Fear in Visual Form


It’s that vague uneasiness that says something bad is about to come your way. Or the way the heart begins to pound when peering into a dark room searching for the answer to an unexpected noise. Or even the silent protest against the nightmare that still grips when consciousness claws towards alertness.


It’s also the subject of a two-day show at Ashawagh Hall in East Hampton. Fifty artists answered the question of how to capture fear visual posed by curator and artist Ellen Dooley. The results tackle the personal and encompass the universal. The artwork reaches towards fear-causers of threats to personal safety, effects of war, an uncertain economy and the impossibility of knowing the fate of artwork after a lifetime has been spent.

Artworks include photography, painting, sculpture and mixed media. Contributors include Ray Germann, Bruce Lieberman, Beth Giacummo, Janet Goleas, Jonathan Morse and Lori Cuisninier. Also, Peter Buchman, Ann Chwatsky, Barbara Groot, Tom Steele, Athos Zacharias and others.

Ms. Dooley chose Fear as a theme to heighten the focus on fear in today’s world. The exhibition also aims to answer the questions of how to prepare for the future and the role fear plays as paralyzer and motivator. Fear is a follow-up exhibition to the themed show, Purgatory, held in April 2009 at Ashawagh Hall.

An Artist Reception for Fear will be held Saturday, October 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. The show is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ashawagh Hall is located at 780 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton. For information, call 631-987-7005.

Ashawagh Hall is place steeped in the art history of the Springs, a community set within East Hampton Town. Originally built as a one-room schoolhouse, it has evolved into an arts venue for the East Hampton community (and beyond). Artists including Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Willem deKooning, Ibram Lassaw exhibited inside the humble building for fundraisers benefiting the Springs community. Art shows are held there every weekend during from late spring through fall.

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.