Bodies Soft and Disturbing

Bodies are floating at the Mosquito Hawk Gallery on Shelter Island. They float in water, suspended mid-air and hover above ground. No, the images aren’t ghosts. What is captured in art are fantasies that explore boundaries: physical and metaphysical. Sexual and aesthetic. Fantasy and reality.

Emotions are revealed while body parts are concealed. Exposure, privacy and prohibitions are subtly explored with the art on view. The paintings and photography range from romantic and dreamy to bizarre and pointed.

Mary Larsen’s illustrative watercolor paintings feature a cast of characters that mix fantasy, burlesque and the downright unusual within a single composition.

A series of black and white nearly abstract photographs by gallery director Alexis Martino are intimate portraits of people we never quite see. Another series that feature a model with legs wrapped in clear wire reveal the body but the emotions they conjure may be varied and elusive.

Crisp yet dreamy narrative photographs by Elly Lesoon captivate through intrigue. Charles Ly’s narrative paintings also captivate but are apt to disturb. The events that have brought his imaginative figures to the point where he has painted them are as compelling as the images themselves. Narrative photography by Ross School senior Grace Curatola rounds out the show.

Stripped remains on view through June 16 at Mosquito Hawk Gallery, 24 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island. The gallery is open Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit for information.

pat rogers

Pat Rogers is a freelance writer specializing in arts and culture on Long Island. When not going to art openings or interviewing actors or musicians, she’s looking for the next interesting story.