The Gangs All Here
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.
Travis Boyer was born in 1979 in Fort Worth, Texas. He holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.
Exhibitions showing his work have been held at: the Stedelijk Museum, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands; the New Museum in New York City; the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands; the Goethe Institute in New York City; High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree, California; SOMArts in San Francisco, California; CAMH in Houston, Texas; Johannes Vogt Gallery in New York City; Participant Inc. in New York City; Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York City; Company Gallery in New York City; and Piso 51 in Mexico City, Mexico; among others.
Boyer was among the first artists awarded the Fire Island Artist Residency.
Boyer’s work has been collected by: the High Museum in Atlanta, GA; the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire; the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine; the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine; and numerous private collections.
Boyer’s work has been covered in Artforum, The New Yorker, Vogue magazine, and New York magazine.
Boyer currently lives in Queens, New York.
This dye-on-velvet painting's tactile surface holds the same delicate, easily crushed tension as the underside gills of mushrooms.More
- Framed: 61.8 x 44.5 x 1.6 in.