Previewed: “The EDNA Silhouettes” by Joseph Rossano Opening Saturday

Mark Moore Fine Art is pleased to present an exclusive ARTSY online exhibition of twelve new works by acclaimed artist and naturalist JOSEPH ROSSANO. In his work, Rossano engages and challenges the viewer to reflect upon humankind’s impact on our planet and its varied ecosystems.

The EDNA Silhouettes” are provoked by the events of 2020. Collective angst prompted by a global pandemic, it’s associated shutdowns, quarantine, and travel restrictions, have resulted in a cloistering of ourselves and our families. It has engendered near monastic isolation — visits occurring in the ethers — cybernetically — as if our lives have become virtual realities.

For those in urban locales, confronting societal issues connected to race, gender, and economic inequality, organized demonstration, and rebellion have served as a counterpoint to others isolating themselves from the world. Such extremes in human behavior have, no doubt, resulted from prolonged introspection and rumination, a function of too much time alone.

As unrest has swept across the world, global climate change has not relented — forests — photosynthetic carbon sinks — have been ablaze. Creatures emblematic of the wild places that bring us hope have experienced another type of jeopardy. Their homes have been in question. And, as we come to understand why, the mirror turns on ourselves.

How will we conduct our lives moving forward to reverse an annual season of ash-filled skies? The silhouettes of these works portray animals as shadows moving through the ash of our time. The animal’s opaque outlines, rendered in tar, stand out against a turbid atmosphere — sine waves of our time over which they have no control. Their undiminished forms offer a hope that together, we will stand with an atmosphere over which we can take action.

Joseph Rossano, born to clinicians and research scientists, graduated from Louisiana State University as an artist. His path joined him, via mentorship, collaboration, and exhibition, 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. Integrating cutting edge technology and science with his art, Rossano engages and challenges the viewer to reflect upon mankind’s impact on our planet and its varied ecosystems. Much of Rossano’s youth was spent in New York’s Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains, formative years that evolved a life focused on creating environmental awareness through Art. Rossano now lives and works 65 miles north of Seattle, his home and studio nestled in the temperate rain forests of the Pacific Northwest.

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