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“The approach is similar to that of the impressionist painter, but the brush stroke has been replaced by individual thin strips of paper that are the resultant product of a mechanical shredder,” he says.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 The approach is similar to that of the impressionist painter but the brush stroke has been replaced by individual thin strips of paper that are the resultant product of a mechanical shredder.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.”