The Art Scene: 08.14.14

Local art news

New at Halsey Mckay

Halsey Mckay Gallery in East Hampton is presenting two concurrent exhibitions through Aug. 24. “Waterworks” features Karl Haendel and Adam Helms, both of whom transform pre-existing images from pop culture, news media, the Internet, and other sources, in this case, water-related subjects.

“Killer Moon” is Glen Baldridge’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. The works in the series are derived from images shot at night with a game camera triggered by wind, insects, and other forces. The resulting photographs are put through several subsequent processes before emerging as haunting, glowing night images.

In Storage at Firestone

In collaboration with The Hole, a New York gallery, Eric Firestone in East Hampton is presenting “Storage Wars,” a group exhibition, through Sept. 7. The premise of the show is that most art works spend far more time in storage than on view, wrapped in plastic or in crates.

Work in the exhibition is presented “as is.” The gallery is stacked with crates that are opened to reveal their previously hidden contents. Some have just arrived from overseas, some have been languishing in the galleries’ archives, and others are secondary market works.

Plank Paintings at Marder

“Jason Middlebrook: Every Tree Is a Map,” a solo exhibition of recent painting and sculpture, will be on view at Silas Marder Gallery in Bridgehampton Saturday through Sept. 14. A reception for the artist will be held Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.

 The exhibition consists of Mr. Middlebrook’s recent plank paintings of hand-selected, rough-hewn slices of various hardwoods adorned with brightly colored patterns that use manufactured materials to mimic the trees’ natural growth rings.

Joel Gray Photographs

Turpan Sanders in East Hampton will hold a reception and book signing for Joel Grey, the Oscar, Tony, and Golden Globe-winning actor, singer, and dancer who originated the role of master of ceremonies in “Cabaret” on Broadway and on screen, Saturday afternoon from 4 to 6.

“The Billboard Papers” is the fourth book of photographs by Mr. Grey. It contains 28 full-color images of torn and decaying billboards from the streets of New York City, resembling collages with strange and unexpected layers. Published in a limited edition of 600 copies, with a preface by Ross Bleck­ner, the book retails for $95.

Art on the Green

The Montauk Artists Association will hold its 20th annual juried Fine Art Show on the Montauk Green tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday. The exhibition, including sculpture, painting, digital artwork, photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics, wood, and mixed media, affords the opportunity to meet the participating artists.

The free event will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 10 to 6 on Saturday and Sunday.

Water, Water Everywhere

“Water 2014,” a group show of photographs billed as “an ode to the sea,” is on view at Tulla Booth Gallery in Sag Harbor through Sept. 20. The show includes both classic and contemporary photography by Dan Jones, Karine Laval, Herb Friedman, John Margarites, Blair Seagram, Tulla Booth, Anne Gabriele, and Jay Hoops. A reception will take place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

New at Crazy Monkey

The Crazy Monkey Gallery in Amagansett will feature the art of Bobbie Braun, Anna Franklin, and Dianne Marxe from today through Aug. 31. A reception will be held Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Ms. Braun’s paintings use a full palette to capture the power of the moment. The sea is the subject of the paintings of Anna Franklin, who was born into a family of fishermen on the Adriatic Sea in Italy. Dianne Marxe’s sculptures of animals reflect her powerful connection to their world. Works by other members of the gallery will also be on view.