Ron Pagenkopp is in the graduate program for illustration at CSULB, and his skill is certainly evidence of that. His drawings take him hours to finish and look like they’re ready to be pasted on the covers of some post-modern novel by T.S. Eliot. His works are influenced by memories and he likes to work while listening to music.
Group project this week at the galleries, a bunch of student in the woodwinds section of the Art Departments house band got together and filled out a room with oaken luxuries. They had everything from polished skate decks to rough-hewn benches. the whole room stank of pure craftsmenship and I really appreciate the work that went into every project. My favorite was a small addition on the wall that looked like some shelf from an Ent’s pantry. I don’t quite understand why, but I think it’s adorable, Kinda want one in my house. The artist on deck served as their representative, saying she loved the smell of wood and that’s what drew her to thsi field, She hopes to become a mentor to future students in the program either at CSULB of Fullerton college.
Esteban is a lover of two things, photography and fire. he combines these two loves into his exhibits, which is mostly composed of photographs of explosions and fireworks in various settings. The skill of his photography is definitely on display, and he even went so far as to frame his photographs into explosive shapes and designs. Overall his theme is simple but executed perfectly.
Audra works in bright, striking colors with her seemingly random designs, although I’m sure they have a deeper meaning to her. She uses each of her paintings as a starting point for her next one, so her paintings tell a bit of a story if viewed in order. She likes to listen to the same song on repeat over and over while working on a piece, that way her emotion can stay consistent. Evn though I can’t appreciate her work on the same level she does, I can appreciate the color and complexity on display.
Jesse So is a sculpture major at CSULB who uses scale to his advantage. His gallery entry took two years to complete, with the majority of his time spent on an enormous chess piece, composed of hundreds of smaller chess pieces. His gallery was full of objects great and small, metal worked to a smooth professional finish, that glistened in the artificial light. He hopes to work in a fabricator shop and I’m positive he would do a great job.
Brian Kinnaman spent a year abroad discovering his heritage in Florence, Italy, where he discovered his style. He made this painting based on that culture and his friend in Italy, Antonio. He’s beginning to branch out into ceramics, but he made this painting using traditional 2D and 3D methods. He’s been working in art for 10 years now and hopes to continue on that path through multiple mediums ni his life.
Areezo Bharthania is one year away from earning her masters in Fine Arts. Originally from Iran, she came to America for her college. She likes to mix mediums, starting with canvas and paints but mixing in sewing fabric and tearing the canvas. Her work is inspired by the changes her life has made from Iran and her grandmother,