Artist: Josh Vasquez
Media: Drawing, Painting
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Josh Vasquez is an undergraduate student in the Painting and Drawing program at CSULB. He is originally from Los Angeles and only recently started taking his artistic career seriously a few years ago. He plans on graduating next Spring. His interests are in two opposite topics, life and death, something beautiful as well as something tragic, which is his main focus in his gallery Vida/Morte.
Vasquez’s drawings were focused in black and white. A few materials used in his entire gallery were ink markers, clear plastic trash bags, wood panels, flowers, and paper. His artwork, as displayed in a few of my pictures above, consisted of various different strokes, some thin, thick, circular, and straight.
Vasquez wanted to emulate the importance of life and death, while showcasing simplicity. His approach to his artwork was to highlight the beauty between life and death with the usage of flowers and skulls. In addition he wanted to portray the difference between masculinity and femininity. The masculinity as seen in his strokes from the drawings and the femininity portrayed through the flowers.
In my personal opinion, I believe Vasquez displays a deeper side to life and death. How beautiful flowers can be, yet how easily destroyed and fragile they are, just like life itself. In addition, the different strokes in his drawings emulate life’s inconsistencies and how short, rigid, and unpredictable life can be.