Wk 9 – Artist Conversation – Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig

Exhibit Information
Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig
Exhibition: All Work All Play
Media: Metals
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby Gallery
Website: None Available
Instagram: None Available

About the Artist

Joy is in her final year in the CSULB BFA Metals program. She has always lived in the LA area with her brother and sister who are both older than her. She likes to read, paint, play video games, and experiment with eating new types of food. She has been doing different types of art since she was young but she has only been experiencing practicing with metals for 4 years. She said she doesn’t like to stay focused on one idea too long because she loves experimenting with different ideas. She said she doesn’t wait for inspiration to come to her because that takes too long. She likes to work with whatever comes to her mind at the time.

Formal Analysis

Joy’s work consists of mostly small, physically underwhelming pieces. They require you to look closely to see what they are. For example, she had displayed a metal necklace with 3 seemingly smooth balls hanging from silver chains. Upon looking closely, you can see the rough edges of the metal balls that looked like an entirely different texture just a few feet away. As far as geometry goes, she uses simple shapes. There are a lot of cylinders, spheres, and squares.

Content Analysis

Joy talked about how she does not like the idea of working too hard. Whether its working hard to meet a deadline or working too hard on one piece, she’d rather relax and take her time. This is apparent in her work because she does not stick with one idea. She goes from silver chained necklaces to copper welded bullet casings. It really gives a sense of relaxation and a weird feeling of freedom. I believe that nobody likes to feel rushed and trapped and her work exemplifies patience and that gives me a sense of freedom. The viewer is constricted to one idea that is persistent through the exhibit, rather they are allowed to relax and enjoy each piece for something that’s unique about it.

My Experience

This might have been one of the more fun experiences for myself. I usually try to walk alone through the galleries to relax myself just because I don’t like crowds and I feel that there’s a lot of people just waiting to get out of there and continue on their days. When I was looking through Joy’s gallery, it gave off it’s own relaxing aura. I felt inclined to listen to some nice music and just sit there for a while. I don’t know whether it’s this class that’s helping me appreciate art more or that I’ve never slowed down to look at the art and really absorb it but I feel that each week’s experiences are getting more and more enjoyable.

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