The Art Scene 04.28.16

Local Art News
Terry Thompson, Edwina von Gal, and Anahi DeCanio posed in front of Michele Dragonetti’s boat prow collection at Ashawagh Hall in Springs Saturday night. Durell Godfrey

Philip Pavia at Pollock-Krasner

The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in Springs will present “Philip Pavia: Sculpture and Drawings” from next Thursday through July 30.

Mr. Pavia, who had a house on Squaw Road in Springs, was a guiding force behind the Club, the Greenwich Village meeting place formed in 1949, where artists of the New York School held weekly, sometimes contentious, discussions.

The works in the exhibition focus on the 1960s, when Pavia began working in marble, treating blocks of stone as collage elements. One major piece, “Lily Pond,” will be installed on the center’s grounds. 

His drawings were not studies for specific sculptures but helped him visualize ideas for the three-dimensional work. 

A reception and gallery talk with Natalie Edgar Pavia and Paul Pavia will take place May 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog with an essay by Phyllis Braff.


Three at Ille Arts

Ille Arts in Amagansett will open concurrent shows of work by three artists with a reception on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition will remain on view through May 25. 

“The Shadow of Numbers” features photographs by Mai Duong, who lives and works in Paris. Whether photographing architecture, people, or luxury products, her images reflect an almost mathematical precision.

Elizabeth Levine’s “Pet Show” is just that, a series of fanciful earthenware animals, each elaborately adorned with glazed clothing and accessories.

In “Streams/Glaciers,” Jonathan Smith, whose 2014 show at the gallery featured the coastline of the United States, focuses his camera on the beauty of Patagonian glaciers and Icelandic streams.


Nico Yektai’s 

Sculptural Furniture

The Tripoli Gallery in Southampton has reopened with “Cousins,” a solo exhibition of Nico Yektai’s sculptural furniture. A reception will be held Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Mr. Yektai, who was born in Iran and lives in Sag Harbor, has been working with wood for more than 25 years. Recently, he has been incorporating cement, metals, mirrors, and glass, transforming his materials into juxtapositions of line and form.

His unique creations exist simultaneously as modernist sculptures and functional furniture, inviting the viewer to engage with them both visually and physically.


New Group at White Room 

“Earth, Wind, and Fire,” an exhibition featuring work by EJ Camp, June Kaplan, and Susan Zises, will open Saturday at Bridgehampton’s White Room Gallery and continue through May 15. A reception is set for May 7 from 5 to 7 p.m.

For more than 30 years and throughout a successful commercial career, Ms. Camp has photographed the oceans, bays, and shorelines of the East End. Ms. Kaplan, too, focuses on the beauty of the region, but with acrylic paint on canvas. Ms. Zises’s abstract works on paper are built up with oil, Flashe, acrylics, fabric, metal, gilding, clay, and wood.

The exhibition will also include work by Ellyn Tucker, Mark Zimmerman, Kat O’Neill, Michele Dragonetti, Claudia Ward, Melissa Hin, Sally Breen, and Ann Brandeis. 

The gallery will also host a reading by Megan Chaskey from her “Birdsong Under the Wisdom Tree” on Friday, May 6, at 6 p.m.


Haim Mizrahi at Ashawagh

“Oops,” an exhibition of paintings by Haim Mizrahi of Springs, will be on view Saturday and Sunday at Ashawagh Hall, with a reception set for 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday. In addition, a reading by local poets will presented Sunday at 3 p.m.

Mr. Mizrahi is also a poet, writer, jazz musician, and host of “Hello Hello,” a morning talk show on LTV. Israeli-born, he began making art in 1997, motivated by “the curiosity about blending and implementing experiences from all aspects of my life on to the surface-canvas.”


Four Photographers in Sag

The Tulla Booth Gallery in Sag Harbor will open “Spring Preview,” a show of work by four photographers, with a reception on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will run through May 28.

Blair Seagram is best known on the East End for her photographs of surfers. Stephen Wilkes has documented cityscapes and landscapes across the United States.

Daniel Jones’s carefully composed images range from near-hyperrealism to near-abstraction. Ms. Booth, who is a jewelry designer as well as a photographer and gallery owner, is best known for her lush flower photographs.