Week 12-Artist Conversation-Travis Lober


Artist: Travis Lober

Exhibition: Ink 16: The West: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Media: Acrylic Plastic, Etching Needle, Sand Blasting Machine, Ink

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery

Website: No Website

Instagram: No Instagram

This week I had the amazing opportunity to go to Coachella Music Festival, so I interviewed an artist 2 weeks go for this weeks artist conversation. I was fortunate to have met Travis Lober, who is an Undergraduate student at CSULB in the BFA Print Making School of Art. he is coming back to school and chose California State University long Beach cause he was accepted to the Graphic Design program. After taking some classes he realized he had a bigger passion and interest in Print Making and switched his major. Lober was born in San Hose, spent a lot of his life in Girloy California and only moved to Long Beach 2 years ago. He used to be a Construction Modeler and has played soccer for 14 years. He explained how it is very hard to have homies as he spends atleast 25 hours per week at school! This exhibit is titled: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly, and the students job was to create a piece that resembled this title and concept. Due to this, Travis’s work explore the good, the bad and the ugly of his old jobs.  He thought spiders truly resembled this concept. Travis wants to get his Masters Degree and teach college level art in the future.

In this whole exhibit. Travis created one piece that took him over 25 hours. He work is very technical and very particular as well. All of his lines are very precise and how each line meets up is very important to him. He said that how his art looks is way more important than the meaning of each piece. He uses acrylic plastic, etching needle, sand blasting machine and ink. Additionally, the actual type of print is dry point. He really enjoys working on long vertical manners, as he thinks squares are boring. I found it very interesting that at times he uses dots over lines to make his art more exact. Travis told me how his piece being monochromatic, allows viewers to see the image over the color. I believe his work truly drives emotion without the use of any color.

The artist was really trying to embody the exhibit theme with something he knew best: spiders. He drew three different spiders to truly represent, the good, the bad and the ugly. Travis told me how there are lots of processes through trademark and construction, as well as are even though they are all romanticized. All of his work is based off of his previous career.

I think this exhibit has an amazing concept going, because life is all about the good, the bad and the ugly. There are endless good and bad things in the world so to find pieces of art that embody all these concepts was very fascinating for me. I honestly really liked Travis Lober’s  take on the exhibit. I loved how he related the good, the bad and the ugly to something prominent in his life, which was his past career. I believe incorporating something personal into art makes it more real and meaningful as well. I look forward to seeing what great art he produces in the future.


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