Wagner Gallery reception, Sept. 11

Wagner Gallery reception, Sept. 11

Rick Krieger, Apocalypse before & after (16x9)

On Sunday, Sept. 11 from 2 to 5 p.m., the Wagner College Gallery will host a reception for the new exhibition by Rick Krieger, “The Bomb Shelters Will Save Us.”

The show consists of 30 letter-sized pencil drawings depicting the “before” and “after” of a nuclear apocalypse, drawn between 2011 and 2014.

The exhibition opens on Friday, Sept. 2, and runs through Friday, Sept 23.

Both the reception and the exhibition are free, and the public is invited.

Rick Krieger was born 1953 in Port Jefferson, N.Y. A healthy distrust of authority led him to enroll in art school. He attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City from 1971 to 1975, when he was awarded his bachelor of fine arts degree. He studied painting and drawing with the “paintoonist” Jerry Moriarty, whose passion for jazz improvisation and “drawing from your head” method set Krieger on the course that would define his life and art for the next 36 years: his personal and idiosyncratic study of the human figure.

Settling in New York in 1976, Krieger worked and lived with his family in a loft on West 28th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue, the original Tin Pan Alley, which at the time was a thriving community of artists and musicians. Krieger’s first one-man show, at the Pictogram Gallery in the East Village, provided him with the astute audience he needed to encourage his peculiar view of the human form. That show led to many opportunities to show his work in the U.S. and abroad. Today, Krieger regularly exhibits his work in New York, opening his studio by appointment.

To learn more about Rick Krieger, visit his Facebook page or his LinkedIn account.

Wagner College Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m. The Wagner College Gallery is located in the Union Building at Wagner College, 631 Howard Ave., Grymes Hill, Staten Island, New York. For more information, phone the Wagner College Art Department at 718-390-3192, or email gallery director Bill Murphy, bmurphy@wagner.edu.