Collider Image

Nov. 14th to Jan. 4th.

Opening: Thursday, Nov. 14th, 6pm

ParisScope is currently hosted by MIXED GREENS:
531 WEST 26TH STREET, FIRST FLOOR, NEW YORK

During a six-month residency in Basel, Switzerland, Travis LeRoy Southworth spent much of  his time investigating the Large Hadron Collider run by the European Organization for Nuclear  Research (CERN). Having completed the residency, he approached Projective City with a  proposal for his most ambitious project to date. Inspired by the power of the CERN particle  detectors to produce tens of petabytes of data per year, Southworth believed it possible to  produce a slightly smaller scale, Do-It-Yourself version of the hadron collider, to enable his  own experiments on the invisible particles that compose us. The project promised to further  Southworth’s ongoing artistic investigations into the cosmic forces that continually mold us,  and his presentation of the self in relation to the universe.

Nevertheless, even a smaller version promised to be much larger than his domestic  arrangements could accommodate, and so he approached Projective City about using the large  gallery space in Paris as a workshop in which to build his hi-tech machine. We were initially  overjoyed by the possibility of bringing such a worthwhile scientific project into the context of  an art gallery, but if we had known the extent of the project we might not have been so eager.  In order to install the bank of superconductive magnets, Southworth tore down much of the  east wall while the gallery staff were visiting New York, initiating what will likely be protracted  litigation between the building managers and the gallery. The gallery in Paris remains closed  pending further legal action and is unavailable for French visitors. However, the ParisScope  viewer was largely undamaged, and New Yorkers can still avail themselves of this unique  opportunity to see the results of art and science colliding. Though this might mean the end  of the Projective City gallery space in Paris, we feel Southworth’s accomplishment should be  celebrated as best as possible under the circumstances, as it so clearly embodies the qualities  of passionate inquiry, curiosity, and purity of heart we hope to foster.

Brooklyn-based Travis LeRoy Southworth holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute  of Chicago and has exhibited his work at The Drawing Center (NYC), Martha Otero Gallery  (Los Angeles), Mixed Greens Gallery (solo project, NYC), Thomas Robertello Gallery (Chicago),  Arthouse at the Jones Center (Austin) and the Center for Curatorial Studies at the Hessel Museum of Art (New York). He was awarded a 2010 Fellowship in Photography from the New  York Foundation for the Arts and has participated in the Artist in the Marketplace (AIM 29)  Program at The Bronx Museum of Art.