Please join the Contemporary Collective team and Maker in Residence Ernesto Romano on Tuesday 30th July, 6-8pm for an intimate 'Meet the Artist' evening event at the Bankside Hotel's studio space.
Ernesto, who will be the Maker in Residence at Bankside Hotel's studio from the beginning of July, will talk about the unique experience of working from the Bankside Hotel studio, the artwork he has produced, answer questions about his practice and share with guests how he is influenced by many factors including his work as an interior designer, artists Damien Hirst and Lauren Baker amongst others.
His unique practice involves the use of medical records like X-rays or MRIs of his body or vintage X-rays which he uses to make his art. “I am progressively dissecting myself” he says with a smile. The use of X-rays is a simple way to explore the very essence of being human, deprived of any feature or embellishment that may come with society or status.
The event is FREE to attend with a discretionary donation to the Terrence Higgins Trust.
6pm Arrival* - Drinks & Canapes
7pm - Introduction to Ernesto Romano by Gallery Director
7:15 - Ernesto Romano
7:30 - Q&A Session
* Upon arrival, please go to the hotel reception and you will be escorted to the artist's studio.
Talking about his creative process, Ernesto writes:
I like to describe my process with the words of a friend who once said: you are progressively dissecting yourself! I think she captured it quite well. I mostly use X-rays and scans of my body and I am constantly searching for new ways of exploring myself with medical records. I recently completed a project with the help of UCL where an MRI of my brain has been converted into a 3D file which was then 3D printed. From the 3D print then a mould was created to make copies of my brain in resin. It was so fascinating. I am thinking of working on my heart next. I like the element of technology behind all of these medical images and scan processes, especially when I mix it with the materiality that is given by the elements I add to my prints such as glitter, gold leaf, spray paint or Swarovski crystals. This added layer, together with the colours I use for my skulls, is what have been shaping for my latest works and I can see it as the direction of my future ones.
In partnership with and kindly supported by Bankside Hotel