Sunday, June 5, 2016

Event 3

Event 3: Design Media Arts Senior Exhibition at the UCLA Broad Art Center


Friday, June 3rd: I went to visit the Staring in the Age of Distraction (S.A.D), which was a senior exhibition event with 55 artists and designers all from UCLA. The event addresses acts viewing and creating artwork within today's pretentious environment. These artists, who were just born after the internet, have created a world for people to see a part of their culture and talent. Every piece has its own story and displays how this new generation of artists has formed.

One of my favorite pieces in the gallery was Poof. This piece reminded my of the Jesus Rafael Soto's Penetrable, at LACMA, which contains hundreds of plastic yellow hoses hanging from an aluminum and painted iron structure. They both allow the viewer to see all different angles and you can enter directly inside of it. It creates a feeling for people that they are in natural elements like walking through vines or the rain. I also thought this was very creative how she used feathers hanging from a string to create the same effect of disappearing into a maze and allowing the viewers to actually participate and become a part of the artwork. 

Art of The Title- Ariana Govan
Another amazing piece was my roommates, Ariana Govan. She was also an artist in the exhibit and I was so proud of her! She created Art of The Title, which was a piece based off of desperate housewives and masters of sex. She created two posters and a video unfolding the truths about masters of sex and desperate housewives. It was very cool that my friend was in the show and how all her hard work and time she put into it paid off! As a whole, I was blown away by the amount of talent that each of these seniors have and their capability of creating all these pieces. I could never in a million years create or come up with something so inventive and rousing. I admire all their skillfulness and would recommend anyone who hasn't gone to the gallery, DO IT NOW!!! It is truly amazing to see these pieces of work from people that go to our school and how each piece was so different and inspiring!!

1. Drolson, Karly. Art of The Title, Broad Center. Photograph. 3, June. 2016
2. Drolson, Karly. Poof. Broad Center. Photograph. 3, June. 2016
3. Drolson, Karly. Fashions. Broad Center. Photograph. 3, June. 2016.
4. "MFAH | Exhibitions | Soto: The Houston Penetrable." MFAH | Exhibitions | Soto: The Houston Penetrable. Web. 04 June 2016
5. Muñoz-Najar, Veronica. "Jesús Rafael Soto's "Penetrable" at LACMA Dematerializes the Viewer | Unframed. 5 Aug. 2013. Web.

Event 2: Angela Washko

Event 2: Angela Washko, Women in World of War Craft

Angela Washko (In bright pink)

Last week, I visited a lecture in the UCLA Game Lab with Angela Washko. She is a research based artist, who has a passion for the video game, World of War Craft and received a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art from the University of California, San Diego. She was involved in video games at a young age and after 22 years she became a professional and decided to pursue more and begin her research on feminism in the gaming world. Not only has she started a movement for women's rights in World of Warcraft but all over the gaming world and virtual world. As a feminist, Angela felt that she needed to change something in the gaming world and started a movement for women and a forum for those that actually play the game and for those who don't to discuss feminism. She began to discover the amount of sexist language and gender stereotypes that occurred with player dialogue and continued to learn more so she could make this issue more aware.

World of War Craft Study

After realizing how racists and sexists WoW was, she began to start investigating more and asking question to players in the game. She started to create unfiltered spaces for gamers to start conversations about gender and why women are treated so poorly. Some conversations she would tell gammers that she was researching about the sexualization on female players and why women are treated so poorly. In her research she was surprised by the amount of female avatar players in the game were actually played by men due to them wanting to see a female body on screen than a man.

Roosh Exhibit of his books video clips

One of her most interesting and frustrating pieces was her research on Daryush Valizadeh also known as Roosh V. Roosh is a seductive artists who has self-published 15 sex and travel guides that offer advice to men on how to pick up and have sex with women in specific countries. She began her research by reaching out to women who have had sex with Roosh and finally after email communication with him, she got to do a video interview with the man himself. She had to act very neutralized towards Roosh and make sure to just sound curious about his work which had accusations of misogyny. He was the type of man the most women hate and had manipulating ideas over women and promoting rape. Wasnko explained how she had to perform calmness while interviewing him and listening to him control women and that being socially acceptable in society.

1. Drolson, Karly. Angela Wasnko Event, UCLA Game Lab, Broad Art Center. 25. May. 2016.
2 Roosh V. Misogynist Gathering "Does Not Have Permission and Never Will", Says Glasgow City Council." CommonSpace. The National, 1 Feb. 2016.
3 Washko, Angela. "Why Talk Feminism in World of Warcraft? | Creative Time Reports." Creative Time Reports. 20 Nov. 2014.