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Gabriele Romeo

 CoV2019 SERIES | VISUAL RESEARCH

...quarantine...

Gabriele Romeo, critico d'arte, art historian, art critic, venice, venezia, Italia, arte contemporanea, curatore, art curator

The window on the courtyard, Venice. ©️Gabriele Romeo

People go to the supermarket and once they leave they lose protective gloves on the streets of Venice. The only evidence of the passage of the inhabitants who are not seen in Venice. photography © Gabriele Romeo

Gabriele Romeo, critico d'arte, art historian, art critic, venice, venezia, Italia, arte contemporanea, curatore, art curator

The Venice Biennale for this edition dedicated to the Architecture section has been restricted to postpone the opening dates to the end of August. The logo of the winged lion of San Marco symbol of the historic institution is revisited and becomes an emblem of that culture, those museums, those institutions closed and forced to stay at home. ©️Gabriele Romeo

Gabriele Romeo, critico d'arte, art historian, art critic, venice, venezia, Italia, arte contemporanea, curatore, art curator

author: Gabriele Romeo©️ title: La Biennale technique: handmade embroidery, cotton and wool on canvas. 15 x 15 cm Venice, March 13, 2020.

Flowers grow in the garden, spring has blossomed © Gabriele Romeo

Gabriele Romeo, critico d'arte, art historian, art critic, venice, venezia, Italia, arte contemporanea, curatore, art curator

The four-leaf clover that I dedicated to all those Italians, women and men, who with their efforts are helping to defeat the Coronavirus Covid-2019. author: Gabriele Romeo©️ title: Four-leaf for the life technique: hand embroidery on canvas, cotton 15 x 15 cm Venice, March 13, 2020

Gabriele Romeo, critico d'arte, art historian, art critic, venice, venezia, Italia, arte contemporanea, curatore, art curator

“The wings of heaven towards Ruskin's nature.” Venice, April, 2020 ©️Gabriele Romeo

Gabriele Romeo, critico d'arte, art historian, art critic, venice, venezia, Italia, arte contemporanea, curatore, art curator

Reflecting on the great artist Haring, this Saturday I made this particular canvas thinking of the Coronavirus phenomenon. We hope that Italy and the whole world can recover soon. author: Gabriele Romeo©️ title: We keep the safety distance technique: hand embroidery on canvas, cotton 28 x 35 cm Venice, March 7, 2020

Gabriele Romeo, critico d'arte, art historian, art critic, venice, venezia, Italia, arte contemporanea, curatore, art curator

For this work I took inspiration from Francisco Goya's engraving work "Capricho No. 39: Hasta su abuelo (even his grandfather), part of the Caprichos series published on February 6, 1799. An anthropomorphic figure that becomes zoomorphic, the book that holds the donkey in his hand represents not seeing in not listening to rules. I chose to put up signs with obligations: wash my hands and the red cross (to symbolize hospitals). Below is a quote from a verse by the famous Dante Alighieri: "You were not made to live like brutes, but to follow virtues and knowledge". author: Gabriele Romeo©️ title: Wash your hands technique: hand embroidery on canvas, cotton 28 x 35 cm Venice, March 10, 2020

“Sundial of our time.“ ©️ Gabriele Romeo

Gabriele Romeo, critico d'arte, art historian, art critic, venice, venezia, Italia, arte contemporanea, curatore, art curator

“We think of the accumulation of time, as a container in which to choose the seconds we want to remember, the moments we want to remove. But it is impossible to subtract the snapshots of all those images, as they mark the movements of our future”. author: Gabriele Romeo©️ From the nCov2019 series, performed during the Quarantine. hand embroidery Venice, Italy, March-April, 2020. author: Gabriele Romeo

Venice during the quarantine period, April 3, 2020. photography © Gabriele Romeo

“The tireless heroes who work on the streets.” Venice, April, 2020 ©️Gabriele Romeo

Gabriele Romeo, critico d'arte, art historian, art critic, venice, venezia, Italia, arte contemporanea, curatore, art curator

"Patience is one of the most important virtues in humanity to be able to understand the complexities of nature and the world". ©️ Gabriele Romeo

"Knowing the principle of closeness, that of suffering, that of love, help us to preserve the experiences of contact by preserving them from the dark moments, and keeping them alive in those emotions that emerge in the multiple languages generated by a silent rhythmic creativity". author: Gabriele Romeo©️ title: Contact nCov2019 technique: handmade embroidery, cotton and wool on canvas. 35 x 28 cm Venice, March 29, 2020

"Footprints of love in humanity". Graffiti on Venetian wall in Cannaregio. photography ©️Gabriele Romeo

“The oxygen of Venice.“ ©️ Gabriele Romeo

Gabriele Romeo, critico d'arte, art historian, art critic, venice, venezia, Italia, arte contemporanea, curatore, art curator

“work in progress....” ©️ Gabriele Romeo

author: Gabriele Romeo©️ title: Dante mask technique: handmade embroidery, cotton and wool. 42 x13 cm Venice, April 6, 2020.

“Pikko” author: Gabriele Romeo title: Dante mask technique: handmade embroidery, cotton and wool. 42 x13 cm Venice, April 6, 2020.

Gabriele Romeo, critico d'arte, art historian, art critic, venice, venezia, Italia, arte contemporanea, curatore, art curator

“It makes a great impression to observe from the windows still chessboards laid on the tables. Unmoving pawns waiting to return to life, empty chairs that will fill up with many competitors”. Venice, April 4, 2020. photography © Gabriele Romeo

Votive kiosk, devotional supplications to the Virgin Mary to defeat the epidemic. Venice, April, 2020. ©️Gabriele Romeo

“On the return of the supermarket. Solitude!” Venice, April, 2020 ©️Gabriele Romeo

"Postal correspondence, letters that don't stop between Venetian bridges". Venice, Ponte dei Tre Archi, April 2020. ©️Gabriele Romeo

“Vegetalmorphism”. Venice, April 2020. ©️ Gabriele Romeo

“Ponte degli Scalzi”. Venice, April 2020. ©️ Gabriele Romeo

Gabriele Romeo, critico d'arte, art historian, art critic, venice, venezia, Italia, arte contemporanea, curatore, art curator

author: Gabriele Romeo ©️ title: CRY Covid19 (work in progress) technique: hand embroidery with cotton on canvas 28 x 35 cm Venice, April 18, 2020.

author: Gabriele Romeo ©️ title: CRY Covid19 technique: hand embroidery with cotton on canvas 28 x 35 cm Venice, April 18, 2020.

Gabriele Romeo, critico d'arte, art historian, art critic, venice, venezia, Italia, arte contemporanea, curatore, art curator

author: Gabriele Romeo ©️ title: CRY Covid19 (work in progress) technique: hand embroidery with cotton on canvas 28 x 35 cm Venice, April 18, 2020.

“St. Lucia, Railway Station, I”. ©️Gabriele Romeo Venice, April 2020.

“St. Lucia, Railway Station, II”. ©️Gabriele Romeo Venice, April 2020.

“Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari”. ©️Gabriele Romeo Venice, May 2020.

Gabriele Romeo, critico d'arte, art historian, art critic, venice, venezia, Italia, arte contemporanea, curatore, art curator

About the great figure of Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo (1871-1949). ©️Gabriele Romeo

Gabriele Romeo, critico d'arte, art historian, art critic, venice, venezia, Italia, arte contemporanea, curatore, art curator

author: Gabriele Romeo©️ title: Fortuny Venice (work in progress) technique: hand embroidery with cotton on canvas 28 x 35 cm Venice, May 17, 2020.

Gabriele Romeo, critico d'arte, art historian, art critic, venice, venezia, Italia, arte contemporanea, curatore, art curator

“La vera da pozzo, antistante Palazzo Fortuny in Campo San Beneto”. author: Gabriele Romeo title: Fortuny Venice technique: hand embroidery with cotton on canvas 28 x 35 cm Venice, May 17, 2020.

“Campo San Bartolomeo”. ©️Gabriele Romeo Venice, May 2020.

“St. Mark’s Square”. ©️Gabriele Romeo Venice, May 2020.

“Palazzo Ducale”. ©️Gabriele Romeo Venice, May 2020.

“Riva degli Schiavoni”. ©️Gabriele Romeo Venice, May 2020.

“Prospetto laterale della Basilica di San Marco”. ©️Gabriele Romeo Venice, May 2020.

William Morris and the social role of the applied arts. ©️Gabriele Romeo Venice, May 2020.

“Ponte dei Sospiri”. ©️Gabriele Romeo Venice, May 2020.

“St. Mark’s Square”. ©️Gabriele Romeo Venice, May 2020.

Banksy's nurse Super Woman technique: cloth puppet, linen, cotton, canvas, foam rubber, synthetic fabrics. 45 x 30 x 6 cm Venice, May 10, 2020 author: Gabriele Romeo Banksy's nurse Super Woman technique: cloth puppet, linen, cotton, canvas, foam rubber, synthetic fabrics. 45 x 30 x 6 cm Venice, May 10, 2020 author: Gabriele Romeo©️

“L’isola di San Giorgio vista da Riva degli Schiavoni”. ©️Gabriele Romeo Venice, May 2020.

My critical reflection on Banksy's latest work "Game Changer" for Southampton General Hospital in England. ©️Gabriele Romeo

“Ponte dei Tre Archi”. Banksy's nurse Super Woman technique: cloth puppet, linen, cotton, canvas, foam rubber, synthetic fabrics. 45 x 30 x 6 cm Venice, May 10, 2020 author: Gabriele Romeo©️

Gabriele Romeo, critico d'arte, art historian, art critic, venice, venezia, Italia, arte contemporanea, curatore, art curator

Banksy's nurse Super Woman technique: cloth puppet, linen, cotton, canvas, foam rubber, synthetic fabrics. 45 x 30 x 6 cm Venice, May 10, 2020 author: Gabriele Romeo©️

Gabriele Romeo, critico d'arte, art historian, art critic, venice, venezia, Italia, arte contemporanea, curatore, art curator

Banksy's nurse Super Woman technique: cloth puppet, linen, cotton, canvas, foam rubber, synthetic fabrics. 45 x 30 x 6 cm Venice, May 10, 2020 author: Gabriele Romeo©️

“Palazzo Ducale visto da Piazza San Marco”. ©️Gabriele Romeo Venice, May 2020.

Gabriele Romeo, critico d'arte, art historian, art critic, venice, venezia, Italia, arte contemporanea, curatore, art curator

This embroidery of mine is dedicated to the Flux movement and to its protagonists in the history of contemporary art: Maciunas, Higgins, Cage, Brecht, Ono, Wattes, Vostell, Chiari, Paik. What will be the future of the art? Title: After Fluxus Hand embroidery with cotton on canvas size: 30 x 40 cm Venice, 26 May 2020. author: Gabriele Romeo©️

Gabriele Romeo, critico d'arte, art historian, art critic, venice, venezia, Italia, arte contemporanea, curatore, art curator

Title: After Fluxus (work in progress) Hand embroidery with cotton on canvas size: 30 x 40 cm Venice, 26 May 2020. author: Gabriele Romeo©️

Gabriele Romeo, critico d'arte, art historian, art critic, venice, venezia, Italia, arte contemporanea, curatore, art curator

Title: After Fluxus (work in progress) Hand embroidery with cotton on canvas size: 30 x 40 cm Venice, 26 May 2020. author: Gabriele Romeo©️

Gabriele Romeo, critico d'arte, art historian, art critic, venice, venezia, Italia, arte contemporanea, curatore, art curator

Title: After Fluxus (work in progress) Hand embroidery with cotton on canvas size: 30 x 40 cm Venice, 26 May 2020. author: Gabriele Romeo©️

Gabriele Romeo, critico d'arte, art historian, art critic, venice, venezia, Italia, arte contemporanea, curatore, art curator

Title: After Fluxus Hand embroidery with cotton on canvas size: 30 x 40 cm Venice, 26 May 2020. author: Gabriele Romeo©️

“St. Lucia, Railway Station, III”. ©️Gabriele Romeo Venice, May 2020.

“Questa pagina nasce come un diario. Una galleria che si propone di essere un racconto destinato a raccogliere le percezioni e sentimenti rivolti all'emergenza sanitaria del Covid-19. Dal 29 febbraio inaspettatamente chiuso, come milioni di persone sparse in tutta Italia,  nella mia abitazione a Venezia ho maturato una serie di lavori, ognuno di essi porta un nome con il prefisso nCov2019.

La tecnica da me impiegata è quella del ricamo ed ho volutamente rintracciare per questo proggetto quelle ragioni iconografiche non estinte, da Goya ad Haring, da Matisse a Dante, ad esempio, per far comprendere come l’ironia della sorte ha comportato, sul sistema della comunicazione, una esplosione mediatica della cultura artistica ed intellettuale nei social media. Opere custodite nei musei che non possiamo toccare, non tangibili con le tecniche del proprio tempo, ma che esistono fisicamente in spazi determinati adesso chiusi alla fruizione ordinaria del pubblico e diffusi in rete soltanto grazie a quelle immagini che Fontuberta definisce 'furiose'.

Adesso, il mondo si arresta, le velocità dei movimenti nelle azioni quotidiane divengono relative, e le immagini visive che fruiamo sono immateriali. Il mio contatto con queste realtà e su alcuni fenomeni sociali - come il lavoro con il quadrifoglio che ho dedicato a tutti i medici e agli operatori sanitari che stanno lottando a sconfiggere il Covid-2019 - si propone di fornire una rilettura pacata sui frenetici comportamenti del mondo, sulla lotta della creatività e dei contenuti, sulla necessità di armare oggi più che mai l’arte con la pazienza e ovviandone la superficiale impulsività. Ed è per questo che ho scelto di avvalermi della tecnica del ricamo a mano, un processo lungo che richiede ore di lavoro manuale per l’esecuzione finale.

Gli hashtag adottati in rete assumano nel mio pensiero la valenza di una bandiera, un  tricolore con parole scritte in verde e rosso, sugli sfondi bianchi dei supporti:  motti, inni, parole totemiche che accomunano la collettività di individui, da #IORESTOACASA a #INSIEMECELAFAREMO, da #STAYHOME a #LACULTURANONSIFERMA.

​Dedico questi lavori a tutti gli italiani, alle vittime ai loro familiari, ai volontari e a tutti coloro che contribuiranno alla ricostruzione dell'Italia e alla nuova socializzazione con il mondo."

 

 

“This page was born as a diary. A gallery that aims to be a story intended to collect the perceptions and feelings of the Covid-19 health emergency. Since February 29, unexpectedly closed, like millions of people scattered throughout Italy, in my home in Venice I have completed a series of works, each of them bearing a name with the prefix nCov2019.

The technique I use is that of embroidery and I have deliberately traced for this project those iconographic reasons not extinct, from Goya to Haring, from Matisse to Dante, for example, to make people understand how the irony of fate has seen a media explosion of the artistic and intellectual culture in social media.

Works in museums that we cannot touch, not tangible with our own techniques of the past, but which exist physically in specific spaces, now closed to the ordinary use of the public and spread on the net with those images that Fontuberta defines as 'furious'.

Now the world stops, the speeds of movements in daily actions become relative, and the visual images we enjoy are immaterial. My contact with these realities and on some social phenomena - such as the work with the four-leaf clover that I have dedicated to all the doctors and health professionals who are struggling to defeat Covid-2019 - aims to provide a peaceful rereading on the frenetic behaviors of the world, on the struggle of creativity and content, on the need to arm art more than ever today with patience and obviating and superficial impulsiveness.

And that's why I chose to use the hand embroidery technique, a long process that requires hours of manual work for the final execution.

The hashtags adopted on the net take on the value of a flag in my thought, a tricolor with words written in green and red, on the white backgrounds of the media: mottos, hymns, totemic words that unite the collectivity of individuals, from #IORESTOACASA to #INSIEMECELAFAREMO , from #STAYHOME to #LACULTURANONSIFERMA. 

I dedicate these works to all Italians, to the victims to their families, to the volunteers and to all those who will contribute to the reconstruction of Italy and to the new socialization with the world".

©️ Gabriele Romeo

  Note: All external photos were taken on the way to go shopping at the supermarket.

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