The software you use daily and rely upon has been deprecated. It is no longer safe to use, and its imminent obsolescence includes an upgrade that purports to improve your life, but is actually designed to enhance the spyware, obfuscate your metadata, and make you even more dependent. The transition will be cumbersome and time consuming. But do you really have a choice?
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, painting as sculpture, etc… 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. 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. Bonnie Rychlak’s Morphed Florida Drains use time as a component of process. Made of hand carved wax, they were exposed to long term Florida sunshine that warped and disfigured them. Darlene Charneco’s "Nail Meditations” are as visually akin to archeological sites as they are to a computer’s motherboard, leaving the viewer to wonder whether they reference the past, the future or both. Maggie Simonelli works with copper leaf, which oxidizes over time, altering the color of her paintings. Barbara Friedman’s painting of a green traffic light swaying in a foreboding, moody sky titled, Green Light, could just as easily be called, Time to Go. Christa Maiwald’s embroidery and cake installation, Coffee Cake (For Jackson Pollock), includes a slice of real cake, inherently making it a time-sensitive work. The exhibition coincides with THAW FEST, a new initiative by 19 cultural institutions on the east end, scheduled to take place the weekend of March 23 - 25. A percentage of proceeds from sales will be donated to the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corp. Mail your donation to: PO Box 2725, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. 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, Libby Wadsworth