to know her even better.

WK 10 – ACTIVITY – PHOTOGRAPHY

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For my death, I chose car crash because I’m pretty sure that that’s the most likely way I’m going to die. I asked my friend’s family to surround me, as if they had seen my death occur and were concerned.

The experience itself was quite interesting as well; pretending to be dead really made me wonder how people would react if i were to actually died. Overall, this project was pretty fun for me to do, and it really opened up my mind as to what other people might think of me, and how much they would care if i died.

WK 10 – ARTIST INTERVIEW – Maggie Freed

The exhibit that stuck out to me most this week was the exhibit titled “Trepidation”. It was an exhibit that used painting of space in an abstract way to depict the more nuanced feelings we have when we are experiencing trepidation. This work in particular, Untitled by Maggie Freed, was a favorite piece of mine.

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The bold fuchsia colors stand out against the blacker background, and the rough, jagged angles, perfectly capture the emotional turmoil we feel when we feel fear.

This entire exhibit really captured my attention because I am a big fan of paintings that visually capture something that would seem impossible to capture, such as, in this case, feelings. As an artist myself, I am constantly striving to achieve something similar to this, and I deeply admire Maggie Freed for being able to so masterfully achieve this.