Going Beyond Sight With The Abstraction Exhibit At The Alex Ferrone Gallery.
The Abstraction Exhibit brings an unconventional visual presentation from three regional artists to the North Fork at the Alex Ferrone Gallery. Artists, Alex Vignoli, Christine Matthäi, and Scott Farrell have each pulled elements from everyday scenes. Then, with their individual intentions, have created new series of images that take us away from the original setting, leaving us with little or no representational reference to the initial view. Meet the artists at the opening reception on Saturday, June 25 from 6-8pm and enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres. Abstraction runs through August 7, 2016.
For the exhibit, Alex Vignoli created his photographs in-camera initially and then furthers their dramatic intentions post-processing. Vignoli has captured the fast-paced motion of life, "Zero-to-Sixty" as he calls it, as he moves through the two places with which he has the most connection - the more flowing, natural world of the Hamptons, and the constant, angular movement from the concrete vertical world of the city. Christine Matthäi begins with her fluid waterscapes initially abstracted in-camera, then conceptualizes further by merging her images with musings of words and poetry about the sea. Her square format represents elemental sacred places in which to hold multiple personal, artistic layers, and serves as means to express the desire for timelessness and preservation of both words and the sea. Scott Farrell has created his abstractions solely in-camera while investigating two weather-beaten, man-made structures that had been exposed to nature's elements over time. Rain, sun, heat, wind, and oxidation brought revelations of entirely new dramatic scenes to Scott's keen observation, including thoughts of landscapes and stellar occurrences.
Abstraction Gallery Talk: Join the artists on Sunday, July 17 from 1:00-3:00 PM for a free luncheon Gallery Talk to hear the discussion about their works. Reservations are required. Sponsored by Abatelli Realty of Cutchogue.
Alex Ferrone Gallery is at 25425 Main Road, Cutchogue. Hours: 11am-5pm Thursday through Sunday; (11-6 Saturday); or by appointment other days. Call 631-734-8545 for more info or visit AlexFerroneGallery.com
Originally from Brazil, in his youth, Alex Vignoli was first inspired by photography from his father's photographs and slides of work with the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations in Gaza, Israel and Europe. Acquiring 20+ years of experience working in the visual arts, Alex works from his studio on the East End of Long Island. He craves creativity and design, and inspiration for him comes from famed painters such as Da Vinci, Dali, Escher and Rockwell, as well as, from clever marketing media campaigns to his fascination for poster and book design. He is constantly producing fine art photography, digital collage, paintings, illustrations, art objects and sculpture. Alex has exhibited his photographs and paintings in Miami and throughout Long Island including the East End, and his works are in private collections in the United States, Brazil, Costa Rica, England, Japan, Mexico, Portugal and Spain.
German-born Christine Matthäi's fascination with photography and film began during her early teenage years. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Berlin, she moved to New York City where she held several photographic positions as photographer's assistant, photojournalist and foreign correspondent for international magazines and newspapers. Continuing her education with courses at the Parson's School of Design and New York Film Academy, her strong connections to the New York art scene stimulated and helped contribute to the exploration of her own artistic creativity pursuing photography full time. During her extended travels to various places far and wide, her favored subjects have always been the waters of ponds, lakes and oceans. Now a resident of Shelter Island, Christine continues to draw her inspiration from nature. Her photographic works are inspired by the extraordinary light conditions of sea, sky and water on the East End of Long Island as well as in the Bahamas.
Long Island-based photographer Scott Farrell has an eclectic vision and considers an array of subjects for his images that spans landscapes, rural and urban scenes, and geometric and abstract compositions of architecture. Farrell's development as a photographer began earlier in high school when he learned of, and was profoundly influenced by, works of photographers of the Depression such as Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and other photographers working with the FSA (Farm Security Administration). Additional photographers and artists including Ansel Adams and Andrew Wyeth also influence Scott as he interprets particular scenes with regard to texture, tone, composition and dramatic lighting to produce his works. Scott has been pursuing his fine art photography full-time now for the past four years. Accolades include recently having one of his photographs chosen as a finalist from 13,000 entries for publication in National Geographic in the Landmark Moments 2016 online competition. Scott has been actively exhibiting throughout Long Island and in New Jersey, and is a member of many arts organizations here as well.