“Dreaming of Summer”

“Dreaming of Summer,” featuring works by Mary Mattingly and Rudy Wilson, will be the next exhibition at the Quogue Gallery, opening on November 22 and running through December 31, 2017. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 25, from 4 to 7 p.m., and the show will run concurrently with the Melinda Zox exhibition, “Conversation in Color,” now extended through December 31.

Mary Mattingly lives and works in New York city and Hampton Bays. Fueled by humor and nostalgia, Mattingly utilizes pop and graphic images that resonate with her all-American upbringing and her penchant for finding wit and absurdity in the ordinary and mundane.

Forgoing the cerebral for the intuitive, the artist adds her own blend of nostalgia and whimsy, utilizing iconic people symbols in contexts ranging from classical poses to driving in a convertible, reminiscent of childhood road trips. Throughout, Mattingly reminds viewers to laugh and not take themselves too seriously.

A California native, Rudy Wilson spent most of his time in the early ’90s at the beach or on a skateboard. The artist has noted that “there's no denying my upbringing influences my work. Palm trees and the beach are home for me and my designs.”

Wilson may start with a blank canvas and, with no direction in mind, find himself sketching a beach with a tree. “Often that sparks something,” he says. “When I'm finished, the design might contain something entirely different with no resemblance to what I started with. That's the fun in it.”

Wilson received a BA in digital media from Connecticut College in 2015. He studied film and media in 2014 at FAMU in Prague, Czech Republic.

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