MicroGallery; through Oct. 30.
this show, Philadelphia-based artist Vincent Romaniello takes small things that
we see each day, like potato chip bags and drinking straws, and makes outsized 3D replicas
3D replicasinspired by them. But pay just as much attention to the 2D works on
at the entrance of SpaceCamp, you see a pink slip the size of a body bag. It
reads "We regret to inform you that your position at this company has been
terminated. Blah. Blah. Blah." Suggested here is both the dehumanizing nature
of the corporate firing process and its outsized impact on a recipient's sense
blow-up painting, this time inspired by commercial art found on packaging
material, is painted with the logo "Sunny." You also see, in this acrylic on
paper work sheathed in clear plastic, wholesome portraits of a smiling mom with
her son holding a beach ball. (Romaniello's a damn-good portrait artist, by the
way.) But this happy beach scene is undercut by the plethora of extra symbols —
x's, o's, and triangles that suggest dire warnings.
might think with such oversized work on display, the tiny SpaceCamp space would
feel cramped. Not so. The venue allows you to see this work, which often
reflects the fraught (if not exactly rotten or gross) state of contemporary American
culture, up close in a super-intimate setting.