Narrative Humor with Animals and Umbrellas

What do animals and beach umbrellas have in common? They’re both fodder for art by Nick Cordone. The Southold artist currently has two series exhibited in two separate venues.

The Central Islip Library is showing his Beach Scenes series. The Rosalie Dimon Gallery in Jamesport is exhibiting his Do Animals Daydream? series in an exhibition shared with painter Anna Jurinich. Both shows are on view through February 2, 2011. The show is presented by the East End Arts Council in Riverhead. Cordone’s art can be viewed online at

While the subject matter differs, there is a common sensibility. Human characteristic including tough guy syndrome, crowd followers and other foibles are manifested in both series.

The Do Animals Dream Series adds a touch of surrealism. Chickens dream of flight and have neighbor envy. Dogs express guilt over dead ducks and dream of swimming fish. Fish seek the future and pigs explore the humorous side of things.

Beach Scenes use beach umbrella groupings to channel human relationships. Titles help led the way: Beach Gossip, Three Sisters, and The Guardian conjure imagined stories.

The paintings Sunday and Monday demonstrate the difference a day can make. The imagery was inspired by childhood times spent at Jones Beach where crowds swarmed on weekends and Monday meant ample space in the Nassau County beach, Cordone said.

Cordone’s work has been exhibited on the North Fork, on the covers of Dan’s Papers and other publications and venues. A new children’s book, Crusoe: The Canine Castaway, was published this week. It was written by East Hampton and NYC author and educator Marion Margolis.

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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.