Photos by Alex Williams.
Written by Jay Bowman.
And exist, they do. Within the exhibit patrons found the tools and the uniform Travis has designated for his rituals. They were not dirtied theatrically to be a part of an untouchable installation piece frozen in time. He will wear the uniform again as he continues these rituals. The photographs on the walls are not the art, they are evidence of the artist’s inner exploration. The ritual of “trespassing into the internal” as he puts it, is a key component in the duality of his exploration of the labyrinth. In talking with him, he admits that stays away from the common conceptualization of breaking walls to get to inner truth. The labyrinth has an entrance and you need not break in.
Discoveries are made about oneself by following the path to the center. The surveying tools displayed in the installation are the ones Travis Dodd actually uses as he explores a structure. They are part of his ritual of defining and understanding the physical space and, by extension, parallels his inner exploration and understanding.
Patrons are invited to view a book containing what appears to be some foreign, archaic language. This is written by Dodd and not merely a visual exercise on his part to add a hand-crafted dimension to the installation, it is a visual representation of the rhythm of the ritual. Browsing through the handwritten pages (containing dirt, smudges, signs of craftsmanship and work) allows visitors to see the hand of the artist in the project in a literal fashion. The writings visually echo the photographic evidence on the walls.
Beep Beep Gallery is located at 696 Charles Allen Drive Atlanta, GA 30308. For more information call 404.429.3320 or visit http://www.beepbeepgallery.com/. To see more of Travis Dodd’s work visit http://www.travisdodd.com/.