Week 4: Art Care Package

Sent to: My girlfriend Shey

Q1: How is sending someone an ACP similar to sending someone a Snapchat?

It’s similar in that you’re creating something. A snapchat is much easier (at most you have to create a face that expresses what you want to express and find decent enough lighting). An art care package is much more involved and takes more thought as to what you want to add into the package. But at it’s core, it’s sending someone something that you have composed.

Q2: How is sending someone an ACP different from sending them a Snapchat?

It’s different in that it’s much more involved than a Snapchat. You have to think about the receiver’s likes and dislikes, what might be useful to include, and what might be fun for them to try out. In a snapchat you only have to compose one picture, whereas in an art care package you might include well over 10 individual items within the package.

Q3: What do you think of ephemera? Is it precious? Or trash? Does it gain in value over time? Does your grandma’s parking ticket from half a century ago mean something to you? What about her tickets from Woodstock? What might your grandkids think if you one day gave them the bead bracelet you wore at Coachella?

I feel it entirely depends on what exactly it is. If it’s a bead bracelet that my grandmother got as a concert, even if it’s a free one that is handed out to all in attendance, I feel that is a pretty cool piece of history to have. On the other hand, if it’s a simple parking ticket or a ticket to a concert, I’d find that pretty useless and just throw that away. Those are in excess and can be found literally everywhere, so I see no value in them.

Q4: Is there a difference between art that is seen by many people, like a painting in the Museum of Modern Art, and art that is seen by few, like the ACP you send to someone?

I feel there is somewhat of a difference. The underlying concept of it being art and it being created to express something is the same; however, one’s expressions reach a far wider audience than the other’s. Similarly, art seen by many people tends to be generally accepted as something that is in the taste of the general public, whereas art only seen by few may not follow that.

Q5: You can take a Snapchat and a friend on the other side of the globe can view it, all within seconds. To make an ACP and send it even to a nearby friend will take days. Does this time and effort difference mean something? How is fast better? How is slow better?

The effort difference definitely means something. If someone goes through the trouble to manually assemble something such as an art care package and then snailmail it to you, it shows that person cares about you, more so than a snapchat would. Similarly, Snapchat will arrive within seconds, which makes it much more convenient and much more preferred when sending something. Faster is better in that it arrives quicker and you get a quicker reaction and need less planning. Slower is better in that it shows more emotion and connection to the person you’re sending the gift to.

Q6: People sometimes say things like prepare a meal with love. Can you prepare a meal with love as fast as you can get food at a McDonald’s drive-thru? Does an ACP have the possibility of containing a sort of “love” different from a Snapchat?

I certainly think you can. You do not need to make a full 5 course meal gourmet style in order to make a meal with love. And I feel an Art Care Package incorporates more love than a snapchat would. Snapchat, in it’s essence, is meant for fast and quick communication. As such, it lacks the depth that a traditional tangible gift or face to face interaction would have.



Week 4: Conversation with an Artist -Robert Nehemiah and Elmer Guevara

Robert’s IG: wookieewarrior

Elmer’s IG: 3LMSKI1

This gallery was shared between two people: Robert Nehemiah and Elmer Guevara. Robert’s style was to use irregular canvases, such as pieces of old wood, torn pieces of what looked to be hay sacks, and even cardboard boxes. He painted realistic portraits of people whom were important to him. Elmer’s style was fragmentation on standard canvases. He interviews homeless people in the LA area and then takes a photo of them and attempts to capture them in a painting. They are both seniors here at CSU Long Beach and will graduate this spring with their BFA in drawing and painting.

Robert was inspired from important people in his life. The portraits were of his mother, grandmother, mentor, and finally a self portrait of himself. They are all relatively realistic looking photos, but do not include the precision that a photo would, which adds a qunique element to the pieces. It was really interesting because one of the photos of the man with the glasses and long hair on the wood canvas looks very similar to someone that I play Ultimate Frisbee with on the team here at CSULB. Elmer was inspired at a young age from growing up in LA. He always saw that people would pay no attention to homeless people, so he decided to take an interest in them. His pieces tried to incorporate the motion of life; he talked about how one man would always fidget and move while Elmer was interviewing him, so Elmer drew multiple limbs to try to express that to the reader.

I feel that Elmer’s pieces were try to get across a sort of social message to the audience, that these homeless people are people too who have a whole life of stories. Their lives are just as complex and rich as our own and that we should be helping them out instead of just ignoring them and treating them as inanimate objects. I know I myself have been guilty of that all my life, so looking at it from the flip side is definitely somewhat foreign to me. But looking at the pieces and hearing Elmer talk sort of rang that chord with me. I’m not sure if that was his intention with the pieces, or that he finds this sort of work really interesting, but that is how it came off.

In regards to simply the art and the aesthetic value, I felt a stronger connection with Robert’s portraits; however, looking deeper into the meaning and the context of the work, I felt a stronger connection with Elmer’s work. I feel that Elmer presenting his work on formal canvases would have aligned more with the style that Robert was trying to have, and Robert’s irregular canvases would have aligned more with the style that Elmer was trying to have. I found it sort of interesting that they kind of used the opposite style canvas that you’d imagine they would use; however, the other person was using the style of canvas that would “more appropriately” align with their work.

Week 3: Conversation with a Classmate


This week I spoke with Trevor. We mainly talked about the artists and our reactions to each exhibit. I actually met him through Courtney and we explored the 3 exhibits as a group. We both really enjoyed the uniqueness of the third exhibit, the one where the artist was not present. We wished he or she was there so we could talk with them about their pieces. The bird that was left in their exhibit for viewers to take was really neat (I grabbed two for my girlfriend and I to have). Trevor and I both enjoyed the rose piece; it was very creatively done, and extremely well done considering it was made with paint. We also helped each other with the beginning of our paragraphs about our artist talk. Picture below (another bad selfie for me)


Week 3: Conversation with an Artist – Kelvin Lopez

Facebook: facebook.com/lkart760

Instagram: Klart760

Kelvin Lopez is an aspiring artist at CSU Long Beach. Out of all the schools he applied to and was accepted, he chose Long Beach because of its location. It’s located conveniently half way between his home, Oceanside, and downtown Long Beach. He is currently in his final semester and will earn is BFA come the end of spring; however, his senior showing will not come until next spring. He is currently in the program of screen-printing, but that is not where he originally began. He transferred as a painter, but found the classrooms he was working in to have poor ventilation. He quickly found out that this would hurt his breathing and often gave him headaches. He decided to look around and found that the screen-printing buildings had much better ventilation, and some of the best equipment among colleges in the West Coast. His art exhibit features pieces about his life, and each piece was inside a crystal of some form.

Talking with Mr. Lopez, I gained an appreciation for the sheer amount of work that went into each piece. He described the various steps and the precision necessary to make each piece, which extends far beyond what the eyes can see. Once piece, titled “2012-2016,” was two pictures of his dog inside a dark grey-black crystal, presumably one from the year 2012 and one from 2016. The dark colors in the piece are in the crystals, and the background is comprised of light colors: pink, light blue, yellow, green. The lines, like a crystal, are very rigged and stiff. The background texture seems to be very soft and flows well, whereas the crystal is very stiff. The other pieces had a very similar makeup: the background wasn’t quite as strong and as stiff as the crystal and the artwork inside of it.

He believes his artwork is a way for the viewer to spy into his life. All the pieces in the exhibit are about his life at different points in time. There are pieces with pictures of him in the crystals, his cousins, and his dogs. He said the motivation for his work is his life. Using the title of his main piece “Scry Baby,” this could suggest that he is using his past and placing them in time capsules, or the crystals, in order to help see into the future of his life. He went into depth describing how he was a spiritual person who believed in well-being and being well. He said his job as an artist is to communicate to the viewer.

I feel the way he described and related to his artwork was very impressionable. He was eager to explain why he made certain pieces certain ways, what they meant to him, what they’re meant to convey, and how they relate to his theme of crystals. He didn’t say that he used the crystals and his past to see into his own future (as it came into my mind a couple days later) but it’s definitely a peculiar idea. Personally, I’ve never wanted to know anything about the future. I find beauty in not knowing what is going to happen when you wake up each day. I feel if you knew what was in store for your life, it wouldn’t be nearly as exciting. While many people may not like surprises, it’s ultimately what makes life exciting.

Week 2: Lanscape with a Corpse

img_0241For this project I sort of became attached to the idea of overdosing on speed, as you mentioned in the lecture. My dad being cop, I immediately thought about asking him to take a photo of me overdosing on cocaine, mainly to see his reaction. He kind of looked at me perplexed for a second before laughing and agreeing to take the photo.

He first took a packet of Splenda and told me to cover he hole around my nose in saliva and put the powder around it. That didn’t really work, as in the photo it was hard to see the powder around my nose. So he went to the bathroom and brought back some sticky topical ointment that the powder would stick to, and then put that around my nose. That worked much better. We then constructed the scene and it came out wonderfully. He got a good chuckle out of it, so I’m glad I could involve him in a part of my art project.

Week 2: Conversation with a classmate

IMG_0235.JPGThis week I talked with Mark De Artola. She was a friend of Courtney’s so I met him through her. He was also apart of the pre-med major and he was very into cars. We initially met by talking about our week 2 activity: landscape with a corpse. He talked about several options about how to take his picture about a car-related accident, until we talked about the best way to easily and readily do it.

We also talked about my major and how I was doing in it. Often in conversations, I don’t talk too much about myself, so it was nice he was interested in getting to know me too and talking to me and getting to know me. He was a prett cool and relaxed guy; I could see myself getting to know him and studying or something with I’m. Link to his website below: