Media:ink markers, plastic trash bags, paper mounted on wood panels, and red rosin paper
Gallery:CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
About the Artist:
Josh Vasquez is an undergraduate here at CSULB and is working on a BFA for painting and drawing. This was his non degree solo show. He is from downtown Los Angeles and has had art in his life for “basically forever” as he puts it. However, he became much more serious about his art around two years ago and is due to graduate next Spring. His work mainly explores life and death and the many differences amongst the two.
The media in this exhibition was really interesting to me. I loved how Josh incorporated clear trash bags by using marker on them in his art work. Trash is something most people see as ugly and he found a way to make it into art. I think that’s pretty cool. I also liked how it was mostly black, white, and gray with minimal color. He also used red rosin paper, ink markers, and paper mounted onto wood panels.
It is very apparent how Josh’s art ties into life and death just by looking at it. However, I thought it was very interesting that the titles were in Spanish.Vincent Van Gogh and Frida Khalo inspired Josh’s work and I believe you can see that in some of the lines and style of his drawings. Josh even went as far to say that even his own art goes through a life and death cycle, it has some sort of life span. “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.” I took this to mean as long as his artwork is complete and available to look at, then it’s alive. When pieces start to be taken away, like the paper underneath the flowers, the art dies. I thought this was an interesting quote to kind of tie together all of his work.
I really liked the simplicity of his art. There was detail, but not too much. The pieces with skulls and spirit looking figures obviously related to death, but the roses were a beautiful connection to life. I’d have to say the rose piece was hands down my favorite.I liked how the roses were related to life, but they looked very delicate at the same time, as if they were barely hanging on. I also really liked how the lines in the skulls and figures were really fluid. This exhibit was very easily relatable to me. Usually when I look at artwork I’m very confused and when I looked at Josh’s art it seemed very clear the message he was trying to get across.
I already had the privilege of getting to know Maddy last semester in our sorority Delta Zeta, but I figured it couldn’t get to know her more. She’s our sunshine chair and always brightens everyone’s days even if you don’t know her super well. A sunshine chair’s job is to basically be there for the girls in the chapter and keep the morale up. I was new member educator assistant last semester so I had heard a lot about how great of a person Maddy is, but the more I’ve gotten to know her, the more blown away I am. In this day and age it’s extremely difficult to find a true honest to god, genuine human being and I can say without a shadow of a doubt that Maddy is one of these people. She genuinely wants people around her to be happy, regardless of if she knows them or not. She’s involved in the Beach Hillel club and is very involved and passionate about that. She also is an extremely good volleyball player. A human development major is perfect for her! As a freshman, I have no idea how she’s as involved as she is. When I was a freshman everything was super overwhelming. Because of all this and more she’s basically one of the coolest people I’ve ever met.I’m grateful for this class and the opportunity to get to talk to her and get to know her further.
I really enjoyed this project. I love using snapchat. Typically, whenever I’m using snapchat I’m rushing to send a quick snap and I don’t take the time to play around with the drawing tool. I didn’t even know they were called snapsterpieces! I thought that was pretty funny. My first snapsterpeice was the rainbow layers surrounding the TV. I was really entertained just by filling in the different layers. My second snapsterpeice was one of my little sis from DZ tanning by the pool. She’s my sunshine so I made her into a sun. I followed a few other people from the class on snapchat already and it was cool to see how artsy other people got with it. I loved how Haley used the colors like makeup and jewelry on her face. I also really liked the astronaut one. I didn’t know how to get black or white, but it definitely came out super cool. I think this project was definitely a cool way to get us to get a little more creative with an app we use almost daily.
This was definitely an interesting experience for me. I’ve never worked with plaster before. I went by myself with a dying phone battery which was my first mistake of many. I also did not look up the instructions before I left. That being said, I should have definitely planned better. I got to the beach, plaster and bucket in tow, and I started digging my hole. It was only then that I realized that my phone was at 1% and I hadn’t read through the instructions. I frantically tried to read and memorize the instructions as I only had a free hour out of my week to make this plaster casting happen. I started digging and making a mold of my hand. Then I stirred the plaster and poured it into the mold that I made in the sand. It was only then that I remembered I needed to take pictures. Literally as I took a picture of my mold with the plaster, my phone died. My plaster cast of my hand didn’t come out well and ended up in pieces. I didn’t even think to save the pieces to take a picture of once I got home. It was a very frustrating afternoon. Moral of the story, always charge your phone and plan ahead for assignments. Lesson learned.
As a college student, I have an extremely busy lifestyle. School is a full time job in itself. On top of that I also work and have an internship which doesn’t leave a whole lot of free time in my day. However, there is one thing that gets me through the day. Something that helps ease the stress, regardless of the kind of day I’m having. This something would be when I’m Netflixing in my bed. If I had to pick a way to die this would definitely be a top choice. Ideally I’d like to die somewhere in Disneyland, but unfortunately I did not have the time to go take my landscape with a corpse picture there. In my Landscape With a Corpse I am watching Grey’s Anatomy, wrapped up in my favorite and warmest butterfly blanket, drinking away my troubles ( and my life too I guess) with some hot coco. I just know however I die, I want to die happy and I’m definitely happy vegging out with some Netflix.