“There is a notion existing among many in modern times that our average, everyday lives are boring: not containing much to be desired. Due to the rapid increase in social media use, images and content are being shared more rapidly than ever, which allows for constant analysis of how our lives compare to those of others. This endless comparison causes many of us to see the extravagancies of another person’s life and allow it to point out the shortcomings of our own.” – Franki Mancinelli
Francesca “Franki” Mancinelli work focuses on capturing simple moments that may otherwise go unnoticed. Purposefully composing images from fleeting moments, Mancinelli emphasizes both lines and textures to create a record of contemporary life that art that can be considered both conceptual and abstract
November 8, 2016 by Pat Rogers
“UnCommon Art Show” opens this weekend at Ashawagh Hall in East Hampton. The group show, sponsored by Hampton Photo Arts, will continue to accept artist submissions at their shop in Bridgehampton through Friday, November 11, 2016 or until all the artist spots have been filled.
The exhibition, created from an Open Call for Artists, is designed to both attract artists from the East End and artists who are working with unusual materials, an unusual process or creating art that may push boundaries. Even before the doors open on Saturday, November 12, 2016, Hampton Photo Arts is peeling back some of the suspense to reveal the work of four artists who will exhibit in the show. First up is Miles Partington.
Miles Partington is a Southampton native who has been making art from an early age. He was an assistant to figurative sculptorWilliam King (1925-2015) for a time. The sense of humor and whimsy demonstrated in Partington’s sculptures is a clear connection between the emerging artist
and the master sculptor. Both artists make figurative work that has a twist of the unusual. Both artists make figurative work that has a twist of the unusual. Partington works in both carved wood and hand molded clay in another connection to the renowned artist.
Partington frequently includes animals in his work that can range from carved tableaux, narrative scenes, self-portraits or figurative sculpture. The time he spent withWilliam King was instrumental on many levels, said Partington in a phone interview. Being able to relax into infusing his own sense
of humor and sense of whimsy into his art without qualm was a benefit of working with King, said Partington. So was solidifying his interest and move from painting, drawing and stencil into sculpture.
Anotherinfluenceishisstep-fatherD,ennisSnyder.Anotherartistwhoembraceshumoranda sense of the absurd in his work, Snyder began taking Partington to art exhibition when he was around three years old, said Partington.
My interest in Origami goes back to 1974 when the first Origami Holiday Tree was exhibited at the American Museum of Natrual History. I was given some instruction in simple origami by the volounteers at the teaching table, but most of the rest I discovered from independent study of books by such modern masters as the late Akira Yoshizawa, Kunihiko Kassahara, John Montroll and Robert J. Lang. Later, while volounteering for Origami USA (originally Friends of the Origami Center of America), I had the honor of interacting directly with many origami artists. I have quite a few of my own original designs which, several of which are diagrammed and can be found in OUSA publications. The Cattleya Orchid in my letterhead is one of my original origami designs
Eric Ernst was born in Norwalk, Connecticut in 1956 into a family of some notoriety
in the art world. Originally intent on avoiding any direct involvement in the arts himself, he graduated from George Washington University with a B.A. in Japanese Studies followed by an all-but-completed M.A. in the same subject from the University of Michigan (to this day he insists the actual writing of the master’s thesis should just be considered a minor formality).
In between these academic respites, he lived in Japan working as an apprentice
to a Japanese woodblock artist, studied Zen meditation, and was employed as a disc
jockey at a Tokyo radio station under the pseudonym of “Reckless Eric, The Mad Artist
of the Airwaves”. More importantly, his studies there were to later imbue his work with
varied elements of Japanese and Oriental aesthetics in terms of coloration and
concepts of rhythm and asymmetry in design.
Further incorporating aspects highlighting the geometric purity of the Russian
avant-garde and the later Bauhaus artists, he was also influenced by his father, Jimmy
Ernst’s, approach to crisp, linear compositional structure. In addition, the works are also
inspired by aspects of harmony and movement drawn from disparate musical sources
such as Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Igor Stravinsky, and Frank Zappa.
Structurally arranging the works to be viewed as small scale architectonic
spaces, Ernst recently has begun incorporating elements of representational imagery
into his constructions. These serve to create an interaction of forms, shapes, and colors
that, mixed with musical and harmonic elements, conjure a more immediate narrative
and strive to transcend the limits of pure geometric abstraction.
Gayle has shown her work at Amagansett Applied Arts, Hampton Photo Arts, Guild Hall, the Water Mill Museum and the Rose Show at the Rogers Memorial Library of Southampton. Her paintings are now on display at the Chrysalis Gallery in Southampton.Gayle has studied at Amagansett Applied Arts and the Golden Eagle and has also studied and painted with Mike Viera, Kimberly Munson, Howard Rose and other artists. Gayle is a member of Guild Hall, the East End Arts Council, the Artists Alliance of the East End, the Southampton Artists Association and the Water Mill Museum.
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