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  Material Remains
  Young Space
  Aug 20 - Sep 19, 2021

  In The Wake Of Slumber
  Paradice Palase, Brooklyn
  May 15 - June 9, 2021
 
  Solo Show - Human Nature Perfectly
  Below Grand, NYC
  March 22, 2021

  Deep Field Residency
  Below Grand, NYC
  February, 2021

  Dovetail Magazine
  Issue 2,
Dec 2020

  Solo Show - I Am A Portrait
  Undercurrent, Brooklyn, NY
  Jan 10th - Feb 8th, 2020

  Imperfections Made Perfect
  Museum of Contemporary Digital Art


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© 2021 Travis LeRoy Southworth
Mark

Farewell Foolish Filaments, 2019-20

Just one more, 2019, 11 x 7.5 x 5 in
Crushed, 2019, 5 x 3.5 x 2.5 in

Double Cut Yourself, 2019, .75 x 8 x .125

Scultpures I created of representational objects in that include parts of the body, hand held tools and components of consumption. Each work is the approximate size of the original item. I construct each piece from magazine ads that I smash together by hand mixed with water and a small amount of acyrlic medium. These works often appear dirty and gray as the colorful pigments from a glossy ad become mixed together in the process, destroying the original image. I liken them to ash covered remants of a time past, perhaps discovered in an anthropological dig. 

The title of the series is a partial appropriation of the poem “Farewell, Foolish Objects” by Charles Bukowski. In it, the author ruminates on a Sunday morning about production, consumption, death and time.



New Automatic, 2020, mashed paper from beauty magazine ads, 7 × 4.5 × 5.5 in

Created for the MOCA Benefit: Artists and Archive organized by Praise Shadows Fine Art.
The benefit ran Feb 24 - Mar 24, 2020 on Artsy. Funds went towards the Museum of Chinese in America in its recovery from a fire in January. Each artist created a new work in relationship to a piece in the archive.


New Automatic is a paper sculpture created in response to the 1920s iron (catalog # 2008.001.016) in the MOCA collection. I was particularly drawn to it as I often use an iron to smooth out fabric and paper pulp within my own artistic practice. The manufacturing date would of been around the same time my grandmother was born; she was a model and started her own etiquette school. She might have used some of the products from the brand, aptly named "American Beauty". Remembering her large collection of digests and weekly periodicals, I decided to create a new iron from some of the advertisements around my own home. 
Mark