Wk 13 – Artist Conversation – Nick Bamford



Artist: Nick Bamford

Exhibition: Untitled

Media: UV Lights, Neon lights, Light Sculptures

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: N/A

Instagram: @nickbamf4d


Nick is a graduate student, he went to Yale, wow. Never met somebody from the Ivy League, until now. Anyways, Nick is going to get his degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts. Nick likes to build things, that’s basically his interests which reflects a lot on the work he’s put up. Onto the art..



Nick made these large sculptures that consisted of UV lights and neon lights. It included moving parts such as a fan. In some perspectives of the sculptures, they could almost be seen as a person (?) but to me they were disorganized in a good way. Everything was plopped together in the right way and in the right spot.



The dimly lit room made for an excellent environment for the sculpture. It was made out of lights that shined bright and screamed out attention, for good reason. I liked the UV lights as they created a more fluorescent vibe throughout the room and really made the neon lights stand out more. It looked like a night club squished into a sculpture.


Overall, the pieces were really eye catching. The lights stood out, the pieces he used were very.. bizarre but it worked perfectly. I hope this isn’t insulting to Nick but remember that show iCarly where her older brother Spencer made those crazy sculptures? This is what I imagined. Keep up the great work Nick, love these pieces!


Wk 13 – Classmate Conversation – Aaron Valenzuela

This week  I interviewed Aaron Valenzuela with Christian Agguire. Aaron is a freshman, planning to become a film major; it is something that I always thought about but was never too sure of myself if it will ultimately be a good idea. But besides that, Aaron is into Soccer, video games, and the teams Real Madrid and Manchester United. His favorite food is straight up Carne Asada Tacos, no messin around. Aaron plans on becoming a highway patrol officer, hopes that soccer will pay off, and might use his film degree as his backup. I asked where Aaron would possibly like to go visit in the world, he said Madrid or Barcelona. Lastly, an odd one, but I asked him what his worst nightmare is; he said that it is Chucky coming after him, but cmon who hasn’t dreamt that?


This probably looks like cheating but we took this picture on Thursday and the one way earlier was Aaron and I interviewing Christian while Christian interviewed me. AARON IS THE ONE IN THE MIDDLE.

Wk 12 – Art Experience – Geocaching

This week we are Geocaching. To understand this experience, you gotta know what it means. First of all, Geocaching involves GPS coordinates and some hidden treasure. Somebody hides the treasure, marks it on a map with given PRECISE coordinates and then they post it on the internet for somebody to find. The fun part is that you can keep the cycle going by leaving a bit of treasure for the next person to find it.

In my case, I used an app specifically meant for Geocaching, it’s called “Geocaching” which is free on the AppStore and the Google Play Store. You set up your location and a bunch of locations appear where people have left behind their treasure.

My girlfriend and I set out to find one nearby and not too challenging. We found this one pretty easily, it took about roughly 7 minutes in total. A really fun experience.


Here’s some proof that we signed it and a video of the process.


We attempted to hide on ourselves, but the app didn’t allow me to post my own unfortunately but here’s what I wanted to hide. It wasn’t too crazy like the video but something simple, an Altoid box with a foamy toy and sign in sheet.



Overall, I really enjoyed Geocaching. Maybe I might go out and try it again with a harder one or something. I am really bummed that I couldn’t leave behind the coordinates to my box but I’ll try again soon.


Wk 11 – Art Experience – Turning Pages

On Thursday we went to the library and the bookstore. Two places that include books but each is different. The library’s first floor isn’t reserved for actual book reading while the bookstore is more open to anything but it is looked more as a store than a study area. It was quite interesting to see the experience unfold. I personally enjoyed the bookstore more than the library experience.

In the library, we went to the second floor to grab some children books to read on the first floor in the waiting area. It was very awkward and uncomfortable. We simply caused a very large disruption. People turned their heads like what the heck are these people doing here?! I laughed when they ask Professor Zucman who’s the Professor, he was like me duh. Then we moved onto the next part, the bookstore.

Here’s some pictures provided for us, I’m in the front with the black hat that says SUP




In the bookstore, we invaded it and tried to disrupt it but the bookstore didn’t budge. We were all over the place, it didn’t even look like we were a class anymore, we looked a bunch of students happened to come in all at once. I took videos for the bookstore!

This one were just chilling with the guitars. And the one below is us invading bookstore.

In conclusion, I just found it funny how we were just reading in the library but they didn’t want us to. Yes, I know it wasn’t a “study area” but was anyone really studying behind those screens? And if they really needed the silence, head to the 2nd floor for some absolute silence.


Wk 10 – Artist Conversation – Ja’Rie Gray


Artist: Ja’Rie Gray
Exhibition: My Complexion
Media: Paper,
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L Gatov East
Website: http://jariegraymycomplexion.weebly.com
Instagram: N/A
Ja’Rie is an artist that came up drawing and painting naturally. It all came to her simply. Her inspiration came from her dislike of her skin color. Being black, she didn’t like her dark skin color and preferred a more fairer skin color.


Ja’Rie uses colorful pastel colors on a large paper. She includes portraits of herself across each art piece. The pieces include her standing around, looking upset. Mirrors surround her with fairer skinned versions of herself. Each piece is highly saturated but there are a few exceptions of sketches of drawings.


Ja’Rie includes bottles of bleach and cans of Comet in her portraits. She looks distraught and in some, she is drinking it. She only wants to rid herself of her darker skin tone. But she wants to make a message that all skin tones should be accepted and loved equally.


I spoke with Ja’Rie and she told me her background story, upset about her skin color, she wanted to change her appearance. She told me, at one point her life, she took a bath, in bleach. I couldn’t help but sympathize as my I can somewhat relate. My girlfriend feels similar, but not at the same level, she believes her dark skin is awful but I embrace her skin color, as should others. I liked the pieces and the message behind, I want to see more from Ja’Rie.

Wk 9 – Classmate Conversation – Aaron Satterfield

I talked to Aaron Satterfield. Aaron is a Computer Science major from Huntington Beach, as well as a 2nd year student. He is also an app developer, he works at a startup in Irvine, which I think is really cool, I’ve always wanted to learn how to code! He’s played baseball at high school. He’s also on the snowboard team here, he just went to the nationals in New York. His favorite is food is  sushi, anything sushi is good for him, as long as it’s not the cheap kind. His favorite TV show is Better Call Saul & Suits. Aaron is looking forward this year to snowboard season for winter to come again. Nice meeting with you Aaron!


Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – Will Brigham

Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – Will Brigham


Artist: Will Brigham
Exhibition: Altered Carbon
Media: Wood, Metal Base(copper,brass)
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi
Website: theartificery.com
Instagram: @theartificery


Will Brigham is from Huntington Beach, a local native if I may add. Will is getting a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts for Metals/3D Media. Will was inspired by wanting to make cool stuff, so he made knives, not all knives but mostly from his exhibition, knives. It’s badass. Working with metals is not the easiest as we’ve learned from Kristi Jensen (another artist I interviewed). Will is expected to graduate this semester, congrats to him! Will also asked that I do not take a photo of him, fine with me.


Willmakes rings, knives, and abstract pieces. They’re made mostly from metals, exotic metals. The metals mostly consist of a dark gray color, somewhere closer to black if anything. Not only does Willwork with  metals, he also works with wood. These woods are also exotic, they serve mostly with the base of the knife. The hardest of woods to work with; I do not recall the name of the wood pieces, but they were extremely hard to work with.20160317_113545.jpg


The knives are very intricately made, they have a feathered style on the blade. It is made through many, many layers of metal that form the pattern. The rings are black, a deep black. They are polished nicely, ready for any finger. As for the abstract pieces, they vary from piece to piece. From what Will showcased in the exhibit, the abstract pieces were golden. A rare item from what it looks like. To me, it reminds me of the golden snitch from Harry Potter or the Apple of Eden from Assassin’s Creed.20160317_113659.jpg



Overall, I really enjoyed Will’s display of his work, it’s very appealing to me. The knives are really detailed but the abstract pieces are what catch my attention most. Will said that most pieces like that take long hours to make, and it truly shows when the final product comes out. In some cases, you can see how many layers Will went through to get the final piece. This was my favorite piece. The knife was black, truly sinister looking. I hope to see more of Will’s work in the future.20160317_114145.jpg