DOWNTOWN ART IS UP FOR ALL
AT THE MONTAUK BEACH HOUSE
*New Revolving Public Showcase for Local Artists Opens August 18 and Runs Till September 16
*Sculptures by Michael Chiarello Look Out on The Plaza
*Mixed Media by Daniel Dens in the Lobby
The Montauk Beach House www.thembh.com (TMBH) announces the first in a series of its public Downtown Art exhibitions featuring local artists.
Says Chris Jones: “Downtown Art is our public showcase at the center of Montauk for the depth and breadth of artistic expression in our community. We are combining the talents of local artists with the sensory experience of The Montauk Beach House. We want everyone who visits – our own guests but also those who shop or dine nearby and walk to the beach – to see and feel our collective aesthetic contribution. We hope too as more local artists learn about Downtown Art, they will reach out to us with their own ideas for future exhibits.”
Downtown Art exhibits will be installed on the north perimeter of the property facing The Plaza inside specially designed display cases; as well as the resort’s lobby entered via South Elmwood Avenue.
The first in a series of exhibits features multi-media works by sculptor Michael Chiarello and artist Daniel Dens from Saturday, August 18 to Sunday, September 16. The artists will share their inspirations at a reception, hosted by The Montauk Beach House co-owners Chris Jones and Larry Siedlick with creative director Walt Lindveld, on Saturday, August 18 at 1:00 p.m.
Along the north perimeter of the property facing The Plaza are four open-air display areas that will encase metal sculptures by Michael Chiarello. These include:
*”Highway 1”, 2010, 72" L x 30" W x 84" H, inspired by the combinations of man-made linear design such as divider lines, guard rails and signage with the natural curves that roadways provide.
*”Cubes 3", 2010, 24" L x 18" W x 18" H, the third in a series based on two connected shapes in different materials, shapes and sizes. Previous ones were concrete and reclaimed wood.
*Untitled, 2011, 16" L x 16" W x 32" H, a floor sculpture in the same style of the geometric shapes designed to play with spaces in order to see through and peek at different angles.
*"Cornered", 2011, 60" L x 30" W x 60" H, which unlike Chiarello’s other works which are meant to be viewed at 360 degrees, is created to be set in a corner.
In the resort’s lobby will hang two large silkscreen paintings of iconic pop images by Daniel Dens, a Belgian artist now working in Water Mill.
“All You Need is Love”, 145” L x 60” W, centers on a photo of The Beatles; and “Vinyl Spines”, 176” L x 60” W, zooms in on a collection of stacked record albums. Known for his images of celebrities, political figures and albums layered against news type, Dens creates compositions that reflect a sensationalized vision of the world. Comparing the glamor of European celebrities with the grittiness of rock culture in a playful and romantic presentation heightened by use of vivid, primary colors.
ABOUT MICHAEL CHIARELLO (www.mikechiarello.com) Sculptor Michael Chiarello lives in East Hampton and works from his studio in Bridgehampton. Since 2001, when he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), his art has been displayed regularly in gallery and outdoor exhibits with permanent installations in Florida, Maryland and New York. Specific to the Hamptons, Chiarello has exhibited each year at ArtHamptons, The Hampton Designer Showhouse, the Water Mill Center Annual Benefit and has a permanent installation on Bridgehampton’s Main Street. Four years ago, Chiarello formed MAC MetalWorks (http://www.macmetalwork.com), a metal fabrication and custom design company to fulfill many requests for furniture and accent pieces with a sculptural influence. Today, aside from commissions, public exhibits and representation by Tripoli Gallery of Contemporary Art in Southampton, he works with architects, designers and galleries on pieces of all shapes, sizes and functionality.
ABOUT DANIEL DENS (www.danieldens.com) Daniel Dens’ use of color, subject, and simplicity make his artistic approach to silkscreen painting fresh and unique. The Belgian born contemporary artist, who now works in Water Mill, found his inspiration throughout his world travels and various aquatic careers. His art career began in Venice, California creating mixed-media pieces on recycled materials, including paintings, silk-screens and collages. For the past seven years, Dens was in New York City refining his skills and creativity toward a concentration on producing high quality silkscreen paintings and sculptures. His imagery reflects his interest in music, film and pop culture. The paintings are produced using classic methods of silkscreen printing on large scale, to create attention to the subject and color. Dens’ mission to redefine pop icons with a clean modern execution makes his work appealing to people of all ages. His work is internationally recognized, collected and has been featured at Saatchi & Saatchi New York and the Louis K. Meisel Gallery in SoHo.
ABOUT: The Montauk Beach House (TMBH) (55 South Elmwood Avenue, Montauk, NY 11954 www.thembh.com 631.668.2112) is a rather splendid place to spend the night with luxury comforts, eclectic design elements and tasteful entertainment. At the center of Montauk’s bustling village, steps from the ocean beach, guests may retreat to savor their own private freedom choosing from 33 individually designed guest rooms and No. 50 beach club. The luxury resort, owned by Chris Jones and Larry Siedlick, and designed by Jones with creative director Walt Lindveld, opened June 2012.