Roman Longginou uses charcoal to create large-scale drawings that investigate idealised notions of masculinity. Placing focus on the pictorial, the artist appropriates visual imagery found in journals, films, social media and magazines that are associated with virility throughout popular culture. Using icons of masculinity that signify prestige and power, Longginou works form a dialogue that explores how materialist desires might inform male identity and how such influences may impact one's perception of self.
'The Materialism' is a large-scale photographic montage series of archival printed editions and charcoal drawings.
Sourcing imagery from commercial and social media, as well as the artists’ own selection of objects, this series of colour pictures, imagines a pictorial space where these polished consumer products and decrepit historical fragments are crushed into compositional conformity.
Investigating the idealised notions of masculine identity, ‘The Materialisms’ contrasts the hyper-polished with the historical fragment, presenting icons that signify both prestige and the inevitability of deterioration. ‘The Materialisms’ forms a dialogue that explores how materialist desires might inform male identity and how such influences may fragment or even erode one’s perception of self. The objects and ideas we worship today eventually become the relics we study tomorrow: worn down, broken and fragmented, sheen and veneer eventually wear thin. If materialism is the religion of the day, then the images we make of ourselves become the fragmented idols we worship.
Queensland University of Technology - Brisbane :
2015 – Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) With Distinction
2016 – Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours II)