project for the affirmation of the new project after the affirmation of the new

“The question of the archive is not … a question of the past,” Derrida explains in his famous essay The Archive Fever, “it is the question of a response, of a promise, and of a responsibility for tomorrow.” Here, the act of accumulating knowledge and information is not treated with nostalgia - a painful embracing of the past in denial of the future. Instead it is an act of salvation, promising the possibility of change. Similar motives inform Travis Wyche’s work. The American artist is a collector; he gathers books, images, ideas, and philosophies. By archiving knowledge of the past, Wyche tries to understand the present and form the future. His archive does not function as a storage house but as a laboratory. Rather than being a place of the past, it is a place of the future, a place of transformation, where old knowledge is re-used to form new knowledge. Project for the Affirmation of the New Project After the Affirmation of the New at Autumn Space offers an overview of Travis Wyche’ s latest works. Even before entering the exhibition, the visitor is welcomed by a hollow, pulsing sound. It originates from a guitar installation in the back of the gallery, and sets the tone for the rest of the show: loud, busy, analog. The atmosphere is one of creative experimentation. Photographic slides are projected onto a monochrome canvas; a column of books supports a stall with collages on display; a block of wood painted purple is nailed to the wall; neatly placed on a shelf sits a golden grail. Next to the entrance hang two large canvasses. In front of them, a monitor displays one, at times two, small colored-windmills in motion. Each canvas has a spotlight directly in front of it: lighting up the lower half of left-hand canvas and the upper half that on the right. Together they form a continuous wave, optically reproducing the rotation of the windmills. Yet their reflection also resembles a horizontal eight – infinity. Many of Wyche’s works leave room for multiple interpretations, and formal, symbolic, or philosophical readings are equally valid. This openness is intentional. The artist sees himself as a facilitator rather than an author. He is not providing answers, but cultivating discourse. Wyche invites the viewer to join him in exploring different systems and mechanisms, and to participate in the formation of knowledge. His works remains in a state of transformation; a state that seems suiting for art dealing with the meaning of time, space, and everything in between." - M. Newman 2011