Christopher Engel’s Case for Road Reverence

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Chris Engel "Traveler," mixed media on paper, 17" x 24".

“Reverence For Road Signs And Travelers,” a new exhibition of recent works by Sag Harbor-based artist Christopher Engel, will be on view at Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor from August 12 to September 2. The show opens with a reception on Saturday, August 14, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The works in Engel’s abstract and figurative series reference calligraphy, graffiti, marks on walls, tar patches, ripples in water — lines bending into patterns of vibrant colors rushing together in a dazzling display of forms reminiscent of hieroglyphics and simultaneously related to the fabric of life itself. Signs and symbols along the human journey. The faces and figures of “travelers” swirl with numeric symbols, words, and collaged images. Viewers are reminded of moments occurring in the past and continuing their existence in the present, then proceeding on to the future. They ripple, reverberate, and echo their ancient wisdom.

“Ultimately, we are simple parts of nature, thrust into a cacophony of thoughts and feelings,” Engel explained. “We try to make sense of life, just as those first people who created forms of language sought a way to break the silence, to speak across time, to communicate to those we may never meet.

“Images and patterns that span from the beginning of human consciousness to the present; messages expressing though we are only passing through this life momentarily, we each are a part of something that never ends.”

Romany Kramoris Gallery is at 41 Main Street, Sag Harbor. For more information, visit kramorisgallery.com.

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