Wk 12 – Artist Conversation – Travis Lober

Exhibition Information

Exhibition: Work: It’s a Four Letter Word
Media: Print
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
Website: n/a

About the Artist

Travis Lober is in his final semester of college, here at California State University Long Beach. He is currently working towards his BFA in Printmaking. He originally came from the northern part of California and transitioned to SoCal when he got accepted here. He was admitted to this school for graphic design but made the switch when he took a class in printmaking.

Formal Analysis

Travis mentioned that this exhibit took him a span of three years to create. He said that there is a lot of details that he had to look over. Before Travis became the artist that he his today, he was a construction worker. This was one of the main inspirations of this exhibit and his skills from construction working really helped him become an artist because of the precision required in both fields.

Content Analysis

His previous occupation required a lot of interacting with tools that were used to build things and each tool meant something to Travis Lober. He had this connection with his tools that attracted him into creating an exhibit for them. Each piece highlights the tool and in a way, glorifies it. His appreciation towards his tools clearly show in his pieces.

Synthesis / My Experience

This exhibit was refreshing compared to last week’s exhibit. This exhibit made me reminisce about the times when my family and I did projects back then with tools. This also reminded me about how I sucked with tools but with practice and a little bit of elbow grease, you can fix anything! Travis mentioned how it took him three years to create this exhibit, that is a lot of elbow grease!


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