Artist: Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig
Exhibition: All Work All Play
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Werby
Sean Joy Rosario Cabanig, also known as Sean Joy, is close to obtaining her BFA with an emphasis on metal. Cabanig entered CSULB with a major on Creative Writing for Poetry. She later discovered her unwavering passion for the arts later in her academic career and that lead her to where she currently is today. Originally from Los Angeles, she relocated not too far away to Long Beach. She is currently a 5th year, set to graduate this semester. Her interests other than art range from manga to cats.
In this exhibit, there was stands all over with pieces on top of each. All of the pieces were metal works. Most of them were jewelry. The jewelry is what caught my attention over the rest of the pieces. The first piece I looked at was a ring, or I thought it was a ring. This reminded me of something a person would use on their leg when they have an injury somewhere on their leg. The piece itself was smooth on both ends. Another piece I looked at was a necklace with balls at the end. The piece had some chains around the neck. Similarly there was another piece, with a large ball at the end. That is not what I concentrated on. Just like the previous piece I looked at what was used to hold around the neck. This one was golden and it curved around nicely. There were ridges that would also curve around. Aesthetically, the necklaces were the most pleasing.
As this is Cabanig’s first show, much went well for her. She did not hesitate to tell the audience her inspirations. This was probably my most favorite part during the artist conversation. Her ideas ranged from her humor or her emotions. Her inspirations were not only personal, they also included her environment and even art history. She expanded to why she did not provide an Instagram or a website. The reasoning behind her not providing an Instagram because it is a personal one. She then expanded by saying she plans on starting one soon revolving around her art. The same reasoning applies to her website.
Personally, I enjoyed this because of the intricacies with metal pieces. Each piece consisted of separate parts and I liked that. For example the necklaces had the chains and the balls. Each part was different but together it made the piece whole. Because of that I felt like this gallery was interesting.