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The Art Scene 08.26.21

Tue, 08/24/2021 - 09:00
Daniel Vernola's painting "Raft of the Medusa" is on view at Ashawagh Hall in Springs.

On the Road Again
For its 2021 Road Show, the Parrish Art Museum will present “Symbiosome Schoolhouse,” a site-specific exhibition by Darlene Charneco, at the Oysterponds Historical Society in Orient. Since October 2019, Ms. Charneco has been the artist-in-residence at the William Steeple Davis Trust in that hamlet.

Symbiosome, which she has defined as a “vacuole within an organism that hosts a different organism in symbiosis,” reflects her belief in the fundamental importance of symbiosis in cultures as well as biology.

The exhibition will take place both inside the schoolhouse and out. The indoor show will include several wall sculpture weaves and Touchmaps, a grouping of mixed-media works on paper, and a video loop depicting collaborations in philanthropy and learning.

A large free-standing sculpture consisting of smaller “memory structures of dwellings” made of wood and concrete, will occupy the main lawn.

The exhibition will open Saturday with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. and continue through Oct. 24. Public hours are Friday, 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, 11 to 5, and Sunday, 2 to 5.

Film and Jewelry
A documentary film featuring Robert Longo discussing “A History of the Present,” his current exhibition at Guild Hall, will be shown there on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The 35-minute film, which is directed by Sophie Chahinian, the founder of the Artist Profile Archive, will be followed by a conversation with Mr. Longo, Ms. Chahinian, and Christina Strassfield, Guild Hall Museum’s director and chief curator. Admission is free.

LizWorks, which collaborates with contemporary artists to create limited-edition jewelry, has teamed with Mr. Longo to create a collection that “comments on the state of our union,” according to a release. The pieces in the collection take the form of a rose or a bullet hole, both of which have figured in the artist’s large-scale charcoal drawings. Each item is available in editions of 15. More information is at

Not in Living Color
“Black/White,” a group exhibition of monochromatic works, is on view at the Skarstedt Gallery in East Hampton through Sept. 26. The show includes works by George Condo, KAWS, Albert Oehlen, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Wool.

The absence of color encourages a focus on concepts, subjects, and techniques without chromatic complexities. “Whether a technological result or symbolic meaning, this reduced palette elicits an autonomy of form,” says the gallery.

Colescott in Montauk
“Robert Colescott: My Shadow,” a solo exhibition of work by an American artist who engaged with issues of race, gender, and power over his 60-year career, is on view at the South Etna Montauk Foundation, 6 South Etna Avenue, through Oct. 3.

Organized by Alison M. Gingeras, the show includes 14 paintings and drawings made between 1969 and 1994 that explore several of the themes the artist probed over the course of his career.

One of those themes, the double, is exemplified by his drawing “My Shadow,” which depicts a Black man and a white woman dancing in their pajamas. On the wall behind them, Colescott has drawn a sheet of paper with the opening verses of Robert Louis Stevenson’s  poem “My Shadow,” whose innocence his image subverts.

Colescott, who died in 2009, represented the United States in the 1997 Venice Biennale.

Surreal Poodles
“How Was Your Summer?” -- an exhibition of 15 paintings by Susumu Kamijo -- will open at Harper’s Gallery in East Hampton with a reception Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. and remain on view through Sept. 29.

The Flashe paintings on canvas continue the artist’s portrayals of poodles, which here take on a surreal and confrontational character. The animals are often shown at close range, with a bulging eye staring at the viewer. The artist's current technique reduces the dogs’ anatomies to their most essential elements, among them contorted snouts and detached jaws.

Mr. Susumu’s paintings subvert “the lighthearted portrayal of poodles as precious show dogs,” says the gallery.

Three at Ashawagh
“Confluence,” an exhibition of paintings by three East End artists who take inspiration from the landscape and waters of the region, opens Thursday at Ashawagh Hall in Springs and runs through Monday. A reception will be held Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Kurt Giehl’s paintings are composed of hundreds of individual blocks that appear to be in constant motion as the viewer’s perspective changes. Daniel Vernola’s abstract paintings are built up in layered glazes that heighten colors and soften planes. Aaron Warkov, a surfer, translates his experience of gravity by letting the natural flow of paint traverse the canvas.

Portraits, Landscapes
“The Space Between,” a show of paintings by Rainer Andreesen, will open at MM Fine Art in Southampton with a reception Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. and continue through Sept. 19.

While the show includes both portraits and East End landscapes, portraits are at the heart of Mr. Andreesen’s practice. Inspired from a young age by Old Master paintings, he aims, according to the gallery, “to not merely draw a likeness of a person but to convey the essence of their spirit.” He has completed commissions for Kathy Bates, Martin Short, Alfred Molina, and Jennifer Garner, among others.

On the Scene
Margaret Garrett, whose exhibition “Moving Images: ‘The 19’ and Other Works” is at the Shelter Island Historical Society through Sept. 8, will give a talk there Thursday at 5 p.m.

Liz Cohen, a photographer, sculptor, and performance artist, will be at The Church in Sag Harbor Friday at 6 p.m. to discuss her photograph “Hood,” which is on view in “Road Rage,” its current exhibition.

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