Nadja Verena Marcin

Franklin Furnace Grant

From the press release
Nadja Verena Marcin’s OPHELIA will be an architectural performance both presented live and as video sculpture evoking questions of anthropocentric attitudes and actions that are resulting in human destruction of the biosphere. The artist will be reenacting Ophelia’s final moments inside a saltwater water tank—wearing an Ophelia-like dress, and a transparent breathing mask, the artist will appear dreamlike but deprived, attempting to quote text from Daniil Kharms’ The Werld about human subjective perception. The final video-sculpture, an aquarium-like transparent sarcophagus, with video screens on its longer sides, will display footage of the live performance. The iconic artwork and text that have inspired and will inform this performance includes Ophelia (Millais, 1852) and Three Ball Total Equilibrium Tank (Koons, 1985) and text from The Werld (Kharms, 1939).The image of Ophelia inside an advanced, constructed reality, kept alive through a mask and encircled by technology, will be a metaphor for the Anthropocene: “The human imprint on the planet has now become so large that it rivals some of the great forces of nature.”

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"Activist Artists Today" at The Galerie St. Etienne, January 18, 2017. Left to right: Dread Scott, commentator Amei Wallach, Mel Chin and Sue Coe. click on photo to enlarge

Commentator Amei Wallach (left), and artist Mel Chin

Work from current exhibition "You Say You Want a Revolution American Artists and the Communist Party" through February 11, 2017

George Grosz, A Little Child Shall Lead Them Circa 1935. Ink with later watercolor additions on cream laid paper. 18x23 in (45.7x58.4 cm).

Artist Sue Coe, above. Below, her work, Healthcare Not Warfare, 1991. Graphite, gouache and ink on white Strathmore Bristol board. 29x23 1/8 in (73.9 x 58.8 cm). Illustration for The Nation.

Artist and activist Dread Scott

Louis LozowickStrike Scene, 1934. Lithograph on heavy cream wove paper. 11x 9 in (27.9 x 22.9 cm). From an edition of 10 impressions. Flint 121.
William Gropper, The Debater 1949. Oil on canvas board. 10x8 in (25.4 x 20.3 cm).

Philip Evergood, Renunciation 1946. Oil on canvas. 50x 36 in (127 x 91.4 cm). Private collection.

Taking questions from the audience above and below.
Above, left to right: Dread Scott, Amei Wallach, Mel Chin and Sue Coe

You Say You Want a Revolution
American Artists and the Communist Party
October 18, 2016 through February 11, 2017

Activist Artists Today
January 18, 2017
Artists Dread Scott, Mel Chin and Sue Coe, commentator Amei Wallach

The Galerie St. Etienne
24 West 57th Street
New York, NY
Tuesday-Saturday, 11am–5pm

all photographs by Vincent Romaniello
See you in 2017 

Thank you to all of the artists, galleries and institutions who have shown their appreciation for the photographs of your work and posts on ROMANBLOG II and social media, all meant to help get the word out about your projects. I appreciate your support for those efforts and for my personal work by way of attending my shows and participation here.

Happy holidays and best to you in 2017.


October 27th to November 6

Curated by Sebastien Pesot
Participating artists: Michael David, Martha Wilson, Paul D'Agostino, Mina Pam Dick, Andrew Hussey, Todd Bienvenu, Claudia Eve Beauchesne, Richard Garet, Aaron Cometbus, Sébastien Pesot, Mandy Lyn Ford, Philippe Nassif, Rafael Fuchs, Sylvain Bouthillette, Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf, Jacinthe Loranger, Annie Baillargeon, Jacob Wren, Anouk Pennel, David Clerson, Mathieu Valade, Julie Andrée T. and Ted Riederer

The Invisible Dog Art Center
51 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Top, "Malcolm McLaren_1995” by Rafael Fuchs
Archival inkjet print 20x24”
Edition : 3/15
Above, "David Johansen (Buster Poindexter)" 1998 by Rafael Fuchs
Archival inkjet print 20x24”
Edition : 3/15
I'm very glad to be included in this exhibition. Please come by and see the work!

Henry Bermudez

"Influenced by Latin American and African mythology and folk art, in this exhibit Henry Bermudez creates wall-sized cut paper collages combined with giant cut-out photos featuring Kelicia Pitts, a fine art model and local curator. The installation also represents the latest art collaboration of Ms. Pitts’ ongoing The Kandy Project, in which she acts as the primary model/subject for a visual artist’s body of work."

The University Ricardo Palma’s Visual Art Gallery
Lima, Peru

MagicCarpet ManCave performing in front of Jon Manteau's "Kirby" painting. Musicians left to right: Jon Manteau, Daniel Bacon, Jeff Nicolai and Jason Lawn.
left to right: Raphael Fenton-SpaidMichelle MarcuseHeather Raquel Phillips (banners),  David Foss, Rob Solomon, Don Kaiser, Michelle Marcuse. and Jon Manteau

Jon Manteau, Vincent Romaniello, David Foss
Henry Bermudez, Nic Coviello, David Foss

Above and below, Heather Raquel Phillips 

Visitors viewing Nic Coviello's work

Rob Solomon's "Range" canvas, pigment, plaster, paper, 48x30 inches (diptych) 2016

Michelle Marcuse, Heather Raquel Phillips (banner), David Foss, Rob Solomon and Heather Raquel Phillips
Raphael Fenton-Spaid


Reception: 6-9pm, Friday, October 7
Through October 30, 2016
Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sundays 11am-6pm

Conceptual Punk-a-Rock-a-Billy-Blues ensemble MagicCarpet ManCave will be performing both original compositions and covers during the opening

The Sage Reunion Tour brings together 10 of the original members, each showing how their work has evolved since their Philadelphia project space closed in 2009. A variety of media are included: painting, sculpture, photography, performance, banners and video

ALL NEW WORK by David Foss, Don Kaiser, Heather Rachel Phillips, Henry Bermudez, Jon Manteau, Michelle Marcuse, Nic Coviello, Raphael Fenton-Spaid, Robert Solomon and Vincent Romaniello

BLAM Projects Brooklyn
56 Bogart Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
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George Negroponte
Gravel Road

Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 19, 6-8pm
Through November 30

Anita Rogers Gallery
77 Mercer Street #2N
New York, New York 10012

Above: Gravel Road, 2016, Enamel and latex on cardboard, 18.5x7 inches

Tim McFarlane

Reception: Tuesday, September 6, 5-7pm
On view from September 6-24

University of the Arts
Gallery 817, 8th floor, Anderson Hall
333 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

Brett Walker & Antonio Puri

Cocktails & Opening Reception
Friday, September 9th, 5-9pm

Church Street Gallery
12 South Church Street
West Chester, PA 19382