New York City artist Rick Prol to debut new work at the Grey Art Gallery in April
March 21, 2012
The Grey Art Gallery is pleased to announce their latest show Weegee, a series of new work by New York City-based artist Rick Prol in what will be his debut exhibition in Williamsport. An opening is planned for this exhibition on Thursday, April 5 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The gallery is located at 140 West Fourth Street in the heart of downtown Williamsport.
The title of the show, Weegee, was inspired by Arthur Fellig, who during the 1930s and ‘40s worked as photographer and photojournalist in the Lower East Side of New York City. He was known for his black and white street photography which depicted scenes of urban life, crime, injury and death. The artist feels this was a poetic title. He admires what Weegee did because he would go out into the night and photograph horrific crime scenes. He felt this was the most fitting title for his body of work because of the similarity in topic.
In this exhibition, Prol’s cartoonish expressionism of the world is depicted in a gothic almost grotesque form. Through the use of a variety of media he portrays post-apocalyptic images inspired from current events such as the occupy Wall Street movement and the world’s financial crisis.
About the Artist
Rick Prol was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from Cooper Union College in 1980, he began showing his work publically in 1982. Prol is a 1980s East Village icon whose work features cartoonish mayhem, death and suicide in dilapidated and decaying settings. He dabbles in a variety of media including – installations, paintings, sculpture and drawings. Much of the inspiration for Prol’s work stems from general childhood trauma. Cartoon expressionism was the language he wanted to use to convey his organic, personal experiences about life. He pulls from the urban realities of city life; brutality, authoritarian relationships, decay and destruction of the world around him, and more recently the occupy Wall Street movement.
Guest artists with new work on display for this show include Fade Kainer, John Nicholson, and Danielle Charette.
About Grey Art Gallery
The Grey Art Gallery exhibits a variety of fine contemporary art (photography, paintings, mixed media, sculpture, installations and drawings). The gallery represents the talents of many artists local and non-native, emerging and established. Based in historic downtown Williamsport, PA, Grey Art Gallery is located at 140 West Fourth Street. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday 11am-7pm and Saturday 11am-5pm. For more information, please call: 570-435-7080, or visit: www.greyartgallery.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .