Recalculating! What is reality? Who am I?
You’ll have to wait for the new show at the Tayloe Piggott Gallery to find out. “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall,” a group of works by Italian artist Patrizio Travagli, is so new that, with the exception of the work shown above, it hasn’t yet been photographed. The exhibit runs August 16 – September 30th. Join the gallery for an opening reception on Tuesday, August 16th, 6-8:00 pm.
“My intention is to guide spectators on a journey in which their knowledge of space is put to the test, revealing the imperceptible and disclosing new dimensions that stretch towards the infinite.” ~ Patrizio Travagli
This may be the ultimate selfie moment. Travagli is fascinated by light’s power to shift perception. You will become part of this exhibit~~your reflection in any of six large mirrors, each with their own reflective and color properties, change and shift and with you, the viewer.
Travagli aims to lead viewers in rethinking their perception of space, regardless of a wide variety of techniques, such as painting, sculpting, video, photography and installation.
“I frequently collaborate with scientists and professionals of other fields, such as architects and designers, in order to achieve a complete result….my intention is to guide spectators on a journey in which their knowledge of space is put to the test, revealing the imperceptible and disclosing new dimensions that stretch towards the infinite,” says the artist.
“Stretch?” I hope those mirrors don’t make me look fat!
That same evening, a second exhibit opens at Tayloe Piggott. “WHAT’S YOUR NAME? HI NICOLE,” features prints by famed American artist Alex Katz. Katz’s works will also be on exhibit August 16 – September 30th. The show shares an opening reception with “Mirror, Mirror.”
Katz has a charmed art life. Born into a family that valued art, he began devoting his after-school time to art at an early age. Step by step Katz pursued his calling at some of the finest art schools. This show features Katz’s portraits and landscapes, “among the most recognizable images of contemporary art,” says the gallery. There are new images in this exhibit; out of eight prints, four were released just this year.
Where can you find Katz’s work? At some very prestigious venues: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Here’s my favorite Katz biographical excerpt:
“During his years at Cooper Union, Katz had been exposed primarily to modern art and was taught to paint from drawings. Skowhegan exposed him to painting from life, which would prove pivotal in his development as a painter and remains a staple of his practices today. Katz notes that Skowhegan’s plein air painting gave him ‘a reason to devote my life to painting.’ “