Southampton Arts Center presents, FIGURES TRANSFORMED, an exhibition of work focused on the representation of human form (i.e., figures). Featuring art from three artists across generations each of whose art incorporates the figure as central imagery. This thought-provoking exhibit is approachable for frequent gallery attendees and casual viewers alike—everybody has a body!
Deborah Buck’s paintings use a repeated, at times surreal, motif of human eyes on imaginary figures with an anthropomorphic effect. Her art is alive and willfully unruly, jostling delineations between literal and abstract. As the viewer looks at Buck’s painting, Ms Bunny Gets Caught in the Rain, the central figure’s human eyes gaze sideways, inviting the viewer to consider what worlds lay beyond our own.
Sculptural work from Elizabeth Strong-Cueva focuses on the human figure’s head as an expression of the whole. Strong-Cueva notes that her work is a “communication through space and time…A face can be a universe.” Her piece, Mind’s Eye, is an abstract representation of a profile that juxtaposes the human eye with the elliptical orbits of planets.
Hal Buckner’s presentation of the human figure through the female form is an empowering retelling of strength and recasting of traditional artistic canon. His art presents femininity in casual grace and anonymous elegance, focusing on soft, comfortable curves crafted with aluminum and enamel. On exhibit, Kurvina is an arching, almost whimsical form juxtaposed with a weather vane.
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The Figures Transformed exhibit will be on display through September 24, 2022.
Southampton Arts Center is located at 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, New York 11968, and is open for guests Thursday–Monday from 12:00pm–5:00pm.