The Art Scene: 02.01.18

Local Art News

Ladd Brothers on Shields

The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill will have a seated gallery talk by the artists Steven and William Ladd, who are represented in the museum’s permanent collection, about the work of Alan Shields, who lived and worked on Shelter Island from the 1970s until his death in 2005, tomorrow at 6 p.m.

Part of the ongoing Artist to Artist series, the talk will take place at “Alan Shields: Common Threads,” an exhibition of 13 works drawn from the museum’s holdings that illuminate Shields’s career-long use of yarn, thread, rickrack, machine stitching, beads, and other materials to expand the possibilities of painting and sculpture.

The Ladd brothers, too, use nontraditional materials, and their work was presented simultaneously with that of Shields in two 2014 exhibitions at the museum. Tickets are $12, free for members and students, and the museum has strongly encouraged advance reservations.


“Color and Light”

“Color and Light,” an exhibition of work by Janet Jennings, Anne Raymond, and Phyllis Hammond, is on view at Suffolk Community College’s Lyceum Gallery in the Montaukett Learning Resource Center on the college’s eastern campus in Riverhead through March 3. 

The paintings of Ms. Jennings and Ms. Raymond, both of whom live in East Hampton, reflect their interest in the reflection of light on water and the changes in atmosphere in the winter sky. Both artists tread a path between pure abstraction and reference to particular places.

Ms. Hammond, who lives in Springs, creates curvilinear sculptures of brightly painted aluminum that derive from spontaneously doodled pencil drawings. A reception will be held on Feb. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m.


Jeremy Dennis Photos

A solo exhibition of new photographs by Jeremy Dennis, an indigenous artist who lives and works on the Shinnecock Reservation, will open next Thursday at Suffolk Community College’s Flecker Gallery at the Ammerman campus in Selden and remain on view through March 15. A reception will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. next Thursday.

The most fundamental theme of Mr. Dennis’s work is indigenous mythology. His photographs use digital technology to make striking, elaborate, often dreamlike images that recreate Native American stories and legends. Typical of those is “Nothing Happened Here,” a series of images of white people in natural surroundings pierced by multiple arrows. The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color catalog.


At the Drawing Room

The Drawing Room Gallery in East Hampton will present an exhibition of sculpture, painting, drawing, photographs, and prints by gallery artists from tomorrow through March 18. Participating are Stephen Antonakos, Antonio Asis, Mary Ellen Bartley, Sue Heatley, Mel Kendrick, Laurie Lambrecht, Vincent Longo, Aya Miyatake, Dan Rizzie, Alan Shields, and Jack Youngerman.


Political Symbolism

“National Park,” a mixed-media installation by Alex Strada and Tali Keren, is on view at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City through March 25 as part of the 2017 Socrates Annual exhibition. 

Ms. Strada, an Amagansett native and Ross School graduate who now lives in Brooklyn, and Ms. Keren visited the now-defunct Presidents Park in Virginia, where 43 monumental busts of American presidents are gradually deteriorating. “National Park” consists of a curved billboard-size image of the figures and an audio loop of ambient sounds recorded at the park. A conversation with the businessman who saved the statues from destruction is available online.

The artists also collaborated on “Save the Presidents,” a 13-minute video that details the physical decay of the figures. Both the film and the installation “explore the promise and instability of political representation and mythology, while raising questions about depictions of democracy, whiteness, and gender,” according to the artists. The video is on view in Times Square Arts’ “Midnight Moment” digital art exhibition through Feb. 28.


“Love and Passion”

Karen Mannix Contemporary will open its 13th annual “Love and Passion” exhibition, this one titled “Size Does Matter,” at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in Bridgehampton with a reception on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. The show will be on view Saturday and Sunday and Feb. 10 and 11 from 1 to 5 p.m., with an erotic trunk show of lingerie, toys, massage oils, and edibles set to take place on Feb. 10.