Stephen Romano Gallery is very pleased to announce it’s inaugural solo exhibition in it’s new Bushwick location of a one person exhibition of a new series by RITHIKA MERCHANT entitled “LUNA TABULATORUM”. The exhibition will open September 3 with a reception for the artist from 5 – 9 pm and run through October 15 2015. The exhibition will be accompanied by a full color catalog of works in the exhibition with an interview with the artist by Decadence Darling (who has written for Beautiful Bizarre Magazine) as well as texts by Randall Morris and Allison C. Meier.
Rithika Merchant was born in Bombay India in 1986, and studied at Hellenic International Studies In The Arts, Paros, Greece and received her BFA with honors from Parsons The New School For Design, New York, U.S.A. in 2008. Since that time Rithika has had solo exhibitions in Portugal, Mumbai, India, Barcelona, Spain, and most recently in Nuremberg, Germany. Her art has appeared in several group exhibitons as well, including The Armature Project in Grand Central Station, New York, Articule Gallery, Montréal, Madder Moon Gallery, Singapore, In Missa Interfectionis Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn, Metro Curates Art Fair at The Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, Summerhall, Edinburgh, Scotland, and Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn New York.
Rithika Merchant’s art has been published frequently including Hi-Fructose Magazine, Widewalls, The Times of India, Disinformation, The Economic Times, Juxtapoz Magazine, and many others. This is Rithika Merchant’s first solo exhibition in New York.
Of her works in the exhibition “LUNA TABULATORUM” Rithika Merchant says:
“For nearly all of the recorded history of mankind, the moon, the brightest object in the night sky, and the only celestial body with features visible to the naked eye – has captured the imagination and interest of people everywhere. There are countless odes to the moon in music, literature, art and religion. The moon had been linked to madness, transformation, femininity and the occult.
The moon was also thought to be the resting place of the gods, hence the moon’s earliest significance was sacred. The moon and the sun are the foundations on which many of the world’s ancient religions have been founded.
Islam follows a lunar calendar, In Kabbala Judaism the moon is the symbol of King David. In Hinduism, Shiva is symbolized by the moon. Many well known mythologies feature lunar deities as well, such as Greek goddesses Artemis and Selene and male gods such as Sin of Mesopotamia and Ibis of Thebes.
The monthly cycle of the moon has also been linked to the menstrual cycle by many cultures. There are links between the words for menstruation and moon in many languages. I see the moon as a meaningful universal object that links humanity by its importance, its presence and its significance. Being particularity interested in creating links between cultures the moon has been a very enlightening muse.”
— RITHIKA MERCHANT 2015
Stephen Romano Gallery
117 Gratten Street Suite 112(corner of Porter & Harrison)
Brooklyn, NY 11237