Wk 15-Artist Conversation- Nancy Young

Nancy Young, a CSULB student, is wrapping up her final semester at the university and will be graduating with her BFA in print making. This is Young’s second attempt in shooting for a CSULB degree. Young admits to failing grades as a result to substance abuse and bipolar disorder in 1984 that got her disqualified from the university her first time in college, but was motivated to challenge herself and accomplish her dreams.
Young works in Orange County as a programmer and simply enjoys art as a side passion with no desire for financial gains. Her degree is a symbol of success for her. Nancy Young is a passionate soul, and with extra love for her dogs, who have have supplies her with artistic inspiration. She also adds that this is her final exhibit for the art program at CSULB, and she was especially excited to reveal her recent final work to her supportive family.

Youwng’s exhibit had an obvious focus on black crows. Her work is a reflection of loss and grief after losing her beloved husband nine years ago who continues to be an inspiration to her expressions, and the loss of one of her dogs. Young used various methods within her art . She shares a passion for the true process of her art, and informed her guests with descriptions of each on the wall. A few she presented in her art and explained were intaglio, photopolymers, and lithography; intaglio is a form of etching where the image is etched or incised into a surface and the ink is held in the sunken areas. Photopolymers are played exposed to an photograph using UV lights and tap water. Young likes that this method is non toxic and safe as acids and solvents are not required. Lastly, lithography is a process using a greasy crayon on limestone or aluminum plates, the surface is then etched so that image surface attracts the ink and non image areas repel the ink.

I very much enjoyed Nancy Young’s exhibit, and share a deep appreciation for the various methods she has studied in printmaking. Her quality in work shares great attention to detail. My favorite pieces in Young’s exhibit were the images carved in wood. I liked the texture. I also admired the photopolymers. Although her work expressed grief, the image of a crow still carries a sense of beauty.



Wk 14- Art Experience- Sketch

I didn’t like the restriction to the Japanese Garden, as beautiful and calming the scenery is. I would have preferred to have free range on my choice of sketch and landscape. I started to lose interest in objects to draw because everything is so intricate in detail here. Most of my detailed drawings are incomplete for the sake of my patience. If I’m not passionate about what I’m drawing I’ll leave the paper behind like an unfinished puzzle. My abstract drawings were mostly interpretations of what I was thinking- the killer whale and the lily pads are because koi make me think of the “killer whales” of fish because some of those fish are beastly huge. The fish blowing out of the water and the crazy sleeping willow tree were because it was windy and I started thinking about the Dr Suess fish. The abstract drawing of lines was a simplified version of my more detailed drawing. It’s a lot of geometric shapes.

Wk 13- Artist Conversations- Tiffany Le


Tiffany Le

Exhibition: Tàu

Media: Watercolor, Color Pencil, Ink, Charcoal and Clayboard

Gallery: Dennis W Dutzi Gallery

Website: letealeaf.prosite.com

Instagram: @letealeaf

Soon to be graduate Tiffany Le will be receiving her MFA in CSULB’s illustration program. She is very excited to wrap up her last year at The Beach to move on to her own studio work. Next to art, Tiffany had a unique hobby of kendo, a form of Japanese martial art that she says is like fencing. She also has two bunnies she loves very much.

Tiffany’s art is inspired by her family’s and the entire Vietnamese community’s struggle to seek refuge and make a home in America. She depicts zodiac animals in her paintings to symbolize the traits associated with the zodiac sign. The many of boats depicted have to do with the Vietnamese community. Because they came by the boats to seek refuge following the Fall of Saigon in 1975 they were called “boat people”, which labeled them as outsiders and brought more difficulties to the Vietnamese people. Tiffany’s work not only captures symbolic interpretation through objects, but the form of art holds her people’s culture.

Of all the exhibitions, I admired Tiffany’s work the most. She claimed to not know much of her people’s history and culture from the start, however her art has given her the ability to explore and share the Vietnamese difficulties. The large boat and many small boats in the center of the room were beautiful and were what initially caught my eye. It made the room a personal environment, like a candle lighting for those Vietnamese who fought every day in hopes of a more prosperous life for their family and themselves.

Wk 13- Art Experience- Geocaching

image.pngI heard of Geocaching when the app first came out and thought it was something I would never do. It’s not that I don’t love the outdoors, I enjoy hiking and adventure, but I’m all for the scenery not the hunt. So I chose to look for a geocache near home at San Martin Park just a few blocks away. I was disappointed that my search came up empty handed, but the idea had me a little thrilled, so you could imagine my disappointed. I didn’t keep searching for other coordinates because they fell far outside my neighborhood and honestly, I’m on E for gas and pay day is still 4 days away. I feel like you could get the most out of this app if you travel to more remote secluded areas where muggles won’t tamper with the prize or treat. This is definitely something worthwhile if you’re with a few friends and can’t think of anything cool to do. I’d like to go out further from the suburbs and city to find something hidden near a trail. Unfortunately I didn’t participate in hiding anything neat, but this apps a keeper. It would be fun to get more involved and add my own coordinate to the map for seekers.  Thanks for the exposure Glenn!

WK 10- Artist Conversation- Helen Werner Cox

Artist: Helen Werner Cox

Exhibition: Silent Screams

Media: Oil, Pastel, Maker, Inks, Crayons, MonoPrints, Basswood Carving

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery West

Website: http://www.HelenWernerCox.com

Instagram: No Instagram

Helen Werner Cox was a delight to speak with for this weeks artist conversation. She is a student of the CSULB Fine Arts Program of Drawing and Painting where she is currently working towards a Masters Degree. Cox left her home in Ithaca, New York at age 18 to study fine arts in Massachusetts. For 30 years she taught high school and middle school art. Teaching led her to going for a masters where she spent 13 years in Boston before having enough snow and rain. She landed a middle school teaching job upon coming to California where she spent 17 years doing so, then another 13 years as a librarian in North Long Beach. She carries a notebook with her wherever she goes in case an idea crosses her mind, she can quickly jot down or sketch her idea for later referencing. Next to drawing and painting Cox enjoys gardening and fictional books

When asked how Cox would describe the lines in her paintings she said “structure and energy”. In ‘The a Blue Mule’, Cox uses cooler, darker colors in the foreground, and the warmer colors are used to paint the animals coming forward. The differentiation of warm and cool colors evokes the feeling of warm lighting, and gives dimension to the painting. Her painting ‘Silent Screams’ shares more warm colors, and her strokes in the foreground create movement and energy.

Cox exhibit was centered around the visual depiction of carousel horses, but the fun loved image held a deeper context. The horses’ expressions in Cox paintings were fearful, and the emotions felt dark. Cox message was to illustrate how society is stuck on a track, going in circles, spiraling out of control. Cox shared that many who are a fan of carousels do not like her art because they feel the work is altering the image of horse carousels from fun to dark.

Of all the artists, Cox has been my favorite conversation. She was such a fri fly conversation and I absolutely enjoyed every piece in her exhibit. I have a personal connection with carousels as my grandmother adores them, so we had carousel horses all over our home. I enjoy metaphors that reflect images of societal behavior because typically, as humans, we don’t recognize when we are stuck in a loop or when we repeat habits; and art is a powerful motivator to get people to reflect or react. There’s something about art that captures us and evokes mindfulness.

Wk 11- Art Experience- Instagram

I use my Instagram everyday, and tend to check my feed every 30 minutes. I don’t even have a Facebook app anymore (it got too political for me). Most of my Instagram one is of my pets, mostly dogs, and a little bit of myself. I noticed under the #art110s16 that many others also shred photos of their pets. It’s not surprising, because people obsess over puppies and cat videos. It gets the most likes. A majority of the pages I follow are of dogs. To name a few “AllThingHusky”, “DoxieObsessed”…. And I even have dogs with their own pages, “ShaggyNoBallz” (a close friend), “Corgnelius”, “Leonardo_Di_Corgio”, “Crusoe_dachshund”… Look up the #Brawtney, that’s my dachshund(;

Wk9- Artist Conversations- Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Exhibition: All Work All Play

Media: Metals- copper, silver

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website: None

Instagram: None

Sean is a fifth year in the CSULB Fine Arts Metals Program. She graduates this year. She’s originally from Los Angeles, but has resided in Ling Beach since attending CSULB. She enjoys cooking and eating what she cooks. She is the youngest (23 years old) of two older brothers (31 and 28 years old). When she first came to CSULB she had stated herself a creative writing major in poetry, but got into studio art. From there she branched into handling metals.

Sean’s exhibit is designed around using coppers and silvers. The pieces are smooth to the touch because they’re designed to wear as jewelry. Sean demonstrated how her pieces can be worn by wearing a necklace she designed. The pieces are simple, and I found some pieces sexual in nature.

Sean has a preference over using silver because it’s a precious metal and it’s easier to shape. Her art has no directed goal, but she enjoys making art she doesn’t like. She likes experimental art, but her art is also inspired by her current emotions.

I liked Sean’s art and how she aims for experimental art, versus a designed purpose. I feel the experience is different when you observe experimental art because that art is driven by emotions versus a vision.