Wk 12 – Artist Conversation – Travis Lober

Exhibition Information

Artist: Travis Lober
Exhibition: Work: It’s a Four Letter Word
Media: Print
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
Website: n/a

About the Artist

Travis Lober is an undergraduate Senior in his last semester at CSULB. He initially got accepted into CSULB as a Graphic Design major, but changed his major to pursue a BFA in Printmaking. After taking his first printmaking class as an elective, he found that printmaking was a lot more engaging and interactive than graphic design. His interest in art started when he was around 10 or 11 years old, and he even grew up with a father who had a Bachelor’s in art. His whole life was steered in this direction from the very start so he claims he’s too busy to pursue other hobbies.

Formal Analysis

The objects pictured in Travis’ prints consist of tools and equipment related to construction work. He uses slightly vibrant, but muted colors in his work to add a pop of color – mainly orange, yellow, and blue. The backgrounds were subtle grays or blues, and in one piece had a wood-like pattern. Each print is also framed by a light wooden frame, similar to the one used for the foundation of buildings. Some of the pieces varied in style as well: the prints of the shoes were a more sketch-style, the prints of the tools were similar to geometric pop-art, and the piece of the wooden framing of a building was more three-dimensional and even had actual attachments on it.

Content Analysis

Before he was an artist, Travis was also a construction worker and he pays tribute to that time in his life with this exhibit. Working in construction influenced in his art because both fields require great procession and attention to detail. Each piece in his exhibit is dedicated to specific equipment to capture its essence and purpose, and  to convey the connection he felt using each of them. The whole exhibit took Travis three years to finish because each color had to be made using a different printing block.

Synthesis / My Experience

What caught my eye about this exhibit was the piece of the wooden foundation/frame of a building. The tools looked so realistic at first and the attachments really helped to make it look 3D. The amount of effort he put into capturing the details takes true talent and dedication. Another thing that drew me to this exhibit was his portrayal of the tools. I have never used any of those equipment before and always found any tools to be intimidating, but his use of colors and angles were fun, which in turn made them look more approachable. He did a fantastic job in executing his concept of paying tribute to each tool individually, because I too started to admire them.

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