Artist: Josh Vasquez
Media: Sharpie, Markers, Spray Paint
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Josh Vasquez is a BFA Drawing and Painting major, expected to graduate in Spring 2017, his Vida Morte exhibit in Gatov West what was I look at. Vasquez coming from the Downtown LA area, with an interest in painting. When asked about his interests in art, he simply said “I paint”. It was obvious that Vasquez was passionate about his art. His exhibit explored Life and Death, because he believed that they were one.
Josh Vasquez’s artwork was memorizing because of the creativity he used with his art. He used layers of trash bags showing wrinkled lined and sharp edges. He also placed clear plastic to draw over because he wanted to show the other painting inside of his artwork. The first thing I noticed while walking into the art exhibit was the lighting design set up for his work. How it only outlined the black and white in most or all his work, and the theme which was life and death was successfully showcased. In his artwork he used many different lines; thin, thick, short, tall, horizontal, vertical and more. He had dozens of flowers on top of another art work of his that went from one side of the room to the other. The bed of flowers looked dead and alive, some had more color and life than others and some looked darker than others. The painting on the floor under the flowers was the painting of the top portion of a skull, the eyes and a little bit of the nose bone.
These pieces show his view of life and death as Vasquez uses two shades of blacks to bring light to his point. He says when working with his pieces it’s necessary for him to be in a meditative state of mind. That concentration is key for his style. In order to bring out the rough strokes and unsymmetrical components of his style, Vasquez brings forth his emotions in his works. He uses two different techniques in one piece as a reflection of that idea to show the clash between life and death.
Seeing this gallery really made me look at life and death in a different light. He really made me see the beauty in death. He was a very cool and nice guy and I would look forward to seeing his work in the future.