Editor’s Picks: The Season Ahead in Visual Arts

“Embrace” by Shawn Heinrichs.

Light on Shadow at Southampton Arts Center

Curated by Matthew Hockley Smith, “Light on Shadow” features fine art imagery by Shawn Heinrichs, showcasing the reality of marine life under threat. “We fuse dramatic imagery with intimate and thought-provoking stories, to connect people to globally important issues and inspire action,” says Heinrichs.Presented by the Blue Sphere Foundation, an organization founded by the artist, Emmy-award winning cinematographer and marine conservationist, “Light on Shadow” will run at the Southampton Arts Center May 26 through July 16 with an opening reception on Saturday, May 26, featuring a 6 p.m. “In Conversation” between Hockley Smith and Heinrichs. Southamptonartscenter.org.

Lizzie Gill, “Miami Ready,” oil & mixed media on canvas, 2017, 46x60in, Signed.

Pasttime/Time Passed at Roman Fine Art


Roman Fine Art in East Hampton will open Pastime/Time Passed: Lizzie Gill and Ciara Rafferty on May 26, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will remain on view at the gallery through July 1. Color-splashed retro imagery, glamorized nostalgia and leisure studies of bygone eras make up Gill and Rafferty’s stylized representations of the 1950s and 60s. Romanfineart.com.

Laurie Anderson, Chalkroom, 2017, (details) room installation for vr work, 27.5 x 40.5 x 11 feet (dimensions variable); MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA

Anderson Brings Multimedia Exhibit to Guild Hall

Avant-garde artist, composer, musician and film director Laurie Anderson will bring a multi-media exhibit to Guild Hall in East Hampton June 2 through July 22, with a private member reception on Saturday, June 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. Curated by Guild Hall museum director and chief curator Christina Strassfield, the exhibition will be divided into three components, highlighting the various media Anderson works in: virtual reality, video performance and drawings. “Chalkroom” is a virtual reality work by Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang in which the reader flies through an enormous structure made of words, drawings and stories, and was the winner of the Best Virtual Reality Experience at the 74thVenice International Film Festival. Guildhall.org.

“Shadow of the Seventh” by Mary Jane Ansell.

Secrets of the Twisted and Entwined

The RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton will open “Secrets of the Twisted and Entwined” June 16, with the show running through July 15. The show will feature artist Salvatore Alessi, an Italian painter whose newest series “Dynamic Transformations” plays on his recurring theme of fusing different visual worlds together to make what he calls “a hybrid reality.” Artist Alain Vaes is a bit of a renaissance artist having worked as a set designer, costume designer, author and illustrator. His intricate works show a detailed look at environments that are truly twisted and entwined. Matt R. Martin, from Australia, is intrigued by the human body and places his subjects in compositions that are impossible to look away from, and leaves the viewer with a sense of voyeurism. Mary Jane Ansell keeps the viewer guessing with her enigmatic portraits that seem to have a fascinating backstory. Rjdgallery.com.

Caption: Keith Sonnier (American, born 1941), SHMOO – O.G.V., 2013. Neon tubing, acrylic, aluminum, electrical wire and transformer, 131 x 92 ½ x 4 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Pace Gallery, New York. Photograph by Caterina Verde.

“Until Today”: Sonnier at The Parrish Art Museum

“Until Today,” an exhibit by Keith Sonnier will open at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill on July 1, and run through January 27, 2019. On July 20, the Dia Art Foundation will collaborate with the Parrish for a talk between Sonnier and his friends and fellow artists, Nate Lowman and Adam McEwan. Poet Max Blagg will read from the autobiography he is working on with Sonnier about how a Louisiana Cajun boy became an artist, illuminating the artist’s eccentric origins, in an Artist to Artist talk on July 27.

Sonnier came of artistic age in the 1960s, part of a group of artists who created sculpture by experimenting with materials and techniques outside traditional art materials and formers, and is now recognized as one of America’s most influential artists — one of the first to incorporate light into sculpture. Parrishart.org.