Six emerging Long Island artists have been selected from this year’s entrants. The nominations derive from our annual call for entry (this being our 11th), sent to gallerists, curators, collectors and art hounds in the know. The artists on these pages challenge themselves to interpret the world uniquely, regularly showing their works both locally and internationally. Their names may be familiar or new, but from here on, you won’t soon forget them.
Installation ( knit fibers) / Sea Cliff
THERE’S SOMETHING WONDERFULLY WHOLESOME ABOUT KNITTING and works with textiles. But Marcia Widenor takes the medium to much higher levels. She’s trying to create a sense of quiet as an antidote to the harshness in the world. Read more.
Painter / Springs
IN 2009 MARK PERRY EXPERIENCED A WATERSHED MOMENT. As an artist who always worked in oil and, for the most part, composing literal representations of landscapes, he gave up the rigid approach for something far more interpretive. His new direction is more about a “brokenness” rather than what he refers to as “a safe painting with an overall connected feeling.” Read more.
Sculptor / Orient
SCULPTOR MARIANNE WEIL WORKS MOSTLY IN PATIENCE. The materials are her dialect, articulating a tension that “could not be described in other materials…[about] the collapsing nature of life around us. But then the rebuilding.” Read more.
Sculptor / West Islip
MAKING ART came late for John Bell but he’s been forming his technique all along. The welding had been with him since he was a kid stealing parts from defunct airplanes to make go-carts. As a teen he fed his predisposition for painting by regularly visiting museums. Later, he’d avidly read about sculptors and pursue classes at SVA. Read more.
Lego Fields / Sag Harbor
SOME SAY INANIMATE OBJECTS CAN HAVE INTENTION because our handling of them infuses them with energy. Artists face this when working, especially when trying to work purely viscerally. For Marcus Hewitt’s Lego series, this much seems to be true. Read more.
NATHAN SLATE JOSEPH
Painter, Sculptor / Sagaponack
MANY AN ARTIST CALLS UPON FOUND OBJECTS to materialize his vision, but Nathan Slate Joseph insists his are “chosen” in the pursuit of making works about expansion and contraction. Whether they are his paintings on paper or wall reliefs constructed of steel, they are serious stuff, both dense in construct and meaning: they are statements of destruction and construction. Read more.