Week 8: Artist Interview

Brian Davis

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This week, I talked with Brian Davis about his juicing installation. The idea behind his installation is showing off the benefits of juicing to everyone. Brian says that their is something satisfying and rewarding about producing and consuming such a nutrient dense beverage. It gives him such a boost of energy and mental clarity throughout his day and he wanted to share this with people.

IMG_5237The first thing you are met with when entering the gallery, was a large display of tons of fresh fruits and vegitables. When I asked Brian about where he sources all of these, he said that a lot of is it from his personal garden. He trys to grow as much of his juicing supplies as he possible can. He added that upon hearing about his installation, many people brought in items from their own gardens. He got a lot of his citrus that way.

IMG_5236Another interesting aspect of Brian’s installation, was that all of the cups that he provided for everyone to taste his juice he handmade. I asked him about the cup that I picked up, and he said that he plans on moving to Italy. He’s not sure where exactly, but he knows he wants to avoid the popular, touristy cities like Venice.

For anyone looking to get into juicing, Brian says that its worth it to purchase a more expensive centrifugal blade juicer over a the cheaper masticating cold press juicers. The reason is that the centrifugal juicer extracts more of the juice. Over time, the masticating juicer will waste the juice of the fruits and vegitables. Instead it is better to spend this wasted money on a better juicer.

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Week 3: Artist Interview

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My work right now is inspired by my home; the views around my home.

Yireh’s says her work, titled Harmony & Discordance: Conflicting Landscapes, is inspired by what she sees around her every day. The choice of title is evident when viewing the gallery. There is a clear juxtaposition of beautiful green landscapes and harsh industrialized cityscapes of pipes and blocky brown buildings. IMG_4837IMG_4839 This juxtaposition is also seen in the type of painting she does. While the first two paintings are oil on canvas, while the other pieces below are painted on paper. Kwak says that painting on paper is a way to release the stress built up from oil on canvas.

I can feel the pressure release from my shoulders.

IMG_4841 IMG_4843IMG_4845This release of tension is evident in these style of these paintings. While painting these, she needs not pay attention to detail or the form of the objects she is try to mimic. Instead she can let the painting assume a style during the process, without the need for predetermination. I see similarities to this juxtaposition in my own life. I often approach things in a very structured manner, but often relax my inhibitions and allow myself to think and act more naturally. I enjoyed talking with Yireh about her process and appreciated the ensuing self-reflection.

Week 2: Artist Interview

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“Such an everyday object that has been so important throughout history.” – Shelley, discussing his medium, glass bottles

When I talked with Mac, he pointed out some interesting things that I would never have noticed. First off he led me over to one of his pieces and asked if I saw anything different about it. I took a while to look it over and offered a few guesses, then he pointed out a small white rectangle on the surface and asked, “what do you think that is.” I had no idea. I turned out to be a label from a coke bottle. He described how awesome it was that in all of the randomness and chaos of his process, that one of the few pieces with a label on it happened to find its way to the outer surface to be seen in the final product.

“It’s intriguing to think about the story of each individual piece.”

There were a few pieces very similar to this one, maybe even cut from the same source. What I found puzzling about these pieces is the dark green, almost black, glass that is oozing from the cracks. I didn’t get a chance to ask Maccabee about it, but I can only assume that these areas were not completely cooled when this section was cut. To me this occurrence is interesting as it would seem impossible to manufacture this willfully. How would one monitor the internal temperature of a solid piece of glass? What made these sections different from the surrounding glass? These are the questions that kept me staring into this amalgamation, pondering the process that led to its unique features.

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This is another piece that was quite unique. I seemed to mimic, in its colors and form, a slab of cracked ice. The shards of glass looked like pieces of a broken up sheet of ice.

IMG_4739Maccabee finished of our talk by saying that CSULB is “probably the most exciting place on the west coast for ceramics.” After seeing his amazing work, I would definitely agree.