All Signs Point to No by Travis Lampe
The Idiot image courtesy of Corey Helford Gallery
Downtown LA’s Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) has announced a new solo show All Signs Point to No, featuring new works from Chicago-based artist, illustrator, and toymaker Travis Lampe.
Artist Travis Lampe grew up in a small town in Kansas. After earning a degree in Graphic Design, he took a job in advertising as an art director in Chicago. While making ads for breakfast cereals and well-known purveyors of inexpensive furniture, he secretly began developing his own personal illustration style, which he describes as "a mish-mosh of those old-timey influences with some Duccio-inspired mountains and the inevitable light-switch nose," consistently inspired by the likes of Steamboat Willie, Betty Boop, and Dr Seuss. Lampe's work has been exhibited internationally and all across the U.S. He currently lives and works in Chicago. The exhibition is set to premiere on August 6th until September 10th.
The topsy turvy world portrayed in Lampe's paintings is a trip out of pandemia. Since 2007, the artist's work has been shown all across the U.S. and internationally (including in London, Berlin, and Italy).
The Dancing Oracle image courtesy of Corey Helford Gallery
The exhibition will feature 19 pieces (including acrylic, gouache paintings, as well as some sculptures). All Signs Point to No follows Lampe’s mini-solo exhibits at CHG as part of the gallery’s seven-artist show The Magnificent Seven (Feb. 2021) and three-artist show (Feb. 2019).
Regarding his new works, Lampe says, “What does the future hold? It’s hard to say. It might be bad stuff though. This show was inspired by fortune telling, mystical divination, and an idea I had for this one really sweet piece I never ended up making. Like the stuff in this show, but way cooler. That happens sometimes. I should have consulted a medium to find out whether I did it or not. But they are expensive, I assume, mainly fronts for money-laundering enterprises. Anyway, death is certain. But I recommend avoiding it.”
TOOL Tree Incident image courtesy of Corey Helford Gallery
When asked what piece in the show he’s most fond of, Lampe shares, “I feel like ‘The Fool’ is some of my best work, though it’s just a small piece. I’m also delighted when I try painting darkness with a single light source and it actually works. I’m not sure why I’m always surprised by this, but there it is. For that reason, I’m really pleased with ‘TOOL Tree Incident’ as well.”
All Signs Point to No opens on August 6th
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm in Gallery 3
For more information visit Corey Helford Gallery