Wk 3-Artist Conversation

Artist: Joshua Vasquez
Exhibition: Vida/Morte
Media: mixed-media
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Website: none
Instagram: none

About the Artist

Joshua Vasquez is in the painting and drawing program at the CSULB School of Art. He stated that he loves drawing and painting and his work explores the subject of life and death.

Formal Analysis

The art work was made with ink markers on clear plastic trash bags. Underneath them were wood panels and red rosin paper. These drawings were black and white and contained lines that are both thick and thin, short and long, and harsh and soft. The artist also had various flowers laid on the ground over paper.

Content Analysis

The artists main focus is on life and death, both on the surface and under. On the surface, we see skulls and harsh dark lines which evoke the emotion of death. The artist also chose to use materials that will fade with time such as the ink on the trash bags and the flowers on paper. The artist stated that he wanted to capture the aspect of life in each piece by showing that each piece has their own lives within time.

Synthesis / My Experience

From my perspective, the artist captured life and death in a darker form such that all things will die and there’s nothing more to that. The idea of time behind each piece is rather beautiful in that just like our lives, the pieces each have their own time frame. Some may fade quicker than others and the flowers may die within hours, days, or weeks. Death is unpredictable and we never know when it will be our time.

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