Artist conversation #1 wk 3

Artist: Kelvin Lopez

Exhibition: Scry Baby

Media: Printing, painting

Gallery: CSULB School of Art

Art 110 Artist convo week 3

The artist I got name was Kelvin Lopez. Kelvin is from San Diego. He went to San Diego for community college and is finishing up his B.F.A at CSULB. He also plans to get his graduate’s degree. In his free time he enjoys doing things many of us do like going to festivals and hanging out with friends. He is a pretty normal college student , just with a lot of artistic talent. He began to take art seriously when he took an art class and his work was not as good as the other students which motivated him to get better. Once he got the resources to do his art, he never stopped.

Kevin Lopez bases his art around crystals which he was first introduced to by his ex girlfriend. Lopez inserts different pictures into the crystal with his specialty which is print art. His art always seems to have a simple in terms of color crystals and a very colorful, abstract background. His art also uses pictures of himself, his nephews and his dogs. His art is very personal to him which I really like. The backgrounds of his prints are most impressive to me because it is visually pleasing.

The crystals in Lopez’s prints have a meaning. He stated that it was a type of crystal that resembles something of a crystal ball. When you look through the crystal it is like looking into your future. It was all connected because he would use an older picture of himself with a recent photo of himself and insert it into a crystal. He says that his inspirations for his work was Fred Tomaselli, Alex Gray and his boss Rob Brown. Lopez believes that and artist’s job in today’s society is to speak to the people and he does that through his social media outlets. He enjoys having people look at his art and having feedback on it wether or not it is positive feedback.

At first when I looked at Kevin Lopez’s work, i just saw a pretty picture but as he talked about crystals and their meanings, I saw it for more than that. I really liked the idea of seeing into the future through a crystal. This was another great example of art not just being paintings and sculptures. In Lopez’s case, it was through his prints. I’m not into all art but this opened my eyes to a whole new type of art that interests me. To me, Lopez’s art resemble that the future will be bright because he has pictures of himself when he was younger till now, the crystal resembles looking into the future  and with the bright , positive background it is safe to say the he has a positive outlook on the future.


Classmate conversations wk 2

For this week’s classmate conversation i met Elyse. Elyse is 19 and she is from San Diego. She currently lives in the dorms. She is majoring in kinesiology and loves to play volleyball. She did ASB, yearbook and avid in high school. Her favorite fast food restaurant is in n out and her favorite genre in music is hip hop. She loves going to the beach and meeting new people. She also works at Pieology.img_0879-1

Week 2 art activity landscape corpse

For my art activity I chose to have my picture be death by car accident(peep the ketchup.) I chose this because I am always in a rush to get to place to place and sometimes I don’t think about my safety ,but just getting to my destination. If I were to die this would probably be the way. I am usually a reckless driver when I am late. I would most likely die by trying to cut a car off and not paying complete attention to my surrounding. In a weird way, this project opened my eyes and made me realize that sometimes I just need to take a breather and drive more carefully before this photo becomes reality. This relates not only to driving but to life in general. Sometimes we need to just relax before we become overwhelmed and break down.img_5477

Wk1-Plaster Activity

For my week 1 plater activity, I decided to collaborate with my friend Elyse. Luckily we went on a nice, sunny day so it was not too cold to function at the beach. We started by finding a nice spot on the beach that was not too far from the shore and not too close so the waves would hit us. I chose to mold my foot while Elyse chose to mold her hand. We both dug a hole big enough to fit our selected body part in. After we dug the hole, we shaped the hole by putting our body part in the hole, covering it with wet sand and then gently taking the body part out. After we shaped the hole , we poured the plaster and water mix into the hole and let it set for thirty minutes. After we took out our plasters, we realized they did not take on the shape of the body parts that we picked, but we tried. If I could do something differently to better my plaster, it would be to dig a more accurate hole and add a little less water into the plaster.


Wk1 – Classmate Conversation-Salmah Ismali

For week 1 of our Art class, I met a first year student named Salmah. She is 18 years old, from Inglewood, CA and is very nice and sweet. I found out that she was an undeclared major ands was just taking some G.Es to see what field she may want to eventually go into. I also found out that like me, Salmah commutes. We both have an understanding of the struggle commuters go through in order to make friends and be in activities. I invited her to look into greek life or other clubs on campus so we’ll se what happens.