We are excited to welcome esteemed artist Joseph Rosanno to Traver Gallery this month. Known for creating mixed-media installations that integrate cutting-edge technology and science with art, Rossano engages and challenges the viewer to reflect upon humankind’s impact on our planet and its varied ecosystems.
In this new exhibition, Divine Forms, Rosanno pairs an installation of mirrored glass vessels with landscape photography and whitewashed sculptures. The mirrored vessels – the forms of which reference early Christian iconography – are placed centrally in the gallery, reflecting and engaging the photography, wood, and painting that encircle them. Each artwork invites exploration of the natural world. At the same time, the installation turns the mirror on us, the viewer, causing us to reflect upon the power we have on the planet and the role we play in the preservation – or destruction – of the natural world. He asks us: how will we yield our collective power?
Originally from Long Island, Joe Rosanno now lives and works 65 miles north of Seattle, with his home and studio tucked into the temperate rainforests of the Pacific Northwest. He has worked with renowned artists and institutions, including Dale Chihuly, Judy Pfaff, The Pilchuck Glass School, Waterford Crystal, Museum of Glass, the South Australia Museum, and Google. His works have been exhibited in prominent institutions nationally and internationally. Last fall, his installation of 350 hand-blown and mirrored glass fishes, Salmon School, was prominently featured at the COP26 summit in Glasgow, attracting international attention.