Title

Aspects of Stockton

Lead Author Major

Studio Art

Format

Senior Art and Design Exhibition

Faculty Mentor Name

Jennifer Little

Faculty Mentor Department

Studio Art

Abstract/Artist Statement

My project, Aspects of Stockton, explores Stockton and its community. I asked people where their home is and how they felt about it. I would like to portray a Stockton that is similar to and different from the media’s perception. It is true that Stockton has a lot of problems, but every city has them. Stockton may have one of the highest crime rates in America, but crime happens everywhere. I have included my family and friends in these photos. They have their good points and bad points like any other family. Imperfection does not mean it is not beautiful. The community of Stockton may have crime, but it also has close families and friends. There are many aspects to the people of Stockton that form a community. In one of my photos, my Stepmom is watering her plants. Even though it’s tough for her to get up and water plants, she still does it. My sister would always argue with mom about it. Mom shouldn’t be outside because she could fall. She is still committed to the garden. A grandpa to the family also has a garden. He often shared the fruits of his labor with us. I wanted to show these different aspects of the people of Stockton. We are not all bad people. I researched photographers Stephen Shore and Eirik Johnson for inspiration. Stephen Shore’s work, Uncommon Places, captures the ordinary landscapes of America and focuses more on the formal elements in the setting. In Eirik Johnson’s work, West Oakland Walk, he photographs a morning walk through West Oakland. He spent two years in Oakland capturing the rituals and beauty of its isolation from East Oakland due to the construction of the freeway.

Location

Reynolds Art Gallery

Start Date

20-4-2015 6:00 PM

End Date

9-5-2015 8:00 PM

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Apr 20th, 6:00 PM May 9th, 8:00 PM

Aspects of Stockton

Reynolds Art Gallery

My project, Aspects of Stockton, explores Stockton and its community. I asked people where their home is and how they felt about it. I would like to portray a Stockton that is similar to and different from the media’s perception. It is true that Stockton has a lot of problems, but every city has them. Stockton may have one of the highest crime rates in America, but crime happens everywhere. I have included my family and friends in these photos. They have their good points and bad points like any other family. Imperfection does not mean it is not beautiful. The community of Stockton may have crime, but it also has close families and friends. There are many aspects to the people of Stockton that form a community. In one of my photos, my Stepmom is watering her plants. Even though it’s tough for her to get up and water plants, she still does it. My sister would always argue with mom about it. Mom shouldn’t be outside because she could fall. She is still committed to the garden. A grandpa to the family also has a garden. He often shared the fruits of his labor with us. I wanted to show these different aspects of the people of Stockton. We are not all bad people. I researched photographers Stephen Shore and Eirik Johnson for inspiration. Stephen Shore’s work, Uncommon Places, captures the ordinary landscapes of America and focuses more on the formal elements in the setting. In Eirik Johnson’s work, West Oakland Walk, he photographs a morning walk through West Oakland. He spent two years in Oakland capturing the rituals and beauty of its isolation from East Oakland due to the construction of the freeway.