Famous actress Colleen Moore wrote once about the bold, modern women she encountered daily about the slick city streets of New York: “They were smart and sophisticated, with an air of independence about them, and so casual about their looks and clothes and manners as to be almost slapdash. I don’t know if I realized as soon as I began seeing them that they represented the wave of the future, but I do know I was drawn to them. I shared their restlessness, understood their determination to free themselves…and find out for themselves what life was all about.”
While the same statement could easily be penned today, Moore scribed that paragraph nearly a century ago, thus highlighting the fact that despite one’s perceived uniqueness of the time in which they live, the ebb and flow of scientific, cultural and political advancements serve as a homogenizing factor in determining one’s identity.
Aware of this, Italian artist Francesco Romoli has taken the classic 19th century postcard and has souped it up with radio sets, robots, and televisions, all of which replace portions of the various subjects’ bodies. The result is an image simultaneously surreal and classic; a forward-thinking and technologically-refined work incredibly conscious of its equally innovative past. That unique sensitivity makes sense: while a plurality of Romoli’s dreamlike portfolio centers around past and imagined worlds, Romoli graduated from university with a degree in computer science.