In “After It” a 40” x 48’ graphite and ink on paper, Travis Millard’s talent on creating narrative images becomes apparent. Two bums locked in a brotherly embrace stand in the middle of a pile of garbage and broken glass. A dead rat lies on the corner amplifying the decay that’s going on in the picture. The expressions on both men’s faces show sorrow and regret. Although what’s taking place is not evident, one cannot help but attach a story to the piece because there is a sense that’s whatever going on in it is beautiful. Through the artist’s cartoonish drawing style, what otherwise would be a depressing scene turns into an undisclosed moment wherein hope abounds.
Travis Millard’s “No Pressure” is currently on view at THIS Gallery at 5906 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles 90042.
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