The Art Scene 08.11.16

Local Art News
Nick Tarr, curator of this year’s Springs Invitational Exhibition at Ashawagh Hall, shared a laugh at the opening with Alexander Russo, who was honored along with Margaret Kerr, Adrienne Mim, and Athos Zacharias at the reception. Mark Segal

Artists Chosen By Artists

The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill has announced the 14 artists chosen by seven jurors to participate in “Artists Choose Artists,” the museum’s biennial exhibition focused on artists of the East End, which will open Oct. 30.

Dinah Maxwell Smith and RJT Haynes were selected by Tina Barney; Garrett Chingery and Saskia Friedrich by Lynda Benglis; Jackie Black and Marianne Weill by Tony Oursler; Suzanne Anker and Ben Butler by Donald Lipski; Anne Bae and Monica Banks by Jorge Pardo; Bill Komoski and Toni Ross by Cindy Sherman, and Karin Waisman and Almond Zigmund by Leo Villareal.

The museum will hold a screening of “Eva Hesse,” a new documentary about the influential sculptor who helped establish Postminimalism before her death in 1970 at the age of 34, tomorrow at 6 p.m. Helen Hesse Charach, the artist’s sister, with whom she escaped from Nazi Germany at the age of 4, will introduce the film. Tickets are $10, free for members and students.

 

“Shapes” at Halsey Mckay

The Halsey Mckay Gallery in East Hampton will open two exhibitions on Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

Ellie Rines, who runs a gallery at 56 Henry Street on the Lower East Side, where Halsey Mckay also has a viewing room, has put together “Shapes,” with work by Graham Collins, Rand Hardy, Mary Heilmann, Sadie Laska, Matt Rich, Keith Sonnier, and Blair Thurman.

A solo show of paintings by Patrick Brennan will also be on view. Mr. Brennan layers paint alongside studio and miscellaneous detritus, including discarded fabrics, cardboard, and Popsicle sticks. His forms lack any representational content and emerge through his mark-marking process.

The shows will continue through Aug. 29.

 

Four Painters at Harper’s Books

Harper’s Books in East Hampton is unveiling a group show that will be on view through Sept. 25, with an opening reception on Saturday evening from 6 to 8.

Participating painters are Katherine Bradford, Sarah Braman, Al Freeman, and Adrianne Rubenstein, each of whom has a distinctive style. Ms. Bradford often situates half-finished figures in strange, fantastic landscapes, while Ms. Braman makes abstract geometric sculptures and paintings on pieced-together plywood panels.

Mr. Freeman staples scraps of cardboard painted with numbers, letters, and images onto canvas panels. Bold colors and extreme painterly expressionism turn Ms. Rubenstein’s figurative elements into near abstraction.

 

Eugene Brodsky at Studio 11

A solo show of collages and accordion books by Eugene Brodsky will be on view from tomorrow through Sept. 15 at Studio 11 in the Red Horse Plaza in East Hampton. A reception will be held Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Mr. Brodsky often combines compositions of disparate elements with a taste for unusual materials and complex processes. His collages, executed in ink on silk and burnished paper, layer mostly abstract and roughly rectilinear elements with an occasional geometric shape or scrap of figuration. The edges are rough, as if torn, and the ink is applied in lines, blotches, and drips.

 

Four Photographers in Montauk

An exhibition of work by four photographers opens today at the Depot Gallery in Montauk and continues through Aug. 22. A reception will take place on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Gerry Giliberti synthesizes graphics, photography, sculpture, and digital imagery to create abstract, surrealistic images. Michele Dragonetti’s recent work has focused primarily on boat hulls, initially found at the marinas of Montauk.

Rosemary Hawkins’s contribution to the exhibition includes works in color infrared and medium-format pinhole photography. While much of Marilyn Stevenson’s work is abstract, she is also showing photographs of the ever-changing nature of water and sky at Mecox Bay.

 

Paintings and Video at Marcelle

“Savage Nature,” a show of work by John Zieman and Melinda Hackett, will open at the Peter Marcelle Project in Southampton on Saturday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. It will remain on view through Aug. 21.

Mr. Zieman has been directing and editing film and video for many years. In addition to documentaries, feature films, and cultural programming, he has continuously created his own personal video art and worked on high-profile projects with other video artists.

Ms. Hackett’s paintings and drawings refer, in her words, “to organic space and unfixed time.” While her forms suggest the natural world, they are poetic inventions the aim of which is to take the viewer to an unfamiliar place.

 

Group Show at White Room

“Sweet Imbalance,” featuring work by Laura Benjamin, Lauren Loscialo, and Robert Perez, is on view through Aug. 28 at the White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton. A reception with live music will be held Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m.

Ms. Benjamin creates collaged images of celebrities and pop-culture objects using candy wrappers. Ms. Loscialo’s recent photographs on canvas capture the play of architecture and organic structure in the world. The mixed-media works on canvas in Mr. Perez’s “Split Pop” series consist of flowers and other natural objects split between realistic and expressionistic rendering.

A group show of work by 11 artists will also be on view.

Haitian Art Sale in Sag

Christ Episcopal Church in Sag Harbor, in partnership with the Vassar Haiti Project, will hold its fifth Haitian art and handcraft sale to benefit the remote village of Chermaitre tomorrow from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 9 to 2.

The sale will include 200 original paintings as well as a wide assortment of unique and affordable gifts, including silk scarves, jewelry, and iron sculpture. Handcrafts are priced from $5 and up, and paintings from $50. All sales are 50 percent tax deductible.

 

“Photo-Technic II”

The Alex Ferrone Gallery in Cutchogue will present “Photo-Technic II,” an exhibition of work created from alternative photographic techniques, from Saturday through Sept. 25, with a reception set for Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Dan Welden will show works created using Solarplate Etching, a process he developed. Gerry Giliberti will exhibit gelatin silver chloride contact prints, while Lois Youmans will show transfer prints on plaster.

 

Montauk Benefit Exhibition

Camp Soulgrow Studio and Artshape Mammoth in Montauk will present “Wayfarers,” a group exhibition of work by eight artists, on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m., with a reception to be held Saturday from 6 to 8, followed by an after party at the Montauket. A portion of sales will support Camp Soulgrow, a creative workshop camp for kids, and Artshape Mammoth, an organization that supports the development of artists.

Happy customers at the Clothesline Art Sale at Guild Hall on Saturday included, from left, Nancy Fenton, Pat Precin, and Marilyn Maxwell. Others may have been texting their significant others for advice on purchases or posting Instagrams of the art on view. Durell Godfrey Photos