Wk 15-Artist Conversation-Sam Mederios

Exhibition Information

Artist: Sam Mederios

Exhibition: Chess Set

Media: Wood

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website: N/A

Instagram: N/A

About the Artist

Sam Mederios is an undergraduate student in the School of Art’s Sculpture Program at Cal State Long Beach. He is a senior and is close to graduating from the program. After graduating he wants to continue his studies in the art field and possibly work at a sculpture studio. Also, throughout the semester he has worked on other projects that have been presented in the CSULB Art Galleries such as A Beach In Symmetry, A Breach In Symmetry.

Formal Analysis

Sam’s exhibition is a Chess Set. The chessboard is made out of wood. He cut various pieces of wood and began to make the form of the chessboard. The chess pieces that are on top of the chessboard were created with a 3D printer. The 3D printer made it easier to create the pieces since it already created the mold for each piece. Also, the very fine detail that is on the chessboard was made with a laser cutter.

Content Analysis

Sam’s chess set was very well detailed, from the chessboard to the chess pieces. Everything was well put together and looked very nice. Sam mentioned that he made a total of two chessboards. The boards took him about 10 days to make and throughout those days he worked on the boards for 10 hours each day. I can tell that he was very patient with the making of the chess set because he dedicated a lot of time into creating everything.


The chessboard was a piece that really stood out in the School of Art, Holiday Art Sale. The chess set was so beautifully made. I really liked the fine detail that was on the chessboard. It looked like if they were really tiny holes that made a nice design throughout the whole chessboard. Overall, I thought it was so nice of Sam to donate the profit of this piece to the department.


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