Artist: Bri Joy
Media: Screen Printing
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
About The Artist
I found Bri Joy to be a very interesting individual. She grew up in a small town and transferring from a community to Long Beach was a big adjustment for her. However this has had a huge impact on her artwork. She’s currently studying to obtain her BFA in Printmaking. In her time away from her artwork she likes to surf, snowboard, hike, do yoga, and participate in sports. Most of the things she likes to do were very heavily influenced by living in a small town with no cell reception.
I didn’t really know much about screen printing prior to this exhibit. It took a lot really specific materials to complete these pieces of art; bfk printmaking paper, a water based ink screen, and light sensitive emulsion stencils are primarily the materials she used. All of her work is mostly black and white and I really enjoyed that. I like how a lot of smaller pieces and lines come together to create a bigger image.
These pieces tie into the two different lifestyles Bri Joy experienced. A quiet life in a small town with no cell reception and a chaotic one here in Long Beach. You can kind of see the contrast within her art work. Some parts are serene, organic and smooth like the small town and some parts are short, mechanical, and choppy like the craziness of a bigger town like Long Beach.
Overall I really enjoyed this exhibit. I think it was interesting to experience screen printing as well as to hear more of a back story from Bri Joy. All the other artists I’ve spoken to have been somewhat vague about their past so it was interesting to get better insight on what is inspiring their work. I can relate to her inner struggle with being torn between two lifestyles. I grew up in a really small town in Connecticut and moving to California was a huge adjustment to say the least. I really liked how she let this show through in her artwork as well as with us.