Hampton Bays Student’s Artwork Selected for Exhibit at the Parrish

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Hampton Bays junior Brian Intermaggio might still be in high school, but he’s already accomplished a feat that many professional artists only dream of: His artwork was selected for an exhibit at the prestigious Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill.

Brian’s untitled Polaroid transfer series was chosen in the “Ones to Watch for Underclassmen” category for the 2013 Student Exhibition, which was featured at the museum for approximately one month. His photographic collection was one of only 17 pieces of artwork chosen by exhibit juror Neill Slaughter, professor of art at Long Island University.

For his project, Brian borrowed one of the high school’s cameras and took landscape photos both locally and in upstate New York right after Hurricane Sandy. According to the high school junior, he shot two rolls of film and transferred his final selection of 15 images into emulsion transfers, and then onto slides. The photographs were then mounted onto a thick poster board with nails. They are now on view at the high school.

The future engineering student said that art teachers Lori Ackerson and Babette Paul helped guide him through the mounting and application process.

Mr. Slaughter, a working artist, said that his criteria for selection was about more than just technical artistic skill, but also included that certain spark one feels when looking at works of passion.

“While I certainly value skill and technique, ultimately I look for honesty and truth in artwork,” he said. “During a careful analysis, in the best art there is a transcendence whereby the viewer is emotionally moved or taken to another place by the artist’s interpretation.”