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The Daily Activities of Dylan Chhin

Wk 15 – Classmate Conversation – Sahil Patel and Milon Aldama

This week, I was able to meet Sahil Patel.  At first glance, I did not think that we would have much in common. But it turns out that we both used to play X-Box back in middle school  and played the same games. Also  we both went to High Schools in Long Beach, but we went to different schools. Now in college, Sahil is majoring in business and is trying to be an accountant. In his free time, he likes to play basketball at the rec center. From the blurry picture you can see me on the left and Sahil on the right. It wasn’t until a day later I realized that the picture became this blurry. Hopefully next time we meet, I can get a clearer picture.


When I first saw Milon, I already thought he was an alright guy if Sahil was friends with him. It turns out that my thoughts were correct. I found out that we were both in our second year of college. Some other similar facts that I found out was that we both had similar taste in food, such as Korean BBQ and sushi. It also interested me that he worked part time as a life guard at the rec and that he is majoring in sociology. Some of his hobbies include working out. While I have fun playing games, he likes to occupy his time getting fit. Making connections outside of my major is always great because it provides different views and interest from what I hear in my own major.

If you want to read more about Milon then you can visit his website at –

For more info about Sahil you can go to his website –

Wk 14 – Art Activity – Sketching at the Japanese Garden

For this week’s Art Activity, our plan was to go to the Japanese Garden at CSULB and take different sketches of the garden. I have actually been to the Japanese Garden when I was in elementary school and I thought the garden was smaller then I remember.  It was a nice change of pace from the classrooms and the art galleries and I am glad that we had a chance to visit it. If i had a chance to visit the Garden again, I go at a time when there is less people because it feels more peaceful.

The art activity consisted of a variety of sketches with different instructions. To start I began with simple 30 second sketches. I did care for detail and the goal was to get my hand moving and just examine the scene at first. I thought this was interesting because I haven’t drawn in a while and my sketches came out better than I thought it would. I then moved onto contour drawing. This is where I thought my drawing would become a mess, but it turned out better than I expected and could actually see what I wanted to draw. Finally, the last portion was putting more time and detail in a new sketch. From my perspective, I wanted to emphasize more on the tree that was in-front of me, rather than the pond. In my opinion, the drawing came out looking pretty good and I enjoyed my final sketch.

Going to the Japanese Garden allowed me to take a break from studying for finals and let me rest my brain for a bit. I really thought this activity was pretty fun and hope to go out to peaceful places like the Japanese Garden again.


Wk 14 – Classmate Conversation – Chris Ngo

For this week’s Classmate Conversation I ended up talking to Chris. From the picture above, he is the guy on the left. When I first saw Chris my first thoughts was that he looked like I guy that liked to play computer games, I was right. As I was speaking to Chris, I found out some interesting things about him. Such as that we both play the same PC games and that he likes to go play basketball. Chris also informed me that he was a Health Science major and he was in his last year. When I ask of about his family. he said that he came from Vietnam and has family there. It was interesting to know that he had family in Asia because some of my relatives also live in Cambodia. Meeting Chris showed me that people may have more in common than you would think.

If you want to read more about Chris then you can visit his website at –

Wk 13- Artist Conversation- Krystal Ramirez

Artist: Krystal Ramirez
Exhibition: La Cena Esta Servida
Media: Metal
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery

About the Artists

Currently, Krystal Ramirez is finishing her last year at California State University, Long Beach pursing a Bachelor of Fine Arts with the emphasis in metal and jewelry. She is majoring in 3D Media and is earning her Bachelors in Fine Arts. Krystal was from Huntington Beach and now lives in Long Beach for school. Ever since she was little, art has always been an interests of hers.

Formal Analysis

Within Krystal’s artwork, she utilizes different types of metals, such as pewter, copper, brass,steel, silver, and many more, to create pieces of art that represent a large dinner table filled with different types of plates and utensils. Tools such as forks, scissors, cups, and so on were on plates in replacements of the food. Each tool complimented each other on the plate and nothing seems unusual or out of place.

Content Analysis

Krystal’s work serves as an exploration of the relationships that formed around the dinner table. She stated that her art pieces are a directly reflection of the people that have influenced her. Ever since she was young, Krystal always admired the ritual of meal preparation. Dinner time was a way for everyone to get together and share their stories, laughs, cries. Ramirez often feels nostalgic as she thinks back to the truths and stories that were told at the dinner table. It’s almost like it is a safety place anyone in her family to look forward to coming home to.

Synthesis / My Experience

  I really enjoyed the exhibit because I can relate to what Krystal was trying to express through her exhibit and artworks. Dinner is something I also do look forward to having with my family as well. Being a busy college student, I rarely get to sit down with everyone in the family to have dinner and talk about what had been going on in my life and their’s. It is quite unfortunate with my busy schedule, so it is something I value having every time I am able to get the chance to.


Wk 13 – Classmate Conversation – Andrew Hoang

This week I got to talk to Andrew Hoang. This is Andrew’s first year at CSULB and he is currently undeclared, but has an interest in accounting. During his free time he likes to play games and hang out with friends. He has a PC and also built one like the other people I met in class. We have similar taste in games, such as Counter Strike.When he is not playing games or going school, he works part time at a Chinese restaurant.

To find ou tmore about Andrew you can visit his website at –

Wk 12 – Artist Conversation – Travis Lober

Artist: Travis Lober
Exhibition: WORK : It’s a four lettered word
Media: Printmaking, Wood
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery

About the Artists

Travis is currently a senior at CSULB. He is currently trying to get his Bachelors in Fine Arts. Originally from NorCal Travis moved over to SoCal once he got accepted into CSULB. Originally he was majoring in graphic design but later on he switched his main focus to print making and he hopes to have a future career in it once he graduates.

Formal Analysis

Travis mentioned that this exhibit took him a span of three years to create. He said that there is a lot of details that he had to look over. Before Travis became the artist that he his today, he was a construction worker. Due to his years in construction, Travis has had to put up many dry walls. He finds them blank and boring and thinks they should be decorated. Sometimes he would want to work in a blank space though, so he has no perception of colors from anything that can distract him or influence his work.

Content Analysis

Many of his art includes images of shoes. Shoes are used daily in the trades. The same goes for tools. While working in construction, he began looking at tools in a new light. To him, tools can do more than just fixing houses or building one. They are also his inspiration in his printmaking, and they remind him of different senses. He stated that being an artist is similar to being a construction worker because of how precise and careful you have to be.


Synthesis / My Experience

I enjoyed this week’s gallery by Travis. He incorporated what he was passionate about and expressed himself with the art. It was interesting to know that he started off as a construction worker who is now creating art that that was inspired by his past. Although  I haven’t had a job yet, I feel like if I did I could apply what I learned from that job into my overall life like Travis did.


Wk 12 – Art Activity – Ethnography

For this week’s art activity, our task was to spend the night without any electricity. So that meant no phones, computers, TV, and none of the regular stuff that usually entertains me. Before I did this, I thought I would be bored out of my mind. But when I did the activity, I fell asleep pretty fast and woke up fresher than ever before. When I woke up, I felt like I had gotten way more sleep than usual and that I felt more liberating. Sleeping like that felt wonderful, but I would not do it everyday because I feel like I would miss out on too much stuff. Living without electricity Would be somewhat of a hassle because it is already integrated so deeply within our lives. If we did not have electricity then it would be harder to get to places and we would have to rely more on ourselves than usual. People were able to survive without electricity because they were born into and they had people who lived liked that before them to help.  My ideal balance would be that we had unlimited amount of supplies on earth and our technology was so advance that AIs would take care of my every need.

Wk 11 – Classmate Conversation – Brandon Hoang

For this week’s classmate conversation, I had the chance to talk to Brandon Hoang. I discovered quickly that he is interested in majoring in computer science, which is a interesting because I am also majoring in Computer Science. He told me that he used to work at a boba place called “Roasting Waters”, but recently quit due to personal reasons. He also told me that he loves hanging out with friends and playing games on his free time, which is cool because I love doing that as well. After having this short but memorable conversation, I am glad to say that I met another classmate that I can call a friend.

If you want to see more of Brandon Hoang you can visit his website at –

Wk 11 – Artist Conversation – Yujia Gu

Artist: Yujia Gu
Exhibition: Tracing Gun Violence in the USA
Media: Mix Media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery

About the Artists

Yujia Gu has already earned her BFA in Graphic Design in China before she came to America. Right now she is currently working on earning her MFA in the School of Art’s graphic design program. After college, she is hoping to find a career as a publisher in newspapers. Before coming to Long Beach, she studied at New York for 5 years.

Formal Analysis

Yujia’s art decorated the whole room. It utilized some lights, stickers, and projections. The projections statistics as well as images of people who have died due to gun violence. The were also stick figure stickers represented the statistics of people who have died due to gun violence. Everything was mostly black and white with some red in some other images.

Content Analysis

The whole exhibition was very straight to the point and informational. Yujia explained that her mother had always warned about the dangers that guns bring which led to her inspiration for this exhibit. The exhibition in particularly highlights the shootings in Newton, where several children and staff in the Sandy Hook were horrendously killed by gun violence.  Her project was to bring awareness to this stigma and hopefully inspire people to take action against gun violence.


Synthesis / My Experience

When I first walked in, I was amazed at how much effort and thought went into her work. I really enjoyed this exhibition because it happened a lot during my generation. I see how much she wants to bring to attention what has happened in the world and try to do something about this problem.


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