DansPapers.com has seen tremendous growth and improvement over the last 12 months, and part of that comes in the form of weekly columns and blogs. Introduced in January of 2013, the “Work on Monday” art column is a weekly look at a single piece of art, usually made on the East End or by an East End artist. But the column also looks at pieces depicting the region and works on view at our many fantastic galleries.
The series started in this inaugural year with a mixed media piece called “Malingerer” by self-taught, and immensely talented, Sag Harbor artist Ray Colleran, but Work on Monday has also examined the art world’s most famous—alive and dead—and at least one creation by a complete unknown.
This broad range of talent was made quite clear when East Hampton High School student Brian Pucci’s short film “Time” was discussed on April 15, then followed just a few weeks later by modern 19th century master Childe Hassam’s “East Hampton Elms” on May 13. We also had some brilliant works in between, such as Karyn Mannix’s “Pageant; Love, Life, Lingerie,” Joe Fig’s sculpture of Ross Bleckner’s studio and an intricately carved wood piece, “Van Gogh” by Randall Rosenthal.
Other great, living local talents have been featured, including Dan’s Papers cover artist Grant Haffner, who painted the famous “Virgil Is Still the Frog Boy” graffiti bridge in East Hampton; Southampton steampunk king Art Donovan and his “Ravi Palace“; Darius Yektai’s stunning “Untitled Wave” painting; David Slater’s cartoon-like and compelling “Ghost Ship,” or Jeff Muhs’ “Black Corset,” to name just a few.
Even with all the living local artists, Work on Monday also takes time to honor those legendary East Enders, such as Jackson Pollock (and his “Blue Poles“), Lester Johnson, Nan Goldin, Chuck Close (who painted Roy Lichtenstein), Robert Rauschenberg, Yoko Ono and many more.
At least one of our picks have gone from virtual unknown to growing success story in the few months since we reviewed him. Rossa Cole’s “Sig Sauer 9mm” was great fun to write about, and a short time after we did, he was chosen for the Parrish Art Museum’s 2013 Artists Choose Artists exhibition (don’t worry, we’re not trying to claim ANY responsibility for this). Another big up-and-comer, Tom Dash, has also already made an appearance in the column, but we expect to see more from both artists in the new year.
Check back here at DansPapers.com every Monday to see the best of East End art, both past and present. Our illustrious list of names continues to grow, but one should also expect to see some artists return for a second round in the near future. Remember, Work on Monday only looks at ONE piece at a time, so there are thousands upon thousands of works left for us to discuss.