Joseph Gregory Rossano: Whitewashed

Rendered in tar (a byproduct of the petroleum industry) and framed in old-growth Douglas Fir or cedar (an atmospheric purifying carbon sink), these works by Rossano discuss the effects of human culture and global climate change on species already extinct or in a final bid for relevance. Using oil as both metaphor and medium, these tar depictions of endangered species bleed through water-based white paint, leaving ghostly images that cannot be completely covered or hidden.

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The exhibition makes use of QR codes (Quick Response codes). Use your smartphone or tablet to view additional information about specific pieces in the exhibit.

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Whitewashed | Introduction

Whitewashed | Definition

Passenger Pigeon

Labrador Duck

Eskimo Curlew

Great Auk

Timber Rattlesnake

Polar Bear

Siberian Tiger

Basking Shark

Red Knot

Tree Rings as Biological Archives

Pleistocene Megafauna Extinction

Stability of the West Antarctic Ice sheet in a warming world


Acipenser sturio, Atlantic Sturgeon

Thunnus thynnus, Atlantic Bluefin

Xiphias gladius, Atlantic Swordfish

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