Alright so this week’s project is to do graffiti art with spray paint. Not going to lie, I have never done this before and I do not know how to do Graffiti art. This project is very fun for me because I had the great opportunity to once again visit Venice Beach for the second time. It was very overwhelming indeed to witness different cultures and see different types of people mingle with each other in one place. Anyway, about that project. This project require a great deal of courage to do at Venice beach because it is illegal to draw on the wall if you don’t have a permit. As I looked around, I see people being professionals tagging the wall (even some without permits) without care. It took me a great deal of time and courage to be able to write A110 and my initial JT on the wall. (I hope this counts!!) I hope you all had the chance to visit this place and see the wall (even though it was hard to find). Enjoy!
This week, I had the opportunity to meet a young fellow that actually reminded me of myself back when I was at his age. He is currently 18 years old, first year attendee at CSULB. Joseph was born and raised here in California. He is the oldest of two sisters. He is currently an undeclared major, since he does not know what he wants to do yet with his career choices. At the moment, Joseph works at Papa Johns as a delivery boy. He shared some funny moments of his when I asked him if he has seen any crazy things while delivering pizzas (since I heard that they often times see some ridiculous things). He told me that more than often when he delivers pizzas, he would do some form of acrobatics to be able to get to the person’s house or apartment. That made me confused as to what he meant, and he further explains that sometimes when the person lives in the apartment, he would encounter tall fences. And when he would call the customer and with no one answering, he would have to climb the fences carrying pizza to deliver. That made me laugh because I would have never knew they would do that type of things.
Joseph is a Palestinian and had the great pleasure to be able to visit his country of Palestine a few times. He told me that it was an eye opener, and that what he experienced over there has changed his view of everything. He told me that if he was to be born there and live there, that his whole persona would change; he would be completely different than what he is now. Other than visiting his country, he has not had the opportunity to travel elsewhere, though he wish to do so some day. He told me that he would love to visit as many countries as he could.
His favorite music is Reggae, but has recently become more into Rock n roll. He also took interest in the new music genre of EDM (electric dance music) as well. His favorite sport is soccer, but he would play basketball from time to time. Other than sports, he would enjoy weight lifting, often going to the gym 4-5 days a week.
He is a great and energetic guy. I really hope that you all get to meet him and get to learn more about him like I did.
This week, I got the chance to visit some of the arts that were being shown in the art gallery. However, 1 specific art stood out the most for me and was created by the man in the picture named Maccabee Shelley. His first interest in art comes from working in ceramics-working with clay. He had been working with clay since 2007 and hasnt stopped since. But what got his attention lately was glass. He had started out just as an experiment, but soon grew to love it. He has worked with glass for 9 months and has shown no signs of ever stopping. He told me and the classmates that were interested in his art that while working with his art, he ( and to other artists who are interested in these types of arts) should forget about expectations because it would only limit the creation of a magnificent art. He emphasizes the use of imagination because in this line of art, or any art for that matter, requires it, and with it, great things can come about. He told us that even a small piece of work requires a lot of effort, let alone big pieces that are shown here in this blog. His process of making art is quite rigorous and time consuming. He starts out finding and digging out glass bottles out of the dumpsters, wash it, and crush it up. He then makes molds that can weigh up to hundreds of pounds, placed into the kilns so that he can pour the glass into it. The next step he would consider to be nerve-racking since he has to be very cautious with the firing process because any mistakes can be detrimental. After it is done, he would then have to break out the molds, which is not an easy process to do.
Such exquisite masterpiece that Shelley had shown us proves that anything can be turned into beautiful works of art; it just requires time, patient, and a whole lot of imagination to do. Thank you Maccabee for sharing with us your beautiful works of art and to inspire us all.