Artists Deborah Buck and John Monti drew a steady stream of art fans when their two-person show, "Out of the Box" opened on Saturday night (May 27, 2017) at ILLE Arts in Amagansett. The exhibition pairs cast resin sculptures inspired by organic forms and vegetation by Monti with energetic abstract paintings by Buck. While each artist's work is distinct from the other, the art on view engages in intense conversation. Connected by composition or color, the works also compliment each other through vibrant forms that are enlivened or inspired by forces just out of view.

John Monti  has exhibited his work in museums both nationally and internationally. A professor of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute, he is based in Brooklyn. Deborah Buck's art has been exhibited in galleries and museums in New York, Boston, Baltimore and more, including group shows held at the Gray Art Gallery of New York University and the Bronx Museum (New York) and Museum of Fine Arts (Boston). Buck is based in The Hamptons and New York City. She is the founder of Buck House and a board of trustee member of Pratt Institute and member of LongHouse Reserve's Fine Art committee. Click here to read essays on her art.

The opening reception drew art fans, artists, and movers and shakers from the Hamptons art community. Continue scrolling to see who attended the opening of "Out of the Box: Deborah Buck & John Monti" at ILLE Arts gallery in The Hamptons.

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John Monti and Deborah Buck with a "Black Flower Custer" by John Monti. Photo by BFA-Images Matter, BFA.com. Courtesy of Deborah Buck.

John Monti and Deborah Buck with a "Black Flower Custer" by John Monti. Photo by BFA-Images Matter, BFA.com. Courtesy of Deborah Buck.

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"Out of the Box" at Ille Arts. Artwork by John Monti and Deborah Buck. Photo by BFA-Images Matter, BFA.com. Courtesy of Deborah Buck.

"Out of the Box" at Ille Arts. Artwork by John Monti and Deborah Buck. Photo by BFA-Images Matter, BFA.com. Courtesy of Deborah Buck.

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Miguel Oliveira and Deborah Buck. Photo by BFA-Images Matter, BFA.com. Courtesy of Deborah Buck.

Miguel Oliveira and Deborah Buck. Photo by BFA-Images Matter, BFA.com. Courtesy of Deborah Buck.

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Ian Krawiecki Gazes, Deborah Buck, Serge Kraweicki Gazes. Photo by BFA-Images Matter, BFA.com. Courtesy of Deborah Buck.

Ian Krawiecki Gazes, Deborah Buck, Serge Kraweicki Gazes. Photo by BFA-Images Matter, BFA.com. Courtesy of Deborah Buck.

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Susan Spongen, Jennifer McSweeney. Photo by BFA-Images Matter, BFA.com. Courtesy of Deborah Buck.

Susan Spongen, Jennifer McSweeney. Photo by BFA-Images Matter, BFA.com. Courtesy of Deborah Buck.

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John Monti with Marianne Weil. Photo by BFA-Images Matter, BFA.com. Courtesy of Deborah Buck.

John Monti with Marianne Weil. Photo by BFA-Images Matter, BFA.com. Courtesy of Deborah Buck.

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Charlie Marder. Photo by BFA-Images Matter, BFA.com. Courtesy of Deborah Buck.

Charlie Marder. Photo by BFA-Images Matter, BFA.com. Courtesy of Deborah Buck.

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Olivia Berger, Dan Berger, Melissa Berger. Photo by BFA-Images Matter, BFA.com. Courtesy of Deborah Buck.

Olivia Berger, Dan Berger, Melissa Berger. Photo by BFA-Images Matter, BFA.com. Courtesy of Deborah Buck.

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Bastienne Schmidt. Photo by BFA-Images Matter, BFA.com. Courtesy of Deborah Buck.

Bastienne Schmidt. Photo by BFA-Images Matter, BFA.com. Courtesy of Deborah Buck.

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Matko Tomicic, Deborah Buck. Photo by BFA-Images Matter, BFA.com. Courtesy of Deborah Buck.

Matko Tomicic, Deborah Buck. Photo by BFA-Images Matter, BFA.com. Courtesy of Deborah Buck.

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Peter Olsen, Jack Larsen. Photo by BFA-Images Matter, BFA.com. Courtesy of Deborah Buck.

Peter Olsen, Jack Larsen. Photo by BFA-Images Matter, BFA.com. Courtesy of Deborah Buck.

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Sara DeLuca and Denise Gale. Photo by BFA-Images Matter, BFA.com. Courtesy of Deborah Buck.

Sara DeLuca and Denise Gale. Photo by BFA-Images Matter, BFA.com. Courtesy of Deborah Buck.

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BASIC FACTS: "Out of the Box: Deborah Buck & John Monti" is exhibited at ILLE Arts from May 18 to June 20, 2017. ILLE Arts is located at 171 Main Street, Amagansett, NY 11930. www.illearts.com.

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