Hey everyone, my artist of the week’s name is Yireh Elaine Kwak. Yireh was born in West Covina and has moved around Southern California and now stays in Fullerton. She is Korean American and proudly represents a Korean style in some of her art pieces. This her senior year at Cal State Long Beach, she’s been here two years after transferring from Fullerton Community College. She says her time here at Long Beach has been very enjoyable but is extremely glad that she made it out and will be graduating.
Her art style is unique. Yireh finds a pleasant scenery, sits and takes it in for a moment, then she goes to her art studio to paint what she remembers about the scenery. Sometimes she does this multiple times to see the different out comes and what she focuses on differently. This type of style requires that she clears her mind and focus on what she saw throughout the day. In her picture the scenery she painted was found in Fullerton and she painted it about three times until she was satisfied. Many may ask why not set up at the scene and paint what you see? Yireh says this is more enjoyable and that not everyone will like your work so do whatever makes you satisfied and if its good people will come and watch.
This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Marty Knop. He is from far land of Chicago and now he lives in Korea Town. Marty is a very high energy type of person with a lot of interesting stories to talk about. A lot of the things he’s been through has had influence on his art pieces, his personality, and views on life. He feels Korea Town especially has a lot of influence on him because of all the diversity their and the many different people personalities there. He loves it at CSULB as well. A lot of people show him different ways to view art and his teachers have always encouraged him to try new things.
Knop has a lot of interesting pieces and to many people’s surprise it does not take long to make them. He said on average he can make multiple black and white pieces in a week and one in color in a week. They have an illusion to them as well. If you focus on one part of the pieces the others parts seem to move around. Knop said he was inspired by the European movement in the 20’s and the 30’s. He starts out putting random shapes together and tries to get a pattern out of it then he continues and repeats.
This week I got the pleasure of meeting Avvy Luna. Avvy is a fellow freshman and she is from Downey California. She went to Downey high school and there she played four years of basketball. She is very active and has the mindset to help people but unfortunately her basketball career took up most of her time and she could not do much more. She says she was always interested in ASB or doing some art class where she sat down and made something, but she did not have anything specific. Relating to art she had an open mind and would have joined anything that interested her most.
Avvy is happy to be at Cal State Long Beach even though it was not her first choice. Actually, Avvy did not have a first choice she just applied to schools and really looked into them when she started getting her acceptance letters. Right now she is still trying to be active so she does not be a student that just comes for class and leaves. She mentioned doing photography and is looking for a club or group on campus. It was really nice getting to know Avvy and I hope to see her more throughout our Cal State Long Beach careers.
Good luck Avvy, you can do it!