Artist: Josh Vasquez
Media: Drawing, Painting
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
About the Artist
Josh Vasquez is a fifth year art Student attending CSULB. He focuses on drawing, painting and photography. Josh has been an artist his entire life and can’t imagine doing anything else. When asked about his personality he said he jumps from being an introvert to an extrovert. Josh likes art because it allows him to express himself . As a fifth year student all of his money goes to his art projects and he considers himself a starving artist for that reason.
The pieces Josh created in his exhibit used dark colors in the paint and other items such as flowers. Since they were decaying they were black and brown. One of his pieces took up an entire wall, it used black paint, giant strokes and other smaller spots of black paint were used to make the whole painting . Some of the other paintings used a very interesting technique with two layers, one a clear plastic which he would draw on and another painting in the background on a canvas. This made a cool effect and allowed Josh to make contrast to match the theme of the exhibit.
In his exhibit Vida/Morte he centered his art on the contrast and likeness of life in death. In Spanish “Vida/Morte” directly translates to “life/death”. He used the pieces to show the existence of life and death even literally on the paintings themselves. How the paint would “die” much sooner than the plastic that is was placed on would. The roses were once beautiful lively roses that had decayed and died which showed this giant contrast of how death is sudden and inevitability. I think the Josh is trying to show how real death is and how it can take away just as fast as life is given.
Synthesis / My Experience
In my opinion Josh accomplished his goal in making me realize how sudden and real death is, I tend to think of death as some far away “thing” that is kinda unrealistic. But Josh’s work bring’s me to the realization that death is prevalent and very real. Even though I had a great uncle pass away last year it is still easy for me to forget how valuable life is and Josh’s exhibit helped remember how much appreciation I should have for life as well as death since without death life would seem to be pointless.