An intriguing new exhibition at Steinberg Museum of Art explores how artists use structures to understand their surroundings—both natural and man-made.
Called “Reimaging Constructs and Surroundings,” the exhibit features the work of Darlene Charneco, Heejung Cho, Ana Golici, Cheryl Molnar, Jason Paradis and Winn Rea, who is a faculty member of the Art Department at LIU Post. All the artists have Long Island roots, stretching from the Hamptons to Brooklyn. Two are currently working on international exhibitions—one in Romania, which has become a hotspot for contemporary European art collectors, and the other in South Korea.
The guest curator for this exhibition is Dawn Lee, who is art curator of the Omni Gallery in Uniondale. She is also an artist, professor and chair of the art department at St. Joseph’s College, and coordinator of the artist-in-residency program at Fire Island National Seashore. When she puts an exhibit together, Lee says what she enjoys most is seeing how the artists interpret things like nature, spirituality, personal experiences, social issues and aesthetic concerns and flesh out these concepts in different ways.