Romaniello on ArtReview

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Posted by on 29 October 2009 at 3:00pm

Philadelphia-based object maker Vincent Romaniello’s work has a certain sense of masculinity in his use of found, assembled, materials. Documentation shots of a recent solo show at the aptly named Blue Collar gallery reveal a collaged array of utilitarian materials that could be found in any cluttered garage or shed the world over. An installed low-fi pine table, on which a variety of objects- a painted sponge, Romaniello’s transparent ‘timecapsules’ of branded packaging and cheap toys, including a blue digital print of Sylvester Stallone as Rocky, are anthropologically displayed, mapping the territory of the practical man in a methodical, and perhaps even nostalgic manner. Yet they have a delicate lightness to them that belie this sense. It is a lightness that can also be discerned in the series of abstractly deconstruction and wall-mounted insulation material.