Barry William Hale, Pomba Gira Sigill Vinyl Wall Installation, 2015 (All Photos By Gail)
The only art gallery that consistently draws us from Manhattan all the way to Brooklyn, the Stephen Romano Gallery, has reopened at its new location in the heart of Bushwick, Brooklyn’s thriving local art scene — very exciting! The gallery’s inaugural group show, Lexicon Infernali, reunites many of the cutting-edge contemporary artists we’ve come to know and love from Romano’s always intriguing exhibits over the course of 2015, while offering up an assortment of welcome surprises.
Here are a few of our favorite pieces from the show!
Art By Hunter Stabler: L- Garmr (2015) , hand-cut paper mounted to plexiglass Edition of 3; R – Baba Yaga Misquotes The Face To Steeleye Span, laser-cut paper mounted to plexiglass, Edition of 24
2 Watercolor Triptychs by El Gato Chimney: Top – The Right Way; Bottom – The Good Proportion
Limor Gasko, Sheep Head
Elizabeth Shupe, The Great Weight of The Soul (Mixed Media)
Elizabeth Shupe Green Ophelia (2014), Laser-sintered Nylon 3D Print, with Mixed media in a plexiglass case
Green Ophelia Detail
Elizabeth Shupe, Beautiful Creature (1 of a Triptych)
Rob Bowen, Pink – Pollination
Caitlin McCormack, Long Stands a Rapture (Diptych) Crocheted Cotton String
Matthew Dutton, The White Owl Shaman
Art By Shawn Thornton: L – Brahmastra for A New Age (UFO/Time Machine); R – Black Pyramid Meditation
Brahmastra for A New Age (Detail)
Left: Photo By William Mortenson. Right: Art By Stephanie Lucas, Top- Equation de Plumes, Bottom – Welcome
Detail from Equation de Plumes
The Bride by Lori Field
Eric Richardson, Coronation
GiGi Chen, What She Sees (This Image Courtesy of Stephen Romano)
Art By David Molesky: L –Rusalka; R- Acteon
Stephen Roman Gallery is located at 177 Gartan Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn, but the actual location is the corner of Harrison Place and Porter Avenue (don’t ask). Best train directions are to take the L to Morgan Ave, then walk three blocks east on Harrison to Porter and you can’t miss it. Go to This Link for a map.
The latest group exhibit at Stephen Romano Gallery is a true Cornucopia of artistic treasures! Abundantia Cornu Copiae features works by some of our favorites, including:
Shawn Thornton, Cecilia Avendaño, El Gato Chimney, Sas Christian, Aunia Kahn, Lori Field, Judith Scott, Erna Kd, Darcilio Lima, Joseph McVetty, C.T. McClusky, Hannah Faith Yata, Pulu Zhao, Teiji Hayama, Adam Miller, Charles Dellschau, Rithika Merchant, Jacob Böhme, Michael Anderson, Ray Robinson, Kalyana Thiru, Martin Ramirez, Joel Lorand, Dan Barry, Morton Bartlett, Tine Kindermann, Robert Bowen, Masae Shimoichi, Gigi Chen, Eric Richardson, William A. Blayney, Jana Brike, Steven Bradshaw and Martin Wittfooth.
Here are some of our favorite pieces from the show!
This gorgeous photographic composite Kaleidoscope print framed in a light box is by Kalyana Thiru, a Sri Lankan aritst who now lives locally in Dumbo.
Michael Anderson’s The Dark Knight Dyptich (Batman, above and The Joker, below) was created from torn and collaged subway posters. Several of the same poster are needed to make these. I love the effect he achieves by layering the images. It says so much about the nature of identity.
These Black and White Photos were taken by Nicholas Syracuse in the home of the late Anton LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan! How crazy is that?
Kawaii Doll is a 3D Printed multicolor composite sculpture from German artist Eric Van Straaten.
Check out the amazing detail of this piece!
Lu Zhang’sTwins (a double image of the artist) offers her commentary on the one child policy in her homeland of China.
This folk art string instrument is a carved wood and metal One Man Band from Mississippi, (c 1920 – 30’s). Artist is Unknown.
This one is called Blissful Ignorance By Lori Field, an artist we are very happy to have discovered at the Gallery!
Martin Wittfooth’s Smoke Signals shows that he continues to be a cutting edge force in the contemporary art world.
The Hider By Robert Bowen: so great.
Two more fantastic pieces from the Hopi Dream series by artist Peca, a welcome staple of every Romano Gallery show.
Poseidon By Eric Richardson.
Hannah Faith Yata’s Black Mascara is one of my very favorite pieces from the show. She’s amazing!
Shawn Thornton’s Motherbrain Decoding the Psyconautical Device.
Abundantia Cornu Copiae will be on Exhibit through January 15th, 2015 at the Stephen Romano Gallery, Located at 111 Front Street, Suite 208, in DUMBO, Brooklyn NY. Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 12 Noon – 6:00 PM or by Appointment.
What a great discovery it was to find out about the existence of the Stephen Romano Gallery when I went to one of their first group shows last June. Even though it is a teeny bit of a jaunt from Manhattan to DUMBO, going there gives me an excuse to visit a very cool neighborhood that is home to lots of amazing street art. I also appreciate that Stephen Romano has a keen talent for curating these Surreal, Dark Pop exhibits that harken back the early days of the Last Rites Gallery, and even incite feelings of nostalgia for the late, great Bold Hype Gallery. What a bummer that that place had to close.
Chie Yoshii (Japan) Flower of Soul, 2014
So, it was a great pleasure to attend the opening reception last Saturday for one of Romano’s latest group shows, entitled In Missa Interfectionis; an eclectic exhibit of paintings, photographs, sculptures and installations all celebrating The Dance of Death, Hexes, Voodoo, Curses and Witchcraft — just in time for Halloween!
Haitian Voodoo Altar Pirate Skulls! Argh!
In Missa Interfectionis features works by some of our favorite artists such as Colin Christian, El Gato Chimney, Darcilio Lima, Eric Richardson, Matthew Dutton and Peca, as well as contributions from over thirty additional artists.
Here are some of our favorite pieces from the show!
Here is a new painting from Eric Richardson, an artist whose paintings always have so much going on in them; so many fine details and so many layers of meaning. I love his art. It was fun to get to spend some time with Eric and his awesome girlfriend Joy at the reception. They are so cool.
Matthew Dutton is a sculptor who likes to make things with antlers and baby doll heads. Good for him! This piece is fantastic.
Theosophical Print Collection, c 1920’s Italy, Artist Unknown
I love the colors in this painting by Lori Field.
This ornately carved box, called Haxan by Colin Christian, reminded me of The Master’s Coffin from the TV Series, The Strain. Scary!
How cool is this sculpture by Judy Chappus, with its glowing crystal orb, silver-painted Barbie Doll parts and lots of awesome skulls? I love everything about it!
Here’s a closer look. So great!
Here is a fun kinetic wall sculpture from the Hopi Dream series by the artist Peca. I love her mystical sensibilities.
This gorgeous portrait of a Voodoo Priestess is by Aunia Kahn, who is just fantastic.
This Birdhouse thing by Tine Kinderman is called Baba Yaga, after the Grande Old Dame of Slavic/Russian witchcraft. Be sure to take look inside for a scary surprise…
Banish Evil, Sacred Dirt, Virtual Candle (2014) By Ted Victoria
It might look like these three candles are in danger of setting fire to their wooden holders.
But if you take a closer look, you can see that these flickering flames are electric! So clever!
And here are two more by one of our favorites, El Gato Chimney. I love the little monkey face! As you can see, there are so many great pieces of art in this show. You really must get your art-loving self to DUMBO and see it in person!!
In Missa Interfectionis will be on Exhibit Through November 30th, 2014 at Stephen Romano Gallery, Located at 111 Front Street, Suite 208, DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Watercolors by Pulu Zhao (Beijing) a. Witch and Deer 巫和鹿 , b. Threaded 螺紋 c. Deer Doll 鹿娃娃 2014 d. Regression 回歸 2014
Six Space Paintings, Artist Unknown (All Photos By Gail)
Last Thursday, Stephen Romano Gallery lured me away from my familiar haunts in the Chelsea Gallery District all the way to DUMBO, Brooklyn for its new group exhibition, Mysterium Cosmographicum, featuring works from over 30 international artists on the theme of the artist’s relationship to the cosmos. Seriously, how could you stay away from that? I’d been invited to the opening reception by one of my favorite local artists, Eric Richardson (I am proud to own two of his paintings in my collection) but I was super excited once I got to the gallery to see both Colin Christian and Kris Kuksi, two other fantastic artists whose work I always like to support, participating in the show.
Eric Richardson, Seducer
Colin Christian, Solaris
Colin Christian, Half Pint
Kris Kuksi, Seraphim at Rest
Mysterium Cosmographicum presents a selection of works that demonstrate the variety of responses to the notion of the divine cosmos. I noticed a lot of Outer Space-themed art, and also a lot of art with religious iconography on display and I think the two are not mutually exclusive.
Jana Brike, Severance of The Worlds
Included in the list of internationally active artists with work in this exhibit are Shonagh Adelman (Brooklyn), Steven Baines (Brooklyn), Dan Barry (Austin TX), Jana Brike (Latvia), Paul Campbell (Brooklyn), Judy Chappus (Windosr, Ontario), El Gato Chimney (Italy), Mahwish Chishty (Pakistan/Chicago), Colin Christian (Tampa), Edward Robin Coronel (Austin), Matthew Dutton (Chattanooga TN), Sonya Fu (Hong Kong), James Gallagher (Brooklyn), Limor Gasko (Brooklyn), Teiji Hayama (Switzerland), Alessia Iannetti (Italy), Jumaadi (Australia), Lu Ke (Brooklyn), Tine Kindermann (New York), Pavel Kraus (Brooklyn), Kris Kuksi (Kansas), So Youn Lee (Los Angeles), Joel Lorand (paris), Rene Lynch (Brooklyn), Abby Martin (Washington), Heiko Müller (Germany), Matt Nolen (Brooklyn), Peca (Barcelona), Eric Richardson (New York), Ray Robinson (LaHavre), Gromyko Semper (Manila), Masae Shimoichi (Tokyo), Martin Wittfooth (Brooklyn), and K.B. Yung (Portland ORE).
Here are more of my favorite pieces from the show:
Matthew Dutton, Kelper’s Helper
Shonagh Adelman, Ballet X
Phresha, Mind Control Kitty
Alessia Iannetti, Calliope
The show also includes cosmographic euphemera from throughout history such as plates from Andreas Cellarius’ Harmonia Macrocosmica from 1660 and several works by America’s earliest visionary artist Charles Dellschau (1830 – 1923). The exhibition features several vintage astronomical vernacular photographs, space pulp paintings from the 1960’s, hand-drawn star maps from 1800’s, works by visionary artists William Blayney (1918 – 1985), A. Fiorelo (dates unknown), Romeyn De Hooghe (1645 – 1708), Darcilio Lima (1944 – 1991) and William Mortensen (1897–1965).
Darcilio Lima, The Prince
Teiji Hayama, Madone
Peca, Hopie Dream Miracle
Stephen Romano Gallery is a new addition to the DUMBO arts community, having opened its doors in April of 2014 with the favorably received inaugural exhibition, Welcome To The Dreamtime.
El Gato Chimney, Hermit of The Stars
Mysterium Cosmographicum will be on Exhibit Through August 30th, 2014 at Stephen Romano Gallery, Located at 111 Front Street, Suite 208, DUMBO, Brooklyn.
If you think that an artist would be creatively limited by being restricted to use of a canvas that’s only the size of a NYC Transit Metrocard, you’d be surprised! In an open call for artists, Single Fare 3 (the third in a series of semi-annual art exhibits whose only guideline is that the art must incorporate a Metrocard), Single Fare curators Jean-Pierre Roy and Michael Kagan were flooded with thousands of submissions for this year’s show at RH Gallery in Tribeca. The art ranges widely from classic portraiture, cartoons, sculpture, interactive pieces, famous people, pop culture references, Metrocards re-purposed as utilitarian objects, lots of nudes and even an old fashioned rotoscope device!
I was lucky to arrive early and be one of the first dozen people admitted to the gallery, when it looked like this:
But within half an hour the place looked more like this:
Photo by Cojo of ArtSucks.com
Here are photos of some of my favorite art from the show!
Click on any image to enlarge for detail.
These tiny paintings have the look of classic oil portraits.
Single Fare 3 is On Exhibit Only Through February 22nd at RH Gallery, Located at 137 Duane Street in Tribeca, NYC (Just East of West Broadway. Take the 2 or 3 Trains to Chambers Street and Walk Uptown Two Blocks). Hours are Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 AM –7:00 PM.
Thursday January 10th marked the first serious art crawl of the New Year, and what better way to kick it off than with a visit to Bold Hype Gallery on West 27th Street for their new group show, Far Away, So Close. We always have a blast at Bold Hype’s shows, so this was a special treat to have so many of our favorite artists exhibiting all together! Here’s some of what we saw:
Sweet Tooth By Daek William
Daek William’s paintings are a lot of fun.
Seducer By Eric Richardson
Eric Richardson is probably my favorite local artist and I am so proud to own two of his paintings in my collection. His attention to detail and love of the surreal seems to be developing further each time I see his art. Now is the time to buy work by this artist because his pieces are only going to go up in value.
Scott Scheidly is another surrealist I admire. The above work is called Preemtive Nostalgia. I like it.
The Wishing Well By Nathan Spoor
Nathan Spoor is not only an amazing artist but a super nice guy who is also totally hot.
Luna II by Jason Limon is very indicative of his style and subject matter: surreal but organic and earthy.
Above, Artist Johannah O’Donnell poses with her painting entitled with Tonya. I chatted with Johannah briefly at the reception and she expressed to me how her objective with this series is to create hyper-realistic paintings that look even more real than photographs. I think she is on the right track, because her work is stunning.
Danika by Johannah O’Donnell
Above, artist Bob Camp poses with a production still he drew for the Ren & Stimpy show – one of my favorite cartoons, ever! Bob was super nice and I’m sorry my iPad had no flash so that he is hard to see. Thanks, Bob, for the great Art!
Far Away So Close will be on Exhibit at Bold Hype Gallery, Located at 547 West 27th Street, 5th Floor, NYC through February 10th, 2013. Be sure to tell them that you read about the show on Worleygig.com!
Bold Hype Gallery’s summer group exhibition, Suggestivism, opened last Thursday in NYC. This fun exhibit of paintings and sculptures, which features 43 of the new contemporary art scene’s most talented and intriguing artists, was curated by uber hot surrealist painter Nathan Spoor, whose fantastic work we first discovered just a year ago at his own Bold Hype solo exhibit, Phantom Passport. The concept of Suggestivism, according to Spoor relates to introducing “a common creative thread amongst several disparate and unique voices within the modern art world.” Thus, you may notice seeming shared influences among the artists – which is very cool and ends up drawing you further into the search for meaning in each piece.
Artists participating in the exhibit include some of our favorites such as Eric Richardson, Jason Limon, Chris Mars, Chet Zar, Kathie Olivias, Colin Christian and Spoor himself, as well as Annie Owens, Bob Dob, Bob Schnider, Brandt Peters, Brendan Monroe, Chandler Wood, Christian Van Minnen, Dan May, Darren Legallo, David Molesk, Francesco Locastro, Heidi Taillefer, Heiko Muller, Jason Maloney, Jeff McMillan, Joe Vaux, Joey Remmers, Julian Callos, Kevin Peterson, Marco Mazzoni, Mia Araujo, Michael Page, Naoto Hattori, Nathan Ota, Nathan, Nc Winters, Rod Luff, Sandow Birk, Scott Schiedly, Skinner, Thomas Doyle, Tom Bagshaw, Winnie Truong and Yevgeniya Mikhailik.
I really loved this exhibit and would “suggest” that you check it out before it closes. See more pictures from Thursday’s opening after the jump!
Suggestivism will be on Exhibit Through June 30th, 2012, at Bold Hype Gallery, Located at 547 W. 27th St., 5th Floor New York, NY 10001