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The Daily Activities of Dylan Chhin

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 – 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.


Wk 11 – 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.

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Wk 10 – Artist Conversation – Clare Samani

Artist: Clare Samani
Exhibition: Dressed
Media: paper, ink, clothes, and print
Gallery: CSULB School of Art Merlino Gallery

About the Artists

Initially, Clare lived in the San Fernando Valley, but she moved to Long Beach to attend school. Currently, Clare is attending California State University, Long Beach’s School of Arts with the emphasis on printmaking. Ever since she was just a child, she loved to draw and paint. She stated that she loves to do those activities because it does not require any sense of direction and you can freely do what you want. As if right now, Clare wants to go graduate school in Louisiana to further study printmaking.

Formal Analysis

Her art pieces, which are printed clothes on a paper, are actual sizes of her clothes. Each piece has one color theme and they range from dull to bright color. The texture is a bit rough, because the garments are pressed and you can see the linings and crumpled markings of them.  Generally, many of her art pieces has a huge contrast from the article of clothing that’s being expressed and the background.

Content Analysis

Clare produces artwork that were influenced by pieces of clothing that she either found, clothing that her friends wear, or clothing interest her that she observes on other people. She thinks that a person’s choice of garments may speak to either that person’s own vision of self or what the person wishes others to view as his or her self. Her work focuses on exploring the symbolism and identity inextricably intertwined with people and clothing.


Synthesis / My Experience

I really enjoyed looking at the different designs and texture the clothing appeared to have. Even though the clothes did not have much detail, she used the ordinary clothes in a way to exemplify themselves as something more. The more I look at them, the more smaller details I notice and enjoy.




Wk 10 – Art Experience – The Wedge


For this art experience,  I decided to improve the path for the wedge at FA4. I added another path to the other side that starts from the other side of the tree and I moved the door over and remove part of the bush. This increases the size of the door and allows people more room to go in and out of the door without having to squeeze through other people. The only thing that is removed is part of the grass and a little of the bush. A year from now people will notice how easy is is to pick a direction to go when leaving and see the ease of access of the doors.

Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – David DeSantis


Artist:David Desantis
Exhibition: Day Dreamer
Media: Printmaking
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
Instagram: @rapturefineart

About the Artists

David DeSantis is a Senior at California State University.He is currently working on getting his Bachelors or Arts in print making. He currently lives in Westminster but grew up living in the Long Beach area. When David was younger, he had an interest in designing and building motorcycles. But as time passed, David realize how much time building motorcycles was taking up and decided to move on to different things. He then enrolled in school and attended The School of Fine Arts and sought out express himself freely.

Formal Analysis

David used cardboard and paper for his art work. Most all of David’s work consisted of dark colors or dark themes. This probably comes from his strong influence from hard rock and dub step which are his favorite types of music. His work the abstract shapes of forms in order to let the audience make his or her own meaning about the art.


Content Analysis

David’s work is influenced by ideas and concepts driven by fluid abstract expressionism. Most of his art pieces that were displayed in his art gallery were based on titles, beats, rhythms, and lyrics from music. His work often seems abstract and a little chaotic which is a result of the type of music that he listens to to inspire his work. His art can take on many ideas and interpretation which makes it unique.


Synthesis / My Experience

As I looked at his art, I thought that the way he used lines was interesting and really had me amazed at what I saw. After I learned that his inspiration cam e from music, I was astounding on his way of showing what music inspires him to do. Music is important part of life that expresses feeling that can not be said and I think what he shows through his art is an interpretation of that.




Wk 9 – Art Experience – Graffiti Writing

For this week’s art activity, the goal was to make our name using spray paint. Before I started spray painting, I thought that the spray cans would be easy to handle and I could make what I want easily. What I ended up with was not what I expected at all. Some problems I had was that it was windy, so while I was spraying, the paint would sometimes move into a different direction. Another problem I had was that my hands were not too steady and I my lines did  not follow the sketch that I made before. Some positive things were that I liked the colors that I chose and I think it went well with the red cardboard. Compared to some better pieces of graffiti I saw on the streets, it looks like mine could use some touching up. If I had the chance to do this activity again I would make sure to do it on a better day and take my time this time.


Wk 8 – Art Experience – Finger Painting

WP_20170319_11_16_48_Pro.jpgFor this week’s art experience we had the task of finger painting and making an abstract drawing. As I did this, I thought back to the time I did this same activity in pre-school. The time back then and the time now is pretty much the same feeling because I still don’t know what I was drawing. When I started the painting, I wanted to tape the paper to the wall and paint on their. But my tape was too weak and could not hold up the paper. So I decided to paint on the floor and found it easier than painting standing up. I also thought it would be easy to paint out my thoughts, but the paint did not do what I wanted it to do and had to just improvise. I think that drawing with no specific subject in mind is harder than having a subject. With the subject I at least know what to think about while I am painting, but with the abstract art I don’t I have nothing to guide me. I think compared to other paintings I seen, my art feels a little hollow and not totally complete. I feel like I could have done more, but I do not know what it is.WP_20170319_11_22_55_Pro.jpgWP_20170319_11_23_50_Pro.jpg

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