Beauty Bobs Below the Surface at Roman Fine Art

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'Untitled' by Michele Dragonetti

Arguably, the most beautiful part of a boat remains hidden for most its life.

Only when it comes out of the water does it come into view, propped up on supports or storage blocks, its functional purpose taking a backseat to its aesthetic one.

It is then that photographer Michele Dragonetti lifts her camera — a collection of images she calls “Re-emergent,” which will open with a reception on Saturday, September 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Roman Fine Art.

Her second solo exhibition at the East Hampton gallery, located at 66 Park Place, once again highlights photographs from her “Boat Hull” series, which began in the Montauk marinas where she was drawn to boats in need of repair and refurbishing.

“The colorful paint detailing, often enhanced by saltwater and natural wear, lies on the bottom surface of the boat, lost to us,” according to a press releas. “Dragonetti’s photographs rediscover this hidden beauty. Through her images, the boats find a new life out of the water.”

“As always, Dragonetti focuses her compositions on the triangular patterns of the hulls in a square format, allowing her to highlight the essential geometry of the images,” it adds. “The work emphasizes the contrast between the abstract patterns of the painted lines and colors of the hulls, and the interplay of textures. The boats photographed in this series take on the quality of beautiful abstract, sometimes minimalist paintings. Photos in this ongoing series transform often-humble vessels into striking portraits, celebrating their imperfect appeal.”

Since Dragonetti — who splits her time between Manhattan and Amagansett — began “Boat Hull” locally in 2013, the series has expanded beyond its East End origins, now including images from Connecticut to California to Florida, and Argentina to Cuba to Portugal.

The show will remain on view through October 1. For more information, visit romanfineart.com.

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