An artist, poet, and performer.|
Travis Gibbs is a Hygienic Art Galleries Resident Artist, raised in New London, CT. He's entirely self-taught, and heavily inspired by comic book art, graffiti, and Japanese animation. He prefers to work in black and grey, and uses a variety of drafting tools, leads, and inks on illustration board.
*Not currently not taking any commission work, and will not design tattoos.
The Ant1-Her0 Project
Vol. 1 "Duality"
The Ant1-Her0 Project, loosely based on myself, is a character study I've created to explore my interest in society, spirituality, politics, and the human condition.
A philosopher in a time when philosophy is no longer practical or appreciated, Ant1-Her0 is a street artist and poet turned revolutionary. Our reluctant protagonist lives in a police state in the not-too-distant future. He's a deeply conflicted character, and many of the situations he faces take place internally, producing an abstract reality and setting. Ant1-Her0, though on the brink of his sanity, will stop at nothing to bring an end to corruption.
Our antagonist is also a character based on yours truly, 0rd1nary J0e. A product of American industry designed by a dominant corporation, and programmed to function as the ideal conformist. He's the police, your firefighters, your doctor, your politicians and school teachers. He's the everyday worker-bee who bags your groceries and serves you coffee. 0rd1nary J0e doesn't just blend in as a member of our elite society, he sets a whole new standard.
Is this an example of corporate America gone too far, or a society too far gone? What happens when an isolated free-thinker clashes with super-imposed standards of conformity? People will dehumanize their enemies and desensitize themselves as a coping mechanism against conflict. How far will these two go before reality becomes distorted, and the lines they've drawn begin to blur?
The Ant1-Her0 Project is comprised of Illustration, Graphic Art, Poetry, and Performance Art, drawing on stylistic reference to comic books, anime, street art, and spoken word to create a unique narrative derived from my personal philosophies and experiences. As I continue to grow as a person, the project will evolve with me.
I have an undying love of intricately detailed drawings, and there’s something about the challenge of chasing perfection with the unforgiving nature of pen and ink on paper I just can’t let go of… It’s a feeling I haven’t experienced with any other medium. Much like Ant1-Her0, I feel like my passion for an arguably “dead medium” puts me in a position where I’m forced to make a stand for what I believe in. In an industry where illustrators have turned to digital mediums for speed and efficiency, and in galleries where I’ve heard connoisseurs argue “If it’s not a large oil painting, it’s not Fine Art”, it would appear I have much to prove.
Copyright © 2013 Travis J Gibbs, The Ant1-Her0 Project
The Ant1-Her0 Project is in it's fetal stages, and will be comprised of illustration, graffiti, poetry, and performance art.
Travis can be found on Facebook as 'Anti-Hero Art'.
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