Artists: Travis Lober
Exhibition: Work: It’s a Four Letter Word
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
Travis Lober is currently a student here at California State University of Long Beach. He was originally accepted into CSULB for graphic design but later switched to printmaking after taking a class about it. Travis is in his last semester to achieve his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in printmaking. Before becoming an artist, Travis worked in the construction field. Travis has a deep love and interest for his tools and loves to work with machinery. The thought of being able to create things and the feeling of control when at a construction field is very enjoyable for him.
When displaying his work, Travis uses wooden boards as frames to hang them up and bright lights to shine on them. He also included multiple tools used for construction as a part of his artwork. Travis uses multiple colors of paint to that are similar to the color of the tools he used in his artwork. He uses multiple shades of color to add and create depth within his artwork. His artwork also incorporates different types of patterns based on what material he is creating with his tools. His artwork is very much influenced by the construction field he works in.
Travis told us that the whole point of his exhibit was to express his love for tools. Each tool produced a different smell, sound, and vibration compared to a different one. He uses these senses to create and express it within his art work. His artwork emphasizes a lot of appreciation for the tools he used when working in the construction field. Travis was able to incorporate two things that he loves most, art and and tools from the construction field.
Synthesis / My Experience
I really enjoyed this art exhibit because Travis was able to fuse two things that he loved and make something even more beautiful. A lot of people end up doing something in life that they don’t want to because it’s more financially stable and better for the future even if you’re not that interested in it. Travis’s work is very inspiring because he was able to still pursue both of his joys and mash it into one great medley.