June 6, 2012
DISPATCH – Jun 6, 2012 (10:35 p.m.)
Memorial Day Weekend was a wild one for art exhibitions. Once again, I took to the streets to check out as many art openings as time and travel would allow. Here’s a peek at the art and artists captured on camera from Riverhead to East Hampton.
FRIDAY (MAY 25) - “The 29th Annual Springs Improvement Society Members Show”
I caught the end of the Friday night opening. Even then, people gathered in groups outside of Ashawagah Hall and inside the exhibition. Donations were gathered through the final minutes for the maintenance of the popular art exhibition venue. The Springs Improvement Society is in charge of keeping Ashawagh Hall in tip-top shape. There were plenty of familiar faces in the show.
SATURDAY (MAY 26)
Saturday night had more art openings than were possible to attend. I decided to make stops at Art Sites in Riverhead; Sara Nightingale Gallery in Water Mill; Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton; and finish the evening at Vered Contemporary. Here’s a Visual Diary of my travels.
ART SITES – “Geometry of Color – Gabriele Evertz” and “New Work – Claire Watson”
The opening was in full swing when I arrived. Between catching up with artist friends, I managed to photograph both artists and glimpse at some of the art.
SARA NIGHTINGALE GALLERY – “Justin West: End of an Error” and “David Byer-Tyre: Imported from Africa, Made in America.”
This two person show was a sleeper. I didn’t expect anything close to the art that greeted me after walking in the front door. Larger than life figurative sculptures by David Byer-Tyre commanded attention throughout the gallery. Colorful paintings harkening to street art or fantasy art by Justin West were hard to look away from.
The mood was celebratory with plenty of people admiring the work, having fun, and recording the moments. Here are a few that I grabbed for my own:
ERIC FIRESTONE GALLERY – “THE HABERDASHERY”
I had high expectations for this show and the art did not let me down. Like last year’s season opener, there was plenty of art that grabbed my attention and made me wonder. Plus, the opening was a lot of fun.
“THE HABERDASHERY” presents art that channels the concepts of vintage style, men’s finery, panache, pomp and current lifestyles manifested in a range of contemporary art. The show was curated by fashion designer Ishi Glinksy.
VERED CONTEMPORARY – “Art on the Edge 2012″
“Art on the Edge 2011″ made a splash last summer and I didn’t want to miss the opening of this year’s edition. The exhibition is an annual survey of “New Contemporary Art featuring the most provocative new painters, sculptors and photographers working in their respective mediums today,” according to the gallery. This is the third annual “Art on the Edge.” It was curated by Damien Roman.
The art was interesting, exhibiting artists were happy to discuss their work, and the crowds didn’t let up until after the exhibition closed.
BASIC FACTS: This was the Second Annual “Run-around-to-Hamptons- Art-Openings Marathon.” Here’s a link to the first: http://hamptonsarthub.com/2011/06/02/visual-diary-exhibition-exploration/
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