Famous art masters' works have a new look

Adel Gorgy gives new, exciting dimension to familiar art

Published 9:39 AM, Jan. 26, 2012  |  The Daily Record 


Adel Gorgy's “First Kiss” is modeled after Picasso’s “Girl Before a Mirror.” / COURTESY OF THE ARTIST ~
Written by
Jennifer L. Nelson
For NJ Press Media

Local residents needn’t make a trip into the city to visit an art museum when an opportunity to view the contemporary works of a New York photographer is coming to the Atrium Gallery in Morristown.

The Arts Council of the Morris Area will present “Seeing Art Anew and Other Works,” an exhibit of photography by Long Island-based artist Adel Gorgy, through March 12 on the fourth floor of the Atrium Gallery in Morristown. Admission is free.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 2).

Gorgy’s latest exhibit features a collection of large-scale photographs whose subjects are the familiar works of famous artists such as Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh.

“We tend to look at art the way the artist created it, so we’ve been seeing it in the same way for hundreds of years,” Gorgy said. “I thought, why not abstract it? Why not look at the art in a completely different way and give it new dimension … and change it from being something familiar to something new and exciting?”

In his photographs, Gorgy adapts selected visual phrases taken from famous paintings as the basis for his new compositions. He interprets and recomposes the revered works of art into large, complex compositions.

“I believe life can become ordinary and familiar, and through photography I try to help people see that everything in life can be extraordinary, if you look at it in a certain way,” Gorgy said.

In all of Gorgy’s photographs, the image is pre-visualized and then recomposed. The colors become interpretive, impressionistic or expressive rather than representational, and the final image may retain various degrees of the original work.

Photographs to be exhibited at the Atrium Gallery include “Young Girl Dreams of Love,” inspired by Henri Matisse’s “Interior with a Young Girl”; “Beloved,” modeled after Paul Cezanne’s “Madame Cezanne in the Conservatory”; “First Kiss,” after Picasso’s “Girl Before a Mirror”; “Realm of the Spirit,” drawn from “Portrait of Madame Augustine Roulin” and “Baby Marcelle” by Van Gogh.

By using a camera to create abstract works of art, Gorgy has become part of a group of contemporary photographic artists. He uses his photographic skills to experiment with techniques that were once limited to the art forms of painting, drawing, or sculpture.

“I’ve been taking pictures since I was 10 years old,” he said. “I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t have a camera in my hand.”

The Atrium Gallery exhibit marks Gorgy’s third exhibition this year and his second in New Jersey. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries both nationally and internationally.

Before immigrating to the United States, Gorgy lived in Europe and the Middle East. His travels have served as a source of inspiration for his art, he said.

“I believe life is full of beauty, and if we focus enough, we’ll find beauty around us everywhere,” he said. “It’s this beauty that serves as the focus of my work.”