James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook, “We’re Concerned. Are You?” 1990, silkscreen print, 20″ x 23″. Available signed or unsigned.
James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook ran Ground Zero Gallery from 1983 to 1986. Together, they adapted and illustrated David Wojnarowicz’s graphic memoir 7 Miles a Second (Vertigo 1996), and van Cook’s own graphic memoir The Late Child and Other Animals (Fantagraphics 2014). Romberger’s pastel drawings of the Lower East Side have been acquired by the Metropolitan Museum and the Brooklyn Museum.
The silkscreened image of a violent clash between police and civilians calls to mind the Tompkins Square Park riots of 1988 and 1991, while logos stenciled in red juxtapose radical iconography with corporate branding.