EL Gato Chimney “Triptych” 2015 Watercolor on paper
“LEXICON INFERNALI” September 3 – October 15 2015 Opening reception Thursday September 3 2015 6 – 9 pm in association with the opening reception of RITHIKA MERCHANT “LUNA TABULATORUM”.
Inaugural exhibition in the new Bushwick location featuring the works of gallery artists and invited guest artists:
El Gato Chimney, Colin Christian, Jel Ena, A.W. Sommers, Barry William Hale, Lori Field, Loic Lucas, Cecilia Avendaño Bobillier, Andreas Cellarius, Caitlin McKormick, Shawn Thornton, David Molesky, Cendrine Rovini. Stephanie Lucas, Elizabeth Shupe, Gigi Chen, Nyahzul Bianco, Kalyana Thiru, Bree Jonson, Ray Robinson, Samuel D Gliner, Darcilio Lima, A. Fiorello, Heiko Müller, Charles Dellschau, William Mortensen, Brittany Markert, Erna Kd, Matthew Dutton, Romney De Hooghe, Jen Jones, Jacob Bohme, Rob Bowen, Masea Shimoichi, Joel Lorand, Kim Bo Yung, Tine Kindermann.
Stephen Romano Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of it’s new location in the Bushwick district of Brooklyn.
Bushwick is undoubtedly the fasted growing and most energized area for galleries in New York City. After deciding to relocate the gallery from it’s former location in DUMBO Brooklyn
, Stephen Romano Gallery temporarily paused it’s program to work on an extraordinary independent curatorial project with Morbid Anatomy Museum
as well as seek an environment conducive to serious discourse about challenging art.
Gallery Director Stephen Romano says ” It (Dumbo) seemed inundated by one amateur pop up show after another, to the point where i felt quality activity was being drowned out and people couldn’t tell the difference anymore. Out of respect for the artists’ integrity, while the gallery prospered and attracted a very impressive amount of media attention
, I wanted to re-contextualize the gallery’s program somewhere that put that integrity in the forefront. While Manhattan’s Lower East Side didn’t offer any opportunities that I felt could hold our programming, and Chelsea seemed to be undergoing an exodus, the obvious alternative to look at was Bushwick, so we, the gallery and the artists, decided to give it a chance. While we’ve had to scale down our physical presence, the decision came down to where was there a sense of excitement and discovery. We are all very energized by this move, we are in the eye of a hurricane of a cultural renaissance! “
Stephanie Lucas “Welcome” 2014
The inaugural exhibition “Lexicon Infernali” makes a subtle nod to the 17th century French book “The Infernal Dictionary
“, an illustrated catalogue of apparitions of the underworld. The exhibition functions in a similar manner, as an encyclopedic lexicon of artists whose works have a shamanic sensibility, whose art is highly personalized – as are the works of genuine outsider artists (Stephen Romano’s biography includes several years as manager of a prominent “Outsider Art Gallery” in Manhattan. Romano also produced with DAP a well received monograph on Charles A.A. Dellscha
u of which Tom Paterson wrote in Raw Vision magazine
“(Dellschau is) widely acknowledged as an outsider art master in the same league as Darger, Wolfli and Ramirez.”), vernacular photography, folk art, as well as works by several international contemporary artists who are producing some of the most challenging works today.
The way the gallery integrates these different art forms within a single exhibition, often giving attention to works who’s subjects are from the darker realms of the psyche and human experience, has brought the gallery accolades from the international art press community
. Stephen Romano gallery has hosted several high profile exhibitions, including “WILLIAM MORTENSEN: AMERICAN GROTESQUE
“, the most ambitious retrospective of the “Father of Pictorialism” and according to Ansel Adams “The Anti-Christ” of modern photography mounted in the past 25 years. As well, Stephen Romano Gallery commissioned and produced the exhibition “COLIN CHRISTIAN: TRYPOPHOBIA
” an exhibition which earned several accolades such as one of the top 10 exhibitions by Hi-Fructose magazine
. The gallery’s most recent exhibition was “EL GATO CHIMNEY “DE RERUM NATURA
“, which gave serious prominent international attention to the young artist’s first ever one person show in the USA . Also noteworthy was a six month long ever changing exhibition of historical, vernacular, outsider, and contemporary art called “IN MISSA INTERFECTIONIS
” which began a discourse of the artist as a medium or messenger of occult, shamanic or other worldly content. This theme continued with the exhibition “OPUS HYPNAGOGIA: Sacred Spaces of the Visionary and Vernacular
” curated by Stephen Romano at the Morbid Anatomy Museum
July 18 – October 18 2015. The exhibition was well received with reviews in Hi Fructose Magazine, Dirge, Widewalls, Brooklyn Magazine, Between Mirrors, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine and many others. Esteemed Los Angeles writer Decadence Darling wrote of this exhibition:
“This exhibition of artwork from artists such as Charles Dellschau and William Mortensen are works beyond the obscure and taboo. Those are words your physical senses uses to categorize the experience your conscious mind is not structured to understand. Each work is a step away from the perceived world into the perceived self–beyond the perceived self into the self. It is an exhibition curated to facilitate an inner-body experience while having an outer-body experience. It is a chance to observe your own death while still living and to understand that the word death is just your conscious mind trying to categorize an experience beyond what it is capable of experiencing.”
Stephen Romano Gallery
117 Gratten Street Suite 112(corner of Porter & Harrison)
Brooklyn, NY 11237