3 AM: Under the Full Moon: Work by Christopher Romer (October 15-November 15, 2009)

3AM: Under the Full Moon
Work by Christopher Romer

(October 17-November 15, 2009)

Artist Talk and Tea this Sunday, November 15th 3-6pm

Join us for a fun casual chat with Christopher Romer this Sunday on the last day of his exhibit.
While your at it, enjoy some tea, treats, and good company!

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Christopher Romer’s new exhibit, 3AM: Under the Full Moon, includes an entirely fresh collection of pieces.  Representing a California debut for the artist, the show consists of a series of works—each one an autonomous piece—that read as a kind of landscape or strange world when grouped together.

The new collection also plays on the total volume notion: objects are suspended from the ceiling, attached to the walls, and placed on the floor, as if the viewer were floating through an aquarium or staring into a tidal pool.  Bill Van Siclen of the Providence Journal recently hailed Romer’s skill as a craftsman and finesse as an artist when he wrote: “Romer manages to cross a number of hotly contested art-world boundaries — between art and craft, painting and sculpture, abstraction and realism — without breaking a sweat.”  And Romer does not let up here: one of the two floor pieces, titled “The Woods are Full of Them,” resembles a very large hobbyhorse or confidence decoy, which has been rolled in on wheels. The viewer is at once met with a California redwood burl, married to a number of painted, turned masses of New England beechwood.  The burl’s once rough and jagged edges—the inheritance from a logger’s cuts years ago—have been smoothed over and filled in, added to and subtracted from.

There is no specific hint of narrative in this piece, but somehow we read a landscape in it—or more precisely a pondscape with lily buds springing from the tuber root and its surrounding, swirling ecosystem.  From one vantage point, this is indeed a pondscape.  Yet taking a few steps back, we now tell ourselves it could be some nameless corporal form—the bulk and flesh of it suggesting an arresting, dozing farm animal.

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