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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

Wk 8 – Classmate Conversation – Lisa Diaz

For this week’s classmate’s conversation I had the chance to talk to Lisa Diaz. Like me Lisa is in her second year and she is majoring in Biology. While we both have different majors, we have similar interest, such as we both like to talk to our friends. Lisa likes to hang and and party with her friends. She was also born in California, but does not live in Long Beach. We also shared an interest in  movies while she likes more action/comedy movies. Meeting Lisa was an interesting time this week and hope to see more of her soon.

If you want to find out more about Lisa Diaz you can go to her website at

Wk 7 – Artist Conversation- Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek

Artist: Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhitney Lek
Exhibition: Doodles in Space
Media: Cement Wall, Butcher Paper, Toilet Seat Covers
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
Instagram: Juliana Bustillo – @juliaanaaaab, Tidawhitney Lek – @tidawhitney

About the Artists

Juliana Bustillo and Tidawhiteney Lek both attend California State University Long Beach. They are both attending school to attain their Bachelors of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting. Juliana was born and raised in East LA and when she first came to college, never wanted to actually be an art major. At first, she had an interest, and just wanted to learn the basics, but when she transferred to CSULB and took an art class here, something attracted her and became an art major since then. Tidawhitney was born and raised in Long Beach and attended Wilson High School. When she was younger she was often told that she had talent in art. She would draw using paper and pencil and sometimes would paint on the fence. Tidawhitney chose to be an art major because she knew that she would not be happy if she did not pursue art. Tidawhitney hopes to also go to graduate school somewhere in the East Coast so she can expand her travels.

Formal Analysis

The whole exhibition took up the whole room. There is paper all around juggled together whether it is hanging from the ceiling or pasted onto the wall. Exploring the dimensions of space, they use toilet paper seat covers, butcher paper, and other types of medium. The colors mostly shown are white with a black background. The art is spread randomly across the room and it is hanging from the ceiling, walls, and across the floor. There is no definite pattern and every inch of the room is part of the art.

Content Analysis

Juliana and Tidawhitney like to explore and play with duality, which is a reason why they chose to work with toilet paper. It has a specific transparency that you cannot buy at an art store and it was easy to handle for this exhibit. Juliana and Tidawhitney focused on using black and white, which keeps the idea of space simple as well representing the two of them. The white colors represented the closed space, while black represents the expansion. . The reason for the cardboard in the entrance was to show that they wanted people to come in, but not leave. The exhibit explores the many dimensions of the room allowing the viewer to step inside the art and be apart of it.

Synthesis / My Experience

As I tried to enter the room, I wondered why the entrance was so narrow. But as I entered the room I was amazed at what I saw. There was art everywhere and no space was left untouched. The art made me feel like apart of it and the three dimensional piece made me feel like I was in another world. It felt like I was in a world of Doodles and everything was different with a unique taste to it. The life size doodles remind me that having no bounds can be fun and scary at the same time.


Wk 7 – Classmate Conversation – Zavion Brown

For this week’s classmate conversation, I had the chance to meet Zavion Brown. I met Zavion while we were looking at the art galleries last week. Zavion is in his second year like me, but he is currently undeclared. Even though he is undeclared, Zavion has an interest in human development. He lives in Riverside which is around one hour from school. Since he lives so far from school, on the days where he has class, he would spend the previous night at his aunt’s place in Long Beach so he does not to drive far. Zavion’s hobbies include hip hop dancing and he likes to do street performances in his free time.

For more information Zavion, you can visit his website at-

Wk 6 – Art Experience – Zines and Flip books

For this week’s art experience, we had to create a zine or a flip book. While walking through the zine and flip book gallery, I saw that there were zines and flip books on many things. What interested me most was the book on zine on dogs. The zine got me thinking of what I like the most and I decided to do a zine on the places I like to eat at. Doing the zine was fun. Some of the important things I had to think about was the size and presentation of the zine. I did not want to stress out too much, so I decided to use the normal folded paper and staples technique. What I put in my zine was the logos of the food places I enjoyed eating at. I got the pictures from online and printed them out and glued in on the pages of my zine. When I was done, I had a complete zine of some of the food places I liked eating at. If I were to do this again, I would pick better material to use as my zine and use thread to bind it together instead of staples. Also I would pick a different topic like games I play or celebrities I would like to meet


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