Artist: Joshua Vasquez
Media: Drawing and Painting
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Joshua Vasquez is an undergraduate student at CSULB. He is enrolled in the BFA Painting and drawing program at the CSULB School of Art. He has been painting since he was a kid and has always enjoyed the idea of death. He had his own solo gallery which took about 6 months for him to complete. Within his gallery, he had a variety of different types of art, from portraits of skulls to dead roses laying on the ground.
Vida/Morte are dark pieces of art. They are only in black and white. It is a bit chaotic with all the lines and shapes in the pieces. His portrait of the cow skull has his own twist to it. He created lines going in different directions and they make different shapes as well. He does some shading to make some areas darker, while other areas are left white. There was also a lot of circular motions within his art.
When I talked to Joshua, he admitted that the cow skull drawing was his favorite piece. He enjoys exploring the idea of life and death. He says that he wants to think of his art pieces as having a life span and that eventually each piece will have its own end. He wants to capture each aspect of his art works life. During each of his pieces, he was calm and enjoying the art he was making. So even though each piece has a dark edge to it, they all came from a meditative place.
To me, I absolutely loved his work. His ideas of exploring both the living and the dead fascinated me. I enjoyed how he said that his art will not live forever, but that the art won’t all die at the same time. When looking at the roses, it was different for me. Most of the time, when flowers die they lost their beauty. Joshua showed within his exhibit that the beauty is not gone. He showed that even when they’re dead, they can still posses beauty which was fascinating to me.