The White Room Gallery presents SUBTLE IMPACT
THE WHITE ROOM GALLERY Presents SUBTLE IMPACT
August 13th -September 8th 2019
Opening Reception Sat. Aug 24th 6-8pm
Thomas P. Raggio
Keith uses long-exposure photography to create minimal seascape washes. He relies on the essential aspects of minimalism—line, shape and texture—to form greyscale images that are affecting in their simplicity. His work represents natural elements and manmade structures in congruence, reducing these parts of the landscape to their purest form. Each image conveys an almost surreal sense of stillness and balance that cannot be disturbed.
The ocean serves as Keith’s primary inspiration, and the predominant location of his work. A surfer since he was five years old, Keith has always lived and worked in close proximity to the water. His camera and surfing gear are never far from him. He attempts to capture his sensory experience of the beach, seizing on isolated subjects such as the granular surface of the sand, the undulations of the surf, a gnarled piece of driftwood, or the seemingly endless stretch of a dock. While his work comes from a deeply personal place, he hopes that his images also have a universal quality that makes them easily accessible and timeless.
Working in black and white allows Keith to detach himself from the chaotic reality of color, and enables a broader interpretation of the environment, offering up a space that can be filled by the viewer’s imagination. The technique of long-exposure photography elicits the subtle gradations of light and shadow that permeate his nature studies as well as his architectural subjects. Keith settles into and gets acquainted with a chosen site, by observing a place from different vantage points and through shifting degrees of light over time. He shoots with a combination of film and digital equipment, relying primarily on a manual Hasselblad medium-format camera. Taking anywhere from minutes to several hours, these long exposures reflect a process that is slow and deliberate from start to finish.
Keith often waits weeks for the perfect combination of elements to come together in a shoot. Through his lens, violent tropical storms or massive winter waves crashing on the beach are transformed into quiet, introspective moments. Spontaneous atmospheric effects, like a seeping mist, the changing of tide or descending cloud cover, can alter the initial idea of a piece entirely. In each resulting photograph, his aim remains the same, however: to strike a simple balance between the seen and the unseen—the stark realities of nature and the subtleties of personal perception.
Keith has a BFA in photography from Loyola Marymount University. His work hangs in private collections in Los Angeles, Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and New York. He splits his time between Amagansett and New York City.
Thomas Paul Raggio:
I contemplate every color, mark, and placement of the line to formulate what I call rhythmic velocities: relationships of color and motion that give life to the composition, creating a heartbeat. I am interested in the duality of math and design: through repetition, a line made of color becomes a rhythmic pattern. This concept is found when composing music, organic landscapes and architectural structures. By referencing these sources, my abstractions transcend their formal components, reaching beyond a minimalist canon.
My work is composed of hard edges and thin lines set against an abstract field or a pictorial space. Each color has a quickness that is relative to the colors surrounding it; this gives my paintings visual movement and dislocates the viewer. Through linear and geometric forms, my paintings explore design and mathematical concepts found broadly throughout culture. They are improvised from a wide range of sources such as my conversations with scholars in various fields of music, architecture and engineering, my life experiences and travels.
Thomas Paul Raggio holds a Four-Year Certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Raggio has taught Color Theory, Visual Thinking, Painting, Drawing, and currently Art Appreciation at Rutgers University. He has also lectured Abstract Expressionism, 19th-century American Art, and participated in many programs promoting the visual arts. Thomas has exhibited works nationally and internationally. His works are in private and public collections in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and Australia.
Adam Scott Umbach was born in Chicago, where from an early age he was inspired by the modern masters collection at the Art Institute. He received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin, where he studied painting, and then began his artistic career in Chicago. His large scale explorations of form and color paintings appeared in numerous exhibitions including: Moniker Art Fair, New York and Market: Art & Design, Bridegehampton, NY. His works appear in both domestic and foreign collections.
In 2012 with artist Thomas O’Gorman, he founded Alice Galleries in Chicago and Islesboro, Maine, where he painted in the summers, using the maritime forms, colors and iconography inspired by the craggy coast. The artist represents a fresh, dynamic approach to exhibiting and sale of contemporary art in an artist-friendly environment see alicegalleries.com.
In 2016 he decided to move to a larger arena: East Hampton, New York. There, he has embraced the sandy seascapes of Long Island Sound where he now resides. His East Harbor studio is a reflection of his classical training and harmonious expression of his love for art, the sea, and the culture of the area.
Umbach has evolved into a multi-faceted artist who is equally at home with abstract art, representational painting, portraiture, and charcoal. “I’m not focused on having a ‘style,” he admits. “Creating a style is too restrictive and confining for me and what I want to accomplish. I am more inclined to work in a variety of artistic expressions.”
Whatever the various styles, brilliant light, color and space define Umbach’s work. Differing from geographical landscapes to expressionistic backgrounds, the work maintains a minimalist aesthetic. By using recognizable imagery, these color fields provide a glimpse into the artist’s life.
David Skillicorn has been creating luminous abstract paintings professionally for the past twenty years. He explores complex spatial and color relationships through the use of texture, organic line, and sensuous fields of color. By often mixing in elements of the physical landscape directly into the paint — sand, stone dust, field grasses, bits of flora — he infuses the work with the presence of the natural world.
In mixed media works on canvas, Skillicorn creates sophisticated, intuitive paintings alive with surface texture, lush paint of vibrant colors in bold strokes over atmospheric passages. “My process is one of applying paint liberally, carving and digging back into it, and building up layers,” Skillicorn says. “Through this process of application and excavation I would say that I “find” the painting as much as I “make” it.”
Skillicorn feels his paintings are not “about” something specific, or art objects per se, as much as they are an opportunity to trigger an emotional response. His colorful and richly textured paintings often convey something that is not so much experienced with the mind, as felt with the body…. in an intimate, visceral, and contemplative way.
Skillicorn exhibits regularly in galleries and museums on both coasts, and is part of numerous public and private collections across the country.
There is a strong narrative running through Susan Washington’s work that references her long involvement with collage, textiles, fashion and art. She comes from a family of artists and by age 5 Susan was tutored in the art of origami and sumi ink drawing by her Japanese godmother as well as watercolors from her father. She spent her teens deconstructing dressmaking as a punk fashionista. Washington then landed on 5thAvenue working at Dior and Nautica.
Gravitating to the oeuvres of Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly and Joan Mitchell, Washington has continued to push boundaries, re-inventing her work with each new piece while continuing to maintain the cohesive thread that creates her signature look.
“Washington’s pieces are the perfect balance of artistry and execution. Jean Paul Gaultier, Yohji Yamamoto, Valentino and Vivienne Westwood may inspire the narrative but it is Washington’s deft palette of textiles, paper and oil that tells the story.”
In addition to studio sales, Susan’s artwork is sold internationally. She is represented by Los Angeles Gallery, Artspace Warehouse and The White Room Gallery in the Hamptons, with limited works available at Holly Hunt’s NYC showroom.