The Art Scene: 02.23.17

Local Art News

“Waterlines” at White Room

The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton will present “Waterlines,” an exhibition of approximately 40 works by Michele Dragonetti from her “Boat Hulls” photography series, from tomorrow through March 5. An opening reception will be held Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Ms. Dragonetti, who lives and works in Amagansett and Manhattan, began photographing the hulls in the marinas of Montauk, where she was drawn to boats in need of repair and refurbishing. She has since expanded the series beyond its East End origins to include images taken elsewhere in the United States and abroad.

The photographs emphasize the contrast between the abstract patterns of the painted lines and color of the hulls, and the interplay of textures. According to the artist, “By focusing my compositions on the triangular patterns of the hulls in a square format, I am able to highlight the essential geometry of the images.”


Group Show at Tripoli

“Black and White,” a group exhibition of work by 14 artists, will open at the Tripoli Gallery in Southampton with a reception on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. and continue through April 16.

The gallery has observed that color is often relied upon to create a “sellable” work. “In ‘Black and White,’ color will not aid or inform, while the many various techniques, mediums, and textures used will instead,” according to a press release.

The show includes paintings, sculpture, photography, and mixed-media works by artists from the United States and abroad, including five from the East End. Participating artists are Katherine Bernhardt, Ross Bleckner, Quentin Curry, Jamie dePasquale, Tracey Emin, Ryan Estep, Urs Fischer, April Gornik, Takesada Matsutani, Angelbert Metoyer, Ned Smyth, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Igor Vishnyakov, and Darius Yektai.


New at Roman Fine Art

Roman Fine Art in East Hampton will present “Repeat Offender,” its first solo exhibition of work by the Los Angeles artist Knowledge Bennett, from tomorrow through March 19. A reception will take place tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m.

Mr. Bennett uses hand-pulled printmaking techniques to explore contemporary and historical subject matter, appropriating recognizable imagery to reveal the hidden histories of his subjects.

For example, his “Cojones” series — the word means testicles in Spanish — honors people who have advocated acceptance and equal rights. Among them are Jean-Michel Basquiat, John F. Kennedy, Prince, and Salvador Dali. His “Mao Trump” pieces superimpose Donald Trump’s face over that of Mao Zedong.