Merging digital methods with physical tools has always been second nature for New York-based artist Travess Smalley. In doing so, Smalley filters waves of data to communicate in both online and offline worlds. Dazed Digital previews a clip from his newest work, 'Third Trance', part of a new group show at Mexico City’s Preteen Gallery...
My artwork is about existing, both inside and outside the digital world. It is about the first words you say to someone in person after you just gchatted with them for five hours
Dazed Digital: Can you tell us about your new work?
Travess Smalley: 'Third Trance' is my newest computer graphic animation. Through this body of work, including 'Trance Puddle Nocturne' and 'Primordial Trance Puddle', I've been exploring the idea of temporal abstraction.
DD: How do you feel about the culture of digital art? Do you see a difference between your work/mindset and that of other internet-based artists?
Travess Smalley: For me the creative process is a constant experimentation that crosses mediums. One of the primary perspectives of my artist practice right now is figuring out the right medium or right way of viewing the compositions and ideas I have created.
I think the culture of digital art changes rapidly - will continue to change rapidly - until there is some kind of art revolution in the not so distant future when radioactive digi-preteen punks say fuck the internet fuck facebook we are going to bang on logs with sticks and it will be revolutionary. Either that or we will all get more subservient to the digital beast... The phrase "culture of digital art" makes me think about the numerous aesthetics of digital art created and categorized though thousands of tumblrs. There are so many styles happening online right now. I do feel like we are moving out of a 'remix' culture and are moving into a period of raw emotion and pure creativity absence of source material.
DD: What do you enjoy most about the digital world and what does your work say about it?
Travess Smalley: Online file sharing genre-specific communities - the possibility of trans-continental artistic collaboration - discussions and predictions about the coming singularity. My artwork is about existing, both inside and outside the digital world. It is about the first words you say to someone in person after you just gchatted with them for five hours.
'EVERYTHING WAS MICHAEL BOLTON AND NOTHING HURT', PRETEEN GALLERY, MEXICO CITY, FEATURING ANDREAS ANGELIDAKIS, ANGELO PLESSAS, TRAVESS SMALLEY, ELLIOTT WRIGHT, JULY 28 - AUGUST 25 2012