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The Art Scene: 06.20.19

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 11:48

LongHouse Installations

The LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton will debut two new installations on Saturday, Lawrence Weiner’s “Out of Sight” and Stephen Talasnik’s “Echo,” with a reception to be held from 3 to 5 p.m.

“Out of Sight” is a 40-foot-long hopscotch designed to encourage participants of all ages to interact with the installation. The boxes contain inspirational and aspirational words and phrases such as “Spit Into the Wind Hope for the Best” and “Presume a Destination” and “One Can Only Imagine the Powers That Be.”

One of the central figures in the formulation of Conceptual Art in the 1960s, Mr. Weiner is known for his text-based works the words of which are often stenciled, painted, inscribed, or otherwise applied to walls and surfaces. The participatory “Out of Sight” adds a new dimension to his use of language.

“Echo” consists of three floating, site-specific sculptures made of woven flat reed bamboo and situated in the Black Mirror, a water installation designed by Jack Lenor Larsen, the founder of LongHouse. The sculptor was initially attracted to wood, reed, and bamboo while living and working in the Far East during the late 1980s.

Mr. Talasnik, whose drawings and sculpture reflect his fascination with line or skeletal infrastructure, builds without plan or measurement, relying on intuition and improvisation. The LongHouse installation coincides with the publication of “Unearthed,” his most recent monograph.

 Three at Rental

“Abstracted,” a show of paintings 

by Neil Raitt, Joey Wolf, and Angela Heisch, will open at the Rental Gallery in East Hampton with a reception on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. and remain on view through July 15.

With gestures adapted from Bob Ross’s television program “The Joy of Painting,” Mr. Raitt creates patterns of endlessly repeated cabins, mountains, trees, and other landscape elements that suspend the illusion of space.

Mr. Wolf creates dense, large-scale paintings of social scenes, often depicting his own circle of friends or acquaintances, rendered with textured surfaces that have a sculptural physicality.

Ms. Heisch paints repeated, decidedly abstract forms that combine architectonic ideas and anthropomorphism and flirt with, but never quite achieve, symmetry.

At Estia’s Little Kitchen

The gallery at Estia’s Little Kitchen in Sag Harbor will show dog portrait paintings by Christopher Charveriat and solar prints by Lynn Park Charveriat from Sunday through Aug. 12. A reception will be held on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m.

Focus on the Body 

“Bodies of Work,” a show of work by a dozen East End artists fascinated by the figure, will be on view at Ashawagh Hall in Springs from tomorrow through Sunday. A reception will be held tomorrow from 5 to 8 p.m., and a model will sit for those who would like to try their hand at drawing from life on Saturday afternoon from 2 to 4.

The exhibition will include drawing, ceramics, sculpture, painting, and photography by Mary Antczak, Linda Capello, Ellen Dooley, Setha Low, Louise Peabody, Camille Perrottet, Gabriele Raacke, Doug Reina, Alison Seiffer, Frank Sofo, Peter Solow, and Victor Vaccaro.

“Paint and Steel” at Ille

“Paint and Steel,” paintings by Deborah Buck and sculpture by Richard Heinrich, will open at Ille Arts in Amagansett with a reception on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. and continue through July 16.

Describing her paintings, Ms. Buck has said, “I make images of things I wish existed. Like nature on steroids.” Neither abstract nor conventionally figurative, her images are eccentric, mysterious, sometimes surreal, sometimes witty, and always colorful.

Mr. Heinrich will show tabletop sculptures and larger pieces, all in steel. His work, which is both lyrical and strong, reflects his love of jazz and classical music as well as the four years he lived in Japan.

Group Show at Keyes

“Boyz Keep Swinging,” a group exhibition of work by more than 20 artists, will be at the Keyes Gallery in Sag Harbor from Saturday through July 14. A reception will take place on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. 

The show’s title is taken from David Bowie’s 1979 hit “Boys Keep Swinging,” whose music video challenged gender privilege with lyrics sung by Bowie in various drag personas. Organized by Maynard Monrow, the exhibition consists mostly of text-based work with an unapologetic attitude to queer culture, gender identity, and sexuality. 

“Mad Mix” at White Room

“Mad Mix” will open today at the White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton and remain on view through July 14. A reception will take place on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will feature an eclectic mix of photography, mixed media, abstract and figurative painting, installation, sculpture, and glitch art.

Exhibiting artists are Seek One, Oz Van Rosen, Susan Washington, Dinesh Boaz, Stephen Bezas, Martha McAleer, Kathy Buist, Keith Ramsdell, Alicia Gitlitz, Lynn Savarese, and Ryan Schmidt.

New at Kathryn Markel

Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in Bridgehampton will show solo exhibitions of work by Debra Smith and Katie 

DeGroot from tomorrow through July 8.

Ms. Smith is a textile artist who assembles pieces of found silk fabric from vintage kimonos and men’s suit linings into gestural, geometric abstractions that relate more fully to drawing and painting than to textiles.

Ms. DeGroot’s recent watercolor paintings feature tree branches with loose and peeling bark covered with accretions of fungi, moss, and vine. Vivid colors, patterns, and shapes offset the rendering of a process of decay.

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