Within every Will Ryman sculpture exists a certain duality.
It is a tug between beauty and imperfection, shadowed by the temporary nature of all things. His monochrome red rose, “LongHouse 6,” is not immune — a romanticized symbol of flawlessness at odds with its exaggerated size and hand-worked quality, the missing petals it has shed around its base.
Even the towering, site-specific installation is impermanent, but first it will make its debut at the preserve during “Rites of Spring,” a preview of LongHouse Reserve’s 28th season from 1 to 5 p.m. at 133 Hands Creek Road in East Hampton.
“The gardens will be filled with spectacular displays of flowering trees and showy daffodils that over 30 years have multiplied by hundreds of thousands,” according to a press release. “The daffodils are now augmented with great swaths of tulips and other spring blooms making this a season not to be missed.”
New art installed for the 2019 season also includes “Dango” by Jun Kaneko, taking center stage in the Edward Albee Amphitheater, working in harmony with a bronze bench by Wendell Castle, inviting visitors to relax in the gardens.
“‘Rites of Spring’ will also premiere ‘Vessels,’ an exhibition of stunning ceramics by noted artist Young Jae Lee,” the release said. “Joseph Walsh, the brilliant furniture designer from Cork, Ireland, has created a site-specific wall shelf for LongHouse, ‘Enignum Shelf XXXVI’ that highlights his mastery of curvilinear forms.”
All artwork will remain on view through October 5. For more information, call (631) 329-3568 or visit longhouse.org.