We were very excited to attend the opening of our dear friend Dana Volkert's Hamptons art exhibition at MaD Gallery in Wainscott this past Saturday evening. Dana's work has been featured in numerous solo and group shows, but this is her first exhibit in the Hamptons. The title of her show is "Atmospheres," which is appropriate since elements of nature appear as common threads throughout the entire collection.
Dana's fascination with the natural world is translated onto her square, rectangular and circular creations as swirls of color that, on a grand scale are reminiscent of imaginary yet familiar planetary bodies, and on a smaller scale, are evocative of the whorls found within the natural variations of marble and granite. "I have always been inspired by the natural world and its colors and complexity," Dana said. "This new body of work has elements of sea, sky, stone and earth."
The show is curated by Carole Reed, a former art curator for the House of Blues. Carole, who has put together many art exhibitions throughout the Hamptons said, "Dana's work embodies a fully modern and ethereal aesthetic that shows us a macrocosmic world that is both elegant and sublime."
Dana created the pieces for "Atmosphere" using a proprietary technique that she has developed over the years...It's part art, and part chemistry, and the results are pieces of art that look as though they have been carved directly from nature. Yet, in an artistic sense, Dana's creations transcend nature and posses a modern abstract element to them. They compliment each other when grouped together, and become a featured centerpiece when hung alone.
Atmospheric 12" Squares
Dana grew up in Middleburg, Virginia and, after living and painting in New York for several years, she has returned to her Middleburg roots where she lives with her husband, the noted sculptor Eric Goulder, and their daughter Eva.
Michelle Hatch, Jackie McKay and Jennifer Mabley
We have used several of Dana's art pieces in our design projects, most notably in our Parsonage Pond Road project in Sagaponack where we used four of her paintings. Her artwork works so well in conjunction with our Hamptons design aesthetic...Sophisticated collectors appreciate the artistry of her work, and the colors and patterns are evocative of the natural elements without felling overtly beachy. And having said that, our favorite piece from the show is called "Oceanic Blue Atmosphere." It would look wonderful in any number of our Hamptons projects, and even better in our house!
Oceanic Blue Atmosphere 2011
Amazing detail photos of Oceanic Blue Atmosphere
The colors and patterns that Dana is able to achieve through her complex (and highly secretive) process are unbelievably intricate and stunningly beautiful. We've included several detail photos above, make sure you click on them to enlarge them. But to truly appreciate the subtle beauty and artistry of these paintings, you will have to see them in person.
Dana with Jennifer and Austin
"Atmospheres" is at MaD Gallery in Wainscott, NY through October 2nd. Appointments begin this Saturday, September 24th at noon...If you're interested in seeing Dana's artwork, contact Carole Reed at (631) 875-7366, or just ask us!
Non-art highlight of the evening: Montaco (the Taco truck from Montauk) provided the delicious food at the event!