Artist: Travis Lober
Exhibition: Work: It’s a four letter word
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
Travis is attending his final semester here at CSULB and will be graduating with his BFA in Printmaking. Prior to changing to printmaking, he transferred to CSULB wanting to pursue Graphic Design. Travis fell in love with printmaking after he took an elective class in it. Immediately he knew he needed to change his major. Travis is from Northern California like me! Through his exhibition, you can see Travis’ true passion for printmaking.
The prints themselves are black and white and depict images of typical work tools and items. On the right side of the exhibition there are four prints side by side. These prints connect together to complete one whole image. The image shows what seems to be a truck with wood in the bed and an electric saw being used to cut wood. The image quite literally shows “work in progress.” The frame that holds these four images together is actually made of 2×4 which can be easily seen. I believe the prints are purposefully black and white to imply that they aren’t complete, or that they are an unfinished product.
These huge prints also convey a message about Travis. Travis’ work quite literally shows images of a working class. I think these images are a metaphor Travis’ work as a whole. His career in printmaking is a work in progress and although he has worked hard to get to where he is today, he still plans on further improving himself in anyway he can. We are constantly working from birth to retirement. We work to stay alive, to support our families, and to buy the things we want. Working is something we do most of our lives and we work hard everyday to better ourselves, and in that we can see beauty. Working itself is an art, in the fact that it can be fine tuned and improved through practice and dedication and can be appreciated by others. In addition to being a work of art, Travis’ exhibition shows the art of work.
I personally loved this exhibition. It was very well lit and the prints were very beautiful. Having a manual labor job at the moment, I own and use many of the tools depicted in the prints at the exhibition. I could resonate with Travis’ work because I personally see the art of working, especially with tools. I believe Travis is incredibly talented in his printmaking and I know he will apply his skills and knowledge to become successful. Keep working towards your goals Travis and I wish you the best of luck.