The Art Scene 08.25.11

 “Deep Sea Memory”
Darlene Charneco’s work, including this 2011 piece, “Deep Sea Memory,” composed of mixed media, nails, and resin, will be at Solar in East Hampton.

Ramiro Returns
    After four years, Ramiro, a classically trained painter, has returned with a new show of his works at the Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor. A reception will take place on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Born in Venezuela, at the age of 6 he was accepted into the Ninos Cantores school for musically gifted children. At 14 he decided to become an artist and apprenticed with a realist painter and eventually studied at the Florentine Accademia di Belle Arti and the Florence Academy of Art. By 22, his work was winning awards and in prominent Italian collections.
    In 1998, he started spending his summer months on the East End. His subjects include portraiture, allegorical figures, interiors, and plein-air landscapes. According to Laura Grenning, “he believes that the artist’s job is to connect the viewer to the emotion, the balance, and the truth that can be found by looking closely at the world around us.”
    The exhibit will remain on view until Sept. 18.

Resika at Butler’s
    Butler’s Fine Art in East Hampton is exhibiting a collection of floral still lifes by Paul Resika through September.
     Born in New York in 1928, Mr. Resika began art studies at a young age and, as a teenager, was a studio assistant and student of Hans Hofmann from 1945 to 1947. He then lived and studied in Venice and Rome from 1950 to 1953.
    From his formal basis in Hofmann’s abstract techniques, Mr. Resika incorporated influences from the French modernists and Fauves, capturing “the power of nature through his uniquely personal exploration of color and form through observation,” according to the gallery.
    His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, among many other public and private collections.
    Other work on view includes art by Esteban Vicente, Mary Abbott, Herman Cherry, Nicolas Carone, Stephanie Brody-Lederman, Eugene Brodsky, Sally Egbert, Casimir Rutkowski, Harry Kramer, and Natalie Edgar Pavia.

On Pollock and Picasso
    Michael FitzGerald will present “Drip, Brush, and the Unconscious: Pollock and Picasso at Midcentury” on Sunday at 5 p.m. as part of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center’s summer lecture series. The series is held at the Fireplace Project across the street from the center at 851 Springs-Fireplace Road in Springs.
    Dr. FitzGerald, who is the director of the art history program at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and a part-time resident of Sag Harbor, will examine the two artists’ attitudes toward the redefinition of painting that took place in the first half of the 20th century, beginning with Cubism and then Abstract Expressionism. He will compare and contrast the achievements of Picasso and Pollock, painters who epitomize divergent poles of modernism.
    Dr. FitzGerald is the author of “Picasso and American Art,” which accompanied a traveling exhibit that originated at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He is also the author of “Picasso: The Artist’s Studio.”

Charneco at Solar
    Solar in East Hampton will open “Islands of Memory,” featuring new works by Darlene Charneco, on Saturday with a reception at 5 p.m. This is the first solo show for the artist at Solar, who is known for her work in resin, nails, and mixed media. She incorporates network theory, geographic information systems, video games, virtual worlds, childhood toys, and educational tools.
    The islands she refers to are her current home, Long Island, and her parents' native Puerto Rico. Of her sculpture, she said, “These clusters are like thought-forms . . . a chunking of concepts that I am trying to hold, mix, marry, communicate with, make tangible.” She has exhibited at the Katonah Museum, the Hunterdon Museum, the Islip Art Museum, and the Parrish Art Museum. In addition to the reception, the artist will be available to talk about her work during the East Hampton Village gallery walk next Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Eric Ernst will visit Solar on Sept. 17 for an “Artists on Artists” talk at 4:30 p.m. Reservations, which are required for all events, can be made by e-mailing info@artsolar.com. The show is on view through October.

Art Happening in Sag
    The Delaney Cooke Gallery at the Haven’s House Art Space in Sag Harbor will offer “Mixed-Media: A Group Perspective Art Happening” beginning tomorrow with a reception on Saturday at 7 p.m.
    The show is organized by Robert Nasatka and brings together “a motley crew of visual artists, musicians, poets, actors, teachers, and students comfortable with their own unique passion and flare for life without excessive vagueness. It aims to not only have a good time but educate as well through sensible outreach and honest discussion.” The participants have both traditional and more progressive approaches to art.
    The group includes Mr. Nasatka, J.K. Legos, Breahna Arnold, Ray Colleran, Anna Atanasova, Billy Martin, Benjamin Faraone, Chandra Elmendorf, Matisse Patterson, Yung Jake, Matty Liot, Mark Schiavoni of the Montauk Project band, Human Error, Paddy Noble, 4 Alarm Chili, Keogh Collections, Jason Nower of Why We Climb, Yong Jo Ji, Open Minded Organics, Ashley Tomkiel, and Philip Kess.
    The reception will feature performances and more. The installation will be up through Sunday.

Troy’s Ceramics at Celadon
    The Celadon Clay Art Gallery will show Jack Troy’s wood-fired and reduction-glazed ceramics beginning tomorrow and running through Sept. 5. The artist will speak about his work on Sunday at 4 p.m.
    In his career, Mr. Troy has been a teacher, potter, and writer. He is retired from Juniata College, where he taught for 39 years. He has led more than 185 workshops for potters at colleges, universities, and art centers in this country and abroad. His work is in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution, at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan, and in the Auckland Museum of Art in New Zealand. He has written several books on ceramic techniques as well as poetry.

Markel Shows Fayer
    Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in Bridgehampton is showing recent paintings by Laura Fayer. There will be a reception on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. Ms. Fayer uses a variety of mediums to explore the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, which describes a world that is transient and incomplete.
    “I rely on visual memories of childhood years living in Japan,” she has said. “The memories are vast and fluid.”
    Those who view the images may sense waves, wind, music, or moving trees that belie her process, one that is more complex than the results would indicate. She lives in New York and has received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. The show will remain on view through Sept. 11.

Tabor’s “Horse Whisperings”
    The Tulla Booth Gallery in Sag Harbor will show “Horse Whisperings” beginning on Saturday with an opening from 6 to 8 p.m. The artist will be on hand to sign copies of his book of the same title, with proceeds going to Autism Speaks.
    Mr. Tabor is a creative director and photographer who is known for large-scale prints of his equestrian works and landscape and seascape “portraits” of the East End. He treats his subjects like athletes, exploring their inner strength, spirit, and power.
    His images have no title, simply a number. He believes that the viewer should have an experience of the image without preconceptions. He uses only natural light. The show is running in connection with the Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, which opens on Sunday.

Noto Comes to Demato
    The Richard Demato Gallery in Sag Harbor will have a solo exhibit of works by Russell Noto, an artist from Savannah, Ga. The show opens on Saturday with an artist’s reception from 6 to 8 p.m.
    In his current series, he paints pit bulls that have the names of colors painted on them. They are stark but also fierce looking, usually with mouths agape. His work is realistic but also self-conscious in its references and ironic implications. The images play with stereotypes as well as the real fear of the different and unknown.
    The artist was born in Scranton, Pa., and earned an undergraduate degree from Keystone College in 2009. While attending college, he completed two paintings for the Scranton Parking Authority’s permanent collection. He will finish his Master of Fine Arts at the Savannah College of Art this year.