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Artists Embark On A Quest To Capture Beauty For New Hamptons Exhibit

Julia Braat

In My Loft by Ann Brandeis. (Courtesy Photo)

Artists Ann Brandeis, Michele Dragonetti, Nadine Daskaloff, and Mark Seidenfeld will be featured in The White Room Gallery's latest exhibit, Chasing Beauty. The show will debut on Thursday, October 13th and be on view through Sunday, October 30th.

Selfies by Nadine Daskaloff.

Ann Brandeis' work focuses on the passage of time, revealing her goal to "look for signs and symbols that visually describe or capture our memories — personal moments in time, which remind us of our past, sustain us through our present, and guide our future. Often conflicting, these memories may have little to do with rational thought and are resistant to logic, reminding us of our innocence, our passions, desires, and losses, which, when embraced, become our history." She will take the viewer through the "many paths we take throughout our life."

Nadine Daskaloff will present a series titled, Selfies, portraying the age of technology, an ever-present part of our everyday lives. The collection will show parallels in modern day photos to portraiture, outlining the varying facial expressions and fashion. The friction between old and new will be portrayed along with the observer's questioning of self-freedom and physical identity, important facets of Daskaloff's goal through this collection.

Galadriel II by Michele Dragonetti. (Courtesy Photo)

In Michele Dragonetti's collection showcased at Chasing Beauty, her series of boat hulls will be presented. Dragonetti began her series in the various marinas of Montauk, illustrating the bows of the boat, specifically the space where the boat sits in and above the water. "I frame the photos exclusively as square images, which highlights both the universal and individual structural characteristics of the hulls," she explained. "By limiting my compositions to those that focus entirely on the triangular patterns off the hulls in square format, I am able to express the essential geometry of the boats' structures." Through these images in this ongoing series, the effect of the natural elements on the surface of the boat will be captured, reshaping an ordinary vessel to an abstract portrait.

In Mark Seidenfeld's photographs titled, Painting, the relationship between intellect, chance, spontaneity, and vision will be expressed through his "mission to create and cultivate my own unique visual language." He believes that all of his observations of the world have been influenced by every experience and emotion he feels. "By relying on my intuition over my intellect, I put myself in that wondrous place where it feels like the painting has created itself and re-created me in the process," he shared. Seidenfeld's work, compared to poetry, strives to elicit emotional responses, deeper than those expressed explicitly in the image, provoking the observer to question rather than seek a direct answer.

Le Grand Rituel Initiatique by Mark Seidenfeld. (Courtesy Photo)

An opening reception, which is open to all, will be held on Saturday, October 15th, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The White Room Gallery is located at 2415 Main Street in Bridgehampton. For more information, visit www.thewhiteroom.gallery.

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