Cutchogue, NY, June 22, 2019
Alex Ferrone Gallery in Cutchogue opens the summer season with a WOW! Featured in their new exhibition, “Women on Water,” is a selection of works by four female regional artists, JoAnne Dumas, Katherine Liepe-Levinson, Winn Rea, and Blair Seagram, whose complementary creative processes involve water as an inspirational subject. Celebrate the exhibit with the artists at a free public reception in the Gallery on Saturday, July 13 from 6-8pm. A free Luncheon Gallery Talk with the artists will be held Sunday, August 11 from 12 – 2pm. “Women on Water” runs from June 29 through August 18, 2019.
JoAnne Dumas is presenting photographic imagery of changing water surfaces that she created on metallic and pearl papers. After printing, by buckling and finely slicing her photographs, Dumas has created sinuous, abstract three-dimensional relief pieces evoking the constant movement of flowing waters. Also on exhibit are her dramatic stone formation images photographed from the ancient Mississippi riverbed that was created by the absence of water from years of evaporation.
Katherine Liepe-Levinson has dramatically shifted the perspective of the traditional panoramic by exploring a scene in the vertical. The upright panorama creates a visual tension with strong lines and forms within its narrow frame, and produces a beautiful abstraction as a close-up pulled from a larger area. Produced through available light, fast shutter speeds, currents, and shifting winds, her reflection images offer shimmering, otherworldly waterscapes that challenge the vertical lines of the tight framing.
Winn Rea‘s works from her “Topo Shift” series explore contours of the land formed by water erosion. The three-dimensional terrain, depicting locations within New York’s Adirondack Park, is built of Russian birch using topographic data from USGS maps. Rea’s mixed media wall reliefs demonstrate how topographic forms on a macro scale, echo the ripples of the surface of the water on a micro scale. The organic terrain shapes create movement over which she paints shadows that she photographed while hiking. The result is a union of 3D form and 2D pattern suffused with light and color.
Blair Seagram‘s sculptural series, “Underwater Plexi” explores her fascination with water’s movement and the variety of shapes formed by reflections on the surface, as well as, contours of the surface as seen from below. Inspired by Ludwig Wittgenstein’s remarks on the existence of transparency and reflections in the dimension of a visual image, Seagram uses the transparent medium Plexiglass as a ground for images of lucid wave patterns. Also on exhibit, are beautifully serene panoramic seascapes, along with, dramatic momentary stories from Seagram’s “Single Surfer” series.
Alex Ferrone Gallery is at 25425 Main Road, Cutchogue. Hours: 12-5pm Friday through Monday, or by appointment other days. Call 631-734-8545 or visit AlexFerroneGallery.com.