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
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GALLERY HOURS: Thursday to Sunday, 12-6 PM (plus Monday, 12/31)
ADMISSION: $5 Suggested Donation (free for children under 18)
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July 4 Hours: 10 AM-2 PM The International Center of Photography and Southampton Arts Center are thrilled to co-present the National Geographic Photo Ark exhibition this summer, featuring the compelling and visually stunning work of National Geographic photographer and Fellow Joel Sartore. The exhibition will highlight Sartore’s images from his work in more than 250 zoos, aquariums and animal rescue centers around the world. This exhibition is made possible by the Harbers Family Foundation and Renee Harbers and Chris Liddell and is organized and traveled by the National Geographic Society. NOTE: Galleries will be closed on Saturday, July 27 and Thursday, August 29
The dream team of AD100 honorees interior designer Kelly Behun and landscape architect Edmund Hollander, and architect James Merrell pull aside the curtain on what it really takes to create a beautifully integrated home - from the inside out, and the outside in. Learn how this pro trio, which is the cornerstone of every significant residential project, merge design aesthetics and integrate important art collections into the design scheme to create a unified realization of the hopes and dreams of the most important member of the team – the client. Moderated by Cristina Cuomo.