Wk 4: Graffiti Writing

Week 4: Graffiti Week!

Welcome to Week 4!

Art Activity: Graffiti Writing

Artist OTW: Revok

Art Talk video: Bomb It

Instead of me talking this week, we have the Street Art documentary film Bomb It. It’s longer than our usual videos, but more interesting than listening to me talk! Make some popcorn and cuddle up with a friend! I hope you enjoy it!

Last Week

Maika Elan

The most interesting aspect of Maika Elan’s stylistic approach is her far-reaching desire and effort to examine the colorful dynamic of love, the different shapes and different forms in which it takes. Her photos are a personal reflection of her love for the simple, yet intimate aspects of companionship and they allow her to make an attempt at ridding the society’s negative stigma around those with differing standards of sexual orientation.


Secret Architecture

tanks, hidden deep underneath Long Beach State University
Bailey: Secret Architecture

what most people don’t know about the university is the secret architecture that lies beneath and around the campus. Back in 1949 when the college was founded, the lead contractors chose to add a few more dimensions to certain buildings, which was not a part of the approved blueprints. People believe the secret rooms were made for special lab testings that would not be approved by the chair of the science department. Although there is no record of what secret projects were done, rumors still continue to spread even though most people have no idea where these hidden rooms are.


a young woman's reflection in the window as she looks into a music rehearsal room that she no longer has access to
Yeunje: Secret Architecture

It wasn’t until my return to the [Long Beach State Music rehearsal] buildings post-graduation-walk to conduct this art activity that I discovered that I was no longer a student on the inside looking out, I was now on the outside looking in. These rooms held my most confidential thoughts, secrets, and conversations… my sweat and tears lay on their piano, and their walls bore the memory of my most creative moments. These precious moments were now locked in a room that I could no longer enter. They were locked into this room as a memory. I could see, but I can no longer touch. This is not to say that this is a bad thing. Maybe I prefer it this way. I wonder?


The Wind Museum on Jeju Island, South Korea
Hyolim: Wind Museum

I visited Jeju island, isolated from mainland South Korea by the sea and famous for having an abundance of wind and rocks.

June 14th, When I woke up in the morning, I wanted to go outside and take a walk with no reasons. Maybe because the weather was warm. Something drove me to walk to the natural park right in front of the hotel where my family was staying for two days. That place was super bigger than I expected and it was full of beautiful trees and flowers. The weather was perfect, and the smell was good as well.

However, I did not expect at all that I would be able to find there…


Piotr Kowalski's "Now" sculpture as installed on the Long Beach State University campus
Melissa: “Now” by Piotr Kowalski

… if you ever pass by the Now sculpture and see a light coming from a ball of light right in the middle, means it’s your turn to receive a message. The message is one that every student gets at one point in their academic career at CSULB. When you pass by and see the flicker of light, it is your responsibility to go up to the sculpture and accept the message. The message will be an answer to any one question relating to your future academically. This information can be life-changing! Many haven’t been the same since.


drawing of a pack of Marlboro Reds
Zac: Marlboro Reds

California State University Long Beach, fresh out of high school, no friends in sight, but preferred it that way, I was alone and found peace. I would sit and I’d read, or I would stare and I’d write. My first semester was spent in solitude, my second, I made a friend. Two in fact. Smoking cigarettes (back then you were allowed to smoke off the stress of tests or pass time while walking across campus freely without having to shove yourself behind a dumpster behind the library in too-close proximity to those doing the same where out of politeness you would have to strike up a conversation with your fellow addicts) we sat on concrete benches outside of the SPA building, where my second friend joined who had a boyfriend at the time but I stole her a year and a half later and she is mine until she says she is not and this continues to this day. Ditching class, the three of us moved to “our spot;” a rock-filled seclusion under the Molecular and Life Sciences building, a small walk from the Spa buildings, up a hill past the bus stop, where I walked with Marlboro Red in hand…


Points Update

After 3 weeks we now have 249 points up. Here’s how many points you should have to be on track for each grade level, and how many peeps are at each level:

  • 224 points = 90% = A pace – 13 peeps
  • 199 points = 80% = B pace – 2 peeps
  • 174 points = 70% = C pace – 4 peeps
  • 149 points = 60% = D pace – 2 peep
  • 148 points = 59% = F pace – 3 peeps

Class GPA (on track for)

  • Week 1: 2.29
  • Week 2: 2.50
  • Week 3: 2.83

We’re picking it up a bit! Some of you made a lot of progress this week. Some of you slid. But overall, our heading is in the right direction. I hope the overall class average can cross over 3.0 next week!

Be sure to LMK if you’re having trouble with anything. Do your best to turn everything in – it makes a huge difference!

Discussion Comments

If all 24 students made 3 comments for Artist OTW and also for Art Talk, that’d be 72 + 72 = 144 total comments.

  • Week 1: 36 + 51 = 87
  • Week 2: 58 + 60 = 118
  • Week 3: 62 + 60 = 122

It’s slow growth, but we are moving in the right direction. Try to make 3 substantive comments for Art Talk & 3 for Artist OTW every week. It’s a better experience for you, and a better grade. And remember, you’re not limited to 3! 😀 You can always post 4 or 5 comments!! 🙂


Out of 249 possible, here are our class top 5 for week 3:

  1. Morgan, 260
  2. Ablebe, 259
  3. Thu, 257
  4. Patty, 252
  5. Matthew, 250

Have a great week!

Thursday is the 1st day of Summer! I hope you have a great week wherever you are – even if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, and Thursday is the 1st day of Winter!!

If you’re in the SoCal vicinity, I hope to see a few of you at the Venice Beach Art Walls on Saturday. I’ll be there from 10am – 1pm. I’ll bring a few gallons of iced tea – if I drive there! I might ride the Metro over instead, in which case, I won’t be lugging iced tea along! 😛 But there will still be plenty of cheep pizza, poke bowls, etc.

Maybe see you Saturday!

Have a great week everyone!

~ Glenn

Glenn Zucman taking a selfie with a Sony a7iii camera in the mirror of the basement men's room at the Marciano Art Foundation on Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles
In the boy’s room, Marciano Art Foundation, Wilshire Blvd, 3:48 pm, Saturday 16 June 2018.


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