The Art Scene: 09.24.15

Local art news

Open House at Watermill Center

The Watermill Center will hold its fall open house on Saturday, starting at noon with a tour of the building, grounds, and collection and followed at 2 with a public rehearsal of Oliver Beer’s “The Resonance Project” and the opening of G.T. Pellizzi’s exhibition “Visitations.” The day will conclude with an outdoor reception.

Mr. Beer, a Watermill resident artist, is interested in the relationship between sound and space. “The Resonance Project” consists of films, sound pieces, and performances that use the human voice to make architectural spaces resound at their full frequencies. The artist has worked in a variety of contexts, including the Victorian sewers of England and the skyline tunnels of the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

For “Visitations,” Mr. Pellizzi, who lives in Mexico and New York City, will present paintings, sculpture, and installations, in a dialogue with the Watermill Center’s collection. He will give a gallery talk at 3 p.m.

Saturday’s programs are free. Reservations are required, and can be made at the center’s website.


Rafael Ferrer at Ille Arts

“Reflections,” an exhibition of works on paper by Rafael Ferrer, will open Saturday at Ille Arts in Amagansett with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. and remain on view through Oct. 12.

The works in the show were made between 2000 and 2010, which is said to have been a time of reflection for the artist after he bought a house in Greenport and sold his place in New York City. 

Mr. Ferrer, who was born in San Juan, P.R., achieved success in the late 1960s with a series of installations engaging process and conceptual art that were shown at museums worldwide. He subsequently moved away from that early work, and by the 1980s was creating paintings described by Roberta Smith of The New York Times as “visually and emotionally fraught . . . depicting radiant, shadow-pocked scenes of makeshift tropical dwellings and their inhabitants.”


Color at Harper’s Books

“Color Photographs,” Daisuke Yokota’s first solo exhibition in the United States, will open Saturday at Harper’s Books in East Hampton and continue through Dec. 1. A reception for the artist will be held Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Mr. Yokota is a highly regarded photographer from Tokyo who, though only in his early 30s, has shown internationally. His work engages the various processes of photography and has manifested itself in the repeated re-photographing of images, the application of chemicals to them, and live book “performances.”

For “Color Photographs,” he “tried not to take pictures,” according to the gallery, instead layering sheets of unused, large-format color film and applying unorthodox developing techniques before scanning the results, which “show that the essence of photography rests not necessarily with the camera, but in film itself.”


Abstraction at Ashawagh

“Mostly Abstract,” a group exhibition, will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 to 4 at Ashawagh Hall in Springs, with a reception set for Saturday from 5 to 7.

The artists, who work in a wide variety of mediums, are linked by a visceral and emotional affinity with the tradition of Abstract Expressionism. They are Casey Chalem Anderson, Beth Barry, Barbara Bilotta, Anahi DeCanio, Katherine Hammond, Bo Parsons, Sheila Rotner, Cynthia Sobel, Lieve Thiers, and Mark E. Zimmerman.


Walter Weissman Interview

Walter Weissman, an artist and photographer from East Hampton, will be interviewed about his work tonight at 6:30 at the Tenri Gallery and Cultural Center in Manhattan as part of its Artists Talk on Art series. Chris Byrne, a curator, Eunice Golden, an artist, and Doug Sheer, chairman of the series, will conduct the interview. The doors will open at 6, and tickets are $8, $5 for students and senior citizens.

“Portraying Artists: Photographs by Walter Weissman” will open Oct. 24 at Guild Hall in East Hampton and run through Jan. 3.


New at Marcelle Project

“Inner Circles,” an exhibition of paintings by Anna Jurinich, a Croatian-born artist who lives in Wading River, will open at Peter Marcelle Project in Southampton with a reception Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. and remain on view through Oct. 11.

Ms. Jurinich’s paintings explore the human condition, whether that of the world at large or her personal and family life. She cites Munch, Durer, and Blake as artists she feels a kinship with; Munch for his psychological undertones, Durer for his feeling for detail, and Blake for his spirituality.


“Audrey Flack: Heroines”

The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, N.Y., will show “Audrey Flack: Heroines,” drawings and prints highlighting women neglected or demonized by history, from Saturday through Jan. 3. Ms. Flack, a pioneer in Photorealism who has been exhibiting for six decades, has work in the collections of major museums throughout the world. She lives in New York City and East Hampton.


Shinnecock to Montauk

The Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor will present “Shinnecock to Montauk,” an exhibition of artwork by Franklin Engel, today through Oct. 15. Receptions will be held Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and on Oct. 3, also 5 to 6:30.

Mr. Engel, who was born and raised in New York City and is a life member of the Art Students League, has said that his first visit to the East End brought a new creative energy to his work. His paintings of the people and landscapes of the region are infused with a Fauvist expressionism and have been shown at many galleries in the city.