Abstract Journeys - A Solo Exhibition of Paintings by Allan Gorman

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The Art Gallery - Sussex County Community College, Jan 23- Feb 27 2012. Opening reception on Friday, January 27, 2012 from 6-8 pm.

Gorman's works are as much about design and composition as they are about merely depicting objects.

Allan Gorman’s most recent collection of paintings explores the intersection between abstraction and realism. In these works, the artist marvels at his subjects -- familiar industrial-age objects. Expanding on his last series of what seemed like realistic portraits of big-rig trucks, Gorman now chooses to bring us in for a closer, more abstract view. This change of perspective challenges us to go beyond the larger context and invites the viewer to focus on the intricacies Gorman finds so engaging. Carefully painted particulars of watch mechanisms, details of train or truck parts and heavy-duty machines allow us to notice the beauty of the parts and of the spaces around and between -- and how they all combine to make up the larger whole. His paintings aim to capture the juncture at which one is close enough to an object to sense its essence and stir an emotional response.

There is no question that these works are as much about design and composition as they are about merely depicting objects. In all of his paintings, topics are approached with careful precision and a slant meant to idealize the subject matter and impress the spectators with their beauty. But these simplified, angular canvases -- with careful and intentional use of color and contrasts -- also highlight Gorman’s affection for abstraction, as well as the touch of the painter's hand. The works in this exhibition explore a range of sizes and views with varying levels of detail, offering many different possible points of departure.

Gorman is primarily self-taught and has been seen in more than 30 exhibits in the last few years, including the 2012 Mid Atlantic Painting Exhibition in Fredericksburg VA, and the NJ Arts Annual at the NJ State Museum in Trenton. He is represented by The Phoenix Gallery in NYC and by Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts in Binghamton, NY. For details and information, visit the artist’s website: http://www.allangorman.com.

The Art Gallery at Sussex County Community College features changing exhibitions every 4-6 weeks by professional artists in every field. It is located in Building C on the main campus. Exhibits are free and open to the public Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm and 9am to 12pm on Saturday. For more information and directions please visit: http://www.sussex.edu.

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