LOOK ALIVE

Harris Allen, Syl, 2024. Video file on LED panel, aluminum frame, matte. 15 x 24 x 3 inches. Image courtesy of artist.
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Kiva Motnyk
April 19 – 21

Using a wide variety of methods—including quilting, silk screening, weaving, knitting, and various natural dyeing techniques—the artist Kiva Motnyk creates experimental textiles that resemble modernist paintings or stained-glass windows. Her current practice engages and reinterprets historical fabrication traditions through abstraction and collaboration. She is interested in the intersection of textile and narrative: how the elements of a material and its origins compose the piece itself. At Guild Hall, Motnyk is offering a public workshop in experimental hand quilting and a natural dye demonstration, which will be held on Sunday, April 21, at 3 pm. Each participant will create a small mixed-media piece incorporating these techniques and materials. All materials will be provided, including plants and repurposed textiles. All sewing levels are welcome. We encourage participants to bring their own meaningful materials to work into their piece if they like.

Related Program:
Guided Quilting Workshop & Marigold Dye Demo

Sunday, April 21, 3-4:30 PM
FREE


Look Alive is an evolving studio, gallery, and social space in the Marks Family Gallery South. This unique showcase highlights the thriving emergent creative community on the East End, featuring the works of Harris Allen, Kai Parcher-Charles, Mamoun Nukumanu, Kate Kavanaugh, Kiva Motnyk, and Jasmine Chamberlain, and organized by independent curator Ellie Duke. Utilizing video, sound, sculpture, textile, florals, and other media, each artist will transform the gallery into a collaborative workshop.

Artists will be on-site during the following weekends:

  • March 29 – May 6: Harris Allen
  • March 29 – April 1: Kai Parcher Charles
  • April 5 – April 7: Mamoun Nukumanu
  • April 12 – 15: Kate Kavanaugh
  • April 19 – 21: Kiva Motnyk
  • April 26 – 29: Jasmine Chamberlain

“There is a misconception that the most interesting art on the East End happened in decades past, or that young artists don’t (or can’t) live here anymore,” said curator Ellie Duke. “In fact, I am inspired constantly by the emerging generation of artists on the East End — their scrappiness, their expansiveness, their collaborative spirit. Look Alive was inspired by them, and by the desire to share some of their work and their practice with a broader audience. All of the artists in Look Alive are engaged with the community and landscape of this region — its light, flora and fauna, and inhabitants inspire their practices, which I hope visitors to Guild Hall will find moving and resonant.”

Video artist Harris Allen is on-site March 29th – May 6th, developing his series of “living images,” video sculptures that intimately capture narrative and essence through subtle movement. Existing between a still photograph and a film, these portraits are slowed down to allow the viewer to experience more than is available to the naked eye. The result is a deepened presence with the subject through the dilation of time, and a striking blend of stark minimalism and soft, organic form. Throughout Look Alive, Allen will be creating new works using this technique, including five new “living images” in collaboration with the other artists in the exhibition, which will be displayed alongside their contributions.

Each of the five other artists will be on-site for one weekend, building something in the space that will then stay there for the remainder of the exhibition. March 29th – March 31st, multidisciplinary artist Kai Parcher-Charles explores remixed narratives and the power of abstraction and chance to create a soundscape installation made in collaboration with the Guild Hall Teen Arts Council, as well as visitors to the gallery. April 5th – 7th, Mamoun Nukumanu engages his creative practice of “sacred play,” a symbiotic collaboration between artist and organic matter, building a structure using foraged plant material. April 12th – 14th, natural dye artist Kate Kavanaugh creates a unique silk textile in the gallery utilizing eco-printing techniques and invites visitors to participate in a sound-healing ritual. April 19th – 21st, Kiva Motnyk creates a hand-quilted, natural-dyed patchwork textile and leads a quilting and dye workshop incorporating her techniques and materials. April 26th – 28th, floral artist Jasmine Chamberlain explores the dimensions of emotional landscape through an immersive sculptural floral installation, creating an environment for visitors to engage with.

  • Ellie Duke

    Ellie Duke is a writer, editor, and creative producer. She has held editorial positions at the Los Angeles Review of Books and Hyperallergic, and received her master’s degree in Religion and Public Life from Harvard Divinity School. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, Art in America, and elsewhere, and she lives in Springs, NY.

    ellieduke.com

    Photo: Phillip Lehans

  • Harris Allen

    Harris Allen (b. 1995, Springfield, IL) is an American contemporary video artist who uses technology to connect people with nature. He reveals the unseen story of movement using high speed cinema equipment, industrial monitors, theatre lighting, and natural elements. He lives and works in Sag Harbor, NY.

    Photo of Harris Allen by Grace Ann Leadbeater. Sag Harbor, NY. 10 July, 2022.

     

  • Kai Parcher-Charles

    Kai Parcher-Charles is a multi-disciplinary artist from Amagansett, New York. Working most frequently in the mediums of video, film, and sound, Kai aims to challenge and explore the limits of narrative storytelling, while also highlighting the power of abstraction and chance.   

  • Mamoun Nukumanu

    Symbiotic Creation is a dreamtime river through which the lives of many beings flow into one. I am interested in the converging of self and landscapes through poetic ecosystem engineering. As I work, I am written into the earth there as a memory. Something is taken and something else is given as mind dissolves in play. Through this process of dissolving of body into ecology, I am searching for secret doorways into unity.

    https://www.mamoun.xyz 

  • Kate Kavanaugh

    Kate Kavanaugh is a natural dye artist who utilizes the pigments of the earth to create unique pieces. Her work aims to celebrate and honor the natural beauty of the world we walk upon.

  • Kiva Motnyk

    Kiva Motnyk is an artist with a focus on experimental textiles. She explores connections between art, industry, and nature, through a process of discovery, conception, and making. Her sensibility is rooted in a love of natural color, texture, and pattern, expressed in a modern application of traditional techniques: silk screening, weaving, knitting, quilting, painting, and multiple dye methods. 

  • Jasmine Marie Chamberlain

    Jasmine Marie Chamberlain is a mixed-media artist exploring the infinite dimensions of our inner emotional landscapes through floral installation, sculpture, and design. Flowers inherently speak to the ephemeral nature of life and its cycles and are a mirror for our own lives and lived experiences. Chamberlain explores these themes in her work through her floral company, Floral Feeling. Floral Feeling and Chamberlain are based in Springs and are heavily inspired by her roots in the East End and Los Angeles. 

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Museum programs are supported by Crozier Fine Arts and funding from The Michael Lynne Museum Endowment and The Melville Straus Family Endowment.

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