Gallery Crossing is proud to present “A Recent Series” - A Solo Exhibit of Recent Abstract Paintings by Andrew Masino

October 23 - November 10, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 25 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Gallery Crossing, 2745 Peconic Lane, Peconic, NY 11958

Consistent accuracy in perspective and atmospheric space, animated gesture and energetic mark-making, wide-ranging subject matter and mediums and bold or subtle color palettes that unite or divide compositional space, whether it’s geometrically organized, formally composed or fluid all over– make Andrew Masino’s complete body of works exciting to look at - including his most current series of powerfully explosive abstractions - based on his journey through and beyond the events of September 11, 2001. 

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"Dwelling on the Complexity of Thought" by Andrew Masino. 36 x 42 inches.

"Dwelling on the Complexity of Thought" by Andrew Masino. 36 x 42 inches.

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"The Observers" by Andrew Masino. 42 x 54 inches.

"The Observers" by Andrew Masino. 42 x 54 inches.

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A master draftsman, Andrew Masino draws on memory from an observational mindset set in motion at age of five  when he realized his giftedness - inherited from his mom. Encouraged by his family, Masino began visiting the public library in his Brooklyn neighborhood, searching the art shelves and credits a female librarian there for setting his life’s journey into motion. Books filled with reproductions of paintings by the Italian masters, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and more began piling up on her desk once she understood his inclination.

Still today, among his long list of particulars, several masters standout - “Van Gogh for the love he left on the canvas and his way of expressing what he saw, De Kooning for his brush work and volcanic impact, Pollock for finding his own way of expression, Hans Hoffman for his work and teaching abilities and Claus Oldenberg for putting a smile on thousands of faces.” 

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"Hard Solutions" by Andrew Masino. 42 x 54 inches.

"Hard Solutions" by Andrew Masino. 42 x 54 inches.

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After graduating from the NY Institute of Technology, where he was awarded the Gold Metal of Art, Masino received a Vivian Beaumont Scholarship and graduated from Adelphi University, then relied on his own early artistic development to better serve the needs of students in the Bethlehem Central School District in Delmar, NY. During his tenure there as Art Supervisor, he developed an art history based art program for grades 1-8, as part of a well-rounded program through 12th grade, culminating in a senior art thesis, which he personally mentored, for those who demonstrated the ability to fly on their own. 

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"Inadvertent Launch" by Andrew Masino. 42 x 54 inches.

"Inadvertent Launch" by Andrew Masino. 42 x 54 inches.

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After 34 rewarding years as an educator and eleven days into retirement, having exhibited widely, receiving numerous prizes, his work held in many private collections, Masino had mastered every avenue of exploration that held appeal. He felt bored, unchallenged, his interest in painting beginning to wain - then the attack on the World Trade Towers happened.

"That day threw me for a loop and it took a full year to find a way to express myself in a different way. Each art movement in a way is a universe in itself. I chose the abstract universe because of the challenge and freedom it afforded me - the challenge to delve into a universe and see what happens along the journey. One of the hardest things is the ability to go on with excitement and joy – Abstraction has renewed my ability to go on and brought back joy in painting.”

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"Mutating Epiphany" by Andrew Masino. 36 x 42 inches.

"Mutating Epiphany" by Andrew Masino. 36 x 42 inches.

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“A Recent Series” - A Solo Exhibit of Recent Abstract Paintings by Andrew Masino will be exhibited October 23 through November 10, 2014 at Gallery Crossing, 2745 Peconic Lane, Peconic, NY 11958. (Located next to the Post Office). An Opening Reception with the artist takes place on Saturday, October 25, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. www.gallerycrossing.com. Gallery Hours: Thursday through Mondays, Noon to 7 p.m.

Throughout the 2014 season, Gallery Crossing has presented a large selection of fine art. Every two weeks the exhibit and featured artists have changed. We have exhibited a variety of paintings, photographs, wood cut prints and mixed media. Subject matter has cover landscape, portrait, realism and abstract and still life.

The goal of Gallery Crossing is to provide local artists with an affordable opportunity to have a sizable exhibit in a gallery environment. Thus providing our clientele with an ever changing selection of high quality fine art.

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"Unrealistic Reality" by Andrew Masino. 42 x 54 inches.

"Unrealistic Reality" by Andrew Masino. 42 x 54 inches.

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Gallery Crossing is owned and operated by John and Joanne Rosko of Southampton. N.Y. Joanne is a recognized local Plein Air artist. She is a member of several local art groups and has served as vice president and exhibition head for the Southampton Artists Association. Joanne is the gallery’s curator. To find out more about us, just give us a Google.

For information, please contact John Rosko, Gallery Crossing, PO Box 889, Southampton, NY 11968. Mobile  (516) 480-2127. info@GalleryCrossing.com.

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