EXPOZIȚIA Mosie Romney: turnturnturnturn LA GALERIA NICODIM 



Galeria Nicodim își continuă programul curatorial al anului cu expoziția turnturnturnturn, un solo show semnat de artista de origine americană Mosie Romney. Vernisajul va avea loc sâmbătă, pe 5 noiembrie, de la ora 17:00, la Galeria Nicodim, în incinta Combinatului Fondului Plastic (Băiculești, 29).


„turnturnturnturn, cea de-a treia expoziție personală a lui Mosie Romney în colaborare cu galeria Nicodim și prima expoziție la București, prezintă zece picturi a căror universalitate se creează prin experimente și așteptări concentrate în efortul de formare a caracterelor și a lumii. Fiecare pictură se dedică relatării propriei povești, unde toate sunt celebrări și reflectări asupra afterfuture-ului. În interiorul picturilor stau motive-detaliu și un simbolism bogat ce trasează un fir roșu la nivel expozițional, deși totodată fiecare lucrare trăiește și construiește relația cu privitorul prin propria putere. Originalitatea lucrărilor prezentate devine cu atât mai evidentă prin lumile exuberante pe care le proiectează Romney folosind imagini, desene, succesiuni de gesturi emotive ce descriu locuri deopotrivă imaginate și reale. Capturi de film, scene fotografice de viață și capturi de ecran surprind momente în timp cristalizate în imaginație.”  – fragment extras și tradus


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turnturnturnturn, Mosie Romney’s third solo exhibition with Nicodim and their first in Bucharest, presents ten paintings unearthing timelessness through experimentations and expectation in worldbuilding and character formation. Each painting revels in the telling of its story as much as the meat of the story itself, they are celebrations and ruminations on the afterfuture: the art of storytelling even takes its name from the infamous Outkast song “Da Art of Storytellin’, Part 1.” While detailed motifs and rich symbolism appear in several paintings creating a throughline in the exhibition, each work commands its own stage. This originality is made all the more striking through the lavish worlds Romney builds by projecting images and drawings atop the canvas using a succession of emotive gestures to depict real and imagined locations. Movie stills, photographic scenes from life, and screenshots capture moments in time crystallized in their imagination.
Inspired by the profundity of metaphysical artists like Giorgio de Chirico, the mystery and freedom of nightlife, and the emotional response that colors elicit, Romney's latest exhibition manifests itself in a series of contrasting hues of burgundys, reds, oranges, blues, and various shades of black, leaving expansive room for interpretation. Works do not require an over-explanation to be understood, Romney offers viewers the autonomy to interpret the works for themselves. The paintings focus on quiet contemplation and grace as much as anger and struggle, moments of tranquility in eventless spaces that overhang the imminent highs and lows. Lions, symbolizing untamed ferocity, power, and strength appear in courtyard to the techno (2022), the art of storytelling (2022), and survival research laboratory (2022). to the belly of the beast (2022) features the monk bug—Romney’s newly developed character, a chamelonesque creature that blends with its surroundings—whose head is submerged in the gaping mouth of a golden lion.
The exhibition title draws its name from Nina’s Simone’s version of the song “Turn! Turn! Turn!,” originally composed by Pete Seeger and recorded in 1959. Similar to the music that inspires them, Romney is influenced by the experiences of everyday living. edge of desire (2022), the most opaque and muted painting in the show, depicts the monk bug in the foreground of the canvas with a person to the right wearing only underwear, while to the left, a martini glass stands on a side table by a bed. It feels at once peaceful and intimate, as though the viewer is a spectator to lovers engulfed in a private moment. The martini—served dirty—is a favorite of Romney’s and shows up again in Martini (2022), the monk bug this time with their back to the viewer, holds a martini glass elegantly in their left hand, in a state of grace, framed by an orange and yellow entryway facing a light fixture.
Survival research laboratory (2022), the largest and most vibrant work in the show, features two disco balls hanging low in front of a performance stage. The time and place are unknown but somehow feels familiar. The nostalgia is so palpable that even if you know you've never been in a room quite like it, you can imagine it with clarity. It is this ability to bring the viewer in for a closer look where Romney draws on their artistic strength of worldbuilding. In turnturnturnturn, Romney presents their most experimental paintings to date. — Folasade T. Ologundudu


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