"Opus Hynogagia" and "Lexicon Infernali" in Brooklyn
The exhibitions are designed meticulously with unconventional juxtapositions and hanging methods that maintain the artist's integrity in the forefront. Romano includes contemporary works together with historical art and photography alongside occult objects, grimoire books, voodoo altars, and magical objects. This perfect storm of suggestively related objects is sure to stimulate visitors to slip into a hypnotized dreamlike state of consciousness.
Stephen Romano Gallery has curated a pair of exciting and unusual exhibitions currently on view through mid October. Opus Hypnagogia opened July 18 at the Morbid Anatomy Museum and Lexicon Infernali at Stephen Romano Gallery’s new space in Bushwick opens this Thursday, September 3rd.
Romano reflects, “it’s a hybrid of artifacts from different cultures and aesthetics and artists who tap into that.” Many of the contemporary artists that Romano exhibits have a tendency to grab and reinterpret images from a variety of traditions and time periods. The exhibition strives for continuity in its hybridization of art forms and how they work together. Each exhibited work offers a different frame of reference as you place it against other objects, unlocking sensibilities and suggesting relationships. All works gain something from the new context. For example, the historical works become more vibrant when associated with contemporary work. The whole room of objects begins to speak to one another and a convergence occurs. Romano acknowledges that the exhibition is esoteric and appeals to our darker curiosities and feels a sense of affirmation when he sees gallery visitors deeply engaged.
One exceptional component to the exhibition at the Morbid Anatomy Museum is a rarely-seen collection of manipulated photographic prints by William Mortensen, called “Pictorial Compendium of Witchcraft,” for which Romano produced a book. Included in the exhibition are contemporary artists frequently mentioned in Juxtapoz, including Martin Wittfooth, El Gato Chimney, Caitlin McCormack, Brittany Markert, Kris Kuksi, and David Molesky. The Bushwick location also inaugurates its space with a solo exhibition of Spanish artist, Rithika Merchant.
During its run, the exhibition shifts and changes as Romano strives to optimize the synergistic relationships of individual works from different cultures. The results is very representative of the whole range of Romano’s interests and direction. The variety of objects appeals to people’s sense of searching and expectations to see something different.
July 18 - October 18, 2015
Opus Hypnogagia @ Morbid Anatomy Museum
424 Third Ave. (@7th Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11215
September 3 - October 15, 2015
Lexicon Infernali @ Stephan Romano Gallery
117 Grattan St. #112 (corner of Porter and Harrison)
Brooklyn, NY 11237