March 2, 2012 · 5:00pm

Travis Markel
Remnants & Residue
Gallery360 (located inside Tellus360)

24 East King Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
March 1-30, 2012


Remnants & Residue is an exhibition of abstract photography inspired by post-industrial ruins of towns and cities, by Travis Markel. The show is at Gallery360, located inside Tellus360 in Lancaster, PA. The exhibition is open from March 1 until March 30, 2012. An opening reception will be held on March 2, from 5-10 PM.

Photography, for Travis Markel, is a form of self-expression. The images he creates blur the lines of photography and painting, resulting in abstract compositions that draw inspiration from painters like Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, and Barnett Newman and photographers such as Aaron Siskind and Walker Evans. The sources for his works are the post-industrial ruins of towns and cities: remnants of places long forgotten and left to decay as time slowly passes; layers of paint and residue that build up and crumble away. The purpose of his photographs, however, is not to merely document these places, but to allow the images to transcend their subject matter and become subjective expressions.

Travis Markel was born in York, PA and currently resides in Columbia, PA. He first fell in love with photography during a field trip in middle school. He borrowed his dad’s camera for the day, and instead of photographing the exhibits, or his friends, or the city, he chose to photograph the shadows of flowers on the sidewalk. A few years later he attended a summer photography workshop for pre-college students at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. He’ll never forget that first time in a darkroom, as he watched a print magically appear in the developer. Travis attended college at Tyler School of Art, in Elkins Park, PA, and also spent a year studying in Rome, Italy. Between 1999 and 2001, he showed his work in group and solo exhibitions in Philadelphia, PA and he had a solo exhibition in Rome, Italy. He earned his BFA in Photography in 2001. Travis didn’t show any work from 2002 until 2009. He had every excuse imaginable for why he wasn’t doing what he loved, but he gave up without trying. Since 2009, he has slowly regained confidence in his work and has shown his photographs in group exhibitions in Reading, PA, Rehoboth Beach, DE, and Johnson City, TX, and a solo exhibition in Lancaster, PA.