“For many years, the subject of my art has been art itself,” said Adel Gorgy, a Baldwin Harbor artist whose work will be exhibited at the Bay Area Friends of the Fine Arts gallery in Sayville (www.baffa.org) from Oct. 12 to 27. Gorgy’s solo show, “Abstracting Abstraction — Traces of Pollock, de Kooning and Warhol,” merges the conceptual with the visual, as the artist uses his camera to explore the works of abstract artists in ways that redefine the originals while adding their own distinct viewpoint.
“‘Abstracting Abstraction’ is a natural continuation of previous work in which I abstracted the imagery of Van Gogh, Monet, Matisse and Picasso,” Gorgy says. “I pose the question of whether abstract work can be abstracted. Can conceptual work be abstracted? Can a vision encompass art, nature and self? The answer is a resounding yes.”
To create his independent takes on existing works of art, Gorgy uses his camera to “reconstruct, recontextualize and recompose” what he sees into complex, detailed photographs rich with imagery and meaning. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and internationally, but this collection will debut on Long Island.
The BAFFA gallery is in the historic Gillette House, at 47 Gillette Ave. in Sayville. 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.