Claque&Shill - Andrea Romano X Flapper
Continuing the collaboration series started with Alessandro Agudio in 2017, FLAPPER is delighted to present the Claque&Shill project, co-designed with AndreaRomano. The artist selected three amongst the most iconic FLAPPER models of2019 SS season developing a limited edition.
Applying traditional tailoring techniques and sophisticated research on textiles and materials, FLAPPER captures the evolution of female tendencies, anticipating their unconscious wishes. Among these, a counter-trend reflex rises: to cover oneself up, in order to create suspense in the potential of revealing oneself again: hats with veils, wide brim and visors, long fitted bands enrich this forthcoming series of creations. From the artist’s perspective these additional membranes – distinctive of hat models Alba, Antea and Titania – become his filters, his medium to show private and collective thoughts: they become masks made of words suspended between the wearer and his viewer.
Andrea Romano (Milan, 1984) observes the city that creates and destroys its myths: he has been always interested in decoding the invisible laws that rule social relationships, the images and languages that build and influence consensus, as well as the artwork’s boundaries in relation to its space and to its audience.
Claque&Shill not only titles the artist’s solo show debut (2011), but it is also a wide macro-title that includes many artwork series, amongst which famous 2011-1018group of portraits made in graphite and sanguine.
Seductive and impervious girls are the subject of these Claque&Shill drawings:apparently perfect representation of feminine in which a subtle thorn lies, with the ability of subverting the placid consensus of the audience.
Subliminal communication deeply influences human relationships: unconsciously or not, people play ambiguous roles daily, acting in a never-ending so called “MedicineShow” - in which the performers, in addition to dancing and singing, were used to persuading the audience to buy improbable elixir.
On the occasion of this artistic collaboration with Flapper, Romano selected some of his textual artworks and isolated some of his artworks’s titles from the pieces they refer to, as if they were suspended and independent sentences.
They recall words the audience was not supposed to catch, working as private exchange between the director/artist and his portrayed actors/subjects portrayed, his hidden claque in the public, and his charlatan on duty.
We won’t be who we say we are, and all of us will pretend it’s the very first time
Half of what I am, half of what I’d like to be
Precisely these three lines of subtext have been collected and developed until they acquired their thickness: made of black cotton wire, accurately crochet manufactured, these textual artworks have slowly trespass from the sheet of paper to the surrounding space.
As defined by Andrea Romano, “they are collages of experiences that, once attached to the heads, become public reflections on our own role within the context, visible thoughts concerning to the act of observing and being observed”.