No Romance Galleries recently hosted a private viewing of a collection of urban contemporary art by Russell Murphy, a New York-based graffiti artist with whom you are likely familiar. The artwork included in Enterprises contains imagery referencing mortality, consumerism, urbatn disassociation, dehumanization and crime in an overall theme of New York City’s demise. Viewed in their entirety, the works capture and comment on current controversies and the reactions to news-related media in a way that pop-art of the digital age has often failed to do. Enterprises highlights aspects of humanity that are evocative and disconcerting.

The title of the show is ironic among the artworks that mock free enterprise and portray the end of civilization. Buildings aflame, as depicted in “Generic Apocalypse”, and deformed human subjects, as seen in “Soldier’s Duty” and “In One Ear Out the Other” are distinctly referential. “Generic Apocalypse” appears to be an allegory to commercial collapse, while “Soldier’s Duty” invokes recent and well-established concerns about the militarization of the police. [Read full article...]

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Pablo Power

A Circle Unbroken: Tributes In Pattern


“A Circle Unbroken: Tributes In Pattern” – a premiere solo show by artist Pablo Power celebrating his long-standing collaborative history with the gallery dating back to 1999. The opening will be held on Friday, February 20th in TriBeCa at No Romance galleries, 355 Broadway. The show explores the precarious, peculiar relationship human beings have for patterns and their use throughout countless facets of art, nature, history and everyday life. Power presents a body of sculptural pieces, panels, surfaces and ready-mades found in the urban environment to examine his own feedback patterns (histories) and why we tend to lock into patterns as they inhabit every aspect of life, behavior and culture. In this exhibition, Power pays tribute to patterns and cycles, in their general sense – a pendulum between natural conditions he has recognized in his own code of art and ethical outlook: "Learn from history. Keep the past current. Pay tribute to history."




"In Trust We Trust", a group exhibition presenting works by New York artists Charles Shedden and Daniel Peddle. Daniel Peddle central theme explores the intersection of “nature” and the culture of the “American Way”. In as much as Western globalization is largely led by an American enterprise, Peddle’s specific survey of its place and subculture can produce images of universal resonance. Currently all of humanity finds itself at the precipice of potential evisceration and self- destruction. Nevertheless, nature is omnipotent, wild, resilient, beautiful and ultimately beyond our control. It is this truism that implores us to create a comforting veil of illusion through form and culture. We feel safe behind walls, even as they crumble. This particular liminal and delusional moment of being “betwixt and between” is Peddle’s lifelong fascination. In his paintings, Peddle seek to conjure this discomforting sense through a fury of brushstroke balanced against a serenity of composition. Thus his subjects become vortexes of vulnerability, defiant yet misled. The paths they take lead only deeper into the unknown. 





In Trust We Trust
Live On, Live Long



“Live On, Live Long” presenting the works of seven artists, Gogy Esparza, Jen Shear, Maggie Lee, Nick Sethi, Peter Sutherland, Shawn Powers and Weirdo Dave. The group exhibition, curated by Osiel Rojas and Gogy Esparza, an inspired collective effort to crystallize a feeling. The opening will be held at two locations on Wednesday, October 29th in TriBeCa at No Romance galleries, 355 Broadway, and in Chinatown at Magic, 175 Canal St. 5th Floor. The artists exhibiting in Live On, Live Long have all been molded by the landscape and history of New York. Its artistic tradition, spirit and sincerity echoed in their works. However, what has always complimented the city’s virtue is its irrefutable nature. Social Darwinism at its finest, survival of the fittest has always dominated the landscape of Manhattan and its surrounding boroughs. With the rebuilding of a post-9/11 downtown nearly complete, its surrounding areas seem to be assimilated into the process as well. Locals are being priced out, and creatives who invested in the energy, which originally brought them to the neighborhood, are also fleeing. Even the infamous Canal Street counterfeit-culture is shrinking.






“Extracts,” presenting the works of three artists, Greg Lamarche, Jurne, and Max Rippon. The show will be on display from September 19th, 2014 to October 4th, 2014 at No Romance galleries, which is located in TriBeCa at 355 Broadway, New York City. Presenting a visual journey through the works of Greg Lamarche, Jurne, and Max Rippon, Tim Strazza’s curated exhibit, “Extracts,” explores the boundaries and techniques associated with deconstruction. Whether it be with letters, words, shapes, or purely abstract forms, all three artists utilize negative space as a key element of aesthetic resolve. Strazza says, “These three artists are all masters of type, undoubtedly. The works presented in “Extracts” are focused not only on the artists’ construction of typography, but equally on their deductive tendencies. The exhibit highlights the idea that elements removed from an artwork are equally as important as the elements added.







"Sex Monsters" with works by artists Mike Krim, Pietro Cocco, Jennifer Calandra, Lorenzo Fariello, Amy Hood, Jonathan Leder, Sean Maung, Chelsea Nyegaard, Robert Farber and Kilroy Savage. The show will be on display from September 11, 2014 to Semptember 13, 2014 at No Romance galleries, which is located in the heart of TriBeCa at 355 Broadway. Sex Monsters Volume 1 is the first installment of a serial collaboration showcasing ten artists' overtly sexual works with the intent of bonding the viewer, artist, and subject in a most primal and intimate manner. More than a social commentary on modern sexuality or artistic renditions of the human form, Sex Monsters is a personal invitation to go off the deep end into the limitless world of gender bending, fetishism, prostitution, and vice. The viewer is the voyeur as contributing artists thrust the gamut of emotion associated with sexual encounter.







"Never Too Young", the seventh edition of SGU will release in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name, opening Thursday, August 21 at No Romance galleries at 355 Broadway in TriBeCa, NY. SGU is a limited edition newsprint published by artists, Mint&Serf in New York City since 2010. Never Too Young, features new works by four emerging self-taught photographers: PJ Monte, Mike Krim, Osvaldo Chance Jimenez aka Slutlust, and Harry Mcnally—all of whom have spent more time in night clubs, than in art school darkrooms. Never Too Young, binds Krim’s callous street reporting to Jimenez’s amorous triumph of nightlife, while PJ Monte’s opulent portraiture of the young and the restless gives way to Mcnally’s synthetic reduction. In New York City’s ever changing landscape these artists aim at projecting their visceral understanding of their environment, to present the viewer with a vast gamut of nostalgic reactions.








"Sights, Sounds and Spirits" to be held on Saturday, May 17th 2014. Curated by Osiel Rojas of No Romance galleries, the Solo Show titled "Sights, Sounds and Spirits" will present the works of artist Shie Moreno. New York based artist Shie Moreno will present an exhibit featuring paintings, sculptures and music reflective of his Afro-Cuban ancestry, spiritual roots, and dynamic connection to the cities he’s lived in. ‘Sights, Sounds and Spirits’ will present an artistic journey through the currents of the geographical, cultural, temporal and material, which converge in Moreno’s art. The artist’s grounded spirituality inspires the creation of work with a clear energy, radiating an awareness that is subject to the imperatives of living things. Through his work, light, color and rhythm are made elemental and given expression- reflecting a lifetime of devotion and development in each painting, bringing ‘Sights, Sounds and Spirits’ to life. “I believe that music, folklore, culture, and history are all organic processes which compel me to study and render what I experience into unique visuals,” Moreno says. “I respect the sanctity of objects, but am not constrained by them. I strive for no barriers.” 







"We Do Our Part, No Romance galleries' inaugural Group Show to be held on Thursday, April 10th 2014. Located in the gallery's newest location 355 Broadway in TriBeCa, the show will run for a duration of 30 days. Curated by Osiel Rojas of No Romance galleries, the Group Show titled "We Do Our Part" will present the works of eight artists - Chris Lewis, JK5, Mika Azegami, Pablo Power, Pedro Claveria, Richard Vergez, Tomoko Sugimoto, and William Coupon. With different mediums and diverse backgrounds, each artist contributes uniquely as parts of a whole. The Group Show "We Do Our Part" exhibits each distinct artist individually and cohesively. 






Turn Around And Around, Then Around


Talented Japanese contemporary artist Tomoko Sugimoto will host her first solo exhibition in Manhattan, Turn Around And Around, Then Around, on Wednesday, November 6th at 373 Broadway, Suite 204 in Tribeca from 7-10pm. Curated by Osiel Rojas of No Romance galleries, which previously participated in Art Basel Miami and is known for its work within the emerging art community, this will be Sugimoto’s second solo New York show. Already widely recognized for her unique artistic style, Sugimoto’s upcoming Manhattan installation further solidifies her presence as an independent artist. 
A Tokyo native, Tomoko Sugimoto graduated from Musashino Art University in Japan. Upon receiving her degree she relocated to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts where she earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Illustration. For over ten years Sugimoto has worked as the Painting Director of Takashi Murakami’s studio, traveling around the world to produce his shows and retrospectives. Sugimoto’s personal work has been exhibited in group shows in New York City, Miami and Tokyo. Her first solo show, Whirl and Swallow, took place in March 2011 at graphite in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her most recent installation, Through the Looking-Glass and What I Found There, was held in December 2012 at The Shop at The Standard, High Line.




On Thursday, No Romance is having an opening reception for its latest exhibition entitled “Famous Ornament” featuring the works of Christian Brown and Donald Hearn. The exhibition explores the works of ORFI (the organization for returning fashion interest) which began in a studio on 14th st in the 1990s. Hearn, one of the founding members of ORFI, has worked alongside Christian Brown, Scott Kruger, and Ana Gonzalez. The art collective produced apparel, art work, and designs which they later sold at their store, Hotel of the Rising Star, on Price Street. 



“No Ends” a one night only group show at No Romance Gallery on Bowery. The beautifully dark exhibition will feature nearly a dozen artists: Christian Brown, Donald Hearn, Haruto Imamura, Mint and Serf, Pablo Power, Rey Parla, Michael Betancourt, Reza Nader, Tim Knox, and Tomoko Sugimoto. With works varying in media and subject matter, and artists of varying backgrounds, locations, and points of view, a very basic need to make ends meet has served as a jumping off point for each piece featured in the show. While some pieces directly capture the disparity, violence, and angst of these overloaded abstract times, others capture hybrid parallel emotions that may to a degree expose the artists’ process and intentions for a few hours. The ambiguity of this coming together is as fleeting as any New York City night, and is less about a cohesive theme and more about seizing the now. “No Ends” demonstrates that in difficult times the possibilities of making and producing are the source of the artists’ inspirations, visions, and sustainability, as chaos seems to command the future and the present.



Presented during Art Basel in Miami in 2004, Pictography featured new works by four pioneering artists - Chris Mendoza, Stefan Ruiz, Romon Yang and Jose Parla. Film works by Rey Parla and Patrick Burns Jr. were also showcased in this dynamic art show.

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