bubblebyte.org is pleased to present Intangible Moments of Control, an exhibition of new works by New York-based artist Travess Smalley.
Smalley’s practice centers around the creation of digital images through an evolving process that often includes non-digital steps, such as painting, drawing, scanning, collage and printmaking. The works presented in Intangible Moments of Control are part of an on-going series of vector drawings, where signs, curves and selectors activate new sensorial relationships. Smalley, a savvy internet user, utilises the web as a source of inspiration and reflection, as well as a resource for exploiting digital techniques like vectors, learning them through online tutorials.
Taking inspiration from web communication strategies, this vector series acts to subvert their function while observing the logical contexts they belong to. Using the vernacular language of corporate 2.0 logos and advertising imagery, whilst subtracting their distinguished features until the point of transcendence, the work becomes fluid and shows a seductive abstract language.
Smalley transforms everyday digital language into new aestheticized forms, reverting their contextual references into a mood informed by color painting theory and computer graphics.
The circular shapes recall application icons and browser design, whilst becoming something altered through the use of synthetic colours. The works Chromer, Final Atmosphere and Toner explore the world of soft nuances whilst Alien, Glistener; Pure Access recall more acid music and rave culture palettes. Quicksilver, Timeless; and Mercurail form optical illusions inspired by 3D design and translucent surfaces.
Psychedelic in their appearance, Smalley creations are sensational inputs, abstracted through repetition, color, light, opalescence and transparency leaving the viewer the freedom to negotiate their meaning and initial point of departure.
(Any work exhibited by an artist on bubblebyte.org was only available to view during the dates of that show. After that period, no record of those works remained on the bubblebyte.org server. For examples of this artist’s work, please visit their above website link.)