Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Distinguished Machete

In the latest issue of Oxford American, (The Southern Magazine Of Good Writing), a few of my images were used in conjunction with a short story by George Singleton. I was a little skeptical of turning my images over without reading the story, but then after doing some research, I discovered that George was recent recipient of a Guggenheim and believes that washing your car will cause damage to you engine…you’re preachn’ to the chior brother.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Machete "Tablets" at Atlantic Station

The “Dredged Brethren” opening at AurorA, on May 1st went great! Thanks again to Emily and the AurorA staff for sticking around and providing beverages. Also that night, I had a piece in a group exhibition over at Atlantic Station. Check it out.

While studying photography during my senior year of college, I became disinterested in what a traditional photograph should look and feel like. It wasn’t only the final product of the photograph that bothered me, but also the process of making one. Luckily, I had a few mentors who felt the same way, and they, themselves, also pushed through the glass of the simple black frame to produce photographs and mixed-media work with a great sense of presence. That’s what the Machete “Tablets” are about. Using Rothko inspired compositions with the collaged paper, my intent is to have the viewer relax in front of the tablets and let the photo come to them. Rather than moving down a gallery wall, where you know every twenty inches or so, at exactly 60” on center, you’ll find another photo behind glass, in a simple black frame.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Dredged Brethren Installed

Above are a few images of the "Dredged Brethren" show at AurorA L5P. Thanks again to my Dad, Mom, and Kerri for their help during installation. And a special thanks goes out to James and Mark, from Beep Beep Gallery, for their continued support of local Art.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Opening This Friday, May 1st, 7-10pm at AurorA L5P

Show Statement
“Dredged Brethren”, is a photographic installation crafted by local artist, Travis Dodd, (aka The Machete). This installation consists of temporary walls covered in vintage paper, that provide a backdrop for his Machete imagery. The photographs of “Dredged Brethren”, are mixed media inkjet prints, which represent the transition of social power between the subcultures of Generation-X and the aging Baby Boomers. Inspired by propaganda, The Machete campaign exists to answer the call-to-arms of social change, while at the same time, preserving the rebellious spirit and distrust in tradition, that Gen-X held so dear while developing its character.