The Art Scene 07.21.11

Peter Spacek’s scrimshawed surfboards, on view at the OutEast Gallery in Montauk, could fool the real thing.

Studio Tour Weekend   
The Artists Alliance of East Hampton will hold its 26th annual studio tour Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. South Fork artists from Ted Asnis to Athos Zacharias and 30 more in between will participate. A preview exhibit, allowing “tourists” to check the work of artists whose studios they may want to visit, will be held at Ashawagh Hall in Springs tomorrow from 5 to 8 p.m.
    The tour is self-guided and includes studios in East Hampton, Springs, Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, and Watermill.
    Among the other artists included in the tour are Laura Benjamin, Barbara Bilotta, Michael Blick, Rosalind Brenner, Rob Calvert, Michael Cardacino, Philippe Cheng, Christine Chew-Smith, Rolande Cicurel, Michael Costello, James DelGrosso, Elizabeth Delson, James De Martis, Barbara Groot, Phyllis Hammond, Jana Hayden, Jim Hayden, Barbara Hadden, Ursula Jacobson, Joan Kraisky, Michael Knigin, Howard Lazar, Cynthia Loewen, Mark Mulholland, Deborah Palmer, Alyce Peifer, Mark Perry, Sheila Rotner, Frank Sofo, and Ursula Thomas.
    The alliance was formed in 1984 in memory of Jimmy Ernst. Tickets are $50, which includes entry for a group of family or friends, and are available at BookHampton stores, the Golden Eagle art supply store in East Hampton, Hampton Photo Arts in the Bridgehampton Commons, and Gone Local in Amagansett, and also online at

Jack Early Bites
    John McWhinnie @ Glenn Horowitz Bookseller in East Hampton will present an exhibit called “Jack Early Bites” beginning on Saturday at the 36 Newtown Lane location.
    For the show, the sculptor Jack Early constructed seven free-standing works, two-dimensional cutouts of pop-culture figures holding tepid protest signs to comprise a quiet riot. Extending the theme, the exhibit is installed to create a picket line the viewer must cross to see the works, a move meant to underscore the political and cultural unrest in the world today.
    Mr. Early is known for a 20-year commitment to often humorous or sarcastic protest, beginning in the late 1980s and for his collaboration with Rob Pruitt under the name Pruitt-Early. The show will be on view through Aug. 10.

The Itch at OutEast
    OutEast Gallery in Montauk will present “Scratch,” scrimshaw on vintage surfboard fiberglass by Peter Spacek, beginning on Saturday with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m.
    The work is the result of a technique Mr. Spacek discovered in 2009 by using surfboards and fiberglass in place of whalebone. The themes include surfing, seascapes, and the coastline. He constrasts a spare modern linear style with the technique originally developed by whalers.
    Mr. Spacek said he is “trying to convey the essence of riding waves through scribed lines that came from sketches I do with my eyes closed, where I imagine myself riding a wave, with the pen recording my path, on paper. The trick is to not lose the fluidity that I had in my initial sketch, when I move to the fiberglass with etching tools.”
    The show will also include prints, original drawings, and signed books and will be on view through Aug. 10.

Helmut Lang at Fireplace Project
    The Fireplace Project will present “Make It Hard,” a solo exhibit by Helmut Lang, presented by Neville Wakefield starting tomorrow with a reception on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.
    The exhibit consists of floor-to-ceiling column forms constructed from the materials of Mr. Lang’s archive, including shredded sketches, fabrics, feathers, hair, and fur. According to Mr. Wakefield, the columns suggest stalactites and the destruction of tornadoes possibly alluding to Brancusi. “. . . . The material began to take the form of strangely beautiful excretions: witnesses to both the transience of our creative endeavors, and the enduring need out of which such efforts are born.”
    Mr. Lang was born in 1956 in Vienna and lives and works in New York and Long Island. The show will be up through Aug. 8.

Young Talent at Markel
    “Clouds that Forebode a Storm: Awareness through Nostalgia,” a new show at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, will feature new work by a 22-year-old New York City artist, Matthew Denton Burrows.
    Mr. Burrows, a recent college graduate, will attend the School of Visual Arts graduate program in the fall. He returns to Markel after a show he had there last summer. Working in the mediums of ink, marker, paint, and colored pencil, he draws on both external and internal observations for his subject matter. He uses evocative titles to get across points such as “You Must Know Life to See Decay.”
    The exhibit will open with a reception on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through July 31.

Barbie Sans Ken
    Renee Hiltunnen Dahl is showing “Barbie and the Secret of the Universe” at Delaney Cooke Gallery through the end of the month. This is her first major exhibit since the mid 1990s, when her paintings of human-size Barbies as social commentary were widely exhibited and collected.
    There will also be a Barbie Homage to Spenser Tunick, the artist whose work includes hundreds of nude “models” photographed in public places. Her version, which will include over 300 Barbies, is to be shot at the beach by the Montauk Lighthouse on Wednesday starting at 3 p.m., weather permitting. Mr. Tunick did a similar shoot a few years ago. Photo prints will be available through the gallery.
    A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit will be on view through July 31.

Kendrick Installation
    The Parrish Art Museum has partnered with Mary Boone Gallery of New York City and the Village of Southampton to present an installation of four monumental sculptures by the artist Mel Kendrick, starting on Sunday.
    The works, called “Jacks” are made of concrete cast in alternating layers of black and white. They are 11 feet in height and have block-like pedestals and resemble giant versions of the children’s toy. The bands of black and white suggest geologic accretion or architectural design. Mr. Kendrick said of the series, “I was strongly influenced by the black-and-white marble in Italian Gothic churches like the Duomo of Siena.”
    Born in Boston, Mr. Kendrick attended Trinity College in Connecticut before moving to New York City, where he studied at Hunter College under Tony Smith and worked for Dorothea Rockburne, whose work is also on view at the Parrish. His work is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the National Gallery of Art, among others.

Every Day is Flag Day
    The Islip Art Museum in East Islip is showing Flag Day, a group show organized around the theme of pennants, banners, and flags and how they function as objects of identity, politics, and belief systems.
    The annual invitational show includes South Fork artists such as Amanda Church, Peter Dayton, Jameson Ellis, Joe Fyfe, David Gamble, Priscilla Heine, Christa Maiwald, Karyn Mannix, Gabriele Raacke, Matthew Satz, Drew Shiflett, Mike Solomon, and Ryan Wallace. It was organized by Janet Goleas of East Hampton.
    A reception for the artists will be held on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The exhibit is on view through Sept. 4.

Crazy Monkey Opens New Show
    The Crazy Monkey gallery in Amagansett will feature the work of Cynthia Sobel, Rolande Circurel, and Marilyn Mendelson beginning on Saturday with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.
    Ms. Sobel will show a group of abstract paintings in watercolor and oil, some of which were inspired by a trip to Kauai. Ms. Cicurel takes inspiration from the environment, life experience, poetry, and spiritual and mystic connections to create work that is then directed internally. Ms. Mendelson is a former dancer who draws on that experience in her sculpture.
    Other artists on view will include Mark E. Zimmerman, Andrea McCafferty, Daniel Schoenheimer, Bob Tucker, Jim Hayden, Jana Hayden, Wilhelmina Howe, Joanna Paitchell Lee, and Len Bernard. The show will be on view through Aug. 8.

Ancient Cultures
    Three artists who take inspiration from unusual sources will be on view at the Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor beginning today. A reception will be held Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.
    Christopher Engel will exhibit multimedia figural work inspired by Carl Jung, which relates to the primal origins of myth. Coco Pekelis, who has toured with the Bread and Puppet Theater and the Meredith Monk Dance Troupe, took up painting in 2000. She will show “Portraits,” a series of people or animals rendered in a bright, idiosyncratic style. Sister Corita uses bright color and text in silk-screened work dedicated to the themes of social justice and political reform.
    The exhibit will be up through Aug. 11.

Hans Hofmann Lecture
    The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center will present a lecture by Tina Dickey on Hans Hofmann on Sunday at the Fireplace Project diagonally across the street from the center on Springs-Fireplace Road.
    Hofmann, who died in 1966, had a profound influence on many New York artists of the 20th century, including Lee Krasner. He taught classes from 1933 to 1958 in New York City and Provincetown.
    Ms. Dickey is the author of the book “Color Creates Light: Studies with Hans Hofmann.” In it, she explores Hofmann’s theories and teaching methods and his own training and artistic practice through interviews with many of his former students. She was also the editor of the artist’s catalogue raisonné and the chief research consultant for a PBS documentary, “Hans Hofmann: Artist/Teacher, Teacher/Artist.”
    The talk is at 5 p.m. and costs $5, but is free for members.

Further Lane
    An event celebrating the completion of the new East Hampton Town Hall complex, created from historic buildings donated by Adelaide de Menil and the late Edmund Carpenter, and the publication of the new book “Further Lane,” published by W.W. Norton, will be held on Saturday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    Zak Powers, a photographer who documented the process of the house move for the book, will be present to sign copies. The community is invited to tour Town Hall and an exhibit there of Mr. Powers’s photographs.