Mosie Romney: ENERGY never

Nicodim Upstairs, Los Angeles

March 25 – May 1, 2021

Mosie Romney: ENERGY never
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Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2021

Mosie Romney: ENERGY never
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2021

Mosie Romney: ENERGY never
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2021

Mosie Romney: ENERGY never
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2021

Mosie Romney: ENERGY never
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2021

Mosie Romney: ENERGY never
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2021

Mosie Romney: ENERGY never
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2021

Mosie Romney: ENERGY never
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2021

Mosie Romney: ENERGY never
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2021

Mosie Romney: ENERGY never
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2021

Mosie Romney: ENERGY never
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2021

Mosie Romney: ENERGY never
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2021

Mosie Romney: ENERGY never
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2021

Mosie Romney: ENERGY never
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2021

Mosie Romney: ENERGY never
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2021

Mosie Romney: ENERGY never
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2021

Mosie Romney: ENERGY never
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2021

Mosie Romney: ENERGY never
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2021

Mosie Romney: ENERGY never
Installation View
Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, 2021

Mosie Romney
In the roundabout way (Bell Painting 1), 2021
acrylic and mixed media on resin, found objects, and shibari rope
56 x 29 x 29 in
142.3 x 73.6 x 73.6 cm

Mosie Romney
In the roundabout way (Bell Painting 1), 2021
(alternate view)

Mosie Romney
In the roundabout way (Bell Painting 1), 2021
(alternate view)

Mosie Romney
In the roundabout way (Bell Painting 1), 2021
(alternate view)

Mosie Romney
In the roundabout way (Bell Painting 1), 2021
(alternate view)

Mosie Romney
In the roundabout way (Bell Painting 1), 2021
(detail view)

Mosie Romney
In the roundabout way (Bell Painting 1), 2021
(detail view)

Mosie Romney
In the roundabout way (Bell Painting 1), 2021
(detail view)

Mosie Romney
The Visitation, 2020
oil on canvas
71 x 75 in
180.3 x 190.5 cm

Mosie Romney
The Visitation, 2020
(detail view)

Mosie Romney
The Visitation, 2020
(detail view)

Mosie Romney
Beyond, 2020
oil on canvas
30 x 24 in
76.2 x 61 cm

Mosie Romney
Beyond, 2020
(detail view)

Mosie Romney
Kiddy Pool, 2021
oil, spray paint, and rhinestones on canvas
72 x 72 in
182.9 x 182.9 cm

Mosie Romney
Kiddy Pool, 2021
(detail view)

Mosie Romney
Kiddy Pool, 2021
(detail view)

Mosie Romney
Kiddy Pool, 2021
(detail view)

Mosie Romney
Wings 101, 2021
glitter, oil, spray paint, and rhinestones on canvas
60 x 60 in
152.4 x 152.4 cm

Mosie Romney
Wings 101, 2021
(detail view)

Mosie Romney
Wings 101, 2021
(detail view)

Mosie Romney
The Dance, 2020
oil on canvas
72 x 96 in
182.9 x 243.85 cm

Mosie Romney
The Dance, 2020
(detail view)

Mosie Romney
The Dance, 2020
(detail view)

Mosie Romney
The Dance, 2020
(detail view)

Mosie Romney
Take care of yours, I'll take care of, 2021
glitter, oil, spray paint on canvas
60 x 60 in
152.4 x 152.4 cm

Mosie Romney
Take care of yours, I'll take care of, 2021
(detail view)

Mosie Romney
Take care of yours, I'll take care of, 2021
(detail view)

Mosie Romney
Wiped Down (nite nite), 2021
oil, spray paint, rhinestones on canvas
48 x 72 in
122 x 183 cm
 

Mosie Romney
Wiped Down (nite nite), 2021
(detail view)

Mosie Romney
Wiped Down (nite nite), 2021
(detail view)

Mosie Romney
Wiped Down (nite nite), 2021
(detail view)

Mosie Romney
Wiped Down (nite nite), 2021
(detail view)

Mosie Romney
Baby, 2021
oil and spray paint on canvas
18 x 14 in
45.7 x 35.5 cm
 

Mosie Romney
Study of Ancestry 1, 2021
colored pencil on paper
14 x 14.5 in
35.5 x 36.8 cm
17.65 x 18.1 in (framed)
44.8 x 46 cm (framed)
 

Mosie Romney
Study of Ancestry 2, 2021
colored pencil, pastel on paper
14 x 12 in
35.6 x 30.5 cm
17.6 x 15.3 in
44.8 x 39 cm
 

Mosie Romney
Study of Ancestry 3, 2021
colored pencil, pastel on paper
19.75 x 14 in
50.2 x 35.6 cm
23.25 x 17.6 in (framed)
59 x 44.8 cm (framed)

Mosie Romney
Study of Ancestry 4, 2021
colored pencil, pastel on paper
14 x 23.25 in
35.5 x 59 cm
17.6 x 26.6 in (framed)
44.8 x 67.6 cm (framed)
 

Press Release

It’s time for jazz, blues, and all of their children. For their Los Angeles and Nicodim solo debut, Mosie Romney presents ENERGY never, an exhibition of new paintings, drawings, and sculpture. Each of their compositions presents a non-linear figure ground in relationships that recall transhistorical ancestry, chaos magic, and dreamscapes—worlds of several suns and many moons.

 

Spectres, bloodlines, glitter, Siamese cats, and bells are Romney’s tools, their instruments of magic. Hauntological questions, colonial evidence, and an intimate conversation between figuration and abstraction emerge. Fluent in a lexicon inherent to their Black, non-binary psyche, Romney's paintings exist in the gray area between memory and the present, and tease-out their relationship to one another. 

 

At the center of the exhibition, a replica of a small bell from Romney’s personal collection is enlarged to monumental proportions and suspended from the ceiling with jute rope specific to Shibari. While the bell itself is in bondage, its voice rings free over a small herd of ceramic Siamese cats, and Nina Simone's voice enchants and expels the negative airspace. Romney’s paintings expand the walls outward, like portals into the subconscious. In ‘’The Dance,” 2021, a childlike figure is center stage as two phantasmic elders boogie and shuffle into a glittery oblivion. Gestures of evolution and devolution are highlighted amongst bold brush strokes, spray painted lace, and references to the photographic. With “Wiped Down (nite nite),” 2021, a burst of white paint circled in yellow confuses the layered figures’ relationships to their respective environments.

Within ENERGY never, bells ring, Simone sings, and cats play and mingle with Romney’s technicolor, concurrent timelines of embodiment. The work breathes-in, holds that breath, and exhales its many simultaneous existences throughout the gallery space, alive with the energies of what was, what might have been, and what is to come.

 

Sydney Vernon, March 2021 —

 


 

Mosie Romney (b. 1994, New York) lives and works in Ridgewood, Queens, New York. A Jamaican-American artist, they received their education from SUNY Purchase, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Visual Arts in 2016. They have been an artist in residence at the Home School, Hudson in 2018. Exhibitions include ENERGY never, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles (2021, solo); Evening Lark, Y2K Group, New York (2020, solo); PAPA RAGAZZE!, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles (2020); Mosie Romney and Juan Guiterrez, Meredith Rosen Gallery, New York (2020); and Materia Prima, Gern en Regalia, New York (2019).