Robert Oelman: Treasures of the Amazon Rainforest at Agora Gallery

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  • New York, NY (1888PressRelease) November 28, 2012 - "What I am about," says Robert Oelman, "is a dedication to seeing all there is to be seen." That dedication takes him through a broad range of subjects - from contemporary cityscapes, to remote rainforests, to images that bring some of the smallest living creatures spectacularly into view. Regardless of scale, his images all share an elegant sense of composition and an expert ability to manipulate light and shadow.

    Since 2004, Mr. Oelman has concentrated on macro photography of live, neotropical insects, the smallest of which measure a millimeter in length. He has developed many techniques for enhancing the quality of insect photography. Not content to be a local insect hunter, he and his assistant, Cristian Fernando Lopez, have traveled to remote rainforests in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru in order to discover and photograph some of the most fantastic insects in the world.

    Many of these insects have never been photographed before, and to everyone except the most specialized entomologists they are completely unknown and even "unimaginable." The exhibition will feature three of the most photogenically interesting groups: treehoppers, which are incredibly diverse structurally; katydids, especially amazing leaf mimics; and some mantids which are champions of camouflage. Mr. Oelman's ambition has been to elevate insect photography into a new art form and he accomplishes this aim by crafting compositions of impeccable graphic and artistic quality.

    Exhibition Dates: November 27, 2012 - December 18, 2012
    Reception: Thursday, November 29, 2012
    Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
    Gallery Hours: Tues - Sat, 11a.m. - 6 p.m.
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    About the Exhibition

    The days may be getting shorter, but you'll forget all dark thoughts when you see Robert Oelman's astounding photography in his solo exhibition entitled Treasures of the Amazon Rainforest. Robert Oelman lives and works in exotic locations to capture insects, fauna, flora and panoramas whose existence and beauty is unseen and unsuspected by the majority of the world. The result is images that introduce wholly new creatures, broadening scientific knowledge, recording them for posterity, and possessing a mysterious, marvelous beauty. There are two excellent collective exhibitions on at the same time. Intriguing, challenging and magical, the works in Unbound Perspectives blend personal vision with individual experience to create a paradoxically universal appeal.

    Touching on matters of the deepest emotional and practical importance, this is art which refuses to acknowledge the existence of any barriers or boundaries other than those chosen and defined by the artists. In The Persistence of Form, these talented artists turn the fruits of their meticulous observations of life and its complexities into wonderful, stirring works that seem to initiate the viewer into the miraculous secrets of the world. Clever, creative and compelling, these artworks transform what we know and expect into something fresh and transcendent. The exhibitions open on November 27, 2012 and continue until December 18, 2012. The opening reception will take place on the evening of Thursday November 29, 2012, and art enthusiasts are invited to attend, admire and enjoy.

    Featured Artists:
    Unbound Perspectives
    nosmaS | Tatiana Davidov Romo | Ping He | Kristina Garon | Mark Tomczak | Caroline Örnstedt | Sarah Otts | Michele Rocca | Charles Nikas | Dan Florén | Flavio Pellegrino | Karin Galler ("KAGA") | Hara Hiroshi
    The Persistence of Form
    Won Choi | Harry Russell | Rudolph Mason Jr | Sarah Cousineau | Mina Novian | Margreet Duin | Sophie Scahill | Jeremy Curlee | Eulàlia Borrut Casas | Pierrard Anthony | Judy Talacko | Daniela Dimova | Catherine Raynes
    Treasures of the Amazon Rainforest: A solo exhibition of photography by Robert Oelman
    Robert Oelman

    Interviews with the artists and high resolution images are available upon request.

    About Agora Gallery:
    Agora Gallery is a fine art gallery, established in 1984 and located in the heart of New York City's Chelsea art galleries district. It is famous for showcasing a spectacular array of talented artists from around the world and around the corner, while providing quality and original art to collectors. Gallery II, an elegant adjacent gallery space, gives artists the ideal area for a solo or group exhibition of their own, organized and publicized by Agora Gallery.

    The gallery publishes ARTisSpectrum Magazine, a bi-annual magazine that is distributed to museums, galleries, art institutions and art schools around the world. It provides artists, collectors, museums, galleries, art organizations and enthusiasts with access to the work of international talented artists as well as feature articles, reviews and interviews. Agora Gallery is the proud sponsor of ARTmine, one of the most comprehensive resources available worldwide to view and purchase fine art. The gallery also runs Agora Art Blog, a blog designed to provide helpful information and advice for artists while providing a forum for artists to help one another by sharing their experiences and thoughts.

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