WHITEWASHED: Joseph Gregory Rossano


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Curated by David Francis

This exhibition, originated at CoCA, is currently traveling:

Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery
Delgado Community College, City Park Campus
New Orleans, Louisiana
May 22, 2014 - August 28, 2014

Bainbridge Island Museum of ArtMESA Gallery
Bainbridge Island, Washington
January 18, 2014 - March 16, 2014

CoCA is pleased to announce Whitewashed, a multi-media exhibition by Joseph Rossano. Rossano, whose 2013 installations at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma and San Diego Natural History Museum have received widespread acclaim. Whitewashed brings together new developments in art and science through a pioneering exhibition of kinetic sculptures and video projections featuring QR coded links to commissioned essays by leading researchers in evolutionary biology, including MacArthur fellow Daniel H. Janzen. Captivated by the reality that an animal's DNA is a portal to revealing a wealth of information invisible to the naked eye, and ethically compelled by the increasing loss of a natural world that we barely know, Rossano presents a series of specimen-style boxes, each with a portrait of a threatened or extinct animal on the cover that Rossano has painted with tar and then overlaid with white. The exhibition's white color scheme references the loss of polar ice and serves to convey the show's primary metaphor: scientific truths have been systematically "whitewashed" by a culture focused on exclusively human needs.


After obtaining a degree in Studio Arts at Louisiana State University, Rossano studied at Pilchuck Glass School, and established Waterford's Artist in Residence program. His work has exhibited at Google, Pacific Science Center, ArtPrize/Grand Rapids Art Museum, and the South Australia Museum, among others. He has received support and grants from Ford Motor Company Fellowship with Earthwatch Institute, Moorea Biocode Project (funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation), and the Hattie Ettinger Fund at The San Diego Foundation.

Opening Reception and Presentation
April 22, 2013 (Earth Day), 6-9pm.

Exhibition runs through July 12, 2013; M-F 9-5 pm or by appointment.

CoCA Georgetown Gallery
Seattle Design Center, Suite 258
5701 6th Avenue South
Seattle WA 98108

Catalog

Whitewashed Catalog

Whitewashed: Joseph Gregory Rossano

Explores the role of endangered and extinct species in our collective re-imagining of nature and environment during a critical time of climate change and dwindling resources. Mixed media artworks feature kinetic specimen-drawers mounted on the wall, complemented by video and other sculptural pieces. Essays by David Francis, PhD, Curator; artist Joseph Rossano, with contributions by ten other leading scientists.

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