Studio Visit with Rob Ventura in Hoboken, New Jersey
I kicked off the first week in January paying a visit to Rob Ventura's studio in Hoboken, New Jersey. Ventura, a recent Boston University MFA grad ('13), is an emerging painter who produces floral-centric, oil-based canvases in the vein of Cy Twombly (a huge inspiration). His studio is housed in the former R. Neumann and Co. leather factory, which today is a sprawling art complex for artists and home to Nick De Pirro's hip Proto Gallery. As a rostered artist with Proto, Ventura is active with this art space, having shown in three consecutive group exhibits, as well as serving as a guest curator. The Hoboken art scene is taking off, and Ventura, a New Jersey native, is front and center.
Calling himself a "well-balanced painter" who works in both large and small scale, his floral-based canvases are stunning and gorgeous, but a certain level of danger permeates throughout his work. His drippy, jewel-toned paintings - which I like to call 'botanicals on speed' - seduce and thrill in slightly sinister proportions. Ventura delved deeper into this darker and decadent territory in his recent solo exhibit 'Les Fleurs du Mal' (based on Baudelaire's shocking poems from the 19th century) curated by Enrico Gomez at the Majestic Theatre this past summer. For 2017, Ventura is currently at work on a new series for an upcoming solo show at Proto Gallery. We will be watching and waiting.
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ALL PHOTOGRAPHY BY CIDNEY HUE