Ended: Sunday, 5/24/2015
Damien A Roman Fine Art and One Art Space are pleased to announce the opening of Fantastic Planet, an exhibition of recent work by Gentleman's Game, a collaboration between artists Brandon Friend and Jason Douglas Griffin.
Fantastic Planet will open Thursday, May 14 with a reception for the artists at One Art Space located at 23 Warren St. in TriBeCa.
Inspired by 1973's influential, French, sci-fi classic of the same title, Fantastic Planet explores many of the same conflicts and weighty allegorical themes at the heart of 36 x 54 inches René Laloux's groundbreaking animated film. A turbulent, drowned and unforgiving world, perhaps centuries into our own dystopian future, is inhabited by Godlike giants, bizarre creatures from the depths and the scattered remnants of humanity.
In this striking and brutal world imagined by Gentleman's Game, mankind struggles to hold on to the last vestiges of terrain, both manmade and natural. Man's tenacious survival instinct and ingenuity give rise to incredible, towering cities built upon the skeletons of long decaying oil rigs and the very few mountaintops able to break the surface of the great, never-ending ocean. The constant struggle for resources and land lead to a proliferation of fantastical modes of transport. Alchemists, utilizing technologies and magics both old and new, create vessels to fill the sea and air, allowing their clans to fight and maybe survive as new Gods watch over their subjects with cool disregard. Among the chaos and despair, the artists still manage to create images of hope. Glimmers of this world's fragile beauty can be spotted amongst the relentless turmoil.
Friend and Griffin, collectively working as Gentleman's Game since 2011, have explored the themes of mythology, technology, history and mortality viewed through the murky waters of the Atlantic, the vast ocean that covers nearly the entire surface of their Fantastic Planet. This seminal exhibition of the young, New York artists collaborative work boasts the most complete selection of paintings from their Atlantic storyline displayed to date. In this show, Gentleman's Game will debut a new collection of previously unexhibited works titled Landlords, their latest addition to this epic saga.
Their partnership is considered unique, but it is their signature technique for bridging the gap between the digital and the handmade that is unlike any other. Both artists work together to create works by combining mixed media in a process that employs various methodologies rooted in painting, printmaking, collage, drawing and image transfer. Images, textures and handmade marks are often scanned, printed and then transferred to the canvas or paper surface using a fixative. The transfer process is facilitated through the application and removal of numerous layers of paper medium allowing different effects begin to develop and variations are created within the moment. Though technology is integral to their process, it is ultimately the artist's hand that is responsible for the final creative decisions.
Brandon Friend was born in 1980 in Queens, New York, Jason Douglas Griffin was born in 1981 in the DC Metro area. Both were enrolled in the Department of Art Honors Program at the University of Maryland College Park when they first met in 2001. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Friend returned to Queens to complete his MFA at CUNY Queens College, Griffin moved to New York City to pursue his art career.
Friend and Griffin later reconnected in New York in 2008 and began sharing the same studio space in Long Island City that they continue to use today. Their first joint effort was for an exhibition at Lambert Fine Art located in New York's Lower East Side, in 2011. The exhibit tiled, Identity crisis, provided the impetus to create work as a pair, propelling the artists to create an entire wall of collaborations. The name Gentleman's Game came from a painting that the two created depicting two figures engaged a game of a chess, which served as a metaphor for their creative process.
Gentleman's Game has hundreds of works in private collections around the US and their work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and art fairs including Scope Basel, Texas Contemporary, Project Gallery, LA, Vered Gallery, East Hampton, Scope NY and Fountain Art Fair in New York and Chicago. This is Gentleman's Game's first solo exhibition with Damien A Roman Fine Art and their first collaboration with One Art Space.
Damien Roman is an Art Consultant, Curator and Project Coordinator specializing in Contemporary and Modern Art exhibitions and sales for over 18 years. He is based in New York City and East Hampton, NY. One Art Space, founded by owner Dan Giella in 2011, collaborates with curators, performers and artists from around the world to create a diverse and exciting program of visual and performing arts projects. Fantastic Planet is the first of a series of planned exhibitions partnering Roman and One Art Space.
Ended: Sunday, 3/8/2015
CELEBRATING 15 YEARS IN NEW YORK
15 years ago, SCOPE Art Show mounted its first edition and changed the landscape of the contemporary art fair industry. The first fair to run concurrent with The Armory Show, SCOPE’s spirit of innovation has consistently forged the way for emerging artists, galleries and art fairs. Attuned to nuances in the market and itself an influential force in the cultural sphere, SCOPE is again poised to usher in a new vision of the contemporary art fair.
Ended: Sunday, 9/7/2014
Damien A Roman Fine Art debuts at this year's edition of Texas Contemporary with a group exhibition featuring artists Ray Caesar, Colin Christian, Tim Conlon, Eric Fischl, Gentleman's Game, Wolf Kahn, Elektra KB, Swoon and Dean West.
Ended: Wednesday, 9/10/2014
Damien A Roman Fine Art and Vered Gallery are pleased to present Cosplay, an exhibition of new works by renown sculptor Colin Christian. This eagerly awaited exhibit will be the artist's first solo show in the US in three years. Cosplay, short for "costume play" is the inspiration for Christian's newest series of work. In Cosplay, Christian enthusiastically tackles the monumental task of reimagining some of the most iconic characters from film, literature and pop culture. While Christian is best known for his fantastical Pop Surrealist sculptures based upon his own original designs, his Cosplay series allows him to re-envision our most recognized heroes and villains for today, "as we see them now".
The growing subculture of Cosplay is a type of performance art in which participants wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character or idea that is usually identified with a identifiable name. The truly unique approach to this series of new works has Christian playing dress up with friends, actresses and internet superstars, turning them into sexy and often outrageous multimedia sculptures. Lana Del Rey becomes Nabokov's Lolita, Calamity Amelie is Bat Girl and Natalie Portman portrays a vile "droog" from A Clockwork Orange, just to name a few.
Besides the obvious appeal of rediscovering his favorite iconic characters, Christian has quite an ambitious concept at play here. At a time when there is such uncertainty and distrust in everything from our government to our financial and religious institutions, Christian believes that people are looking for real heroes. "Right now, everyday people are choosing to become those heroes, if only in appearance." While it's not new for people to play dress up to emulate their favorite characters, the current Cosplay movement has taken this "hobby" to a new level. There is an international convention circuit, populated by tens of thousands of ordinary people, that dress up regularly as their most beloved fictional personas. Christian takes this fantasy role-playing craze and skews it through his artistic lens to quite literally turn real people into larger than life Icons, depicting our inner selves on an epic scale, both the good and the bad.
For Christian, each immaculately handcrafted sculpture requires weeks to months of labor intensive, messy and often noxious work. Though he primarily works in fiberglass and silicone, Christian is constantly expanding his mastery of media to solve particularly tricky aesthetic and engineering problems. Works in the Cosplay series incorporate motorized LEDs, automotive trim, chrome detailing and even hat felt imported from London. For over a decade, Christian's boundless imagination and eye for detail have made him one of the most sought after Pop Surrealist sculptors in the worlds of art and design.
Born in London, Colin Christian currently lives and works in Florida. His works are included in numerous corporate and private collections around the world. Christian's sculptures have also been featured in dozens of international art fairs and museums and are included in the permanent collections of the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, The International Museum of Art & Science and The New York Museum of Sex.
Ended: Monday, 8/4/2014
Damien A Roman Fine Art and Vered Gallery are pleased to present Art on the Edge 2014. Art on the Edge, the only exhibition of its kind in the Hamptons, is an annual survey of New Contemporary Art featuring the most provocative new painters, sculptors and photographers working in their respective mediums today.
Celebrating its fifth year, Art on the Edge continues its mission to provide an environment in the Hamptons dedicated to recognizing and supporting New Contemporary Art, while showcasing the cutting edge talent increasingly pervading mainstream culture. As always, Art on the Edge strives to further advance the dialogue of New Contemporary art movements from around the world with an international roster of relevant new artists. Each year, the eclectic nature and quality of work featured in this special exhibition have made it the “must-see” summer event for savvy Hamptons art collectors.
As with last year's edition, Art on the Edge expands beyond Vered Gallery's walls and into artMRKT Hamptons. This continued partnership with the premier Hamptons art fair allows Roman and Vered to expand the scope and depth of the Art on the Edge brand. artMRKT Hamptons opens Thursday, July 10th at 7pm at the Bridgehampton Historical Society in Bridgehampton, NY and continues through Sunday, July 13th.
Ended: Monday, 4/7/2014
Vered Gallery is pleased to present #NSFW: BODIES, a group exhibition featuring figural works by both renown Modern Masters and Contemporary artists, established as well as emerging. NSFW, the internet acronym for "Not Safe For Work" playfully eludes to Vered's Contemporary spin on traditional nudes and portraiture, subject matter commonly not considered appropriate for public viewing. Included in this exhibition are paintings, photographs and sculptures by Milton Avery, Willem de Kooning, David Hockney, Steven Klein, Eric Fischl, Larry Rivers, Man Ray, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ray Caesar, Colin Christian, Michael Dweck, William King, Adam Handler, Adam Miller, Ashley Maxwell, Taylor Pilote, Peter Buchman and Jessica Lichtenstein among others.
Highlights in this exhibition include Larry Rivers' lyrical triumph, Ochre Dance, an homage to Matisse's seminal masterpiece La Danse. Case Study #13 image no. 01, a stunning photographic portrait of actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as a modern family in crisis, by celebrated Fashion Photographer Steven Klein. And, Untitled 1969 (woman in high heels), a unique painted armature for an unrealized sculpture by Willem de Kooning.
The unique perspective of this exhibition allows for the viewer to observe art of the nude and portraiture through the eyes of some of today's most exciting new talents alongside works of the Modern era from which it was inspired. One can see clearly see the evolution of the nude through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries both aesthetically and conceptually, as one moves from Man Ray's portraits of Kiki de Montparnesse (1928), to Bert Stern's iconic portraits of Marilyn Monroe (1962), and from David Hockney's cubist, photo collage rendition of actress Theresa Russell (1983) and finally onto Jessica Lichtenstein's frolicking, computer generated lovelies. The viewer will witness dramatic shifts in how New Contemporary Art movements relate to the subjective concept of physical beauty and understand how today's radical new ideas were informed by Modernism while at the same time trying to reject it's tradition, just as Modernism was by Classicism of the nineteenth century.
Also on display will be work from Marilyn Minter, Hunt Slonem, Hans Hofmann, Tim Conlon and many more.
Ended: Tuesday, 1/14/2014
Collector's Choice is an annual group exhibition of Vered Gallery artists selected by Vered Gallery's clientele. This special exhibition includes contemporary works by Ron Agam, Ray Caesar, Tim Conlon, Adam Handler, Wolf Kahn, Steven Klein, Adam Miller, Nathan Sawaya and Dean West.
Ended: Monday, 8/5/2013
Art on the Edge 2013, the only exhibition of its kind in the Hamptons, is an annual survey of New Contemporary Art featuring the most provocative new painters, sculptors and photographers working in their respective mediums today. Each year, the eclectic nature and quality of work featured in this special exhibition have made it the “must-see” summer event for savvy Hamptons art collectors.
Now in its fourth year, Art on the Edge continues Vered's mission to provide an environment in the Hamptons dedicated to recognizing and supporting New Contemporary Art while showcasing the cutting edge talent increasingly pervading mainstream culture. As always, Art on the Edge further advances the dialogue of New Contemporary art movements from around the world with an international roster of relevant new artists.
This year, Art on the Edge expands beyond Vered Gallery's walls and into artMRKT Hamptons. This new partnership with the premier Hamptons Contemporary art fair will allow Vered to expand the scope and depth of the Art on the Edge brand. Art on the Edge at artMRKT Hamptons opens Thursday, July 11th at 7pm and continues through Sunday, July14th.
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS INCLUDED IN ART ON THE EDGE 2013:
Ron Agam Peter Buchman Ray Caesar Colin Christian Tim Conlon Giacomo Costa
Grant Haffner Adam Handler IC-98 Elektra KB Jessica Lichtenstein Adam Miller
Roger Reutimann Brian Richer Dan Sabau Nathan Sawaya Dean West
Ended: Monday, 6/17/2013
PEEP SHOW, Jessica Lichtenstein's
first solo exhibition in the Hamptons
opens Memorial Day Weekend.
Lichtenstein, known for her anime
inspired, doll filled tableaux and the
wildly imaginative worlds she creates
with her "Word Sculptures", opens
Peep Show with a reception at the
gallery, Saturday, May 25th 9-11pm
The exhibition will run through Monday,
Ended: Monday, 12/3/2012
Vered Gallery opens its new exhibition Needful Things with a Collector's Preview Thursday, October 4th at 5pm. This annual fall group exhibition features new works by Colin Christian, Grant Haffner, Ray Caesar, Adam Handler and Ron Agam as well as special selections by Yayoi Kusama, Will Cotton and Robert Mapplethorpe.