Week 15: Artist Interview

I wondered into the Merlino Gallery and watched the short films that were on display. I found this one especially enjoyable and it had all of the viewers giggling the whole time. The story goes, all of the animals are out skating and the flamingo comes to join in. The flamingo can not seem to figure out why he isn’t able to replicate what the other animals are doing. The frame focuses on the legs of the other animals as the flamingo studies their technique. He then realizes its all about the bending of the knees. The flamingo then looks down at his knees, which bend the opposite way. As he replicates the technique of the other animals, he begins to skate, however, hes going the wrong way. No problem for the flamingo though, as he just bends his neck around to look behind him. He then contently skates around, backwards,  with all of the other animals. Another animal then approaches who is also trying to learn how to skate. The film ends with him trying to emulate the flamingo. Needless to say, it doesn’t go well.


This video had me laughing the whole time. It also had some good messages. The flamingo learned to not let his differences hold him back. I’m not sure what the last animal learned. Maybe the message is that just because you see someone having success, doesn’t mean their doing it right. Whatever the idea was, it was a very well done film, reminiscent of Pixar short films.

I found the accompanying storyboard and sketches in the Dutzi Gallery. It looks like at some point in the process, their was a whole cast of flamingos. Maybe they are present in another story.


Out of all of the artwork that I’ve seen this semester, the short films that were playing in the Merlino Gallery impressed me the most. I find the process of animation very fascinating. I wasn’t expecting such well made, polished films like these. A+ to all the artists showcased at this weeks Illustration/Animation Exhibition.



Week 15: Classmate Interview

Brandon Hamada

This week I talked with Brandon Hamada. Brandon is a freshman mechanical engineering major. He is still unsure what he wants to do and is considering switching to computer science. I thought this was funny as I was the opposite. I applied to schools as computer science and computer engineering and ended up switching to mechanical engineering. He says that his dream job would be writing scripts for video games. This seems like a good path for him as he already enjoys playing video games and writing storied. It seems like the perfect fit for him.

Brandon lives at the Beachside dorms to avoid the long commute from Palmdale. He likes the dorm life as he gets to meet new people and make friends. He still goes back home occasionally for holidays.

Brandon also enjoys playing football and basketball with his friends. His favorite tv shows are Game of Thrones and Firefly.

Week 14: Artist Interview

Charles Banowetz

Charles was part of Liminal, a collaborative show including a dozen or so artists. His two pieces, “Treecloud” and “North,” show colorful landscapes composed of clouds. This first piece, “Treecloud,” immediately caught my attention from across the room. The full spectrum of color jumped out from the plain, white wall. The grayish column of clouds in the center of the painting looked to me like smoke rising from a fire.


Showing space and perspective through the development of back-, middle- and fore- grounds that will merge with as well as pull away from one another.

In this piece, titled “North,” the clouds extend from earth to sky. The lower clouds in the foreground seem to form vegetation that extends back towards the darker clouds in the middle ground.


These pieces were very interesting as they  incorporated clouds in a way that I have never seen before. Typically, clouds are distant and far-off, used to create a greater sense of depth. In Banowetz’s paintings, these clouds

Week 14: Classmate Interview

Conor Hawks


Conor is a sophomore film major, focusing on production management. Conor served in the Coast Guard for two years during which he was deployed in Central and South America. Conor enjoys keeping active with a wide range of activities like hiking and camping, rock climbing, beach volleyball, tennis, and snowboarding. He’s thinking about studying abroad in Vancouver so he could do a lot of snowboarding.

Conor has enjoyed looking at the sculpture pieces that he has seen i the galleries throughout the semester.

Week 13: Artist Interview

Marty Knop

Marty Knop’s installation, titled icosikaihenagon, is all about the visual representation of mathematical functions. For this show, Knop used Mathmatica and Photoshop to generate the patterns seen in the gallery. He would then screen print the patterns and on some of the pieces, would also add colors to the patterns using paint.


Some of the pieces were based on the graphs of trigonometric functions, while others were generated using the inverse matrix function. He was particularly interested in the symmetric properties and the “textilely” patterns that the inverse matrix function produced. He would then take these patterns and superimpose them on polyhedron. He added that these low-poly shapes were used by the software to aid in computing, but that wasn’t why he used them. Instead, he felt like they created more interesting images.


When choosing the colors, Knop was focused on the contrast between the colors. He was mostly interested in the individual shapes, and he felt that the “color helps [him] define that territory.” These three pieces shown below all have the same shapes and patterns, however, the colors that fill each shape are different. At first glance, they appeared to be three different images, but then I saw the commonalities.

Knop feels like there is a lot of potential in exploring math this way. He sees computers as an invaluable tool and that as they evolve and progress, so to does mathematical exploration. Today, because of advances in and the reduction of cost of computing, Knop is able to generate patterns which would have been infeasible just a few years ago. It will be interesting to see what artists like Knop will produce as computing continues to advance. This novel approach at exploring math may bring about new understandings that traditional schools of thought were unable to produce.

Week 13: Classmate Interview

Victor Paredes

This week I talked with Victor, a freshman film major. He started out with computer science last semester, but he said it wasn’t for him. He lives in Long Beach, and went to Lakewood High School, where he was on the swim team and played water polo. Victor enjoys hiking. His favorite place to hike is Yosemite, however he hikes most often at Vanalden. I asked him about any good nearby places and he suggested Palos Verdes Estates. He had his camera on him which was filled with many photos of his different hiking trips, including Mammoth. He showed me pictures of an old abandoned Russian tank that was all rusted out on the shore, as well as some great views from the top of the hike. I plan on trying it out tomorrow.

Week 13: Classmate Procedures

1. Musical Drawing by Christian Posada

The song I listened to was “Something From Nothing” by the Foo Fighters. It felt very strange to draw the line on the paper with my eyes closed. I kept thinking that I had drawn on the table. I used a yellow and blue high lighter as well as a red sharpie.


2. How to draw a picture (Christian Park style)


I decided to change this one up a bit. Instead of walking around and asking random people to draw on the piece of paper I thought it would be interesting to post the paper up in the hallway of VEC and see what people drew. I also posted the instruction from Christian’s procedure. I was sort of surprised by the results. I was expecting more people to participate, but not very many did. Also, I expected it to get filled up with inappropriate things as is the norm with anonymous, public displays. That didn’t happen either. I guess a more public location might have changed both of those things.

3. Geometric Drawing by Lizbeth Acosta

For replicating Lizbeth’s procedure, I used spotify instead of padora, as I don’t have a pandora account. I’m also not taking a nutrition class, so instead, I performed this procedure while writing a paper for Religious Studies 302. I liked this procedure as it gave me little breaks throughout working on the paper.

4. Text Message Poetry by Jasmine Barnum

Words: going, John, will, workshop, in, you, the, front, not, stop

Poem: You, John, will not stop going in the front workshop.

I think it was an interesting experience to work with such tight restraints. Giving myself the additional constraint of having a grammatically correct sentence made it much more difficult. It think it would be interesting to see if the words generated from this procedure have any connection to the type of person they were generated from.