The Art Scene 04.18.19

Michael Light’s “Gardiner’s Island Looking Northeast” from 2016 is on view at the Drawing Room gallery along with more of his photographs and the work of Adam Bartos and Gotz Diergarten. The Drawing Room

Drawing Room Relocates

The Drawing Room has reopened at a new location, upstairs at 55 Main Street in East Hampton, with “Vantage Points,” an exhibition of photographs by Adam Bartos, Götz Diergarten, and Michael Light. The show, which will be on view through May 27, juxtaposes three bodies of work with distinct physical and conceptual points of view.

Mr. Bartos’s recent work features scenes from Bridgehampton farms and Louse Point in Springs. Mr. Light has flown high above Gardiner’s Island, but low enough at 500 feet to capture the buildings, topography, and vegetation there with some intimacy. In contrast, Mr. Diergarten’s photos of English seaside transit shelters on the Isle of Thanet are from far away. Yet all three photographers here share a predilection for diffuse light, and find striking compositions in everyday scenes that could otherwise seem mundane.

Josh Dayton at Ashawagh

An exhibition of new paintings by Josh Dayton, organized by Arlene Bujese, will be on view at Ashawagh Hall in Springs on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. A reception will be held Saturday from 5 to 7.

For many years, Mr. Dayton’s paintings, with their improvised and thickly painted surfaces and constant revision, reflected the influence of Abstract Expressionism. Of his most recent works, in which he glues cut-up paper to the canvas, he has said, “This frees one to add or subtract as many times as necessary to achieve a spontaneous end without overpainting and to create more open compositions through the use of simpler forms.”

Denise Gale at Ille

“Long Island Paintings,” a solo exhibition of work by Denise Gale, will open at Ille Arts in Amagansett with a reception Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. and continue through May 20. The show includes seven large paintings on canvas and five on paper.

As Ms. Gale explained in a 2016 profile in The Star, “I start with a thin coat of paint. Then I stain it and keep layering, making complete chaos. From that I try to pull out some semblance of what I consider a painting by more layering, changing the value of the color, the shape, the width of the brush. I create the chaos to make it provocative to me, and then I try to make sense out of it.”

Jeremy Dennis in Gansett

The Amagansett Library will present selected photographic works by Jeremy Dennis from Sunday through April 30. Born and raised on the Shinnecock Reservation, Mr. Dennis uses photography to reimagine Native American myths and legends. Digital manipulation enables him to create striking images with realistic special effects, including monsters and giants, and to populate some scenes with a multitude of figures, when in fact he had access to only one or two models.

Mr. Dennis will be at the library on April 27 from 3 to 5 p.m. for a presentation of photographs from his “Stories” series. A question-and-answer session will follow, and refreshments will be served.

Youngerman’s 'Cut-Ups'

“Cut-Ups,” an exhibition of works created over the past 10 years by Jack Youngerman, will open at the Washburn Gallery in Chelsea next Thursday and remain on view through May 31. 

Varying in size from 13 to 16 inches square, the shapes are made from paper thick enough that the cut edges are painted, emphasizing their object-like quality and differentiating them from collages. Made from gouache and cut paper, each configuration is set in a plexiglass box. Mr. Youngerman, who has a studio in Bridgehampton, worked with cut paper forms as early as the 1950s in Paris, and has continued to do so at various times during his career. 

Barry McCallion Talk

“Cutting and Pasting Walt Whitman,” a talk by Barry McCallion, a book artist from Springs, will take place at the Brooklyn Public Library as part of its celebration of Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday, on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the library’s main branch. 

Mr. McCallion has used Whitman’s poems as the basis for a least a dozen of his unique handmade books, which are held in many public and private collections. A reception will precede the presentation at 6:30.

A Correction

Last week’s article on the addition of the Thomas and Mary Nimmo Moran Studio to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Artists’ Houses and Studios program incorrectly stated that some member studios do not have an educational component.