Leah Schrager: Manifestations

Roman Fine Art is pleased to announce Manifestations, our upcoming solo exhibition of new works by artist Leah Schrager.  Schrager’s first solo exhibition at Roman Fine Art will feature new photographic works from her Reality Instagram Project.  The exhibit will open Friday, February 22nd and continue through Sunday, March 17th.
Manifestations is Leah Schrager’s first solo show since embarking on her Reality Instagram Project. Schrager explores the synthesis of digital and classical – traditionalism as rendered through cutting edge tech and contemporary IG culture. This project was instigated In October when Schrager received an offer for one million dollars from a mysterious producer (whom she calls Man Hands) to explore a “female-friendly” aesthetic and expanded art production methods. The story will be shared over the next year on her IG (instagram.com/leahschrager).

Schrager’s artistic practice currently focuses on an examination of the gaze, performance within the context of the internet and social media. She encourages her online viewers to participate, becoming part of the art whether aware or naive to the practice. Her recent show, Female Friendly, the first in her Reality Instagram Project, completely sold out at Scope Art Fair in Miami this December.  The piece receiving the most buzz, Face Girl vs. Ass Girl, is comprised of two of the artist’s Instagram posts, with comments blown up to large scale and inkjet printed on vinyl. The piece revealed the artist’s social experiments with her Instagram following. One of the images was posted on what she refers to as her “face page”, featuring her artwork and modeling photos– the other posted on her “ass page” featuring more provocative images. The former has a following of 32K followers, the latter has 2.7M, and the length of commentary displayed on the rolls of vinyl reflects differences in tone and engagement.
About Leah Schrager:
Schrager creates paintings, digital art, and online performance. She is the model, photographer, artist, and marketer of her images. Her visual works mix a painterly aesthetic with bodily forms and often draw their material from her online conceptual practice. Her works with @OnaArtist (Instagram 2.7m) and Sarah White (The Naked Therapist) explore themes of sexuality, representation, and distribution. Her practice is situated in a contemporary hotbed of female (in)appropriateness, arousal, celebrity, fandom, and commercialism.  Schrager seeks to explore female biography and labor in today’s global society.
Schrager has been compared by journalists to such seminal figures as Diane Fossey, Marina Abramovic, Marcel Duchamp, Laurel Nakadate, and Sigmund Freud. She and/or her work have been profiled in 1000′s of media outlets, including Art Forum, Monopol, The Huffington Post, Vice, Viceland, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CBS News, ABC News, The NY Daily News, and Playboy. She has exhibited at Castor Gallery, Untitled Space, Roman Fine Art, Johannes Vogt Gallery, ArtHelix Gallery, and the Museum of Visual Art in Leipzig.

Get With the Program 2017

Roman Fine Art is pleased to present Get with the Program 2017, the second edition of our annual holiday group exhibition.  This exhibit will feature painting, photography and mixed media works by nine contemporary artists working in a variety of media and genres.  The exhibit opens with a public reception for the artists Saturday, November 11, 6 – 8pm.

This diverse exhibition includes many subgenres within Contemporary art including street art, figural, conceptual, geometric abstraction, sociopolitical and landscape.  The eclectic nature of this group show is intended to reflect the diverse program regularly offered at Roman Fine Art.  In addition to offering works by Maya Hayuk, Elektra KB, Reisha Perlmutter, Leah Schrager, Sarah Slappey and SWOON, this year’s edition of Get with the Program introduces our clientele to three fresh, new faces; Christina Creutz, Lizzie Gill and Ciara Rafferty.

As always, Roman Fine Art is committed to bringing exciting, provocative and relevant new artistic voices to our clientele.  Our mission is to create an environment in the Hamptons dedicated to supporting the very best in New Contemporary Art.  Among the talented and internationally renowned artists to have exhibited in Roman Fine Art’s exhibitions are Ivan Alifan, Ray Caesar, Colin Christian, Michael Dweck, Ron English, EVOL, Shepard Fairey, Mark Jenkins, Steven Klein, Anthony Lister, RETNA, Swoon and Nicola Verlato.

Artists exhibited at Roman Fine Art range from future stars to established forces within the global art community.  Many have had their work exhibited in important museums and galleries including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, Deitch Projects and the Corcoran Gallery of Art just to name a few.  Profiles of these artists and their work have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Artnews, Juxtapoz, the New York Daily News, The Observer, High Fructose and many more relevant publications.

 

ARTISTS INCLUDED IN GET WITH THE PROGRAM 2017:

 

Christina Creutz, Lizzie Gill, Maya Hayuk, Elektra KB, Reisha Perlmutter, Ciara Rafferty, Leah Schrager, Sarah Slappey and SWOON         

Art on the Edge 2017

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Roman Fine Art is pleased to announce the return of Art on the EdgeArt on the Edge is an annual survey of New Contemporary Art featuring the most provocative new painters, sculptors and photographers working in their respective mediums today. Art on the Edge 2017 opens with a cocktail reception for the artists at Roman Fine Art Saturday, July 1st, 7-9pm. The exhibit continues through Sunday, July 23rd.

 

Celebrating its seventh year, Art on the Edge embodies Roman Fine Art’s mission to provide an environment in the Hamptons dedicated to recognizing and supporting New Contemporary Art by showcasing the cutting-edge talent increasingly pervading mainstream culture. As always, Art on the Edge strives to further advance the dialogue of New Contemporary art movements from around the country with a national roster of relevant new artists. Each year, the eclectic nature and quality of work featured in this special exhibition have made it the “must-see” summer event for savvy Hamptons contemporary art collectors.

 

As with last year’s edition, Art on the Edge expands beyond the gallery walls and into Market Art & Design, celebrating its 7th year as well. This continued partnership with the premier Hamptons art fair allows Roman Fine Art to expand the scope and depth of the Art on the Edge brand. Market Art & Design opens Thursday, July 6th at 6pm at the Bridgehampton Historical Society in Bridgehampton, NY and continues through Sunday, July 13th.

 

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: 

 

Ivan Alifan is a Russian-Canadian artist working in New York City. Alifan presents large scale oil paintings which aim to naturalize the modern gaze and decriminalizes sex in art, his ambiguous figurative paintings are revealed and transformed within the act of the individual view.

 

Ray Caesar is an English artist living and working in Toronto, Canada. Describing his work as “digital surreal”, Caesar merges elements of the decorative and architectural, Art Deco and Victorian visual codes. His portraits of childlike creatures portray elements of the grotesque, however are offset by their fairytale surroundings. His painterly haunting imagery is digitally created using 3D modelling software.

 

Tim Conlon an American artist lives and works between Los Angeles and Washington. Conlon is best known for large-scale murals, graffiti, particularly freight train graffiti. Conlon takes inspiration from the logos, typography, and color schemes of old freight trains.

 

Colin Christian is an English artist based in Florida. Christian takes inspiration from materials used for special effects makeup, creating larger-than-life fiberglass figures which are then coated with silicone to produce a “cartoon realism” finish. Christian finds inspiration in old sci-fi movies, anime, and ambient electronic music.

 

Michael Dweck is a photographer from Long Island, New York. Known for his photographs of the body situated in the local environments of the Hamptons area, his is an American version of the Arcadian vision. Blending nostalgia, fantasy, and documentation the photographs present a compelling portrait of a place in time and a way of life at once fading and being reinvented with each new season.

 

Maya Hayuk is a painter and muralist based in Brooklyn New York. Her symmetrical compositions, intricate patterns, and lush colors recall views and documentation of outer space, traditional Ukrainian crafts, airbrushed manicures, and mandalas. Engaging a mix of referents from popular culture and advanced painting practices she is constantly in pursuit of psychedelic experience in visual form.

 

Jessica Lichtenstein is a New York based artist using the female body as a mechanism to explore deeper themes of power, female representation, fetishism and objectification. Fascinated by the mass-production and fetishization of hyper-sexualized Japanese figurines, Lichtenstein’s first series manipulated the presentation and context of mass-produced anime dolls in order to imbue them with new associations and richer meaning.

 

Justin Mays an American designer and animator based in Los Angeles, who mixes digital collages and glitch art to create visually explosive and colorful compositions. His work is often described as with psychedelic pop.

 

Reisha Perlmutter is a Brooklyn-based painter interested in how water and light blur the separation between body and nature in her imagery. Drawn to the organic nature of oil paint, Perlmutter explores the way it bleeds, glows, moves, and transforms over time.

 

POSE is a Brooklyn-based artist using graffiti and oil on canvas, blending illustration, lettering and comic book aesthetics to explore the range of human emotion, presented in color compositions.

 

Leah Schrager is an artist based in New York, interested in digital personas, representations of the female body and the male gaze. Known for her exploration of “selfie” culture Schrager, explores ownership, and body positivity.

 

Sarah Slappey is a painter based in New York. Slappey explores Southern Gothic aesthetic, an amalgamation of Bible Belt superstition, ghost stories, swamp lore and mysticism. Her paintings explore pleasure and pain as experienced through evolving narratives, haunted places, seductive color, and dark humor.

 

SWOON is a mixed-media artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Originally known for her graffiti and activist work, she specializes in life-size wheat-paste prints and paper cutouts of human figures.

 

Dean West is an Australian Photographer who lives in New York. His complex imagery blends several ideas seamlessly into one image, often leaving the viewer with an unsettling feeling. He is best known for his intricate and highly staged photographs that take everyday occurrences beyond the realm of natural reality.

 

Zevs is a French street artist, best known for his trademark “liquidation” technique, where the artist takes popular logos and iconography and “dissolves” them, commenting on their omnipresence and yet instability of their existence in today’s world