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March 20, 2003
Avram Gallery Welcomes Spring With "Assemblage"

Featuring Artists Jim Gemake, Elaine Grove, Karl Mann and David Slater

Patricia Conway
(631) 287 8313
Fax: (631) 283 4081

Southampton College's Avram Gallery will feature the works of Jim Gemake, Elaine Grove, Karl Mann and David Slater in a show entitled "Assemblage." The show opens on March 19 and runs through April 22.

Gemake, a resident of Water Mill, NY is a self-taught artist. His work has appeared in many regional galleries and museums and is owned by a number of private collectors. As a mixed media artist, Gemake depends on found and discarded objects for his creations. "By assembling the discarded objects into something new or different, there is a sense of salvation, of bringing these objects to a new life and a new meaning," he said. "Ultimately, my work is about construction, deconstruction and reconstruction. While my art is about change, I also try to bring to it the element of concealment and withholding, leaving room for the imagination."

Elaine Grove, a native of Oklahoma, earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Dallas. Her work has been part of many local and national exhibits. She has taught at Parsons School of Design and served as a high school art teacher in Texas.

The artist enjoyed a successful early career in set design and illustration. Her work has appeared in many major magazines, she has illustrated and won notable awards for several books and her theatrical sets have appeared on national and international television.

Grove's work comes out of the tradition of constructivist, welded steel sculpture as exemplified by Gonzales, Picasso, David Smith and Anthony Caro, artists who have influenced the development of her artistic language. "My concerns lie with "drawing in space" and infusing an animating spirit or animus into the pieces I produce," she said. "I incorporate "found objects" into my work, but my intention is for the viewer to lose the sense of original purpose of the object, and focus rather on its form and relation to the overall sculpture at hand."

Mann is a prolific artist who began his career in the early 1950s. He had no formal training in art but spent much of his younger years in New York City, frequenting the Metropolitan and the Frick. He had his first solo exhibit in 1955, and has been showing his

work only on occasion ever since. Much of his unconventional career - he has done next to nothing to promote his work - is almost exclusively his own doing as he is indifferent to the idea that being an artist means one has to show his work. The process and need to create art, whether it was seen or not, is what has fueled him for most of his career.

Also exhibiting in the show will be Sag Harbor artist/sculptor David Slater who has achieved both local and international renown for his precise visual studies. His works have been displayed at The Parrish Art Museum, Guild Hall, and the Heckscher Museum in Huntington as well as many galleries on the East End. His busy information-packed assemblages mix cultural and sexual references as well as draw on the teachings of the Kabbalah and various Native American traditions.

An artist reception will be held on Thursday, April 3 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. with an artist talk at 5:00 p.m. The gallery is open weekdays from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. or by appointment. Call Director Beth Giles for more information (631)287-8234.