Artist: Bri Joy
Media: Screen Paint, BFK printmaking paper
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
Bri Joy is currently an undergraduate at CSULB and is expected to graduate soon with a BFA in Printmaking. She enjoys a lot of active hobbies like snowboarding, yoga, hiking, and surfing. She came from a small town in the mountains that had a population of less than 1000. So, moving here to Long Beach was a bit of a culture shock to her but she views it as a positive experience where she can see the different traits of both cities.
Joy’s works are hand printed on a large sheet of paper with special ink. Because of the art’s large scale, Joy has to break down each piece into separate sections for them to be completed individually and there is no room for error or else she has to start all over again. All of her works are in black and white and contain both linear and organic lines and shapes.
Like the title of the art gallery, “MERGE” Joy hopes to bring together contrasting ideas. Her art represents her past and present, her hometown in the mountains and new life in the city of Long Beach. She doesn’t want these ideas to be conveyed as separate things but more like ideas that can co-exist and blend together seamlessly.
I enjoyed looking through Joy’s exhibit. I’ve always like the concept of merging unlike things together, it shows that contrasting ideas can be together. I also found her art to be very interesting and captivating, although it does look simple with its black an white colors and lines, her pieces hold a deeper meaning.