Artist: Joshua Vasquez
Exhibition: Vida Morte
Media: Drawing, Painting
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov West
Josh Vasquez is a BFA Drawing and Painting major, expected graduation date of Spring 2017, and I was able to look at his Vida Morte exhibit in Gatov West. Vasquez hailing from the Downtown LA area, with an interest in painting. When asked about his interests in art, his response was “I paint”. With that simple response, I was able to tell that Vasquez was passionate about art and painting. His exhibit explored Life and Death, thus the exhibit name.
What got my attention right away was the back wall of the exhibit, unfortunately I was not able to get the names of the pieces because someone took the paper listing the titles. The pieces were all similar, with a translucent piece over something attached on the wall, holding the translucent piece was a black wooden plank in shape of a picture frame. This exemplified life and death perfectly. With one side being life and one side being death. When Vasquez was asked which between life and death he thought was more important he responded, “both are the same”. This is shown through his works.
From the vibe I got from entering that exhibit, I can tell it was laid back, however there was a serious tone from the art works. As mentioned previously, I was a huge fan of the back wall art pieces (first picture) as they signify life and death elegantly. Another one, would be the piece called No Mas (second picture). The discussion in class about Landscapes with a Corpse resonated with this because the exhibit focused on a similar topic. Overall, I enjoyed the experience.