During the summer of 2015, painter and photographer Rory ONeal spent two months walking every street and block on Manhattan Island in New York City. He covered over 600 miles in 34 days. As he walked, he shot more than 100 photographs. The photos, along with his memories of the adventure, serve as a sketchbook for the paintings in the current show.
Synthesizing the gestures and shapes of the cityscape with acrylic, charcoal and collage on paper, ONeal transforms the urban energy and architecture into large-scale abstractions, composed of bold geometric shapes and primary colors. Accompanying the mixed media works on paper, he exhibits 26" x 26" photographs: "fragments of the city" that reveal a more literal side of ONeal's New York.
Artist talk and book signing, January 14, 1pm.
Panel Discussion: Shaping Emerging Artists: an Inquiry
January 21, 2 pm.