The Art Scene 04.14.16

Local Art News
Dawn Watson will show a collection of photographs "Love of the Land and Sea," featuring East End locations, at the Montauk Library through April 30. A reception will be held Sunday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Morgan McGivern

At Harper’s Apartment

Harper’s Apartment, the Upper East Side outpost of Harper’s Books, will hold an opening reception for “John Gossage: Distractions and Failures” today from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition, open by appointment only, will run through May 14.

Mr. Gossage has had an unusual career, leaving school at age 16 to study with Lisette Model, Alexey Brodovich, and Bruce Davidson. He is known for his photographs of nondescript elements of the urban environment such as abandoned lots, debris, garbage, and other “uninspiring things that no one ever notices,” according to Harper Levine, the gallery’s owner.

The exhibition will include works from his 1990s “Distractions” series, which consists of seemingly banal photographs with pasted scraps of color paper or gibberish, as well as work from his newest series, “Failures.”


Photographers East at Ashawagh

Photographers East will hold its annual spring exhibition at Ashawagh Hall in Springs on Saturday and Sunday, with a reception set for Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Participating photographers are Bill Alves, Nina Bataller, Fred Bertrand, Marilyn Di Carlo-Ames, Gerry Giliberti, Dave Gilmore, Bruce Milne, Sandy Peabody, Anne Sager, Joan Santos, Dainis Saulitis, Fred VanderWerven, and Denis Wolf.


Group Show at Kramoris

An exhibition of work by six artists will open today at the Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor and run through May 5. A reception will happen Saturday afternoon from 4 to 5:30.

While all the artists paint more or less representationally, there is considerable variation to their approaches. Berges Alvarez’s mixed-media works use filters, light, plastic, cameras, and rejected film to create stylized landscapes. Casey Chalem Anderson’s oil paintings capture the serenity of the local landscape. Lianne Alcon’s expressionistic canvases are loosely painted.

Martha McAleer’s mixed-media works are built up from acrylic paint and plaster to render the landscape with vibrant colors. Sherry Pollack Walker represents body-builders, weightlifters, and boxers in pastel and graphite. Jennifer Levine’s style is more playful and primitive, with echoes of Klee and Chagall.


Michelle Stuart Gallery Tour

Michelle Stuart, whose exhibition “Theatre of Memory: Photographic Works” is on view at the Bronx Museum through June 26, will conduct a gallery tour with Gregory Volk, the show’s curator, on Saturday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. A reception for the artist, who has a house in Amagansett, will follow, as will a book signing.


Sagg Pond Photographs

“Sagg Pond: A Sense of Origin, Wonder, Love,” an exhibition of photographs by Christine Morro, who spends winters in Sag Harbor, will open at the Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center in Bridgehampton with a reception on Sunday afternoon at 2 and remain on view through the fall. The Sagg Pond collection includes a series of texts and photographs drawing on the artist’s almost daily visits to Sagg Pond over a period of five years. 


North Fork Residency 

The William Steeple Davis Trust is now accepting applications for an artist residency at its house and studio in Orient for the period of Oct. 15 through June 15. Previous residents have included painters, photographers, writers, sculptors, poets, and musicians. 

More information and applications are available by email to wsdtrustgmail. com.