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LIGHT OF THE OCEAN by Francisco Alvarado-Juárez

FINAL WEEKEND – CLOSES MONDAY, 12/31!

LIGHT OF THE OCEAN is a dynamic, site-specific installation by Francisco Alvarado-Juárez, a New York-based American artist born in Honduras. With the help of over 50 community volunteers and experts from Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program, the two main galleries have been turned into a magical marine environment with pathways through sand, seashells and other organic materials indigenous to the East End, plus video projections of water and marine life, approximately thirty-two of Francisco’s large-scale acrylic paintings, and thousands of painted paper bags. The smell of the sea and sounds of whales invading the viewer’s senses make a transformative gallery visit.

This bold exhibition shows, through vivid and colorful shapes and volumes, the exuberance of nature; but in a subtle way it also underlies its fragile, ephemeral quality and the urgency to protect it. Recycled paper in the form of thousands of brown grocery bags have been painted and cut by hand and will be attached to the walls one by one. All together the bags camouflage the various animals or abstract patterns that will be carefully painted, and later semi-hidden by the protruding paper.

“In my work, nature is a metaphor for the complexity of the human condition. For more than twenty-five years, I have created installations aimed at attracting the viewer through a seemingly natural and familiar space. I use recycled paper from brown grocery bags, painted and cut by hand.” says Artist Francisco Alvarado-Juárez. “The bags can take on various natural forms, giving way to multiple interpretations, and also recalling their organic origin. Once placed on the gallery walls, the humidity of each space gives each bag its particular form, changing like a plant over the course of the exhibition. Symbolically, the mundane paper bag is acquiring life.”

In addition to Francisco’s installation, Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program has set up an education center in the back gallery to teach about the marine and plant life featured in the exhibition.

This exhibition has been made possible, in part, thanks to the generosity of Margaret Sullivan.

Special thanks to housing provider Courtney Murphy, sand donor South Fork Septic Services, Bill Fox Grounds Maintenance, Gardeneering, April Gonzales Garden Design, our education collaborators at Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program, Mayor Michael Irving and the Village of Southampton, and the tireless installation volunteers.

Portrait of Francisco; © Rahil Ashruff, 2018

CLICK to learn more about Francisco Alvarado-Juárez.

GALLERY HOURS: Thursday to Sunday, 12-6 PM (plus Monday, 12/31)

ADMISSION: $5 Suggested Donation (free for children under 18)

FREE for School Groups – Contact Amy Kirwin at akirwin@southamptoncenter.org to arrange a visit.

 

Venue

Southampton Arts Center
25 Jobs Lane
Southampton, NY 11968 United States
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Phone:
6312830967
Website:
http://www.southamptonartscenter.org

2020 PATRONS CIRCLE

12:00 am, Thursday Dec 31

As much as we look forward to spending time with you at our annual SummerFest celebration and gala, current government restrictions prohibit us from gathering in large groups. This year calls for a new approach. As such, we are taking this moment to honor, recognize and thank SAC’s most cherished and loyal friends by introducing our 2020 Patrons Circle. In lieu of supporting our annual Summerfest Gala, we invite past SummerFest supporter and longtime friends of SAC to join our new 2020 Patrons Circle. Your contribution will allow us to continue SAC’s year-round programming and serve as a critical economic driver that will lead this community out of these unsure times. Additionally, in return for your support or $10,000 or above, you will receive: - Two or Four seats to an intimate Appreciation Dinner to be held on Friday, August 21 in SAC’s Caesar Garden ($10,000/$25,000) - Recognition on summer 2020 Patrons Circle Wall inside SAC’s front gallery - Free admission to all SAC events this summer - A private tour of SAC’s Summer Exhibition 2020 VISION, in partnership with the New York Academy of Arts - Satisfaction in knowing that your contribution will significantly support this organization and our community during these challenging times

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IMMERSIVE SOUND BATH MEDITATION IN THE GALLERIES

10:30 am, Saturday Nov 21

Daniel's popular series of sound meditations continues into the fall. Join us for a soothing, deeply relaxing, and immersive Soundbath Meditation with Daniel's exquisite original set of crystal bowls, gongs, hang drum, Tibetan and Himalayan bells, rain sticks, ocarina, didj, and other objects dsound. This one-of-a-kind experience will melt away stress and leave you calm, recharged, your mind clear and vibrant! Look, Breathe, Look Again. Take a stroll through the galleries and select a work of art to focus on. Take a few minutes to really take it in. Join the meditation. Afterwards return to that same artwork and see if you notice anything new with a fresh set of eyes and a clear mind. Great for all - from beginners to advanced in the practice. Bring your own mats/blankets.

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