Artist: Josh Vasquez
Media: Plastic trash bags, Ink markers, paper mounted on wood panels, discarded flowers, spray paint, and red rosin paper.
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L Gatov West
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
The artist’s name is Josh Vasquez, he is an undergraduate student at California State University of Long Beach, continuing his fifth year. Josh plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting. They are interested in painting and drawing sketches. Their work explores the topic of life and death, hence the name “vida/morte.” Josh is expected to graduate from CSULB next Spring.
Josh Vasquez’s art is abstract, he used plastic trash bags and drew on top of them with a black ink marker. The clear plastic trash bag and the black ink made a negative and positive fill. Behind his pieces were another piece creating a small illusion. Josh held up his art pieces with a mounted wood panel. In the middle of the gallery, he had red rosin paper laid down with discarded flowers lain throughout the entire paper. The texture was for the paper looked very gritty, similar to sand paper and the plastic bags on the walls very held tightly so they were flat. His drawings on the plastic bag are somewhat, distorted as he draws with quick hand movements across the bag.
The art that Josh brings is about life & death. He talks about opposites, two contrasting ideas. “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.” His work represents life and death itself. Relating this to Snapchat and ephemerality, he says that his work has its own “life span.” “Each of the materials having its own end. The ink and paint will not survive as long as the plastic it is drawn on. And the flowers will not last as long as the paper beneath them. These separate pieces, although similar, will each have their own lives within time and I wanted to capture that aspect of life.”
I believe that it’s really about life and death. Accepting that all things come to an end. Similar to Dias de Los Muertos, Day of The Dead. In Latin culture, they accept death and invite spirits into their house, they are welcomed. I believe that these Josh’s work is largely influenced by Dias de Los Muertos. I believe that it’s beautiful, however, I think it’s going to be a while til I accept death casually. I haven’t experienced a major death in my life yet, but it will happen soon, it’s not being morbid, it’s being practical, that’s just life.