The Art Scene: 10.05.17

Local Art News

Two at Ille Arts

“R&R,” an exhibition of paintings by Mari Rantanen and sculpture by Bonnie Rychlak, will open at Ille Arts in Amagansett on Saturday, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. It will continue through Oct. 23.

The artists are longtime friends and share a studio in Long Island City, but their work has little in common. A native of Finland, Ms. Rantanen creates vibrant abstract paintings that “bounce between ultra-flatness and the multi-dimensional, while patterns find synthesis amid popping, polyphonic color,” according to an essay for the show’s catalog by Janet Goleas, an artist and critic.

Ms. Rychlak’s sculptures emerge in part from childhood memories of growing up in Southern California. Her photo-narratives consist of photographs, and in some cases objects, partially obscured by an overlay of pebbled glass that suggests the elusiveness of memory. Other works include cast wax and hand-carved sculptures of drains, sewer grates, and a vintage diving helmet.


Abstraction at Ashawagh

“Mostly Abstract 5,” a show of work by 10 artists who approach abstraction in different ways, will be on view at Ashawagh Hall in Springs from tomorrow through Monday. A reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

The exhibition includes painting, glass, clay, wood, photography, collage, graphite, and resin. The participating artists are Beth Barry, Barbara Bilotta, Anahi DeCanio, Anna Franklin, Katherine Hammond, Mary Milne, Bo Parsons, Sheila Ratner, Live Thiers, and Mark Zimmerman.


New at Grenning

“Sag and the City,” an exhibition of scenes painted on the East End and in New York City, will open Saturday with a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and continue through Nov. 12 at the Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor.

Stephen Bauman and Steven Forster have collaborated on a series of cityscapes, including “Queensboro,” a painting of that landmark bridge. Marc Dalessio will be represented by depictions of Times Square and of the beach in Amagansett.

The show will also include work by Maryann Lucas, Ben Fenske, Carl Bretske, Benjamin Lussier, and Laura Grenning.


White Room Gallery Tagged

“Up From Underground,” with work by the graffiti artists V.P. Dedaj, a.k.a. Vic 161, and Dominick S. Vetro, a.k.a. TAG, opens at Bridgehampton’s White Room Gallery today, and will be on view through Oct. 22. A reception, including a live graffiti demonstration, will be held Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Born in Brussels in 1959, Mr. Dedaj moved to the Bronx with his family in 1967. He was a celebrated graffiti artist known as Victor-161 by the mid-1970s, when he was admitted into the graffiti clique Wild Style.

A Bronx native, Mr. Vetro was recognized by 1979 for his hand tag in bus yards and other public surfaces throughout the city. He was affiliated with the Throgs Neck Crew and United Artists, writing teams that found it smart to stick together in the Bronx in the 1970s.

Both artists have been influenced by cartoons, animation, surrealism, abstraction, and Pop Art.


“Women Painting Women”

“Women Painting Women: A Voice With Vision” will open at the RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton with a reception Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. and remain on view through Nov. 5.

Work by 19 artists was selected for exhibition from more than 200 submissions from around the world. Gallery artists will also be represented in the show.


Marcia Marcus at Firestone Loft

“Role Play: Paintings 1958-1973,” an exhibition of paintings by Marcia Marcus, will open next Thursday at the Eric Firestone Loft on Great Jones Street in Manhattan and continue through Dec. 2. A reception will be held next Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

A portraitist who worked at the intersection of painting, proto-performance art, and identity politics, Ms. Marcus was a central figure in New York’s avant-garde art world during the 1950s and 1960s. She collaborated with Allan Kaprow and was invited by Red Grooms to join the Delancey Street Museum, an artist cooperative, where she staged a “happening.”

According to the gallery, her “portraits, self-portraits, and group portraits — of artists, writers, family, friends, and acquaintances — show how portraiture sheds light on the shifting roles we all embody.” A panel discussion focused on her work will take place at the loft on Oct. 17 at 7:15 p.m.


Images of Costa Rica’s Beaches

“Impressions in the Sand,” a show of photographs by Nancy Breakstone, will open at Grain Surfboards in Amagansett with a reception Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. It will remain on view through Oct. 20.

An avid windsurfer, sailor, and paddleboarder, Ms. Breakstone began the series after noticing how, twice a day, the Pacific Ocean left designs of startling complexity and delicacy on beaches in Costa Rica. The exhibition includes her photographs of those designs, some of which resemble objects in nature, others of which are abstract.


One-Day Benefit 

“Art in the Barn,” a sale of paintings by Paton Miller and sculpture by the late Don Saco to benefit the Southampton Cultural Center, will be held on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Mr. Miller’s house at 459 Magee Street, in Southampton. Entertainment and light refreshments will be provided.


Pop-Up in East Hampton

The Gallery at 46 Green Street Studios in Hudson, N.Y., will mount a pop-up art exhibition this weekend at 1 Cobblers Court in East Hampton. The show will include work by 16 artists from the Hudson Valley, New York City, and the Hamptons.

The opening event, which will feature a food truck, local wine, and a D.J., will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Artwork can be previewed that day between 1 and 3 p.m. The show will also be open on Sunday, from 2 to 6.