Village Drones, Vincent Romaniello
Village Drones, Vincent Romaniello
Village Drones, Vincent Romaniello
Village Drones, Vincent Romaniello

 

Village Drones

Vincent Romaniello

 

November – December, 2014

“Experimentation is key to my practice. New directions in my work come from observation of the world around me, both the macro and micro. Reading, research and the use of new materials and methods usually follow. I want my work to act as a trigger for questions and further thought.

This work is intended to raise questions about the media, public privacy, war and political polarization. At the same time, however, playful elements have been incorporated in the execution of some of the individual pieces.

The Village People represent different parts of the community as everyman and every woman participants. The policeman and the protester, the businessman and even pets. The windows of the cars and houses suggest transparent surfaces that we, and the woman in the shower, cannot hide behind. Other subjects open the scene up to various interpretations.

Since one gets only a thin surface of information through these barely three dimensional cardboard figures, the full story must be actively sought out by the viewers. Visitors activate and flesh out the drones and village people as they walk around them, and in our age of viral transmission of stories and events, they could opt to add their observations via shared links, tweets, status updates and the like. The notion of viewers’ contributions to both the media and the frenzy is incorporated by their presence, then made part of the exhibit.”

 

After working in San Francisco for 14 years for publications including The Bay Guardian and Metro Magazine, Vincent moved to New York City where he concentrated his studies on painting at the School of Visual Arts and the New York Academy. He has exhibited his artwork nationally and internationally including the Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy; Cultivate Vyner Street, London UK; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Roger Smith Gallery, New York, NY; Butters Gallery Ltd., Portland OR; Bentley Projects, Phoenix, AZ and the University of Wisconsin-Stout, WI.

From 2004 until the present Vincent has documented the work of over 50 artists and art groups on videotape and presented the work via the internet, in exhibition, screenings and on cable television.

In 2008, Sage Projects was founded by Vincent and in early 2009 the group opened a co-op gallery operated by it’s members. The space was a repurposed retail store that was on loan for an eight month period during which time over 250 under-recognized artists were given an opportunity

to exhibit their work.

Vincent has been the recipient of honors from Chashama NYC (residency), The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The State Museum of Harrisburg, The Wood Turning Center (2 residencies) Philadelphia, PA and others. His work is in private collections around the world as well as public and corporate collections that include: Coventry Corporation, Fort Washington, PA; The Park Hyatt at The Bellevue in Philadelphia, PA; Morgan Lewis, Philadelphia, PA.

 

 

Vincent Romaniello
vincentromaniello.com

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