Preston Singletary

Preston Singletary: Journey Across The Fire (And Into The World)

April 7 - 30, 2016
thurs, april 7, 5-8pm


Traver Gallery proudly presents Tlingit artist Preston Singletary’s latest body of work, Journey Through the Fire (and in to the World). This new exhibition continues the artist’s exploration of his Native American heritage through glass sculpture. Singletary addresses the ongoing discourse between Northwest Coast Native art and contemporary art, melding culturally significant Native images with the abstract, subtle forms of the Modern Art movement, responding aggressively to categorization of “primitive art” as secondary to other art historical movements. The resulting Journey Through the Fire showcases Modern forms bearing traditional Tlingit Formline design; sculptures that exist elegantly in both the Native and Modern realms.

"This show reflects my current thought process. I enjoy mixing the process of glass blowing, sculpting and designing NW coast art styles and fire is the driving force behind this process. Journey across the fire (and into the world) is my poetic attempt at expressing this interaction. In this show I’m exploring new traditional and contemporary forms and Modernist vessels which evoke traditional designs. Each object for me symbolizes my connection to my culture and the opportunity to share a lyrical and new perspective."

-Preston Singletary

Gregory Grenon and Mary Josephson

Gregory Grenon

Mary Josephson

May 5 - 26, 2016
thurs, may 5, 5-8pm

Gregory Grenon THE TURN

With over thirty years of representation, Traver Gallery is proud to announce the exhibition, Across the Water, by Gregory Grenon. The new work in this collection is comprised of Grenon's trademark no-holds-barred approach to narrative and color. His recent integration of Bullseye Confetti Glass adds additional layers of movement, dimension, and expressiveness to several of Grenon's reverse paintings on glass. The imagery portrayed in Grenon's work is powerfully direct and startling sensitive; embodying multiple narrative layers at once. A uniquely candid point of view underscores all of his portraits, giving the viewer a glimpse into the inner lives of his subjects and revealing moments of insecurity, determination, quietude, strength, and stoicism.

Traver Gallery is pleased to announce Vertumnus and Pomona, a new body of work by Portland based artist Mary Josephson. This recent exhibition is comprised of works created in a variety of mediums, including mosaics, embroidery and painted ceramics.

Joesphson says of her work, "For many years my work has reflected the cyclical nature of the world through changing seasons, planting and harvesting. Vertumnus and Pomona is a story of seduction and
deception from Ovid's Metamorphoses, a popular source of imagery for artists throughout recorded history, Vertumnus, the Roman god of seasons and change, assumed multiple guises as he attempted to woo the recalcitrant wood nymph Pomona, guardian of cultivated orchards, fruit and harvest. In this exhibition I revisit the myth of Vertumnus and Pomona, paying homage to the compositions of other artists then adding my own vision in glass, clay and fabric".