Hope you will join us Thursday, November 5 (5-8 pm) for Travis Robertson’s artist reception. “Early Signs” is the inaugural exhibit for our Shop Show in the new space.
Raised on a tomato farm in Hanover county, Travis Robertson honed his squeegee skills in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley at the art department of James Madison University. From 2003-2007 he served as the assistant editor of The Drama, a quarterly arts magazine for contemporary art, design, and illustration. Today, he is the art director for Spacebomb Records, instructor at the Visual Art Center of Richmond, and sole proprietor of Archaic Mess, a modest printshop located in the Northside of Richmond, VA.
“Everyday we encounter early signs of our earth in the lurch. It’s not all bad. Humankind can be stirred by imagining that peaceful, distant doom. We’re a resilient bunch of nearsighted creatures. Meanwhile, the snake of commodified culture is shedding its skin. Isn’t it pretty? Silvery candy bar wrappers, sun-resistant, speckle the highway ditches. I pulled some newspaper comics from the kindling pile. Colorful bits of whatever America is consuming at the moment surround monuments of past accomplishments. Wild tomato vines run up a rusty windmill. Close your eyes. They can all find a comfortable home here. My show contains a lot of silkscreened images on wood, expressed with scroll saw, assembled with sensitivity and careful attention to colors, a gesture of tenderness to the unloved corpus of trash. The road to hell is paved with good inventions. I’d just like to pick up a few and admire them once in a while. Shake them and see if they rattle. Nature looks good and placid, but I know it’s writhing all around me; I can’t help but accept the beauty of these early signs.”