The Art Scene: 02.28.12

Local art news

The Strands of Satz
    Glenn Horowitz Bookseller will display works by Matthew Satz, an East Hampton-based artist, beginning Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.
    “Matthew Satz: Strands” will focus on a series displaying the artist’s commitment to process and concept. According to the artist, he was inspired by both Jackson Pollock’s drip and Barnett Newman’s zip in making these minimal works, which reference both painting and sculpture.
    The exhibition will remain on view through March 23.

A Flourish of the Dramatic
    After a midwinter break, Halsey Mckay gallery is back with “Human Drama,” a show guest-curated by Denise Kupferschmidt, an artist who has shown at the gallery previously. The show includes work by Gina Beavers, Ariel Dill, Joanne Greenbaum, Peter Mandradjieff, Leigh Ruple, Jeffrey Tranchell, and Johannes VanDerBeek and opens Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Ms. Kupferschmidt said she brought these artists together because she sensed their movement toward  “personal truths along paths that are inconstant and unworn. . . . They are living with making art. They are living and making art. They are making art out of living.”
    Mr. Tranchell uses “store-bought” materials with “quotidian yet aspirational preferences of the general populace.” Ms. Dill’s paintings incorporate sensory experience and different interpretations of form. Ms. Greenbaum finds new ways to explore abstract painting and new materials. Ms. Beavers makes sculpted paintings in which she lifts and recreates subject matter from television, blogs, printed matter, and other sources. Mr. VanDerBeek takes mundane objects around him and transforms them with totemic associations. Ms. Ruple combines geometric abstraction with figuration and examines gender roles in the process. Mr. Mandradjieff employs idiosyncratic studio practices to arrive at his compositions.
    The show is on view through March 31.

New Crazy Monkey Show
    Lance Corey and Sheril Antonio will be the featured artists at the next Crazy Monkey Gallery show, opening tomorrow with a reception on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.
    Mr. Corey’s heritage — Irish, Iroquois, and French Canadian — translates into a style that incorporates his values and interests. He describes it as “primitive, raw, unschooled, self-taught with purpose” and influenced by most major modern art movements.
    Ms. Antonio, a photographer, has lately been using her BlackBerry as her medium, working within its confines to incorporate color, design, and texture into a series called “Distortions.” She does not manipulate the image once it is taken; rather, she uses the device’s own capabilities in a way that allows her to “paint with light.” The East Hampton resident is an associate dean at New York University.
    Work by the cooperative’s members Tina Andrews, Barbara Bilotta, Dan Dubinsky, Cathy Hunter, Katherine Hammond, Jana Hayden, June Kaplan, Diane Marxe, Andrea McCafferty, Daniel Schoenheimer, Ellyn Tucker, and Mark E. Zimmerman will also be on view. The show continues through March 31.

Connie Fox in N.Y.C.
    The American Academy of Arts and Letters has selected Connie Fox as one of 34 contemporary artists to show in its annual invitational exhibition, beginning next Thursday. Ms. Fox was chosen from more than 175 nominees selected by the academy’s membership. Her work will be part of a show of some 120 paintings, photographs, sculptures, and works on paper, on view through April 14.