The Art Scene: 06.21.12

Local art news
Felix Bonilla Gerena at Tripoli Gallery

Schoultz New at Firestone
    The Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton will bring the work of Andrew Schoultz, a San Francisco artist, to East Hampton beginning Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.
    “Ex Uno Plura” — or from one, many — is the inverse of e pluribus unum (from many, one), a United States motto seen on our currency. The exhibition will include a mural and works reflecting on the American flag.
    The artist applies layers of paint as well as gold and white gold leaf onto fabric flags to provoke and stun the audience with their showy beauty. He is known for his cultural commentary that incorporates or references graffiti, collage, cartography, medieval script, woodcut printing, Benday dots, Arabic calligraphy, and Indian mural painting.
    He has exhibited internationally and been reviewed in many publications. The exhibition will be on view through July 7.

Davenport & Shapiro’s
New Show
    Today through July 23, Davenport and Shapiro Fine Art in East Hampton will present “Harriette Joffe:  A Lifetime’s Journey.” The exhibition is both a retrospective and a show of new work to track the progress of a figurative artist whose subjects often dissolve into abstracted shapes and patterns.
    The show will feature works from her “Riversong” series and will be organized by Robert Linsley.

Puerto Rico in Southampton
    Tripoli Gallery of Contemporary Art in Southampton Village will present the work of Felix Bonilla Gerena and his “Landscapes of Bajura” today through July 9. An opening reception will take place tomorrow from 5 to 8 p.m.
    In his fourth exhibition at the gallery, the artist will display recent paintings and some older works, some incorporating mixed media. The work is striking in its use of color both linearly and in form. Figures are often delineated while settings appear more generalized, but both contain much movement and activity.
    La Bajura refers to an area of Jobos Beach in Puerto Rico that has a reputation of being a utopian setting full of bright colors and magical light. The paintings are Dionysian, but contain a warning that too much paradise can lead to folly. The artist has exhibited throughout North America and the Caribbean.

“Landscrapes” at Demato
    Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery in Sag Harbor will present a solo show of the work of Dan VanLandingham called “Landscrapes,” today through July 21.
    The artist is a painter working in acrylic and mixed media on canvas. A resident of Martha’s Vineyard, he incorporates geometric acrylic collage into his compositions. The artist describes his creative process as analogous to the way landscapes and spaces are built, according to the gallery.
    The gallery’s main floor will feature work by Kevin Sloan, Andrea Kowch, Zachary Thornton, and Jeff Aeling. A reception will be held Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Multi Artists and Media
    The Depot Gallery is presenting four artists in a multimedia show through Monday.
    The exhibition includes paintings by Aaron Monet and photographs by Steph­en James Cole that feature seas­capes, water birds, boats, and other familiar Montauk sights. Joanne Mannes has decided to focus on swans and cygnets in her photography and also has paintings on view. Cathy Hunter makes wall-hung sculptures out of found objects and cardboard.
    The gallery is at the Montauk railroad station and is open from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday.

Ceramic Art
    Celedon Clay Art Gallery will present the “Greenwich House Faculty Invitational” show tomorrow through July 15. A brunch reception will be held on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    The show consists of works from three artists, Kathy Erteman, Julie Terestman, and Sheryl Zacharia. Two of the artists will speak about their work after the reception from 1 to 2 p.m. There will also be a demonstration with Ms. Zacharia at 2 p.m. On Saturday, a master’s workshop will be held with Ms. Erteman, called Clay Mono Printing. Preregistration is required for that event at hamptonsclayart.org.
    Ms. Zacharia has studied painting and has also had a career as a singer-songwriter. She studied and worked in various ceramic mediums and has exhibited both locally and nationally. Ms. Terestman apprenticed in Ireland and then with Rick Hirsch and Chris Gustin at the Program in Artisanry, then part of Boston University, and at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. She now teaches ceramics in New York City. Ms. Erteman makes vessels and architectural wall pieces. She received her B.F.A. from California State University Long Beach, studied with Adrian Saxe at the University of California Los Angeles, and worked with Judy Chicago on the Dinner Party after graduation. She is also a part-time teacher.