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UNDEAD: A Group Show curated by Johnny Romeo (November 1 – 30th, 2019)
November 12, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until November 30, 2019
An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Friday, repeating until November 30, 2019
An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Saturday, repeating until November 30, 2019
A Group Show curated by Johnny Romeo
Internationally acclaimed Australian Pop painter Johnny Romeo is proud to present his exciting new group show, UNDEAD. Romeo’s anticipated return to Williamsport, Pennsylvania comes off the back of two previous community initiatives, 2017’s ‘LA Residency (Local Access Residency)’ and 2018’s ‘Notes From the Underground’. Curated by Australia’s leading Pop artist and culture jammer, UNDEAD explores the notion of mortality and what it means to be remembered.
Working with Williamsport-based art gallery Arthaus Projects, Johnny Romeo has delivered a dynamic show that centres on the theme of ‘something, someone or somehow DEAD but not forgotten’. Romeo plays off the morbid connotations of the subject, opening the exhibition on November 1, the Day of the Dead, and using the title ‘Undead’ as a cheeky statement on defying death. Veering from the humorous and absurd to the sombre and contemplative, the group exhibition speaks to our experiences of death and memory in varied and insightful ways. Each of the works add fresh and unique perspectives to the mix, highlighting the creative freedoms brought by the artists involved in interpreting the theme and making sense of what it means to exist and be remembered once we have passed on.
UNDEAD features Romeo and an impressive roster of 14 established and emerging artists who have been selected to each contribute one 40x40cm (16×16”) painting. Each of the artists have been hand-picked by Romeo for their strong work ethic and unique creative voices.
A firm believer in cultivating and championing creative communities, Romeo has assembled a diverse array of artists spanning from Pennsylvania, across the United States and Australia. Romeo’s commitment to supporting creative arts education and providing opportunities for up-and-coming artists is notably reflected through the inclusion of four students from Lockhaven University who have been identified as promising talent and will exhibit alongside one of their university lecturers in UNDEAD.
Making art more accessible to the community is an issue close to Johnny Romeo’s heart, and something which is reflected in the ethos of UNDEAD. All of the artworks featured in the project are priced between $1 to $1000, giving local audiences a greater opportunity to purchase artworks and meaningfully engage with the art world. By opening up the wider public to art and creative practice, Romeo aims to highlight the value of grassroots community within the arts, and how art practitioners and audiences can work together to keep them alive.
UNDEAD is an inspiring group show curated by Australia’s King of Pop that brings together distinct artistic voices to explore the intersections between life and death, memory and loss, legacy and decay.
LIST OF THE ‘UNDEAD’ ARTISTS:
Daniel Berberich (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
John McKaig (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
Kurt Herrmann (Lock Haven, Pennsylvania)
Mark Loughney (Dunmore, Pennsylvania)
Danielle Sander (Lock Haven, Pennsylvania)
Priscilla Witte (Los Angeles, California)
Stephen D’Onofrio (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Gareth Maguire (Austin, Texas)
Matthew Hance (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Johnny Romeo (Sydney, Australia)
Paula Bair (Lock Haven University, Pennsylvania)
Danielle Angeline (Lock Haven University, Pennsylvania)
Roi Bliler (Lock Haven University, Pennsylvania)
Vance McCoy (Lock Haven University, Pennsylvania)
Abigail Atienza (Sydney, Australia)