Week 13 – Artist Conversation

Table sugar, or C12H22C11 (sucrose), “is a common saccharide found in many plants and plant parts. Saccharose is an obsolete term for sugars in general, especially sucrose. Sugar is the generic name for sweet, soluble carbohydrates, many of which are used in food. There are various types of sugar derived from different sources. Simple sugars are called monosaccharides and include glucose, fructose, and galactose.”

According to the Advanced Physical Magazine, there are some pros and cons of sugar. For example:

-“Have you ever heard the saying, “Too much of anything isn’t good for you”? Well when it comes to sugar, too much is really not good for you. Studies have shown the extremely dangerous effects of high intakes of sugar. Below is a list of some of these effects you should worry about.”

-Tooth decay, Diabetes, Triglycerides (aka getting fat), and a weakened immune system are what possible effects of sugar to your diet.

Week 13 – Classmate Conversation

This lovely lady is Debbie Do!

She is currently undeclared  at the moment but is planning on going into health science. She is currently a first year. She planned to go into this major because she is fascinated and intrigued by the human body; functions, illnesses etc.

One interesting fact about her is that she has gone to all the secret beaches in Laguna. Besides work and school, she likes to hangout with her friends! Like myself, she is affiliated in greek life in Long Beach. She is currently in a sorority. With sorority functions to go she is pretty busy and i understand the struggle. She really enjoys going out and exploring new places and just kicking it with her friends.Image-1.jpg

WK11- Artist Conversation – Yujia Gu

A recurring theme in the United States is Gun Violence. This issue has become more prevalent after every year.

There were approximately 8,500 homicides due to firearms in 2011, out of around 12,600 homicides total. This means that more than two-thirds of homicides involve a firearm. Around 6,000 of those homicides by firearm (72%) are known to have involved a handgun.

Firearm savagery additionally influences more than its casualties. In ranges where it is pervasive, quite recently the danger of brutality makes neighborhoods poorer. It’s extremely hard to evaluate the aggregate damage brought about by weapon viciousness, however by asking many individuals the amount they would pay to stay away from this danger – a strategy called unexpected valuation – scientists have assessed a cost to American culture of $100 billion dollars.

In an online article, “The Atlantic,” (https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/02/gun-violence-in-america-the-13-key-questions-with-13-concise-answers/272727/) :

How do mass shootings differ from other types of gun violence?

The FBI defines a “mass murder” as four or more murders during the same incident. This is an arbitrary number, but a dividing line is useful when asking whether there are differences between mass shootings and other kinds of gun violence. The most comprehensive public list of U.S. mass shootings is the spreadsheet of 62 incidents from 1982-2012, compiled by Mother Jones. Their list shows:

  • Mass shootings happen all over the country.
  • Killers used a semi-automatic handgun in 75% of incidents, which is about the same percentage as the 72% in overall gun violence.
  • Killers used an assault weapon in 40% of incidents. This is much higher than overall assault weapon use in crimes, estimated at less than 2%.
  • The guns were obtained legally in 79% of mass shootings.
  • Many of the shooters showed signs of mental illness, but in only two cases was there a prior diagnosis.
  • There were no cases where an armed civilian fired back.

2012 was the worst year in American history, in terms of total victims. A graph of yearly victims shows a slight upward trend. But the pattern is a lot less clear without the 2012 peak, and because yearly numbers vary so widely, it’s likely that there will be many fewer victims next year.”



Week 7 – Artist Conversation

This week I was feeling a little under the WEATHER! When I took my weekly stroll around the art galleries, I couldn’t help but notice one of the galleries that had pieces of weather patterns on them.

This gallery consisted of a NATURAL vibe that was held throughout. As I was observing every piece, I saw the feelings of the artist and mother nature working harmoniously to tell stories. The difference of weather patterns around the world is what unifies us all, something that we all experience and have in common. I never took into consideration what the weather may impact in our everyday life.

The works of Ashley Shumaker in her gallery, “Storm Studies,” attempt to “explore abstract landscape through works on paper.” She was able to interpret the weather through more than a map or a simple forecast. Recently, the city of Los Angeles encountered a series of fog and heavy rain, “uncommon to this area”. Using a grey and blue color palette, she wanted to create a reaction to the environment around her. She used the fallen palm bark found after the recent LA storms. Evoking a reflection on the specific light, color, presence of water and the quiet stillness in the moments after a heavy storm.

Week 6 – Classmate Conversation

Today I had the pleasure to meet Misty Ruiz.

Misty is a third year! She is undeclared but she is leaning towards Kinesiology – Exercise Science. She commutes fromHuntington Beach. She bounced around from major to major but really wanted to keep her focus on health and science. She is very studious, such that school is her main focus. Though the is guilty to binge watch, she enjoys exploring new places. Time management is her nemesis, common among college students.

“I really want to graduate,” says Ruiz. I would love to graduate but i have embraced the cold truth, I will not be graduating in four years. Since I have switched my major, I understand that it will take longer than expected of me to graduate, which is common for college students.

Getting to know each other, we thought back to Valentine’s Day. We told each other what happened and what we did for each other’s valentine. She didn’t plan on celebrating Valentine’s Day but ended up hanging out with her boyfriend. She salvaged ever snack she could find and assembled a last minute care package after deciding not to get each other anything.

If you ever get the chance, please go and meet Misty! She’s pretty cool and kind! Here’s the link to her website and selfies we took:ART

Week 5 – Artist Conversation (With A Twist)



They are an entertaining, intriguing specimen. They seem to have caught the attention and affection of many individuals, communities, and countries, slowly seeking their way into our culture and livelihood. We are unaware of their influence. These beings work without any effort, harnessing their energy every time we use them, waiting for the opportunity to strike back. Hiding in the shadows by laying in plain sight. A danger that is laying dormant, hiding in the shadows of our amusement and incompetence.

To those who have seen the dangers of these beings, “memes,” is what we decided to classify them as, we began to notice that something was wrong. Once a human is exposed to a meme, the meme will infect the human, becoming a host for the meme, the human remaining conscious but unaware of the infection. We learned that the meme that infected the host will begin to portray itself, amusing humans that interact with the host. Everyone who has made in contact of the infected host will allow themselves to be infected themselves.

This is a virus. These memes are starting to gain intelligence. Starting off as captions, they began to evolve to pictures and videos, then into our music, and now to art galleries. Their goal is to gain attention, amusement, and contact, this is how they survive and dominate a species.

They are becoming aware of our weakness. Humans are susceptible to memes. The memes do not put their energy into infecting us. Once a host loses interest in the meme, it dies off but gives birth to a new meme, ready to infect another human, making them a host.

This is like a zombie apocalypse, a plague. Do memes wish to live alongside humans in this commensalism relationship? What is going to be of the human race in the future?

If you happen to be reading this, please head the warnings of memes. I’m afraid my time is up. Cash me ousside, how bow dah.

  • A Host

Week 5 – Extra Credit LA Book Fair

This past Friday, I decided to pay LA a visit. I always love venturing out to the city and discovering things that are not present in my home town of Carson, CA.

I have been to toLittle Tokyo numerous times but I failed to see what the art community had to offer. This night was special in a sense, where the young and old, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation and gender shared the same interests and passions through art. I am not as exposed or experienced in art but I felt as if that did not matter. Everyone was welcoming, open-minded and liberal in their own way.

Once I arrived to the venue, I sensed this overwhelming rush of influence, feeling, and community, which intimidated me. I walked around to see that this is a lot more different than the art galleries we visit on campus. Guests were able to purchase merchandise from the artists/ representatives on display that showcase their art, opinions, and influence.

I was intrigued in one of the galleries. It was an area that had pages of drawings and hand written messages on every page. After making my own interpretation of what was displayed, I went up to a representative of the artist and had a conversation with her.

The artist’s name was George Herms. This gallery was influenced by healing in the stars, astrology, a new meaning for himself, He committed to an entry a day using a symbol of every day making it personal for him, incorporated symbols and stars in relation to his place in the world. Symbols were displayed or hidden in every page. Every page had a symbol and a psychological interpretation from his friend who happened to be a clairvoyant. By having this love of commitment to not just Herms, but multiple people, showed me that we can all come together and make collaborative art.

I have experienced a newfound appreciation in art and in myself. Looking at all these pieces, walking through the galleries, talking to different people, showed me a new world that has been laying dormant in my life until now.