Irradiare & Obnubilare (To Shine & To Darken) at TEN10 Studios

On March 8th, 2013, in tandem with the Armory Arts Week Long Island City Night, TEN10 Studios is pleased to announce the opening of Irradiare & Obnubilare, by artist Aubrey Roemer.

A mixture of painting, photography, and sculpture, this show reflects on the depth and expanse of the human condition ­ the place where darkness hails to light and the multitude of shades in between. Through stark and harrowing portraits of death row inmates, illuminated paintings of exotic dancers, and depictions of female actors messily and distortedly painted through the various stages of crying, ­ Roemer challenges the viewer’s empathy towards humanity. Other works include lone houses, abandons of chromatic pine tree rows, sinisterly abstract flower bushels, and skeletons. These images are at once familiar and reeking of nostalgia, yet are quietly unsettling in their abject content.

Despite the gravity and emotionality found within the majority of the subject matter, Roemer breathes a delicate levity as well as luminosity into her portraits and imagery. Whether it be the comforting and domestic choice of materiality, such as lace, cloth, wallpaper, and wax, or the simple, subdued, and darkly pop­like palette; there is a lightness to be found within the work. It speaks directly to the eternal dichotomy that defines us humans as a whole.

Aubrey Roemer graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in 2006. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. Additionally she has attended two artist’s residencies, one in Austria (2012) and one in Bali this past January. This is her first solo exhibition since 2006. She lives and work in Brooklyn, NY.