Aubrey Roemer

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Like That, paint and marker on artist's stretched pillowcase, 16" x 20", 2013
See No, Speak No, Hear No, paint on drafting paper, 42" x 30", 2013
Where it all started, paint and wax on stretched clothe, 21" x 17" 2012
Lily III, oil paint on vintage wallpaper, 31" x 24", 2013
(Not Afraid of) Commitment, paint, wax, and stretched lace curtain, 54" x 54", 2013
Artist's Statement

My work consists of a mixture of painting, photography, and printmaking combined with sculptural tendencies. Thematically, the work centers around figuration that blurs into subtle abstraction. Additionally, ornamentation and patterning play a crucial role. Conceptually, I am interested in the place where highbrow and lowbrow art merge - a place where a used household textile is repurposed as a vehicle to lovingly portray an exotic dancer masturbating. The “jolie laide” aesthetic is integral in my work. I find disturbing and off kilter beauty far more compelling than something merely pleasantly pretty. My work is based upon real life people, places, and things that embody the idiosyncratic nature of our existence. Whether they are oozing obesity, dark lonely houses, death row inmates, or exotic dancers, each image is a kaleidoscope of humanity - a unique example of our collective cultural fabric.


Aubrey Roemer was born in Rochester, NY. Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

2006 BFA, Painting, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

2013 Residency at Bali Purnati Art Center
2012 Residency at Payerbacherhof Art Seminar with Professor Philip Rubinov-Jacobson, Austria
2006 Windgate Fellowship Nominee
2006 Academic Excellence, Pratt Institute
2004 AmeriCorps Scholarship
2002-06 Presidential Merit Scholarship, Pratt Institute
2002-06 Pratt Grant, Portfolio Excellence

Solo Exhibitions:
2013 “Demimonde,” Pumps, Brooklyn, NY
2013 “Irradiare & Obnubulaire,” TEN10 Studios, LIC, NY
2006 “Jolie Laide,” Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

Group Exhibitions:
2013 “Damn Everything But The Circus,” Pimps, Brooklyn, NY
2013 “Turned On,” Local Project, LIC, NY
2013 “Pumped Up: A Bacchanalia,” Pumps, Brooklyn, NY
2012 “Diana Loves New York,” Lomography, New York, NY