Artist: Josh Vasquez
Exhibition: Vida/ Morte
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Josh Vasquez is a undergraduate but will be a graduate next Spring. He is getting a bachelors degree in the painting and drawing program. Josh is from downtown Los Angeles. His painting theme consist of life and death. It took him two years into college to realize that he wanted to work in painting serousily. His interest focuses on only working with paint but he can use other materials.
Josh Vasquez’s art has harsh, thick ink marks that he only represent in the color black with white backgrounds. Some of these marks can be circler, thinier, and more jagged than others. In some of the pieces he uses shapes of skulls to represent his ideas. The white back ground is stretched trash bags that you can see in the first picture. He use discarded flowers also to represented as time changes the way a flower looks. Josh uses a variation of line shapes that makes a simple trash bag look textured. He uses layers of trash bags to creat such different and contrasting lines that flow together into one black and white masterpiece. In his bigger pieces the scale is bigger than life size, the flower piece laid across almost the whole room. The paper piece on the left side of the room landscaped the whole wall that made a person stand back and have to take up the whole image.
Josh’s art represents the idea of life and death. He uses flowers and skulls to represent life and death and bring these two contrasting ideas together into pieces of art. He hopes not to only represent these ideas but also have them be symbols of feminity and masculinity in white and black to soft and hard. A women can be represented with soft and light colors and flowers. As a man can be represented with black harsh lines. In his art these two ideas are put together in the main idea being life and death. He interprets art of past famous artist like Frida Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh, and Paul Cezanne. He takes ideas from these past artist to create pieces of art and convey it in his own way.
Coming into these art exhibition i didnt think i would see something that i really liked but i did enjoy Joshs’ form of art. It is not your typically pretty pictures but it is deeper than that. It connected to me because although death isnt something a lot of people want to think about it touches the viewers and makes you think about it. It makes you think that death doesnt have to be something bad but as Josh can represent it in a delightful way. For example flowers are always thought as something beautiful and as life but Josh represents them as death. It also seemed to me that Josh has to be strong and have a deep connection of life and death to be wanted it to be a main topic in his art work. It is also really cool that someone can have such a deep passion in something that is just expressing the way they feel. Instead of making a living from reading books he makes a living expressing the way he feels.