Week 2: Conversations (Artist + Classmate)

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Artist: Maccabee Shelley

I had the pleasure of viewing the artwork of Maccabee Shelley during this week of Art 110.

I choose to concentrate my attention to his particular gallery because of how unique and creative the works were. Furthermore, Mr. Shelley came to speak to the class as a whole in a previous session (01/26/15).

During this short session, Mr. Shelley introduced himself and also gave his particular art gallery a short introduction. He is a post graduate college student whose current work involves glass sculptures/ceramics (I vaguely remember someone mentioning that he uses Art as his primary means of living, as in an occupation/career. If so, then more praise to him.)

Basically He gave an overview of how his glass works came into being. He went over how it involve quite a bit of manual labor as well: the glass, in its raw form, had to be crushed with a metal rod in order to be placed into a mold of some sort.

The mold would have these bits of glass and then be treated to a super high temperature bath of heat from hell. This temperature melts down the glass and take a more unified shape, as we see in the exhibit. Afterwards I assume that the mold is either melted off or removed, and a final product should take form.

This short introduction showed me that this artist had a great passion for his work and was very welling to both identify and associate himself with it. Confidence goes a long way. It also instilled a sense of curiosity as I had something to look forward to later in the week. But I mostly wanted to touch the sculptures to see if the seemingly sharp edges could lacerate someone’s hands off. (Don’t worry: I didn’t touch it at all…respect for artwork comes first).

My first impressions were good, and seeing the work in person was just as interesting as I’d hope it would be.

During the Thursday session, the artist went into great detail about how certain pieces were formed and why the appealing visual appearance came out like it did. Some of this talk was border-line technical, which I liked since I had a logical mindset and not an artistic one.

The most interesting bit about the look of these sculptures is how some parts of it look layered and grouped. With the process in mind, I would have expected a distortion of colors that would have created an abomination of a work. However, there were grouping of intense colors together. I believe his explanation went along the lines of particular heating temperatures of certain glass- which makes sense, unless the glass utilized has the same ratio of elements in it.

With the colors you can tell what kind of glass was being used! If you notice the brownish color you’d immediately associate it with the color of the bottles found on a generic glass bottle, such as Miller Lite/Amstel Lite/Samuel Adams Lite (ew lite beer).

The whitish color(it is clear up close) is going to consist of mainly CLEAR glass bottles…maybe there is a good ol’ Jack Daniels  Whiskey bottle used in one of these art works…awesome!

The green is obviously going to come from bottles like Heikenen…or maybe even a Jameson Irish Whiskey bottle!

I also noticed a BEAUTIFUL sapphire blue that was definitely the most eye catching..I unfortunately neglected to inquire about what material would have produced such a magnificent color…some of it could have been from those blue Vodka bottles…hmmm.

Anyways, the use of recycled glass and transforming it into art is something I can appreciate. Simple yet creative. You gotta wonder if a number of alcoholics were utilized in providing excess glass….

Classmate Conversation: SooJin Kim

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I had the pleasure of interviewing a classmate named SooJin this week. Soojin is currently a freshman, like myself.

She also commutes to CSULB daily, but unlike me, she is a fast driver and likes to get from point A to point B in the quickest way possible. Not my cup of coffee. As for school she is thinking about moving towards a nursing program. Hopefully she reaches her goals and more.

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