Week 5- Activity- Spray Paint



This week, I tried spray painting for the first time. This was something I never thought about doing before. At first, it seemed difficult, however after just trying out a couple letters, it became incredibly fun! I loved it!! It took a bit of playing around with the letter size and shape, but in the end, I really liked how it turned out and i enjoyed the experience. In fact this is something I will definitely try again in the future.


Week 5-Artist Conversation- Ralph Acosta

Runway Gothic Medium     Poster, 2016   Dgital Color Prints   24″x 36″

Artist: Ralph Acosta

Exhibition: Runway Gothic Medium

Media: Poster

Galleries: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website: N/A

Instagram: N/A

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ralph.acosta.50

About the  Artist

Ralph Acosta is a graduate student at CSULB with a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design degree and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in General Art . He grew up in the city of Los Angeles and was fascinated by planes as a child. Although he focuses in graphic design, he also dabbles in photography, film and motion graphics among other medias.

Formal Analysis

Ralph designed a poster titled “Runway Gothic Medium” to showcase the new font he created as part of his attempt to redesign the Los Angeles Air Port. The 24″x 36″ has a picture of a plane flying over Los Angeles. The alphabet and numbers 0-9 are written in white over the blue sky background in the font Ralph Acosta created. The font has a very modern and stylish look.

Content Analysis

Ralph Acosta grew up in Los Angles. He mentioned that as a child, one of his favorite past times was going to the Los Angeles Air Port and watch the planes take off and land. Before, airports were places associated with excitement and adventure. However, now the idea of an airport is associated with stress, long lines and frustrating security procedures. In attempt to bring back some of the positive aspects of air travel, Ralph A. was inspired to redesign the LAX  in effort to add consistency to the design of the LAX and with it some of the romance it was once associated with. The shapes found in his font are inspired by shapes that Ralph A. found in the architecture of the LAX itself.


When looking at the design of the font, I notice it has a very modern look. It is modern and stylish while still remaining clean, simple and professional. I found that the curved nature of the letters gave the room a more modern look as opposed to the usual boring and inconsistent lettering I remember in the LAX. Looking at a font as a form of art was a different experience for me. I had never thought about fonts as art. In fact, I never stopped to wonder how or who created fonts. After talking to Ralph, I learned that creating a new font is  actually a very difficult, long and creative process.

Week 4 Activity- Automatic Drawing

Final Product
Adding some color


For this activity, I asked a close friend of mine to help me draw the automatic drawing. At first, it was a little odd since neither of us had ever attempted to draw and automatic drawing before. We found it a bit difficult to relax and begin drawing, but once we did, the rest came pretty naturally. It was surprising to me how easily our hands moved together at the same speed and in the same direction without verbal communication.

Once we stopped drawing, I decided to add some color to it because I thought it would look better if I added some vivid colors. After coloring it in with bright colors, I was really happy with the way it turned out. It has a very vibrant and rounded look.

Week 4- Artist Conversation- Carly Lake

Carly Lake Clonal Realm, 2016 Plywood, clay, acrylic & thread

Exhibition Information

Artist: Carly Lake

Exhibition: Clonal Realm

Media: Sculpture (plywood, clay, acrylic, thread)

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

Website: carlylake.com

Instagram: sea.lake

About the Artist:

Carly Lake is a senior at CSULB pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. She is originally from Southern California and has had a passion for drawing/illustration for as long as she can remember. When she is not busy with her artwork, she enjoys playing soccer, running and juggling. After graduation, she plans to focus on her art part time.

Formal Analysis

The piece is a vibrant and colorful hanging sculpture. The sculpture showcases brightly colored clay figures arranged in a circle over an equally colorful plywood base. Below the plywood base hang thin strands of thread. These strands of thread are intricately intertwined and woven together.

Content Analysis

After my conversation with Carly L., I learned that her piece, “Clonal Realm”, is about human relationships and codependency. In fact, the sculpture is a part of a larger exhibit titled, “Closer”. Carly L. worked in collaboration with fellow artist May Ta to create the exhibition. The two artists put together an elaborate exhibit that revolves around mankind’s desire for intimacy and the balance between intimacy with others and intimacy as an individual.

When Carly L. spoke about her sculpture, “Clonal Realm”, she mentioned being inspired by a species of plant that, on the surface, grows as separate individual bodies arranged in a circle, however, their roots are intertwined and connected. Similarly, her sculpture is intended to represent the similarities between human beings and this species of plant. Although they are individual bodies, they are also closely connected to one another as are human beings. They share roots and have a similar level of intimacy.

Synthesis/ My Experience

When I walked into the Dutzi Gallery, Carly’s sculpture immediately caught my attention. Her sculpture was bright, vibrant and complex. At first glance, I did not know what to make of it. I found it visually appealing, however,  I did not know the idea and inspiration behind the piece. While chatting with Carly, she spoke about her inspiration behind her sculpture. After hearing about the central idea behind the piece, I decided to take a second look at the sculpture; this time with her inspiration in mind. The second time I looked at the piece, I was able to appreciate the meaning behind the sculpture. I enjoyed the visual representation of human connection, intimacy and codependency.



Mentioned Artist:

May Ta

illustrator + visual artist

Instagram: maypta




Week 3-Classmate Convo.-Monica Lock


This week, I had the pleasure of meeting Monica Lock. Monica is in her third year at CSULB studying Business. Throughout our conversation, she spoke of her excitement about being part of Art 110 because it is her first hands on art course!

website: monicalock.wordpress.com

We discussed the question: If you were to create any artwork of your own, what would be your inspiration?

Monica said that if she could make something art related at this moment, it would be something nature related. She shared that she enjoys spending her free time outdoors. Her artwork would possibly be a depiction of the beach, mountains, or even a garden. She think it’s good to appreciate nature’s art because you are being creative without worrying about anything stressful.

Although I absolutely love nature as well, if I were to create an art piece, I would be inspired to make art about social justice. I am passionate about helping others and about fair treatment for everyone. I would like to create art that reminds people to be kind and charitable to one another and promotes fair treatment. On top of that, i would like my art to be easily shared with the world.

Week 3-Artist Conversation-Alvaro A.S.F.


Exhibition Information

Artist: Alvaro Alvarez Salazar

Exhibition: “A Responce to Classical Music”

Media: Painting/ Sculpture

Galleries: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

Currently No website/Instagram

About the Artist:

Alvaro A.S. is a Guatemalan born, undergraduate artists at CSULB. Alvaro A.S. attended Los Angeles City College before transferring to CSULB and is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Sculpting. He enjoys creating several forms of art, like drawing/ sketching, and is interested in becoming an art teacher in the future.

Formal Analysis

The piece is made up of a large black canvas splattered with colorful, vibrant paint. The piece also consists of a video of Alvaro A.S. in the process of painting the piece which explains the rough texture and vibrance of the piece. Alvaro A.S. refers to his piece as a sculpture/ painting.  The music that played during the video was lively, classical music .

Content Analysis

After chatting with Alvaro A.S., I learned that he sees his piece as a simple and thoughtless reaction to the classical music being played in the background while he paints/ sculpts. Although it may look like a dance or performance, artist Alvarado A.S.  says that he does not feel that the video shows a performance because he feels no expectation to perform. He would also not consider it a dance since it was not choreographed or planned. He was simply reacting to the music as he painted.

Synthesis/ My Experience

While observing “A Response to Classical Music”, I felt that the artist, Alvaro A.S.was completely focused on the music alone. His movements seems guided by the music. After speaking to Alvaro A.S.about his piece, “A Response to Classical Music”, he mentioned that while creating the piece,  he was not involving his thoughts or emotions into the process. I found this to be very interesting because I tend to think of art as an emotional process. However, Alvaro A.S.’s purpose was to avoid thinking and instead to quickly respond to the music as he painted without involving emotion or thoughts. I thought this showed his physical connection with the music.


Week 2: Classmate Conversation

IMG_1085This week, I met Patricia Avendano. She is a sophomore at CSULB (like myself) and is undeclared, but considering a major in Marketing! Her website: patriciaarienne.wordpress.com

We discussed this week’s question: Is art relevant in today’s world. Both of us agreed that it is, but we have slightly different reasons to think so.

Patricia believes that art is relevant in today’s world because we now have social media and technology that makes art easily accessible. This facilitates the way that artists showcase their art and allows for a larger audience. because of this, art can be used as a platform to express their creativity or beliefs.

Similarly, I believe that, art is relevant/ important. I find it important because art can be used as a tool to express anything that cannot be put into words. Things like feeling / emotions, beliefs, movements etc. I also think art can be a tool to advocate social change and justice, which is something I am passionate about.