WEEK 12 – Activity – One More Time

 This week I wanted to learn more about graffiti stencils. I didn’t know much about stencils but in the back of my mind I always considered a stencil easier than freehand graffiti art because you don’t have to worry about control the paint as much. It was actually a lot more work than I expected. First, I watched several videos on how to create a stencil and also how to overlay stencils. Overlapping stencils blends one or more colors together and adding dimension.This class has sparked my interest specifically with pop artist such as Lichtenstein, Kelly and Warhol. Pop art is shaped by modern media and culture. I love Lichtenstein’s work because the romantic and heartbroken characteristics of  his work. Maybe it’s because of events that are taking place in my personal life that are influencing my appreciation of Liechtenstein. Unlike Lichtenstein, my first impression of Warhol was ‘empty’; I felt like there was no meaning or purpose to his work. A lack of depth. His technique for producing his work, however, caught my attention. Warhol used the silkscreen technique for his celebrity portrait series. Instead of celebrities, I chose the 2016 political candidates as my inspiration and instead of silkscreen as my technique, I used spray paint. My goal was to create a similar effect that warhol was able to achieve through silkscreening celebrities. I chose these political candidate because this is what our mass media today is consumed by.





Think over the 11 activities we’ve done:

  1. List your *3 Favorite* Activities and say a few words about why you liked them.

My three favorite ARTivities were:

  1. Graffiti Writing
    : Trying graffiti art was awesome for because it combined so many things I already liked. I love the culture of graffiti and how you are able to meet many other artists. I like traveling and finding unique spots to graffiti, often in nature. Mix nature, people and art and boom you have this mysterious, rebellious art. I chose to do my 12th activity on pop art graffiti — an influence from my first and second favorite activity…
  2. Art Museum Visit: I thoroughly enjoyed spending a day at The Broad. That day has inspired me to continue to explore more art museums. Having an advantage of having my Professor  and classmates with me for The Broad encouraged me to view the art in various perspectives I would not have thought of on my own. I also loved being able to see Koons, Kelly and Lichtenstein work; names that I will now always remember. This proves that this activity was not only enjoyable but also successfully educational.
  3. Finally, Landscape with a Corpse: was my third favorite activity. I loved doing this one and loved looking at everyone else’s work. Everyone was so creative and unique. I loved the concept of morbidity mixed with romance couture. This piece  really opened my eyes to analyze art in a new way. My definition of art has expanded over the course of the class.
  1. List your *3 Least Favorite* Activities and say a few words about why they were less successful
  1. One of my least favorite activities was the cuisine. I attempted to make pokemon themed cookies and failed horrible.If I could go back I would have maybe picked couture instead and had photographs of couture dressed models doing day to day activities like: mowing the lawn, walking to class, reading in the library. I want to be able to capture the models completely out of place. I enjoyed all of the other activities.
  1. You can also LMK what you thought of Slack. Better than BeachBoard? Easier? Harder? Better on mobile? Unnecessary?

Slack is easier to use on your phone than beachboard. My computer is a piece of crap so I use my phone for everything. The flexibility of being able to use both slack and wordpress on my phone was very convenient and appreciated. Being able to see each week of grades all together is something that you can only find on beachboard but the weekly slack messages from the professor are very helpful. 1) it forces you and the professor to have a 1 on 1 interaction, providing an opportunity for any student/teacher concerns/questions. 2) It keeps you aware of your grade without having to look it up (thank you). 








How useful were Art Activities, Art Talk, Artist OTW? Good parts? Bad parts? Any ideas to make them better?

         I really enjoyed this class. I loved the activities. The art talks and Artist OTW were all very informational. They all contributed to my knowledge of art and how to deeply analyze art. I loved how we learned about new and old artists. Some of my favorite artists were Marina Abramović, Lady Pink and Mahsa Soroudi. The discussions were a subtle way to encourage us to research and discuss the artists. I loved this compared to the typical beachboard discussion. It was way more interactive and exciting. Again, being able to access it on my phone was very convenient.

         The art activities were cool because it shows that you do not have to be in a studio or at school in an art class to create art. We can do it with random crap we have lying around the house or a quick stop at a trendy local art store you didn’t know existed until now. This is the perfect summer course because it doesn’t feel like stressful work ex:(study, notes, lectures). The lecture lengths are another important thing I LOVED. They were short and to the point. Keeping them at or around 20 minutes made it easy to keep up with.This is a problem with other online classes. Professors try to post 4 hour lectures (This is not an exaggeration. I had to do this for my other summer class POSC 100) and expect students to watch it all. A lot of student don’t and then that limits the online discussion fo those you did and did not watch the entire lecture. Professor Zucman’s videos were full or information and left room for the student to learn more in the Slack discussions.


         Mahsa Soroudi is a modern Iranian artist. Born in Tehran, Iran, Soroudi has lived around the world moving from Iran to Malaysia to Fairfield, IA and finally landing here in Southern California in Newport Beach. She is a photographer that has experience with commercial photography within the jewelry and fashion industry. She describes her photography technique on her blog as “one of my most challenging photography experiences. Since most jewelry items was highly polished and reflective surfaces, I used Macro photography techniques such as perspective control and pinpoint lighting into play.” After moving to Southern California, Soroudi was able to turn her focus onto enabling a thriving environment for her succulents and eventually herself. In her interview with Professor Zucman at California State University Long beach, she humbly introduces the viewers to her vast collection of new and impressive succulents gar. In detail, she describes her journey of growth with these plants. As they suffered, she did, and as they flourished, Soroudi did too. I feel like I can directly relate to this piece in a similar way. I chose to move away for college and go to school at California State University Long Beach. I had no family out here, no friends, my first time seeing the school was for orientation. It was a wild card and had never even been to Long Beach until I was enrolled. Needless to say, I feel like I went through a slight culture shock moving out here from Little Rock, Arkansas. Me, just like Soroudi, felt home sick often during my first year. I would spend a lot of time doing nothing out side of school. My relationships felt genuine and fake. Eventually, you build ties to your school and community and am now, 4 years later, happy to call Long Beach my second home. I feel like the thriving succulents that Soroudi in her backyard that were hanging from the pot. Yes, they had to bend a stretch and grow in a new direction with more opportunity to get sun and nutrients.Mahsa continues her ties with Iran through another online project she is still actively working on called “7500 Miles”. Mahsa says this piece “is an ongoing art project that shows a group of emerging female Iranian artists, who are born after the 1979 Revolution, and have developed a language to visualize their intimate life stories”. Their purpose of this piece is to bring attention to modern day female Iranian artist such as herself. She uses sources such as Facebook and a website (http://www.7500miles.org/) to unite women from all over the world. The goal is to gain enough support and money to one day have a live exhibit highlighting these female Iranian artists. As an Iranian American myself, I think work like
this is extremely valuable and impactful to Iranian women and the over all Iranian culture. Unlike the rigid religious government in Iran, Soroudi work is empowering women to not be afraid. This project is also representing what real Iranian women are like rather than assumed stereotypes many of us believe today. Soroudi, like many other Iranian women today, is strong, independent, artistic and empowering and continues to spread her influence through her genuine art.

Week 11 – ACTIVITY – Wall Hanging

This week was just another reminder that art is creating using several types of mediums such as technology, physical action, photography and even wall hangings or a large decorative piece of fabric or other material to be hung on the wall of a room. Wall hangings are categorized as decorative art which are arts affiliated with
design such as architecture or interior design. Wall hangings such as tapestries have been dated back to the Greek and Romans who used them as wall coverings. I was inspired by some photos I found by researching the piece and I knew I wanted to incorporate the persian ‘evil eye’. This decorative eye has been an ongoing symbol in my life since I was a child. I remember seeing them in the Bazars when I would visit Iran and we always had a couple hanging in our house. The eye is typically hung above or near a door to keep you safe from intruders.

I was able to stop bya local craft store and purchase all my materials: beads, yarn, yarn, more yarn, random stick (they sell these?! Who knew.), and feathers — all white. I started by measure out an appropriate length and cut several pieces of yarn at one time and then followed by tieing them in even knots onto the wood pole. I hung the wooden rode up on
my window and cut the bottom of the yarn horizontally until the bottom was even. I then tied the beads onto a separate measure out piece of string and then attached that string to the wood pole. Finally, I added more beads and feathers for more texture. I wanted to achieve a light, whimsical almost angelic feel with the sun shining through and the pure white color. I tied the blue evil eye in the center as the focus of the piece. I now have it hung on my window to my apartment from undesired intruders.

WEEK 11 – Artist of the week – Vaneesa Blaylock

Vanessa Blaylock is a contemporary artist that uses both virtual and real life to create art. Blaylock has her art portfoilio on her website (http://blogger.vanessablaylock.com/?view=mosaic), she is affiliated with not only virtual avatars but has become a part of something much larger, the virtual world.A virtual world is defined as a computer simulated environment with massive multiplayer population. Those who participate start by creating a personal avatar that is then used to communicate with others and engage in activities. Blaylock is an active user on a popular virtual reality website, secondlife.com, with nearly 1 million active users. What do all these people do on these websites? There are actually several ways to make real money with an virtual job. You can become “wedding planner, pet manufacturer, casino operator, tattooist, nightclub owner, automotive manufacturer, fashion designer, aerospace engineer, custom avatar designer, jewelry maker, architect, XML coder, freelance scripter, game developer, fine artist, machinima set designer, tour guide and dancer”. Anything that can virtual be made can be sold for real money. Ailin Graef has a networth of over 1 million dollars in 2007 from her real estate job on secondlife.com.

            Blaylock takes her art a step further by supporting important civil rights movements. Users all over the world sign on and gather on Secondlife.com to support causes such as “Asian French Maid Avatar Worker empowerment”. This strike was held in the virtual streets of Paris to bring recognition to everyone who has gracefully  worn the maid uniform. I went ahead and made my own Second Life avatar and joined the virtual world to see what it was all about. I was able to pick out my own exaggerated avatar and was able to chat with other users in a chat box. I had trouble maneuvering I think because my computer is sort of old, making my avatar walk and move in a very glitchy fashion. I can see the excitement in the game. I use to play another virtual game, Runescape. Runescape was different in many ways because it was a game online second life. It was similar in many ways because you got to create an avatar and chat with other users.


Week 10 – Art Artivity – Art Care Package

Painting of my 21 year old brother, Ali Hadidi

This week our art activity consisted of an ‘art care package’. Care packages are packages that are typically sent to friends or loved ones; these parcels are typically filled with meaningful or memorable  items, photos, notes, etc. I decided to send an art care package to my 21 year old brother who lives out in Arkansas. The goal was to create a care package centered around education because he is currently a student at University of Arkansas in Fayetteville studying Computer Science. I included many items that we intended to be though provoking, motivational and inspirational. I included a map to fuel my brothers curiosity of the world. Whether it is politics, environm
ent, art, or history, a map can be used as a reference for his geography questions, maybe even inspire him to occasionally daydream about future travel destinations. I then included a yearly planner that has been filled with all of his important school dates for the upcoming year. My intention with the planner was to
help him stay organized because we all know how easy it is to forget projects and papers that are due months ahead of time. Next, I drew an animated brain and framed it because just got a new apartment might needs some hand crafted art. The brain was drawn with sharpie and colored markers. The left side clearly demonstrates the logical side of the brain that focuses on tasks like mathematics and science. The right side  has bright colors and curved edges to represent the creative side our brains. I included a magazine about backpacking to inspire his explorative side. My brother loves to hike, camp and visit new wilderness places. Finally, I made some homemade inkblots with black paper and acrylic paint. The purpose
of included this inkblots was to sparke thought inducing ideas. Each viewer sees something different with these in blots that can possibly explain what is on our subconscious. Art therapy in a way? I actually sent these images to 20 of my friends and family to see what ea
ch person saw.
It was fascinating to see the results. Most everyone saw something different and each answer was correlated with the different personality types. Finally, I included a starbucks gift card and some snacks to keep the brain and body alert and health to spark new ideas!

  1. How is sending someone an ACP similar to sending someone a Snapchat?

Both an ACP and Snapchat message are similar in that they can be sent to specific people. Both are forms of communicating, transferring a message through personalized items.

2.  How is sending someone an ACP different from sending them a Snapchat?

What differentiates snapchat from other apps is that the photo or video that is sent can only be accessed for 10 seconds or less. There is an option to save an image of the display on the phone screen also called a, screenshot. The ACP is different from snapchat because the content can be kept for an infinite amount of time. A care package has substantial items that can appeal to certain senses that snapchat can’t like smell or touch. What if you did keep that coachella bracelet that still smells like sweat, dirt and pot? What you kept that movie ticket that was still covered in greasy popcorn butter? Snapchat and technology in general can not replace these cherished qualities.

3. What do you think of ephemera? Is it precious? Or trash? Does it gain in value over time? Does your grandma’s parking ticket from half a century ago mean something to you? What about her tickets from Woodstock? What might your grandkids think if you one day gave them the bead bracelet you wore at Coachella?

        I agree that some ephemera can gain value over time and some can grow from treasure to trash. For example, I  have kept everysing birthday and holiday card I have received. It’s a small box of maybe 100 letters. Doesn’t take up much space but every year I add new card and end up going through the pile. I even kept the ones from random family friends who hardly knew me and didn’t even spell my name correctly. Everytime I look back at them it becomes increasingly more entertaining. For me it is fascinating to reminisce on all these vivid memories from all the years that each card evokes. Other times I go through my old papers and see flyers and tickets and receipts that I end up throwing away after a certain amount of time.

4. Is there a difference between art that is seen by many people, like a painting in the Museum of Modern Art, and art that is seen by few, like the ACP you send to someone?

      I think the largest difference between the art we see in a museum versus on snapchat is the amount of experience that that artist has. The work we see in museums is created by artists who have studied and created and lived their lives through art.

5. You can take a Snapchat and a friend on the other side of the globe can view it, all within seconds. To make an ACP and send it even to a nearby friend will take days. Does this time and effort difference mean something? How is fast better? How is slow better?

        Fast can be better because it allows the receiver to respond to the message right at the moment it occurred. Snapchat is ‘realtime’ photos and videos. The app does not allow to send any previous photos/videos without notifying the one who receives the photo. This can make snapchat more personable because you know what is going on at that exact moment in their lives. However, the time it takes to create a ACP says something about the amount of time, money and effort it took to make it happen.

6. People sometimes say things like prepare a meal with love. Can you prepare a meal with love as fast as you can get food at a McDonald’s drive-thru? Does an ACP have the possibility of containing a sort of “love” different from a Snapchat?

       I do not believe that the quality of art can be accurately measured by the amount of time that it took to create it. Snapchats allows everyone to become a photographer, videographer, blogger and artist. I think that with experience your work, whether on a app on a phone or in an art studio, will gain value and depth. Snapchat is art but technological art. Who are we do limit the definition of that that can or cannot be created on a phone. 16.5 million people actively use snapchat everyday.  Also, just because a snap is only 10 seconds long, doesn’t mean it took 10 seconds to create it. People take and retake shots for the perfect lighting or timing. And then these takes can be combined to create a longer story.

WEEK 10 – ARTIST OF THE WEEK – Joseph DeLappe

Joseph DeLappe

DeLappe_Joseph300x450DeLappe is currently spreading his knowledge of art at the Department of Art at the University of Nevada, Reno. Much of his work is largely influenced by modern military and social issues. DeLappes art has a huge message for citizens today. Most of us know someone who has served for our country, making his work relatable. DeLappe expresses frustrations that are shown by millions of Americans. Especially after the Patriot Act that was passed by President Bush, NSA has had the authority to retain phone logs and information as counter terrorist measure.

       “Liberty Weeps” is a cardboard imitation of the Statue of Liberty but is instead altered to have the statue weeping into her open hands. This piece was created with two other artists reflecting on the current state of “truth, justice and liberty” in these United States.Manifest_Justice_Day_85311final_800 This piece stands out due to the current events that have been taking place in our country and around the world. DeLappe’s work stimulates viewers to question or criticize the role of the government and military. Here we question the authenticity of our liberties. The current political campaign has left voters unimpressed with their candidate options. Many people feel that Clinton and Trump are inappropriate for the presidential position; the Weeping Liberty expresses the voters political frustration, not only with the political candidates but numerous other issues such as the abuse of power by police enforcement. Here we see DeLappe with a homemade ‘drone’ attached to his 72_drone-three-quarterhead to depict what life would like with drones everywhere. This piece reminds me of the book 1984 in the sense that drones will one day be abused by the government to seek  “power entirely for its own sake. It is not interested in the good of others; it is interested solely in power.” Here we see the repeated message that the government may not always have the citizens rights and liberties as a priority. Drones have lead citizens to question the intentions of the governmental and military application of modern technology. Drones can be very helpful and make life easier but there’s also a high risk for privacy concerns. DeLappe describes this work as  a piece that is ‘designed for insecurity and comfort”. DeLappe encourages his students to create their own perception of drones and how they will increasing gain a role in our lives.