This week I interviewed Marty Knop. His exhibit was pretty interesting. The name of the exhibit was pretty hard to pronounce, Icosikaihenagon. Don’t know what that means but his exhibit had a lot of print art. Marty loves math, and who knew that you could contribute math into art by not only shapes, but formulas. He stated, “When you know a lot of math, you can turn it into a lot of different things and make new stuff using it as an element.” I thought of this statement to be very interesting because I never would have thought that math and art could go hand and hand. He uses a computer program to create his art. He wanted to do something and express math in an artistic type of way. Which I thought was pretty cool. Knop says that because there are infinite solutions for infinite math problems, it becomes necessary to have a database for them. He started out experimenting with simple geometric shapes such as triangles and used mostly black and white color. He started using random patterns because he says they are much more interesting than say a checkerboard pattern. Knop says that a lot of his viewers do not comprehend what his art means or what is the story behind his masterpieces, but he says that’s the point. He wants his viewers to think outside the box. Even though many of his pieces do not necessarily have a specific meaning he would the viewers them to continue to think, which is something we all have to do in math, non-stop thinking. After seeing Knop’s work, the wide, random array of colors incorporated was very noticeable. Curious if he chose the colors at random or if there was a process in choosing which colors to use, I asked him how he chose the colors. He responded saying that he generally bases his color choices on cost effectiveness, given that some colors are more expensive than others. But also, he said that with digital printing, the color choices are endless so he must limit himself for coherence. A process he described was that he would have 3 different color choices at 3 different areas of a piece to see what fits. On the larger paintings it took him up to about 3 weeks to complete, while the smaller ones, obviously it took him less time. He added that generally, it requires a week for him to print the piece and to see how it looks and another two weeks for other artistic considerations. These considerations may include making changes in the use of color, design, or shape. I particularly enjoyed hearing his explanation on the meaning of his art, which helped me understand that some art, though it may be for generally aesthetic purposes, it is that goal to create an aesthetically stimulating piece that is its message.
The gallery was full of life-sized, beautiful sculptures of earthy human-like figures. Instead of the artist being outside behind a table to answer questions, he actually gave me and few other classmates a walk through of his gallery. He explained his interpretation of each sculpture and explained what it was made of and the meanings behind the design. He also said that his sculptures were up for our interpretation, too. Ideas developed and he worked to sculpt his ideas but then more pop up and tries to include all of his interpretations and ideas into his art. Piet has a Caucasian heritage but his art was diverse and multicultural as he lives in a multicultural society and needs to incorporate the different cultures and subcultures into his art, otherwise it would cause segregation. Piet also just started sculpting in 2008. He owns a house in north of Long Beach, where I live, and it is big enough to where he can fit all of his life-sized sculptures in his home. During Piet’s second employment to Iraq, his buddy told him to use the GI Bill. So he did and came to CSULB. He started off taking welding classes and then the polish wheel because he though it was pretty cool. His ceramics teacher told him that he could be good at ceramics if he went for it. He took the teacher’s advice and now he is an amazing sculptor. He also wants to be a kindergarten-12th grade art teacher one day.
My second favorite artist in the Marilyn Werby Gallery was Ian Robertson-Salt. Ian is a painting and drawing major and is minoring in Native American culture. I really enjoyed his all charcoal drawing, “The Order of Life”. In this drawing, the cougar and the falcon represent the heavenly world, the snake and the water represent the underworld, and the deer represents everything in between. Ian had stated that the underworld is everything industrial, polluted, and man-made. At the top of his drawing there are eyeballs that symbolize spirits in the heavenly world. Ian did this drawing for an assignment in advanced drawing with Professor Kiel Johnson. At first, this drawing was split into three. But to display it in the art gallery, he compiled all three drawings into one and added more image to it, becoming the biggest drawing he has ever done. When i first saw his drawing, I noticed that at the bottom there are factories. I thought that those factories had to be a main part in the drawing. What I got from the picture was that the factories caused too much pollution thus causing harm to nature, the animals, and Earth. But after talking to Ian, my ideas of this drawing were off a bit. But everyone sees art in different ways and gets their own assumption of an image. As the saying goes, “A picture has a thousand words.”