October 2015

Wk 9 Activity Transmedia Storytelling

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This week’s activity I had to come up with characters and tell a story about that character and two more character. I teamed with Milton. My character’s name is Dyana. I was inspired by my roommate because she was telling me that she wanted to be part of a telenova and well honestly this will be the closest she will get to it. Dyana in her young childhood had to become an escort in order to pay for college. She had a rough childhood but she was able to overcome it by meeting an awesome girl named Christa who showed the correct path. Basically, Christa showed her that she can get out of that world and get financial aid for college. Dyana did not trust her at first but Christa gained her trust. Dyana slowly started changing into a better woman and start following a better and more positive path for herself. At the end, Christa and Dyana became very good friends and indeed moved in together.I used Instagram for Dyana and Christa and they have pictures of them together finding an apartment to live together. It shows how they became close friends when they were strangers in the beginning. The moral of the story is that a person might change your path into a better one. This activity was pretty interesting but the only thing I disliked was working with another person from class. I like my classmates but I am not huge on working with others or group projects.


Wk9 -Artist Conversation – Maccabee Shelley

This week I decided to visit the Gatov Gallery West where Maccabee Shelley displayed his collection of sculptures. He is from Los Angeles and he got a degree in studio art from Humboldt University. He is currently a post- post-baccalaureate special student at California State University Long Beach.The sculptures were made of different materials such as cones, suitcases, books, plastic, glass, and paint. The cohesion of two is what holds the piece together and gives it an own significant identity.

The collection is titled Fragile Future by Maccabee Shelley. Shelley informed his audience about his discovery of the art world. Something interesting about him is that he was originally a Environmental Science major  who casually took a sculpture class as an elective. He realized that he actually enjoyed the sculpture classes so he decided to drop his major and pursue art instead. He realized that his passion was art but he still incorporated environmental science into his art work. An example would be the sculpture of glass bottle because he claims that the production of this piece was a “scientific process”. Shelley does not see any art piece as his favorite because he sees the gallery itself as one piece of art work. Shelley at one point took the time to take a picture of us because he felt appreciated that we were actually genuinely interested in his artwork.

I found Shelley’s artwork very extraordinary because it is like a puzzle piece with all the various materials that hold it together. It is very unique to they eye because it catches your attention and you are tempted to know more information about it. He beautified the glass bottles or the materials that are usually seen as junk or have a negative connotation. Shelley is a perfect example of how art does not necessarily have to be paint or drawing to be considered “art”

For more information on Maccabee Shelley look at his website at

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Wk 9- Classmate Conversation – Shannelle Cruz

On Thursday, I started my morning on the wrong side of the bed. I was contemplating not going to class but I am glad I did because I met Shannelle! I was standing by myself looking around at the art and she approached me asking me if I already had an artist conversation. She was really nice and I automatically warmed up to her! Okay let me tell you some information about Shanelle, she is a fourth year although she does  not look like one at all. She can go for a second year like me. She is majoring in health care administration. She is 22 years old but honestly she looks 19! I thought she was Hawaiin but she is actually Filipino. She started sharing stories about how people confuse her for being 18 or 19 when she goes out to clubs or bars. They ALWAYS ID HER! I thought it was so funny because she always has to prove she is actually over the age of 21. On her spare time, she likes to work out at the gym  because she is currently trying to get fit. She loves to watch netflix and she recommended “Jane the Virgin”! Something we had in common was that we both played basketball in highschool so we shared some of our experiences. She played small and I played Big. She used to go to St. Joseph Highschool in Lakewood. She used to live in Long Beach but now she lives in Cerritos! She works at Downtown Disney. Overall, Shannelle seemed like a pretty chill person! I would love to actually continue talking to her and eventually become friends! We exchanged snapchats and numbers after our conversation.This week’s question was, “what was your favorite art piece that you have seen so far?” She liked the used tea stained place mates. She liked it because it was very cute and the atmosphere was awesome!

Go check out her website!


Wk 8- Artist Conversation – Rhiannon Aarons


This week’s artist conversation, I had the opportunity to talk to Rhiannon Aarons. She had formal art training since she was 17 which is pretty young in my perspective. She works with people who are disabled as a non profit teacher. She is very generous person because she loves to volunteer by spending her time helping others in her community. She wants to bring back to life the history that has disappeared in her art work. She currently a second year MFA student at CSULB.


The title of her art piece is called Ex Libris. Her work usually focuses on the depictions of skeletons and anatomical renderings of mythological beings. I have never seen a type of art like this because it is usually with paint or a different texture. This art in particular was made with a method called drypoint print and digital paint. The structure of it represents how it serves an allegory to a life cycle. She has her mind set on making her viewers in depth about what they really see in her art pieces. She just wants people to expand their creativity and how they will interpret the piece in their own perspective.


The art piece above are her art pieces that are named Serpents. It was based on the historical prints of the garden of Eden. It is based on the serpent that tricks Eva to sin in the beginning of time when God created the world. The serpent in a biblical sense has a negative connotation. She chose these art pieces because they all share the common thread of depicting the serpent as specifically feminine, even though the biblical serpent is gender neutral.

Her art pieces  are very simple but it has a very depth meaning if you actually pay attention. I love how the serpents had a connection with the bible because I have never seen an artist use the bible as a base. She made the skeletons without legs but with wings which adds a mythological sense.

Rhiannon Aarons’ Information:



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Week 8 – Activity- Mobile Public Art: Somebody App

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This week’s activity was pretty weird because I had to use the Somebody app.  It was very difficult for me because I did not understand it at all. I was trying to figure it out with my roommates and we just could not get it until one of my classmates explained it to me. Calexico was the one who explained it to me over the phone so basically  you have to  compose a message but instead of you sending it directly to the person you want to send it to you have to send the message to another person to send it for you. Honestly, I did not like it at all. I thought it was just very creepy because I did not want a random person to come up to me to deliver a message.

The only thing that somebody app would have in common with periscope, snapchat, and instagram is the fact there are strangers who can see our stuff but in the somebody app you can actually get to know them which is just utterly weird. In other words, it lets you connect with other people. The app was very complicated and it did  not let me have fun like the other apps. Snapchat is my favorite app because I feel like it is the most laid back. I get to see what my friends are doing on their days off and they get to see what I am doing with either a picture, video, or even text through snapchat. Instagram is mostly focused on nice pictures that serves as memories and snapchat is more of a daily use. On the other hand, periscope is only fun when many people watch and comment and interact with you. If I had the opportunity to create an app, I would probably do a similar one like snapchat but change some of the effects to make it more fun and simple. My app would allow others to have a good time and not worry so much on the emojis next to their names. Honestly, I would not know what I would name it because I would want a word that grabs a person attention. Overall, it was a pretty weird experience if you ask me!

Wk 8 – Classmate Conversation Ryan Bravo

This week I had the opportunity to talk to Ryan Bravo. I bumped into him in class and it was very funny because he was in like two of my classes in my freshman year. It was like catching up with an old classmate and it was pretty cool. I actually knew some information about him but this time it was pretty different and interesting.

He is a second year and he is Latino Half Mexican and Puerto Rican. He is from Santa Ana, California in the Orange County. It is a pretty popular place because the OC fair goes there annually. He is the youngest of four siblings. He is a criminal justice major and a minor in psychology. I was a criminal major in my first year of my college and I had two classes with him and it was pretty fun! It is pretty cool that I have him in this class again. I am a psychology minor like him. We have something in common! He loves to surf and going snowboarding.  He enjoys going to the gym a lot because he is like always at the gym literally! He enjoys spending time with his family and watching baseball, football, and basketball.

Today’s question of the day was “What is your favorite color and why?” Ryan said his favorite color is blue. He said he likes the texture and the way it can resemble the sky and peace. He says that blue looks really nice on him as well. Honestly, it was pretty nice to catch up with Ryan! Hopefully we have another class in the future!


Here is Ryans’s link on the bottom:

Wk 7- Artist Conversation- Nora Ayala

This week I chose to visit the Maxine Merlino Gallery where Nora Ayala was showing her masterpieces. She is from Southern California. It is her last year in Cal State Long Beach doing her master in fine arts for printmaking. She became an art major because she has always been interested in it since she was kid. She enjoyed receiving art supplies during Christmas so she can draw or paint how she pleased. Her artist name is Norax.

I was attracted to this masterpiece because it was pink.  The art is made up from lipstick which is pretty odd but fascinating. It is also known as serigraphy/ screen printing with lipstick mesh. She used cheap lipstick because she did not want to spend a lot of money. She chose the lipstick because it was non toxic. The lipstick is smeared on different layers and the texture of the lipstick gives a tender and soft view  like intimacy. I feel like it is very romantic because the rose colors, flowers, and letter make me think about a relationship or love. Since the room was very dim, you can feel a love or romantic vibe in the room.

She is inspired by life in general because she says that life experiences have to do with everything. Her art pieces are mostly inspired by what she is feeling or going through that day or week. It all had to with her emotions and feelings. She enjoys doing art projects with neon and metallic colors but this one is quite different in a way since it is mostly pink. She also mention that it is easier to use this kind of print screening because it is faster to dry. Nora says that her art work represents the idea of allowing other people into the personal space. It was pretty awesome talking to Nora!

Mfa Students webpage    <— Webpage where her artwork is at go to Open Studios, then search for her name.

Instagram : norax-darleo


Wk 7- Ephemeral Art- Snapchat

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This week the activity consisted of snapchat and personally it is my favorite social network! I was very excited to do this activity because I use snapchat all the time so it was no big deal for me. It was very unique way to get to know my classmates because they would put up little details about their day or what their day will consist of. On snapchat, it can be personal as a one on one conversation with one your friends or you can share with all your friends at once  on your story. I love how simple it is to communicate with one another. Honestly, there are times when I prefer snapchat over texting my friends. I love how the pictures, videos, and the new effects on snapchat can make the conversation more lively.

The three pictures in a row are snapchats from my weekend. The first picture is a snapchat of my roommates and since my third roommate was missing, we decided to draw her in so she wont feel left out. We went to the beach to distress from that week of school. The second picture is when we went to Signal Hill on Saturday to enjoy the view. Lastly, the third picture is a snapchat of a piece in the art galley where I decided to draw a person in the swing so it can be more vivid and interesting in my point of view. Of course not saying that the art is not breathtaking itself.

The other three pictures are snapchats from my fellow classmates: Milton Coreas, Natalie Mai, and Jennifer Rodriguez aka China. Milton was quite sad that his pool was dirty because it was pretty hot that day and unfortunately it was dirty. Natalie, on the other hand, decided to fix the fountain which I found pretty cool because she was showing her artistic skills through snapchat. Lastly, Jennifer or China posted a pic of her son ( I believe) eating either breakfast or a snack. I thought it was pretty cute because I like pan dulce with milk as well.Snapchat lets us relate with other people and see what they are doing for fun. If we like something from their snapchat, we can just snapchat them back with questions like: what kind of food it was, what theme park is it, etc.

Instagram, Periscope, and Snapchat are similar as in they are all social networks and people can view us in different perspectives.  They are different because Instagram is mostly for good quality pictures and snapchat is like an everyday use and it doesnt really matter what you post. Instagram is mostly like memorable moment and snapchat is mostly like random moments. Periscope is just weird because it is a video on what you are doing all the time and it is like you have to keep entertaining others so they can keep watching you. I prefer snapchat over the other two because it is much more simple and fun. I dont like periscope that much because it is an ongoing video of myself. In other words, I really enjoyed using snapchat this week! I recommend everyone to keep using snapchat because it is very fun and liberal.



Wk 7- Classmate Conversation- Milton Coreas

On Thursday I had the opportunity to have a conversation with Milton Coreas. I actually met him a while ago but I did not have the opportunity to do a classmate conversation on him.I remember I met him on a Thursday at the art galleries by just going up to him so he can explain to me what was the question of the day since I was late.  I found out he is in my history class with the British professor. Although he sits in the back and I in the front, we still say hi to each other whenever we see each other. He is a really nice and awesome guy.  He is a second year at Cal State Long Beach and is a film major. Milton likes to play soccer and is a soccer fan like most guys. He goes for Barcelona and his favorite players Messi and Iniesta. His current hobby is the guitar because he is determined to learn how to play the guitar well and learn how to play many songs. I found out that Milton’s parents are from D.F, Mexico which is pretty cool because my mom is from Mexico too but a different part. I found he had an apartment like me in long beach but he decided to move out and move back in at home  with his parents. He is from Lynwood which is not that far from my hometown Huntington Park.

Milton said if he could dye his hair any color it would be yellow because he likes Dragon Ball Z and he would want to be like Goku. I think that is an awesome idea because he would definintely stand out. You go Milton!

I will post Milton’s blog post in the bottom if you would like to know more about him:

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