The Art Scene: 10.04.12

Local art news
Sarah Dornner’s “Isometric Folding Screen,” made this year, will be on view in Halsey Mckay’s new show, “Sixth Sax,” which was organized by Patrick Brennan.

Artists Alliance at Ashawagh
    The Artists Alliance of East Hampton, which was founded in 1984 in honor of Jimmy Ernst, will show art by more than 50 of its members at its “Fall Art Exhibit” at Ashawagh Hall in Springs this weekend. Paintings, drawings, sculpture, mixed-media works, and photographs will be on view through Monday. An opening reception will be held on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Copyright for Artists
    The Community Arts Project will sponsor a copyright law seminar on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Springs Presbyterian Church. The class, led by Gale P. Elston, a New York City attorney, will focus on visual artists’ rights. Tea will be served afterward.
    The class will cover what rights visual artists have and the best ways to protect them, including through a copyright filing. Ms. Elston will help define originality from a legal standpoint, examining case law to help illustrate the concept. Ownership and transfers, infringement, and fair use are other concepts to be explored.
    Participants have been asked to have with them photocopies or color photos of a favorite work in order to copyright it. The instructor will review and revise the forms for submission. A portion of the class fee of $35 will be donated to the church.

New at Crazy Monkey
    The Crazy Monkey Gallery in Amagansett will feature the work of two longtime members, Lance Corey and June Kaplan, in a show opening tomorrow. Also on view will be a group show by the art cooperative’s members.
    Mr. Corey is inspired by Abstract Expressionist painting in his “neo-primitive” style. Ms. Kaplan paints what she terms “dreamscapes,” which evoke “a place I imagine, bringing order through abstraction.” Other artists with work on view will be Andrea McCafferty, Daniel Schoenheimer, Barbara Bilotta, Jim Hayden, Jana Hayden, Ellyn Tucker, Bob Tucker, Tina Andrews, Sarah Blodgett, Dianne Marxe, and Sheila Rotner.
    The exhibition will be up through Oct. 28. A reception will be held on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

East Enders in London
    Beginning on Wednesday, the Shizaru Gallery in London will show “Bad for You,” organized by Beth Rudin DeWoody of Southampton and featuring a number of artists from the East End of Long Island. The show will examine the relationship between art and vice, playing with themes of self-destruction, drug use, alcoholism, gambling, materialism, vanity, and smoking, among other taboos or reckless behaviors, in a judgment-free environment, leaving it up to the viewer to make the call.
    Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Jameson Ellis, Matthew Satz, and Steve Miller are some of the artists whose work will be in the show. It will remain on view through Nov. 23.

Neoteric’s “AudioVision”
    This weekend Neoteric Fine Art in Amagansett will hold the Amagansett AudioVision Festival, a three-day event featuring visual art, live music, screenings, performance art, installations, and projections, to run alongside the Hamptons International Film Festival.
    The events will kick off a month-long two-part visual art exhibition, “AudioVision,” with the work of Warren Padula, Peter Dayton, Caterina Verde, Christine Sciulli, Sunny Khalsa, and Andrea Cote. The “Vinyl Art Show,” showing work executed on vinyl records and album covers, will take over another room in the gallery.
    Tomorrow at 4 p.m., several D.J.s will be accompanied by a light show and laser mapping. Short films will be screened outdoors starting at 8:30 p.m., and a “silent disco,” with headsets playing each D.J.’s personal channel, will take place from 10 until midnight. Peter Dayton, donning his Rock ’n’ Roll Shrink persona, will present a performance piece.
    On Saturday and Sunday, the gallery will offer music by Olde Sake, Dalton Portella, San Joaquin, and the Montauk Project from 4 to 8 p.m., screenings from 8:30 to 10 p.m., fire dancing, and a performance piece by Leanna Pascual. Mr. Dayton’s Rock ’n’ Roll Shrink will return to take appointments.
    Admission to these events is $10 at the door, which will go toward medical costs accrued by Mark Schmitt, a young East Hamptoner involved in a serious accident last year. Food and refreshments will be available.

Grenning’s Autumn Show
    The Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor will have a reception for its “Autumn Group Show” on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. It will remain on view through Nov. 10.
    The show will include pieces by a new artist to the gallery, Lynn Sanguedolce of California. Her figurative work will be complemented by landscapes of California by Ben Fenske and images of the Italian countryside by Marc Dalessio. Barbara Thomas of Springs will contribute paintings of local fish. Works by Colin Berry and Michael Kotasek will also be shown.

“Amen” at Hampton Hang
    Hampton Hang in Water Mill will show “Amen,” work by Charlotte Filbert with a theme of human sex trafficking, which she looks at obliquely by challenging materialism and demonstrating “the ability of the human spirit to overcome darkness,” according to Ashley Dye, a gallery director. The message of the show is that “while some women buy their femininity, others are forced to sell theirs.” Ms. Filbert examines this idea through paintings and a collection of handbags and accessories she painted.
    A reception will be held on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will be on view through Nov. 6.

Vered’s “Needful Things”
    “Needful Things” will open today at the Vered Gallery in East Hampton with a collector’s preview at 5 p.m. Work by Colin Christian, Grant Haffner, Ray Caesar, Adam Handler, and Ron Agam will be featured, as will selections by Yayoi Kusama, Will Cotton, David Hockney, and Robert Mapplethorpe. Gallery II will show modern work by artists such as Milton Avery, Pablo Picasso, Franz Kline, Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning, and Fairfield Porter.
    The show is on view through Dec. 3.

Sixth Sax by the Seashore
    The Halsey Mckay Gallery in East Hampton will present “Sixth Sax,” a group show with a focus on sculpture and organized by Patrick Brennan, beginning Saturday. The show will include work by Colby Bird, Ned Colclough, Alex Da Corte, Sarah Dornner, Amy Granat, Jesse Hamerman, Joseph Hart, Adam McEwen, Ned Vena, and J.D. Walsh.
    Mr. Brennan has chosen works that “draw unlikely connections between historical forms to create their own, surreal language,” according to the gallery, offering “a tableau full of subtle contradictions and dialectics.” What remains is “a love of history but a disregard for genre — or rather a love of genre as speculative material, leading to a free-flowing chain of objects and images.”
    A reception will be held on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will remain on view through Nov. 11.