Artist: Brianna Joy (AKA Bri Joy)
Media: Screen Printing
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Brianna Joy showcases her work at California State University, Long Beach. Joy is currently an undergraduate trying to obtain her BFA and is expected to graduate this year.The printmaking program is a three year program, so Bri has been apart of the 49ers family for 3 years now and this semester is her last. Bri started the art of printmaking in high school and came into college with that major set in mind. Aside from being an art student, she is interested in an array of activities ranging from sports, yoga, and various stuff that includes “board”. As an artist, Joy prefers to be at the presence with her peers: one of the reasons why she doesn’t have a website. Bri mentioned that she is terrified of graduating because printmaking is reliant on equipment and not the type of equipment that she can set up in her living room. The need for a studio is a must and this is something that makes her scared of stepping out of college because she has to has to work on finding ways of getting ahold of these materials and storage space she needs to be successful in her craft.
There are different types of printmaking and in Bri’s exhibition uses the Lithograph which is print flat on the surface rather than that lift on a surface.In her art she uses a mono-chrome harmony that creates a thought provoking feel to the audience. Though Bri’s work might look really easy at a glance, it is pretty complicated in a way that it takes time to contrast the colors she uses. She describes the process of screening prints quite the process considering how it takes time and effort to combine various layers into one. The figures are using actual lines, implied, and psychic lines that point in all three directions of vertical, horizontal, and diagonal that shows the change of action.
Bri told us about what is behind her motivation in her art, and this being a small town and a big city. In Bri’s work it shows two main things that she loves about herself, which everyone should love about theirselves, and this being her past and her present. Throughout her pieces they look very smooth but it has a texture to it because of the way she has to process the printmaking. In this process she has to use a compressor and the use of rubbing ink and the paper. Although Bri has to compress and combine her art pieces into one piece, it is fascinating how she can take her past and her present and put them together to make a whole, which to her is what every person is, their past and their present.
Joy’s pieces allows me to see how the past and present can be combined into one entity. In this case, her past and present being mashed together to represent her showcase. The art allows the audience to consider two contrasting elements seen into one setting. When looking at Bri’s work, I took time to just picture my past and my present, and this is what I really loved about her work is that she can put her past and present into one and her art passes that on. When looking at her pints I first thought they were just lines but when looking deeper and focusing my eyes on the prints I started to see figures and my mind began to wonder on the different actions going through the lines in each piece. I guess she did this on purpose giving the idea that art will always have a deeper meaning to it than just giving it a glance.