Two Artists Explore the Natural World at Guild Hall

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Enoc Perez "Ocean Park, Puerto Rico (4)." 2019. Oil on canvas. 80 x 60 inches. Courtesy Guild Hall.

In a new exhibition at Guild Hall Woodhouse Gallery, Argentinian multidisciplinary artist Karin Waisman will present “The Horizon Is Not a Straight Line,” a site specific, 250-inch long cast resin and ceramic wall relief that investigates the notion of the border, conceiving it not as a straight line but a complex contact point between two elements that push and pull while continuing to support one another. Also on view in the Moran and Spiga Galleries will be “Paradise,” featuring the work of Enoc Perez, a  contemporary  Puerto Rican-born multimedia  artist best known for his paintings and oil stick drawings. Both shows will run Saturday, April 24, to Monday, May 31.

Waisman’s work explores our perception of the natural world — its fluid and contradictory processes, boundless growth, and imminent threat of disorder. In addition to the wall relief, included in the exhibition are two series of Waisman’s pencil drawings on mylar. Waisman, who was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and lives and works in New York. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States and internationally, including Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill.

In “Paradise,” Perez will explore the theme of natural disasters. Through his large-scale paintings, the artist refers to the devastation that Puerto Rico experienced during 2017’s Hurricane Maria. Instead of focusing on the physical destruction, the artist paints bent, but not broken, palm trees to represent the hope that Puerto Rico will move forward and recover. The exhibition will primarily be made up of works that have never been exhibited and it will include paintings, sculpture and drawings that have been created specifically for this exhibition.

Perez is a critically acclaimed multidisciplinary artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. The artist moved to New York in 1986, when he completed a BFA at Pratt Institute and then received an MFA in fine art from Hunter College. His artwork is in the collections of major museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The British Museum, London; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; and New York Public Library.

A gallery talk with Enoc Perez and curator Christina Mossaides Strassfield will take place on Saturday, May 22, at 3 p.m.

Guild Hall is at 158 Main Street in East Hampton. Reservations to visit the museum are recommended. Reserve timed tickets online at guildhall.org or by calling 631-324-0806 Friday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Drop-ins are also welcome. Masks and social distancing are required.

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