For this week’s classmate conversation, I got to speak to Steven Gonzales. Steven is 19 years old and is a second year sociology major at Long Beach State. He currently lives in Bellflower, CA and he went to Jordan High School, nearby where I went to school. Some of his hobbies are soccer, video games, and to hang out. His parents are from the same part my parents are from Guadalajara, Jalisco. A fun fact is that he roots for the rival of my favorite Mexican soccer team, Atlas. For the question of the week Steven mentioned that he plans on getting a tattoo of the state of CA with some designs around it. If you want to check out Steve’s page, you can go on https://stevenjgonzalez.wordpress.com/
For this week’s artist conversation I decided to write about Thomas Cressman. He is a 5th year student at CSULB and is majoring in metals. He was born in Southern California and currently lives in Seal Beach about 5 minutes from Long Beach. When he graduates he plans on making work and then selling it. He knew he wanted to become and artist when he took an art class and a metal workshop class in high school.
All of his work on this show were made of metals. The types of metals that he usually works with are copper, steel, and silver. He mentioned the process he does to complete these works of art made of metals. So he get his inspiration for his next piece, then he starts with a flat sheet of metal. He cuts paper molds out, then he cuts out the shape and heats up the metal so it can be malleable. After he gets the shape he does the finishing touches which include small details and the texture.
Cressman gets most of his inspiration from the ocean. His favorite animal is the octopus because they are fascinating. He said most of his pieces are related to the ocean because it’s like a whole new world down there. He wants to give everyone an aquatic vibe and wants to transmit his love for the ocean to his viewers. His favorite piece is the one you see above it is a clam made of metal. This is his favorite piece because he didn’t know he could use the blue on his art. It was like a new discovery and was very excited about it.
I can relate to Cressman because I also like the ocean and it also fascinates me about all of its mystery. I felt that Cressman is very passionate about his work and also very dedicated when he has an idea in his head. He mentioned it took him 1 to 4 weeks to finish each piece, that shows you how hard it is what he does. I really enjoyed Cressman’s show and his philosophy. I would encourage you to check out his Instagram page where he has other very cool pieces of art. You can check it out at https://instagram.com/thom_cress6/
For this week’s classmate conversation, I got to meet Matt Carder. Matt is a 3rd year student at CSULB. He will be majoring in mechanical engineering and plans to get in the aerospace or automotive fields. His hobbies include anything outdoors, he enjoys sports as well as video games. His favorite color is red and his favorite animal is a hippo because they are the second most dangerous animal in the world. He currently works at one of my favorite places, In-n-Out! His favorite sports teams are the 49ers, the Yankees, and the Rockets. For the question of the week I asked him if he could travel anywhere in the world where would it be and why? He responded he would like to go to Spain because he likes Spanish chicks and he would like to run with the bulls. It was really cool getting to meet Matt! If you want to check out his website you can find him at https://mattcarder.wordpress.com/
For this week’s activity we had to make our own geocache and search for one. We had to download the geocache app and register. It was all very simple and it took me a few minutes to get set up. In the map it shows you where all the geocaches that other people have hidden are located. Inside my Altoids box I put a small pencil, rubber bands, and a few coins. I hid it in the bushes of a nearby park from my house. I went to two parks to try to search for a geocache but i had no luck. I was frustrated that I couldn’t find one. This was a really cool activity and i had lots of fun. I will continue using this app until I find a geocache!
For my artist conversation I chose to speak to Juan Martin. He is 28 years old and is from Visalia, CA, although he is originally from Aguascalientes, Mexico. He’s been in the states since he was 8 years old.He’s always loved drawing and taking classes in high school and college really sparked his interest to study art. His major is sculpting, it’s the type of art that interests him the most. His favorite artist is Charles gray, Charles is also LA based which makes it really cool!
The materials he used for the image above was a mannequin as a mold and concrete as well. It took him a couple weeks to make. He also had the sculpture sit on a mirror. For the black cube he used wood and black stretch wrap. It took him a few hours to complete the cube. For the deer piece he used foam and it took him 2 weeks to build.
His motive behind the mannequin was that he’s always had an intrigued feeling for mannequins. He knows they are artificial but says that he feels they want to be alive. The cube is conceptual and it’s open for interpretation. For the deer he said he’s always been interested in deers and it’s one of his favorite animals to make. The hardest thing about his show was working with heavy materials.
I felt he was a very interesting person that had many bold ideas. Those ideas are why he makes all these art pieces and this has been hands down my favorite show at the CSULB art galleries. His pieces were amazing and his explanations were even better. I’m really happy I chose to blog about his show. I will definitely be keeping up with his work and you can to by checking out his Facebook: Juan Martin.
For this week’s activity a couple of classmates and I did some transmedia storytelling. We used three characters and made a fictional story about them. We also had to make them social media pages to complete this activity. The character that I chose was Peter Parker. He’s your average guy and one day when he was going somewhere with his uncle Ben and got into a huge accident and Uncle Ben passed away. He found out who the woman that caused the accident was and talked to his friend about seeking revenge.
The character that a classmate in my group chose was The Flash. He is a super hero and is very good friends with Peter Parker. He is the person that Peter talks to about seeking revenge towards the woman that caused the accident.
Wonder woman was the last character used in our story and chosen by a classmate. She killed Peter’s uncle and escaped from the police. Flash found her and she defeated him and is still free and not having paid the consequences for the death of Uncle Ben.
This activity was actually pretty fun and I enjoyed doing it. I got to interact with my classmates more and give our story whatever twists we wanted. I would definitely do this activity again!
For this week’s classmate conversation I spoke to Chris Schumaier. Chris is a second year at CSULB and he’s majoring in health science. He’s currently 20 years old and lives in Long Beach, even though he was born in Anaheim, CA. He plans to do something related to radiology when we receives his degree. He went to Shadow Hills high school and there he played football, basketball, and track. Some of his favorite hobbies are playing soccer, going to the gym, and playing video games. For the question of the week, which was, what’s your favorite type of art, he responded that he liked sculpturing because the artists really have to get hands on with their projects. You can check out his website at ChrisSchumaier.WordPress.com