July 2024 Group Show

Michael Albert
Adriana Barone
Roger Sichel

July 3 - July 25, 2024

Reception: Saturday, July 6, 5-6:30 PM

We are pleased to present a group showing of Michael Albert, Adriana Barone, and Roger Sichel, July 3 through July 25. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, July 6, from 5-6:30 PM.

 Michael Albert has been creating art since his college days at New York University (BPA / 1984-1988), where he studied business. During that time, he became interested in art after visiting many of the great museums of New York City and seeing many great masterpieces, and soon after began making art in his own personal quest to create a masterpiece worthy of hanging at a major museum. His art has evolved from doodles and pen & ink, to serious wax oil drawings, to the cubist mosaic cereal box collages (Cerealism) he has become known for. In the past two decades he has been creating large-scale “Epic” collage works using the cardboard packaging of iconic consumer brands on various themes including: History, Literature, Famous Quotes, Biblical & Religious themes, Music, Lyrics, Clocks, Botany, Mathematics, Geography, Logo Montages & Color Studies. He is the founder/owner of Sir Real, a brand of fruit juice & natural foods found at specialty markets in the greater NY Metro area including at Schiavoni’s Market right across the street! Since the publishing of his first book, an artist’s autobiography titled, “An Artist’s America” (Henry Holt, 2008), he has developed a traveling Pop art enrichment program & hands-on collage workshop for all age groups called the “Modern Pop Art Experience”, which he has brought to over 1,000 schools, libraries, museums & other arts venues all over the USA & in Europe. This summer starting in July, he will be showing his work at the Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor for the first time. The selection of limited edition giclee prints on canvas, rare silkscreens, original collages and self-published offset prints spans 30 years of his art.

 Adriana Barone is a graduate of Pratt Institute with a major in Fine Art and a minor in Art History. But she put art making on the shelf as she felt at the time that there were already too many objects. Young minds…..

 In 1994 Adriana moved to Sag Harbor from the City when she changed careers from Art Directing to Energy Healing. In addition to her healing practice, she spends massive amounts of time art making. “Today I am consumed with the challenge of the canvas…the challenge of bringing spontaneity, freedom, and life force to my work by combining intuitive mark making, imagery, humor and a healthy dose of frustration and futility. I paint to paint, and I relish the breakthroughs when they happen and I sit in the struggle sometimes impatiently, sometimes hopeful that this too shall pass."

Photographer, Artist and Festival Producer, Roger Sichel’s prolific creative experience spans generations and genres. From creating one of New York’s first erotic film festivals with judges Andy Warhol, Gore Vidal and Milos Forman to producing rock concerts with the Doors, Four Seasons and Isaac Hayes nationwide, Roger identifies most as a cultural observer and photographic journalist.

 Sichel has now entered the next phase of his artistic career and is choosing to explore neo-pop mixed media, inspired by his own life, as well as current events, while simultaneously preserving the legacy of his work in photojournalism.

The Friends of Pablo Picasso - 45 x 64 - Mixed Media on Paper

THE WORK OF CHRISTOPHER ENGEL
with Special Guest Artist, FRANKLIN ENGEL

 July 25 – August 15, 2024

 The Work of Christopher Engel is presented at Kramoris Gallery, 41 Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY from July 25 – August 15, 2024. The work of Special Guest Artist, Franklin Engel, father of Christopher, will also be featured.

Christopher Engel’s unique artistic style blends figurative and abstract imagery, employing expressive brushstrokes and a masterful interplay of colors. Critics have drawn comparisons between Engel and esteemed artists such as George McNeil, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Robert Motherwell. However, it is his distinct expressionistic and symbolic approach that sets Engel’s work apart, as he deftly depicts the archetypal imagery of the collective unconscious. His connection to Carl G. Jung, whose writing and imagery have inspired Engel since childhood and throughout his life as both an artist and an educator, is evident in his work.

Special Guest Artist Franklin Engel, father of Christopher Engel, features his combine paintings in this exhibit. Franklin Engel has conjured up abstract images on aged, wooden planes, combining ceramic, wood, and stones with hidden texts, symbols, and gestures reminiscent of cave paintings and early astronomical drawings. Converging lines, triangles, and circles dominate the work over a sea of white, rust, and gold with blue burnt edges. Recollections and elements of the mind of a searcher have been recorded, and the viewer observes the never-ending journey of the mind and spirit. Franklin Engel explains, “We are constantly searching for symbols and images, past and present, to catch a glimpse of the universe that holds us all.”

Both Engels, father and son, are speaking similar “languages” in their work. Their language of images is the speech of the unconscious - the “collective unconscious.” Both  abstract and figurative images reveal a connection of both artists’ desires to understand the mystery and complexity of who we are, how we got here, and where we are going.

In one of Christopher Engel’s quintessential abstract pieces, 3 Red Birds Scale a Wall - a large expressionistic work reminiscent of the style of Robert Motherwell - he evokes a background of black, brown, and gold amid jagged graffiti-like lines in a dizzying array of patterns and movements surrounding three red angles, balanced among charcoal and graphite text, numbers, and images. The work has connotations of escaping, rising above, and moving past blockades. 3 Red Birds remind us that we can rise above and beyond limitations - even in the thickest of forests or crowded cities. We can find ourselves in flight, moving past the power of gravity.

In Christopher Engel’s essential figurative work, The Friends of Pablo Picasso, we see four seated characters drinking at the famous El Quatre Gats bistro. The central figure is Picasso himself with an Etruscan bull on his chest and the sign of infinity above his head. His face is ageless – the young and old artist combined. Engel captures his gesture and well-known gaze. Seated with Picasso are perhaps friends or perhaps aspects of the artist - all with pointed hats and crowns reminiscent of religious figures, angels, and spirits – adorned with symbols of the Buddha, the Annunciation, numbers, and words. Bordering the figures is a quote of Picasso’s: “To draw you must close your eyes and sing.” All of the works in this exhibit resonate with this concept.

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