Exhibition: March 22nd – April 12th
A collection of new work by Nikki Romanello
OPENING RECEPTION — Thursday, March 22nd, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Exhibition will be on view until April 12.
Rivington Design House is pleased to present Anthybrids, a collection of work by artist Nikki Romanello featuring sculpture, installation, and avant-garde jewelry.
Romanello’s body of work is a cross-breed of mediums as well as practices. Her sculptures cultivate from a framework of calcium based remains, ranging from pig skulls thrown aside by head cheese manufacturers to bird bones ransacked from an abandoned science lab. By creating a glycerin cast of these remains, she aesthetically disfigures the skeletal structure of the original specimen. Physical embellishments of her own invention reconstruct these scattered parts into a monstrous hybrid, a vicious ode to the romantic nature of topographical anatomy.
Sculpted glycerin conveys a sleek, futuristic aesthetic in Romanello’s work. However, it is the delicate nature of this material that is essential. Overtime, the glycerin will decay and dissolve and the anthybrids will no longer exist. This aspect of her process is irresistibly poetic — the creatures are crystalline projections of lost evolutionary potential, a crypt of specimens the ecosystem never permitted to develop. We in turn consider our kinship with these skeletons — the grotesque nature of these organisms is an alluring taboo that reminds of our eventual extinction and our ecological limits.
Romanello was voted one of the top 50 finalists in 3rd Ward’s Summer Open Call of 2011. Her work has recently shown in the 69th regiment Armory Show, the Fountain Art Fair, the Pop-Up Museum of Observatory in Brooklyn, and Broadway Gallery in SoHo, among others.