The Art of the Sea

A crashing wave after a storm

The Art of the Sea

Autumn 2018

The Art of the Sea echoed the sentiments of one of the Quin’s former residents, painter Marc Chagall, who expressed that “Great art picks up where nature ends.” The Art of the Sea explored the depths of water as a central element, through a dynamic range of mediums. The result was a powerful and fluid composition of photography, video, collage works, and silk prints from seven local and international artists including Dan Balilty, Michael Dweck, Michael DiDonna, Delphine Diallo, Adam Guy, Anne Menke, and Ruvan Wijesooriya.

Each of the artists explored water as a central element of their work, evoking the ebbs, flows, and raw power of water in a range of mediums.  Among the works was a 13-screen video wall installation from the artist Dan Balilty. Balilty, a native of Israel, works in both still photo and video formats, drawing both on his artistic and journalistic experience, as he has worked for the Associated Press and Reuters in London. Michael Dweck was born on Long Island, New York and documented the surfing community of Montauk in his acclaimed work of fine arts photography, The End: Montauk, NY, published by Abrams in 2004. His works have appeared in solo photography shows at Sotheby’s and a range of gallery exhibitions, while his advertising work has earned a Gold Lion at Cannes, among other honors.

Michael Diddona was born and raised in New York, going on to receive a BFA in photography and music at Hampshire College.  He has combined his interest in film, photography and music in his work, and has also achieved commercial success with clients including Swarovski and Guess Jeans. Delphine Diallo is a Brooklyn-based French and Senegalese visual artist and photographer.  She graduated from the Académie Charpentier School of Visual Art in Paris and uses analog and digital photography, collage and illustration, 3D printing and virtual reality technologies as she continues to explore new mediums.

Adam Guy was born in Oahu, but was raised in Kauai, influencing his perceptions of art and nature. Drawing his inspiration from street culture and wide ranging road trips, Guy is a frequent contributor to style blogs and magazines in addition to commercial clients. Anne Mencke was born in Germany and has lived and worked in London, Paris and New York City, currently dividing her time between New York and Sayulita, Mexico. Her work has appeared in magazines including W, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Travel + leisure, Conde Nast Traveler and Vogue. She published the photography book, Our New York in conjunction with Tommy Hilfiger in 2001, and more recently, See the World Beautiful in 2012. Ruvan Wijesooriya was born in Minnesota and combines still photography and video in his art. His work has appeared in group exhibitions ranging from 21° N, 87° W, to Absolut Art Fair and The Last Show as well as Illegal Gallery in New York. He has supported the NY Coalition for the Homeless through auctions of his work.

The curators also partnered with the Surfrider Foundation to raise awareness through the exhibition about the impacts of global warming on the world’s oceans, including rising sea levels and an urgent need for coastal communities to adapt to a changing climate.

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