WK12-Artist Conversation- Travis Lober

Artist: Travis Lober
Exhibition: WORK: it’s a four letter word
Media: printmaking
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Maxine Merlino Gallery
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When Travis Lober was young, he was quite interested in art. All of his family members around him enjoyed art; even his dad received a Bachelor in Fine Arts. He was into trades and also a construction worker. He is currently a student here at CSULB Art School, pursuing his BFA and masters in printmaking.  Lober was a freelancer for kitchens and bathrooms. The inspiration from this exhibit came from his job as a construction worker.

The feel for his artwork is very realistic, mostly two-toned. They are all based on woods and tools as if it were attached to the building.  He went the route of choosing cool toned colors in order to prevent the bright ones from over doing the whole art work.  They all look like they belong together and definitely sets the tone of the room. There is nothing that screams at you, with bright colors.

It’s A Four Letter Word was influenced by his job, a construction worker. He discovered a passion for tool use and all around were filled with a variety of tools. Each work of art required construction and assembling, contrary to his job. It took about three years to finish these pieces. He was able to conform in his art work; rather than speaking he would like to communicate through his art.

This was quite an interesting exhibit since Lober was able to make a connection with his side job and passion. Each of these pieces all fit together and I like how it didn’t require much colors to catch my attention. It definitely shows through his artwork that it wasn’t something he just painted mindlessly, he put thought into his artwork in order for the viewers to understand the connection. 


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