Artist: Travis Lober
Exhibition: Work: It’s a Four Letter Word
Media: Mono Print
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
Lober is in his fourth year as a Printmaking Bachelor of Fine Arts student at Cal State Long Beach. Travis Lober was in the construction industry for years before becoming an artist. There is a connection between construction and his artwork. As a carpenter, he remodeled kitchens and bathrooms and became aware of the immense importance of tools. Lober is planning on getting his maters degree after graduating.
The artwork showed different types of tools that he used in construction. The prints had neutral colors such as gray and silver. The prints allow the audience to see boring items to be more interesting. I thought the concept was really cool. Also, one of the prints showed how ordinary shoes can look exciting. The exhibit was very appealing.
A tool, in his definition, is anything that helps a person get a task done. So wearing a pair of shoes helped him create and remodel when he was a carpenter. Which means that in his eyes almost anything people use is a tool. The pieces shows his previous experience in carpentry, and shows the raw beauty of tools.
Synthesis / My Experience
I really liked this exhibit because I am very familiar with carpentry and construction. I have worked construction before and I was able to relate to his exhibit. Tools help create such beautiful things so I’m happy to see an exhibit that shows how beautiful tools can be.