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Travis Louie’s Unusual Circumstances
October 7th – 28th, 2023
We are delighted to introduce Unusual Circumstances, a distinctive solo exhibition by the talented Brooklyn-based artist, Travis Louie, [Previous Coverage here] marking his inaugural solo showcase with Harman Projects.
Delving into Travis Louie’s art is like stepping into an alternate dimension, a blend of the historical and the fantastical. His subjects, whether human, animal, or somewhere in between, are dressed in the waistcoats and high neck bodices reminiscent of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. With a discerning eye, Louie integrates vintage style framing and draws upon the aesthetics of early portrait photography in both paint and graphite, transporting viewers to a world that appears familiar but reveals its uncanny nature upon deeper observation.
Supplementing his surreal portraiture, Louie enriches each piece with meticulously crafted narratives, penned by the artist himself. While the artwork ignites a flurry of questions about its subject and the universe they inhabit, the accompanying stories take viewers on a profound journey, inviting them to engage more intimately with each creation.
A theme underlying Louie’s work touches on prejudice and the immigrant experience. Through his art, he advocates for replacing fear of “the other” with a genuine curiosity for the unknown and a deep-seated respect for the diverse. One of his notable pieces, The Discovery of the Hand, depicts a young boy holding the enormous severed hand of a man ousted by furious villagers. Here, Louie ruminates on the mob mentality, emphasizing that recognizing our commonalities with those beyond our immediate communities can lead to a more compassionate world.
Join Us for the Grand Opening
We warmly invite you to the opening reception of Unusual Circumstances on Saturday, October 7th at 210 Rivington Street, New York, NY, from 6pm to 8pm. Travis Louie will grace the event, and guests can enjoy light refreshments. Additionally, don’t miss the chance to acquire a copy of the artist’s recent limited edition print, Miss Eunice and her Hat Gremlin, available exclusively at the gallery.
210 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002
Opening Night Reception:
Saturday, October 7th 2023
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Exhibition On View:
October 7th – 28th, 2023
About Harman Projects
Harman Projects was founded in 2022 by curator and gallerist Ken Harman. Our goal is to provide an inclusive and welcoming environment to foster a community of likeminded artists, collectors, and art lovers in New York City and beyond.
Our focus at Harman Projects lies mainly in the New Contemporary genre, encompassing historical movements such as New York City graffiti and SoCal pop- surrealism as well as contemporary schools of art such as Bay Area abstracted realism, international muralism and Japanese-inspired SuperFlat.
About Travis Louis
Travis Louie’s paintings come from the tiny little drawings and many writings in his journals. He has created his own imaginary world that is grounded in Victorian and Edwardian times.
It is inhabited by human oddities, mythical beings, and otherworldly characters who appear to have had their formal portraits taken to mark their existence. His work is about identity and remembrance, with a veiled commentary on racism and the immigrant experience. He would like the fear of “the other” to be replaced with a curiosity about the
unknown and a sense of wonder regarding those things that are unfamiliar.