The Art Scene: 06.20.13

Local art news
“Cathedral: Architecture and Atmosphere,” a group show, will open at Silas Marder Gallery in Bridgehampton on Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. The show will include Aurora Robinson’s piece “Kermit.”

Mannix at Hampton Hang
    In a new show opening tomorrow, Karyn Mannix is looking beyond the beloved South Fork medium of painting to find other artistic inspiration that falls outside that two-dimensional form.
    At Karyn Mannix at Hampton Hang, her summer exhibition space in Water Mill behind Suki Zuki, she has brought together four artists: Maria Bacardi, Charles McGill, Gabriele T. Raacke, and Claire Watson, who use unusual mediums to approach art from a more conceptual viewpoint.
     Ms. Bacardi, also known as Maria Pessino, is a Cuban-born artist, actress, singer, and poet who was raised in Europe and now raises her family in East Hampton. Her glass-domed troves spotlight found objects that allude to stories or drama.
    Mr. McGill uses golf bags to engage with issues of “race, politics, sex, and class,” according to the gallery. He also incorporates found objects, graphic design, performance, essay, photography, appropriation, digital arts and collage.
     Ms. Raacke collects items such as eyeglasses, buttons, knitting needles, or glass bottles, and rearranges their relationships in different ways to discover new meanings and, perhaps, make a humorous comment on matter, humans, or nature.
    As a model-maker, scenic artist, decorative painter, and art educator, Ms. Watson had several decades to develop a vision for her artistic expression. In her present work she is using tobacco pipes and gloves to explore traditional notions of the masculine and feminine with a French accent. She lives and works in Water Mill.
    The show will remain on view through July 7. A reception will be held on June 29 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Talk at Ille
    In conjunction with “Raw and Refined,” a group show of four artists at Ille Arts in Amagansett, there will be a talk with the artists on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. The four, Monica Banks, Suzanne Goldenberg, Janet Nolan, and Nicole Parcher, will participate in a question-and-answer session about their work.

Kendrick, Shields
At Drawing Room

    The Drawing Room gallery is showing work by Mel Kendrick and Alan Shields through July 8.
    Mr. Kendrick, a resident of North Haven, is a sculptor whose recent work is in wood and cast concrete. His monumental concrete black-and-white jacks were recently shown at the Parrish Art Museum’s former location in South­­ampton. This new series, “Red Block,” is more human-scaled. According to the gallery, it “offers a dazzling circus of forms and a multiplicity of sight lines to bring the viewer closer.”
    Mr. Shields, who died in 2005, was a long-time resident of Shelter Island known for his stitched and beaded canvases and wall hangings. He was also a prolific maker of print editions; the show, titled “Inventive Editions 1973-2001,” includes 21 prints that show his inventiveness within the medium. These editions also incorporate stitching and collage with more traditional forms of printmaking. The result is multicolored geometric forms, with playful titles.