Vincent Zambrano has found a gallery to represent him and stage his latest show Before the Sound. The multi-media installation consists of a bed right in the middle of the gallery space, photos lining the two side walls, a projection at the back wall, and four speakers in every corner emitting a unique soundscape. It could very well be fitted to be in the interior of Chelsea, Lower East Side, or Brooklyn. Where can his innovative art show be? Well it is a Metro-North train ride away of approximately 28 minutes to New Rochelle, NY.
Reverol & Co. Contemporary Art opened its doors in December 2012 at the main street of this quaint town and according to owner, John Reverol – the area is now experiencing an art renaissance that is now blooming. Two more galleries have also opened shop and certainly more to follow. John brought the flavor of contemporary art to this idyllic town and the response has been amazing. People remarked that it was like walking into a gallery in Chelsea, Brooklyn or Lower East Side aka Manhattan grade shows in New Rochelle. John knows exactly what he’s doing and got his start at Sikkema Jenkins Co. on West 22nd Street in the Chelsea art district of course. He champions forward thinking art such as works by Vincent Zambrano.
In this recent show, the ingenious single installation piece of multi-media elements created a whole body of work that is wistful, bittersweet, and powerful. Zambrano infused his personal story in this show stemming from loss, uncertainty, eventual hope and love. He used images of his foster son heavily but they are back views or part profiles so as to protect his son’s identity. The bed is an interactive sculptural component that encourages viewers at the gallery to sit or even lay down as they listen to the soundscape emanating from the four speakers. The sound of nocturnal snoring and breathing is a rhythmic Svengali lullaby that is comforting and mimics the sound of the beach shore waters. The pictures and video projection served as a tactile narrative or memory stream of the fleeting moments of childhood. We barely remember details of our childhood but we remember moments – those we keep revisiting. But this is a love letter to lost childhood and its fleeting nature. Zambrano is successful in locking that moment in his art. The entire work is a personal experience.
So you think this might be in Chelsea but it is in New Rochelle! Perhaps you can spare the 28 minutes train ride on a weekend and explore places of art where you’ve never been. Go before the moment is gone!
Vincent Zambrano: Before the Sound
Reverol & Co. Contemporary Art. 30 Huguenot Street. New Rochelle, NY 10801
For more information: call (914) 413 – 1120 or visit: www.reverolco.com