A Sense of Place at Southampton Arts Center, February 24 – April 9, 2017

Photographs by Corrado Serra.

“A place can be interpreted in many ways. Traditionally, geography and the natural environment play a leading role in the interpretation. This exhibition is envisioned as a dialogue among artists reflecting their own concept of “a sense of place” in different ways, might it be in a physical manner or as a conceptual representation of what an environment can be.

Artists leave marks to define their spaces physically and emotionally. On the eastern tip of Long Island we are surrounded by a unique formation of geology and geography, and by a particular sense of natural beauty and complexity of man-made markings, all of which invites creatively diverse approaches to the idea of place and one’s own identity.” — Southampton Arts Center

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Exhibition entrance. Bastienne Schmidt, Untitled; Grid Map based on a map of Long Island from 1675, 2017

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Mary Heilmann. Left: Serape Line-Up, 2017. Right: Psychedelic Night Wave, 2017

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Philippe Cheng. Left: Untitled, 2011. Right: Untitled, 2011

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Installation view of A Sense of Place

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Edwina von Gal & Perfect Earth Project, Worlds Within Worlds, 2017

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Installation view of A Sense of Place

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Philippe Cheng. Left to right: Untitled, 2006, Untitled, 2006, Untitled, 2004, Untitled, 2002

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Christopher French. Left to right: Event Horizon, 2016, As the Land and the Air Is, 2007, Arranging the Aftermath, 2016, Shoot Out the Lights, 2016

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Installation view of A Sense of Place

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Saskia Friedrich, The Sun is Shining, 2016

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Almond Zigmund, (People) Places and Things (detail), 2007-2017

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Almond Zigmund, (People) Places and Things, 2007-2017

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Installation view of A Sense of Place

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Left: Toni Ross, Do Not Look Behind this Wall: A Response to Denial, 2017. Right: Bastienne Schmidt, Untitled, This is not a Live Saving Device, 2017

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Installation view of A Sense of Place. Center: Toni Ross, Democracy, 2017

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Bastienne Schmidt. Left to right: Untitled; Dividing Line, 2017, Untitled; Cones, 2017, Untitled; Seeds – We the People, 2017, Untitled; Local Weeds, 2017, Untitled; Silhouettes of Countries, 2017

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Left: Louise Eastman and Janis Stemmermann, Marigold #5 and Marigold #6, 2016. Center: Michelle Stuart, 108 Milkweed Seed, Johnson, VT, 1995-1996

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Michelle Stuart, Extinct No. 2, 1992

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Installation view of A Sense of Place

“I have been interested for many years, as an artist, traveler, and cultural observer, to understand how we shape our own sense of place and how it shapes us.” says exhibition organizer Bastienne Schmidt. “We as artists speak in a language of images, colors, and shapes, responding to concerns and impressions, might they be cultural, social, environmental, emotional, or political. What brings us all together as a human species is to have the safety of a sense of place.”