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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Artist, Ghada Amer

Egyptian artist Ghada Amer.

Above, Anne, 2004, acrylic, embroidery and gel medium on canvas, 66 x 79 inches, by Ghada Amer.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Artist, R. L. Croft

Floorwork, wallwork, drawings and what the artist calls impromptu, are all part of R. L. Croft's colorful, fragmented world.

Above, Speak by R. L. Croft.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Phillips' Mill Photographic Exhibition

The 16th Annual Phillips' Mill Photographic Exhibition is coming up and runs from June 1 through June 22nd. I have visited there before and besides the beautiful setting of the mill and Bucks County in general, they really have great receptions.

Above, Mike and Pike, by photographer Todd Trice.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Blank Canvas?

I saw a surprising item in the WHYY newsletter. Here is how it reads.

"Coming in May on Y Arts: WHYY explores the Philadelphia region's diverse arts and culture community in On Canvas, a new weekly series premiering Wednesday, May 28 at 9 p.m. on Y Arts — WHYY's 24/7 digital Arts & Culture TV channel. Watch it on Comcast Digital Cable Channel 241; Verizon FiOS Channel 874; and over the air on Channel 12.2 on digital TVs."

This could be great but I suspect the use of the word "Canvas" in the title of this series. I doubt there will be many, if any painters. So far WHYY has not been much of an alternative to the local broadcast media when it comes to the visual arts. I don't know of any artists that have been contacted for interviews or studio visits yet. I hope I am wrong and that this turns out to be a truly diverse, inclusive series, with the visual arts and the artists themselves front and center as the title suggests.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Who influenced who?

In a recent post on artist/filmmaker Julian Schnabel I wrote how his work had been a positive influence on me. Well, after seeing one of the scenes from his great new film, The Butterfly and the Diving Bell, I think I may have influenced him. The short abstract scene of insects superimposed on flowers looks so much like the opening to a video I made on artist Nic Coviello, that I was shocked. Of course it is probably a coincidence, but the similarities are very strong. Mr. Schnabel or someone on the crew may have done the same thing I did, to get old stock footage of insects that are in the public domain and layer it over the image of flowers. Or maybe this is a cliche film thing like - it is always possible to park directly outside the building you are visiting. More film clichés. I don't think of film cliches as a bad thing though. I actually like them, and think of them as a sly inside joke when I see them.

The video on Nic Coviello with my version of the scene (flower photo by Nic Coviello shown above). You need Quicktime to play this version. I highly recommend seeing The Butterfly and the Diving Bell, which is now available at Netflix.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Relics, Myths and Yarn

You still have until April 18th to see "Relics, Myths and Yarn" at the The Schuylkill Center. It's a beautiful place to see an exhibition and to wander around the grounds. The Center For Emerging Visual Artists (CEVA) artist Darla Jackson, John Karpinski, Matthew Neff , Tara O'Brien and Serena Perrone are presenting their work.

Above, Goal Orientation 1, by John Karpinski.

A review in the Inquirer by Edith Newhall.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Lost Photos of Diane Arbus

First Person Arts will be taking a trip to see the 28 newly-discovered Diane Arbus photographs from Hubert's Dime Museum and Flea Circus at Phillips de Pury Auction house in NYC, and you can join them! Tickets and more information are are available at Brown Paper Tickets. It is coming up on Saturday, April 5th, so there is no time to waste.

Above, Photo by Diane Arbus. Not one of the lost group.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Painters Plenty

I really like what Chris Ashley at "Look, See" has been doing on his blog lately. He is paying homage to other artists in two ways. First, by introducing us to painters that we might not find otherwise, usually because they live on other continents. Second, is that he is capturing the essence of other artists style in his own pared down html drawings. He then gives us titles that hint at who the artist is, i.e. Untitled (after DW).

So, following a good example I am posting the work of Sergej Jensen, an artist from Denmark.

Above, Purposless Explosion, 2006, Fabric and tempera on canvas, 29.5 x 21.675 in. by Sergej Jensen. Image from White Cube, London

Monday, March 17, 2008

You are invited to Gallery Night

My current show, DEEP, at the Philadelphia Art Alliance Satellite Gallery will be part of Gallery Night on April 18. I will be there and I hope you can come by.

A number of art spots in Center City will be open late and will have refreshments on hand. Sign up for City Paper's after-party party to be held at Vango from 8:30-10:30 pm.

Above, The Philadelphia Etchings: Janet Towbin at the Print Center

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Julian Schnabel, artist and filmmaker

They say one true sign of a great artist is that they influence other artists. Even though my work shows no obvious signs of that, I would have to say Mr. Schnabel has been a great influence, for both his painting and film work. A number of the artists that I have taped over the past 4 years have mentioned his name as well.

Here are links to a couple of video interviews with Julian Schnabel from Charlie Rose. This one focuses primarily on the movie "Butterfly and the Diving Bell." And this very short piece from the "green room" with some good advice for artists, and everyone for that matter.

Above, Amor Misericordioso, Installation View, 2006. McClain Gallery.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Thank you fellow artists

Approximately six weeks into my show at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, I would like to thank all of the artists who have posted reviews, videos and mentions. So far, Robin Rice at City Paper is the only media outlet that has mentioned the show, other than a listing, but then there is still time.

There are numerous reasons why it is important to get feedback on a show, the most obvious being that more people might be compelled to go experience the exhibition for themselves. But more importantly, artists generally work alone and have little contact or feedback from the outside world while making the art. So to receive reviews by art critics and other artists on an individual work, or the way a show is presented in a particular space, and the best thing of all, words that bring new insight to the work, can be of great value. Visual art is made to communicate and it is better when the communication is back and forth and not a monologue.

The following are links from those who have in some way mentioned the show so far.

Steven Alexander

Chris Ashley

Vittorio Colazzi (essay, pdf)

Lynne Dunham

Pam Farrell

Ann Tracy Lopez

Tim McFarlane

Douglas Witmer

Monday, March 10, 2008

Time for a music video break

From the Youtube info. "'Heima' (icelandic for "at home" or "homeland"), truly, shows sigur rós as never before. whereas seeing the group live is normally a large-scale and sometimes overwhelming experience, making full use of lights and mesmeric visuals, 'heima' was always intended to reveal more of what was actually going on on stage. it does this via long-held close-ups and a rare intimate proximity, without ever once breaking the spell."

'Heima' was directed by Dean Deblois.

I suggest watching this one fullscreen with headphones on.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Vincent Romaniello, video

In Part One of Transforming Materials into Meaning, I demonstrate how I make my the work. I have taken techniques originally developed for fresco painting and put a contemporary spin on it. For instance, I don't use intonaco but instead apply a mixture of acrylic ground along with my own combination of ingredients. In the near future I plan on adding additional footage about the meaning and inspiration behind the work.

Quicktime version (higher quality)
YouTube version

Artwork, video and music by Vincent Romaniello. Above an outtake from the video which shows a detail of a painting from the side.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Barnes Class Visits DEEP

A group of students from the Art Now class visited my exhibition DEEP at the Philadelphia Art Alliance Satellite Gallery. I shared the secrets of how the work is made using actual tools and materials along with a series of short videos that I will be releasing soon and posting here on this site.

This class, the brainchild of instructor John Gatti, is being offered by the Barnes Foundation. After the group left my show they were given the treat of tours at a number of other venues including the Gijs Bakker and Jewelry show across the street at the Art Alliance main building. Then they were off to the to the Print Center, Fleisher Ollman and the Schmidt Dean gallery, all within easy walking distance of each other in Center City, Philadelphia. Every week they will explore different galleries, museums and artist's studio around the area as well as have guest lecturers at The Barnes. You can always map out your own tour, or better yet, sign up for Art Now.

Above, a class member checking out the texture, with permission of course, of one of the works in DEEP.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Artist, John Tallman

John Tallman makes textural works from various materials in both 2 and 3 dimensions.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Leap Year at the Sketch Club

The Philadelphia Sketch Club will be celebrating the Leap Year by inviting you to meet, party and discuss art with fellow artists on Friday, February 29 from 5-8:30 pm. The event is free and refreshments will be served. Click here to download all the details. Artists, check out the juried exhibition opportunities.

The Fiber in Art

The Wood Turning Center has an interesting spin on fiber art as part of a citywide celebration for all things fiber. “7 Visions: Wood as Fiber” will be opening on First Friday in March and features the work of Dorothy Gill Barnes, Michael Brolly, Markku Kosonen (work shown above), Dona Look, Bill Luce, Debra Sachs, and Jack Slentz.

There is an International Fiber Symposium being presented by the University of the Arts that addresses "issues about the state of contemporary Fiber, Textiles and material studies, and interrogate, debate and consider the place of Fiber and Textiles as an expressive force at this time." Other exhibitions and events are happening throughout the month of March and beyond.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Painter, Jackie Saccoccio

I have run across the work of Jackie Saccoccio a few times while surfing around, and her paintings never fail to stop me in my tracks. More of her work can be seen at Eleven Rivington in New York.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Winter is Heating Up

A number of artists that have graced this vlog with their art are having exhibitions this winter. No snow, lots of shows.

Chris Ashley, *Tim McFarlane and *Douglas Witmer
Considerable, University of Dayton, OH, curated by Jeffrey Cortland Jones, Mar 3–Apr 4, 2008

*David Foss and Michelle Marcuse
Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition: Choice Abstractions, Mainline Art Center, Haverford, PA, Feb. 15–Mar 18, Reception, Friday, Mar 7, 6–9 pm

*Tremain Smith: Doorways, Walls, and Floorplans, Lawrence Gallery, Rosemont College, Rosemont PA, Feb 4-Feb 28

*Amy Stevens, Natural Selection, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD, Feb 19-Mar 29, Reception, Feb 29, 7pm

*Kathryn Pannepacker, Stitch: Contemporary Fiber Art. 614 S. Ninth Street, Philadelphia. Reception, Feb 23, 1:30-7 pm

Scroll down for more shows. Write in and let me know if I missed you.
*see sidebar for movies on these artists

Above, Untitled, 2008, acrylic on paper, 20 x 20" by Tim McFarlane

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Painter, Steven Alexander

I originally met Steven Alexander thanks to the internet. We were both having shows in Texas and through email talked about possibly attending each others receptions. When he saw I was having a solo show locally he came down to see it. Steven is an excellent painter as you can see from the image above. Hopefully we will get a chance to see his work here in the Philadelphia area. He also is quite a writer and also teaches. He reviews the current Mark Bradford show at Sikkema Jenkins and Schnabel's new movie.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Opening Reception

I just wanted to thank everyone who came to my opening reception of DEEP last night at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. For those of you who missed this reception there will be a similar event coming up as part of Gallery Night on Friday, April 18, 5-8:30 pm.

The Satellite Gallery is not your typical white cube. And unlike most shows people commented about the space and how the paintings were intergrated into it. Some people thought I made the work specifically for the space. Others said they really liked how each painting had a separate space. The lighting is low and rakes across the surfaces which creates a mood that is deep (only kidding). When I first visited the gallery I thought of it as an art chapel. The idea of art as object and how architecture and art were once integrated is touched on in Vittorio Colaizzi's essay.

The exhibition will be up through May 18. Here are the details. Also on view at the first and second floor galleries across the street at 251 South 18th Street is Gijs Bakker and Jewelry.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Jim Lee at Gershman Y

Jim Lee: Constructed Paintings
Gershman Y at UARTS
February 18 - March 19
Opening reception, 5-8 pm Friday, February 8
401 S Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147

more work from Jim Lee
more from Rob Matthew's site.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

"In the Beginning" at UPENN

The University of Pennsylvania Graduate Humanities Forum is presenting the exhibition “In the Beginning: Exploring Origins in Contemporary Art” which is centered around the theme of Origins. The show runs from February 4-29, with a the closing reception to be held on Friday, February 29, from 5-7.

Above, a painting by one of the artist in the show. Fables of the Reconstruction, 36 x 73 inches, encaustic on panel, 2007, by Pamela Farrell.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

AIA with AIP

Art In America's February issue includes two artists and a writer from Philadelphia. It isn't unusual for AIA to review artists from outside New York City's borders, but although I haven't kept count, I think there have been a couple more with Philadelphia artists over the past year. Anne Fabbri is a Philadelphia art scene treasure, not only as a writer, but as a curator and art advocate. I also think it is great that Philadelphia is being represented in the art press by artists like Zoe Strauss and Daniel Heyman, (see the sidebar for his movies), who both create serious work for serious times.

Above, Untitled 2000-05, digital slide projection by Zoe Strauss.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Plamen Veltchev: Works on Paper

I was at the DaVinci Art Alliance the other night and saw an impressive show titled Plamen Veltchev: Works on Paper. It closes soon so try and catch it this week.

January 6 - 27, 2008
Saturday and Sunday, noon - 5 pm
Da Vinci Art Alliance
704 Catharine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
tel 215-829-0466

Sunday, January 13, 2008

DEEP, a solo exhibition

"Paintings were objects long before they were pictures, in the sense that sculpture and architecture are objects. All three arts were integrated in their materialization of the otherworldly. Art was a form of worship. As a child, Romaniello was put in a state of quiet reverence by an exhibition of Medieval polychrome sculpture. With his Furrows series, he has similarly created objects that are not objects, objects that by insisting upon their proportions, dimensions, rhythms, and color, transport the viewer to a here and now that, bereft of definitive iconography, is inexhaustibly mysterious." –Vittorio Colaizzi

Paintings by Vincent Romaniello
A solo exhibition featuring works from the new "Furrows" series.

Philadelphia Art Alliance
Satellite Gallery
February 7 - May 18, 2008
Rittenhouse Hotel, 3rd Floor
210 West Rittenhouse Square (map)
Philadelphia, PA

Opening reception 5:30 to 7:30pm
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Free admission. Valet parking available.

Download the press release.
Preview images from the show.
Download Catalog with essay by Vittorio Colaizzi (excerpt above).

Above, Untitled 764, 12x24 inches, concrete, charcoal and gesso on canvas, 2007

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Sign Up for "Art Now" at the Barnes

From the Barnes website on ART NOW
"Discover how art addresses and responds to cultural, social, political, and ideological issues. This seminar will promote intellectual exploration, scholarship, and creativity through discussions about issues from the contemporary world of art and the study of art history. Students will have the opportunity to meet with artists, art dealers, scholars, and other visual arts professionals, and the class will include visits to regional exhibitions, cultural institutions, and artists' studios."

Gallery directors from Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Pentimenti and Barnes Foundation director, Derek Gillman and Fallon and Rosof of artblog to mention just a few. I will be discussing my work with the class at the Philadelphia Art Alliance during the run of my show DEEP. There will be more names added so stay tuned.

Barnes Foundation
Mondays, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Instructor: John B. Gatti, MFA
Tuition is due January 21, 2008

Above, Anthony DeMelas (see movies on sidebar) from Pentimenti Gallery. Aramango Exit, 2003, encaustic, photograph on panel, 6" x 15"

Friday, January 04, 2008

Into Intuition: Towards a Redefinition

I am pleased to announce that I will be part of a group of artists exhibiting at Salisbury University Gallery, the details can be found on their site. We visited there yesterday and it is a beautiful space.

Above, an installation photo from James Fuhrman's exhibition at the Berman Museum of Art in 1992. Other artists in the show are, David Foss, Michelle Marcuse, Antonio Puri, and myself, Vincent Romaniello. The exhibit is curated by Alexandra Nemerov. You may recognize that this is the same group of artists that had a previous traveling exhibition entitled "Inner Circles".

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Artist, Lisa Sigal

Artist, Lisa Sigal at Frederieke Taylor Gallery, NY. An interview from Heyoka Magazine.

Above, Architectural Shadows.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Painter, Kelly McRaven

I saw a really strong show by Ms. McRaven in the summer of 2006 at the Peng Gallery in Philadelphia.

Above, Palm Beach Interior, oil on canvas, 132 x 81”

Sunday, December 23, 2007

New Work

In this piece I am using sand, stone and soil that I collected from my father's garden in South Jersey. This is a little different conceptually, to connect the material used in a painting to a specific place, and one full of meaning. Having a garden is a tradition in my family that goes back to my grandfathers here in America and before that in Italy. Father's Garden 2, 12x24 inches, mixed mediums on canvas, 2007. Click here for a detail of the side of the canvas.