Remnants of Rome: Ancient Mirrors and Italian Cities
1. Referencing the deep and historic lines running from antiquity to present day, the artists highlight prominent aspects of ancient Rome present in architecture, design, and fine art
2. The exhibition expands on the installation at Palazzo Bembo/Venice Biennale 2022 by featuring works by Thomas W. Lollar, Ricardo Arango, Clayton Calvert and Parker Calvert
Remnants of Rome at the National Arts Club expands on the installation at Palazzo Bembo/Venice Biennale 2022 featuring Thomas W. Lollar, Ricardo Arango, Clayton Calvert and Parker Calvert. The works in this show reference the deep and historic lines running from antiquity to present day. Countless vestiges of ancient Rome can be found throughout the contemporary world. The featured artists highlight prominent aspects of ancient Rome present in architecture, design, and fine art.
Lollar and Arango masterfully design and craft metal mirrors that recall ancient Roman mirrors albeit with slightly more modern designs. These objects offer the viewer a chance to gaze at an image of themselves akin to ones that people would have seen 2,000 years ago. Each mirror also contains references to either historical figures or architectural achievements. The Calvert brothers have utilized drones in their exploration of ancient influences on contemporary life. Their aerial images of Italian cities highlight the blueprints laid out by the ancient Romans that still dictate the present-day layout of these places. The images also show the dense building that occurs when the area being developed was first settled millenia ago. The brothers have captured landmarks like the Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica, which was built atop an old Roman circus, in paintings and photographs as well. These artists all draw tremendous inspiration from the past while also offering inspiration to viewers today.