Wk 10-Art Activity-Fiber Art Social Network

FO4-267 Art 110 Social Network
Personal “Social Web”
  1. Do you think of the term “Social Network” as applying to your RL life and your RL, physical friends? Or mostly to Online & Mobile tools that connect you to people in cyberspace?  

Social Network is most commonly used when referring to ones social media platforms although i believe that the name along with the methods of interaction should be applied in “Real Life”. In social media when interested in getting to know a person with out hesitation one will follow the other and the amount of self introduction is significantly higher in social media as opposed to real life and this is why i say that many of the same things should be applied our friends are a literal connections to the rest of the world and if you follow the paths that they can potentially lead to everyone around you and even beyond that. Just because we can not click on the “following” tab on your friends physical social network does not mean that you should treat it any diffrent because the connections you make in “real life” are far superior to those in  cyberspace.

2.Does Dunbar’s Number make sense to you? That we can only have around 150 truly meaningful relationships, and any others we know will be in more fragmentary ways?

I do not stand in a position to where i can speak about this from experience however i can say i highly doubt that this is the case. Keeping track and being engaged in 150 separate lives is not only time consuming but extremely exhausting. My definition of a “meaningful relationship” is one where you are active in that persons life and have a good understanding of who that complicated individual is. I just do not see how anyone can have the capability of maintaining 150 relationships of this magnitude.

3.What does it mean to have 1,000 or 2,000 or 5,000 Facebook “friends”? Who are these people? What sorts of relationships do you have to them?

Having a large following on social media does not necessarily mean that you are more social nor does it mean that you have more friends, it simply means that you spend more time managing your account, advertising your existence on the platform, browsing and following people in other accounts, and appearing in multiple accounts. The way to visualize this is that just because a product such as car or watch is highly advertised and popular does not mean it is the best on the market. Just because you have many social media” friends” does not mean that they are (if any) true friends.

4. When we visualized our Art110 Social Network, or when you visualized your personal Social Network, did anything surprise you? Did you find any connections or relationships that you hadn’t thought about or realized any different connections?

I have always been fascinated with human interaction and connection the way that potentially lead you to the entire world and how much it overlaps reminding us of how small the world can become but at the same time how much you don’t know about the people around you. Everyone in the class was connected with at least one other person and that person is connected to more and it goes on therefore the amount of interactions you can have as a result of knowing even just one person is virtually limitless.

5. What’s your Personal Number? How many people would you like to have close relationships with in your life? 1? 10? 100? 1,000?

I would like to have no more than 50 personal connections, although the number may be large i would like to be capable to have a close relationship with important people in my life. Having a goal of being a businessman it is essential to have close connections with people with important roles such as financial advisors, mentors and employees. Along with keeping healthy relationships with family, freinds and my significant other.

6. Do you have more “friends” on Facebook or some other platform than are truly your “friends”? What is your relationship to those “extra friends”? Have these weak ties ever brought you new resources like a job opening, someone to date, a cool event, info for something you were working on, etc?

I have less friends on Snapchat but more friends on Instagram. I have found that Instagram has provided me with many opportunities most having to do with social events or creating new friends, however i have found it to be unnecessary and truly a waste of my time as i could be doing something much more productive. I have deleted it off my phone to reduce the amount of distractions. I plan to start a business with the main form of advertisement on Instagram and social media then i will strive to gain the biggest following i can and utilize the features to push my business and treat them as friends to establish a loyal customer base and give my company the feel i would like and to treat each customer the way that they deserve.



Wk 9- Artist Conversation- Vanessa Olivarez

Exhibition Information

Artist: Vanessa Olivarez

Exhibition: Don’t Be Careful, Be Gentle.

Media: Film, Acrylic Glass, Robotics.

Gallery: CSULB School of Art: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

Website: tokioni.com

Instagram: @tokioni

About the Artist

Vanessa Olivarez is a Senior at CSULB’s School of Art and is pursuing a BFA in Sculpture. Her website is a small online business where she sells replicable art pieces that demonstrate her style. She looks to continue her art career passionately and looks to continue displaying her work in galleries not just at CSULB but out of state.

Formal Analysis

Film Projection: The films would project images and they would alternate as one played the other showed a cartoon silhouette of  two girls with identical shapes and same colors but opposite color orientation with  a ring that connects them both. Two projectors were utilized to provide the films on opposite sides of the walls.


The See-Saw: In the center of both of the film projections there was a see saw that had 3 predetermined states; level, left and right. The See-Saw operated autonomously using a bread board and a small servo motor. The See-Saw was constructed entirely of acrylic glass, the transparency and the fact that a see saw is a children’s playground toy gave it a very innocent feel and balanced the powerful images in the projection.


Film on Screen: The computer monitor played a film that showed objects and scenes that one would see in everyday life. The monitor was made of clear plastic allowing us to see inside the circuitry. However in front of the monitor was a acrylic glass staircase and the angles made for an intense glare making the film very hard to see.

Lighting/Room: Unlike traditional art galleries where the pieces are placed on a spot light this exhibition lit the entire room with a purple-red. The door of the exhibition was blocked by a curtain to block outside light intensifying the multiple red-purple lights. The use of multiple lights and transparent sculptures virtually eliminated shadows created by the work itself.

Content Analysis

Film Projection: The Films were on opposite sides because they had opposite themes but yet they intertwined. The film projected on the left hand side had a theme of loneliness the emotional toll that is felt when one is alone and feel that no one is there for you. On the other hand the right wall had a film that showed contentment with being alone, the acceptance that no one will be there fore you like you are. That no one is needed but yourself. They both are about when one is alone but have completely diffrent ways of looking at the same thing.

The See-Saw: The transparent automated see-saw was placed in the center and would change position because it was the balance between the two feelings. It was what dictated wether to see the film as half empty of half full. The see saw picked no sides being in the center and never changed color, or shape but it could change your whole perspective on the way it leaned.

Film on Screen: The film showed things that one sees on a daily basis such as a house but it was placed behind a glass staircase because it demonstrated obstacles that filter your perception of the world and can distort what you are viewing. And the diffrent images with varying brightnesses would change the way the filter that you can not see. Just because the thing that is right in front of you and you can not look at it without looking through it does not mean that it will affect what you are seeing.

Lighting/Room: The room was lit by a purple-red light and this was set in place to give the feel that you are in a fantasy looking at something more within your mind. Hypnotizing the viewer by having you walk into a monochromatic room where the sculptures cast no shadow and you can see through what is in front of you.

   Synthesis/ My Experience

The exhibition instantly reminded me of Erikson’s stages of phycological development; intimacy v.s. isolation begins in early adulthood and this is a artist interpretation of it. I could not think of a better setting than on a college campus for the exhibition as most are seeking to find a partner and when failure to do so get caught between the two feelings in the films, loneliness or empowered by being alone. And it can be a dark place to be for many and a tiring cycle to be in. While feeling alone many can find comfort that they are not alone in the constant battle wether to work hard to find someone who supports you or setting your self apart and work on empowering yourself. Although that is a strong message the conversation created by the exhibition is the categorization of individuals. We are all diffrent we are all unique and it has always frustrated me that most of society, wants to categorize people into groups. For this false creation is why loneliness exists. When wanting group individuals it leaves to many in gaps and holes where they do not fall cleanly. Not falling in a category the way society wants you to is what creates the feeling of being alone and is what causes one to consider being isolated and away (you can be alone if that is the person you are but you don’t have to feel bad for wanting to be so and people wont nag you for being you and staying where you like to be.) There is a balance and everyone falls in a spectrum of personalities we must stop treating human qualities as binary code, we possess qualities at diffrent levels and even vary from day to day we must accept that we are all diffrent to begin to accept ourselves.


Wk 8- Classmate Conversation- Erika Perez


Name: Erika Perez

Year: 2nd Year

Major: Film

Question 1:What is a piece of art, of any medium, that you would like to share with everyone? Why do you like it and why do you think others should experience?

Response: “Classic film”, She enjoys that classic film as so experimental in terms of production techniques. The way that a single film can create genres and cultures because of its originality. We discussed on how we don’t see this in modern day films anymore because every film is all profit driven and very creative and fresh work is often turned down because of the high risk involved with launching a completely new genre of film. Films have the power to influence an entire generation and the fact that most of the films we see are remakes or versions of older stories is sad because we need to be let into the mind of the people of our generation.

Question 2:Would you be supportive of your child wanting to pursue an art career? Why or why not?

Response: Erika and I are friends and most of he time we have very diffrent ways of thinking and we always get into heated debates because of our very diffrent ways of thinking. However in this case we agreed, a plan means everything in any career. As long as there is passion and dedication with a organized plan she would be supportive of her child wanting to purse art.

Question 3:Open your phones to the 1st page. What apps do you both have? What apps are different?

Response: Only Snapchat is the same, Erika deleted most of her apps to make room for photos.

Wk 6- Artist Conversation-Blaine Scot Prow

Exhibition Information

Artist: Blaine Scot Prow

Exhibition: Extrusions

Media: Bristle Board, Foam Core and  CharcoalPaper

Gallery: CSULB School of Art: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Website: In the Making.

Instagram: @tiffuts

About the Artist 


Blaine Prow was raised in Orange County and attended many schools first attending Arizona State University and returning to a community college back home due to finical reasons. While attending community college he was in a band and he wanted to take time off school to pursue a music career. However it did not go as planned and the band lost its momentum so he decided to return to school. In high school he excelled in math and he wanted to design cars so he was majoring in mechanical engineering he realized that the job of a mechanical engineer did not include the design of the automobile he switched over to Studio Art/ Graphic Design.

Formal Analysis

 The Exhibition consisted of 6 pieces each being “extruded” out of the same paper. On each of the pieces one of the sides is still connected while the other sides are cut strategically to create a 3-D shape from the 2-D bristle board. The black part of each of the pieces is charcoal paper and is meant to enhance the section that was cut to show the shape that was needed to be cut in order to obtain the 3 dimensional figure. The board and paper were glued together and placed on a foam core to provide a rigid piece to be hung along the gallery walls.

Content Analysis.

Blaine is a Studio Art major so physical art is not something that he would normally engage in but his fascination with shapes and how 2-Dimensional shapes can come together to create a unexpected 3-D figure. After creating one in his free time he was inspired to make more and display them. His high school self which enjoyed math came out as he used the pythagorean theorem and his knowledge of angles to create perfectly cut lines and edges which would fold seamlessly into a 3 dimensional figure. Although his major seems like it does not match his exhibition it does, he used 3-D modeling to create and test his work then proceeded to print the templates and traced them on the bristle board using charcoal paper. His major also influences his work as in graphic design it is ideal to be simple and this shows in his work as it is black and white and all the lines are perfectly straight. Although simple each piece can take anywhere from 1/2- 3 hours.

Synthesis/ My Experience

I am mechanical engineering major, needless to say I love math. This exhibition was amazing to me, seeing applied math brought into an art gallery was something i did not see coming. I walked in and instantly bonded with just the title, Extrusions, spending many hours on a 3-D modeling software a week, extrusions are a thing i have come to be very familiar with. Although the pieces do not match the dictionary definition of “extrusion” i understood where the artist was coming from. I stared at every piece for so long because i couldn’t help but to put together the angles and measurements in my head, visualizing the forming of the figures from shapes. Many people walked into the gallery thinking that the black charcoal paper was there to represent the shadow of the form and when i mentioned it was not the shadow it is the shape that was cut out to make it they were astonished. I really connected and enjoyed seeing the reactions of the viewers, math is arguably the most disliked of school subjects but i have always known that the creations of math always leave people in awe and although simple this was just one more amazing creation brought to you by creativity and math.

Wk 6- Art Activity-Zine: Hard Work for All


Given the choice of either a zine or a flip book i did not know which i wanted to do because the flip book seemed cool and animated but i felt that a zine could provide a deeper topic and not be as repetitive while drawing it. In high school i enjoyed drawing cartoon characters on the white board of my classes most portraying a message or joke. I would spend a lot of time on some because i wanted them to look a very specific way, however for this zine i wanted it to be more spontaneous and more story driven instead of focusing on the art itself. I marvel at the entrepreneurs and leaders that can make things happen. Working day and night and never stoping to make our lives better. being successful can have many meanings and varies from person to person. This zine represents the way that i view success, having the passion to work hard and reach a position of leadership and wealth by making other peoples lives better, striving to make yourself better than yesterday and having a positive impact in your community.

Zine: Hard Work for All    



It follows the story of a boy who grew up seeing that his community had a problem and everyone was unhappy. Having no idea how to fix it he decided to joke or say something that would distract them for a bit, however the next day everything was back to the unhappy way it was before. He knew there was a way that this could be solved that this is not the way people should live their lives. After thinking he was hit with a revolutionary idea and he got to work. Taking a much more strategic way to fix the problem, frustrated because it is not coming out the way he wants he perceivers. He finally comes up with an idea that he believes in. Taking action and showing his idea to the people that he needs to make it happen and they praise it. It is implemented and tim goes by and after time it is still effective and sees that he has had a positive impact in his community. Because of his success he is rightfully put in a place of leadership. Although he has achieved what many believe to be success he is not done, he will continue to work harder as he is not driven by his own desire but by the efficiency and happiness of the world around him.

Final Thoughts

   I am often criticized because of my way of thinking as people do not understand why some one would work so hard for something that is “unnecessary” and thing that it is “unachievable”. What they don’t understand is that i am extremely realistic i know that the chances of a “perfect” story such as the one shown in the zine are slim. I understand that, however i don’t let it stop my effort to change my surroundings for the better. There are people out there who are what i want to become, there fore it is not impossible. I will never regret going for it and failing but i will forever regret not even trying.

Wk 5- Artist Conversation- Jane Weibel

Artist: Jane Weibel

Exhibition: Psycho Cycle

Media: Ceramics, Plastic, Photography, Paper and Mixed-Media

Gallery: Both Gatov Galleries

Website: Janeweibel.com

Instagram: N/A

About the Artist


Jane Weibel is a BFA Ceramics student at California State University, Long Beach. She began her educational career as massage therapist but went with her passion that is art. Tired of keeping the fact that she is a feminist hidden because of the bad stigma around the name, she now uses her anger towards social inequalities to create art and bring a fresh new view to problems faced by women.

   Formal Analysis


The exhibition consisted of 8 pieces.

Rock and Hands: This displayed multicultural hands reaching, seemingly lifting a single large rock.

Rock Pillow Rope: Consisted of a bungee rope around the waist of a female crumpling the mid section of the photo. The pillow was placed in between for the effect of compression and distortion.

Rock Lifting Photos: The piece showcased 4 different women lifting a diffrent rocks all in diffrent ways and they are tied to a sculpture that has yellow rods very close together.

Suspended Rock: A rock was suspended from the ceiling below it was a picture of females. The photo was also suspend with rods and a stone slab using a twine. A fire sculpture and the rock “sandwiched” the photo.

Cage: The largest piece was a cage made using very colorful plastics zip-tied together to a metal tube frame.

Shredded Paper: Colorful sheets of paper shredded and the shreds were put against a wall creating a large pile.

Two Rocks on Feet: Using a bungee rope two ceramic rocks were stacked on top of a photo of two pairs of legs.

Ceramic Cylinders: Very structured ceramic tubes where crossed perpendicular to each other then stacked on top of a photo of the shoulders of two women.

Content Analysis


I noticed none of the pictures showed any faces and this is to protect the identity of the models as they are students and to make it more relatable ,not personal.

Rock and Hands: Showing a united effort to lift the weight of social inequalities faced by women.

Rock Pillow Rope: This demonstrated the torture that some women face as they try to fit in the unrealistic shapes that are shown in popular media.

Rock Lifting Photos: Each female no matter how diffrent they may be take an individual approach to a problem they all share even when accomplished it is still a task as they have to carry the weight.

Suspended Rock: No matter what way is chosen there will be a undesirable consequence so it is meant to give a feeling of being frozen and not knowing what way is the right way.

Cage: A cage represents being trapped, enclosed and this is what it feels to be given rules and expectations because of your gender.

Shredded Paper: When trying to meet social expectations no matter how diffrent you are your true identity seems to be shredded and discarded.

Two rocks on feet: Multiple gender expectancies are placed on women.

Ceramic Cylinders: it shows the even distribution of weight on the shoulders of women.

Synthesis/ My Experience 

I am aware that there is a problem in our society where gender inequality is an everyday thing and effects every aspect of daily life for women. From the wage gap to the products marketed to them there is something wrong and it must be brought to light and should stop being ignored. This exhibition is the result of a single person that has had enough of it has had such a tremendous effect on its viewers however it does not all lie on the hands of women it lies in all of us we need to understand that we as a society are individuals all having our differences and need to stop placing genders and people into categories that we don’t fit in neatly forcing us to be uncomfortable in our own skin.

Wk 5- Art Activity- Graffiti Writing



I work weekends as much as I would have liked to join the class in Venice on Saturday i couldn’t. Still wanting to be by the beach I know of a location where graffiti artists go to express themselves and i really like the scene so i wanted to add my own art to it for this assignment.

My Art


I had never used spray paint for anything but painting purposes, so graffiti writing was not something that i had no idea how to do. Luckily the film “Bomb It” that we were assigned to watch this week had a small tutorial for bubble type writing, “use a wide spraying tip to do the shape, then use a narrow tip to trace the outline.” I will admit that my art came no where close to the quality of the artist work but it simplified the process and gave me technique to work from. I am a very simple person i like basic colors, white, black grey, however in the grey art bucket that i picked i didn’t check the colors of spray paint that were inside. So i was disappointed as was given a bright orange and a forest green. I did like the green but with orange i thought it would be the ugliest combination of colors. I decided to embrace the colors i was given and picked the bright orange for the body of the letters and the green to border the letters. Surprised that I actually liked the way the colors conflicted each other. Graffiti is about breaking rules i never expected that the same applied when picking colors, it is a art form with no rules no guidelines, writing your tag spontaneously going in not knowing what colors or what location will present your work.

The Experience 


Ultimately what dictated the actual slab i would use was the shade of a palm tree, it was too hot to be in the sun while doing work. having only painted on clean, mostly smooth surfaces i did not take into consideration that the dust and texture of the concrete slab would absorb the paint like sponges. I realized how much paint is needed to do graffiti so now I see these huge graffiti murals and cant even imagine the quantity of spray cans that they use. I enjoyed using my suroundings as a white board most of my time for school is dedicated to mathematics and my thoughts are most clear when i have a large white board in front of me and the same happened, there was a sense of freedom to be able to make a section of the environment a part of you. Of course i couldn’t help but to solve a math problem on one of the slabs with spray paint. It was not photographed because it was not the most neat work.

My long time friend Laritza joined me doing some work of her own switching up the colors with a green body orange outline and picking a more square font. She enjoyed the process and having never been to the location she was in awe because of the beautiful work and scenery. img_0316

We then spent time browsing and climbing the art work as this kind of work is one of the few where its displays are so interactive and can be touched, climbed and altered freely. She was surprised that this was a school assignment we both never imagined something school related can be this much fun.