The Art Scene: 12.13.12

Local art news

“A Change in the Wind”
    Sara Nightingale will present “Kia Pedersen: A Change in the Wind” beginning Saturday with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Ms. Pedersen employs her training as a printmaker, sculptor, painter, and architect in subverting traditional methods of printmaking, leaving out or changing the usual steps involved.
    The prints begin as dense black paintings that have varied unique surfaces with surprising depth. Often, her dramatically eroded and brittle, lace-like copper plates never make it to press, becoming objects on their own. In her current work, she omits the printing process altogether. Asphaltum, a thick black paint, is applied directly to a copper plate, and organic materials, such as saltwater from the bays near her Shelter Island studio, are used to corrode the remaining exposed area.
    According to the gallery, the artist is an accomplished sailor who “is sensitive to subtle changes in the wind and allows them the autonomy to determine design.” The exhibition will run through Jan. 23.

Closing at Ross
    The Ross Gallery on the Ross School’s East Hampton campus will hold a closing reception for “Face Off,” an exhibition organized by Jennifer Cross with her students, tomorrow from 4 to 6 p.m. The artists in the show include Sydney Albertini, Jack Ceglic, John Hardy, Robert Harms, Christa Maiwald, and Christina Schlesinger. The last day of the show is Saturday.

Whaling Talk
    The Bridgehampton Historical Society will continue its show “Bridgehampton Whalers: A Farmer’s Life at Sea” through March at the Corwith House in Bridgehampton. In conjunction with the show, Julie Greene, its curator, will give a series of monthly talks beginning today at noon.
    The show examines whalers who came from the greater Bridgehampton area and became farmers in their retirement. Exhibits include excerpts from whaling logs, artwork by Claus Hoie, furniture once belonging to whaling captains, scrimshaw, and mementos from around the world.

McMullan at S.V.A.
    The School of Visual Arts in New York City is showing a James McMullan retrospective as part of its Masters Series Award. Mr. McMullan, who lives in Sag Harbor, has had a varied career as an artist and illustrator, with work including Lincoln Center theater posters, magazine articles, book and album covers, children’s books, and advertisements.
    The exhibition includes work from the 1950s through the present. Among the publications Mr. McMullan has worked for are Time, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and New York magazine. Also on view is new work to be published next year in Mr. McMullan’s memoir about growing up in China. The exhibition is on view through Saturday.