Fieldwork 2022


The D’Amico Studio and Archive in Amagansett, NY is pleased to present an outdoor sculpture exhibition, FIELDWORK: 8 Artists at Lazy Point. The exhibition opens on Sunday, May 22, from 4 – 6 p.m. on the unique grounds of the D’Amico Studio and Archive located along the shore of Napeague Bay. Organized by the artist and curator, Janet Goleas, the exhibition will feature site-specific installations and sculptural works by the contemporary artists Louise Eastman, Brian Gaman (1948 – 2014), Alice Hope, Chris Lidrbauch, Curtis Mitchell, Aya Miyatake, Michael Rosch, and Bonnie Rychlak. Each of these distinctive artists has been invited to create works in dialogue with this magical property, addressing its natural character, its extraordinary history, and the unparalleled vision of its founders, the groundbreaking educator, Victor D’Amico, and the artist and teacher, Mabel D’Amico.

Overlooking Napeague Bay, three iron and steel sculptures by the late artist Brian Gaman are situated at the crest of the property. Gaman’s oeuvre includes works that explore the process of seeing in both sculpture and large-scale works on paper. Here, his industrial globes are reminiscent of planetary systems, post-minimalist tropes, and spheres of vision. Alice Hope mines the internal workings of complex ideas, often mathematical at their core. Incorporating unlikely materials such as can tabs, shotgun pellets, and magnets, her practice examines limitlessness, totality, and urban myths. At Lazy Point, she and Louise Eastman have adapted works to the fishing shack, using it as a meta-found object. Eastman’s focus on the tarp covered roof compelled her to create a huge quilt based on the game, Twister.

Curtis Mitchell works in sculpture, photography, and video installation. Of his installation, A Framing Device, he said, “The sea, not the residence. The aesthetic, not the authentic. The shanty, not the pergola.” Embedded in the landscape, Bonnie Rychlak’s cast glass and cast wax drains examine the ambiguity of urban debris and the everyday object. Dysfunction and transformation collide with humor in works that juxtapose industry, environmental collapse, and non-function. Chris Lidrbauch will utilize the mercurial winds that sweep across the bay to activate moving parts in a constructed sound machine. Collaborators Michael Rosch and Aya Miyatake will transform a small outdoor pond that sits adjacent to the D’Amico house. Bringing a unique sensitivity to the site, their installation Antimatter, will explore aspects of invisibility, depth, and contemplation.

The exhibition also has on permanent display the work of Jill Barber, Jim Posner, Michael Rosch and Claire Watson that is on view through September 4th.

The Victor D’Amico Institute of Art (VDIA) in Amagansett is comprised of the Mabel and Victor D’Amico Studio and Archive in Lazy Point and The Art Barge on the south shore of Napeague Harbor. All the structures at these two sites were designated historical landmarks by the Town of East Hampton in 2019. In 2021, the VDIA was accepted as a member of the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios, a program supported by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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