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Southampton Cultural Center Presents 'Contemporary Narrative' Exhibition

Originally Posted: April 17, 2012

"Rhythms of the Veldt," 1963 by Adler and Beegan. (Courtesy Photo: Artists)

Southampton - "Contemporary Narrative" exhibition, Painting and Sculpture curated by Arlene Bujese will be on view April 26 through May 22 at the Southampton Cultural Center at Agawam Park, Levitas Center for the Arts, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton.

There will be an opening reception held on Saturday, April 28, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Gallery Hours are Monday through Saturday, 12 noon to 4 p.m., or by appointment.

The focus of the exhibition is narrative: real or imagined, telling of a story, with variations on the theme. In some works, words are used in themselves as art forms, within the composition of the total work to tell the story, or hint at its meaning. In others, the images or titles may suggest words and meaning to the viewer.

Artists on view include:

Kevin Teare, "I Wanna Be Your_Man," with border. (Courtesy Photo: Artist)

Andrew Hart Adler and Carolyn A. Beegan, who have been collaborating the past three years on a number of works using the juxtaposition of photography and oil painting - a hybrid of digital imagery and painting that balances elements of modern and classical considerations. The selections in this exhibition feature works inspired by a number of trips to Africa; the dominant motif is interactive animals.

Marcel Bally has spent many years travelling the globe capturing on black and white film places and people with emphasis on geographical location and cultural expression. Images include those from his native Switzerland, Africa, Southeast Asia, Spain, Latin America and the Middle East.

Photographer Ann Chwatsky is interested in the hiddehn areas of life, combining what one perceives and actually sees; light has particular fascination. In a selection from her Curtain Series, the focus is on the hidden narrative; text messages are integrated with curtain forms, some more revealing than others, exploring the intimations one might have of secrets of live and also, death.

William King is well known for his figurative sculpture. This exhibition will feature eight works in carved wood, some with added paint. Attitudes reflected in the figures can range from the profound to humorous, to contemplative, suggesting tales of love, honor, politics, human foibles - essentialy, human nature.

Kevin Teare is showing four large paintings, including two from the Beatles Series, influenced by the dominant cultural form of the time, Pop Music, much of it from England and that of the American Bob Dylan. He sees the paintings as heroic and non-ironic. In contrast to ancient portrayals of Gods, Goddesses, war heroes and athletes his heroes played drums and guitars, mostly.

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