Adel Gorgy's recent body of work, "Seeing Art Anew," is a collection of photographs whose subject is art, itself. In these large scale, compelling and original works, the artist asks the viewer to experience, with new eyes, the familiar works of Picasso, Van Gogh, Matisse, and others. In these photographs, Gorgy employs selected visual phrases taken from great paintings as the basis for new compositions, interpreting and recomposing revered works of art. The resulting images are large, complex works, woven into a single, harmonious composition.
In another group of large format works, "Rhythms...Winter to Fall," the images are all derived from nature and span a time from Winter to Fall. Realism describes nature, Impressionism colors it, Expressionism interprets it and Abstraction reduces it. In "Rhythms...Winter to Fall," these boundaries are blurred, imaginary or non-existent.
Also included in the exhibition are selections from "Colors of Shadow," where colors and shadows shape a world of realism and abstraction, as well as several of Gorgy's black and white compositions, which present a visual duel of light and shadow.
In all of Adel Gorgy's photographs, the image is pre-visualized and then recomposed, the colors are interpretive, impressionistic or expressive rather than representational, and the final image retains little or all of its original self. By choosing to use a camera to create abstract works of art, he has placed himself in a select and finite group of contemporary photographic artists. His work transcends the limitations of realism, venturing into territories once limited to the art of painting, drawing or even sculpture.
This is Adel Gorgy's third solo exhibition this year, and his second in New Jersey. Adel Gorgy lives and works on Long Island and his photographs have been exhibited both nationally and internationally in museums and galleries.
The Atrium Gallery is located at 10 Court Street, Morristown NJ 07963, 4th Floor
Exhibition hours: January 23 - March 12, 2012 Mon. - Fri. 8am - 5pm
Artist’s Reception: February 2, 6-8:30 pm