Wk 14 – Artist Conversation – Lourdes Martinez


This week at the galleries, I had the absolute pleasure of meeting the lovely Lourdes Martinez. She is a photography major here at CSULB and exhibited her show “Figment” in collaboration with other artists at the Werby-Gallery.

Lourdes particular piece of art out of the “Figment” collaboration was a photo of Earth inside a glass set. The square photo contains 4 squares with varying shades of purple and green. The photo is inside the glass set which is also a square. All of this is on top of a wooden base.

Lourdes wanted to take a photo that was shot in space and zoom in on it to the point where we can’t fully comprehend what the subject of the photo is. Lourdes explained that the photo is of Earth in 1990 from Voyager 1. Her idea was to show the Earth from a different perspective and to show us the significance of our planet but also the insignificance of us in relation to the universe.

I thought Lourdes piece of art and her ideas were pretty awesome. I always loved learning about space but at the same time it is daunting in a way to know just how little we are in scale to not only the Earth but the whole universe. I enjoyed Lourdes explanation and her style of art. I hope to see her around!


Wk 14 – Classmate Conversation – Steven Gonzales(left) and Argueta(right)!

Hey everyone! This week at the galleries I had the pleasure of meeting Steven and Steven!

Steven Argueta is Hispanic, 19 years old, and in his 2nd year here at CSULB. He is currently planning to major in the field of Mathematics. He said that he had always enjoyed math as a kid but at the same time he is not too sure if he wants a career out of it. When Steven isn’t busy hitting the books, he’s busy hitting the mat! Steven loves wrestling ever since high school. Steven also likes to walk his huskies and mixed dogs. When I asked Steven about the question of the week, he responded similarly to me. He believed that Music was a strong form of art that explains a story and an artists emotions.

Steven Gonzales is also 19 years old, Hispanic, and in his 2nd year here at CSULB. He is currently planning to major in Sociology. He explained that his high school counselor was one of his inspirations to major in this field. As his hobbies, Steven loves to play soccer and video games. He has always loved soccer since he was little. His favorite team is Barcelona and of course, his all time favorite player is none other than Lionel Messi. Steven loves to play FIFA along with  Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and Star Wars: BattleFront when he isn’t playing soccer himself! When asked about the question of the week, he explained that Graphitti was a form of art that he thought was very interesting. You see it everywhere you go and it expresses stories of people’s lives.

Overall, I had a really awesome meeting these two Stevens! If you want to learn more about Mathematics and wrestling, check out Steven Argueta’s page here! And if you want to learn more about playing soccer or how to get you stats up on FIFA, feel free to check out Steven Gonzales page here!

Wk 12 – Activity – Eportfolio

Hey everyone! This week we had to add a more personal touch to our websites to allow us to add content in the future. I plan to use this website as a way to add posts about my development in hospitality management. I really love to cook and bake and I wanted to give my audience a sense of what I create. At the same time, I will keep this website in reserve to update and add my future food creations when I have the chance as I head into my major and learn more about cooking and baking.

I have updated my mark at the top left and updated my ‘About’ page and that can be found here!

Wk 12 – Artist Conversation – Christopher Linquata

This week, I had the opportunity to talk to the awesome Christopher Linquata. Chris displayed his show “Sacred and Profane” along side other artist Mike Kent at the Gatov-West gallery. Chris is currently here at CSULB working on his Masters Fine Arts Degree in representative painting and drawing.

Chris’s painting were quite interesting. They seemed to have all been painted on the beach along with some of his friends. He uses a lot of light brown to represent the beach and rocks but some bright color to contrast himself and his friends from the dark background. Chris has stated that his work is oil on canvas.

Chris has mentioned that he was inspired by early Renaissance artists. He loved their style of art and developed his own connotation to his art. He defined his art as ultimately being snapshots of experiences he has had and capturing the moments onto canvas. He wants people to appreciate the beauty of art.

I appreciate Chris’s message to students and future artists. He wants students to know the gift of art and how we can use it to our advantage to present scenes in our life to other people using our perspective. I also liked the style of art that Chris has created. It reminded me of constructional street art. He clearly put a lot of work and love into his work. Overall, it was a fantastic experience meeting Chris at the galleries. If you want to see or know more about his art, check out his Instagram page here!

Wk 12 – Classmate Conversation – Perla Aguayo

This week at the galleries, I had the pleasure of meeting Perla Aguayo! Perla is Mexican and currently in her 2nd year here at CSULB. She is planning to major in Child Development. Perla mentioned that she has always loved taking care of kids and she hopes to one day make a career out of it. When Perla isn’t busy studying children, she is at the beach with her friends hanging out, having fun, and grabbing some pizza on the way back home. Perla also mentioned that she loves listening to Tori Kelly and her favorite song is Hallow.

When I asked Perla what she thought about the question of the week, she stated that burgundy is a color that calms and relaxes her. On the other hand, really bright colors like yellow excite her. Overall, it was really awesome meeting Perla this week at the galleries. If you want to learn more about child development or how to have some fun at the beach, check out her page here!

Wk 11 – Geocaching EC (Found 4)

Hey everyone! I had a blast wandering around campus with Brittany finding these geocaches! In the featured image, we found ‘CSULB-Altoids Container’ placed by classmate Genesis Jacobo! Thanks for the cache Genesis!

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Here we found ‘Nebraska’ placed by classmate Emily Snyder! Really neat spot I would have never guessed it was there unless I looked! Thanks for the cache Emily!

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Here we found ‘Fire Hydrant’ placed by classmate Jackie Bautista! It was nice spot. It couldn’t really spotted unless you came along the brick wall. Thanks for the cache Jackie!

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Last but not least, we found ‘Wintergreen Altoids’ placed by classmate Tony Nguyen! This one probably took the longest because we just couldn’t find it. We were there walking around the foundation building for like 15 minutes. Nevertheless, we succeeded! Thanks for the cache Tony!

Wk 11 – Artist Conversation – Kathy Yoon

This week at the galleries I had the pleasure of meeting Kathy Yoon! Kathy exhibited her work called ‘So Many Me’s‘ at the Merlino Gallery! Kathy is 27 years old and is currently majoring in ceramics here at CSULB. Before majoring, Kathy actually planned a career in mathematics. However, once she took a college class of ceramics at Cypress College, she was inspired to pursue her dream of creating art. She hopes to one day work in an animation studio after her studies!

The works of art seem to be white figures with black and red eyes. Chatting with Kathy, she stated that the medium she uses in her art mainly consists of porcelain clay, white rose clay paper, underglaze, and yarn. Kathy used white and black to create a clear contrast in the art. It allows for the figurine to have a spotlight, essentially creating a scene for each piece. Each figurine took around two to three weeks to create.

Kathy wanted to create a scene that expressed the various emotions going on in her life and to allow the audience to generate a connection to how she is feeling. The works of art all range in various emotions from happy, sad, lonely, lazy, and love. Each piece offers the viewer an emotion and essentially a reflection on ourselves. We all have these moments where we feel the exact same way these figurines are feeling. Kathy wants to share her experiences with us and hopes we can relate.

Kathy’s art exhibition was really neat. I could absolutely relate to her pieces of art and most importantly the experiences in her life. Everyday we experience these rollercoaster of emotions and its a good idea to express them in a healthy way. It was really amazing meeting Kathy Yoon and if you want to see more of her awesome work, check out her Instagram page here!