|| The first one person show by the
artist, "Heavenly Bodies", was mounted in 1979 at the Robischon
Gallery. It was inspired by the first photos
returned from a long term deep space mission to Saturn, its moons
and other planets. After considerable research, Rose created a
series of giant and small bottles designed to represent all of the
planets, known moons, some asteroids and comets in our solar system.
The pieces were made in a
proportional scale and displayed in the order of each planet (from
the sun) followed by its respective moons. The central parts of the
bottles were airbrush glazed to represent the surface of each
planet, with the tops and bottoms glazed black with a star field of
white crystals, to convey space. The moons were glazed to reflect
their respective characteristics, such as Io, a moon of Saturn,
finished in bright yellow with red crystals representing its
One of many
interesting facts learned by the artist during his research for the
project is that the day on Mercury is half as long as its year.
That is to say, the full rotation of the planet on its axis (a day)
is so slow, it takes two full orbits around the sun (two
years) to complete.
right: Rose poses at the show with Jupiter (note the red spot) and
its moons, in front of a tile mural of a solar flare emanating from