Artist: Travis Lober
Exhibition: WORK: it’s a four letter word
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Maxine Merlino Gallery
Travis Lober got interested in art when he was 10-12 years old. He had been to other art schools in the past but decided to go into trades because it would be easy money. 10-15 years later, he felt beat up from this job and tired and didn’t want to do it anymore. Travis did freelance, doing models on kitchens and bathrooms in homes. He is now in CSULB Art School getting his BFA in printmaking and so will be getting his masters in it too. Travis is not sure where he wants to go to grad school yet. Travis still does construction occasionally in the summer to make quick money.
In many of Travis’s artwork, he uses two-toned colors. He is able to relate the two-toned idea to anything like a chair or kitchen. Due to his years in construction, Travis has had to put up many drywalls. He finds them blank and boring and thinks they should be decorated. Sometimes he would want to work in a blank space though, so he has no perception of colors from anything that can distract him or influence his work. Other times though, he wants color images to take up space. The colors he uses in the two-tone represents what tools would be. The colors are neutral because tools aren’t very bright colors. He wants to also stay with cool colors because he doesn’t want bright colors to also be clashing.
Many of his art includes images of shoes. Shoes are used daily in the trades. The same goes for tools. While working in construction, he began looking at tools in a new light. To him, tools can do more than just fixing houses or building one. They are also his inspiration in his printmaking, and they remind him of different senses. He is able to create his art of tools without having to dread doing the trade work that left him beat up and tired. He is able to experience the joy of them without having any bad memories. It is very personal to him when he creates his prints because it is about a subject that he has done for a good chunk of his life.
I am not a person who is very interested in tools. They were always boring to me, so it amazed me how Travis found a connection between tools and art. Although he only uses two colors max at each painting, they still stood out as so bright and so colorful to me. I enjoyed looking at his art. His creative path made me think different, his different perception of tools also made me think differently.