El Gato Chimney Untitled 2014
Stephen Romano Gallery has been on such a roll. I so appreciate how Romano's curatorial eye is eclectic and strata-agnostic, pulling from all different regions, scenes, media, price points, and career points in order to tell the most interesting imagery story he can. It's an unusual method for a gallerist, and one that's sympatico with my own. Plus, he happens to be a highly exuberant and sanguine human - another rarity in the art world.
His next group show, "Abundantia Cornu Copiae" opens tonight, and it is an exploratory celebration of abundance and cornucopian concepts. It also features work by such greats as Lori Field, Martin Wittfooth, and Jacob Böhme:
"Abundantia Cornu Copiae"
December 4 - January 15 2015
Opens December 4, 6 - 9 pm
Stephen Romano Gallery is pleased to present "Abundantia Cornu Copiae"
The exhibiton is a horn of plenty in itself, celebrating the enrichment that is brought to us through culture.
"The cornucopia (from Latin cornu copiae) or horn of plenty is a symbol of abundance and nourishment, commonly a large horn-shaped container overflowing with food.
Mythology offers multiple explanations of the origin of the cornucopia. One of the best-known involves the birth and nurturance of the infant Zeus, who had to be hidden from his devouring father Cronus. In a cave on Mount Ida on the island of Crete, baby Zeus was cared for and protected by a number of divine attendants, including the goat Amalthea ("Nourishing Goddess"), who fed him with her milk. The suckling future king of the gods had unusual abilities and strength, and in playing with his nursemaid accidentally broke off one of her horns, which then had the divine power to provide unending nourishment, as the foster mother had to the God.
The cornucopia became the attribute of several Greek and Roman deities, particularly those associated with the harvest, prosperity, or spiritual abundance, such as personifications of Earth (Gaia or Terra); the child Plutus, god of riches and son of the grain goddess Demeter; the nymph Maia; and Fortuna, the goddess of luck, who had the power to grant prosperity. In Roman Imperial cult, abstract Roman deities who fostered peace (pax Romana) and prosperity were also depicted with a cornucopia, including Abundantia, "Abundance" personified, and Annona, goddess of the grain supply to the city of Rome.Pluto, the classical ruler of the underworld in the mystery religions, was a giver of agricultural, mineral and spiritual wealth, and in art often holds a cornucopia to distinguish him from the gloomier Hades, who holds a drinking horn instead."
Featuring works by:
Shawn Thornton, Cecilia Avendaño, El Gato Chimney, Sas Christian, Aunia Kahn, Lori Field, Judith Scott, Erna Kd, Darcilio Lima, Joseph McVetty, C.T. McClusky, Hannah Faith Yata, Pulu Zhao, Teiji Hayama, Adam Miller, Charles Dellschau, Rithika Merchant, Jacob Böhme, Michael Anderson, Ray Robinson, Kalyana Thiru, Martin Ramirez, Joel Lorand, Dan Barry, Morton Bartlett, Tine Kindermann, Robert Bowen, Masae Shimoichi, Gigi Chen, Eric Richardson, William A. Blayney, Jana Brike, Steven Bradshaw, Martin Wittfooth.
Stephen Romano Gallery
111 Front Street Suite 208, Brooklyn NY 11201
Gallery hours wed - sat 12 - 6 or by appointment
Sounds tasty indeed! Looking forward to this one.