HUNTINGTON, NY.- The Heckscher Museum of Art
and Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington are presenting the Long Island Biennial 2014. On view August 16 through November 30, 2014, this juried exhibition features work by artists and filmmakers of Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
Inaugurated in 2010, the Long Island Biennial offers Long Island's contemporary artists and filmmakers an opportunity to share their work with a broad public, deepening the connections among artists and between artists and the communities where they live. Jurors Dan Christoffel, Artist-in-Residence, Adjunct Professor, LIU Post; Renato Danese, Danese Corey, New York; and Helen A. Harrison, Director, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, East Hampton, will select paintings, sculpture, photography, mixed media work, and works on paper for the exhibition. Partner Cinema Arts Centre will jury and screen film and video entries.
The Heckscher Museum of Art is also presenting Richard Gachots America. This exhibition, on view from August 16 through November 23, 2014, celebrates the career of Richard Gachot, whose wry and witty sculptures delight viewers with their social commentary, humor, and imaginative re-use of everyday objects.
Richard Gachots America highlights the artist's exploration of themes intrinsic to America's identity, such as Uncle Sam and Miss Liberty, the cotton industry and chicken farming, suburban development, the energy crisis, and our democratic political system.
Although he studied art at Yale in the 1950s, Gachot did not begin his career as a sculptor until the mid-1970s. Easily mastering chisel and saw, the sculptor started out carving and painting figures and whirligigs, and soon began animating works that spring into action with the turn of a handle. Found objects, from gelatin molds to wire springs flattened on train tracks to pruning shears (gathered far and wide), are imaginatively transformed into art.
Richard Gachot's America is co-curated by Lisa Chalif, The Heckscher Museum of Art Curator, and Franklin Hill Perrell, Trustee of The Heckscher Museum of Art and former Chief Curator at the Nassau County Museum of Art. This exhibition celebrates Richard Gachots career and selection as the Museums Celebrate Achievement artist honoree for 2014.