No one should be able to accuse illustrator Travis Lampe of not working hard enough, because it’s quite clear from his show at Roq La Rue that Lampe has got his shit together and his vision clear. As if coming up with a dozen amazing paintings isn’t enough, Lampe presents us with wood-cut panels and stuffed creatures that absolutely solidify the necessity for his twisted world of fairytale. All of his pieces are also connected by a queer little rainbow that makes the whole show have continuity. My favorite, although not pictured, is Lampe’s depiction of the standard hunter’s trophy animal head — only Lampe’s is a sagging head of clay, textile, and paint.
Showing alongside Seattle’s “Bag Painter”, Chris Crites, this show at Roq La Rue is not to be missed. It is positively delightful.