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Last Weekend to See Stephen Romano’s Materia Prima at Blam Projects

Installation View
All Photos By Gail

Oops. This is what happens when you are distracted by a neo-fascist stealing a national election, accompanied with the onset of the holiday season and other various mind-numbing events: you neglect to blog about an art exhibit until it’s nearing its very last day of installation. My bad!

Crowd Scene
Materia Prima Opening Reception

In my defense, the exhibit just opened on November 4th, and three weeks does not seem like very long for something that, arguably, should be up for at least 4 to 6 weeks, amigright? Sure I am. Anyway, Materia Prima, curated by Stephen Romano, whose eponymous gallery is still without a permanent home, collects a de rigueur thematic presentation of art depicting sex, death, horror, spirituality and other ethereal and metaphysical delights from artists near and far, including:

Alexis Karl, Sarah Zar, Hanna Jaeun, Nyahzul Blanco, Barry William Hale, Dolorosa De La Cruz, Alessandro Sicioldr, Linnea Strid, Colin Christian, Lena Viddo, Gigi Chen, Erin O’Shea, Steven Bradshaw, Samuel Gliner, Damien Michaels, Cendrine Ravoni, Ken Weaver, Jel Ena, Teiji Hayama, John D. Monteith, Ray Robinson, P54, Jaya Suberg, Erna KD, Charlotte Rodgers, Steven Baines, Luke Grochocki, Orryelle Defenestrate, Inge Vandormael, Cecilia Avendaño Bobillier, Marko Velk, Travis Lawrence, Judith Vergara García, William Blayney AW Sommers, Brian Sparrow, William Mortensen, Lori Field, Charles Dellschau, Jacob Bohme, and Darcilio Lima

Check out some of our favorite pieces!

Looking for Magic Gigi Chen
Left: Savages By Lori Field. Right: Looking for Magic By Gigi Chen

Lori Field Savages
Savages By Lori Field

I finally got to meet artist Lori Field at the opening reception after worshiping her art for two years. Everything she does is genius. Also, she is super nice.

Steven Baines Ready For The Sun
Steven Baines, Ready For The Sun

Black Sculptures

I don’t know they name of the artist of the works above, but they are pretty cool. I am sure that Stephen will tell me and then I can add it later. Because, the Internet!

Erin Oshea Lil Buddy
Erin Oshea, Lil Buddy

This one is adorable.

Druids

I like these Druid guys.

Installation View

Ken Weaver 1000 Years After I Am Gone
Ken Weaver, 1000 Years After I Am Gone

This hyper-realist portrait from Ken Weaver looks like it was inspired by a character in a Rob Zombie-directed film.

Occult Sex Japanese Sexploitation Film Poster Directed-by Shinya Yamamoto Starring Yuki Minami 1974
Occult Sex Japanese Sexploitation Film Poster Directed-by Shinya Yamamoto Starring Yuki Minami, 1974

Japanese Movie Program For Suspiria By Dario Argento 1977
Japanese Movie Program For Suspiria By Dario Argento, 1977

Jel Ena Madea
 Madea By Jel Ena

Hanna Jaeun Tentacle Girl
Hanna Jaeun, Tentacle Girl

Materia Prima Ends Sunday, Saturday November 27th! Blam Projects is Located at 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY.

Materia Prima Signage

Two Monkeys

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Stephen Romano Gallery Christens New Bushwick Location with Lexicon Infernali Group Show

Gallery Name
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.

Installation View

Here are a few of our favorite pieces from the show!

Art by Hunter Stabler
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

El Gato Chimney

2 Watercolor Triptychs by El Gato Chimney: Top –   The Right Way; Bottom – The Good Proportion

Limor Gasko Sheep Head

Limor Gasko, Sheep Head

Elizabeth Shupe The Great Weight of The Soul

Elizabeth Shupe, The Great Weight of The Soul (Mixed Media)

Elizabeth Shupe Green Ophelia

Elizabeth Shupe Green Ophelia (2014), Laser-sintered Nylon 3D Print, with Mixed media in a plexiglass case

Elizabeth Shupe Green Ophelia Detail
Green Ophelia Detail

Beautiful Creature III

Elizabeth Shupe, Beautiful Creature (1 of a Triptych)

Rob Bisen Pink - Pollination

Rob Bowen, Pink – Pollination

Caitlin McCormack Long Stands a Rapture

Caitlin McCormack, Long Stands a Rapture (Diptych) Crocheted Cotton String

Matthew Dutton The White Owl Shaman

Matthew Dutton, The White Owl Shaman

Shawn Thornton
Art By Shawn Thornton: L – Brahmastra for A New Age (UFO/Time Machine); R – Black Pyramid Meditation

Brahmastra for A New Age Detail
Brahmastra for A New Age (Detail)

William Mortenson +2
Left: Photo By William Mortenson. Right: Art By Stephanie Lucas, Top- Equation de Plumes, Bottom – Welcome

Detail Stephanie Lucas
Detail from Equation de Plumes

Lori Field The Bride
The Bride by Lori Field

Eric Richardson Coronation
Eric Richardson, Coronation

GiGi Chen What She Sees
GiGi Chen, What She Sees (This Image Courtesy of Stephen Romano)

David Molesky Rusalka, Acteon

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.

Installation View

Robot Bunnies By Gigi Chen

Robot Bunnies
All Photos By Gail

In Robot Bunnies — an illustrated story in five panels –artist Gigi Chen tells the intriguing tale of a couple who order a shipment of Robot Bunnies, only to discover that one of the tiny robotic creatures is actually alive.

Robot Bunnies The Touch
The Touch

The Bunny becomes their pet.

Robot Bunnies The Enbaler
The Enabler

But it is a mischievous Bunny.

Robot Bunnies Gimme Back M' Mobile
Gimme Back M’ Mobile

It steals the woman’s cell phone.

Robot Bunnies Look
Look

In the end, I think it becomes a good pet.

On Thursday, December 18th, the Today Show will be filming at the Brooklyn Homeless Shelter, which is the new home of a giant mural project that Gigi completed in less than 6 days! The show will be live on Thursday and will feature clips of Gigi working on the mural, which were filmed last week. See more of Gigi’s Rad Art at Gigi Chen Dot Com!

Must See Art: The Last Brucennial!

Divinity of The Masterpiece
You Invest in the Divinity of The Masterpiece By Barbara Kruger (All Photos By Gail)

Contemporary Art Fans: here’s fun show that you won’t want to miss, and it’s only up for two more weeks, so act fast! Curator/Dealer Vito Schnabel (son of Artist and Film Director Julian Schnabel) and the Bruce High Quality Foundation (BHQF), an anonymous art collective focused on providing free art education through Bruce High Quality Foundation University (BHQFU), are currently hosting The Last Brucennial: a group show featuring the works of over 600 Known and Unknown Artists across a wide variety of mediums.

Last Brucennial Entrance Shot
Gallery View from Washington Street Entrance

The extremely diverse and highly engaging show is located in a massive new retail space just across from the future site of the Whitney Museum of American Art, which premiered its Biennial group exhibit on the same night as The Last Brucennial’s opening reception. The Last Brucennial — as the name hints at — will wrap up a six-year legacy of Brucennial exhibits, after which the BHQF can focus its energy and resources toward the activities of BHQFU and its 700 enrolled students.

Founded in 2008 in direct opposition to other high-profile biennials that seek to advance the commercialization of art, the Brucennial is not a curated group show, but a celebration of and catalyst for an ever-widening community of artists. This year’s call for artists, I was told by a contributing artist in the show, was conducted solely by word of mouth. This exhibit is also noteworthy in that it features the works of female artists, exclusively. It’s fun to see the works of both widely known artists such as Barbara Kruger, Lynda Benglis and Tracey Emin alongside the paintings and sculptures by artists for whom this exhibit represents their first public showing.

Here are a few of our favorite pieces from the show, along with random commentary:

Stairway to Heaven Exterior

This horn-shaped installation you see above is the first piece to your left upon entering the space. From within, it broadcasts a drastically slowed down recording of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” which was so slow it made the tempo of a dirge seem more like a jig. The recording is loud enough to be heard in adjacent galleries.

Stairway to Heaven Tunnel Interior

This is what it looked like inside. You can see the speaker emerging from a pile of dirt.

Assemblage Sculpture with Heart

I call this one “Assemblage Sculpture with Heart, Lion Head and Hair Extensions.”

Tracey Emin Trust Yourself Pink Neon

Trust Yourself Pink Neon Sculpture by Tracey Emin.

Church Alter with Beach Balls

This Photo of a Church Altar with Umbrella and Beach Balls reminded me somewhat of Robert Mapplethorpe’s Altar Installations.

True Detective Installation

Off to the right in the above photo, you will see what I call the True Detective Installation, which looks like some kind of medieval Stock devise with attached antlers in and around which a fully nude live model is entwined. When I saw this piece I could not help but think of the way in which Dora Lange’s lifeless body was found in the premier episode of that popular HBO crime drama, though I do not know if that was an influence on the artist.

Globe Umbrella Sculpture

This is one of my favorites: a colorful Sculpture Of Found Objects that includes Mixing Bowls, a Waste Basket, a Globe and an Umbrella. If it lit up like a lamp, my head would explode.

Cheese Puffs

This looks like a container of crocheted Cheese Puffs. The artist’s name, which is written directly on the wall just below the frame, looks like Breanne Tremmez. I wasn’t too diligent about noting the names of all of these artists, so if you see your work in this post please feel free to identify yourself in the comments.

Cheeseburger Santa

“Cheeseburger Santa Puzzle.”

Coffee Cup and Painting

Marsh Lines series Coffee Cup and Matching Painting By Gwyneth Leech. You can see more of Gwyneth’s work at This Link.

Big Stick and Bomb Pop Sculptures

Big Stick and Bomb Pop Sculptures By Bee Spiderman!

Food Containers by Adriana Farmiga

I love the banality of this piece by Adriana Farmiga.

Plaster Rubble

People were letting their unsupervised children run around like maniacs. Fortunately, it did not affect this work, comprised of a pile of plaster rubble.

Woman Picking Up Bees

I wonder what story this one is trying to tell us. I like looking at it. (Art By Gigi Chen)

Feminist Performance Art

“Feminist Performance Art.”

The Last Brucennial will be on Exhibit Through April 4th, 2014 at 837 Washington (Corner of Washington St. and 13th St.) in the Meat Packing District. Exhibit Hours are Wednesday – Sunday 12 Noon to 6:00 PM.