‘No Longer Supported’ Pushes Boundaries

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"Quivers of Spring" by Elena Lyakir.

Imagine a world where the software you use daily, and rely upon, has been deprecated. It is no longer safe, and its imminent obsolescence includes a cumbersome and time-consuming upgrade that claims to improve your life, but actually enhances the spyware and ultimately makes you more dependent than you were before.

Do you have a choice? The group show, “No Longer Supported,” at Sara Nightingale Gallery attempts to address that.

Rather than assembling a group of artists who are focusing on the demise of traditional painting supports — torn, shredded or punctured canvasses, exposed stretcher bars, paintings hung backwards, oddly shaped canvasses, or painting as sculpture, for example — this exhibition will focus on works that address time as a subject, or are time-sensitive.

“The omitted torn canvasses, however, serve as a metaphorical backdrop,” according to a press release. “Support systems and structures we were once accustomed to are failing us. Infrastructure, government, technology and nature, rather than sturdy pillars on which we can depend, now seem like mere scaffolding. All have been unpredictable and unruly of late.

“Which brings us to a sense of urgency, of due dates and deadlines: time moving like a bomb cyclone, a freight train, a viral meme. Or glacially: a dense, slow learner. Time can be still, waiting to pounce. It loops back upon itself, a spinning hourglass, neither empty nor full. Time was. Time’s up. Time is a disruptor.”

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 24, from 6 to 8 p.m., and participating artists include: Peter Buchman, Stephanie Brody-Lederman, Darlene Charneco, Bill Claps, Rossa Cole, James Croak, Rose Marie Cromwell, Barbara Friedman, Shirley Irons, Christian Little, Elena Lyakir, Christa Maiwald, Bonnie Rychlak, Maggie Simonelli, Ross Watts and Libby Wadsworth.

The show will remain on view at the Sag Harbor gallery, located at 26 Main Street, through April 19. For more information, please call (631) 793-2256 or visit saranightingale.com.

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