Rick Prol was born and raised in NYC where he currently lives and works. Prol’s work exemplifies and helped define with “anarchical impudence” the more dangerous and harrowing aspects of urban reality with images both horrific and absurd, with a touch of humor. Prol’s aesthetic employs Art Brut Expressionism to convey images of human folly and suffering in a variety of media including the drawings and paintings in this exhibition. Prol’s work is in many private and public collections including the Smithsonian Libraries Collection and the Guggenheim Museum.
James Romberger is a fine artist and cartoonist who lives and works in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. In the mid-1980s, he was co-founder of the seminal East Village installation gallery Ground Zero. Romberger's pastel drawings are in many private and public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “Post York,” his multimedia comic book/flexidisc collaboration with his son Crosby for Uncivilized Books was nominated for an Eisner award in 2013, a year that also saw a revised edition of the critically acclaimed graphic novel "Seven Miles A Second," Romberger’s collaboration with Marguerite Van Cook and the late David Wojnarowicz published by Fantagraphics Books.
Rick Prol, Open Terrain, Goauche on paper, 2013
James Romberger, 2nd Street Lot, Pastel on paper, 2004