Wk 3 – Artist Conversation – Josh Vasquez

Artist: Josh Vasquez

Exhibition: Vida/Morte

Media: Markers, Plastic, Paper, Flowers, Paint

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Website: http://www.joshvasquez.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joshybehr/

Josh Vasquez is an undergraduate student here at California State University Long Beach. Josh grew up in the downtown Los Angeles area and spent a lot of his time pursuing art as a passion. It wasn’t until two years ago where Josh took his passion for art and turned it into a career choice. With only about a year left, Josh will graduate from Long Beach State next spring.

Inspired from life and death, Josh set out to portray his interpretation of life and death. Josh used, “ink markers on clear plastic trash bags, paper mounted on wood panels, and red rosin paper.” He used a lot of skulls and dark colors showing his understanding for the theme of death. Flowers were also used as a median in his art, rendering the opposite of death, life.

The Vida/Morte exhibition is about extreme opposites. While Josh’s artwork only illustrates the opposite life and death, he states, “I hope to explore a deeper meaning with these symbols such as femininity and masculinity, black and white, and hard and soft to name a few.” Although most of Josh’s pieces are abstract, they have a deeper meaning to them. While creating his artwork, Josh said, “I chose to think of these pieces as having a life span.” Having this state of mind while creating his art work allowed Josh to really show his sympathy for his theme of life and death.

Art is one of my weaker points. I often find myself in a mindset that makes it difficult to understand artwork. For The Vida/Morte exhibition, I once again found myself pondering the meaning behind Josh’s artwork. It was not until Josh explained the meaning behind all of his artwork where it started to make sense for me. Knowing the motive behind the art pieces allowed me not only to appreciate it, but also to relate and resonate with it. At this point I began to feel humble because the realization came to me that with life comes death.

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