Wk 1 – GLAMFA Artist – April Bey

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During our tour at CSULB’s art gallery on Thursday, I saw many intriguing works of art. I have seen many art pieces before but I have never seen art like the ones in CSULB’s gallery. There were many nice pieces of art to admire and visualize and I realized that anything as simple as a portrait to something as complexed as a wall full of baseball cards can be a form of art. All you have to do is be creative!

After roaming around for a while, I stopped and started pondering the meanings of the art pieces created by April Bey. I really liked her theme of “Keep Calm And…” Her art is called #WhoDoYouWorship. Her art pieces depicted celebrities who are loved and even worshiped by millions of fans. I believe that April Bey is trying to show that society is starting to worship many things, maybe even the wrong things. April Bey tells us that the celebrities shown are glamorizing trash culture in a digital age. 

About the author:

April began her work as an artist living and growing up in the Caribbean (Nassau, Bahamas). Her work is interdisciplinary and varies based on the content of her work.  Her current work is an introspective and social critique of American popular culture. Racial ambiguity, self identity issues and non-traditional racism are also themes seen in her current body of work. 
She received her BFA in drawing in 2009 from Ball State University in Muncie Indiana studying closely with award winning professor and artist John Gee. She received her MFA in painting in 2014 at California State University, Northridge in Los Angeles.

URL: april-bey.com

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Wk 1 – Classmate Interview – Sergio Melendrez

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On Thursday, I met and interviewed Sergio Melendrez. I found out a lot of awesome information about him, his family, and his hobbies. He is a sophomore in college and was a business major, but he decided to switch to film. Sergio lives in northern California, specifically, Santa Cruz. One thing we have in common is that our parents were born in different countries. Sergio’s parents were from Mexico and my parents were from China. We both have siblings but Sergio has two brothers and two sisters while I only have one brother. We both truly love our family even though they can be annoying sometimes. We both have a pet dog. His dog’s name is Milly, and she is an American bulldog. My dog is a chihuahua and we both love our dogs even though they can be tedious to take care of sometimes.

Sergio and I have a lot of hobbies in common. His favorite show is Breaking Bad, which is also my favorite show. Hearing this fact made me excited because I am a fan of the Breaking Bad series. Sergio also enjoys watching Prison Break, which is also one of my favorite TV shows. We both enjoy having a good laugh by watching comedy movies. His favorite movie is Superbad, one of the funnier movies I’ve watched. We both also enjoy watching the NBA in the free time. Our favorite players are both from Oklahoma City Thunders, which we both currently agree is the most dominant team in the league.

Sergio and I both love eating. Sergio’s favorite food is Japanese food, especially sushi. His favorite restaurant from my area is Kabuki. Even though I don’t eat Japanese food much but Kabuki is a good restaurant to go to. His favorite music genre is R&B and Hip-Hop and we both enjoy listening to Kanye West’s Hip-Hop albums. We both enjoy doing many things and I was surprised we had so much in common. I enjoyed interviewing and chatting with Sergio and I hope to learn more about him.http://sergiomelendrez.wordpress.com