Tying together elements of daily concerns with those of the outer universe, my conceptually driven practice explores the fluctuations between cosmology and cosmetology. My works are built up from small bits of cultural detritus culled from magazines and digital content related to perception and the leisure industry. Images of skin from beauty periodicals to pictures of cosmic growths become the fabric for my work. My installations integrate elements of photographic and sculptural space, often playing with scale to allow for a shift in perception depending on the distance between the viewer and the work. Through a process of unfolding and rearrangement I open an awareness that can make one see extraordinary things in the unseen.
Travis LeRoy Southworth (b. 1979, Honolulu, Hawaii) is an artist working in sculpture and collage. Recent exhibitions include The Drawing Center (NYC), Martha Otero Gallery (Los Angeles), Mixed Greens Gallery (solo project, NYC), Thomas Robertello Gallery (Chicago), The Bronx Museum of Art (Bronx), Arthouse at the Jones Center (Austin) and the Center for Curatorial Studies at the Hessel Museum of Art (New York). He was awarded a 2010 Fellowship in Photography from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He also has participated in the Artist in the Marketplace (AIM 29) Program at The Bronx Museum of Art and received a BRIC Media Arts Fellowship. His work has been profiled in Time Out Chicago, Art Slant and L Magazine. Travis holds a MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the University of Arizona. In 2013 he was the Artist in Residence Switzerland through Galapagos Art Space & the International Exchange and Studio Program of the Canton of Basel, Switzerland. Travis lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
2007 MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
2004 BFA, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
SOLO PROJECTS AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2013 A Fancy Machine is the Perfect Centerpiece, Mixed Greens Gallery, New York, NY
Traces from iaab, Dock, Basel, Switzerland
2010 Where I End and You Begin # 3, Mixed Greens Gallery, New York, NY
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015 Getting to Infinity, Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
2014 Distant Images, Local Positions, EFA Project Space, New York, NY
2013 Superposition: Observing Realities, Trinity Museum, Trinity Church, New York, NY
Solo Show, iaab Projektrau m, Basel, Switzerland
2012 The Sky is Falling!, Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock, NY
Arc-Types and Well Rounded Characters, Studio 371, Jersey City, NJ
2011 Energy, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA
Get on the Block, Camel Art Space, Brooklyn, NY
2010 Day Job, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
Legal Tender, Martha Otero Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Living and Dreaming, Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY
Gravity Buffs, Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago, IL
2008 Video Dumbo, Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn, NY
Art Futura, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL
AWARDS, HONORS AND RESIDENCIES
2013 iaab Artist in Residence, Basel, Switzerland
2010 NYFA Fellow in Photography
2009 Artist in the Marketplace 29, Bronx Museum of Art
Haus für elektronische Künste, Basel, Switzerland
2012 Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, New York, NY
2011 The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
REVIEWS AND WRITE UPS
Theis, Françoise. “A Solo Exhibition – Five Artists?” TagesWoche.com, May 9.
“The Model and the Mouse.” Basler Zeitung, Apr 25.
2011 Fallah, Amir. “The Growing Metaphysical Void...” beautifydecay.com, Oct 18.
Miranda, Carolina. “Th is Week: Must-See Arts in the City” culture.wnyc.org, May 12.
2010 Calder, Jaime. “About Face/Thomas Robertello Gallery.” NewCity Art, July 5.
2009 Weinberg, Lauren. “Gravity Buffs.” Time Out Chicago, Issue 212, Mar 19-25.
Roulo, Robyn Farrell. “Realms of the Unreal.” Artslant.com, Mar 8.