Urbanesque Exhibit at Alex Ferrone Gallery

Highlighting three artists' perspectives of various elements of New York City, Urbanesque Exhibit opens at Alex Ferrone Gallery on the North Fork Saturday, August 11 and runs through September 16, 2018. Featured are photographic and mixed media works by regional artists - Robert Mielenhausen, Mike McLaughlin and Pamela Waldroup. The Gallery will celebrate the exhibition and the artists with a public reception on Saturday, August 18 from 6-8pm.

Exploring the convergence of photography with representational painting, Robert Mielenhausen's Bike Works series explores the vehicle as a sculpture form in a two-dimensional space. Personal and specific to Manhattan and evoking intimacy of the street, light, textures and grit are embodied in his mixed media pieces.

An admirer of modern architecture, fine art photographer Mike McLaughlin's new Architectural Extractions series emphasizes the solitary beauty of classical and modern buildings. With a desire to honor the spare, clean lines of the architectural aesthetic, McLaughlin has removed the crowded urban environments from a scene to encourage the viewer to focus on the detail of a structure's form and ornament.

Taking a more geometric approach to our beloved City, fine art photographer Pamela Waldroup captures repetitive patterns and shapes from varied angles to prompt the viewer to take a closer look at striking elements. Photographing in black-and-white, Waldroup uses dramatic light and shadow and exaggerated perspective to create images of dynamic movement and peaceful stability.

Urbanesque Gallery Talk: Join the artists on Sunday, August 26 from 1:00-3:00 PM for a free Gallery Talk to hear the discussion about their works in the exhibit. Reservations are required for the Talk.

Alex Ferrone Gallery is at 25425 Main Road, Cutchogue. Hours: 12pm-5pm Friday through Sunday; or by appointment other days. Call 631-734-8545 for more info or visit AlexFerroneGallery.com.

Artist Bios

Robert Mielenhausen
Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1951, artist Robert Mielenhausen graduated from New York Institute of Technology earning a BFA and a Masters in Studio Art in 1979. As a graduate student at Adelphi University, Mielenhausen studied with Richard Vaux and was a graduate assistant to Milton Goldstein in printmaking. Robert then taught art and art history at Southampton High School until retiring in 2006. Robert lives with his wife and family on the south shore of Long Island where he works and maintains his studio.

Mielenhausen's work explore the convergence of photography with representational painting, and resides in numerous private, corporate and educational institution collections including The Standard Motor Company, Daytona College, and Adelphi University, among others. His work has been reviewed and published in the New York Times, Lumina Journal of Sarah Lawrence College and AM New York Magazine. Exhibition highlights include OK Harris Works of Art, Onward Gallery Tokyo, Amsterdam Whitney International Fine Art, and Project ARTspace among additional venues.

Mike McLaughlin
Residing in both Manhattan and the east end of Long Island, fine art photographer Mike McLaughlin enjoys the opportunity to capture both, urban and rural settings, for his work. Initially self-taught, McLaughlin developed his photographic skills through course work atĀ theĀ International Center of Photography in New York City. Recently retired from a career as a research analyst, McLaughlin's quantitative background in combination with a passion for modern architecture has informed his approach to both composition and post-processing technique. Inspired by architectural icons like Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius, Mike's work is characterized by a clean style as he seeks to evoke purity of form.

McLaughlin's photographs have been shown in solo and group exhibitions regionally including at The Heckscher Museum of Art, Garrison Art Center, George Billis Gallery, and Art League of LI, among others. Accolades for his work include prestigious awards from Salmagundi Club, East Hampton's Guild Hall, and East End Arts.

Pamela Waldroup
Originally from the Midwest and currently residing in Kings Park, NY, artist Pamela Waldroup has established her creative career here on Long Island. With a BFA from Ohio University and an MA from Long Island University, Waldroup's experiences studying with master artist, Stan Brodsky, and master printmaker, Dan Welden, inspired her transition to fine art photography as her primary media over the years. Waldroup's keen investigation of exaggerated angles of view and juxtaposition of elements, combined with dramatic light and shadow is found throughout her photographic process.Recently retired from teaching darkroom and digital photography and fine arts for 32 years in Northport, Waldroup continues her fine art career and exhibits her works in galleries and museums in the region including: Salmagundi Club and 440 Gallery in NYC, fotofoto Gallery, and East End Arts, as well as, Mills Pond House Gallery, LI Museum, and The Heckscher Museum of Art, among others. Additional accolades include awards for her works from Alex Ferrone Gallery, East End Arts, and Mills Pond House Gallery. Waldroup is also an exhibiting member of the National Association of Women Artists in NYC and fotofoto Gallery in Huntington, NY.

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