Artist: Travis Lober
Exhibition: Work: It’s a Four Letter Word
Media: Mono Print
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
Lober is in his fourth year as a Printmaking Bachelor of Fine Arts student at Cal State Long Beach. His previous position as a carpenter, mixed with his passion for art which he has cultivated since he was 10, inspired this exhibit. As a young child, Lober discovered his interest in art, yet was reluctant to pursue it as he felt it wasn’t “practical.” Years later, after being a carpenter for a while, Lober decided to pursue a degree in art, specifically printmaking. As a carpenter, he remodeled kitchens and bathrooms and became aware of the immense importance of tools. In his exhibit “Work”, Lober incorporates the tools he previously used and attempts to give the viewer an experience– through smell, touch, and vibrations.
Lober’s piece entitled “All in a Day’s Work” is a diptych. Both of the pieces are mono print. He uses yellow and orange hues, in contrast with grays and whites. On the left, in the piece with the shoes, Lober’s use of shading creates a very 3-dimensional image. The piece on the right of a tool belt is done similarly, and creates a bit of an optical illusion for the viewer. The diptych flows very well and is very pleasing to the eye.
The theme of Lober’s “Work” exhibit is tools. In this diptych, shoes and a tool belt are shown. I asked him if he believed that shoes were tools, and he adamantly replied “yes.” A tool, in his definition, is anything that helps a person get a task done. So wearing a pair of shoes helped him create and remodel when he was a carpenter. The pieces envelop his previous experience in carpentry, and show the raw beauty of tools. The simple color scheme allows the viewer to see the images plainly, yet is still very alluring.
Synthesis / My Experience
Lober’s exhibit was a pleasure to walk through. I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the various depictions of tools he had once/still uses. My father is a carpenter, and for a photography class I once created a mini-collage of him working with various tools and saws. I think there is a certain beauty in working with your hands and creating something beautiful.