Artist: Josh Vasquez
Media: Sharpie/marker/spraypaint/ flowers
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
About the Artist
Josh is currently an undergraduate at CSULB in the painting and drawing program and he plans on graduating next spring. Josh’s life at this moment is all about his art, he has no time for hobbies because he he enjoys creating so much. His current exhibit and much of his work is about life and death. He is interested in exploring the ideas and differences of life and death in his art.
The piece in the show depicted varying representations of the theme of life and death. One piece shows dead flowers that are laid out on a painted background. There was imagery of skulls and the large mural piece made me think of tombstones. Josh’s piece seemed to be multi-layered. His smaller pieces had a translucent foreground with a smaller work in the background. The flowers themselves were laid on a painted surface itself giving a second layer.
The overall theme of Josh’s gallery is life and death. He incorporated this theme in the depictions of skulls to his use of dead flowers. The art pieces themselves will one day die, because of the materials and methods used these creations will only last so long. The flowers themselves were given new life as art and will die again when the piece dies.
I found Josh’s exploration of life and death very interesting. I like the idea that even his creations for this gallery have a life and then will die. The way he gave the flowers dual purpose of showing this theme was very intriguing and has stuck with me since leaving his exhibit. I really enjoyed how the dead flowers were given another chance at life and purpose through his art.