May 19th to June 5th
Artist's Reception Sunday
May 29 Memorial Day Weekend 5-7pm
A joint collaboration between Karyn Mannix and Andrea McCafferty announces:
'Ladies and Gentlemen ... The Golden Age of Rock 'N' Roll',
a two part exhibit, will be shown at:
The White Room Gallery -2415 Main St, Bridgehampton, NY from May 18 - June 5th and
The Studio - 38 Gingerbread Lane, East Hampton, NY from May 22 - June 19th.
PART ONE @ The Studio
The Studio’s 'Grand Opening' on Saturday, May 28, has a book signing from 5-6pm Punks, Poets, and Provocateurs: New York City Bad Boys, 1977–1982 , by Marcia Resnick
And on view 6-8pm:
'Ladies and Gentlemen…' Rock n' Roll Photography Opening Reception
featuring photographs by Jack Mitchell, Chris Foster, Karen Bystedt, Marcia Resnick, David Gamble, Steven Pike, Susan Wood, Lori Pavsner, Steve Joester
PART TWO @ The White Room Gallery
‘The Golden Age of Rock 'N' Roll’ part II
ON VIEW FROM MAY 18th
On Sunday May 29 from 5-7, an Artist's Reception will be held at The White Room Gallery featuring paintings and photographs by Bonnie Lautenberg, EJ Camp, Laura Benjamin, Evad, Adoni Astrinakis, Steve Joester & Jason Poremba.
Introducing ADONI ASTRINAKIS, showing 3 paintings from his series ‘The 27 Club’, ‘AMY’, ‘KURT’ & ‘HENDRIX’. We have EVAD’S glittering interpretation of Rock Stars, BONNIE LAUTENBERG’S alluring and in your face photography, as well as EJ CAMP’S seductive, telling portraits of classic Rockers. Who else would take candy wrappers and create striking portraits as LAURA BENJAMIN does with ‘Michael’ and ‘Mick Jagger’! Using mixed media, JASON POREMBA and STEVE JOESTER capture the essence of Rock Idols. The art of these musicians ‘freeze framed’ recalling memories of generations. A must see walk through of our collective past.
ADONI ASTRINAKIS: Adoni was born and raised in Tasmania, a beautiful island off the southern coast of Australia. After graduating college, Adoni led a successful career in business, where he turned around a national franchise chain. In 2013, after being inspired by a photo of Bob Dylan, Adoni started painting portraits where he found fulfillment that was far greater than he ever found in business.
He has been supporting himself through painting since he first posted his Bob Dylan on Facebook. With subsequent works being shot for interiors publications and featured in various news articles and blogs both locally and internationally, his career is rapidly gaining momentum.
He is now based in Melbourne, Australia’s art capital and works as a full time artist. He continues to be influenced by iconography within popular culture and our attraction to it. The central focus of his work concerns timelessness and theintangible x-factor of his chosen subjects, recapturing this essence in his own way.
Adoni is excited to have his first American gallery group show at The White Room in Bridgehampton, NY, featuring his Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix works selected from his "27 Club" collection. The term "27 Club" refers to a number of popular musicians who died at age 27.
Adoni's ARTIST’S STATEMENT: 27 CLUB: The idea here is to shine a spotlight on the 27 CLUB as an inception of pop culture mythology. I chose the five artists with whom I have a personal connection. Timelessness interests me and the notion of a pantheon of young artist’s whose work and image is powerful enough to endure whilst their physical presence was so fleeting is captivating. I like the way candid moments capture the essence of a subject in a fluid and naturalistic way.
EVAD: As a young boy, I always knew that I wanted to be an artist. Life has a funny way of sidetracking childhood dreams, but now four decades later I find myself living my dream.
As someone who has always loved and collected music of all genres I combine my two favorite art forms to make my glitter art and have discovered that art is the path that has led me back to my inner child.
BONNIE LAUTENBERG: In her Pop Rock series, Bonnie Lautenberg gets her adrenalin stimulated by photographing her subjects while they are performing and capturing that “got it” moment when she knows she nailed those sexually charged fabulous shots! “Loved watching Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry performing”, Lautenberg said. “They are extraordinary talented artists” and thrilled she had that rare opportunity of documenting each of them at that moment in time in their careers. She’s also photographed Justin Bieber and Billy Joel among others.
This body of work comes after years of doing political photography. One of her series, “How They Changed Our Lives: Senators As Working People” is in the Library of Congress in Washington, D. C., and other work is in the Portland Museum, Newark Museum and the New Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D. C. She is an accomplished and respected artist and photographer who has exhibited her work in the East End over the last ten years and is honored to be showing with The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton this summer.
LAURA BENJAMIN: I have been both an artist and an art educator for 50 years. I have earned graduate degrees in Fine Arts, Art Education, and Textile Design. Over 5 decades, I was most influenced by the POP ART movement. Having always had an interest in mixed media, my current work is now a combination of both POP and Collage. Since 2008 I have been creating a body of work dubbed “Candy Wrapper Collage”.
A juried show’s theme, “gluttony”, challenged me to ultimately explore my POP figures through a new medium….candy wrappers! By 2008, what followed was……Razor blades are my new paint brushes and candy wrappers are my new paints. Utilizing torn, cut and expired candy wrappers and their packaging, I render my subjects in diverse and colorful forms. I create representational images of celebrities and pop-culture objects. The wrappers are manipulated to give color, form, movement and whimsy to the subjects, creating both a carnal delight and an exciting visual effect.
My work is inspired by the sensual delight of sweets. The physical wrappers serve the colors of the pieces as well as using the candy names to comment on the subject they are portraying. The result that I aim for is a nuanced iconography that is visually energizing, provocative and humorous.
JASON POREMBA: At some point in our lives we scribble, doodle, color, or glue things. We are all inherently artists. Since Jason can remember he has been moving through life via mixed media. While working through a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture Jason expressed precedents in architecture through collage.
In his own successful Hampton’s Architectural Firm, collage and mixed media are tools in which transparencies and colors are studied. Jason’s recent works are Pop + Street Art inspired images layered with Aztec, Mayan, and personal symbolism. All of which express the journey of moving through love, pain, death, and alcoholism.
Jason’s work has been awarded multiple times from such jurors as Elisabeth Sussman from the Whitney, Carolyn Lanchner, formerly of MoMA, and other prominent curators.
EJ CAMP: This show has contributions from her professional life. EJ has fine art landscape images at the gallery also.
While renowned for her rich photographic career including celebrity portraits, magazine covers, movie posters and advertising campaigns, additionally EJ Camp has created extraordinary fine art landscape images.
For over 30 years, and throughout the progression of her editorial and commercial career, Camp has photographed the sea and its shores. Her favorite subject, the North and South Forks of Long Island, have some of the most beautiful coastlines in North America, making Camp’s quest for unique images inexhaustible.
A passion for the way light reflects off the changing surfaces of the ocean has directly evolved from a career spent capturing light and emotion in EJ Camp’s portraiture. Her credits include GQ, Glamour, Elle, Esquire, L’Uomo Vogue, Harper’s Bazarr, Men’s Health, New York, Sports Illustrated, ABC, CBS, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Pictures, Showtime, Sony Pictures and Warner Brothers.
Recent exhibitions include “Sand & Water” at Leica Store Miami; The Rivington Hotel Project, New York; Shelter Art, Shelter Architecture, on Shelter Island, New York; PDN International Expo; The Impossible Project Space and New York, Ralph Pucci, New York City. She also teaches at ICP in Manhattan. EJ Camp was born in San Francisco and lives in New York City and Orient, New York.
STEVE JOESTER: Steve Joester is a British-born Rock & Roll photographer and mixed media artist, currently living and working in New York City. Joester, a leading Rock & Roll photographer in the 70's and 80's, had his iconic images of the greatest rock performers appear on album sleeves, posters, exhibitions and magazines worldwide. Joester made his mark shooting icons such as Mick Jagger, Bob Marley, Neil Young, Sting, and also documented Andy Warhol on film with Rob Halford of Judas Priest backstage at the Palladium in April, 1979.
In an explosive interpretation of the rock icons that left their indelible mark on our generation, Joester's unique mixed media works transcend his photography. Using an unconventional mixture of materials on his canvases, he echoes the raw energy of Rock & Roll with his own Interpretation of the emotion and power of the live performances. Joester was the first mixed media artist to be represented by the Morrison Hotel Gallery, and his work is included in collections internationally.
Saturday MAY 21 @ The White Room Gallery- Mark Seidenfeld presents – ‘The Spirit of Zimbabwe’
Chartwell Dutiro grew up in Zimbabwe and started playing mbira at the age of 4. From his village childhood in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) when he played at ceremonies with a local spirit medium, to his years performing and recording with Zimbabwe’s iconic Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, to his more recent career as a teacher, solo artist, and bandleader in the UK, Chartwell has cut a remarkable path through African music. Chartwell is a superb instrumentalist and a soulful singer. His arrangements of Shona traditional music are both innovative and inspirational. He is also a gifted storyteller with a deep sense of history and a wry sense of humor. An evening in his presence is an unforgettable experience.
MUSIC VIDEO - https://vimeo.com/116784971
Shona mbira music from Zimbabwe is one of the most soulful sounds on the African continent. Originally used in spirit possession ceremonies, the iron-pronged mbira (thumb piano), produces music which is rhythmically charged enough to keep people dancing through all-night ceremonies. The Shona believe the beauty of the music attracts the ancestors’ spirits.