The Art Scene 07.07.11

Eric Ernst will show photographic images merged with vivid acrylic colors together with work by Nils Bruun and Pete Turner at the Pamela Williams Gallery in Amagansett

David Slivka the Focus
Of Pollock-Krasner Lecture

    “David Slivka: An Artist of Many Dimensions” is the title of a presentation by Joan Marter on Sunday at 5 p.m. as part of the Pollock-Krasner House’s summer lecture series. The lecture will be held at the Fireplace Project across from the house at 851 Springs-Fireplace Road in Springs.
    Dr. Marter is a distinguished professor of art history at Rutgers University and the director of the curatorial studies program in the university’s graduate school. She is author of five books, including a monograph on Alexander Calder.
    Slivka, who died in 2010, was one of the last remaining members of Abstract Expressionism’s first generation. As a sculptor, he worked in many materials, including stone, bronze, wax, and wood. He also worked in prints and drawings. Two examples of his work, a 1959 untitled bronze of a reclining woman and “Galaxy II,” a 2005 polychrome and wood construction, are on view through the end of the month at the Pollock-Krasner House.
    Admission to the lecture is $5, free for Pollock-Krasner House members. No reservations are required.

“Patterns and Light”
At Halsey McKay

    The Halsey McKay Gallery in East Hampton will present the work of Chris Duncan in an installation called “Patterns and Light,” which explores light and perception as a metaphysical metaphor. The work on view will include sewn photo collages, taped works on paper, a string and window installation, and a painting.
    Mr. Duncan, who lives in Oakland, Calif., is a Master of Fine Arts candidate at Stanford University. His works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and JP Morgan Chase.
     The exhibit opens tomorrow and will remain on view through July 31. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.

On the Edge at Vered
    On Saturday the Vered Gallery in East Hampton will open a new show, “Art on the Edge, 2011.” A look at the contemporary art scene, it was first done last year and organized by Damien Roman. A reception will be held from 9 to 11 p.m.
    The show will include painting, sculpture, and photography. Its 15 participating artists are from three different continents. They include Esao Andrews, Adam Handler, Peter Buchman, Kris Lewis, Ray Caesar, Francesco LoCastro, Jeremy Earhart, Lucong, A.J. Fosik, Brandi Milne, Josh Hadar, Paco Peregrin, Grant Haffner, and James Roper.
    The exhibit will close on Aug. 1.

Trio of Color at Williams
    On Saturday, the Pamela Williams Gallery in Amagansett will open an exhibit of work by Nils Bruun, Eric Ernst, and Pete Turner.
    Mr. Turner pioneered manipulation of images and saturation of color decades before the advent of Photoshop. He uses geometric compositions to feature light, space, and dramatic color.
    Mr. Ernst uses geometric forms and color, most recently in photographic images shaped with acrylic paint in vivid color. Nils Bruun’s mediums are folded paper and metal in elegant shapes and mood-inducing color.
    The show runs through Aug. 1.

Pascale’s “Random Movements”
    Ricardo Pascale will be featured in a new show at the Boltax Gallery on Shelter Island. Called “Random Movements,” it opens tomorrow.
    Mr. Pascale is a prominent Uruguayan sculptor whose wooden sculptures will be displayed in North America for the first time. The artist’s reception is Saturday from 6 to 8 pm.
    He is known for large-scale sculptures but will show newer wall hangings with a mathematical bent, some based on computer-generated images, others more organic but still precise. Included in the show are a group of hand-carved “toothpick pixels” of varying heights that create meandering lines calligraphic in form.
    The artist represented Uruguay in the Venice Biennale in 1999. The exhibit runs through Aug. 1.

A Century of Farming
In Bridgehampton

    Beginning tomorrow, the Bridgehampton Historical Society will show “Visual Images of 100 Years of Farming in Greater Bridgehampton,” a pictorial display of the area’s most historic farms and farmers, at the archives building next to the Nathaniel Rogers House.
    According to the exhibit’s curator, Julie Greene, “from the 17th century, Bridgehampton, Sagaponack, Mecox, and Hayground were settled as agricultural communities. During the 18th century, most farms were geared to subsistence agriculture, focusing on growing crops to feed and clothe their families with enough left over to trade with their neighbors.” The potato gained its prominent role in the late 1800s and has remained the dominant crop to this day.
    The exhibit will include many years of images of agricultural landscapes and people. Each of the society’s exhibits and events this season will focus on the history of farming in greater Bridgehampton.
    Also on view at the Corwith House is the show “Farm Scenes,” work by noted South Fork artists that captures nostalgic farming landscapes and vistas, both surviving and lost, across Saga­ponack, Bridgehampton, and Hayground.

Vincent Katz on Rockburne
    Next Thursday at 6 p.m., Vincent Katz will visit the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton to talk about Black Mountain College in conjunction with the exhibit “Dorothea Rockburne: In My Mind’s Eye.”
    For a museum in Spain in 2002, Mr. Katz organized a show based on the artists who taught and learned at the college from 1933 to 1956. He has published essays on the work of Francesco Clemente, Jim Dine, Kiki Smith, and Cy Twombly and has organized exhibits at the Grey Art Gallery at New York University, at the Museum of the City of New York, as well as in Valencia, Spain.
    Ms. Rockburne attended Black Mountian from 1950 to 1952, studying under the mathematician Max Donly, who had a lasting effect on her work. The Asheville, N.C., school, which was in operation for only 23 years, attracted some of the most influential artists of the mid-20th century as teachers, among them Josef Albers, Buckminster Fuller, Robert Motherwell, John Cage, and Merce Cunningham. Attending as students were Kenneth Noland, Robert Rauschenberg, and Cy Twombly.
    Mr. Katz will discuss the college, Ms. Rockburne’s experiences there, and the relationship between the college and artists and writers of the South Fork such as Esteban Vicente, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Clement Greenberg, John Chamberlain, and Helen Frankenthaler, all of whom studied or taught there.
    The lecture costs $10 but is free for Parrish members.

New Shows Benefit Retreat
    Two new art shows in unusual locations in Southampton will benefit the Retreat, a domestic violence shelter in East Hampton. Annie Sessler will show gyotaku, prints made from sea life, in collaboration with Jim Goldberg, who is her husband and a fisherman, traveler, and surfer, at Age Focus, an age-management medical practice on County Road 39. It will open tonight at 6 and remain on view through the month.
    At Pennington Flowers, Deborah Bronston-Culp will show nine triptychs of photographs of organic material that have been cropped or altered almost beyond recognition in order to afford a different experience of it. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of her work will also go to Doctors Without Borders. The show opens with a reception tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. and will be on view through the summer.

Juried Art Exhibit Online
    Daria Deshuk and Jamie Forbes will host a live online showing of Fine Art magazine’s juried art exhibit tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ms. Deshuk’s studio and exhibit space at 141 Maple Lane in Bridgehampton.
    The magazine will display the submitted work of various artists and the winning piece at the opening event on Fineartmagazine.tv using a live stream. There will also be segments that focus more extensively on each piece. The images submitted can be seen on the Web site as well. Mr. Forbes is presenting the event to promote social networking in the display of artwork and the interactions of artists.

Art Auction in Bridge
    The Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Bridgehampton will hold an art auction on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. to benefit its programs. Bill McCuddy will serve as auctioneer for the featured work of James Daga Albinson. Other artists include Casey Chalem Anderson, Terry Elkings, Janet Jennings, Pingree Louchheim, Joanne Rosko, Eileen Dawn Skretch, Frank Sofo, Barbara Thomas, Joan Tripp, and Lewis Zacks.
    A preview will begin at 6 p.m. with wine and hors d’oeuvres. The cost is $35 per person.