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The Art Scene 04.21.21

Mon, 04/18/2022 - 10:41
Evan Brownstein's "Untitled (Talaria)," a sculpture carved with a chain saw, will be on view at the Arts Center at Duck Creek in Springs.
Olga Goworek

Early Peek "Right Now"
In advance of LongHouse Reserve's annual opening next week, the Ladd Brothers will be on site today and tomorrow, installing their first-ever outdoor sculpture, "Right Here, Right Now." The work is a 32-foot-long bridge-like structure constructed from disks of cedar branches collected from their property in Germantown, N.Y.

During members previews, today from noon to 4 and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., members can meet the artists and become part of the installation process.

Delirium on Canvas
"Los Delirious en la Pintura (The Delirious in the Painting)", a new series of paintings by Felix Bonilla Gerena, will open at the Tripoli Gallery in Wainscott on Saturday, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m., and continue through May 23. The works were created during a yearlong residency at the gallery.

They reflect the landscapes of both the artist's native Puerto Rico and the East End, not literally, but with a rhythmic, colorful quality that suggests the work of such Abstract Expressionist painters as Willem and Elaine de Kooning.

"His work extracts the color and energy of a place -- tropical, hot, dizzying, sexy, bursting with life," says the gallery.

Torreano in Space
An exhibition of paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by John Torreano will open at Keyes Art in Sag Harbor with a reception on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. and remain on view through May 6.

Mr. Torreano is best known for incorporating faceted gems in a variety of mediums to create what he calls "movement-oriented perception." Much of the Sag Harbor artist's recent work is inspired by images from the Hubble Space Telescope.

His large-scale painting "Whirlpool 1," for example, represents the Whirlpool Galaxy that was discovered in 1773 and was the first galaxy identified as a spiral.

Chain Saw Sculpture
The Arts Center at Duck Creek in Springs will open its 2022 exhibition season with "Hannah . . . Hector . . . Henry . . . Hermes . . . ," an outdoor show of site-specific work by Evan Brownstein, with a reception on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m.

After relocating to Barnes Landing during the pandemic, Mr. Brownstein, a photographer and sculptor, took up an unconventional tool, carving felled local trees into sculptures, using a chain saw.

The installation includes a seven-foot-tall solid wood sculpture accompanied by three carved wooden chairs, from a tree on the property, and three more from local oak supplied by an East Hampton tree service.

The show will be on view, "from dawn through dusk," through June 26.

Paintings for Haiti
A solo show of abstract paintings by Jonathan Nash Glynn is next up at Colm Rowan Fine Art in East Hampton, with an opening reception set for Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. 

Much of the artist's earlier work had an expressionistic figurative quality, but his art has since evolved into pure abstraction. He has said that the recent paintings "are about freeing myself and creating work that’s like a jazz composition -- without a simplistic theme or introductory passage."

Fifty percent of sales will benefit Wings Over Haiti, the nonprofit foundation Mr. Glynn established to help build schools there after the 2010 earthquake. The show will run through May 22.

Artists on Video
Share to Share was founded by Walter Sanchez, a photographer and gallery director, and Eve Iacono, an artist and educator, to record interviews with creative people on the East End.

The first stage of their project consists of 23 videos featuring local artists. A short compilation from those videos will be shown at LTV Studios in Wainscott on Friday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The videos, which are approximately 30 minutes long, can be seen in their entirety at

Art for Ukraine
The Church has organized an online art auction to benefit Ukraine. The Sag Harbor arts and community center has mobilized more than 100 artists to donate works for Razom, which is providing urgently needed medical supplies to treat those affected by the Russian invasion. All proceeds will benefit the organization. Bidding will continue through April 30.

The Church notes that Razom, the recipient, is "an organization that directly supports Ukraine and is recommended by The Washington Post, Financial Times, WNYC, and many other news outlets."

On the day the auction closes, the works will be on display at The Church and galleries in Sag Harbor including Grenning Gallery, Keyes Art, Romany Kramoris, and Sara Nightingale, from noon to 6 p.m., with a reception at The Church from 4 to 6, when the bidding ends.

Geometric Variations
"Squares and Circles," an exhibition of works with a geometric focus by Chris Kelly and Chris Lucore, opens today at the Lucore Art in Montauk. It will run through May 11.

Mr. Kelly's paintings and sculptures, which all include square angles, explore how the geometry of nature can be deconstructed and then aligned with "the humanity of the world" using the Golden Ratio, Fibonacci sequence, and fractals.

Mr. Lucore will show hard-edged circular compositions whose geometric shapes resonate with kaleidoscopes of color.

A reception will take place Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Cinema's Rebirth
Michael Heller, a photojournalist from East Hampton, documented both the 2016 fire that destroyed the Sag Harbor Cinema and its reconstruction. Published last year in a book titled "A Phoenix Rises," 12 of those images will be on view at the cinema starting Saturday in its second-floor gallery.

Of his project, Mr. Heller has said, "It makes me proud that I could contribute my talent to my community in a way that was both important and meaningful -- something that is every photographer's dream." 

Copies of "A Phoenix Rises" will be on sale at the cinema during the exhibition for $35.

New, Almost, Nightingale
"Almost New," an exhibition of paintings by Linda Gottesfeld, is on view at the Sara Nightingale Gallery in Sag Harbor through May 12. The physical acts of rolling and marking are integral to her recent abstract paintings. Layers of color form emerging and recessing planes, while linear elements suggest nature. 

The artist has said that during the pandemic, she "started painting with an abstracted sense of color and line, focused on an emotional relationship with color and line."

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