Schlesinger Center’s Fisher Gallery Presents Accumulations: Mixed Media Works by Travis Childers

By Editorial Team on November 13, 2018

Sat, November 17 2018 — Sun, January 13 2019

Travis Childers, Pencil Tree, Model train landscape material, pencil, wood, 12″ x 3″ x 3″. Courtesy of Fisher Gallery.
Reception: Saturday, November 17 from 2pm to 4pm

The Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus is pleased to present a solo exhibit, Accumulations: Mixed Media Works by Travis Childers The exhibit will run from November 10th, 2018 to January 13th, 2019 with the artist’s reception being held November 17th, 2019, 2-4PM. The reception is free and open to the public.

Inspired by the commonplace and everyday object, Accumulations reveals the broad range and innovative use of material in Travis’s work. Is it a Duchamp inspired readymade or more akin to the great Dadaists with their humorist yet poignant commentary on their everyday world and the upheaval of their time? What ever Travis produces, he speaks to our time and his concerns for our future.

Along with his sculptural works made of ball point pen tops, model train landscape material and staplers, the exhibit displays a compelling series of works on canvas and board that are lifted of newspapers with tape and gel medium.

“For the collages, I work on involving images lifted off newspaper with different types of tape and attached to canvas. Each piece usually consists of multiples of the same image repeated over and over. Each one of these pieces represents the accumulation of images one might acquire over time. I use the tape because the tape reminds me of memory. The tape lifts off an image in the same way memory lifts off an image or experience. Tape is also like memory in that it only lifts off part of the image and leaves some behind. It is similar that we don’t remember every detail of something we try to remember. “

Travis received his BFA from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN and his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. He has exhibited nationally and received numerous awards including Trawick Prize Finalist in 2013, 2011 and 2008 Strauss Fellowship and was Sondheim Prize Fellowship Semifinalist in 2009 and 2010.

The Fisher Gallery is located on the second level of the Schlesinger Center. The galleries at the Schlesinger Center are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and during concert hall performances and public events.