'Frank Wimberley: Stratum At Duck Creek' - 27 East

Arts & Living

Arts & Living / 1931943

‘Frank Wimberley: Stratum At Duck Creek’

icon 2 Photos
Frank Wimberley

Frank Wimberley "Ramble," 2007. Acrylic and collage on paper, 28 1/4" x 23 1/4." COURTESY BERRY CAMPBELL GALLERY, NEW YORK

Frank Wimberley, “Untitled Composition,” 1996. Acrylic on canvas, 54” x 56.” COURTESY BERRY CAMPBELL GALLERY, NEW YORK

Frank Wimberley, “Untitled Composition,” 1996. Acrylic on canvas, 54” x 56.” COURTESY BERRY CAMPBELL GALLERY, NEW YORK

authorStaff Writer on Apr 25, 2022

The Arts Center at Duck Creek will present the exhibition “Frank Wimberley: Stratum” opening Saturday, April 30, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. and running through June 5.

Wimberley (b. 1926, Pleasantville, New Jersey) is a well-known presence on the East End art scene and a major figure in African American art since the 1960s. A 2022 inductee into the Guild Hall Academy of the Arts, he has lived and worked in Sag Harbor since 1965. This show will celebrate the evolution of this nonagenarian’s distinguished career that spans more than six decades.

While Wimberley has created an abundance of vibrant abstract canvases throughout his extensive career, this exhibition will focus on works that seem to evoke the atmospheric qualities of the East End landscape, infused with the rhythmic cadences of the jazz music that is his lifelong passion. His spontaneous approach, analogous to jazz improvisation, results in gestural elegance and formal complexity. Blending paint with pumice, fabric and paper, and using tools like a palette knife and scraper, he creates richly textured, multi-layered compositions. The resulting topography in each work reads like an archeological dig through his processes.

Wimberley has made collages throughout his career, and several are included in the exhibition. In a video interview with Nanette Carter, the artist describes the ways in which the collage process contributed to the development of his painting practice: “I started to make collages in order to teach myself to paint, because painting is a construction of layers.”

On Sunday, May 15, Carter and Sylvester Manor’s Donnamarie Barnes will be at Duck Creek for a discussion about the “Artists of Eastville,” with Wimberley’s exhibition as backdrop.

The Arts Center at Duck Creek is at 27 Squaw Road in East Hampton. For further information contact duck@duckcreekarts.org.

You May Also Like:

Summer At The Beach: Fun Reading For A Fractured Time

You know summer’s on the way because so are Hamptons beach reads, along with their ... 27 May 2022 by Joan Baum

Spring Fling Music Fest At The Clubhouse

Sag Harbor musician Joe Lauro has organized a one day Spring Fling Music Fest which ... 26 May 2022 by Staff Writer

Balourdet Quartet Performs On Shelter Island

Shelter Island Friends of Music presents a concert of live chamber music with the Balourdet ... by Staff Writer

Sustainable Living: Burn Your Own Fuel

“The space between home and the rest of the world is the hole into which ... by Jenny Noble

‘DETOUR III’ In Riverhead

East End Arts & Humanities Council, Inc. (EEA) presents its third annual “DETOUR” art exhibition ... by Staff Writer

This Summer Bay Street Is Back And Raring To Go

Two years ago, virtually every entertainment venue in the country was forced to shut down ... 25 May 2022 by Annette Hinkle

Benjamin Keating’s ‘Found Life’

Tripoli Gallery is presenting “Found Life,” its second solo exhibition with Brooklyn based artist Benjamin ... by Staff Writer

Paula Poundstone Reflects On Being Grounded For 15 Months

Speaking earlier this month from a hotel room in Littleton, New Hampshire — a town ... 24 May 2022 by Brendan J. O’Reilly

A Group Show To Open The Season

Romany Kramoris Gallery in Sag Harbor presents a group art show to kick off the ... by Staff Writer

Bedside Reading Is Back For Its 20th Season

Bedside Reading is back and from Friday, May 27, to Monday, May 30, will be ... by Staff Writer