The Art Scene: 07.12.12

Local art news
Christopher Engel’s work will be on view at Hampton Hang in Water Mill beginning Saturday.

New Show at Depot
    The Depot Gallery in Montauk will open a new group show today with paintings by Sandy Fleisman, Pat Flynn, Robin Kuntz, and Rosa Hanna Scott. A reception with the artists will be held on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. The show will remain on view through July 23.

On Robert Moses
    Guild Hall in East Hampton will host a conversation with Matt Keegan on Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m. during which he will show a nine-minute video he made this year about Robert Moses. “Biography/Biographer” is a portrait of the infamous urban planner of New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County through the eyes of Mr. Keegan’s father, who caddied for Moses on Long Island.
    Mr. Keegan was raised in Manhasset, earned an M.F.A. from Columbia University, and now lives in Brooklyn. His work can be found in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The talk is free with museum admission.

Joffe’s Newer Work
    Davenport and Shapiro, a gallery in East Hampton, is showing paintings by Harriette Joffe through July 23. Ms. Joffe is part of the postwar generation of Abstract Expressionists who were active on the South Fork over the past half-century. She is one of the last links to that first group of painters — Willem de Kooning, Elaine de Kooning, Philip Pavia, Ibram Lassaw, and others.
    On view is her more recent work, much of it from the 1980s and 1990s with some pieces from as late as this year. She appears to have progressed through abstraction, starting with complete nonobjective art and moving to a more suggestive figural style. Earlier works in the show demonstrate her response to the South Fork landscape.
    The curator of the show, Robert Linsley, wrote in a catalog essay that Ms. Joffe has said that “her work is based in a creative nexus from which abstract forms and living figures may both emerge, separately or together.”

Bidlo at Pollock-Krasner
    Mike Bidlo will demonstrate his paint-pouring technique on Sunday at the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in Springs at 5 p.m. The performance will reprise a similar display the artist did in 1982 at his “Jack the Dripper at Peg’s Place” solo show based on the Hans Namuth film of Jackson Pollock at work.
    The event is part of the current exhibition, “The Persistence of Pollock,” which examines the artist’s legacy in following generations of artists. Mr. Bidlo has been appropriating the work of famous and influential artists for 30 years. His series of Pollock painting quotations is called “Not Pollock.”
    Admission to the event is $5 at the door. No reservations are required.

Miller at Harper’s
    “Saude do Planeta (Health of the Planet),” the first solo exhibition of artists books by Steve Miller, will go on view at Harper’s Books in East Hampton tomorrow with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Mr. Miller has assembled X-rays of plants and animals from the Brazilian Amazon basin for the books. Glass sculptures frame them. Works in other mediums will also be on view.
    He has been working on these images since 2011 with the Instituto Goeldi in Brazil. The X-rayed images, which include a six-foot alligator and a female sloth with offspring, are laminated between sheets of glass. He also superimposes them and photographs of man-made technology, such as high-tension wires, into books about Brazil to make a statement about environmental degradation. The show will be on view through Aug. 13.

“Loss of Signal”
    A pop-up show, “Loss of Signal,” with artwork by Nick Dine, Peter Dayton, and Gregory Johnson, will be at Superleggera Projects at 80 Muir Boulevard in East Hampton. An opening reception will take place on Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight, with viewing hours on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

New Gallery in Gansett
    Neoteric Fine Art opened last week in the space once occupied by Balasses House with a show called “LIFE.” The gallery is owned and operated by Scott Bluedorn as an artist collective. Mr. Bluedorn, who is also an artist, has work featured in the first show along with that of Jillian Aldrich, Rory Evenson-Phair, Hailey Kohlus, Martine Langatta, Christian Little, Diana Lives, Charles Ly, Kristin Miller, and Kate Petrone.
    The gallery will present “exclusively contemporary art by young, emerging artists primarily native to the East End,” according to a release. The collective was formed several years ago at East Hampton Studios in Wainscott, where it also had shows. The gallery is envisioned as “a project space for presenting visual art and design, with occasional readings and musical performances.”    The current show is on view through July 28.

“Powerplay” at Hayground
    “Powerplay,” a show of 25 artists from New York City and the East End, will open at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton on Saturday with a reception from noon to 8 p.m. The exhibition will have sculpture, installation, performance, sound, and video.
    The theme of the show, as developed by Molly Morgan Weiss and the City Firm, a company that brings artists and curators to show art in atypical spaces, is a questioning of the role of power in the American psyche. The artwork will touch on alternative energy, holistic practices, science, space exploration, food, technology, spirituality, sexuality, wealth, beauty, ritual, and human interaction. A map of the 13-acre experience will be provided upon entrance. Proceeds from the show will benefit the school.
    Among the artists from the South Fork are Grant Haffner, Dennis Leri, Matisse Patterson, Maria Pessino, and Dan Bailey. The performance and live art pieces will be on view only on Saturday, and the outdoor sculpture will remain on view through Aug. 24.

Khornak Shows Caputo
    The Lucille Khornak Gallery in Bridgehampton is showing work by Sabino Caputo beginning today with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The show will be on view through July 30. A painter, Mr. Caputo has been at his craft since childhood. He was an apprentice in Italy to a small-town artist who restored frescoes in churches. As an adult, he became an advertising art director but has returned to painting in his retirement, calling his style “Modern Realism” in acrylic paint.

“A Farmer’s Life at Sea”
    “Bridgehampton Whalers — A Far­m­er’s Life at Sea” is a new show at the Bridgehampton Historical Society’s ­Corwith House. Opening tomorrow with a reception at 5 p.m., the show docu­ments­ the men from the area who hunted whales. In Bridgehampton’s case, they were primarily farmers. The exhibit will display whaling logs, artwork by Claus Hoie, furniture once belonging to whaling captains, scrimshaw, and mementos from worldwide voyages.

Helander at Marcelle
    The Peter Marcelle Gallery in Bridgehampton will present “Bruce Helander: A Survey of Works” beginning Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Mr. Helander works primarily in collage and assemblage. He has a long association with the Rhode Island School of Design, first as a student and then later as provost and vice president for academic affairs. His work has been accessioned by museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He also writes about art in a blog for The Huffington Post.
    The show will be on view through July 22. The artist will be a speaker at ArtHamptons at Nova’s Ark in Bridgehampton tomorrow from 4 to 5 p.m.

Quilt Show in Water Mill
    The Water Mill Museum will hold its annual quilt show and sale from today until Aug. 6. It will feature scores of quilts, all hand-crafted and designed. Proceeds from the sale and raffle will go to the museum’s restoration.
    The quilt in this year’s raffle is called “Nine Patch Star,” for a queen-size bed. It has a pastel field with blue, pink, and green colors. Tickets are available at the museum. The quilt will be given away on Oct. 13 during the Bowls of Plenty benefit. The $5 museum admission comes with a raffle ticket. The museum is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Engel at Hampton Hang
    Hampton Hang in Water Mill will show Christopher Engel’s paintings beginning today through Aug. 1, with an opening reception on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. A Sag Harbor resident, Mr. Engel is inspired by Jungian philosophy in his work. He grew up in New York City surrounded by theater and the arts.
    In a statement, he said the show, titled “Gathering,” is a “series of paintings depicting the moments, movement, and energy of transformation. Moments that have occurred in the past continue their existence today. They have taken on new forms yet possess the same message. We are all connected and are part of something much larger than our individual lives.”

Bosco Sodi’s “ZnO”
    The Tripoli Gallery of Contemporary Art has joined with Pace Gallery to present a new exhibition of the work of Bosco Sodi at the Tripoli Gallery’s location in Southampton beginning today.
    Mr. Sodi is a Mexican artist whose first museum show is now on view in Mexico. In Southampton, Mr. Sodi’s show “ZnO” will include recent paintings of pigment, sawdust, wood pulp, fiber, water, and glue. He uses this mixture to compose monochromatic — in this case white — abstracted landscapes.    As if in a performance, the artist strenuously builds up the material on the canvas by hand over the course of a couple of days. The resulting surface is sculptural and full of fissures after it dries, usually during a period of several weeks. The artist will also show some new sculptures.
    “ZnO” opens with a reception today from 5 to 7 p.m. and closes on Aug. 12.

Art by Architects
    The American Institute of Architects Peconic has a show of art by its members at the Southampton Historical Museum beginning tomorrow and running through Aug. 26. The work may be related to an architectural project or not, and in any medium, including sketches, detail drawings, renderings, computer drawings, sculpture, photography, or models.

Vered Shows Masters
    The Vered Gallery in East Hampton will show a variety of works by more than 50 noted modern and contemporary artists starting on Saturday with a reception from 9 to 11 p.m. Called “Masterworks of European and American Art for the 21st Century,” it will show photography, paintings, works on paper, and sculpture from artists such as Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Arman, Jean Dubuffet, Sam Francis, Milton Avery, Bert Stern, Oscar Bluemner, Joseph Stella, Man Ray, Romare Bearden, ­Perle Fine, Niki de Saint Phalle, Robert Mapplethorpe, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Tony Smith, Cindy Sherman, Vic Muniz, and Pablo Picasso. The exhibition ends on July 31.

“In the Arms of Time”
    Vivien Bittencourt’s photographs will be on view at Ille Arts beginning Saturday with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. “In the Arms of Time” takes the static medium of photography and imposes a sense of temporality on it.
    According to the gallery, her work is “able to observe great time spans with minimal emotional interference.” Her photos show ancient organic species such as olive trees in Puglia as well as man-made ruins. Many of her subjects were photographed in Italy, but she also has examples of trees and buildings from Lebanon.
    Ms. Bittencourt is from Brazil and pursued a degree in history before becoming a photographer. She has been in New York since 1986. Among her other subjects have been poets, musicians, and artists, and she has made documentary films as well. The show is on view through Aug. 8.