Artist: Josh Vasquez
Exhibition: Vida / Morte
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Josh Vasquez is currently an undergraduate attending California State University Of Long Beach, Long Beach. Though he was raised in Los Angeles Josh chose to attend Long Beach University because he loved the art experience they have. It may seem as though Josh has always been passionate about art that is certainly not the case, he did love to paint when he was a child but was not as passionate with his artwork as he is now.
Most of his artwork is just plain black and white, however he does have a unique story behind it as to what he says it is. The way he makes his artwork is by no means symmetrical, it tends to be random strokes here and there, but whats unique is that it has a deeper meaning to it only he understands. Just about all of his work is two colors, that being black and white. He does however have one piece of work that does have color. This piece is called “La Flor Muerta” this piece laid out on the floor with different flowers, but mainly roses. The flowers are all dead but there are some flowers that have color in them, there are some red, some blue, and even some orange flower colors mixed in. This art piece had gave me a dark and sad feeling, but seeing the small amount of color here and there gave me a happy feeling.
Josh’s inspiration to his work was a piece he creating that implemented both life and death, this was a image he mad that had a skull and an upside down flower. In this artwork he had the words “it doesn’t have to be more than this” meaning that basically everything is life and death at this point. This was also implemented with the colors, the black and white contrast with each other just as the skull and flower are two completely different things.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.
After visiting Josh’s art room, it gave me a sense that art can come from anything, and even though it does not have to be a masterpiece with exquisite colors and extreme precision it can still be art and in a way it can have a great impact on someones life. Also, the only thing that matters in art is what you think about your art work it does not matter what other people think just as long as you put your heart and soul into it. I believe that there are many people who are like Josh and want to become an artist but struggle because they are too focused on what others might think, and to this I would say to just be yourself.