Travis LeRoy Southworth

Studio Interior
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Studio Location
Where I End and You Begin # 3, 2010. Installation at Mixed Greens Gallery, NY. Backlit Duratrans Print. 9 x 21 ft.
One Week of Entertainment, 2009. Spit wads from one Entertainment magazine. 10 x 8 x 2 in.
After Boredom: A Literal History, 2009. Book and spit wads from torn pages. 9.5 x 10 x 8 in.
You can't give it away, you can't take it with you, 2007. Photographs of trashed FGT papers from 07 Venice Biennale. 5 x 7.5 in.
Sweat Popsicle, 2007. Frozen sweat and freezer. 20 x 20 x 21 in.
Travis LeRoy
Artist's Statement

Primarily using materials of corporal quality, my work explores the transitory nature of existence. Sculptures slowly disintegrate and require replenishing to "live" on.

Drawings are collections of imperfections and stray marks that are taken from, but show little reference to, the original photographic portraits. These new configurations no longer imply any facial resemblance. Instead they suggest a nebula or celestial body, revealing connections between our own physical markings and those of the cosmos, perhaps foreshadowing a state beyond death.

Other works are a barrage of spit wads forming stalactites that investigate the problem of boredom. I am interested in what moves beyond conventional representation and intend for my art to exist in a new geography, one that redefines the distance between ritual and routine, original source and final work.


Travis LeRoy Southworth was born in Honolulu, HI. Currently he lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received a BFA from the University of Arizona, Tucson (2004) and a MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007). In 2009 alone he showed at Vox Populi in Philadelphia, PA; the Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY; Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT; Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL; and Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, TX among many other venues. He received a BRIC Media Arts Fellowship and was chose for the prestigious AIM 29 program at the Bronx Museum. In 2008, he participated in the documentary TV series ARTSTAR: Season Two that followed six recent MFA graduates through their transition from school to becoming practicing artists in New York.