The Art of the Found Object at Romany Kramoris Gallery

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William Skrips "Skipjack" 21" X 18" X 5" ; Cloth, tin, screening, steel, miscellaneous.
William Skrips “Skipjack” 21″ X 18″ X 5″ ; Cloth, tin, screening, steel, miscellaneous.

Romany Kramoris Gallery on Main Street in Sag Harbor will present the found object artwork of Jorge Silveira, Stephen Palmer, William Skrips, and Jonathan Pearlman, July 2 through July 23, with a reception on Saturday, July 4, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

“During the endless winter we just came through, I keenly felt the need for color to escape the darkness all around me,” says Jorge Silveira of his new work. “Everyone was hunkering down staying indoors, and my desire to make art was the way I could escape back towards the nature I was missing, delving deeply into an examination of color and reimagining nature got me through the long cold days back to the sunlight.”

Stephen Palmer's "Ray Two Sided Fish."
Stephen Palmer’s “Ray Two Sided Fish.”

Stephen Palmer, of Michigan, concocts award winning multi-media found object fish sculptures. Palmer uses vintage items and memorabilia. He forages for old wooden crutches, which serve as armatures and outline each fish. Fillers and layers are ping-pong paddles, old pencils, crayons, nails, and nostalgic empty small toy boxes. Dorsal and posterior fins are spatulas, pancake flippers, BBQ forks, screwdrivers and tools, cut and grated expandable rulers, not to mention drill bits. His fish represent what humans are doing to the oceans, and what the objects ingested by fish and other ocean creatures are doing to pollute the waters of planet Earth. His sculptures should provoke thought, discussion, and change human behavior.

“To this day, I don’t see what others would call a mess—my studio is just an inspiring tumble of raw materials,” said American folk artist William Skrips, of New Mexico. “The studio is a piece of my head—literally, my creative space. Re-using discards and found objects has always had an appeal for me. Not only do I have a penchant for collecting things, but the gratification that comes from giving reclaimed material new life is unique: I equate it with matchmaking—finding the perfect mate for this or that particular object. Sometimes in the process, things just pull together as if they were magnetic… and sometimes it’s a slog through seemingly endless bad marriages: nothing seems to go together. But I keep trying.”

Sculptor Jonathan Pearlman of East Quogue will also be exhibiting his works. Over the last four years, three of Mr. Perlman’s pieces have won the coveted “Best in Show” honor at an East End Arts Gallery show. In addition to this year’s Dale Evans, the other two winners were “Scythe with Sheath” selected in 2013 and “Skate Boys,” picked in 2011. In addition, “Miss Angelina Pit” won Honorable Mention at a 2014 show. Mr. Perlman’s work is included in several private collections.

The Romany Kramoris Gallery is located at 41 Main Street in Sag Harbor. For more information, call (631) 725-2499 or visit KramorisGallery.com.

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