Double Break's (San Diego) show Digging A Hole, Looking For Something featuring new works by Michael Krueger and Travis Millard opened Friday May 18th and runs thru June 16th. Coming from Lawrence, Kansas and Los Angeles, CA respectively, Krueger and Millard's first connected at the University of Kansas and have long drawn inspiration from one other. Both artists explore the figure of the "common man," displacing the mundane and the mythic from everyday life, weaving threads between past and present. Their search for the sublime in this densely hyper-visual yet vacuous post-industrial age is rife with humor, longing and discovery, as is apparent in this selection of new works on view at Double Break.
Make sure to check out Double Break's online store for all available artworks and T-shirts from the show.
Michael Krueger was born on January 5, 1967 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Michael’s artwork reflects a deep interest in American history, contemporary American culture, and personal memoir. He has given over 100 lectures and workshops including, Cranbrook Academy of Art, RISD, City College of New York, Edinburgh College of Art, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, MA. He has recently had solo shows at Sunday L.E.S., New York, NY, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA and Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. Recent group exhibitions include, KRETS Gallery, Malmo, Sweden, Baer Ridgeway, San Francisco, CA, Ambacher Contemporary, Munich, Germany, Glasgow Print Studio, Scotland, UK, Adam Baumgold, New York, NY, Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City, MO, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL, NY The Drawing Center, New York, NY, Cade Tompkins Projects, Providence, RI, Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Philadelphia, PA and the Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA.
Travis Millard grew up in Olathe, Kansas and founded the Fudge Factory Comics operation in 1997. His work reflects a personal examination of the beauty and absurdity in common things, random and on repeat. Travis’ work has been published on numerous platforms and exhibited widely in the US and internationally. Including work for Foundation Skateboards, Stereo, Volcom, Vans, Burton, Chronicle Books, Cartoon Network and others. Travis currently lives in a cabin near some coyotes on the backside of a hill in a Los Angeles fire zone.
Michael Krueger and Travis Millard's show Digging a Hole, Looking for Something featuring new drawings, prints, and ceramics opened May 18th and runs thru June 16, and all works are now available for purchasing online on Double Break's store page.
San Diego is like a mini-road trip, so luckily I caught a ride with Jay Howell and crew. First stop Vans, where Jay and Jim were recording some interviews with some dudes which will later be animated into awesomeness.
Russ Pope and Jay admiring Street Dog's ability to be amused chasing his own tail.
This is actually after they finished recording the interviews. Jim Dirschberger getting a quick lunch down before we head back on the road.
Street's back mohawk.
Just a cool photo with Chris passed out in the middle.
We arrive at Double Break, excited to see the new works by Krueger and Travis.
Travis Millard and Mel Kadel. Nice bag Mel!
The many publications by Travis Millard. Collect them all. I did.
Also for the opening, Scott and Ruth released their new collaborative zine, Sink Shower! Filled with some awesome photographs and drawings. Scott's the fellow behind the shredding music that was in Jay's Dark Wave zine animation.
Early folks stopping by --- Jeff (LA ball cap) aka
A couple moments before the show, Tin Can Ale House pit stop . . grill cheese, beer, fries. Gotta lay down a solid foundation for the evening's festivities.
David McHank of the Perpetually Twelve zine along side these zine makers.
Show opens, and folks start cruising by.
Works by Travis Millard
Jim, Trolf, and Sully
Howell chatting it up.
Also gotta mention that Michael Krueger's works really awesome as well. Born in Wisconsin, he has given over 100 lectures and workshops at a bunch of schools including Cranbrook Academy of Art, RISD, and many more.
More works by Travis Millard
Face melting detail. I imagine that sorta of how I'd feel if I ate a handful of acid. So I'm not ever going to do that.
The most works I've seen of Travis's to date. Really an amazing collection of work. I could write something about how I love each one, but who cares what I think. . check it out yourselves.
Jay proud of his lady and buddy's new zine Sink Shower. Grab one.
Travis signing and drawing in the book for folks.
That guy with the cig behind his ear looks like he's having a good time.
Awesome enamel on ceramic plates by Travis Millard. I got me one of course!
Bad ass piece.
Louis hydrating some.
Remember that awesome FARTS book Travis illustrated. . . I think someone brought theirs in. Still gotta get me one of those.
Scott, Mel and I had a little shotgunning beer contest. Mel won.
At first I couldn't remember why I flagged this image and then I realized it as because of the Street Dog tail mustache that guy is wearing.
Yeah the awesome dude behind the awesome art show. Artist Travis Millard.
Haha. . . great rowdy group show. Ended the night at the bar next door . . . then Jim and I got a ride from Angela and Trolf back to LA. Semi drunk and home by 4 am. to a fun night! Great show Michael & Travis!
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