A View With A Room
curated by Robert Stilin
featuring works by Eric Cahan, Gregory Johnston, & John Messinger
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday May 25, 6-9pm
East Hampton, NY: Eric Firestone Gallery is pleased to announce A View With A Room, an exhibition of new work by Eric Cahan, Gregory Johnston and John Messinger curated and designed by interior designer, Robert Stilin, opening with a reception on Saturday, May 25th from 6-9 pm.
A View With A Room thoughtfully examines the ongoing dialog between art and interior design, how the forms and spatial elements of furniture interact with the surface, light and emotion of art. This installation incorporates 20th and 21st century furniture and objects. Robert Stilin is a master at synthesizing a variety of elements, textures, and time periods with art to create harmonic environments that are deeply reflective of his clients’ lifestyles. Stilin explains, “I have always envisioned doing show like this, as an art collector myself, this is a natural extension of my vision on art as a key component in lifestyle design.”
Eric Cahan’s Sky Series photographs capture the subtle sky gradient just beyond the sea’s horizon at the moment before dawn or just after sunset. His images are then infused with body and light when layered with illuminating “liquid glass” resin, tinted to electrify the vibrant hues. The photos’ titles relay the exact time and location of each shot. His resin sculptures are a three dimensional extension of this photographic work.
Gregory Johnston’s paintings employ vintage racecar palettes on aluminum panels in reference to the heroism of Formula One racing passed through a lens of modernism. In this latest body of work, Johnston further investigates geometric abstraction and surface tension.
John Messinger explores the ever-changing nature of photography amidst the ubiquity and proliferation of the digital image. He creates large-scale, site-specific photographic tapestries composed of hundreds of individual 3.25 x 4.25” Fuji instant film photographs. Precise timing of the print process and focus render each photo a glimpse of time passing over a singular moment. His deeply personal work embodies both technology and nostalgia.
Robert Stilin has over 20 years of experience running his own design firm. Stilin has built a reputation for combining crisp, clean architecture with custom upholstery, antiques and vintage furniture. As an avid art collector himself, Stilin incorporates modern and contemporary art into the living context of all his projects, even advising his clients as new collectors or building their collections. His work has been featured in Elle Décor, House Beautiful, New York Spaces, Architectural Digest España, W, House & Garden, Food & Wine, Hamptons Cottages and Gardens, and Traditional Home. He serves on the board of CREATIVE TIME and the Director’s Council at the Whitney Museum of American Art.