Wk3 Art Conversation-Joshua Vasquez

Artist:Joshua Vasquez
Exhibition: Vida/Morte
Media: mixed-media salon-style drawing exhibition of flowers and skulls
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West

Josh Vasquez explored many different ideas through his artwork display. He explored ideas of masculinity and femininity using light colors against dark colors.

Joshua’s work, seemed very chaotic and always had more going for itself than met the eye. What I mean by this is that at first glance of his work, it may seem like random spotting or jus strokes of different inks but after a few good seconds of staring it down, faint images start to appear.

All of his artworks were intended to remind us that everything that has a start, also has an end. Which is where the dead roses come into play. Joshua mentioned that even tho the paper underneath the flowers wouldn’t last long, the flowers would probably not as long as the paper, in other words interpreting that the life of something is only relative.

In my opinion, Joshua’s artwork definitely was a reflection of his personality and the way he presented himself to the spectators of his artwork. His artwork gave a presence of organized chaos while as well as a feel of silentness and conservatism. What I mean by that is, his artwork never really shouted it’s meaning, it was something you had to look for and stare at for while.

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