The Graffiti Writing was fun. First, I took some poster paper and cut out the words. Then I put it over another piece of poster paper and sprayed it over. I had to use two different papers to fill in the holes in some of the letters of my names. Overall, it was a pretty fun experience. I had to use a mask because I didn’t like the smell of the spray paint.
The current exhibition at the University Art Museum at CSULB is “Call and Response, When We Say… You say”. The curators of this exhibition are Karla Diaz and Mario Ybarra, Jr. The collection of pieces comes from many artists such as Kim Abeles, Richard Bosman, Patricio Cabrera, Albert Contreras, Adolph Gottlieb, Graciela Iturbide, Lee Krasner, Piotr Kowalski, Ken Light, Ken Price, Lorna Simpson, and Andy Warhol and guest artists such as Abel Alejandre, Valerie J. Bower, Karla Diaz, Gabriel “Gobs” Fernandez, Alonso Garzon, Rosalie López, Antonio De Jesus Lopez, Aydinaneth Ortiz, Marlene Tafoya, Arnoldo Vargas, and Mario Ybarra, Jr. The exhibition features pieces that stem from the experiences of many different artists.
The exhibition was arranged in a way that was meant to transition smoothly as you walk through the museum. For example, in the entrance, you can find the same jagged lines near the entrance of the walls and a fence with a similar shape when you go further in. There are also repeating colors in the exhibition. The Curator of Education at CSULB, Christina Alegria, says that the curators of this exhibition wanted viewers such as myself to look for many of these patterns. Another example of finding repeating patterns and colors is the the faces that can be found in the piece, “Weirs at Dawn”, and the similar looking masks by Alonso Garzon.
Many of these pieces stem from artists’ experiences or capture their experiences. For example, the pictures taken by Valerie J. Bower depict the lowrider subculture in her community. The masks by Alonso Garzon and the jagged fence play with the idea that, according to Alegria, we’re keeping ourselves in and trying to protect ourselves from the outside. However, doing so hurts us because we’re not allowing ourselves to experience the world and expose ourselves to new ideas, and thus alienating ourselves. In the “Propping Shit Up” piece, the artist, Abel Alejandre, comments that there are antennas on the subject because he feels alienated.
Overall, I liked my experience in the University Art Museum. I liked how the pieces were put together in a way that was supposed to transition smoothly. I also liked the amount of exposure the viewer gets from the paintings from driving around to photos of different people, depicting people and experiences in a community to commentary about society and struggles. I think getting to see all that was a pretty good experience because seeing exhibitions with more variety opens one’s eyes to different perspectives.
My experience finger painting was a little more difficult because it was weird trying to come up with a picture that is not concrete. However, it was still fun playing around with paint and not using a brush. I found this experience very frustrating because it looked like a mess to me and I had to keep going or else I would have to buy more paint. I think my painting doesn’t look as good as the other paintings I saw because I don’t have a lot of experience with paint and it kept mixing together.
My first career choice is being a Professor. First, I’m going to complete a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. While I’m completing my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, I will do research along with my studies in my second or third year. After I have finished my Master’s degree, I will begin pursuing a Doctorate’s degree so I can obtain a PhD in Mathematics. Then, I will start applying to teach at a college or university and possibly settle down. From a scale of 1 to 10, my satisfaction level for this plan is about an 8, my confidence level is about 7, impact level is 6, and resource level is 9.
My second career choice is being an actuary. If I don’t become satisfied with being a professor or I don’t complete my Master’s or Doctorate’s degree, I can aim to be an actuary, since it is also Math related. While I’m studying in Long Beach State University in my third or fourth year, I can apply for a paid internship at a company to get job experience while taking classes. I will also have to start studying business along with Mathematics. Then, with job experience and a Bachelor’s degree under my belt, I can start applying for a job opening at a company and possibly settle down. From a scale of 1 to 10, my confidence level is 9, my resources level is 8, my impact level is 6, and my satisfaction level is 7.
My third career choice is a secretary. If jobs in the field of Mathematics suddenly disappear or become scarcely available, I can switch my major to Business or Economics to increase my chances of landing a job while I’m here at CSULB and take a few extra years while living at my parents’ house. While I’m studying to get a Bachelor’s degree, I will apply for an internship so I can have some job experience while I’m taking classes or over the summer. After I have finished my studies, I can start applying for jobs as a Secretary with job experience under my belt, and if I save enough money, I can find a place to live and possibly settle down. From a scale of 1 to 10, my confidence level is 5, my resources level is 6, my impact level is 5, and my satisfaction level is 7.
Pasting Casting was fun. However, instead of using sand, I used clay and wore a glove because I didn’t feel like getting my hands too dirty. I have done ceramics in the past which is somewhat similar to this activity. I don’t know any ways I can apply this to my life because all I did was put some mix into a mold and waited for twenty minutes. I would like to try some painting and decorating next time.