Written by Michael Goldstein for THE ARTISTS FORUM MAGAZINE
Edited by Amos White V for THE ARTISTS FORUM, INC
Photo: Michael Goldstein
5 out of 5 stars
MARK TRAVERS: WRAPTURE
NEW YORK, NY (October 9, 2015) Opening Reception, October 1, 2015 – Despite coming in a solid two months or more before the holiday season, Mark Travers’ latest exhibit, Wrapture, arrives into the Walter Wickiser Gallery with enough fluid designs and bright colors to make you think otherwise.
In Travers’ work, the wrapped present is elevated from an annual commonalty to an excellent art form. The forefront is the charming fusion of two-dimensional patterns and three-dimensional curving surface along with the shadows they cast that allow them to decorate the gallery’s walls with little difficulty.
The wrappings Travers chooses to employ in his work surprisingly outsize two-dimensional patterned-backgrounds in terms of quantity. In addition to one-color wrappings, Travers has multiplied the myriad of ribbons with stripes and dots, creating an endless barrage of color and design. No two packages are alike; they become a barrage of snowflakes tossed into a rainbow and left to dry for several hours.
The exhibition is a treat for the eyes – You can take each wrapped package in literally at its surface thanks to his application of crisp coloring and charming patterns you find underneath a Christmas tree.
As Travers says in his artist’s statement, “The decorative outer wrap – no matter how humble or ornate – is the first symbol of the sentiment that the giver wants to express. And the presentation of the package is a moment laden with meaning.”
Santa Claus himself could learn a thing or two about presentation just by looking at Travers’ exhibit, as a it fills the soul with an intense feeling of pleasure and joy. In other words, rapture.
The exhibit runs October 1 – October 27, 2015.