Week 4: Artist Talk

Artist: Josh Vazquez
Exhibition: I Love The Way You Fall Asleep
Media: Painting
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov East
Website: NONE
Instagram: @joshybehr

Josh is in the CSULB School of Art’s Drawing and Painting program working toward a BFA in Drawing and Painting. He is from Los Angeles, CA and came to Long Beach because he wanted to get away from the city. He viewed LA as too familiar and wanted to explore a new area and experience different things. In his free times he likes listening to music, he listens to all kinds of music but mainly listens to hip hop. He also likes to watch movies. He is very inspired by his family and the city of Los Angeles, the city he loves. He is inspired by artists: Mark Rothko and Noah Davis. He believes they are the best at what they do.

Josh’s collection “I Love The Way You Fall Asleep” took him two and a half months to create. He considers himself an abstract painter not a graphic artist. Each piece of his artwork has a name. His paintings look simple, but you can tell that theres a deep connection Josh has to each stroke he put into his paintings. He says they have no real meaning and are not meant to convey a certain message. He uses lots of different colors of blue, orange, green, purple and yellow. He does not really use any other colors which is interesting and makes one think, “Why those colors?”.

Josh says that while working on his art he really just lets it flow. He believes that as an artist, there should always be creativity and there should never be a block. The artist seemed to be thinking about all the colors that happen when you sleep. Its dark and blue at first but then you see the yellows and orange that comes through your closed eyes as the sun rises. He explores a lot of block, using little squares of color, which creates depth.

When I first walked into the gallery, I was curious as to why there were black palm branches all over the floor. I though this was a very interesting addition to the gallery and I’m still curious as to their purpose. I had some ideas, including that as the sun sets, the palm trees here in Southern California lose their color and appear black. When it gets dark, most of us tend to get sleepy and go to sleep, and since his series was titled “I Love The Way You Fall Asleep”, it could be that the palm branches are that black color as we fall asleep. The overall feel of the gallery was pleasant. The art was pleasing to look at and I like the limited color pallet. In addition, I really like abstract paintings so this work really interested me.

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