This work is part of a series of dye-on-velvet paintings that explore the eros of observation. Each painting draws as much from the artist's emotions as still-life documentation, and each image shares a reference point—the intimate lives of mushrooms. The tactile silk surfaces hold the same delicate, easily crushed tension as the underside gills of mushrooms. Each mushroom is poised in both specific and metaphorical gestures, while the parallax effect of each surface denies a fixed, strictly frontal interpretation. In each work, there is a connection between the mysterious lines of communication in the fungi kingdom and queer intuition, including the notion of "gaydar." Unfolding like mushroom blooms across a forest floor, the puffs of spores in these paintings are messages to one another—traveling and intoxicating their environment and opening up an awareness of desire.
Texas-born Travis Boyer makes the pragmatic personal in works that address both timely events in popular consciousness as well as his own emotions. He often employs dyed fabric in his sculptural assemblages and canvases. Boyer explores the eros of observation and the fluid nature of desire in intimate images with alluringly tactile surfaces.
This dye-on-velvet painting's tactile surface holds the same delicate, easily crushed tension as the underside gills of mushrooms.More
- Framed: 41.6 x 29.6 x 1.6 in.