Kathryn Markel Fine Arts Bridgehampton is currently hosting two exhibitions: “Dormant Futures” curated by Scott Bluedorn is installed in the upstairs gallery, while downstairs are new works by Conny Goeltz Schmitt and Antony Densham.
“Dormant Futures” is the inaugural exhibition in a series of four invited curators who are taking over the upstairs space at the gallery in the coming months. With “Dormant Futures,” Bluedorn has created an installation using a wide variety of media to create a world of what he calls, “maritime cosmology.” Drawings on found fiberglass fragments, along with paintings and drawings of various sizes and shapes create an activated space. Imagery ranges from haunted lighthouses to flying whales, all in the service of a mysterious marine environment.
Bluedorn lives and works in East Hampton and has exhibited widely in the area. For this show, he has invited Alexander Perez to exhibit with him, and the work could not be more different. Perez, also an East Hampton native, has painted a series of intensely detailed oil paintings that depict another kind of world — an apocalyptic world of demons and spells where masked figures float in and out of enigmatic calligraphy. Perez has also constructed several large sculptures with rusted glass containers holding mysterious structures, precariously hanging. This is his first exhibition on the East End.
Conny Goeltz Schmitt, whose work is on view in the downstairs gallery, works with the unique patina of heavily used, vintage book covers to create dynamic, geometric wall relief sculptures. Her work is informed by her studies in Sinology and German literature and her diverse, cultural experience growing up in Germany, living in Taiwan in her 20s and then moving to the United States.
“This pursuit for balance and harmony becomes a meditation, leading to new interpretations of past and present,” Schmitt said.
Also on view is the art of Antony Densham, a painter from New Zealand whose work reflects the dynamism and mystery of his surroundings. Using crumbly paint textures and hard-won brush strokes, and a slightly musty, monochromatic palette dotted with shocks of yellow and blue, he takes viewers into this insecure, unknown, but beautiful landscape. Densham has shown extensively in Aukland where he lives and works.
Both shows remain on view through June 21 at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, 2418 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton. Visit markelfinearts.com for details.