Artist: Josh Vasquez
Media: Ink Markers
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
The artist Josh Vasquez is an undergraduate student at California State University, Long Beach within the painting and drawing program. He is from Los Angeles and art is his life. He is set to graduate next spring. Vasquez has been drawing since he was a toddler but he never took art serious but it soon became his life. Within his art Vasquez demonstrates his interest within two topics, life and death. Which was his main focus in the gallery Vida/Morte.
For his art work he uses trash bags, ink markers, wood panels, flowers, and paper. In his biggest piece he used brown paper and black brush strokes. Within this piece there are many different shapes and lines but all in black. For the floor piece he used brown paper and flowers on top of the brown paper, on the brown paper he had many different black lines. He didn’t have much color for his pieces it mostly consisted of black and white since the overall theme was life and death.
Vasquez’s art exhibition was based around the idea of life and death. He wanted to show the beauty within these two opposite concepts through the use of flowers and skulls. To Vasquez these symbols express more than the mere idea of life and death but to explore a deeper meaning of masculinity and femininity. Another great element represented through his art is time, for example, the life span of the flowers won’t surpass that of the paper beneath it. His artwork is also his interpretations of many other famous master painters.
This exhibition was an open opener. I mean we all that we don’t live forever. Life will one day come to an end for everybody. Even though we all know this, I myself don’t give it much thought. When seeing his art and how he only used mostly black and white to illustrate life and death made me realize how life can be both dark and colorful as well as death.