Sara Nightingale Gallery | 688 Montauk Highway
Sara Nightingale Gallery is pleased to present Reinventing the Helm, opening Saturday, June 6th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Reinventing the Helm, an invitational group exhibition, examines the genres of traditional maritime and marine art. Ship portraiture and seascapes, as well as novels and ancient myths about the sea, provide the inspiration for much of the work. The obvious and straightforward have been mostly, but not altogether, thwarted here in deference to an updated and contemporary view of all things nautical. One painting by Perry Burns, whose swerving lines suggest the surface of the sea, was literally turned on its side and renamed “Waterfall” - a good metaphor for what one can expect from the exhibition.
While not specifically divided into categories, the works address several themes such as “lost souls”, meteorological events, marine life, nautical terminology and even edible “fruits of the sea”.
Seagull sculptures by Rossa Cole, fabricated from the plastic six-pack holders that endanger marine life, hover over a large scale sculpture of a wooden boat’s ribs by Simone Douglas. Peter Buchman’s rubbings/ stencils of manhole covers juxtapose one from Santa Monica with one from New Orleans, implicitly reminding us what too much or too little water can do. Dalton Portella has super-imposed images of multiple storms within one composite photograph, yielding a surreal depiction of waves, clouds and sunlight which, according to one viewer, “looks almost biblical”.
The lengthy list of artists includes those with international representation and museum exhibition history, as well as many emerging artists from Brooklyn, Wynwood, the West Coast and Ireland. One can expect a plethora of boats, ships, sharks, clouds and a cake, as well as characters who may or may not be schooled in the art of helmsmanship.
Reinventing the Helm opens on Saturday, June 6th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and runs through Aug. 3rd.