The Art Scene: 09.03.15

Local art news
Mixed media work by Mica Marder will be on view at the Silas Marder Gallery in Bridgehampton beginning Saturday. Gary Mamay

Marder at Marder

A show of recent work by Mica Marder will open at the Silas Marder Gallery in Bridgehampton on Saturday, with a reception from 4 to 8 p.m. It will continue through Oct. 17.

The works in the exhibition reflect Mr. Marder’s ongoing exploration of the East End’s coastal wildlife in a series of large-scale assemblages in which he repurposes discarded objects into the form of a fin, a tail, a cheek, or an eye. In some, the raw materials, such as a small anchor, a piece of charred wood, or a broken clam rake, retain their identity, while in others Mr. Marder works the surface with paint to flatten and camouflage them. Recent works on paper and oil paintings will also be on view.

 

Two Shows at Ille

Ille Arts in Amagansett will present two exhibitions, “Ken Collins: Portals, Time and Place” and “Literary Vision: New Works by Marc Francois Auboire and Barry McCallion,” from Saturday through Sept. 22. A reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 7.

Mr. Collins’s photographs reflect, in his words, “the ongoing flux between the atmospheric, the graphic, the figurative, and the abstract. I seek to inspire prolonged viewing that invites contradictory readings and perceptions of what is typically seen.”

Mr. Auboire, who lives and works in Paris, paints book covers, creating singular compositions of colors and language. Mr. McCallion’s handmade books are unique editions, each page crafted of materials and mediums that fit the spirit of the book. He lives in Springs.

 

Artists on Film

In conjunction with the exhibition “Elaine de Kooning Portrayed,” this year’s Artists on Film series at the Pollock-Krasner House in Springs, which will launch tomorrow at 7 p.m., will focus on portraiture. Marion Wolberg Weiss, a film historian and art critic, will introduce the programs and lead discussions after the screenings.

Tomorrow’s program will include Gerald McCarthy’s “E de K: A Portrait,” in which, while painting, the artist discusses her themes and preoccupations; “An Elaine de Kooning Tribute,” Max Scott’s memorial tribute that makes use of archival footage from LTV, and Rudy Burckhardt’s “Dogwood Maiden,” a comic fantasy in which de Kooning stars as The Sorceress.

Subsequent films are “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” a 1945 adaptation of the classic Oscar Wilde tale (Sept. 11), Shirley Clarke’s 1967 film “Portrait of Jason,” in which a male hustler expounds on being black and gay in 1960s America (Sept. 18), and Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo,” in which a portrait reinforces the director’s recurring themes of the double and voyeurism (Sept. 25).

 

“The Light Within”

“Lumen Naturae: The Light Within the Darkness of Nature,” an exhibition of paintings by Sheryl Budnik, will be on view at the Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor from today through Sept. 24, with a reception set for Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The title of the show refers to Paracelsus’s idea that knowledge springs from light. Ms. Budnik’s paintings aim to capture “the immensity and power of nature itself,” according to the artist. Many are recognizable as landscapes or seascapes, while others are more purely abstract, but all are linked by their emphasis on the physical presence of paint.

 

At Ashawagh Hall

“Components,” an exhibition of work by Bob Bachler and James Kennedy, will be on view Saturday through Monday at Ashawagh Hall in Springs, bringing the two artists within a stone’s throw of their late Surface Library Gallery and Atelier, which moved to New York City in 2011 after five years on Fireplace Road.

Mr. Kennedy’s recent paintings explore the linguistics of music, mathematics, dance, and architecture with a personal abstract vocabulary that seeks to solve “spatial equations through paint.” Mr. Bachler’s ceramics range from the functional to the sculptural, and the work in this exhibition focuses on constructs that converse with the forms in Mr. Kennedy’s work.

The gallery will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with a reception from 5 to 8. Sunday and Monday hours will be 11 to 6. In celebration of Labor Day, the Job Potter and the Friends band will perform on Ashawagh Green Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m.

 

Two at Halsey Mckay

Concurrent exhibitions of recent work by Rachel Foullon and Johannes VanDerBeek are on view at the Halsey Mckay Gallery in East Hampton now through Sept. 20.

Ms. Foullon uses a variety of objects and materials, including rope, strapping, pulleys, fabrics, and wood, among others, to create sculptural objects and installations.

The paintings in “Tahitian Hallucination,” Mr. VanDerBeek’s show, use elemental forms of landscape imagery, such as leaves and branches, that are transformed into more abstract configurations of pattern and shape through the density of clay, paint, and oil stick that are pushed into plastic molds.

 

Under Water at White Room

The sea will be the subject of the next exhibition at the White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton, which will open Tuesday and run through Oct. 5. A reception for the two featured artists, Mike Laptew and Savio Mizzi, will happen Sept. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Mr. Laptew is an underwater photographer and cinematographer who has selected for this exhibition seascapes of flowing kelp, sea grass, rock formations, blue crabs, lobsters, schools of striped bass, and many others, some taken off Shinnecock, Montauk, or Fire Island.

Mr. Mizzi is a painter, illustrator, and furniture-maker who lives and works in East Hampton. While his paintings include portraits, animals, and landscapes, sometimes with Surrealist overtones, this show will feature paintings of fish, other local marine life, and the coasts.

 

“From London to Havana”

“From London to Havana: Rock and the Rhythm,” a show of photographs by Steve Joester, will open Saturday at Lawrence Fine Art in East Hampton and continue through Sept. 30.

A noted rock ’n’ roll photographer who has worked with the Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Pink Floyd, the Police, and many other iconic bands, Ms. Joester, a British subject, has visited Cuba often and photographed Old Havana many times since the 1990s.

According to Howard Shapiro, the gallery’s director, “We wanted to illustrate the contrast of the frenetic, almost chaotic Western cultural world with a place that has been practically suspended in time.”

 

Woodbine Collection in Montauk

The Woodbine Collection, a year-round gallery that opened in Montauk in May, is currently showing paintings by Kristy Schopper, sculpture by Luke Schumacher and Isabelle Radtke, and ceramics by Melanie Schopper. Exhibitions of work drawn from its collection of more than 30 artists will change on a regular basis. The gallery is open daily except Tuesdays.

 

Labor Day Show

The Southampton Artists Association is holding its Labor Day art exhibition today through Sept. 13 at the Levitas Center for the Arts at the Southampton Cultural Center. A reception will be held Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m.