The Art Scene: 07.04.13

Local art news
“Orchid,” a dye-transfer print by Robert Mapplethorpe, will be one of the offerings in Vered’s annual silent auction at the East Hampton gallery through Sunday.

“DNA & Dust”
    QF Gallery in East Hampton will present “DNA & Dust,” work by Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Paul Hazelton, beginning Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Ms. Dewey-Hagborg uses genetic material culled from public spaces to make anonymous yet deeply personal sculptural portraits with an eye toward “genetic determinism and the potential for a culture of genetic surveillance,” according to the gallery. In this show she has taken samples from hair, gum, and cigarettes found at Penn Station and other public places in New York City. She will also include more recent portraits made from samples found in East Hampton.
    Mr. Hazelton works in dust, his own and other people’s, finding deep connections in the medium. “Art is like dust in that it is a byproduct of living — it is the product of the breakdown and fusion of ideas and materials,” the artist said. In this work he has made dust sculptures placed inside old lightbulbs, done in collaboration with Hugh Stoddart for his new film, “Moth Dust.”
    The show will be on view through July 21, with a closing reception and artist’s talk on July 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Light Waves, Art Boards
    Neoteric Fine Art in Amagansett will show “Sophia Collier: Light Waves” and “Peter Dayton: Surf Shop” beginning tomorrow and running through July 31.
    Ms. Collier and Mr. Dayton were brought together for their shared affinities for industrial design and references to minimalism. Ms. Collier carves rippled “water” surfaces from acrylic blocks to “capture the effect of wind crossing water and the light that results.”
    Mr. Dayton’s panel paintings have the look of flattened surfboards and refer to the painting styles of Frank Stella, Kenneth Noland, and Barnett Newman. These paintings and his oversize fin sculptures and bars of surf wax have been combined to create a “faux surf shop” environment.
    The opening reception will take place tomorrow from 7 to 10 p.m. An additional event on July 19 will feature music and Mr. Dayton in character as the Surf Shrink, similar to his Rock ’n’ Roll Shrink persona.

Auction Action at Vered
    This year’s Fourth of July weekend silent art auction at Vered Gallery in East Hampton will continue until Sunday at 5 p.m. More than 120 works are on display, by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Willem de Kooning, and Robert Mapplethorpe. Buyers can bid online at veredart.com. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Artists Alliance at Ashawagh
    Ashawagh Hall in Springs once again plays host to the Artists Alliance of East Hampton’s summer members art show. The work of more than 80 alliance members will be on view — paintings, drawings, sculpture, mixed-media pieces, and photographs. The show begins tomorrow, with an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m., and wraps up with a closing party on July 14.

“Dark Star” at Firestone
    “Dark Star,” a new series of works by Sanford Biggers, will be on display at the Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton this month. Mr. Biggers is a photographer, painter, and musician who also makes site-specific installations.
    Mr. Biggers was the recipient of a Creative Time Global Residency grant and served as a visiting scholar in Harvard University’s visual and environmental studies department in 2009. The first visual arts recipient of the Greenfield Prize, he is a faculty member at Columbia University.
    The opening reception is Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m., and the show will run until July 22.

New “Art at Home”
    Aubrey Grainger’s newest oil painting, “Glimpse of Scallop Pond,” will be on display as part of the “Art at Home” series at Pritam & Eames in East Hampton. The series, which also includes works by Jennifer Alnwick, Linda Capello, and Karen Kluglein, will be on view tomorrow through Sept. 15.

Mark Perry at Pierre’s
    Mark Perry’s paintings from 2007 to the present will be on view at Pierre’s restaurant in Bridgehampton through the end of the month. A reception for the artist will take place on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Painting Class at Parrish
    A painting class with Barbara Thomas will begin at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill on Wednesday. The class, which is for novice to experienced painters ages 15 and up, will allow students to work in their preferred mediums. Students will be asked to take inspiration from the Parrish collection, building, and surrounding views.
    The class, which meets on Wednesdays until Aug. 7, costs $350, or $300 for members. Class size is limited to 10, and preregistration and payment in advance are required.