I Only Summer in the Hamptons: The Kaplan Twins

(Montauk, NY, June 5 2018) – Roman Fine Art​ is pleased to announce, I Only Summer in the Hamptons, a selection of new work from LA-based multidisciplinary artists, The Kaplan Twins​, to be presented at the Montauk Beach House this July 4th weekend. Please join the gallery in welcoming the artist duo to Montauk Beach House, 55 S Elmwood Ave, Montauk, NY 11954​ on Friday, July 6th from 6PM-8PM.

Celebrated for their nude depictions of personalities like Kim Kardashian West, Emily Ratajkowski and Amber Rose, The Kaplan Twins’ latest paintings continue to utilize the quirky, ridiculous and engrossing culture of internet fame while exploring new modes of communication, and the resulting evolution of language and symbolism. Over the past two years, the internet / digital artists have caused quite a stir with their previous bodies of work dubbed “self-aware, ‘sexploitation’ art” by W magazine. However, the progressive artists are evolving into their next phase.

With, I Only Summer in the Hamptons, Roman Fine Art brings The Kaplan Twins’ unique sense of ironic, yet playful humor from LA to the East End, exploring a concept for the digital era. In this new series of oil paintings, The Kaplan Twins incorporate witty text, humorous ideograms, and “trendy” objects to pull from popular iconography. Allowing for commentary on “overheard” and “millennial culture”, compositions are driven by ubiquitous social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. Imagery of luxury goods, status icons and emoji eggplants are blown out of scale and paired with colloquialisms derived from sexting, “Swipe Left / Swipe Right” culture. The colorful pieces comment on our current need to keep our Instagram feeds more filtered, more exaggerated, more curated, and “better than yours”.

The Hamptons, being the Summer location for affluent East Coaster’s, and spiritual neighbor to communities such as Miami and Los Angeles, undeniably attracts the “trend-afflicted” to its perfect beaches, in their search for the “it” crowd. These millennials flock into the beach towns in droves, seeking out the latest and best of everything, and the twins new body of work plays perfectly to their target audience, with a hint of irony .

The Kaplan Twins are not as straightforward as they may initially appear. They encourage us to reconsider the nature of art using their brand of wit, humor, and a dissection of our evolving use of language. Equal parts performative, conceptual, digital, and fine artists The Kaplan Twins can be added to the cannon of emerging Millennial Artists fusing Page Six celebrity, Instagram influencer and wry humor into one. They cite Warhol’s quote “Everyone will be famous” and aim to explore the notion that everyone is looking at the same homogenized imagery for inspiration.

About the Artists: The Kaplan Twins’ (b. 1993, New Jersey) work explores the complexities of today’s celebrity culture and comments on it through the eyes of their millennial generation. Their goal is to create a conversation, while breaking through societal cliches and taboos, and looking at today’s media headlines through a different lens. Working as a duo, they attended NYU graduating in 2015, Allie with BFA in Fine art with a concentration in painting, Minor in Art History, Lexi with a BFA in Fine art with a concentration in painting. They have shown mainly in Los Angeles, most notably We Rise Gallery, De Re Gallery and the World of Wonder Storefront Gallery, they have also been included in several pop-up exhibitions, and performed a live piece at the Delano Hotel during Art Basel Miami Beach in 2017. They are included in numerous celebrity and private collections worldwide. Their work has been featured in Flaunt Magazine, W, Vice, The Times, Cools, Issue Magazine, Teen Vogue, Dujour Mag, Instyle, Playboy, High Snobiety, Elle China among others.

Art Market Summer Group Show

EXHIBITION: Art Market Summer Group
EXHIBITION DATES:
July 2 – July 30, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, July 13, 6-8pm.
LOCATION: 66 Park Place, East Hampton, NY 11937

Roman Fine Art is pleased to announce our new exhibit, Art Market Summer Group. Art Market Summer Group is an annual survey of New Contemporary Art featuring the most provocative new painters, sculptors and photographers working in their respective mediums. Art Market Summer Group opens Monday, July 2nd and the exhibit continues through Monday, July 30th. There will be a cocktail reception for the artists at Roman Fine Art Friday, July 13th, 6-8pm.

Art Market Summer Group 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 newly entering the gallery scene. As always, our Summer Group 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 Market Summer Group expands beyond the gallery walls and into Market Art & Design fair, celebrating its 8th year. This continued partnership with the premier Hamptons art fair allows Roman Fine Art to expand the scope and depth of its program. Market Art & Design opens Thursday, July 5th at 6pm at the Bridgehampton Historical Society in Bridgehampton, NY and continues through Sunday, July 8th.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

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.

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.

The Kaplan Twins Identical twin artists who work as a collaborative team. Celebrated for their nude depictions of personalities like Kim Kardashian West, Emily Ratajkowski and Amber Rose, The Kaplan Twins’ latest paintings continue to utilize the quirky, ridiculous and engrossing culture of internet fame while exploring new modes of communication, and the resulting evolution of language and symbolism.

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.

Dalton Portella is an interdisciplinary artist, musician and surfer. Portella cage dives with sharks in Montauk to capture his source photographs for his stunning watercolor paintings of the deadly creatures.

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.

Stephen Wilson is a conceptual artist whose background in fashion and home design honed his embroidery-digitizing mastery and creative expertise. In his fine arts practice, Stephen is deeply interested in the intersection of traditional craft and contemporary culture. His work reflects high fashion influences, traditional craft and quilting techniques, and a pop-culture aesthetic.

Market Art + Design 2018

Roman Fine Art is pleased to announce our participation in Market Art + Design 2018, now celebrating it’s 8th year.

The booth 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 newly entering the gallery scene. As always, we strive 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.

Market Art & Design opens Thursday, July 5th at 6 PM at the Bridgehampton Historical Society in Bridgehampton, NY and continues through Sunday, July 8th.
VIP Opening reception will take place on Thursday, July 5th from 6-10 PM.

Pastime/Time Passed: Lizzie Gill and Ciara Rafferty

(East Hampton, NY, April, 2018) – Roman Fine Art is pleased to announce Pastime/Time Passed, a selection of new work from Brooklyn-based artists, Lizzie Gill and Ciara Rafferty. Please join the artists for drinks and nibbles in the gallery on Saturday, May 26, 6pm – 8pm at 66 Park Place, East Hampton, NY.

Color-splashed retro imagery, glamorized nostalgia and leisure studies of bygone eras comprise Gill and Rafferty’s hyper-stylized representations of wholesome values and pleasures of “The Good Old Days”. Gone is the time of The Great American Road Trip, with its novelty of futuristic hotels and motels that brought families together with blithe poolside lounging and Atomic Age idols. Gill and Rafferty draw inspiration from the 1950s and 60s, a time that for many Americans represented hope, postwar prosperity and freedom. With imagery of the American dream portrayed through old fashioned values and Hollywood romance, Gill and Rafferty explore the richly nostalgic context of the people, places and icons of days long passed that now exist in a liminal space. These images of carefree summer fun and untroubled leisure occupy the dreams and desires of our modern sensibilities as the contemporary world flies by in hyper speed.

Gill’s work presents retro American figures and activities in undefined spaces and times, floating in ether, surrounded and interrupted by shapes and color. Magazine friendly bodies and faces are cut out of their time capsules and transposed into an undefined context that prompts an unexpected exploration of innocence in pastimes and times passed. Her paintings and collages put a face to this nostalgia, connecting past, present and future.

Rafferty indulges the spaces left behind by an evolving and increasingly preoccupied society, where innovative design and accessible indulgence have been cast away over time in favor of lavish international expense. These public spaces, particularly the hotels and motels of the 1950s and 60s in Palm Springs, Hollywood and Miami, were designed to evoke a hopeful future by the architects who designed them for the American tourists who visited them. A shadow of the picture-postcard, fun filled heydays that they once were, they awaken a desire to immerse oneself in the pleasure that they were created to give, but remain sad and often empty, stuck in time.

About The Artists:

Lizzie Gill (American, b. 1989, New York, NY) is a mixed media artist whose work explores themes of retro Americana in contemporary context. Through a variety of mediums she illustrates a time warp, composed of everyday life, human agency and “post feminist” contemporary society. Gill received a BS in Fine Art from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. She also studied art at the Studio Arts Centers International in Florence, Italy. Gill’s work has been featured in a number of gallery exhibitions and art fairs in New York, CA and in London, England. Her work has been published in The Washington Post, Allure, Wired and Glamour, Spain. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Ciara Rafferty (San Diego, California b. 1986) uses public architectural spaces to explore the psychology of perception, elevating a deceptively innocuous subject matter into something worthy of more thoughtful consideration. She received her BFA in Visual Arts and Art History from the University of San Diego in 2008 and her MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2016. Ciara has attended residencies at the Terra Foundation for American Art in Giverny, France and the Altos de Chavón School of Design in La Romana, Dominican Republic. Recent exhibitions have included WATER|BODIES, Southampton Arts Center, New York, Bombay Sapphire Gin’s: 10 Years, 10 Cocktails Retrospective Gallery, Agora Gallery, New York, Art Miami New York Pier 94, New York and Take Home A Nude at Sotheby’s, New York. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.    

Moniker Art Fair, NY

Now in its 9th year, Moniker Art Fair aims to spotlight emerging and established talent from a burgeoning and increasingly diverse contemporary art movement forged by its subversive and innovative spirit. Moniker Art Fair attracts some of the most talked about artists, galleries and collectors from the finer side of the street art movement and its related subcultures.

Moniker rallies against the familiar grind of the art fair season with a curated, experiential and immersive focus, creating unique settings for the display of artists and their work. With a proven track record of delivering a rich and varied programme, the fair has grown significantly since its inception both in terms of audience and relevance.

NEW YORK, USA FAIR | 3 – 6 MAY 2018


Dates & Times:

Thursday 3 May | VIP & Press Preview (Invite only):  3pm-5pm 
Private View | 5pm-10pm | $25

Friday 4 May |  12pm-10pm | $15 
Saturday 5 May |  12pm-8pm | $15
Sunday 6 May |  12pm-6pm | $15

Location:

The Greenpoint Terminal 
73 West St, Brooklyn, NY 11222, USA

Spring Group

Roman Fine Art is pleased to present our first annual Spring group exhibition.  This exhibit will feature painting, photography and mixed media works by ten contemporary artists working in a variety of media and genres.

This diverse exhibition includes many subgenres within Contemporary art including street art, figural, conceptual, abstract, 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 Ivan Alifan, Ray Caesar, Michele Dragonetti,  Michael Dweck, Lizzie Gill, Grant Haffner, Sarah Slappey, SWOON and Dean West, this year’s Spring group introduces our clientele to painter Jeff Muhs.

Scope New York 2018

Roman Fine Art is pleased to announce our participation in the 18th edition of SCOPE New York as it returns to its new Chelsea location at Metropolitan Pavilion. Featuring a critically-acclaimed exhibition design, SCOPE New York’s convenient and well-appointed venue will host 60 international galleries and a focused schedule of special events, performances and talks to complement its daily VIP program.

The first fair to run concurrent with The Armory Show, SCOPE New York’s spirit of innovation has consistently forged the way for emerging artists and galleries. Attuned to nuances in the market and itself an influential force in the cultural sphere, SCOPE continues to usher in a new vision of the contemporary art fair.

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         

Michele Dragonetti: Under the Surface

MICHELE DRAGONETTI: UNDER THE SURFACE AT ROMAN FINE ART
September 29 – October 29, 2017
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 7, 6 – 8pm

Roman Fine Art is pleased to announce our upcoming solo exhibition of photographs by Michele Dragonetti, titled Under the Surface. This exhibition of Dragonetti’s Boat Hull series marks her first solo exhibit at Roman Fine Art. The exhibit will open with a reception for the artist Saturday, October 7, 6-8pm.

Michele Dragonetti’s Boat Hull series began in the marinas of Montauk where she was drawn to boats in need of repair and refurbishing. In this series Dragonetti focuses her compositions on the triangular patterns of the hulls in a square format, allowing her to highlight the essential geometry of the images. The work emphasizes the contrast between the abstract patterns of the painted lines and colors of the hulls, and the interplay of textures. The boats photographed in this series take on the quality of beautiful abstract, sometimes minimalist paintings. Photos in this ongoing series transform often humble vessels into striking portraits, celebrating their imperfect appeal.

Since Dragonetti began this series locally in 2013, the series has expanded beyond its East End origins to include images taken in Connecticut, Florida, California, Vermont, Argentina, Cuba, London, Lisbon, Barcelona and the southern coast of Portugal. Dragonetti continues to travel and document boat hulls for this ongoing series, expanding upon an incredibly large and diverse collection of compositions and colors.

About Michele Dragonetti:

Michele Dragonetti lives and works in Amagansett, NY and New York City. In addition to numerous gallery shows, Dragonetti’s photographs have been exhibited at relevant International art fairs including Art New York, Market Art + Design and Aqua Art Miami. The East Hampton Marine Museum featured a solo exhibition of Dragonetti’s photographs this summer. Her recent work has been focused primarily on her Boat Hull series.

Tim Conlon: Between the Lines

TIM CONLON DEBUTS BETWEEN THE LINES AT ROMAN FINE ART

Roman Fine Art is pleased to present, Between the Lines, an exhibition of new paintings and train sculptures by Tim Conlon. This exhibit marks Conlon’s first solo show with Roman Fine Art.

Between the Lines showcases the latest work in Conlon’s ongoing Blank Canvas series, a collection of freight train paintings that combine typography, abstraction and trompe-l’oeil. Using spray paint as the medium, the paintings are scale studies that bring railroad logos, weathered metal and paint and the art of graffiti into close focus. Conlon has spent almost twenty-five years walking train lines and documenting the plethora of rail company cars that have since consolidated or given way to time and decay. With the advent of intermodal freight transport, the once prevalent boxcars inch closer to extinction as shipping containers take their place.

Between the Lines presents the findings of a rail archaeologist. This survey features snapshots of these shipping behemoths preserved on canvas, as well as a study of G scale model trains. The train paintings feature the clean lines of manufactured steel and the organic beauty of oxidation with an overlay of modern day graffiti. Conlon’s work involves many layers and color transitions in a mixed media fashion. About this style, Conlon says, “Certain pieces that I’ve created depend on acrylics for effect and detail, but I try to work within the parameters or ‘rules’ of a graffiti artist: your work must show your ability to produce strictly from a can of spray paint or marker. A writer’s ‘can control’ is the most important painting skill to learn, so it has been important to me to continue evolving this technique on to canvas.”

Conlon is straddling the world of urban art and the traditional gallery space to bridge ideas from work in the studio to pieces on the street. Conlon’s goal is to build on the traditional letterform techniques he has learned through spray painting while pushing the boundaries of art using the basic tools of graffiti to create themes that appeal to a wider audience.

About Tim Conlon:

Tim Conlon (b. 1974, Alexandria, Virginia) lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He is a painter best known for his large-scale paintings, murals, and sculptures. His photorealistic works often depict weathered freight trains adorned with graffiti. Conlon received national attention when he was featured in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s 2008 exhibition, RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture. In 2011, he was a featured artist and curated the G scale train exhibit in the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art’s, Art in The Streets survey of graffiti and street art. His Blank Canvas train paintings are in multiple collections including the Norfolk Southern Railway Corporation’s headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia. His work has been featured in museums and galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Montréal, Paris, Bordeaux and Berlin.