09 May 2014


Justin Randolph Thompson in conversation with Andrew Smaldone

6 pm

On the occasion of the exhibition closing of A Job Ain’t Nothin But Work artist Justin Randolph Thompson and Artist/Curator Andrew Smaldone will be in conversation at the Villa Romana Friday, May 9th discussing Thompson’s work and the development of labor as a gesture of redemption. Thompson will screen performance based video works and elaborate upon his artistic trajectory in dialogue with the curator of the show. Following the lecture and screening, the artist will present a new performance created specifically for his installation Labor Vincit Omnia.

Justin Randolph Thompson (b. 1979 Peekskill, USA) is a sculptor and new media artist and Professor of art at Lorenzo De’ Medici Institute, he has exhibited internationally in venues including the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in San Antonio, The Reina Sofia and Whitney Museum of American Art. Awards include a 2013 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, a 2013 Visual Art Grant from the Fundacion Marcelino Botin, a 2013 Emerging Artist Fellowship at Socrates Sculpture Park, a Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant and a Jerome Fellowship at Franconia Sculpture Park.

Andrew Smaldone (b. 1978 Denver, USA) is an artist, writer, and professor of painting and drawing at Santa Reparata International School of Art, where he is also Academic Dean. He began writing about art in 2005 after co-founding a bilingual artists run magazine (English-Italian) titled ArtSEEN Journal. He acted as the magazine’s senior editor until 2008 and in the same year began writing for ArtReview along with other international publications. More recently, a selection of his paintings where chosen by curator Dan Cameron as winner of the 94th edition of New American Paintings.