Artist: Bri Joy
Media: Screen Printing
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist
Brianna Joy is currently an undergraduate student at Long Beach State and is pursuing her BFA an is expected to graduate this upcoming year. Bri originally went to Orange Coast College, but has transferred to LBSU in order to obtain her degree. Growing up, she is from a very small town and transferring to Long Beach has been a drastic change for her, but says it has had a huge impact on her artwork. Besides art, Bri’s hobbies include sports, yoga, surfing, snowboarding, hiking,and skateboarding. She states that most of her hobbies come from what she experienced as a child, growing up with no cell phone service and living in such a small town.
Overall, Bri’s primary use of art consists of screen printing. When looking at her work, it has a very visual quality, the type of art you keep looking at to figure out what it’s all about. In some of her pieces, the nature of the line is very windy and crazy, but in some of her others, they are very straight and jagged. In all of Bri’s pieces, there is no color, just purely black and white.
After speaking with Bri, it was very obvious that she really cared about her work and put a lot of time and money into each piece. When asking her what her work explored, she was very adamant that her art merges the organic and digital worlds, which are two completely different things. Hence, the title of the exhibition, Merge. Bri stated that these two components represent how she is as a person today. The organic component is the part of her that grew up in a small town, and the present is the industrial city she now lives in, which is the digital aspect.
Overall, I really enjoyed looking at Bri’s exhibition and getting to know her better. I think the idea that her artwork represents resides with a lot of people because so many people move from one area to another and have to adjust to all the changes. For me personally, I’ve lived in Southern California my whole life and coming to Long Beach is only 20 minutes from my house, so I can’t relate to the huge change that she discusses. However, even though I personally couldn’t relate to her story, I did really enjoy her artwork and I can’t wait to see what else she produces in the future.