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Poison Play
Curated by Beth Giacummo
April 10 - June 5, 2016
Artist Reception April 24 from 1 - 4 PM

What happens when the modern conveniences we take for granted have toxic side effects? It’s easy to enjoy the technological innovations and present-day comforts of life in what seems to be in harmony with our surroundings. However, as these luxuries of consumerism overtake the once abundant flora and fauna of our environment, they simultaneously pave a path to a dystopian future and we are forced to confront our own toxic trails. Poison Play looks to themes of tainted ecosystems and inspires works born from destruction. The artists featured in this exhibit have investigated, explored and translated our carbon footprint and abuse of natural resources into visual depictions of poisonous play.

Margaret DeLima looks for imagery that affects the viewer on a personal level in the hopes that it builds meaning with everyday life interactions. Deconstructing heavy matters with a nearly weightless medium, she translates issues of societal situations. Employing ethereal tissue paper, destined to decay, is a reminder of the repetitive cycles of environmental transience.

Scott McIntire addresses elements in nature that we may not be able to physically see such as energy and kinetic movement as expressed through color in his work. His dark energy series are a calligraphic representation depicting the confluence of beauty and destruction in nature.

Using contaminants as a result of long abandoned coal mines John Sabraw has found a productive alternative for the toxins left behind. Iron oxide is extracted from polluted streams and deserted caves and used to create the pigments for his phantasmagoric paintings.

Anne Seelbach’s works are a fluid, playful blend of sea life in a seemingly peaceful interaction with their natural environment. Inspired by mutations in fish as a result of mankind’s attempts to control nature one realizes this interaction is not so peaceful. This body of work reflects the conflicts with toxins in the Long Island water systems as pollutants and debris invade the waters.

There are many ways that the environment is currently being exploited, as long as there are people bringing awareness to this fact, there will be art to reflect and shed light on this important issue that affects us all.

Curated By Beth Giacummo
April 10 - June 5, 2016
Artist Reception April 24 from 1 - 4 PM

In support of emerging artists, the Islip Art Museum’s Store Exhibition space will feature Lazara; mixed media paintings by Caitlyn Shea.

Works featured in Lazara explore the physicality of human and animal forms and their fleeting nature. Painting new life into found images of taxidermy, the artist focuses on the human imposed poses and unnatural expressions of deceased animals. Acknowledging the greatness of these beautiful beasts, Shea revives some of their life-like qualities through the act of painting.

Both exhibitions will be on view April 10 - June 5, 2016, an artist reception will take place on April 24 from 1 - 4PM. The Islip Art Museum invites you to join us in celebrating the opening of our Spring 2016 exhibitions Poison Play and Lazara. Meet the artists, curator, enjoy live music and refreshments on Sunday, April 24 from 1 - 4 PM.
This event is open to the public.



Private Viewing: For Your Eyes Only
Curated by Eileen Palmer
June 19 - September 11, 2016
Artist Reception and IAM Up Late after-hours event June 25 from 8 - 11PM

The Islip Art Museum is pleased to announce Private Viewing: For Your Eyes Only
our annual open call. The Islip Art Museum's 2016 Annual open call challenges artists
to “think inside the box” by creating works in a box that engage only one viewer at a time.

Artists are invited to submit works created within a box. The box must have an opening large enough for one viewer at a time to see the work inside. The box needs to be constructed in manner to allow light to pass through (an opening at the top) or lit from within using a standard plug or battery operated light supply.

Boxes can be recycled, constructed or purchased, left in original form, or painted one solid color. Pieces may not exceed 36” in any direction and or weigh more than 40lbs.

Please contact Museum staff at if your work is an installation or exceeds the size/ weight limitations.

It’s what is on the inside that counts!

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