Oct 5 - Oct 29 | Opening Reception: Thursday, October 5th, 5 - 8 PM
Traver Gallery is thrilled to announce this October exhibition combining glass, mixed media sculpture, and augmented reality (AR) technology by renowned artist Ginny Ruffner. Ruffner’s new show, Language = Symbols, Symbols = Language, continues her exploration of how art and evolving technology can work in tandem to bring to life a virtual topography filled with the flora, fauna, and analogies the artist imagines. Hold your phone to one of her beautiful lampworked and painted glass sculptures and watch as a beautiful flower emerges and grows into a hybrid flower/bird species on your screen.
Ginny Ruffner trained at the University of Georgia as a painter, graduating with honors and an MFA in painting. Ruffner has had 88 solo shows, several hundred group shows, and her work is in 55 permanent museum and public collections around the world. Seattle public art installations include a 30-foot tall kinetic water feature downtown and a permanent installation in the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park. Recent Augmented Reality projects include Weston Riff at Photo Center NW, Branches at Seattle International Film Festival and Poetic Hybrids at Seattle Art Museum. She has written two books and been the subject of an award-winning, full-length documentary titled A Not So Still Life, the Ginny Ruffner Story. Her latest project, Reforestation of the Imagination, first shown at MadArt in Seattle, will travel to the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery this spring. Ruffner has lectured and taught extensively and served as an artist-in-residence numerous times at schools and universities around the world.