Colorful Shredded Paper Installations

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Accumulation 2013 Shredded Paper Variable Installation at Moberg Gallery

Artist Travis Rice’s colorful installations are made up of thousands of strips of shredded paper layered in organized chaos. The ceiling to floor installations take on whimsical vibes – the room often looking more like a set for a Seuss inspired photo shoot.

His work creates a sense of stillness in movement; the frozen motion of undulating waves and cascading waterfalls that start feeling like living organisms stun you with blasts of brilliant colors.

“The approach is similar to that of the impressionist painter, but the brush stroke has been replaced by individual thin strips of paper that are the resultant product of a mechanical shredder,” he says. “The constructed forms are meant to imply frozen motion often starting from the ceiling and cascading to the floor.

My installations explore marks as modules that accumulate to create ordered masses. The approach is similar to that of the impressionist painter but the brush stroke has been replaced by individual thin strips of paper that are the resultant product of a mechanical shredder.

My palette is at one moment subjective and in another moment a basic application of color theory, but always gaudy and corrupt. Color allows me the opportunity to interject my cynical sense of humor and infatuation with early Disney cartoons. Ultimately, I see the work as a celebration of composition’s most fundamental element represented in an optimistic, mischievous manner while at the same time maintaining an aspiration toward intellectual purpose.”

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Cotton Candy Cesspool 2013 Shredded Paper Variable Pearson Lakes Art Center Okoboji, IA

 

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Rainbow Dyed Psychedelic Hallucination 2012 Shredded Paper Variable Artstop 2012 Des Moines, IA

Rainbow Dyed Psychedelic Hallucination
2012
Shredded Paper
Variable
Artstop 2012 Des Moines, IA

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Consumable Fragments 2007 Shredded Paper, Galvanized Metal, Pastel and Graphite Drawings Variable Fitch Gallery Des Moines, IA

 

 

Contamination 2013 Mixed Media Variable Moberg Gallery

Contamination
2013
Mixed Media
Variable
Moberg Gallery

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Multiple Universes 2006 Shredded Paper, Stainless Steel Gazing Balls, Pastel on Paper Drawings Variable