DISPATCH - May 12, 2012 (1:24 p.m.)
This weekend feels like the hush before the storm of art openings. The next two weekends will be flush with new art shows, new galleries and openings. There's still plenty of art to see, right now. Here are some ideas of where to find it.
HALSEY MCKAY GALLERY in East Hampton is launching the 2012 season today with a two solo shows presented simultaneously. "Timothy Bergstrom: Glound" and "Denise Kupferschmidt - Motifs" are having their opening receptions today (May 12) from 6 to 8 p.m. The show remains on view through May 29.
These are the first exhibitions in the gallery's new location. HALSEY MCKAY GALLERY has expanded and now features two floors of art. They are located at 79 Newtown Lane in East Hampton.
This is Bergstrom's first time exhibiting in the Hamptons. His densely textured paintings reflect his obsessions with the "...inner workings of the body, the supernatural and [are] influenced by the layered, repetitive sounds of electronica," according to the gallery.
"Glound" is the artist's term for his unique meshing of glue and sound. His constructions mesh hot glue, wire and paint that possess the "potential of an ungovernable noise."
Kupferschmidt's muses are the visual and decorative motifs found in everyday life. Transformed into contemporary culture icons, Kupferschmidt mirrors their repeated appearances through "re-occurring acts of drawing, sculpture and installation," according to the gallery.
"Simple in technique and repetitive in appearance, these endeavors playfully display the unachievable idea of perfection or purity of form," according to an exhibition release. "With a mixture of modernism and whimsy Kupferschmidt's works allow us insight to her monochromatic obsessions."
Strimban may be better known for his sculpture than for his paintings. Form and color arising from nature make up the essence of his work, according to the artist. Strimban described his art this way: "My finished work is a visual symphony that creates a personal energy of love and excitement. I always look for that one step beyond."
Waloski's art reflects her experiences through a myriad of shifting roles (child, daughter, sister, friend, lover, wife, mother, breadwinner). The works on view each relay a specific story rising from a mix of myth and Waloski's memory. Positive in nature and universal in scope, many of the exhibited intaglio prints make reference to water and suggest evolution, birth, and life's relationship to the sea.
Waloski is the director of Siren's Song Gallery in Greenport, where she is also an artist-in-residence.
Bridge Gardens is exhibiting "IN BLOOM" in its Garden Room. The group show features art by members of Plein Air Peconic. All of the art has a floral theme and were selected to compliment the style of the interior space of the building/greenhouse, said exhibiting artist Casey Chalem Anderson.
"IN BLOOM" remains on view throughout the Bridge Gardens season. A portion of the sales benefit the Peconic Land Trust. Exhibiting artists are Michele Margit, Eileen Dawn Skretch, Joanne Rosko, Ellen Watson, Kathryn Szoka, Aubrey Grainger, Casey Chalem Anderson, Susan D'Alessio, Gail Kern and Anita Kusick.
BASIC FACTS: "Timothy Bergstrom: Glound" and "Denise Kupperschmidt - Motifs" are on view from May 11 to 29, 2012 at HALSEY MCKAY GALLERY, 79 Newtown Lane East Hampton, NY. www.halseymckay.com
Solo shows by Robert Strimban and Caroline Waloski are on view through Aug 3 at the Rosalie Dimon Gallery at the Jamesport Manor Inn, 370 Manor Lane, Jamesport, NY. www.JamesportManorInn.com. Exhibits are a joint effort between the Jamesport Manor Inn and East End Arts in Riverhead, NY. www.eastendarts.org
Plein Air Peconic presents "IN BLOOM" through Oct 31 in the Garden Room at Bridge Gardens, 36 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton. www.peconiclandtrust.org/bridge_gardens.html
Plein Air Peconic: www.pleinairpeconic.com
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