Press Release for ROME, Exhibition by Robert Mielenhausen
Viridian Artists Inc. May 17, - June 4, 2011
Chelsea, NYC. Viridian Artists Inc. is pleased to announce ROME, an exhibition of mixed-media
reliefs by the artist Robert Mielenhausen.The exhibition opens Tuesday, May 17. and continues
through Saturday, June 4. There will be a reception on Saturday, May 21st 4-7pm. The artist
will give a talk on his work Thursday, June 2, 6-7pm.
This latest body of work explores architectural remains of ancient Rome. The artist ingeniously
conjures fragments of temples, villas, and scenographic walls scattered throughout the Italian
peninsula. Viridian’s space is transformed to a sumptuous departure in time. The pieces are
derived by photographs taken and gathered while in Italy. His works depict visual elements and
rhythms found in Roman art and architecture. The compositions investigate spatial relations,
textures, and atmospheric light which set the stage for western art to follow.”Villa Poppea”, a
prominent work of the group recently published in the April 3rd issue of The New York Times is
imbued with solidity and decay. The theme of impermanence is reflected throughout the
exhibition. Mielenhausen’s intent is to interpret by means of construction and deconstruction
what has come before in a contemporary manner. The art embraces both the literal as well as
the abstract. It gives the contemporary viewer a fresh look at the ancient world. It steps outside
the realms of trend and sensationalism.
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