Thursday, July 19, 2012

super cool off Springs-Fireplace

Nick Dine, installation view: Tatum O'Neal, Toddlers and Tiaras, the Sag Harbor Gulf goes on and on

Nick Dine
Peter Dayton
Gregory Johnston

Peter Dayton

Race cars, punk rock, color bars, and puppies...what's not to love? 

At Superleggera Projects, a hideaway studio-cum-gallery in East Hampton, industrial designer and occasional gallerist Nick Dine joined forces with Peter Dayton and Gregory Johnston to mount one kick-ass summer show filled with crisp color, neat corners and an abundance of cool.

Dine's super-charged imagery -- piled ceiling high on the northwest walls -- samples images from television and film, motor sport and a little bit of Americana in the form of a Gulf Oil sign that was left to the elements off of Route 114 in Sag Harbor. With zippy red pigment cascading down its face, the gasoline sign looks like an ancient bas-relief, circa 1970. Tatum O'Neal tops a bank of photos that includes strident images from TLC's reality show, Toddlers and Tiaras, one of the 21st century's truly disturbing iterations.

Gregory Johnston

Gregory Johnston's color saturated compositions exude racing car elegance. It's no surprise then (but it is!), that his palette is derived from the automotive design industry. A long- time race car devotee, Johnston's enamel on aluminum paintings are buoyant and crisp, sharing the sort of spatial clarity of high-end automobiles like the Lamborghini Superleggera Gallardo (in Italian, "super light"):

just saying....Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera

Peter Dayton's party is in full swing here with mural size record album paintings that do double-time. They employ pop imagery that trades on record label design, nostalgia, and good old vinyl culture. His surfboard panels pay homage both to Frank Stella and to big wave culture with priceless, minimal compositions that are so cool they steam in this summer air.

Peter Dayton

Selected works by Gregory Johnston are currently on view at Eric Firestone Gallery. Nick Dine's super contemporary design products include furnishings, flooring, and shelving for clean, modern living.

Gregory Johnston

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