Bertoia Exhibition on Display at Rochester Institute of Technology

view of a gallery with wooden sculptures inside
Confluence, a solo exhibition by Roberto Bertoia, is on display at the Rochester Institute of Technology until December 22. photo / Rochester Institute of Technology
wooden sculpture in the shape of a W
Bertoia's sculptures for Confluence were mostly constructed of wood. photo / Rochester Institute of Technology
December 18, 2017

An exhibition of work by Associate Professor Roberto Bertoia, art, is on display at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

Titled Confluence, the exhibition features more than 20 of Bertoia's sculptures and was curated by Josh Owen (B.A./B.F.A. '94), a professor and chair of the industrial design program at RIT's College of Imaging Arts and Sciences and a former student of Bertoia's.

Confluence features both large and small-scale sculptures crafted mostly of wood, including some measuring more than eight feet tall. The show was described by RIT University News as, "A captivating exhibit exploring site, context, material, and craft as it relates to an artist's investigation into isolation, absence, and presence — all at the intersection of sculpture, landscape, architecture, and design."

"Roberto Bertoia's work has always inspired me and I continue to be intrigued by its powerful connections to architectural tectonics," Owen said. "Bertoia was my mentor when I was studying sculpture during my undergraduate days at Cornell University. His thoughtful guidance helped direct me toward a career in design. I would like this exhibition to provide a portal for visitors into new ways of thinking. There is also a subtext that underlines the importance of mentorship and how it can powerfully inform an individual's path."

A catalog was also produced for the exhibition, and features an introduction written by architecture's Andrea Simitch and Val Warke, and a short piece by Milton Curry (B.Arch. '88), former faculty member in architecture.

Bertoia has taught sculpture and drawing for three decades at Cornell AAP and has exhibited in national and international juried and invitational exhibitions.

Confluence will be on display until December 22.

By Rebecca Bowes