by Pat Rogers of Hamptons Art Hub
The fun of a Hamptons summer is making its way into art exhibitions on the East End. Following is a list of exhibitions in July that draw inspiration from summertime pursuits, beachside fun or ocean vistas. The shows promise to be interesting and fun while retaining the qualities of serious art.
Public Utility 2.0 by Mary Ellen Carroll and “The Dream Machine” at the Parrish Art Museum (Water Mill)
July 2 - July 5, 2015
Open Daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
International Conceptual artist Mary Ellen Carroll arrives in The Hamptons in the Dream Machine, a reimagined airstream travel trailer created by weR2 with a new exterior by Ryan McGinness.
Parked at the entrance of the Parrish Art Museum, Carroll will engage in her interactive installation Public Utility 2.0 daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The conceptual installation features Carroll interviewing around 20 live interviews revealing people who are not typically represented in conventional media programming and reports.
On the rooster are artists, activists, environmentalists and community members. Interviews will be broadcast via Super Wi-Fi devices and streamed live through The Parrish Art Museum website.
The Dream Machine is a reimagined airstream created by weR2 (Sara Meltzer and Suchi Reddy). The interior features a collection of artist and designer inspired functional objects. The exterior is wrapped with a commissioned work by Ryan McGinness.
Admission is free. http://www.parrishart.org
“INTERTIDAL ZONE” at the Amagansett Historical Society (Amagansett)
July 3 – 18, 2015
Opening Reception: July 3: 6 – 9 p.m.
A group show of Hamptons and national artists, the exhibition presents art inspired by a coastal lifestyle. Expect to find paintings, drawing and mixed media works.
Exhibiting artists include Zack Bliss, Scott Bluedorn, Candace Ceslow, Kirsten Cleary, Christian Little, Charles Ly, Moana McReynolds, Dalton Portella, Nathalie Shepherd and Olivia Wein with Sofia Garcia-Pena. Presented by Coast by Coast and Neoteric Fine Art.
Amagansett Historical Society: www.amagansetthistory.org
“Shark! The Misunderstood Fish” at the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum (Sag Harbor)
AmaganJuly 3 - July 29, 2015
Opening Reception: July 10, 6 to 10p.m.
Jaws Film Screening: July 10 at sundown on the museum's front lawn
"Shark! The Misunderstood Fish" examines the history and biology of sharks through art, fossils, film and life-size replicas. The exhibition features art Richard Ellis, an artist and marine biologist. The group show also exhibits work by April Gornik, Dan Rizzie, Donald Sultan, Dalton Portella, James Katsipis and others.
An outdoor screening of Jaws opens the show and marks the 40th anniversary of the Steven Spielberg classic.
Sar Harbor Whaling Museum: http://sagharborwhalingmuseum.org.
Eric Firestone Gallery presents “She Sells Seashells By The Seashore” (East Hampton)
July 11 - August 2, 2015
Opening Reception: July 11 from 6 - 9 p.m.
"She Sells Seashells By The SeaShore" brings the beach to the Newtown Lane gallery conceptually and literally--during the opening, the gallery's floor will be coated with Hamptons beach sand. The exhibition itself features art emphasizing symbols of summer.
Exhibiting artists include Derrick Adams, BAST, Sanford Biggers, Katherine Bradford, James Clar, Michael Dotson, Jim Drain, Philip Estlund, Sam Friedman, FriendsWIthYou, Chris Johanson, Misaki Kawai, Andrew Kuo, Kenny Scharf, Jen Stark, Agathe Snow, Max Snow, Eric Yanhker and others.
Eric Firestone Gallery: http://www.ericfirestonegallery.com
“Surf Craft” at LongHouse Reserve (East Hampton)
July 30 - October 10, 2015
Opening Reception: July 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
"Surf Craft" explores the art and craft of surfboards and chronicles the evolution of their design by American makers. The show presents around 50 surfboards which features a variety of wave-riding boards from the late '40s to the present day revealing the evolution of design.
Curated by surf historian Richard Kenvin, the exhibition was first exhibited at San Diego's Mingei International Museum.
LongHouse Reserve: http://www.longhouse.org.