The White Room Gallery Presents "MADMIX"
On View from June 18 - July 14, 2019
The White Room Gallery, 2415 Main Street, Bridgehampton, NY 11932
Market Art & Design | Booth No. 507
July 5 - 7, 2019
The Bridgehampton Museum, 2368 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, NY 11932
"'MADMIX,' as an exhibit concept, is a play off the informal definition of mad as in mad loaded or, in this case, very mixed work with 13 featured artists. Of course there is also the tie in to Market Art & Design where some of the artists will appear July 5th through the 7th right across the street from the gallery at the art fair in Booth #507.
"We selected some of the most talented and unique artists that we represent. Photography. Glitch Art. Mixed Media. Abstract and Figurative Paintings. Installations. Sculptures. Eclectic is the adjective that comes to mind when thinking of the MIX. And consummate is the noun. You'll be so mad if you miss it. So don't."
- Andrea McCafferty & Kat O’Neill/Co-Owners & Directors
There is a strong narrative running through Susan Washington's work that references her long involvement with collage, textiles, fashion and art. She comes from a family of artists and by age 5 Susan was tutored in the art of origami and Sumi ink drawing by her Japanese godmother as well as water colors from her father. She spent her teens deconstructing dressmaking as a punk fashionista. Washington then went to work in the NYC fashion industry for 15 years until relocating to the Poconos where she commuted into DUMBO Brooklyn, working for an art publishing company.
After several years she decided to pursue her own love of the arts and creating and began working towards her degree in fine art after which she traveled to London where she spent her time working under the guidance of artist/photographer Stephen Washington. They fell in love, married and both relocated to the States where they have a studio together in the Pocono Mountains.
Although now a native New Yorker, I was born in India with deep roots in Sri Lanka. My path to the camera changed when I owned a recording studio in Soho where I worked on producing music artists. While sharing these candid moments for hours layering sound upon sound, I realized I was drawn to the visualization of the music rather than purely the instrumentation. Like the great producers that influenced me, I started to visualize frequencies and harmonics as color palettes, and how each new frequency derived a unique visual tone. For me, it was transformative and I now equate this to the glass of the sound booth changing to the glass of the camera lens.
I now seek out sound in my photos; I look to find those symbiotic patterns and fast changing colors that play together in rhythm, similar to the layers that make up a beat. For me, the art of the image is like a song hitting a cadence right before an impactful moment. It’s all there together and I shoot to find the interplay of the many elements, angles and colors. Today, my studio is up in the air in a doorless helicopter. The vantage points being constantly evolving and each perspective now produced by tight ‘banking’ down turns, light conditions and crowded streets on the ground.
Seek One, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, began writing graffiti at the age of 15 under the name Seek One. After being raised in the graffiti and the skateboard scene, with years of experimenting in different mediums, along with a business and fine art degree, Seek One was born. He rediscovered his love for street art in 2015 when he began to transition to fine art. His work represents a combination of photography and graffiti expressed in a mixed media style deriving influence from pop culture and street styles.
The significance behind each piece presents a unique form of authenticity that speaks to all ages and backgrounds. His day to day work focuses on power of popular culture while also focusing on the process of producing innovative fine art.
Mixed with my obsession with popular culture and its influence on society; this drives me to channel that influence and incorporate it to my work. Blurring the lines between urban culture and fine art has established my unique style of art bringing iconic images and street style together. My goal is to develop timeless pieces of fine art that people of all ages can connect with.
Keith Ramsdell uses long-exposure photography to create minimal seascape washes. He relies on the essential aspects of minimalism—line, shape and texture—to form greyscale images that are affecting in their simplicity. His work represents natural elements and manmade structures in congruence, reducing these parts of the landscape to their purest form. Each image conveys an almost surreal sense of stillness and balance that cannot be disturbed.
The ocean serves as Keith’s primary inspiration, and the predominant location of his work. A surfer since he was five years old, Keith has always lived and worked in close proximity to the water. His camera and surfing gear are never far from him. He attempts to capture his sensory experience of the beach, seizing on isolated subjects such as the granular surface of the sand, the undulations of the surf, a gnarled piece of driftwood, or the seemingly endless stretch of a dock. While his work comes from a deeply personal place, he hopes that his images also have a universal quality that makes them easily accessible and timeless.
Born and raised in New York City, Stephen Bezas attended the High School of Art and Design and then the School of Visual Arts where he greatly admired and was influenced by artist Chuck Close, first as a student of Close’s and later as a friend. Bezas has had a career as a painter, photographer, and designer.
A neo-pointillist, Bezas has also been inspired by historically important pointillist artists such as Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. Bezas’ distinctive trademark is the vertical and horizontal stacks of dots contained within a grid, which he sometimes places on a diagonal. Another distinct narrative of his art is the alternating dot pattern achieved by the smaller grids within larger ones and the two alternating dot sizes. He has created a contemporary hybrid using his design sensibilities, photography and painting talents, blurring the lines among the three. The dots in his art interrelate and culminate into something that’s larger than the sum of its parts.
"Living in New York City my landscapes are of a very different topography. The pieces convey a reverence for the earth, which manifests itself in quite sensual ways. These works play on the elemental values of sun, water, and morning mist to capture the spirit of each environment.
In my paintings, I also explore the transformational qualities of light, using the subtle nuances found in refracted morning, afternoon or evening light to embody a particular moment in time. Perhaps these sensibilities are a result of having grown up on a farm in rural Michigan — and a flower farm, at that. While sensual, the landscapes are also somewhat political. They return the viewer to a seemingly lost time in which humans interrelated on more fundamental levels with nature. In addition, they speak to today’s need for increasing environmental awareness, as well as preserving that environment."
BASIC FACTS: “MADMIX” is on view from June 18 to July 14, 2019 at The White Room Gallery, 2415 Main Street, Bridgehampton, NY 11932. The gallery is open everyday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.thewhiteroom.gallery
The White Room Gallery is exhibited at Market Art + Design from July 5 to 7, 2019 in Booth #507.
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