We’ve all been guilty of posting one too many things on our snapchat story, and we’ve all been guilty of complaining about someone posting too much on their snapchat story. Love it or hate it, snapchat is addicting. In the society we live in today, everyone is constantly wanting to know what all of their friends are doing all day long. Many people validate their experiences by posting them, expecting people to be impressed by their geotag or by how much fun their having on their story.
I thought it was a great idea to experience drawing through snapchat. While visiting the CSULB Art Galleries I thought it’d be fun to add my own art to the amazing artwork. While my story rapidly became filled with the artwork I had friends snap me asking where I was or why I was posting so much art on my story. I thought this was kind of funny because no one asks, “hey why are there so many drunk party videos on your snapchat”, but posting artwork causes people to ask questions.
My friend Jess also had some really cool and clever snaps of the art work that I gladly screenshotted.
Artist: Josh Vasquez
Exhibition: V i d a / M o r t e
Media: Painting, Drawing
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery West
Josh Vasquez is an undergraduate student in the painting and drawing program at California State University Long Beach. He is originally from downtown Los Angeles and in his solo show, V i d a / M o r t e, he aimed to explore the idea of life and death.
Josh Vasquez’ art juxtaposes life and death through his use of light and dark colors and hard and soft lines. Using sharpie markers, black paint, discarded flowers, and plastic trash bags, Vasquez proves amazing art can come from the simplest of supplies.
Josh Vasquez stayed very true to his overall theme of life and death. Flowers are something that most people associate with life and by presenting them in a nontraditional way, dead and disheveled, Vasquez blurs the lines between our thoughts of life and death. Also, Vasquez realized that everything he used to create his artwork has an individual end date, the ink “dying” before the plastic and the flowers “dying” before the paper. In V i d a / M o r t e, Josh Vazquez brought life to traditionally gothic and “dead” images.
We headed out early Sunday planning on having a nice beach day of plaster casting, but the weather had other plans for us. We picked up plaster from a hardware store on 2nd street and walked down to the sand. After battling the insane wind and sand flying in everyone’s eyes, we successfully dug our holes and created the mold for our hands. We then poured in our plaster mixture and let it set for about 30 minutes. We couldn’t wait to see the finished product, and get out of the cold, and carefully dug out our “chicken claws”. Overall this was a really fun experience and now I have a cool hand to admire forever .
Woody Allen famously said, “I’m not afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens”, and for so many this couldn’t be anymore relatable. Death is a very justifiable fear, for no one truly knows what happens to us. Most people hope for an idealistic death, passing away in their sleep after living a long and eventful life but as we all know this isn’t always the case. For this assignment I decided to go against dying a cliche, peaceful death and went the more dramatic and gruesome route and told the story of a beaten and abandoned body left alone in the elements. Although it was near impossible to keep a straight face while being stuffed in a suitcase with a friend in a tree looking down on me, I was pleased with the shots I got and definitely gained respect for Izima Kaoru and his creative process.