The Art Scene 04.07.16

Local Art News
Philippe Cheng's ephermal art photography will be the subject of a panel discussion on Friday at the Parrish Art Museum. Philippe Cheng

Antonakos at Drawing Room

The Drawing Room in East Hampton will present “Stephen Antonakos: Neons and Drawings, 1970s” from tomorrow through May 9. The exhibition will include 6 neon wall sculptures and 10 related drawings. On Saturday at 4:30 p.m., Eric Booker, assistant curator at the National Academy Museum, will discuss Mr. Antonakos’s work. A reception will follow.

In his drawings, Mr. Antonakos used graphite, colored pencil, and a sprayed fixative to simulate on paper the effect of light in space. When he began to work in neon in the 1960s, he expanded the possibilities of geometry. The show will focus on how his placement of radiant circular or square neon elements engaged their surrounding architecture and inhabited a realm between two and three-dimensionality. 

 

New at Ille Arts

“Selvedge,” an exhibition of work by Maeve D’Arcy and Crystal Gregory, will open at Ille Arts in Amagansett with a reception Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. and remain on view through April 25.

The work of both artists, who live in Brooklyn, is inspired by weaving and textile traditions, though Ms. Gregory uses lace structures as a conceptual foundation while Ms. D’Arcy’s work in acrylic, ink, and graphite on paper and wood panels often includes grids and other patterns suggestive of woven surfaces. 

The title of the exhibition refers to the finished edge of a piece of fabric.

 

Art Groove in Springs

The sixth annual “Art Groove,” a multimedia event including art, music, and video, will take place at Ashawagh Hall in Springs on Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A reception, set for 6 to 11 on Saturday night, will include a live performance of rhythm and blues rock by Frank Latorre and the King Bees at 7. In addition, “Reboot,” a mapped motion graphics video by John Jinks, will be projected on the outside of Ashawagh Hall.

The exhibition will include work in a variety of mediums by 14 East End artists.

 

Philippe Cheng at Parrish

Philippe Cheng and his recent book “Still: The East End Photographs,” will be the focus of a panel discussion and book signing at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill tomorrow at 6 p.m.

A fine art and commercial photographer who lives in Bridgehampton and New York City, Mr. Cheng turned his camera on the region’s landscape but shifted the focus plane to create deliberately blurred scenes that evoke a mood rather than specific visual details.

He will discuss his book with Elisabeth Biondi, a curator; Jack Lenor Larsen, the textile designer and founder of LongHouse Reserve; Terrie Sultan, the Parrish’s director, and Edwina von Gal, a landscape designer. Tickets are $10, free for members and students, and copies of “Still” will be available in the museum’s bookshop.

 

Three Figurative Painters

The Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor will open an exhibition of work by three representational painters, Carl Bretzke, Edwina Lucas, and Kevin Sanders, with a reception on Saturday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The show will run through May 15.

Mr. Bretzke, who lives in Minneapolis, specializes in urban scenes and landscapes inhabited by buildings, trucks, boats, and other signs of human habitation. A Sag Harbor resident, Ms. Lucas illuminates and invests with gravity such relatively simple subjects as flowers, fish, vegetables, and birds. Mr. Sanders, who works in Florence, Italy, creates moody landscapes, devoid of people and often rendered as daylight fades into night.

 

Halsey Mckay Here and There

The Halsey Mckay Gallery in East Hampton will present concurrent solo exhibitions by Christoph Robner, a German painter, and Adrianne Rubenstein, who lives and works in New York City, from Saturday through May 8. A reception will take place on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

The gallery will also open “Rongwrong,” a show of work by Aaron Aujla and Adam Marnie, at the Elaine de Kooning house and studio, 55 Alewife Brook Road in East Hampton, with a reception on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. 

Halsey Mckay is among several local venues to recently expand their reach into Manhattan. An installation of new sculptural photographic works by Colby Bird is on view at the gallery’s space at 56 Henry Street on the Lower East Side through April 29.

 

Two at RJD Gallery

The RJD Gallery in Sag Harbor will open an exhibition of work by Charlotta Janssen and Phillip Thomas with a reception Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will continue through May 5.

Both artists use collage elements in mixed-media figurative works that document historical moments of the struggle for racial quality. Ms. Janssen’s work in this show, which she has termed “quilted Americana,” focuses on the bus boycotters of 1956 and the Freedom Riders of the early 1960s.

Mr. Thomas combines the imagery and traditions of the Old Masters to create paintings that make a statement on colonialism and its aftermath, especially in his native Caribbean.

 

“East End Realists”

“East End Realists,” a show of paintings by nine artists, will open Tuesday at the Southampton Cultural Center’s Levitas Center for the Arts and remain on view through May 23. A reception will be held April 17 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The images include flowers, landscapes, sea, sky, portraits, and interiors by Lucille Berrill Paulsen, David Paulsen, Pam Thomson, Peter Beston, Roxanne Panero, Jane Kirkwood, Aubrey Grainger, Keith Mantell and Ann Lombardo, who organized the exhibition. Twenty-five percent of sales will be donated to support the S.C.C