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Flanagan gallery presents mixed collage
of Michael Albert through Oct. 28
Oct. 7, 2011
The Community College of Rhode Island’s Flanagan Campus Art Gallery in Lincoln will present “Collage and Mixed Media Art Workshop,” an exhibition of collage by New York artist and entrepreneur Michael Albert, from Oct. 10 to 28. A reception and workshop with the artist will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27.
Albert has been making art since his college days at New York University, where he studied business. He became interested in art after visiting many of the great museums of New York and began his own serious artistic pursuits working with magic markers and, later, wax oil sticks. After seven years of drawing, he began exploring collage.
His first collages were inspired by the need to use materials he had no other practical use for, including old labels and leftover stickers he had accumulated from his business activities. Soon he began to use the extra photographs he had collected after putting together his family photo album to create “cubist-type” collage portraits of family and friends.
One day, because of his reluctance to throw away a Frosted Flakes cereal box, Albert created his first modern pop artwork, a collage he titled “Portrait of an American Classic.” This led to a series of “pop cubist” portraits of famous brands, including a collection of more than 500 original cereal box collages alone. Albert describes the cereal box collages, which he calls “cerealism,” as “a cross between Picasso’s cubism and Warhol’s pop.” All of Albert’s original art is handmade without the use of computers, and he also collects all of his own materials.
The gallery is in Room 2420 on the first floor of the campus, located at 1762 Louisquisset Pike in Lincoln. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday. Admission to the reception and exhibition is free, and the gallery is handicapped accessible. For information, e-mail Gallery Director Tom Morrissey.