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November 2015

Week 13: Artist Conversation- Tyler Turett

This week at the Gatov West Gallery, I met Tyler Turett. Tyler is a last semester/years student at California State University, Long Beach. Tyler’s work was unique because it dealt with animation and many drawings of cartoon characters. He has done many forms of art work including 2D drawings, 3D clay art, and animation. His art contained a mixture of cartoon animals and cartoon humans that he had put together to for cartoon strips/scenes. Tyler used a lot of black ink in his drawings that allowed him to make basic comic strip clips. In his animal cartoons, he used a lot of color such as greens, blues, and reds. Tyler Turett is currently majoring in Animation Track and will be moving  to Portland, Oregon for a job opportunity in Animation.Tyler said that he has been creating animation in order to entertain people and for personal enjoyment. I enjoyed viewing Tyler Turret’s work because it contained a lot of details. In addition, it felt as if I was in a movie or cartoon because of his art work. Tyler’s artwork is amazing and creative.

Tyler Turett’s website is:




Week 13: Classmate Conversation- Albert Haddad

This week at the art galleries, I met a new classmate by the name of Albert Haddad. Surprisingly, Albert is a freshmen. The reason why I am surprise that I met a freshmen is due to the fact that I have been interviewing sophomores and older students throughout the semester. Albert told me that he dorms on campus and is originally from the San Fernando Valley. Albert is a graduate from SoCES High School located in the valley. Albert choice to go to CSULB because he likes being by the beach and he liked the school atmosphere too. He is a civil engineering major student and enjoys eating, hanging out with friends, watching Netflix, and Hiking. Albert has an older sister that attends CSUN. In addition, he has one dog and his favorite color is yellow. Albert explained to me that he is very excited for the holidays and enjoys having Thanksgiving with his family.

To Albert art is a way for people to express themselves. Albert has enjoyed viewing all of the art work that he has seen at the art galleries each week.


Week 12: Artist Conversation- Christopher Michael Linquata


This week I visited the Max L. Gatov Gallery to view the art work of Christopher Michael Linquata. The title of his artwork display was Scared and Profane. Mr. Linquata is currently in his last year of education studying art to get a Master Degree in Fine Art. He is focusing his studies in representational paintings and drawings. Prior to Mr. Linquata attending Cal State Long Beach, he was a student at Cal State Northridge. His main focus for his display was to synthesize different forms of painting and combine it with modern space. He did so by appropriating figures, colors, poses, and light logic. He used different designs and background from actual locations in California and added his own twist to his paintings.

Viewing his display I personally liked the colors that he used throughout his artwork. Colors such as the blues, reds, and greens brought a relaxing feel to his artwork. I liked that in the majority of his artwork he added a personal twist by painting himself and his family into his paintings. For this gallery display, it took Mr. Linquata about 3years to put together the whole gallery. In many of his artworks, Mr. Linquata would draw out imaginations, memories, and would start drawing and painting in the present moment. He is mostly inspired by the renaissance era and nature.

Find Christopher Linquata on Instagram at @Icon5350

Week 12: Activity- ePortfolio

For out last Activity for the semester in my Art 110 class I was required to personalize my WordPress to create an ePortfolio. The objective for this assignment was to redesign my current website in order to make it appealing to my viewers and audience. With a before and after photo below, you are able to see how I redesigned my page to make it appeal to others with calm and an organized layout. My intended audience will be people who are interested in my work. In the future, if I was to create another WordPress it will appeal to the world. But since I do not blog a lot, I doubt that I will create another page. Having a WordPress allowed me to write about certain topic, artists, and my creativity. I enjoyed using WordPress throughout the semester, but like anything else in life, it required some maintenance. I truly hope that everyone that visited my page had an unforgettable experience reading my work.

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Week 12: Classmate Conversation- Nestor Plascencia


This week I met a Nestor Plascencia. Nestor grew up and currently lives in Paramount, CA. Nestor went to Paramount High School and now attends CSULB. He is a second year student studying business management but might change his major to communication. In high school, Nestor played tennis. In addition, Nestor likes to play soccer and he normally watches movies and does his homework during his free time. Nestor plans to own his own business when he grows older.

According to Nestor, the color blue excites him and grey makes him feel unemotional. Unlike the color grey, Nestor likes the color blue.

Week 11: Classmate Conversation- Leslie Lopez


To begin, Leslie and I share the same major. Leslie is a Criminal Justice major student too. Leslie is 19 years old and is a second year student at Cal State Long Beach. Surprisingly, Leslie and I had a lot in common. Leslie went to Paramount High School. It was a coincidence that we both had the same college line up when deciding what college to attend. We both wanted to go to UCI and study Criminology, but we were both denied. In addition, Leslie likes to go to Disneyland, and her favorite Disney character is Aerial. Her favorite Disney movie are The Incredible and Toy Story. Leslie wants to become a detective when she grows up and plans to specialize in sex related crimes in order to catch the perpetrators that have committed sexual acts on their victims.

To Leslie a tattoo is art because it has a special meaning to the person the is getting the tattoo. Leslie expressed that getting a tattoo is art as it is being displayed and was created with a purpose. She said that if she was to ever get a tattoo she would get it on her wrist and it would probably be a quote.

Leslie would like to travel to Spain one day. She would also like to visit Australia when she begins to travel. Leslie also has two brothers that are young than her. Funny thing is Leslie is also a friend of my best friend and know a few of my close friends that attended high school with her.

Week 11: Artist Conversation- Kathy Yoon

This week I had the privilege to meet a super cool and nice artist named Kathy Yoon at the Maxine Merlino Gallery. Kathy’s display was personally the best display I have seen throughout the entire semester. I like that Kathy’s work was a self-representation that described herself and her emotions.

Kathy is a senior at Cal State Long Beach. Her display was her senior project. Kathy expressed to me that her pieces represented her emotions and personality at the time that she created the pieces. She decried the process on how she created each piece and shared with me that each piece is created using clay. All of the pieces in her display featured a motion or was positioned to show Kathy’s life experiences. In addition, Kathy explained that her entire display took her a total of 2 to 3 weeks to create each sculpture. When asked why each structure had not a lot of color, she explained that she wanted to keep the original color of the clay. On a few of her sculptures, Kathy used red paint to make certain features pop out. Likewise, she stated that the red would stand out in front of the black and white paint.

I liked her display as it was unique compared to the other galleries that I have seen throughout the semester. Kathy was patient when explaining her display and was cheerful to answer and explain her reason to each question. Each of Kathy’s sculptures had a meaning that I could connect to or knew someone that experienced the same situation as Kathy.

Good Job Kathy Yoon! Her instagram is Kathy.c.yoon


Week 11: Activity- Fiber Activity

This week’s activity required me to design a wall art display. With many ideas in mind, I decided to do a mixture of sewing and fiber art. To start my project, I decided to use an old t-shirt as the background and the platform for my fiber art. I asked my grandmother  if I could borrow some sewing string and needles. I decided to do a basic design that incorporated 4 colors. Since my favorite color is blue and green, I decided to use those colors in my design. Unfortunately, I did not take a before picture or a picture that showed my progress, but I did take a final product picture. I was kind of nervous to do this activity because I knew what I wanted to do but I was unsure if it was going to turn out the way I imagined it to be. It took me about 2 hours to complete because I kept messing up but I did not give up. I am satisfied with the final product and I will keep it in my room. In addition, grandma approved my sewing skills.


Week 10: Artist Conversation- Matthew Dumpit

This week I had the opportunity to view the creative work of Matthew Dumpit that was displayed in the Werby Gallery. Matthew’s display was something that I have not seen so far in the semester and it was unique because it incorporated many resources such as light and metals. Matthew’s display was centralized on mechanics and emotion. In his explanation to his display, he says “He tries to evoke familiarity and visceral thoughts through the movement of pieces.” Using geometric shapes it allowed his displays to move using cranks, levers, and vertical movements to display geometric configurations. Matthew also expressed that his work is centered around his emotions. He gets a feeling such as happiness or sadness and then begins to get lost in his emotions and eventually leading him to get lost in his art work. It took Matthew 5 months to complete his display. He said that he aims to engage viewers to have their own emotional experience through personal interaction. I liked this display that Matthew had put together because it allowed the viewers to interact with the artist’s pieces and have a different perspective on what art can mean.

Matthew does not have a website or social media.


This is a light display that was in the galley. I wanted to upload a video but it wouldn’t allow me.

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