The Art Scene: 09.19.13

Local art news

Figure Grounded
    Ille Arts in Amagansett will present “Figure and Ground” beginning Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will feature figurative work in multiple mediums organized by Vivien Bittencourt and Vincent Katz. The artists include Ms. Bittencourt, Rudy Burckhardt, Juan Gomez, Jan Henle, and Alex Katz.

 Mckay’s New Pairing
    East Hampton’s Halsey Mckay Gallery is showing works by Rachel Foullon and Ernesto Burgos through Oct. 6.

    In a show called “Shapeners,” Ms. Foullon refashions and pairs antique tools together in an arranged marriage of sympathetic natures. She works to remove all signs of a tool’s former use and aura, sanding and refinishing the object as well as substituting abstracted forms for what once were functional pieces. She may add fabric as well, not only to imply a double life for these objects, but also to layer a human element on top. The artist earned her M.F.A. at Columbia University and has had several exhibitions and won a number of awards and commissions.

    Mr. Burgos’s “Old Habits” is a show of new sculptures continuing his “investigation of systems that reflect the shifting nature of metaphorical language, mark making, and form,” according to the gallery. His “intuitive shapes expand on recognizable formal abstraction, gently shifting and combining to simultaneously acknowledge decay and change, paralleling the current divisiveness of existing systems.” Mr. Burgos has an M.F.A. from New York University and has exhibited widely in group and solo shows.

Dennis Leri at Ashawagh
    “Dennis Leri: Convergence” will be on view at Ashawagh Hall in Springs this weekend, beginning Saturday morning with a curator’s walk-through with Esperanza Leon at 11. A reception for the artist will be held from 4 to 8 p.m.

    The work on view will be from the last decade of the artist’s creative output. It will include several free-standing sculptures, wall pieces, models, and sketches. The artist is known for his abstracted welded-steel sculptures, which may be painted in bright colors or left with a more natural patina.

    On Sunday, Mr. Leri will have a conversation with Eric Ernst, another artist, about his work at 2 p.m.

Meola Book Signing
    Tulla Booth will host Eric Meola on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. in her Sag Harbor gallery, where he will sign his book “Streets of Fire,” which features photographs taken during the production of “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” the 1978 Bruce Springsteen album.

    The gallery will also have a new large-format book on “Born to Run” available to order. An exhibition featuring archival prints of Mr. Meola’s photo­graphy from the “Born to Run” album shoot will be on view through Sept. 29.

“Women Painting Women”
    The Richard Demato Gallery in Sag Harbor will be participating along with at least seven galleries in other states and countries to present “Women Painting Women,” a show devoted to contemporary women artists who paint the female form. The show is based on a blog of the same name that highlights underrepresented artists in this tradition. The gallery chose 30 artists out of 350 who applied to be in the show.

    Other galleries taking part include Gallery U in New Jersey, Principle Gallery in Virginia, Haynes Gallery and Townsend Atelier in Tennessee, and Art Exposure Gallery in Scotland.

    The exhibition will open Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at which many of the artists will be present. It will remain on view through Oct. 17.

Four at Peter Marcelle
    The Peter Marcelle Gallery will present “Four” beginning Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

    The exhibition will include the work of four contemporary abstract painters: Claudia Aronow, Roisin Bateman, Rhia Hurt, and Kryn Olson.

    Ms. Bateman, a Sag Harbor resident is from Ireland and sees similarities in the west coast of Ireland and the East End of Long Island as a major influence in her work. Ms. Hunt, from New York City, also alludes to landscape and memory. Ms. Olson, who is from Sag Harbor, uses expressive color to capture the experience of  landscapes she witnesses as a traveler. Ms. Aronow, who divides her time between the city and the South Fork, transitioned from representational to non-objective painting in 2000, using curves and circles as a recurring motif.

    The exhibition will remain on view through Oct. 6.

Fishing Lures in Water Mill
    The Water Mill Museum will host Bob Jones and his collection of vintage New York saltwater fishing baits and lures beginning today and running through Saturday. Mr. Jones will exhibit and discuss his extensive collection of lures, which date back to the World War II era. Admission is $5; children ages 12 and under will be admitted free. All proceeds will benefit the ongoing restoration of the water-powered gristmill at the Water Mill Museum.

Harrison’s Juried Show
    The Southampton Cultural Center has its annual juried art show on view through Oct. 6. Artists were invited to submit entries in oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing, prints, mixed-media, photo­graphy, and sculpture of limited size. Helen Harrison, the director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, chose a large group of artists from the entries, among them Barbara Groot, Setha Low, R.J.T. Haynes, Jerry Schwab, Leah Morgan, Kathleen Cunningham, Rain­ey Day Erwin, and Steve Gravano.

    The cultural center will receive a 50-percent share of sales to support its programs.