WK 3- Artist Conversation- Josh Vasquez

Artist: Josh Vasquez

Exhibition: Vida/Morte

Media: Drawing and Painting

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: joshvasquez.com

Instagram: joshybehr

Josh Vasquez is currently an undergraduate studying at California State University Long Beach in the painting and drawing program. Josh grew up in Downtown Los Angeles where his love for art started. As a child, Josh loved to paint and be creative with his art work. However, as his art pieces matured, so did Josh. He had a sense of what his style of art has become and continued to push himself to bigger and better works.

In this piece, Josh used a variety of materials such as a plastic trash bag, spray paint, sharpies, and paint markers. This piece had a lot of straight lines as well as circular curves. The texture of the spray paint and the sharpie were evident especially when they were layered on top of each other. The different textures of the materials gave off a soft yet harsh tone to the overall piece. The color scheme was mainly the use of black and white which was another factor of the contrast between the materials used. Towards the bottom right of the work, the circular curves started to look more tangled and intertwined. Also, the white spray paint looked soft against the dark, sharp black sharpies and paint markers.

Josh Vasquez’s inspiration for this work was the abstract image of using a skull and a flower. He favored the idea of creating two opposite ideas combining them to be a whole. The black and white colors also played a role in this piece by showing that these two colors are completely different; like the skull and flower. He showed how black and white were separate ideas like the skull and flower, and how as hard as you try to make them the same, they don’t mix. While this art piece was created, Josh was in a meditative state. Although he was in a frustrated mood, he put his mind to a blank and focused more on what he had to do to his work.

I felt that this exhibition really resonated with who I am as a person. From viewing a variety of art work from very different artists, it helped me realize that the best thing you can create is from your originality and experience. I always thought that in order to create a series of great art pieces, one had to be born with the skills of an artist. However as the day went on, I saw that these artists are just normal people and that if you have a passion in something go for it with both feet. Be confident and don’t mind being different.

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