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Artists Come Together To Celebrate Abstract Art At The White Room Gallery

Sydney A. Braat

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Emerald by Melissa Hin. (Courtesy Photo)

The White Room Gallery's latest exhibition, Abstract Anarchy, will feature works from Barbara Bilotta, Jessica Singer, Melissa Hin, and June Kaplan. The exhibition will debut on Friday, May 5 and remain on view through Monday, May 29.

Jessica Singer works as an artist in the graphic design field, though she has always been drawn to painting. "It [painting] has always been a place where I can let myself go and take a journey to wherever the canvas takes me in that moment," reflected Singer. She has worked with oil before but her medium of choice is acrylic paint. "My inspiration for incorporating splatter into my work was from one of my favorite painters Jackson Pollock," said Singer. "Over the years I have incorporated that inspiration into an evolving style that has taken me beyond acrylic and into an experimentation with mixed mediums. Just as Pollock, I tend to incorporate anything that is around me (or in my craft box) that can be used to give a different 3-D look to the canvas."  

A work by Jessica Singer. (Courtesy Photo)

Barbara Bilotta was born in New York and divides her time between Long Island and Florida, two places which are deeply influenced by coastal geography and modern architecture. The contrasting elements of the city and the seacoast appear in Bilotta's large scale work as she uses intense colors and earth tones, materials — hard and soft, and form — delicate and bold. Her compositions consist of intense shades of blue, red, and yellow along with earth tones of white, brown, and black. Bilotta's work responds to postmodern deconstruction by celebrating beauty, rebirth and human agency. She uses abstract, expressive images, free from formalism, while following principles of reconstructive design. Her works calls viewers to imagine what exists at the edges of representation.

Melissa Hin resides in Miller Place, New York and her work can be found at various galleries located throughout New York. She emphasizes the exploration of expression of emotion through the use of color and composition. Hin utilizes the complexity of applying a multitude of colors, each color dominating various part of the whole until the image is complete. "I've been creating as long as I can remember...It is just in me...something I have to do," she explained

June Kaplan is largely inspired by the changing of seasons. She works best at night when the full moon is bright as it helps her express feeling. "I wish to resemble a touch of realism with an abstraction form to convey tender renders of splendor," said Kaplan. "I am an open channel, trying as I might be channeling Matisse, Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso to take my hand that I may create a piece of peace and love. I am devoted to the art of the draw."

An opening reception for Abstract Anarchy will take place on Saturday, May 6 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The White Room Gallery is located at 2415 Main Street in Bridgehampton. For more information, call 631-237-1481 or visit www.thewhiteroom.gallery.

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