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The Art Scene 03.16.23

Mon, 03/13/2023 - 14:03
Works from Charles Waller's "Bridal Suite" series are at the Lucore Art Gallery in Montauk.

Waller's Wit
Not seen since 2004, Charles Waller's "The Complete Bridal Suite," which combines vintage Victorian wedding dresses with antique found objects, is at the Lucore Art Gallery in Montauk through April 5. A reception is set for Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Waller, who lived in Springs until his death in 2021, told The Star in a 2000 interview that he considered his work "sarcastic folk art. You can't call it folk art because it's not cute. Sarcasm plays a real big part in my work. I think humor is the best way to make a point."

"Bridal Suite" dispels popular notions of purity, virginity, and delicacy associated with bridal decorum. Other works in the show combine the artist's wit with skillful draftsmanship.

lluminating Migrant Workers
Jose Campos, a.k.a. Studio Lenca, will be at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill on Friday at 6 p.m. to discuss "Chisme," his new exhibition there. A recent gift to the museum from Mario Cader-Frech, "Chisme" consists of 15 large woodcut figures of Latin migrant workers in vibrant colors and extravagant hats. 

The artist completed the project with WeCount!, an organization of immigrant workers in South Florida who drew plants, trees, and seeds on the backs of the figures.

Mr. Campos spent his early years in a corrugated metal shelter in Santiago Nonualco, El Salvador. Displaced as a result of the civil war there, he was among the first wave of child migrants to the United States.

He eventually earned master's degrees in arts and learning from Goldsmith's University in London and in contemporary dance from the London Contemporary Dance School.

Tickets are $16, $12 for senior citizens, $5 for members, free for students and children.

Three at Harper's
"Sauntering Days," an exhibition of work by John Joseph Mitchell, Ellen Siebers, and Elisa Soliven, will open at Harper's Gallery in East Hampton with a reception Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. It will continue through May 8.

Mr. Mitchell makes paintings that capture the serenity of quotidian moments inspired by early-20th-century American artists such as Milton Avery. Ms. Siebers creates paintings of intimate scenes that are vignetted by abstract fields of loose and delicate brushwork. A ceramicist, Ms. Soliven makes figurative busts, vessels, and wall reliefs with patterned surfaces inspired by the Japanese art of kintsugi ("golden repair”). 

"Women's Work"
The Oscar Molina Gallery in Southampton is celebrating Women's History Month with "Women's Work," a show of work by 17 artists, which will open Saturday with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

Organized by Mago and Karin Greene, the exhibition includes painting, sculpture, etching, photography, and multimedia. Participating artists are Kelynn Alder, Adriana Barone, Arta Brito, Isadora Capraro, Darlene Charneco, Lucy Cookson, Mona Dworkin, Allison Eden, Teresa Eguibar, Camille Feinberg, Anna Jurinich, Sally Lelong, Veronica Mezzina, Erica Morales, Diane Sjoholm, Diane Tuft, Suzanne Wetanson. 

The exhibition will continue through May 21.

Mesler's Rabbis
"Joel Mesler: The Rabbis," an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by the East Hampton artist and gallery owner, is at Cheim and Read in New York City through March 25.

While Mr. Mesler's previous paintings have featured embellished words and phrases, the new works, all from 2022, mark a return to his earlier figurative paintings, with echoes of such German Expressionists as George Grosz and Otto Dix.

The artist, who also collects rabbinical portraits, depicts his subjects as benevolent bearded men, some sad-eyed, others piercing, who evoke a more innocent time.

Six at LTV
LTV Studios in Wainscott continues its series of group exhibitions with "Lip Sync," which will be on view through April 7. Organized by Haim Mizrahi, it includes work by Lenore Bailey, Christina Stow, Steve Romm, Gerry Giliberti, Jim Slezak, and Mr. Mizrahi.

A reception will be held on Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m.

Celestial Sculpture
"Interstellar," an exhibition of new work by Leo Villareal, who divides his time between New York City and the North Fork, will open on Friday at the Pace Gallery in Chelsea and continue through April 29.

The show features 15 new sculptures in which the artist employs LEDs and custom software to investigate space, time, and perception. The wall-based sculptures include works from his "Nebulae" series, whose diffused light is informed by celestial imagery and evokes the dynamism of space. 

Black-and-White Photography
"Void of Color," a juried exhibition of black-and-white photography, is at the Southampton Cultural Center through March 31. Organized by Long Island Photo Gallery of Brightwaters, the show includes work by some 50 artists selected by the photographer Amy Medina.

A reception will take place on March 25 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Artists Talking
In conjunction with its current exhibition, "East End Collected7," the Southampton Arts Center has invited four exhibiting artists, Franco Cuttica, Isadora Capraro, Mary Lambert, and Adam Straus, to discuss their work on Saturday at 3 p.m. Paton Miller, the show's curator, and Christina Strassfield, the arts center's executive director, will moderate the free program.

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