The Social Network.


I made my own little social network of people that are close to me. The names closer to the center are closer to me. I picked purple to represent my immediate family. The green represents my cousins and distant family. The Red represents all my friends. The blue represents my coworkers.


Do you think of the term “Social Network” as applying to your RL life and your RL, physical friends? Or mostly to Online & Mobile tools that connect you to people in cyberspace?

I would say the real life can be referred to as a social network. All the people I know know people and that creates a network. Like when you ask a friend for another friend’s number that is a network of people. We have formed to provide mutual assistance and information.

Does Dunbar’s Number make sense to you? That we can only have around 150 truly meaningful relationships, and any others we know will be in more fragmentary ways?

Dunbar’s number argues that we are limited to about knowing only 150 people. Dunbar’s theorem in order to truly know them you have to know their name and know your connection to them. That’s interesting because I have 400 friends on Facebook. I will admit that I don’t know all of them but I can say that I do know at least 300 of them. As far as meaningful relationships go I wouldn’t say I have any more than 50. I have always preferred quality over quantity.

What does it mean to have 1,000 or 2,000 or 5,000 Facebook “friends”? Who are these people? What sorts of relationships do you have to them?

To have a 1000 friends on Facebook doesn’t mean much to me. I have kept my circle of friends pretty small. Meaningful relationships require attention and time. There’s no way to really have meaningful relationships with that many people. MI would consider all those extra friends on Facebook more as acquaintances.  

When we visualized our Art110 Social Network, or when you visualized your personal Social Network, did anything surprise you? Did you find any connections or relationships that you hadn’t thought about or realized any different connections?

The Social Network that we created in your office opened my eyes to all the connections we had. How one person knew another. It reminded me of the six degrees of separation which states that we know everyone in the world from six people away. For example a friend of a friend of mine knows the President.

What’s your Personal Number? How many people would you like to have close relationships with in your life? 1? 10? 100? 1,000?

If I had to pick a number of close friends i would have to say maybe 30. That’s close friends who i keep constant contact with. I prefer to have a smaller more meaningful circle of friends.

Do you have more “friends” on Facebook or some other platform than are truly your “friends”? What is your relationship to those “extra friends”? Have these weak ties ever brought you new resources like a job opening, someone to date, a cool event, info for something you were working on, etc?

I have way more “friends on social media than I do in real life. The majority I wouldn’t really consider them my friends. They are more like acquaintances with similar interests and connections. Those weaker ties tend to be older friends and it’s nice to be able to keep up with them through social media. I have gotten letters of recommendations and interviews because of those weaker ties.


Daniel Puentes


Week 8 Japanese Garden Sketches

This week for our art activity we did sketches at the CSULB Japanese Garden. The Japanese garden although small is really nice. Every part of the garden was done with attention to detail. I found it very relaxing in there so I was comfortable sketching in there for the entirety of the class. Professor Zucman’s tip about spending more time looking at what you are drawing instead of your sketch was very helpful. After spending some time sketching at the garden I would like to see if some one has made a painting of the garden.


Daniel Puentes

Classmate Conversation Week 8 with Ali Garawi


This week I became acquainted with my fellow classmate Ali Garawi. He is a third year business major. He has plans of opening his own real estate firm once he finishes school. Me and Ali discussed the questions of the week.

The first question asked by Carlos was, “What is a piece of art, of any medium, that you would like to share with everyone? Why do you like it and why do you think others should experience (read, see, listen to, etc.) it?”

Ali said that the Mona Lisa would have to be on the top of his list. He thinks it is a great piece of art because it is worth so much money and is beloved by so many people. We both agreed that that this piece of art should be experienced because it is one of the greats and should be appreciated by everyone because it is an exceptional piece of art. I picked the The Ecstacy of Saint Theresa. I love the Ecstacy because it is such a dramatic piece of art. The sculpture is capturing the moment that a human had contact with an angel, which is a moment that man people dream of. Also the attention to detail is stellar and should be appreciated by everyone.

The next question asked, “Would you be supportive of your child wanting to pursue an art career? Why or why not?”

Ali said he would not support their child with following a career in art. Ali would not support his kids because artist do not make a steady constant salary. I see what Ali is talking about. The idea of following an art degree can be daunting because it isn’t the most high paying or applicable study. Yet I would still support my child’s decision. I believe life shouldn’t be about making the most money and dying. If you don’t work the skill that you want then you are going to be miserable, because you won’t be able devote yourself to it. When you are able to put passion into what you do it becomes fun and effortless. When things are easy you excel in the subject. That is why I would support my child. I would still have to have a talk with him about always having a plan B just encase.

The question asked by Glenn is, “What apps do you share?”

Ali and I both had these 4 apps: Netflix,eBay, and Zillow.


Daniel Puentes

Artist Conversation week 7


Artist: Dulce Soledad

Exhibit: Manos De Oro

Gallery: Gustov East

Media: Sculpture


This week Dulce Soledad presented her exhibit Manos De Oro. She is a senior here at Cal State Long Beach working on her bachelors of Fine Arts in Sculpturing. She works at a non profit museum, which she has been at for five years now. She did sculptural work there then transitioned into sculpting over painting. Dulce just got into her program here at school. Soledad is of Mexican descent first generation American also known as Chicana. Soledad was raised and able to go to college because of her father’s hard work as a landscaper for the past 40 years. A job that he still does to this day in his seventies.

Manos De Oro is a sculpture exhibit. The exhibit displays sculptures of golden hands and landscaping equipment with with real life yard trimmings. There is a video playing of Dulce’s father working diligently on a yard. This is all brought together by a gentle spanish song about a man growing old playing. The use of gold is used to show value.

Manos De Oro is an ode to Dulce’s father and his hard work. Dulce used gold to show pride and value in the work that her father does. His gold hands working to provide for his family. Dulce’s exhibit Manos De Oro is also an expression of her Mexican culture. A culture rooted with pride and hard work. Men like Dulce’s father who came to America with the dream of supplying for their families and building a future. Dulce’s father is humbled by survivors guilt because he knows that not everyone is blessed with coming to the United States. Dulce also suffers from survivor’s guilt as she uses her own hands of gold for craft while her father uses his gold hands for survival. There is a sense of sadness in the exhibit as she knows her father is getting old.  

I really related with Dulce’s art exhibit because I am also Chicano. As a Chicano myself I am familiar with the culture she speaks of and the countless stories of hardworking immigrant families who take pride in their work. Immigrants like my uncle Salvador who as a twelve year old child would shine shoes to survive. Coming to the United States gave him the opportunity to serve his country and receive his doctorates in law. It gives me allot of pride when I see the hustle that my culture goes through especially when I see my people selling oranges and elotes on the streets. It makes me proud because instead of sitting on the side of the street asking for money, they are standing there hustling to survive.


Daniel Puentes


My Flipbook

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Now imagine if we put a couple of pictures in a nice sequence then we get ourselves a motion picture. Kinda weird when you think that videos are just a bunch of pictures put together, and a flipbook is a nice way to put it into perspective. Making a flipbook is kinda like making our own little cartoon. So when I started making my cartoon I was inspired by some baseball, and it’s not a good ol’ cartoon unless someone gets hurt. Ironically I imagine my cartoon is how the Dodgers felt this weekend.


Daniel Puentes

Artist Conversation Week 6


Artist: Blaine Prow

Exhibit: Extrusions

Gallery: Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery

Media: Bristol Board

Instagram: tiffuts

This week I had the pleasure of meeting Blaine Prow, my artist of the week. Blaine is an undergraduate senior studying studio arts with an emphasis on graphic design. Blaine enjoys photography and playing alternative rock music on his spare time. He plays the guitar, bass, and keyboard. Blaine hopes to work in house for a company doing graphic design once he is done with school. Growing up Blaine was always a good math student and he took a liking to geometry. In which he enjoyed learning about three dimensional shapes.

Extrusions is a display of geometric shapes. The shapes are still attached to the sheets of paper that they were cut out from. The exhibit is in black and white, this was done intentionally so that the main focus would be the shapes. The use of the black paper in the background is used to emphasis the space left behind from the cut out. The exhibit is representational as they are made to closely resemble geometric patterns.

Blaine’s display of geometric shapes was made with a purpose. His purpose was to show the relation between 3D objects and 2D objects. Blaine wanted the viewer to recognize that 2D and 3D objects go hand in hand. They are a representation of each other. That is why Blaine decided to leave the cut outs still attached to their original paper. You can see the 2D cut out that was used to construct the 3D display. This exhibit is a display of Blaine’s love for geometry.

This exhibit served it’s purpose because I was able to see the connection between the 2D and 3D shapes. I personally did not like the exhibit because of it’s lack of aesthetics, but I do not believe aesthetics was the goal for Extrusions. Extrusions accomplished it’s goal because Blaine successfully made the extrusions and the cut outs the main focus. The piece with the crosses was my favorite, because Blaine focused on the lighting he used. The shadows created by the cubes gives the display a depth that really adds to the aesthetics.

Daniel Puentes

Week 5- Spray Painting


I was pretty excited about being able to make a piece with spray paint. The idea of having a much larger canvas than an eight and a half by eleven piece of paper was also exciting because I would be able to express my art with more space. Once I started it took some time to get use to the different tips and a good technique to paint, but by the end I was pretty comfortable with spray painting. I really liked the way my piece came out. At first i was worried because some of my paint had began to drip but then i thought it would be cool if the whole piece looked like it was dripping. I just wish I had given myself more time and paint to keep creating. I can really see myself creating another piece right on my wall in my own room.


Daniel Puentes