The Art Scene: 01.31.13

Local art news
The work of Reynold Ruffins is part of “Visual Heritage IV: Contemporary African-American Artists” at the Southampton Cultural Center.

Judge or Be Judged
    The eighth annual Crazy Monkey Gallery competition among its member artists will take place at the Amagansett gallery beginning tomorrow.
    Visitors are invited to vote for their favorite art works by secret ballot. Included in the show will be works in painting, drawing, mixed media, collage, photograph, or sculpture, one per each artist.
    Categories will include “Best in Show,” “Most Original,” and “Most Thought-Provoking.” The artists will include Tina Andrews, Beth Barry, Barbara Bilotta, Sarah Blodgett, Lance Corey, Dan Dubinsky, Katherine Hammond, Jana Hayden, Jim Hayden, Cathy Hunter, June Kaplan, Diane Marxe, Andrea McCafferty, Stephanie Reit, Sheila Rotner, Clare Schoenheimer, Daniel Schoenheimer, Cynthia Sobel, Bob Tucker, Ellyn Tucker, and Mark E. Zimmerman.
    At the same time, the gallery will have a solo show of work by Joyce Silver, who studied art at Cooper Union and the University of New Mexico. Her work addresses a variety of subjects and employs a style between realism and abstraction.
    A reception will be held on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. and the show will remain on view through Feb. 24. Winners will be announced during the reception for the next show on March 2. The winner of the Best in Show category will be given a solo show at a future date in the gallery.

Toni Ross in Maryland
    Toni Ross is presenting her ceramic work in a solo exhibition titled “Symbiosis” at Hood College in Frederick, Md., through Feb. 24. Ms. Ross is also showing some drawings. Ms. Ross is the Toni in Nick and Toni’s restaurant and lives on the South Fork.
    The artist works with shino glazes used for centuries in Japan. Her shapes are inspired by ancient coiled vessels, cycladic stone, and the paintings of Mark Rothko. Her vessels have little practical function, but instead address containment — of time, emotions, experience, and collective memory.
    According to the artist, “There is a search for identity as well as a desire to capture the beauty of line and form, to explore the space in between and the ever intriguing question of what lies within.”

Clairaudience: Sound Collage
    The Parrish Art Museum will present “Clairaudience” on Friday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m. The event is a D.J. set consisting of different audio samples of the sounds of the East End, such as farming, transportation, dialects, and weather.
    This will be the closing event of Hope Sandrow’s “Genius Loci” project, in which the artist addressed the new site of the Parrish by creating a series of events tied to the qualities of the location. The project was part of the museum’s Platform project, which invites artists to create works that are engaged in a dialogue with the site.
    Carlos Lama and Ulf Skogsbergh are the creators of the sound collage, which has periods of silence to reflect the “evolution and diversity of activities that have, over time, been associated with the Montauk Highway site of the new Parrish Art Museum,” according to the museum.
    “According to Sandrow’s research, the Shinnecock people once inhabited the land, Thomas Sayre, a founder of Southampton, farmed the land, and it later functioned as a poultry farm, then a tree farm.” Each sample played will reflect the previous one to create an aural time line. “Viewers may choose to be seated or move about the theater, and are invited to contribute sounds to the composition as it is performed,” the museum said.

Visual Heritage in Southampton
    The Southampton Cultural Center will present “Visual Heritage IV: Contemporary African-American Artists” tomorrow through Feb. 27 in correspondence with Black History Month.
    Artists will include Tina Andrews, Brent Bailer, Manuel Hughes, Rosa Hanna Scott, Reynold Ruffins, and Danny Simmons.
    A reception will be held on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. Beginning tomorrow, Ms. Andrews will also present a theater performance of her play “The Mistress of Monticello” at 8 p.m. The piece will have encore performances on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for the performance are $10 and $5 for students with ID and are available at the door beginning 40 minutes before the event. The art events are free.