Recent work by Adel Gorgy, Robert C. Morgan and Yun-Woo Choi
January 15th – February 4th, 2015
Opening Reception – Thursday, January 15th 6-8 pm
We live in a world where truly original voices are hard to find. It’s rare and exciting to encounter art that defies boundaries and labels. Able Fine Art NY has invited three artists whose work crosses lines—conceptually, materially, spatially, and experientially—to present their work in Crossing Lines, on view from January 15th through February 4th, 2015.
Each artist uses his medium, imagination and inner voice to create works that seek to contain the limitless and touch the unattainable. Choi speaks of the multi-dimensionality of the universe and how his three-dimensional works respond to it. In Gorgy’s Permutation series, where the subject is art, itself, he offers glimpses of infinite possibilities. Morgan’s paintings refer to mental states and energies, concepts that surpass the possibilities of language.
Yun-Woo Choi takes a revered, ancient practice of working with folded and reconfigured paper and updates it for a new century, with new visions and new concerns. Sustainability and re-use, long held in high regard in Asian societies, suggest the possibility of renewal, while advertising and magazine pages bring up the idea of how to co-opt the deluge of media surrounding us and remake it to our own vision.
In a series of stunning abstractions inspired by earlier works of art, Adel Gorgy offers new ways of seeing. His work transcends issues of authorship, ownership, and appropriation, and, instead, addresses consciousness and how we experience art. Can we see in works of art other than what the artist intended? Gorgy answers yes, in work that merges elements found in that of Warhol, Kelly, Albers and Gilbert and George. His large format photographs based on works by Matisse, Twombly and Warhol, intentionally blur the boundaries between painting and photography and redefine the medium.
Renowned art critic and artist Robert C. Morgan’s paintings are at once reflective and absorbing of light. They contain contradictions which challenge the static nature of works of art, and, at the same time, seem to refer to an ageless history in which the artist grapples with light and dark and all they represent. In Morgan’s work they may represent states of mind, energy or imaginable or unimaginable alternate realities.
The presentation of painting, photography and sculpture in an intimate gallery setting offers an extraordinary opportunity to experience a wide ranging and eclectic vision of new work by three highly accomplished artists. Each has exhibited widely in museums and galleries worldwide. Able Fine Art NY is proud to bring Adel Gorgy, Robert C. Morgan and Yun-Woo Choi together in Crossing Lines.
Abstracting Abstraction – Traces of Pollock, de Kooning and Warhol
October 12th through October 27th, 2013
Opening Reception: October 12th 1-4 pm
From October 12th through the 27th, BAFFA Gallery in Sayville will present Abstracting Abstraction – Traces of Pollock, de Kooning and Warhol, a solo exhibition of large scale, abstract photographic work by Long Island artist, Adel Gorgy.
Merging the conceptual with the visual into complex, multifaceted images, Adel Gorgy’s work extends the boundaries and redefines the possibilities of photography. In his work, the camera is a vital tool, but, unlike traditional photography, where the artist merely records a moment, in these works, Gorgy’s hand and vision are always present, directing, decoding, deciding and defining to arrive at an image that may bear echoes of the original, but in an entirely distinct voice.
In this recent series, Abstracting Abstraction – Traces of Pollock, de Kooning and Warhol, traces of these three artists can be perceived. But, just as they morphed and reinterpreted the realities presented to them, Gorgy reconstructs, recontextualizes and recomposes what he sees in their work into complex, intricately detailed photographs rich with imagery and meaning.
Gorgy states that he chose these three artists, Pollock, de Kooning and Warhol, not only because he loves their work, but also for what their work means to him in context of his own.
In his previous work, he took the palette and the brushstrokes of painters like Monet, Van Gogh, Matisse and Picasso, recomposed them to create new compositions free of the recognizable representational components, and offered viewers a method for “Seeing Art Anew.”
So, Gorgy considers this a natural continuation of his previous work where the subject of his art is art, itself. In these pieces, Gorgy poses the question of whether abstract work can be further abstracted. Can a conceptual work be abstracted? Can a vision encompass art, nature and self? The answer, Adel Gorgy says, is a resounding yes, and it is happening in Abstracting Abstraction.
Adel Gorgy’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and internationally, but he has chosen Long Island as the first venue for this group of photographs.
The genesis of this portfolio was a visit to the Pollock-Krasner house in East Hampton. On the floor of Pollock’s studio were innumerable drips of paint, never seen before as anything more than what was left after his paintings were done. Gorgy photographed and recomposed these remnants into completely new compositions.
The resulting works of art in Abstracting Abstraction still retain traces of the color and line of Pollock, de Kooning and Warhol but the beauty, strength and vision are those of Adel Gorgy. Long, looping lines of bold colors dance across washes of softer tones. Passages of Pollock peek out from a field of de Kooning, all mingled seamlessly with Gorgy’s own photographs. The alchemical mixtures are surprising, thought-provoking and visually stunning.
Adel Gorgy is a New York area artist who photographic artwork has been the subject of three previous solo exhibitions. It has been included in numerous group shows, and published widely in books and magazines.
BAFFA Gallery, sponsored by the Bay Area Friends of the Fine Arts, is located in the historic Gillette House in Sayville at 47 Gillette Avenue. It has a long history of presenting exhibitions of local and regional artists, and offering the public a chance to view important contemporary works of art in an intimate, local setting.
Exhibition dates: October 12 – 27, 2013
THE CATS OF BROOKLYN
Brooklyn cats breakfast on birds.
No canned wet pet food for them,
nor kibbles & bits of dry food.
Brooklyn cats are street cats.
They rule rooftops, fire escapes, and fences.
They roam backyards and alleyways
and won’t be confined
in condos, cages, or courtyards.
These are the cats of Brighton, Borough Park,
Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, and Bushwick.
These are not the cats of Manhattan,
Queens, Staten Island, or The Bronx.
These Brooklyn cats are tough, not even
the big dogs of Bed-Stuy will tangle with them,
knowing they, like their cousins of Tel Aviv,
fiercely fang and claw all comers.
You can take the cat out of Brooklyn
to Long Island, Westchester, or Connecticut,
but you can’t take the Brooklyn out of the cat.
—Stanley H. Barkan