Wk 12 – Artist Conversation – Travis Lober

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Artist: Travis Lober

Exhibit: Work: It’s A Four Letter Word

Media: Printmaking, wood

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino

Website / Instagram: N/A

About the Artist

Travis Lober is currently a senior at the CSULB’s School of Art’s Printmaking program. He is originally from Northern California. Growing up, Travis has always been into graphic arts and drawing. He came to school for Graphic Design at first, but found took a Printmaking class and found it more engaging. Travis’ family inspired him to pursue a career in art, even his dad has a Bachelor in Fine Art. Prior to becoming an artist, Travis worked in the construction field for a long time.

Formal Analysis

Travis uses wooden frames around his art work. The colors are mostly dark colors such as gray and black. There are hints of bright colors such as yellow and blue to add a nice contrast in his art work. At first, the work may look abstract, but once you take a closer look, you can see all the details that Travis makes in his work. One project is obviously a pair of working boots; however the other project is kind of hard to tell what it is. I figure that they are some type of machine used for wood shop.

Content Analysis

The subjects and inspiration for Travis’ artwork mostly comes from tools. His time working in the construction field led him to appreciate all tools and their uses. Travis uses printmaking in order to convey the imagery he has in his mind. Each subject or tools that is created reminds Travis of the its sound, smell, and vibrations.  Through printmaking, Travis expresses himself as well. His experience as a construction worker has helped him be able to carve into blocks with exact measurements, angles, and everything else. Everything has to be certain.

My Experience

I enjoyed looking through Travis’s exhibit. It was an interesting way to step into his life as a previous construction worker and now an artist. It’s great that he can successfully utilize both careers to create his artwork. You can see how tools are a very important aspect in Travis’ exhibit and career.

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