“Animals That I’ve Known”
May 11th – June 16th, 2019
Opening Reception May 11th, 2019 6 pm to 8 pm
Northport, NY– Haven Gallery is honored to present “Animals That I’ve Known”, a solo exhibition of new work by New York based artist Travis Louie. “Animals That I’ve Known” is Louie’s first solo show at the gallery and is host to a cavalcade of expressive animal portraits. Each painting’s narratives are echoed in the trade and character captured by the artist’s fascination of the past and cornerstone of embracing the marginalization of the other throughout society.
From the scaly to the furry, each sitter is depictured in the finest attire and millinery styles of the Victorian era. Posed and executed in a soft application of medium, emulating tintypes or cabinet cards, each portrait is representative of that individual’s profession and ambition; attributes that define their individuality yet immerse them purposefully in a bustling society. Humor is laced with weighty undertones as Louie offers us notions of the other in curiously engaging poses and anthropomorphic depictions of unhuman species, both beckoning us to learn more while simultaneously finding familiarity and friendship. Inspiration for these visuals go beyond Victorian aesthetics and tap into Louie’s love of film noir, atomic age sci-fi stories and the quirks and particularities of people he has encountered throughout his life.
Louie’s work reminds us that what may be unfamiliar and unusual can actually be illuminating and relatable. They inspire us to explore the unknown and see beyond the appearances and differences of others. This collection may depict portraits of animals but upon closer inspection, they share much with us; their stories and details transcend their appearance and ground them in people we know or feel as if we can know. More so, they remind us how we can all be a bit of a creature ourselves.
Stories written by the artist will accompany each painting on exhibit at “Animals That I’ve Known”.
A flip book of paintings and musings from both Camilla and her co-exhibitor, Travis Louie, will accompany the exhibition.