Wk 12 – Artist Conversation – Jacob Hogan

Exhibition Information

Artist: Travis Lober
Exhibition: Work: It’s a four letter word
Media: Wood, print-making
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery

About the Artist

Travis is a senior at CSULB and is majoring in print-making while also working for a Bachelors in Fine Arts. He had actually started at CSULB as a graphic design major until  he took a print-making class and found that to be more interesting than what he originally came to school for. At a young age he admired art and was influenced by it from his family. His art revolves around the idea that he was a construction worker prior to attending college so he incorporates a lot of his tools and skills into his art.

Formal Analysis

Travis’s gallery set up was cool because it incorporated a lot of wood, tools, and construction type stuff. It was easy to tell what his exhibition’s main theme was, especially with the title of it being Work: It’s A Four Letter Word. I could tell he took a lot of his prior learned skills and turned them into audience appreciative work. It was a nice addition to place actually tools in his gallery because it gave it more of that wood shop feeling. It felt very hands on and it was nice to see someone turning tools and machinery into beauty in art.

Content Analysis

Because Travis had worked in construction for many years before dedicating his life to art, his entire work displayed his love of the job. Throughout his gallery, there are different types of tools which one can tell is what inspires Travis most. I have never seen someone use construction tools in order to have them be seen as beautiful art forms.

Synthesis / My Experience

I have never seen this kind of art work before. I would have never thought that looking at machinery and hard working tools would be something to admire but I surely did admire all of Travis’s art. He is a very skilled man and the amount of detail he put into each piece really shows how in love he was with his job.

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