The Art Scene: 03.29.12

Deborah Black’s new series of acrylic-on-paper works will be on view in the “Spring Quintet” show opening today at the Southampton Cultural Center.

New Work at Vered
    “Ray Caesar: Selected Works” will open at the Vered Gallery in East Hampton tomorrow. The exhibition features the artist’s work in Maya, a three-dimensional modeling software used for digital animation effects in film and games.
    Digital models are made and posed, clothing and hair are added, and then they are placed in fully realized environments incorporating drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture. Mr. Caesar uses these to then make two-dimensional prints, similar to capturing stills from video or film. The work addresses subconscious elements of his life and the way he experiences the world around him, according to a release.
    The show will be on display through April 30. Also on view are works by Milton Avery, Willem de Kooning, David Hockney, Wolf Kahn, Yves Klein, Man Ray, Pablo Picasso, Fairfield Porter, Hunt Slonem, Frank Stella, and Bert Stern, among others.

“Spring Quintet”
    Arlene Bujese has organized another show at the Southampton Cultural Center on Pond Lane in Southampton. “Spring Quintet,” featuring the work of Deborah Black, Pamela Focarino, Margery Gosnell-Qua, Jane Johnson, and Ronnie Chalif, will open today, and a reception for the artists will be held on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. All five regional artists explore nature through personal perspectives. They move through representation and abstraction, with an emphasis on light, mood, and gesture.
    Ms. Black of East Hampton will show a new series of acrylic-on-paper works. Ms. Focarino, also of East Hampton, has a new series of oil-on-canvas paintings featuring the play of light. Ms. Gosnell-Qua, who lives in Remsenburg, will show a selection of oil-on-canvas and watercolor paintings. Ms. Johnson, from Sag Harbor, reduces the elements of nature to large, colorful, rounded biomorphic forms. Ms. Chalif, a longtime resident of the East End who now lives in New York City, makes abstract sculpture into stone landscapes of African wonderstone and Carrara marble.
    The show is on view through April 25.

Larsen to be Honored
    The New York School of Interior Design will honor Jack Lenor Larsen with a Lifetime Achievement Award at its spring benefit on April 18 at the Metropolitan Club in New York.
    Mr. Larsen, the founder and owner-occupant of the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, is an authority on traditional and contemporary crafts. As a fabric designer, he has created thousands of hand-woven patterns and textiles in natural yarns, many of which are associated with modernist architecture and furnishings and are in collections of major international museums. He also introduced batik and ikat to the American public in the 1970s.
    He will be recognized for his designs as well as for establishing the LongHouse residence and gardens, which were inspired by the Ise Shrine in Japan. More information about the event is available at the school’s Web site,