Last Saturday evening – June 22 – a group of distinguished guests gathered at Halsey McKay Gallery in East Hampton (79 Newtown Lane) for the opening reception of Midori Mambo Black Russian by Sam Moyer and Mika Tajima and V8 by Graham Collins. Both exhibitions are on view at the gallery through July 8. I have attached press releases and included a link below to download installation views.
Installation views: http://we.tl/1sJgowZVtc
Midori Mambo Black Russian by Sam Moyer and Mika Tajima
For this exhibition, Moyer and Tajima present new paintings. Tajima continues her ambient painting series titled “Furniture Art,” which are reverse spray enameled thermoformed acrylic objects. Each piece is subtitled by a geographic location—Okinawa, Vieques, Sainte-Honorine-des-Pertes, Da Nang, Bahia de Cochinos. Moyer presents a brand new body of work titled “Breakers,” which combine abstraction and the readymade while still loosely referencing the idea of landscape. Painted glass and dyed canvas are layered to create compositions physically reliant on the Neilson frames that hold them together.
V8 by Graham Collins
V8 is Graham Collin’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Collins’ varied work blends painting, architecture and sculpture into a contradictory amalgam of ruin and stability. Canvases of spray painted monochrome hues are partially obscured behind a scrim of tinted glass and encased in frames made with salvaged wood. The tinted monochromes combine the artist’s appreciation of normative craft forms, specifically woodworking and DIY window tinting, with the canon of abstraction. Collins forces a harmony from the disparate cultural and aesthetic values associated with these different entities.