Mike Weiss Gallery at Art Southampton, July 25-29

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Southampton
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July 25-29

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Mike Weiss Gallery will present a selection of artists for this year’s Art Southampton. Join us in Booth A-38 for new
a selection of works by MWG Artists Jan De Vliegher, Cameron Gray, Will Kurtz, Yigal Ozeri,and Christian Vincent.
A printable day pass can be found at the bottom of this email. You may also contact us with regards to weekly itineraries and other fair details. We look forward to seeing you there!

General Admission
Friday, July 26 12pm-7pm
Saturday, July 27 12pm-7pm
Sunday, July 28 12pm-7pm
Monday, July 29 12pm-5pm

Art Southampton Pavilion

Southampton Elks Lodge
605 Country Road 39

Southampton, New York
Directions

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909.jpg 671.jpgUtilizing exuberant brushstrokes and tangible vivacity, Belgian artist Jan De Vliegher reinvents antiquated subject matter into contemporaneous forms and vigorous abstraction. Like a cultural anthropologist, De Vliegher meticulously documents his variegated sources of inspiration in their traditional museum context. The lush colors, dramatic strokes and overpowering scale of his work starkly diverge from the otherwise controlled subject matter. United in their ritualistic and repetitive compositions, De Vliegher’s plates become circular abstractions that reveal the artist’s fascination with the painting experience while also speaking to broader themes of contemporary collecting. De Vliegher rejects the fragility of these "treasured" objects with their perfectly polished appearance, and creates new objects to revere. In De Vliegher’s atmospheric landscapes and seascapes, composition and accuracy of colors takes precedent over subject matter. De Vleigher works alla prima, wet-paint on wet-paint, like 19th century innovators Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh. Through this intuitive approach he captures the essence of a moment in transition, presenting us with a vitalized reality. With a color range of his own, he actively bends the perceived environment to his will, inviting the viewer to bear witness to his observations.
904.jpg 672.jpg Based in Brooklyn, sculptor and urban voyeur Will Kurtz meticulously constructs life-size figures modeled after personal acquaintances and eye-catching characters casually encountered in and around his Bushwick neighborhood. Constructed from household materials such as glue, newspaper, masking tape, screws and wood, Kurtz’s work provides an unapologetic mosaic of New Yorkers in their blunt, colorful, and borderline-manic idiosyncrasies. In his 2012 exhibition Extra Fucking Ordinary, Kurtz proved his uncanny facility for depicting everyday New Yorkers with an irreverent yet impressive attention to detail, body language, and subtle cultural nuances – as well as his ability to stage operatic, all-encompassing mise-en-scène. Here, Kurtz throws the façade off human nature – albeit in canine terms. Intentionally leaving large headlines and slogans clearly visible, each anthropomorphic beast becomes both time capsule and social commentator.
872.jpg 640.jpg L.A. based artist Christian Vincent’s illusory paintings distill social preoccupations into dream-like solitary scenes, resulting in a fascinating meditation on the space between conformity and desire. Enveloping viewers with an insidiously magnetic psychological power, Vincent evokes the sublime – capturing youth on the breach of adulthood, man’s ambivalent relationship to nature, and the unspoken mysteries underlying social behavior. Vincent’s day-for-night palette of pale golds, lurid blues, black-edged greens and strong, sunlit flesh tones suffuse his imagery in a kind of emotional twilight, opening a philosophical and contemplative conversation.
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Israeli artist Yigal Ozeri makes near photo-realistic oil paintings, combining meticulously rendered details with spontaneous and loose brushstrokes. Animating the paintings’ surfaces with wispy flyaway hairs, minute droplets of water, glimmering reflections of light, and crisp folds of wrinkled clothing, Ozeri’s muses are presented in dialogue with vast landscapes, giving way to uncanny realism, overt beauty, and seductive power. Compelled to gaze into the deeply symbolic realm between reality and fantasy, viewers begin to discover that the portraits demand further contemplation beyond their immediate visual impact – glimpsing into the emotional insight of each woman’s psyche.

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Nomadic artist Cameron Gray injects a dose of adrenaline into the contemporary art scene, articulately foraging the irreverent to deliver the ultimate state of transcendence – a meaningless yet tantalizing void, where nothing is sacred. Frequently likened to the second coming of Koons and thoroughly rooted with postmodern sensibilities, Gray’s carefully calibrated collages of psychedelic patterns, bright palettes and hypnotic kitsch straddle the line between comfort and the disquietingly uncanny. Presented alongside his new body of work currently on view at Mike Weiss Gallery, here Gray’s posters of iconic youth and Archimboldo-like smiley-face sculptures introduce us to "no-brow" – a wonderful raucous smörgåsbord, which catapults the viewer into the chaos and pandemonium of the internet, deep space, and everywhere in between.

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