Wk12 – Artist Conversation – Travis Lober

Exhibition Information

Artist: Travis Lober
Exhibition: WORK: It’s a four letter word
Media: Printmaking, graphite
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
Website: n/a
Instagram: n/a

About the Artist

Travis Lober is an Undergraduate Senior at California State University Long Beach and this Spring 2017 semester is his last semester, meaning he is graduating this year. Travis Lober is part of the Printmaking Program in the School of Art at CSULB.

Travis Lober has always been into art since he was about 10 or 11 years-old, “like many artists,” he adds. He was originally into graphic arts and was even accepted into college for Graphic Design, but after taking a printmaking class as an elective, Travis Lober found it more engaging and interactive with others and became a Printmaking Major.

Travis Lober is from North California and was inspired by his family to pursue art. His father had a Bachelor’s degree in art and Travis found that he could express himself through art. He jokingly states that he has “no time for anything else but art.”

Formal Analysis

The pieces made in this exhibition had a rugged feel to them because of the main piece, where the title stood. The colors were fairly muted, with a little bit of vibrance. Most colors were a muted blue and used black and white to make main objects pop from the subtle background. There was a piece with a bright yellow and orange, but it was used more of an accent than as a main piece. The piece that was colored brightly was seen to be a pair of shoes.

Because most of the pieces were of tools, there was a geometric touch to the exhibition, while including fluid and rounded lines. There was also the added pieces on the wood board that created the illusion that the tools were also three dimensional.

Content Analysis

Travis Lober states that class projects became concepts and he worked with a medium that he wanted. His concept for this exhibition was “tools and what we use them for.” Travis Lober also mentions that the exhibition took about 3 years from start to finish. Adding that, “it isn’t a fast process.” Each color seen on a piece was made with a different printing block.

The title of his exhibition was inspired by his experience working in a commercial setting as a construction worker. Because he was a construction worker before, it inspired his art work and how there are certain ways to do certain things and precise measurements that were necessary in order for something to work out just right.

His work, as mentioned before, was tools. The tools used for printmaking helped him to create pieces that really conveyed the essence of tools and included the way in which one can have fun while working with those tools.

Synthesis / My Experience

I thought this exhibition was interesting. The large wood board in the back caught my attention as I thought the artist had hung up different tools on the board. The title of his exhibition was “WORK: It’s a four letter word” so I thought it was clever. Upon closer inspection, I found out that the tools were actually drawn on. The addition of the metal pieces really did give an illusion that the other tools were three dimensional. Thinking about how long it must have took to create such realistic tools goes to show how much work and effort the artist put in this single piece.


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