Patrizio Travagli

BIOGRAPHY

MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL

EXHIBITION DATES: August 16 – September 30, 2016

OPENING RECEPTION: Tuesday August 16, 2016; 6-8pm

Tayloe Piggott Gallery is pleased to present Mirror, Mirror On The Wall, an exhibition featuring Italian artist Patrizio Travagli. The works will be on view from August 16 through September 30. Please join us for a public reception in the gallery on Tuesday, August 16th from 6-8pm.

In Mirror, Mirror On The Wall, artist Patrizio Travagli (b. 1972; Florence, Italy) asks you, the viewer to become the piece of art. Your reflection in the mirror is the launching point for questions about identity, illusion, and reality. What are we really seeing? Where does perception end and reality begin in the temporary memory of the mirror?

Travagli has long been investigating the powers of light and in this new work, he invites us to become players in his pursuit. Six large mirrors will be hung in the Gallery with frames handcrafted by artisans in his native Florence, Italy. Each mirror has its own reflectivity and color properties that are manipulated by the artist much like a brushstroke. Within the mirror, there is the perception of extra dimensions; as your position shifts, the mirror shifts with you, engaging you in a dialogue between art and environment. This exploration of mirrors was born out of a very well received collaboration, titled In-Lusionem, with the designer Marco De Vincenzo during Pitti Uomo in January 2016. Travagli is concurrently exhibiting the first stages of this mirror series at Il Ponte Contemporanea in Rome, Italy.

The work is a progression of his extensive research on physical scientific phenomena related to light. The artist notes, “My artwork aims to lead viewers to rethink their perception of space regardless of the wide variety of techniques I use: painting, sculpture, video, photography and installation…Originating from a rational and scientific place, 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.”