Art students at Long Beach State are able to showcase their works at the student art galleries on upper campus. The students featured this week are Ruth Holladay, Jesse Parrott, Corrie Wille, Kelly Campanella and Amy Williams. The exhibits will be showcased from April 7 to 11.
The School of Art galleries at Long Beach State changed up the typical student exhibitions this week, with a special Graduate Critique Week located in the Fine Arts Building on campus. The weekly themed exhibitions were replaced by a variety of artwork from students across all art departments, in an effort to provide them with a space to have their work critiqued by artists, curators or other gallery exhibitionists outside of the LBSU community. Sculptures, paintings, installations, video projections and more will be individually critiqued for five hours every night this week to provide the students with in-depth feedback. One student featured during critique week is Briana Miyoko, a second year pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in drawing and painting. Through her piece, “Passage, Santa Ynez,” Miyoko uses a combination of sculpture, rocks and a video reel of flowing lava to examine the aftermath of a natural disaster. Miyoko was inspired to create “Passage, Santa Ynez” after witnessing a natural disaster in Santa Barbara and helping with the aftermath of an earthquake in New Zealand. “Seeing a place that was my home and coming back and seeing it changed was definitely a really personal thing,” Miyoko said. Tackling a
Metals and Jewelry Bachelor of Fine Arts major Jojo Solo explores death and deconstruction in her exhibit, "Reap." In her gallery, Solo tackles themes laced with tones of animal and environmental issues and healthcare problems. Solo combines real natural elements such as deceased bees and flowers with metal, wood, sculpture, 3D printing and more. “Reap” is available for viewing Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. and Wednesday from noon to 7 p.m. this week in the School of Art Galleries.
Watching the opening “Star Wars” crawl was not something Matthew Dehnel experienced until he was 10 years old. Unlike many 10-year-olds however, Dehnel was not entranced by the storyline or characters in the sci-fi film, but was instead fascinated by what went on behind the scenes. “All I could notice was that someone had built the sets and props,” the sculpting major said. “I was like, ‘Oh my god I want to build the death star.’” Now over 10 years later, Dehnel’s dream of creating stage designs and sets has come to fruition in his exhibit “Greetings from America” in the School of Art Galleries at Long Beach State. The gallery features both vintage and vintage-inspired items and artworks centralized around the idea of the atomic era in America. Some items displayed include brochures, food, water cans and a cartoon video. The main attraction of the gallery is a 500-square-foot fallout shelter created entirely out of wood and street signs titled “Wasteland Road Trip 2018.” Dehnel created this set piece after receiving retired street signs that added to his long-time sign collection which he started at 16. He described the shelter as looking and feeling post-apocalyptic due to the materials
Long Beach State senior ceramic arts major Diana Nguyen explores the inner workings of her mind through her exhibit "Seeking Equilibrium." This installation features several wooden boxes strung together by rope and chains to symbolize the introspection of her own experiences while navigating life.
To some, Long Beach State senior Riley Natividad’s painting “19” might look like a typical portrait, but for Natividad it’s his self-portrait, highlighting melancholy blue tones and bright red cheeks. It symbolizes a deeper look into his self-proclaimed embarrassing yet beautiful journey of coming out as an LGBTQ+ person. “Coming out was a rollercoaster of emotions filled with ups and downs,” Natividad said. Featured alongside senior art majors Bianca Joaquino, Jenni Huynh and Julie Nguyen, Natividad’s “19” portrays one of the many LGBTQ+ stories told in the “Reflections” exhibit in the School of Art Gallery this week. The artists behind “Reflections” hope to bring positive exposure and normalization to the LGBTQ+ community and the experiences they have had. “I really wanted to portray the beauty of the [LGBTQ+] community,” Huynh said. “That's what this show is all about.” While centered around the idea of normalization, this gallery opened up new doors for Natividad regarding his own sexuality. “I had only begun coming out to people less than a year before they invited me in to their show so at the time, I was still struggling to be comfortable in my own skin,” Natividad said. Natividad added that through his
From the concept of time to the realities of migrant labor, “Memento” has it all. The senior photo series located in the student art galleries put forward the vision of Cal State Long Beach film and photography students. Steven Esperanza explored his family’s careers by delving back into his hometown in the Imperial Valley. His interest in photography goes back to a polaroid camera his father gave him. “I was just taking selfies at eight years old and that’s how it all started,” Esperanza said. Although his knowledge of the camera was limited, it allowed Esperanza to self document his childhood. His video gallery, “Los Campos de Agricultura” featured a series of workers harvesting and packing green onions on screens mounted to the four gallery walls with a stack of produce shipping boxes stacked in the center. The series was inspired by and filmed in his hometown of the Imperial Valley in California, where his family worked in produce fields. Esperanza remembers the workers being bussed in at 5 a.m. and working until 8 p.m. in weather that exceeded 100 degrees. “Growing up around that I wanted to just give back to my community and shoot something that just reminded