This past weekend at the Rotofugi Gallery, two solo shows opened up. “Wee Epic Masterpiece Theatre” by Travis Lampe and “Beneath the Noise” by Dan May. Both are amazing exhibitions, but for this post I am going to focus on Travis’ show. All of the works in this show, save for the two prints, are all inspired by classical works of art. For an art historian (in progress) like myself, this show is filled with all sorts of eye candy. Classical works of art such as: GÃ©ricaultâ€™s “The Raft of the Medusa”, Jaques-Louis Davidâ€™s “The Death of Marat”, Sandro Boticelliâ€™s “The Return of Judith”, and Caravaggio’s “Medusa” have all been re-imagined by Travis with his signature characters and vivid color scheme.
While classical works may be boring to some, the content is often filled with exciting stories, allegories and fables. All of which are worthy of being retold. It is these stories, the inner meaning of art that holds onto us and allows the art to function as much more than just something pretty to look at.
Head on over and take a look at the full show. This is such an amazing show. I also like that Travis created a silkscreened frame that would be used for multiple works.