examiner.com: Römer + Römer @ Freight + Volume, New York

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Artist couple captures images of freedom at Chelsea gallery


Creativity can bloom when two artists put their heads together to collaborate on some of the best projects. This is the case with Nina and Torsten Romer, a Russian/German artist couple who refer to themselves as “Romer and Romer” who specialize in painting and performance art. For their first show in New York City at the Freight and Volume gallery in Chelsea Party—Lowe (which translates to “party lion”) features paintings focusing on social life and norms widely adopted today.
The Romers’ inspiration comes from extensive travel and experiencing life and moments in time first-hand and photographing what’s happening around them. The pixilated images convey how quickly moments in time can go by making it seem like a vague memory, but preserved in the permanence of the painting.

The overall theme is that it is up to us as people to liberate ourselves by partying hard and celebrate life and to break free from authority and embrace who they truly want to be. They party with the ferocity of a loin as the title of the show suggests.

The paintings in this show are pixilated and capture people celebrating life and enjoying themselves at places like in the ocean at the beach, shopping in the city, or playing live music on stage. These people epitomize the free, and sometimes rebellious, human spirit by defying social conventions by living life to the fullest.

Nina and Torsten Romer studied at the Art Academy Dusseldorf and have been working together since 1998. A year later, they founded the international art project M°A°I°S. The Romers currently live and work in Berlin.

At Freight and Volume, 530 W. 24th St., through Apr. 26th. There will be an opening reception at the gallery, Mar. 20th from 6—8 p.m. The gallery is open Tues.—Sat. from 11 a.m.—6 p.m. or by appointment.