Clint Roenisch is very pleased to announce By Any Other Name, an exhibition of new sculpture and a short film by Tony Romano.
For his first exhibition with the gallery Romano turns his interest to the traditions of figurative representation and Modernism within the history of art as well as the paradox of representation. The new works focus on metaphor in the representation of the figure through abstraction and the representation of the subject through poetry and language. Working within a family tradition of carpentry and iron work Romano uses these sculptures to explore the vernacular of his everyday materials and to examine the disparate worlds of daily working class labour with the more rarified world of the high art object. While these sculptures mark a departure for Romano in terms of materials, they continue his ongoing exploration of identity and portraiture, philosophy and language. The exhibition also includes a new, silent short film, By Any Other Name that expands upon his previous film works such as Beautiful Monster (2010), Good Night My Love (2007) and The Last Act (2006) among others.
Tony Romano was born in 1978 and lives in Toronto. Besides sculpture and film his work also includes photography, installation, music and text, in addition to his collaboration with Tyler Brett as T&T, whom the gallery also represents. Romano received his BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, including Sweden, Austria, Vancouver, Oakville, Montreal and Toronto. Recent solo shows include: The Last Act at Articule in Montreal, Onward Future at Oakville Galleries, and Notary Moon at the MacLaren Art Gallery in Barrie. Recent group shows include The Way I Are, Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto; You Don’t Really Care for Music, Do You?, Red Bull Projects, Toronto; Everything will be OK, No. 9 Projects, Toronto; and Air Conditioned Jungle, Diaz Contemporary, Toronto. Romano is also the co-editor, with Claire Greenshaw, of the art magazine Millions.