(ABOVE: Train to New Rome)
Main Street Pops Gallery introduces a powerful new art exhibit opening March 1st that just might change your perspective.
New Rome by Fabio Esteban examines Western thought through a broken lens that provides an alternative way of looking at life. By transforming imagery of monuments, objects, people and landscapes, the artist creates an alternative vision through the use of photographs, collage, paint, and watercolor transferred onto discarded surfaces. This thought-provoking work is a counterbalance between the past and the present, a creative response to the notion of perfection, and an alternative view of ourselves and our history.
The artist provides a unique lens, as he comes to his process from an impressive and varied career. In addition to being a virtual artist and photographer, Esteban is an archaeologist, explorer, diver, writer and book author. His art is also currently on display at the Museum of the City of New York as part of the exhibition, “New York Responds”, which highlights the first six months of 2020 through the eyes of over 100 New Yorkers.
Main Street Pops sat down with Fabio to learn more about the inspiration behind his fascinating new series:
Tell us about your journey in becoming an artist
I always had a fascination with creativity of all sorts. However, when I began learning about ancient cultures, I was intrigued by how people thousands of years ago developed ways of representing their worlds and making art became a way of creating symbols that reflected notions of life and the universe. I wanted to become an explorer to discover ancient art, which to me was like finding a time machine that would take me back to the times when the art was created. Eventually I realized that my interest in art also motivated me to create my own perspectives of the world, and I began my journey as a visual artist.
What mediums do you work in?
My work includes analog and digital photography, collage, mix media, painting, sculpture, drawing and video.
What drives your creative vision?
Photography and visual story-telling
What inspired you to create this series?
New Rome is a merging of art and science, a counterbalance between the past and the present. It is a deconstruction of memory and identity and a creative response to the notion of perfection, as in a perfect society, how we view ourselves and our history. I am interested in exploring the use of imagery of present and past monuments, objects, people and landscapes.
My principal tool is the camera and the image that it produces. I use these images and project them, paint them or transfer them to other, common, used or discarded surfaces and together I hope to bring these images to life, to say something, to speak about the human condition and our notion of the past and the present and invite others to see imperfection with a new lens and new perspective. New Rome is a series of pieces of artwork that looks at Western aesthetics through a broken and imperfect lens.
New Rome by Fabio Esteban is the latest in a partnership between Main Street Pops and PilsenerHaus Biergarten that kicked off last year, which brings a series of curated arts programming to Hoboken designed to create community connection.
The Main Street Pops Gallery is perfectly situated in the open air Wintergarten space at Pilsener Haus & Biergarten in Hoboken, allowing for visitors to grab a drink and enjoy the art exhibit in an indoor/outdoor setting for safe viewing.
The original pieces are available for purchase, as well as a limited series of prints for $100. For more information go to https://www.atelierdffoto.com/new-rome-shop.
New Rome will be on display from March 1- April 30th, and the public is welcome to meet the artist at the Opening Reception on Thursday, March 4th from 6-8pm. Masks and social distancing will be required.
Register for free tickets at:
Fabio Esteban “ New Rome”
March 1-April 30th
Opening Night Reception : Thursday, March 4th 6-8 pm
MSP Gallery @ Pilsener Haus
1422 Grand Street, Hoboken NJ