This November and December, Traver Gallery is honored to present Living Inside a Reflection, a new collection of paintings and sculptures by Tori Karpenko. In this exhibition, Karpenko explores his urge to escape and seek refuge by mountain lakes after a summer filled with record temperatures and smoke-filled skies in the Pacific Northwest.
Tori says of his work:
“Reflections create endless variations of their surroundings, and depending on the amount of cloud cover, or wind, or the angle of the sun, the landscape can appear as a near-identical copy or a complete abstraction. Reflections are constantly changing as they transition through a liminal space of barely recognizable shapes, mysterious layers of colors, and the interplay of the world above and the world below peeking through. They are also a metaphor for our own lives and the many ways we see only part of reality depending on how we look at things. This show is an escape into the hopeful colors and beautiful abstractions of reflections in water.
The solace of wilderness feeds my artistic vision and inspires me to share it with the greater community, to bring the mountains and lakes to the city. My work explores the healing power of this wilderness through visual immersion into that remarkable landscape.”