In Photos: Artists get community feedback

All five galleries in the Fine Arts Building contain artwork from a variety of Master of Fine Art students in this weeks Graduate Critique Week. The week allows MFA graduate students to receive feedback on their artwork from people throughout the community, in addition to the critique classes they are mandated to take at Long Beach State. A wide variety of artworks are shown ranging from sculpture, painting, video, installation and more.

By | 2018-11-06T18:19:08-07:00 Nov 5, 2018 | 9:25 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Fine Arts|Tags: , , , |

Sculpture artist ignites an explosive exhibit

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

By | 2018-10-24T10:33:23-07:00 Oct 23, 2018 | 9:29 pm|Categories: Arts & Life, Fine Arts, Showcase|Tags: , , , , |