Wk 13 – Classmate Conversation – Daniel Schmitz


This weeks classmate conversation was with Daniel Schmitz. He is a fifth year majoring in Biology with an option in molecular cell biology and physiology. He likes playing dungeons and dragons with his friends and his dawgs. Speaking of which he has a bunch of pets including a rabbit, chickens, a cat, dogs, and birds. But his true love is his pug Cooper. He works at school as a tutor and also does undergraduate research.

For the Question of the week we were asked whether we would take the red or blue pill from the Matrix movie. Many would say that knowing would be better because at least your would know the truth. Many others would say that not knowing would maintain their happiness. As for Daniel, he chose neither of these option. He said that he would take both of the pills and probably overdose. This may be a bit extreme but so would finding out that the world you live in is fake. I respect his choice because it could definitely be too much to handle for some people.

Check out some of Daniel’s work at: https://danielsamazingart.wordpress.com/


Wk 12 – Artist Conversation – Sage Garver

Artist: Sage Garver

Exhibit: BIO

Gallery: Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery

Media: Sculpture, metal, foam

About the Artist

Sage Garver is the creator of the exhibit, BIO. She is senior BFA major here at CSULB. She is currently concentrating on the sculpture discipline of her fine arts degree. In the past she had more of a focus on studio art but decided to changer her focus to sculptures. She is from Hermosa Beach, CA but her dream in the future is to move to Hawaii with her sister. In Hawaii she hopes to work and continue refining and producing art. Garver also enjoys hiking and swimming but doesn’t have much time for them now. Hopefully she will have enough time to enjoy and take advantage of all Hawaii has to offer in the future.

Formal Analysis

At a glance the BIO exhibit seems to be nearly empty. But when you look closely and pay attention, there is so much more to see. At the center of the gallery is golden chain draped over itself and running along the ceiling. At the top of the chain is a ball of cellophane. This part of the exhibit is the most attention grabbing at a glance. Although with the use of shadows and movement from the viewer, the walls come alive with numerous shapes and sculptures embedded in it.

Content Analysis

All of the sculptures in the BIO exhibit have to do with biology and life itself. They represent the maturation and development process in living organisms. This process is something that is very close to Garver because of the amount of illness that she has had to endure throughout her life which has kept her from eating certain foods. The entire room stands to represent a living cell and all of the complexity that lies inside and outside of it. The wall sculptures act as the different organelles in the cell and some of these are mutated which are the cause of the illness Garver has to endure. The centerpiece of the exhibit represents the nucleus of the cell which not only is the brains of the operation in life but it acts as a central hub and light for the exhibit.


As I mentioned before, just glancing at this exhibit really does not do it justice. Approaching the entrance of the exhibit, I thought that it might just be an empty room and I should just move on to the next gallery but I am glad I didn’t. Looking around at the walls and the centerpiece was very strange at first. But it is like that when you have never encountered something before. Looking at the walls I thought it was kind of weird that some of the sculptures looked like they were eating some of the other sculptures and this reminded me of phagocytosis. This and seeing that the exhibit was called BIO made me realize that I was essentially standing inside of a cell! This was so exciting, and made me realized just how subtle some aspects of art can be to pick up on if you are not in the right frame of mind.

Wk 11 – Artist Conversation – Kyle Kruse

Artist: Kyle Kruse

Exhibition: Janus Maxim

Media: Film, Sculpture, Wood, Fabric

Gallery: CSULB School of Art –Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website: kylekruseart.com


About the Artist

Kyle Kruse is a very interesting artist here at CSULB. He was born in Northern California but has never live in one place for more than a year for most of his life. That is until he moved to Long Beach, which he lived in for six years. In the future he would like to move to the U.K. or New York and try to get his Masters in Fine Arts. He is currently getting his BFA with a focus in Print Making. This is his last semester at CSULB and this exhibit is his senior project which took him ten months to complete.

Formal Analysis

The exhibit takes you into a dark and somewhat eerie room. There are four components to the exhibit. On one wall are circular sculptures with masks painted on them. On the ground are the corresponding masks that go with these paintings of the masks. On the opposite wall are three different screens playing different scenes. These play a fire or video of a person in the mask in the middle of the desert. And last of all is the ground of the exhibit itself. It is covered in dirt and small rocks from the paintings all the way to the screens on the other side of the exhibit.

Content Analysis

This exhibit is based on Greek mythology. Kyle chose this as the base of his exhibit because of the near universality and recognition it has in Western civilization. He also chose it because of his own unfamiliarity with the topic. But the main take away that Kyle wants his audience to have is a sensory experience. Even if this is just experiencing the feeling of being creeped out, the exhibit will have fulfilled its purpose.


I really liked this exhibit, not only because the masks and art looked really cool but because of the atmosphere and feeling I got walking into the exhibit. Walking in it was very dark and I really couldn’t see what was in the space between the masks and the screens which made me a little nervous. Once my eyes had adapted to the low light I was able to see more and explore the exhibit more. Having the masks and the paintings lined up with each other gave me the sense that I was in the middle of a ritual or sacred place. The dirt and rocks on the ground especially made me feel uneasy because I could not see what I was stepping on and gave me the feeling that something might be lurking in the darkness. Overall I really enjoyed Kyle’s exhibit not only for the art but for the entire experience it gave me.



Wk 11 – Classmate Conversation – Esmeray Lopez


(Esmeray and I in the center)

This week I had the pleasure of talking to Esmeray Lopez. She is a third year Sociology major here at CSULB. In the future she wants to become a lawyer and eventually become a district attorney. One of the reasons she wants to become a district attorney is because of the show Law and Order which inspired her to pursue this dream. Aside from school, Esmeray enjoys traveling and goes down to Mexico a lot. She would also like to see the Northern Lights in the future. Other than travel she likes doing makeup and special effects type makeup.

In regards to this weeks question of the week, Esmeray thought that Demi Lovato overreacted to the fan art and just took it the wrong way. I thought that neither Demi or the fan was wrong because they were seeing the art from different perspectives. I think this miscommunication happens a lot in all aspects of life, and it is difficult to be able to see it like this in the moment because we can be swept up by emotion. None the less, Demi did react a bit strongly to the art. Esmeray and I both agreed that even if we don’t truly appreciate someones art you should be a little appreciative because they took the time to make if and meant it in a positive way.

If you want to learn more about Esmeray you can connect with her on her blog: