The Art Scene 07.28.11

Doug Kuntz’s photographs from his series “A Day at the Beach” are on view in a group show inspired by his work at Chelsea Futurespace in London.

Kuntz in London
    Doug Kuntz, a photographer whose work has appeared many times in The Star, has photos on view in London through Oct. 2 in an exhibit called “H2O.”
    Mr. Kuntz’s images will be included with that of Ekkehard Altenburger, Crispin Chetwynd, Keith Collins, Richard Elliott, Stephen Farthing, David Ferry, Derek Jarman, Robin Jenkins, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, Shoko Maeda, Oborn & Reekie, Tim O’Riley, Emily Rubner, and Donald Smith.
    The work of Mr. Kuntz, along with that of two other artists, was the starting point for the gallery’s exploration of the subject of water and how it can be represented either directly or more esoterically, such as in a musical score or as a liquid form made solid through sculpture. The show has paintings, photography, poetry, assemblages, and other mediums that take water as their inspiration.

Depot’s Six Photogs
    The Depot Art Gallery in Montauk will present its annual invitational show with the work of six Long Island photographers: Wendi Blair, Stephen James Cole, John Ellsworth, Rosemary Hawkins, Sara Petitt, and Evan Reinheimer.
    In addition to regional vistas, images shown will include more far-flung locales, such as Havana and Mont-Saint-Michel in France. The show opens tomorrow with a reception on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. It will be on view through Aug. 8.

What’s Out There
At Nightingale

    “What’s Out There” is a show opening at the Sara Nightingale gallery in Water Mill beginning tomorrow. It features the work of Sue McNally, Barry Underwood, Cara Enteles, and Grant Haffner. Ms. Nightingale said the theme was derived in reaction to the interior and artificial world created by Internet culture and what it has done to the perception of the American landscape.
    Ms. McNally uses mural-size oil paintings as her way of engaging with nature. Mr. Underwood works with staged photographs that touch on the surreal. Mr. Enteles’s work depicts trees pruned around power lines with eerie silhouettes. Mr. Haffner’s power lines form a linear grid that adds a geometric hardness to traditional scenes of the South Fork.
    In these works the human figure is absent, suggested instead by manifestations of modern progress. A reception will be held tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m., and the show will run through Aug. 17.

Bartlett’s Many Hours
At the Drawing Room

    Beginning today, the Drawing Room in East Hampton is showing Jennifer Bartlett’s pastels in “Day Into Night.” The work was inspired by the views of the artist’s gardens in Amagansett and Brooklyn as well as her travels to Nevis, St. Barts, and Bermuda.
    The drawings were selected from work that spans more than 15 years. In addition to the varied settings, they feature different times of day and evolving approaches to the medium. Ms. Bartlett has said of her work, “I’m not concerned with whether something’s real or abstract, but whether a space is functioning, whether it’s working within the painting.”
    The show will be on view through Aug. 29.

Frost in the City
    Jess Frost, a curator from Springs, has organized “Insider Art” for the Maxwell Davidson Gallery in New York City. The exhibit opens today with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The artists are Eric Brown, Alexander Cheves, Jessie Henson, Sarah McDougald Kohn, Bjoern Meyer-Ebrecht, and Christopher Saunders. The show will remain on view through Sept. 2.