Artist: Travis Lober
Exhibition: WORK : It’s a four lettered word
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Merlino Gallery
For this weeks artist conversation I talked to Travis Lober. Travis is a senior and will be graduating this spring with a BFA in printmaking. After about 15 years in construction, Lober decided to go back to school to become an artist. Lober says he has always been interested in art, but went into construction because it was a solid career that pays well. However, after 15 years working in construction, Lober says he was worn out and decided to go into something else.
Lober’s 15 year in construction is evident in his art work. He says that the tools he used in his work are often the inspiration for his prints. He says that when he is creating a print of a specific tool, he thinks of the “different smell, sounds, and vibrations” that come from these tools and tries to incorporate these aspects into his pieces in order to allow the viewer to see these tools in a new light.
I think Lober achieved his goal. Looking at all of his pieces allowed me to view he tools in ways I never had. All of Lober’s pieces for this exhibit were made with muted, neutral colors and cool tones. Lober says he did this purposefully because these are the colors that tools are made of.