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LIGHT OF THE OCEAN by Francisco Alvarado-Juárez

ON VIEW September 29th – December 31st, 2018
Public Opening Reception: Saturday, October 13th | 5-7 PM

LIGHT OF THE OCEAN will feature a dynamic installation and works by New York-based, Honduran-born artist Francisco Alvarado-Juárez. Our two main galleries will be transformed into a magical marine environment with part of the floor covered with sand, seashells and other organic materials for the beaches around Southampton. There will be four video projections of beaches and waterfalls, approximately 30 large-scale acrylic paintings, more than 5,000 paper bags, and the smell of the sea and sounds of whales invading the viewer’s senses and transforming their gallery visit.
This bold exhibition will show, through vivid and colorful shapes and volumes, the exuberance of nature; but also underlying in a subtle way its fragility, ephemeral quality, and the urgency to protect it. Recycled paper in the form of thousands of grocery bags, will be painted and cut by hand, and one by one and attached to the walls. All together the bags simulate a camouflage for the various animals or abstract patterns that are carefully painted, and later semi-hidden by the protruding paper.

Be a part of the process with The Paper Bag ProjectWe will be holding monthly workshops for the public to come and help paint and cut paper bags that will become part of the installation.

Paper Bag Project Workshop Dates: Saturdays, April 14 & May 5 from 1-4 PM and Fridays, June 15, July 20, & August 17 from 2-5 PM

Bring us your shells! In addition to the paper bags being created for Light of the Ocean, we also need lots of large seashells! Shells can be dropped off outside the studio into a dedicated bin.

CLICK to learn more about Francisco Alvarado-Juárez.

GALLERY HOURS: Thursday to Sunday, 12-6 PM



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