June 5 – September 5, 2021
What is DETOUR?
DETOUR II is an annual exhibition that showcases the work of 16 of the many talented artists working on the East End of Long Island and the divergent forms, techniques, routes they take to arrive at their unique work. Each artist lives full or part-time on the East End of Long Island and is influenced in the numerous and nuanced ways by the area. Many of these artists have established careers, exhibiting for decades in New York City, as well as nationally and internationally and are in the collections of major museums, yet have been seen very little, if at all in Riverhead.
DETOUR II is curated by Glen Hansen with assistance from Adam Straus. The opening reception is on Saturday, June 5 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at both 133 E. Main Street and 11 W. Main Street, Riverhead.
TAKE A DETOUR TO DOWNTOWN RIVERHEAD
DETOUR is an annual summer exhibition curated by Glen Hansen and Adam Straus to showcase the work of many talented artists and the divergent forms, techniques, and routes they take to arrive at their unique work. The curation strives to bring a unique gallery experience to the East End of Long Island, and each year features new art and artists. Most artists live or work locally and are often influenced by the area in nuanced ways. Many of these artists have established careers, exhibiting nationally and internationally, and are in the collections of major museums. DETOUR brings them to the Arts District of the East End to awe and inspire.
EEA Main Gallery – 133 E. Main Street, Riverhead
11 West Gallery – 11 W. Main Street, Peconic Crossing, Riverhead
Glen Hansen creates super-realist paintings, usually of architecture, the way his working class father and grandfather made buildings, brick by brick and layer by layer with incredible attention to craft and detail. He grew up on Long Island in a family of bricklayers, carpenters, and contractors, often working on construction sites during summers. Early on, he found a knack and passion for painting isolated parts of buildings where the human presence is usually only shown in the creation of the building. Sometimes a subtle reflection of a figure will show up in the glass of a window or skylight. Hansen works from photographs, often using many images at slightly different times of day in one painting. However, his techniques are related more to the under painting and glazing of the Renaissance masters than the direct painting of the photo-realists.
He has said, ”My thing is isolating the details of architecture, I don’t want to do entire street scenes. There are no human beings in my paintings. No cats on the window sills, no birds. It’s about a building and it’s relationship with the sky. The human element is found in the architects who designed the buildings and the craftsmen who sweated to make them a reality.
Hansen showed with Fischbach Gallery in Manhattan for over 20 years, taught drawing and painting at the School of Visual Arts for 15 years and moved to Jamesport full time three years ago. An exhibition of his drawings of landmark buildings in Kansas City was mounted at the Kansas City Public Library in 2013. Recently he has curated, “The Great American Cheese Ball Challenge” and “Pseudonym” both taking place at his studio in Southold. And now DETOUR for East End Arts in Riverhead; which is in its second year as the DETOUR II Exhibition. Hansen is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum Of Art, The Nassau County Museum of Art, The Neuberger Museum of Art, NY; The Springfield Museum of Art, MA; The Heckscher Museum of Art, NY; as well as many corporate and private collections.
Adam Straus is known for his majestic and luminous depictions of the sublime in his paintings, which are often saturated with a deep concern about social and environmental issues. His penetrating dark humor can transport the viewer to post-apocalyptic worlds and often offers a wry observation on how humans have altered the natural landscape. A monograph on his work was published by Gli Ori, Italy, in 2016, with an essay by author and critic Amei Wallach who writes that “The tradition into which Straus dared to tread …was sorely in need of reanimation. His disruptions in the years since have unsettled received assumptions as much through dark humor and bravura painting as through offering a reassessment of what it means to paint the beauty of nature in ugly times. It is important to him that his paintings are accessible… But that is only the first, skin-deep level, and it is animated by compound subterranean layers of passionate conviction, cosmic yearning, and comedy.” Work by Adam Straus is numerous museum collections including the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY; List VisualCenter, M.I.T., Cambridge, MA; Butler Institute of American Art,Youngstown, OH; The Art Museum at F.I.U., Miami, FL; Mead ArtMuseum, Amherst, MA; Tufts University Art Gallery, Somerville,MA; and the William College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA, among others. Straus lives and works in Riverhead, NY.
June 5 – September 5, 2021
Thursday 12 p.m. – 5. p.m.
Friday 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Please join East End Arts to celebrate the amazing DETOUR exhibition
with a party certain to go down in the history books as an event not to be missed.
Fun will be had by all, and that is a requirement.
Be there – and take a work of art home. Many of the artists will be present.