Abstraction Exhibit Opens at Alex Ferrone Gallery

“Great Plains Genesis 3117″ by Scott Farrell
“Great Plains Genesis 3117″ by Scott Farrell, Photo: Courtesy Alex Ferrone Gallery

Opening this Saturday at the Alex Ferrone Gallery in Cutchogue is the Abstraction Exhibit, a new show featuring the photography of three artists native to Long Island: Alex Vignoli, Christine Matthäi and Scott Farrell.

The exhibition is built around the outer limits of what photography can create. Using everyday images of objects and landscapes, the three artists have manipulated their photos afterward to leave little trace as to what the original image contained, creating a final product that is surreal and abstract.

Hailing from Brazil, Alex Vignoli was influenced by his father’s photos, which helped jumpstart his own career in the art form. Inspired by the scenery of the East End and famed artists such as Salvador Dali, M.C. Escher and Norman Rockwell, Vignoli creates photographs that capture the abstract nature of ordinary scenes, from lonely boats floating in a harbor at night to the flexible way a book’s pages can be folded and manipulated.

Similar to Vignoli, German-born Christine Matthäi developed a fascination with photography at a young age, beginning her exploration in earnest when she moved to New York following her graduation from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Berlin. Matthäi takes much of her inspiration from her frequent travels—her favorite subjects being the waters of ponds, lakes and oceans. Her current home on Shelter Island is the perfect spot to feed her artistic drive.

Inspired by photographers Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange, and painters Winslow Homer and Andrew Wyeth, Scott Farrell’s photos feature landscapes and cityscapes, focusing on the unique textures and scenes native to the regions he photographs. He was recently chosen as a finalist out of 13,000 entries for National Geographic and his photos have been displayed frequently throughout Long Island and New Jersey.

An opening reception for Abstraction Exhibit is scheduled for Saturday, June 25, from 6–8 p.m. The show will be on view through August 7 at the Alex Ferrone Gallery, 25425 Main Road, Cutchogue. Additional information can be found at alexferronegallery.com or by calling 631-734-8545.

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