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LIGHT OF THE OCEAN by Francisco Alvarado-Juárez

ON VIEW November 2 – December 31, 2018
Public Opening Reception: Friday, November 2 | 5-7 PM | FREE

The installation will be open to the public to view and volunteer from October 20 through November 1! Be part of the creative process and work closely with the artist by volunteering to help install the exhibit. Ages 15+. If interested, CLICK HERE to sign up and join the fun!

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 community volunteers and experts from Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program, the two main galleries will be 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 will make for 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 will be setting up an education center in the back gallery to teach about the marine and plant life featured in the exhibition.

CLICK to learn more about Francisco Alvarado-Juárez.

The public is invited to visit and volunteer for the installation from October 20 through November 1, from 10 AM to 6 PM. Those interested in volunteering can sign up HERE or call Amy Kirwin at 631.283.0967 x11. Help create this immersive new installation. Working closely with artist Francisco Alvarado-Juárez, volunteers will paint sea creatures on the walls with stencils, hang thousands of painted paper bags, distribute sand and shells, and much more.  Experience first-hand what it’s like to put together an exhibition at SAC.
STUDENTS – You can earn valuable community service credits, so please join us!

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.

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

Special thanks to sand donor South Fork Septic Services, our collaborators at Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program, and the tireless installation volunteers.


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