Yaron Rosner's paintings appear as if from dreams. A series of large-scale, richly painted portraits depict subjects Rosner describes as "living on the side of life." A middle aged shirtless man stands staring at the viewer, an iguana perched on his neck, in a space between fear and confrontation. Rich in symbolism, humor, and contradiction, Rosner's paintings portray both strength and fragility; a young man reveals a wound, a woman holds a drooping bouquet, another man cradles a turtle. Affinity for reptiles aside, there is purpose in Rosner's pairings and dreamlike as they are, one sees oneself in the paintings.
Each subject is surrounded by a different variety of blooming flower, stitched together and thus charged. Neither background nor wallpaper, the flowers speak to electricity and DNA, forming a kind of protective sphere in each painting. Both the subjects and their accompanying flowers are imagined, yet Rosner knows them intimately and each carries a story. The portraits of Late Bloomers might call to mind the grand paintings of the wealthy or politically influential, though Rosner presents a canon of his own, capturing darkness amidst whimsy, drawing heroes from shadows.
Yaron Rosner, Untitled, 2016, 50 x 50"
YARON ROSNER is a multimedia artist based in Sugar Loaf, New York. Born in Haifa, Israel, Rosner graduated from the photography department of the Neri Bloomfield School of Design in 1989. Following his studies, Rosner moved to Paris where he spent several years working as a commercial photographer, pursuing his own practice and exhibiting widely. He later returned to Haifa, Israel to teach photography at WIZO College of Design. In 1998, Rosner and his family moved to Sugar Loaf, New York, and opened Rosner Soap.
Rosner has exhibited his work in many solo and group exhibitions in Israel, Germany, France, Turkey, and the United States. His work is collected by Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France, Paris Audiovisuel, and M.E.P - the European House for Photography, France.
Late Bloomers is on view Sunday, March 26-Sunday, May 7, 2017.