Instruments of revolution article by MARY GREGORY

http://www.ourtownny.com/city-arts-news/20170203/instruments-of-revolution

Instruments of revolution | Manhattan, New York, NY | City Arts News 

Varvara Stepanova composed her “Figure” from a fanciful mix of primary colors and simple geometries. Photo: Adel Gorgy

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“Hiking with Peter”poem by Alex Drummond, “The Road Less Travelled” fine art photo by Adel Gorgy – America

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HIKING WITH PETER

        for Peter Thabit Jones, September 17, 2016

 

Boot-shod feet, born and bred south coast of Wales

felt the pulse of Big Sur’s thumping shore,

tapped its  rhythms into poems,

then leaped, with the help of an airplane,

California to Colorado, where I met him

and was glad he was properly shod

to wind with me up among the sandstone fins

south side of Mt. Sanitas,

hiked and jogged by hundreds,

but sure to be people-free I promised Peter

on our descent north, then west, south,

and east from the summit.

 

Hour-long uphill huff and puff

failed to deflate our lungs,

left in fact whole hallways and corridors

of oxygen-filled enthusiasm

to talk poetry halfway from A to Z,

saving the other half for the less steep

meander back down.

 

Peter could pick up from where he left

the Pacific sprawled below his hillside

hermitage at Big Sur by viewing

flat Boulder suckling its own shoreline

steep off Sanitas a thousand feet below our feet.

 

Peter clicked his camera at whatever wonder

first flew into his eye, a young women clicked us

shaking hands by the mountain’s summit pole,

and shy deer on the way down

ambled in and out of focus,

as poets and the ways of poetry

filled our talk, mixed with the scent

of ponderosa pines, the slope of hillsides,

the grass of  meadows, and a certain log

we had to find to find a certain way down

the rest of the world no longer knows.

 

Fine friendly trail companion,

this man Peter, for whom poetry

ties and unties his boot laces

talks to him in his sleep, sometimes

shakes him awake, and showed him yesterday

through his boot soles how to step

from Boulder’s young pink sandstone

to its old grey granite in whatever dance

between the two will add

an audible Colorado ripple

to each new poem  

rising up inside him. 

Alex Drummond     America

 

“The Dark House of Hurt” artwork by Adel Gorgy, USA. “Crosses and gravestones break my view” poem by Peter Thabit Jones, UK

-Credit : Cross-Cultural Communications Art & Poetry Series Broadsides # 78

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The Dark House of Hurt
Copyright © Adel Gorgy 2015 Photograph  – http://www.adelgorgy.com/

CROSSES AND GRAVESTONES BREAK MY VIEW

 

Crosses and gravestones break my view.
To the left, I see you, bending
To arrange a jar of flowers;
The winter sky dulls your presence:
Charcoal figure, Van Gogh peasant.
Now kneeling, you recall a prayer.

 

My lack of Welsh locks out the sense;
But the grammar of sobs I know.
No priest, no poet, no actor
Could vinegar my wound like you.
You stand and gather up your things;
Then blackly walk the narrow path.

 

Your grief is deep – and so is mine;
Yet your strange prayer suggests that faith
Does visit your dark house of hurt.
I stare down at my child son’s grave;
I say no words to cross or stone,
As my clenched hands hold crumbs of dirt.

 

Published in VISITORS by Peter Thabit Jones, Seren Books (1986)

http://www.peterthabitjones.com/

 

Adel Gorgy: Retrospective Exhibition at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Edward Williams Gallery

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Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Edward Williams Gallery presents
“Adel Gorgy – Art About Art…From Da Vinci to Matisse and Warhol, Photographic Works,
Retrospective Exhibition.”
March 30th through May 1st, Opening Reception – Saturday, April 11, from 2-4 pm.
From March 30th through May 1st, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Edward Williams Gallery presents “Adel Gorgy – Art About Art…From Da Vinci to Matisse and Warhol, Photographic Works, Retrospective Exhibition” a solo exhibition of large scale, abstract photographic work by the acclaimed New York artist, Adel Gorgy. Gorgy’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationally and internationally. This is his first exhibition at the Edward William Gallery.

Gorgy’s photographic art often focuses on familiar works of art by renowned earlier artists. This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see examples of several bodies of work that span more than 20 years.

Merging the conceptual with the visual into vibrant and stunning images, Gorgy’s work extends the boundaries and redefines the possibilities of photography. In “Art About Art…From Da Vinci to Matisse and Warhol,” Gorgy’s first retrospective exhibition, traces of earlier artworks can be perceived. Works that range in subject matter from ancient to Renaissance to Impressionist and Modern Art present Gorgy’s distinctive style and vision. Gorgy reconstructs, recontextualizes and recomposes what he sees into complex, intricately detailed photographs rich with imagery and meaning. This work presents a completely new vision that has not been done or seen before. It transcends the limitations of realism, asks the viewer to experience art with new eyes, and gives new depth and dimension to familiar works. Gorgy’s abstractions are surprising, thought-provoking and beautiful. Several of the works are printed on silver metallic medium, which gives an incredible depth of tone and a rich surface texture.

Photographic artworks from these series have been exhibited in Manhattan, London, Italy, France, Singapore and Seoul, Korea. Now, New Jersey audiences will have the opportunity to see them locally. Adel Gorgy’s artwork has been the subject of five previous solo exhibitions. It has been included in numerous group shows, published widely in books and magazines, and is the subject of the 2014 book, “Adel Gorgy, Photographic Works.”

The Edward Williams Gallery, under the directorship of Diana Soorikian, at Fairleigh Dickinson’s Petrocelli College presents exhibitions of important local and regional contemporary artists.

Edward Williams Gallery, Diana Soorikian, Director
150 Kotte Place, Hackensack, NJ Free and open to the public
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-8:30pm Sat 9:30am-2pm
Information and directions (201)692-2449 / adelgorgy@adelgorgy.com