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Matthew Dutton’s Midnight Paracosm at Stephen Romano Gallery

Midnight Paracosm
All Photos and Videos By Gail

A Paracosm is a detailed imaginary world created inside one’s mind. Such a fantasy world may involve humans, animals and things that exist in reality, or it may also contain entities that are entirely imaginary, alien and otherworldly. Commonly having its own geography, history and languages, the experience of such a parascosm is often developed during childhood and continues over a long period of time: months or even years.

Paracosm Mantel

Paracosms are also made reference to as types of childhood creativity and problem-solving. Some believe that paracosm play indicates high intelligence. In his installation entitled Midnight Paracosm, Tennessee-based artist Matthew Dutton is creating his own world of creative play. And if you are already familiar with Dutton’s delightfully disturbing found object sculptures, you will understand that this tableau represents exactly what is going on in his mind most of the time.

Santa Deer

Taxidermy Deer with Santa Mask and Wig/Beard

Hula Baby in Birdcage

My Absolute Favorite: Hula Baby in a Birdcage with Blonde Fall

To me, Midnight Paracosm looks like a Living Room on Christmas Morning in a Midcentury Nightmare. Let’s go to the Video!



As you can see, there are four animatronic creatures inside the Midnight Paracosm, three of which emit audible voice recordings that sound like that of small girl child. I asked Matthew about those voices and he told me that the recordings are all from conversations with his two (“almost three”) year old son. So adorable, and yet very creepy!

Gnome Head
Gnome Head

Look, more videos!



How fast would you lose your mind if you saw this Mutant Porcupine Baby crawling up the wall? Scary!



And do you even want to know what’s under the blanket on the couch? I prefer to let my imagination run wild!

Mickey Mouse Heads

Thank god this one didn’t move or speak.

Elephant

Matthew Dutton’s Midnight Paracosm isn’t quite as much fun as going to Disneyland while on Acid, but it’s a lot cheaper.

Midnight Paracosm by Matthew Dutton runs concurrently with Saint Bowie at the Stephen Romano Gallery, Located on the Southeast Corner of Harrison Place and Porter in Bushwick Brooklyn. Take the L Train to the Morgan Exit and Walk a few Blocks East on Harrison to Porter Avenue. There’s a Vietnamese Restaurant Across the Street. Please go there and let me know if the Food is any good.

Midnight Paracosm Signage

Porcupine Baby

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Saint Bowie Exhibit at Stephen Romano Gallery

Installation and Signage
All Photos By Gail

“I didn’t even know he was sick” sounds like the punchline to a joke, but I think it’s what we are all saying when we find ourselves speaking of David Bowie in the past tense. Because, how could he be gone? Bowie’s profoundly shocking death in January of this year  still does not seem real. In the spirit of continuing to celebrate David Bowie’s life and music while extending a sense of comfort and community to the bereaved, gallerist Stephen Romano has mounted a David Bowie Tribute Exhibit,  Saint Bowie, and it was well worth the trip to Bushwick to check it out.

Romano describes the show as, “An exhibition of artist made reliquaries, ex votos, Santos, sigils, altars, ephods, spirit photos and much more objects dedicated to communing with Bowie on the other side.” The majority of the works in this show were created specifically for the exhibition, with participating artists including: Dolorosa De La Cruz, Barry William Hale, Tine Kinderman, Linnea Strid, Caitlin McCormack, Lori Field, Natan Alexander, Rene Pierre Allain, Colin Christian + Sas Christian, Nyahzul Blanco, Lauren Levato Coyne, Lizz Lopez, Rory Coyne, Inge Vandormael, Travis Lawrence, Chris Haas, Erin O’Shea, Ellen Stagg, Donnie Green, Matt Nolen, David Van Gough, Kim Bo Yung, Alexis Murray, Nyugen Smith, and Craig LaRotonda.

Bowie Bikini Girls

As we have come to expect from a Stephen Romano Joint, the exhibit’s opening reception was a fun party where Bowie fans could drink free wine and hang out among friends while enjoying the beautiful and very moving art. David Bowie Bikini Girls were also on hand to add to the celebratory atmosphere in the gallery. Please enjoy a few of our photos from the evening!

Natan Alexander “Everybody Knows Me Now”
Natan Alexander, Everybody Knows Me Now  (2016), Illuminated Glass and Mixed Media.

The piece above was perhaps the most talked about contribution to the show. You just could not stop looking at it.

David Van Gough "Starcophagus" 2016
David Van Gough, Starcophagus (2016)

David Van Gough "Starcophagus" Detail
Starcophagus Detail

Lori Field 'Heathen'
Lori Field, Heathen

Lori Field, one of our favorite artists that we discovered through the Romano Gallery, contributed two fantastic pieces, both done in her inimitable and highly recognizable style.

Lori Field China Girl
Lori Field, China Girl

Lizz Lopez, Bowie Ouja Board

Bowie Ouja Board Detail

Lizz Lopez, Bowie Ouija Board (Above) and Planchette Detail

Linnea Strid "Sunken Dream"
Linnea Strid, Sunken Dream (2016) Ink Transfer on Wax Candle

I’m quite sure that I saw this one get set alight at the reception, so hopefully it’s available in a multiple edition in case someone wants to purchase!

Tine Kindermann "Haitian Style Voodoo Bowie Floating In A Tin Can"
Tine Kindermann, Haitian Style Voodoo Bowie Floating In A Tin Can

Dolorosa De La Cruz "Now I Leave Them All In The Never Never Land"
Dolorosa De La Cruz, Now I Leave Them All In The Never Never Land

Inge Vandormael "Lazarus"
Inge Vandormael, Lazarus and Detail, Below

"Lazarus" Detail

While there was a good selection of artworks featuring very classic Bowie personas that we know from his early career, many artists also drew inspiration from Bowie’s most recent album, Blackstar; specifically the song “Lazarus” and its accompanying video.

Buddy Nestor "We Are Made of Stars" 2016
Buddy Nestor, We Are Made of Stars (2016)

I can’t even watch the Lazarus video because it is way too creepy.

Erin O'Shea "He Fell On Diamond Days"
Erin O’Shea, He Fell On Diamond Days (2016) Digital Fabric Print and Soft Sculpture

Rory Coyne "Rebis"
Rory Coyne, Rebis

Here’s a fun piece that also incorporates a bittersweet tribute to the late Freddie Mercury.

Craig LaRotonda "Major Tom's All Time Low"
Craig LaRotonda, Major Tom’s All Time Low

This piece by Craig LaRotonda conveys such beautiful delicacy, and I love the title.

Nyahzul Blanco "Starman"
Nyahzul Blanco, Starman (2016) Photomontage on Aluminum

All gallery proceeds from sales of exhibition works will be donated to support Shadia Dot Org, an American organization which works toward breaking the cycle of poverty, gender inequality and education, empowering and trying to give economic self-sufficiency to girls – help them avoid early marriage, being forced into prostitution, or being trafficked.

Saint Bowie will be on Exhibit Through March 29th, 2016 at Stephen Romano Gallery, Located on the Southeast Corner of Harrison Place and Porter in Bushwick Brooklyn. Take the L Train to the Morgan Exit and Walk a few Blocks East on Harrison to Porter Avenue. There’s a Vietnamese Restaurant Across the Street.

Gallery Signage

Stephen Romano Gallery Presents: Saint Bowie Group Show, Coming March 2nd!

Saint Bowie Art Exhibit
Image Courtesy of Stephen Romano

Save the Date: Stephen Romano Gallery is very honored to be presenting the group exhibition Saint Bowie, opening March 2, 2016, with a reception from 5 – 9 PM. Saint Bowie will be comprised of artist-made devotional mementos, Ex Votos, Santos, Spirit Photos and other reliquaries which mourn the loss of the Starman, and also serve as a means by which to commune with Bowie on the other side.

Saint Bowie will feature art by some of our very favorite artists including Sas and Colin Christian, Nyazhul Blanco and Lori Field, among many others, listed below.

Saint Bowie Art Exhibit

See you there!

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

El Gato Chimney’s De Rerum Natura at Stephen Romano Gallery

El Gato Chimney Signage
My Black Heart By El Gato Chimney (All Photos By Gail. Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

El Gato Chimney is a fantastic, Milan-based surrealist whose compelling work I doubt I would have come to know and love so well if it weren’t for the Stephen Romano Gallery, which has lovingly featured El Gato’s work in each of their eclectic group shows.

Lost in Thoughts
Lost in Thoughts

Currently, the Romano Gallery is hosting De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things), a show dedicated entirely to this young artist’s exciting work.

The artwork of De Rerum Natura is accompanied by a high quality catalog, which includes several intriguing and extremely insightful essays, one of which is by fellow surrealist Martin Wittfooth. By way of introduction to El Gato Chimney’s enigmatic images, I offer a brief but richly descriptive passage from Martin’s essay:

El Gato Chimney’s paintings are a kind of visual alchemy: a unique witch’s brew or shaman’s potion of mysticism, therianthropy (the mythological ability of human beings to metamorphose into animals by means of shapeshifting), mythological and religious symbolism, and visionary fractals.

Revelation
Revelation

These works echo the technique and compositions of the naturalist painter John James Audubon, while envisioning a psychedelic menagerie summoned on paper from the often-diabolical nether realms of Hieronymus Bosch. Crowned hydras, chimeras, masked birds and crucified crows inhabit a barren world, wherein sacred hearts, disembodied eyes, mysticist dice, skeleton keys and beehives float above or lie upon the landscape.

El Gato Chimney

El Gato Chimney’s imagination implores us to contemplate our collective symbolical archive, while simultaneously offering alternative allegories and personal readings of these devices.

Here are more pictures from the show!

The Charlatan
The Charlatan

The Right Proportion, Guide Me Home
The Right Proportion (Left), Guide Me Home (Right)

El Gato Chimney

El Gato and Fan Admire The Charlatan
At the Opening Reception: El Gato and Writer/Curator Pam Grossman Admire and Discuss The Charlatan

El Gato Chimney’s De Rerum Natura will be on Exhibit Through April 30th, 2015 at Stephen Romano Gallery, Located at 111 Front Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Please note that this will be the final snow at this location before Stephen Romano moves to its new, storefront Gallery space at 145 Plymouth Street in Brooklyn!

Speak the Truth
Show Catalog Featuring Cover Illustration of Speak the Truth

Rebirth
Rebirth

Cool Things I Saw at the Metro Curates Art Fair

Stephen Romano Gallery Overview
Stephen Romano Gallery Booth (All Photos By Gail)

For the moderately-sized art fair that it is, no one could accuse the Metro Curates show, which ran from January 21st to 25th at the Metropolitan Pavilion on West 18th Street, of a lack of diversity or ambition.

An annual event now in its fourth year, Metro Curates brought together a dynamic and cerebrally stimulating array of periods, genres and styles from folk art to antiques and collectibles to pop and outsider art from across the country. Socially, it was a great place to see and be seen, and to schmooze with your artist and collector pals, but it was also an excellent outlet to gain exposure to facets of the art world that may be outside of your comfort zone. At any rate, this Art fair was a lot of fun!

Here are some photos of our favorite cool pieces from the show!

Matthew Dutton Expecting
Matthew Dutton, Expecting at the Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn

Lilly Fenechel Untitled
Lilly Fenechel Untitled, at David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Robert Buratti The Death Card
Robert Buratti, The Death Card (Arcana)

Murano Slag Glass Circa 1970
Murano Slag Glass Circa 1970

Pair of 1920s Carousel Mirrors
Pair of 1920s Carousel Mirrors, American Garage, Los Angeles, CA

Metal Store Display Safety Pin
Metal Store Display: Safety Pin, Circa 1930s, American Garage, LA, CA

Howard Jones Pink Bulb
Howard Jones, Pink Bulb, American Primitive Gallery, NYC

Shoe Sculpture
Shoe Sculpture, American Primitive Gallery, NYC

Bill Rauhauser The Wild
Bill Rauhauser, The Wild, Hill Gallery, Birmingham, MI

Judicator Cap
Judicator Cap, Nigerian, Glass Beads, Douglas Dawson Gallery, Chicago

Dentzel Standing Carousel Horse
Dentzel Standing Carousel Horse, 1905, Gemini Antiques, Lebanon NJ

Robots By Jim Bauer
Robot Sculptures By Jim Bauer, Ames Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Jay Stanger Partially Contained Cabinet
Jay Stanger, Partially Contained Cabinet, Scott Jacobson Gallery, NYC

Holly Lane Faculty Group Portrait
Holly Lane, Faculty Group Portrait, Gilded Wood, Forum Gallery, NYC

Jane Lund Garden Dress
Jane Lund, Garden Dress, Forum Gallery, NYC

Sally Anderson Large Purple
Sally Anderson Large Purple, Fired Clay and Glaze, Tambaran Gallery, NYC

Donald Lipski Mascher #095
Donald Lipski, Mascher #095, Commercial Muffin Tin, Paraffin, Glass Sheep Eyes, Hill Gallery, Birmingham, MI

Untitled Meat Painting by W. Conway at Steven S Powers
W. Conway, Untitled Meat Painting, Steven S. Powers, Brooklyn

We are already looking forward to next year!