‘The art of life’: Adel Gorgy at the Atrium in Morristown

Posted by Kevin Coughlin on February 6, 2012 · Leave a Comment 

Imagine if you could have rubbed elbows with Matisse or Picasso at a reception for one of their exhibitions. How might they have explained their work?  What secrets would they have revealed?

They’re long gone, of course. The next best thing may have come last week at Morristown’s Atrium Gallery, where Adel Gorgywas among the artists on hand for the official opening of the gallery’s Winter 2012 exhibit.

Adel’s contribution is called Seeing Art Anew, a collection of eye-popping photographs that reinterpret familiar works in unfamiliar ways.

Over the years Gorgy has honed a process called “Differential Color Absorption” to create digital, archival, wall-sized prints inspired by colors and textures and brush strokes of masterpieces. The exercise has focused him on the meaning and purpose of art.

“It starts with a vision. What do you want to create?” Adel said. “You have to think out of the box. But you have to use all of your technical experience that you have developed over the years.  The medium doesn’t matter,” he said. “Ultimately, the image you create says it all.”

For Adel, photography is a passport to a place of self-awareness.

“Photography enables us to look and discover there is nothing ordinary in life. If you look hard enough, nothing is ordinary,” he said.

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Adel Gorgy with 'Beauty Dwells in the Dark Folds of Night,' a photograph inspired by a Rousseau painting.' Photo by Scott Schlosser

His extraordinary explorations don’t come cheap. He uses a $10,000 HP large-scale printer to do justice to his 500-megabyte digital files. Ink and paper can run upwards of $700 per print, he said.

Yet Adel thinks it’s a small price to pay for revelations.

“Art has the purpose of making us awake and aware,” he said. “The greatest art is the art of life, the art of being alive.”

Adel Gorgy is among eight artists whose works are on display through March 13 at the Atrium Gallery, in the Morris County Administration and Records Building at 10 Court Street in Morristown. Admission is free during weekday business hours. The exhibition is curated by the Arts Council of the Morris Area. http://morristowngreen.com/2012/02/06/the-art-of-life-adel-gorgy-at-the-atrium-in-morristown/