Week 15/ Classmate Conversation/John Stouras

John Stouras was born in Santa Cruz  and is half Puerto Rican and Greek. He is a film major and his favorite movie is Indiana Jones. We both have the same favorite color, in terms of the color spectrum? (his is navy blue and mine is indigo) He said that his favorite filmmakers are the Coen Brothers, which is a name I was unfamiliar with, but John explained to me. He is quite the knowledgeable guy! We talked about Trump, Clinton, and Bernie Sanders. As well as the internet memes about them. It was nice to have a chat with John.

John’s Website



Week 15/ Artist Conversation/ Nancy Young

Artist: Nancy Young

Exhibition: As The Crow Flies

Media: Printmaking, Ink through relief printing

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

Website: None

Instagram: None

About the Artist

Nancy Young is graduating this year with a BFA in printmaking. She stated that she named this exhibition “As The Crow Flies” because just like a crow, she was going around the city. As she was going around the city, she said that she learned a lot and increased her skills in printmaking. She said that she feels fine art is a vital part of her life because she expresses her creativity through her work.

Formal Analysis

Nancy Young explains that her work uses different methods of print, but intaglio and photopolymers are the ones that she feels to be her favorite. Her art has quite a lot of dark colors, and I would say give a “monochrome filter”. It coincides with the name of the gallery because a raven is black and signifies many dark things, while her art is dark as well. The art is also very jagged and makes it feel as if it is going to come out of it’s frame.

Content Analysis

Young explains that her work is highly influenced by the experiences she has had in her life. She puts all of what she saw and experienced and puts it into her artwork, so she could see a physical representation of her history. She says that this helps to keep her mentally stable.

Synthesis/ My experience

Nancy Young’s work was very deep and rich with emotion. After listening to Young describe her work, I went back in and saw the artwork and tried to see what she saw in her work. I tried to imagine seeing the images she drew whether it was a crow or a street. I see and understand what she meant when she said her artworks are like bookmarks in her life. This made me think about the “bookmarks” in my life and what I would draw if I were to do what she had done. This was quite the artist to learn about for the end of the semester! 🙂

Week 14 /art experience/ Drawing in the garden

This week, we went down to the Japanese garden and drew some sketches and took some photos. Three had to be representation and three had to be abstract for a total of six pictures and six sketches. I thought that this week’s at experience was quite enjoyable because of the very relaxed ambience that the garden had. It allowed for easy sketching because I felt that my mind was cleared. i sketched in pen because I knew that i would erase a lot and if i had an eraser at my disposal,i would use it. Thankfully, by using a pen i got to see all the strikes and different mistakes that i made and turned them into part of my sketch.

Wk 13/ Artist Conversation/ Nick Bamford

Artist: Nick Bamford

Exhibition: Untitled

Media: Cement, Foam Objects, Plaster, Wood

Gallery:  CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East

Website: None

Instagram: nickbam4d


About the Artist

Nick is an undergrad here at CSULB ,graduating this semester with a BFA in Ceramics. After graduating, Nick plans to go to a grad school which he hasn’t made the final decision on yet. Nick stated that he gets the inspiration from his work by living life. Things that have happened to him in his life give him the spark of imagination that helps him with his art. Although it is somewhat tied to his connection with “life”, he says that he is trying to escape from the “real life” by creating art that is weirdly shaped and psychedelic which seems abnormal to the “real life”.

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Formal Analysis

The neon lights in the dark room give a flashy mood. The sculpture is built so that it seems very unstable as if one touch can make this “tower of cards” come crumbling down. There are noticeable items that were used to build the structure giving the viewer a sense of The abnormal and dysfunctional way that the sculpture is built shows a “Chaotic” style.

Content Analysis

The nature of Nick’s art was meant to be different. Nick stated that he wanted to leave the clutches of our reality. His artwork shows modern items with twists, whether it is with flashy neon lights or the distorted way he sculpts the figure.


Synthesis/My Experience

I thought that Nick’s art is what I would consider “Eye Candy”. The bright neon lights gave my eyes a feeling of euphoria. While I admired the aesthetics of the the colors, I also liked the deeper meaning behind his work. The idea that he wanted to escape reality and somewhat join and create a new one in which he can immerse himself in fascinated me very much.

Wk12/ artist conversation/ Tiffany Le

Artist: Tiffany Le

Exhibition: Tau

Media: Watercolor, Colored Pencils, Charcoal, Acrylic, Pastel, and Ink.

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

Instagram: letealeaf

Website: http://www.letealeaf.prosite.com/

About the artist

Tiffany Le is a Vietnamese student here in  CSULB. She is currently in her last semester and will be getting her Masters of Fine Arts. Her work is highly influenced by the Vietnam war. This is due to the fact that her parents have gone through the effects of the war in their times. Le described of a time where she spoke to her parents, asking for information about the war. Her parents were very hard about giving that type of information, and she had to do some investigating on her own. Afterwards, from what she learned, it helped her convey emotion into her work.

Formal Analysis


Something that I notice in her paintings is the use of colors. She uses black a lot, which I believe conveys the darker side of the Vietnam war. The yellow color in the clothes seem to represent a lighter side, where people escaping from the war were carrying all these things and hoping for the best, but some parts of them can’t let go of the darker side of the war.

Content Analysis

I believe that this was about the journey that Vietnamese immigrants took when they left Vietnam. It shows a boat, in which the Vietnamese immigrants, including Le’s parents took. They would grab their belongings and take them on their journey to a new world. The boats also show the items they carry when the light is shone on them.

Synthesis/My Experience

This was very moving, mainly because I am also a 2nd generation immigrant. My mother brought me from South Korea, to Australia, to the United States. I have not been in my home country since I was an infant, so I do not have an extensive cultural background that I can reiterate. 

I think that Le’s wanting to learn more about herself, is also present in myself, and I could look at her work and think “wow, I wonder if my parents went through something like this too”. I am an anthropology major, and I have been studying all these different cultures, but why do I have little to no knowledge about my own culture? Le’s artwork brought up these kind of questions and thanks to these pieces, I went to my mother and asked her to tell me about me, but not as a Korean American, but only as a Korean.

Week 12/ art experience/ geocaching

Geocaching is definetly something that I see myself doing even after this class. When I went out to look for a geocache, I was quite lucky. The first one was a bust, apparently because the rain might have swept it away. So on my second attempt, my friends and I went by an IHOP where a fairly easy geocache was hidden. The hint was the name of the street, and after thinking about it for 5 minutes, we checked the street sign. Sure enough, there it was, tied with a voodoo doll. I signed my name, but for some reason someone drew a huge penis on the log.


The next day, I made my geocache out of an altoid case that I bought earlier this morning. ( Yes, I ate the entire thing) I decided to put a foam bracelet, a checker piece and the logbook and pencil.

I hid it in Dennis the Menace park,  


Wk11/ Art Experience / Turning Pages

How can we document ephemeral experiences like Turning Pages?

  • I think ephemeral experiences such as Turning Pages are documented cognitively. Our minds can keep the memory of experiences, and it is just like documenting on paper, except in our mind. However, there are also photos which is a primary source in documenting experiences. They show what happened at the moment  when the photo was taken. Photos are unique in documentation because it has a variety of answers, in fact, the answer is up to one’s own choice.

Can words and pictures capture an experience?

  • I think that words and pictures go hand in hand when trying to capture an experience. Words can explain with much detail, but can’t have the appeal that pictures have. But while pictures can give great visual detail, they can’t actually “explain” the meaning behind a picture. But if they both go together, such as a picture with a description or even just a title, it can capture the experience in countless ways.

D0es the style of the words or images matter? For example, a blurred photo is less precise but might capture more of the experience of motion of a dancer, musician, or other active event. A poem might be a less precise description of an event, but it might offer access to the feelings of the art.

  • The style of the words or images do matter, for they help with capturing the emotion and feelings. Words do this by using certain words to convey a certain mood. For example, a love story would use more words that express matrimony or intimacy. Images can do something similar such as focusing on one certain point in an image and blurring out the rest.

Can you think of other ways to share an experience with people who weren’t there to share in it live?

  • Well, with the advancement of technology there is an app called Periscope which allows you to stream what you are doing live through your mobile phone.

Does the act of trying to document an experience take you out of the experience? For example if you’re trying to photograph something as it happens, does the camera insert an experiential distance between you and the event?

  • It definitely does create a gap between the experience and yourself. By using  a phone ,camera, or notebook, you are taking yourself out of the experience. I think it is like taking notes in class. You are there writing out the information given to you into your paper while people that aren’t taking notes are writing out information into their brain. When you go back and read your notes, it will recollect your memories of what you heard, but those that didn’t take notes have the experience to recollect.

I think this week’s art experience was pretty cool. We all met at the same place on Thursdays and we went to the library to read books. We picked out a book and went down to where the computers are in the Library(I don’t know my floors very well). After we read, we would switch books. Then we went to the Bookstore and did the same thing. The difference between these two experiences was that we were only allowed to take photos in the bookstore. It was kinda weird that a “bookstore” sells things like clothes, computers, and even guitars, but it is called a bookstore. Overall, this experience allowed me to think about the unique qualities of ephemeral experiences. How if anyone outside of CSULB were to ask me about our experience in the library, how could I give them proof?