Michael D’Amato Takes Us On A Journey Through Shadow, Shape, And Structure With His World Of Photography

Photographer Michael D’Amato brings the viewer on a journey with his black and white images taken during his world travels.  While you may see an image that sparks a memory of your own travel spots, Michael shares each place with a nuanced view to better appreciate its architecture and majesty of form. His photography has won awards and has been included in international and national exhibits.  The Rickie Report shares some images plus a video, taking you along one of Michael’s expeditions.   

 

 

 

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“Ascending Channels” by Michael D’Amato

 

 

 

A Journey

Through Shadow, Shape and Structure

 

“The greatest joy for me is geometry; that means a structure… it’s a recognition of order which is in front of you.”  – Henri Cartier-Bresson, French photographer

 

“Scales” by Michael D’Amato

 

 

 

Michael D’Amato tells The Rickie Report, “Geometry and architecture are inexorably bound. Shapes, curves, angles and lines give rise to construction that marries beauty and purpose.  Light, shadow and atmospheric change trick the eye and cause an ordinary structure to appear both static and dynamic.This series is intended to encourage you to look at architecture with new eyes – to experience the majesty of form”.

 

 

 

“Standing Among The Shadows” by Michael D’Amato

 

 

“My goal was to place into stark relief the most basic of shapes – geometric – and examine them on their own terms”.  All images were captured using standard DSLR shooting techniques, maximizing the effect that natural light has on moving clouds and water”.

 

“Pont D’Avignon” by Michael D’Amato

 

 

 

“Choosing various perspectives, using long exposure settings, and darkening filters produced black and white images that have an air of mystery and diffusion.  Blurred figures, soft, creamy clouds and placid, glass-like water combine to remove the viewer from reality and engage in a dialogue with a familiar yet altered world”.

 

 

“Only squares and circles, lines and ellipses can elegantly explain and simplify the complex meaning of life.”   – Arthur Carter, American sculptor

 

Travel With Michael through Southeast Asia in this video: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eJqTukLBfc

 

 

 

Recent Awards and Juried Exhibits:

2017, Keiser Univ., NYC Exhibition, “Radiator Cap,”, “Reflecting Pools,Central Park Boathouse and NYC Skyline were on display.

2017, Hollywood City Hall, a group of 16 photographs reflecting people and places from North America to Southeast Asia.

2017, Art Boca Raton/Art Synergy (Juried) “Two Women at Hagia Sophia

2017, The Crest Theatre, Delray Beach, FL, “Anhingas in the Sun“, was on exhibit.

2016, The Arts Garage, Delray Beach, FL, “Radiator Cap”, “Royalty House”, “Spirit of Light”, “Standing Among the Shadows”, and “Networking” were exhibited for a monthlong display.

2016, Coral Springs Museum of Art,  FL, “Networking – Ko Samui” and “At the End of the Day” were on display.

2015 “Radiator Cap – Chrysler Building” won 7th place nationwide in the Light, Space & Time Open Art Competition, and “Angles & Curves I” won Special Recognition.

After qualifying for the Boca Artists’ Guild Signature Member status, “Angles & Curves I” won 1st Place in the FAU Living Room Theatre XXXII  Juried Exhibition.

Video projects can be found at youtube.com, search Michael J D’Amato

Southeast Asia: from Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and ending in Hong Kong.

Great Britain: touring England, Scotland and the surrounding islands. 
A Show of Hands is available in a 28-page and full color e-book and hardcover formats.
A Journey Through Spain is a complete DVD – photos and Spanish guitar soundtrack – which captures the majesty of four great Spanish cities: Sevilla, Valencia, Granada and Barcelona.

 

For more information about Michael’s photography:

www.michaeljdamato.com

561.504.5457

mdamato@comcast.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Above Ground Studio Gallery Announces Opening Reception With Emmanuel Gonzales

Emmanuel Gonzales invites everyone to the Opening Reception on Thursday, April 14th of his new Above Ground Studio Gallery!  Enjoy music and entertainment by Chris Blake plus edibles by “The Waffle Wagon”. See new works, works in progress and previous artwork shown in International and Regional Exhibitions.  It is Free to attend!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks this award winning artist!

 

 

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Emmanuel tells The Rickie Report, “I explore the past and present through realism and portraiture. My body of work includes a growing retrospective of American icons, where each piece is presented as a fragment in a larger American patchwork. Individually, my subjects characterize the social climate at a given moment in history”.

 

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Artwork by Emmanuel Gonzales

 

He goes on to say, “They are influential, recognizable images; relevant within specific ethnic and social groups. Some subjects are foreign to others outside of a particular group or generation. Just as one group identifies emotionally with a particular image through a shared social lens, outsiders will experience these images differently. The “recognition factor” of my subjects reaffirms the identity and unique cultural perspective of a specific group while simultaneously establishing an ”otherness” in viewers outside of a given group. I use pencil, pastels, oil, acrylic, and watercolor to create movement and energy to bring intimacy to large-scale pieces with an attention to subtleties often refined through detailed pencil work”.

 

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Artwork by Emmanuel Gonzales 

 

 

 

A Delray Beach native, Emmanuel’s art work is in Private Collections including The Chesterfield Hotel (Palm Beach, FL), Friars Club (New York, NY), Jim Towey, Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, a private Palm Beach Collector, Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) and Helen Rosberg (Wrigley Heir).

 

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Emmanuel Gonzales’ “Keys To The City” Piano

 

 

 

His SOLO exhibits include galleries and venues in Southeast Florida, from Orlando, Winter Park, West Palm Beach, Northwood, Boynton Beach and Manalapan.  Emmanuel’s creativity has been shared through Art In Public Places at the 2015 1st Annual Back Alley Mural Festival (Jupiter, FL) and 2014 “Rock the Box” Orlando Weekly newspaper box sponsored by Rolling Rock Beer. Most notably, Emmanuel designed a piano, which was part of the highly competitive 2013 “Keys to the City”- Kretzer Piano Charity event. His piano was placed at the entrance of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County headquarters in Lake Worth,FL.

 

 

 

 

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Emmanuel presenting Commission Painting to Senator Marco Rubio

 

Emmanuel’s Commissions include:

Respectable Street Café- Downtown West Palm Beach, Florida 2015
Senator Marco Rubio, Commissioned Portrait
27 x 4 foot mural, West Palm Beach Fire Department, Station 1
Designed website for author Helen Rosburg, www.helenrosburg.com
Illustrated “This Is The Book of Arabesque” for author Helen Rosburg
Cover art for Gary Davis film “The Nubian Vampire”
Poster and brochure for Gary Davis film “she is a spy too?”

 

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Artwork by Emmanuel Gonzales

 

Emmanuel’s acceptance into numerous Juried Exhibitions began when he was considered an emerging artist and continued until the opening of his own Gallery. His award winning artwork has a story to share along with his remarkable creative abilities.

 

For more information please contact:

Emmanuel Gonzales
www.Emmanuelart.com
www.facebook.com/Artbyemmanuel
emmanuelart@gmail.com

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

What’s New In Artists’ Alley? Stop By And See!

The Rickie Report is pleased to share exciting news from Artists Alley!   In addition to their monthly  Open Studio event on Thursday,January 16th, they are inviting everyone to Saturday  in The Studios – every week!  There is nothing like meeting the artist who creates the work that you love and appreciate.  More details are in this article.

 

ARTISTS ALLEY

 

 

OPEN STUDIOS

Thursday, January 16, 2014

 

6 – 9 pm

 

 AND 

Saturday in The Studios

Noon – 5 pm

 

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“Lion” by Ellen Levinson @ Cloud House Pottery

 

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A Selection of Ian Levinson’s work from Cloud House Pottery
Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced Pottery Classes Available.
        One-On-One instruction on the Potters Wheel
                $40 for 2 Hrs Materials included.
                            (561) 862-9222

 

 

ARTISTS ALLEY is an independent group of accomplished artists collaborating to establish a grass roots working colony with a vibrant marketplace for “Art created in Delray Beach”. This exciting new, warehouse arts area is in the Pineapple Grove Arts District in downtown Delray Beach. Check out our new website- ArtistsAlleyDelray.com

 

LOCATION – The alley runs north and south between NE 3rd and 4th Streets, east of 3rd Avenue and west of the RR tracks.

EASY DIRECTIONS – From Atlantic Ave. go north on Federal Hwy., go west on NE 4th St., cross the RR tracks, go 80 feet and make a left into Artists Alley. Make your second or third left into the warehouses. You can print a map at www.CacaceArt.com

FREE PARKING – in the city lot on NE 3rd Avenue just south of NE 4th St. This is the best parking for our events. It’s a well lit parking lot a half a block away.

FREE SHUTTLE TO AND FROM DOWNTOWN – For a quick and courteous service, call the Downtowner for a FREE ride from anywhere in Downtown Delray. 561-702-8519

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291