The White Room Gallery Opens New East Hampton Location with Colorful Interpretations on Saturday, November 4 from 5-7pm.
October 29, 2023: After eight successful years in Bridgehampton, The White Room Gallery is moving to a larger space in East Hampton at 3 Railroad Lane directly opposite the train station. Andrea McCafferty & Kat O’Neill, co-owners and directors of the gallery will host the premier exhibit in the new home on Saturday, November 4 from 5-7pm.
For the premiere exhibit in their new home in East Hampton, Kat & Andrea wanted to celebrate the distinct hallmark of artistry, that which makes each artist unique – their point of view, or simply put how they interpret and execute that compelling and, at times, challenging inner voice. To that they wanted to add another layer – the power of color. The theory of color fascinated philosophers like Aristotle and scientists like Newton for centuries. da Vinci meditated under a purple light for inspiration. A study in the 80’s found that jail cells painted Pepto bismol pink were found to alleviate aggression. And there’s a reason the backstage rooms are painted green as green is not only seen better by the human eye than any other color in the spectrum, but it is proven to reduce the heart rate.
Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky said, “Color is a power which directly influences the soul.” English painter David Hockney said, ‘I prefer living in color.” And Russian-French artist Marc Chagall said, “Color is all. When color is right, form is right. Color is everything, color is vibration like music.” Van gogh studied color theory to discern how colors worked and learned that complementary colors like red and green, yellow, and purple and blue and orange intensify one another.
Years later, Warhol, understanding interpretation, intrigue, and his audience, used brighter color on Marilyn’s lips and eyes to draw the viewer to those specific points of allure.
The White Room has always been a blank canvas, open to a myriad of interpretations and with this exhibit that canvas comes to life with diamond dusted femme-fatales, cafes, dancers, and surfers in a style reminiscent of French impressionist Edgar Degas, Gray Gardens Soup cans telling you that it’s, ‘Time to play’ and abstracts that twist and turn alongside sculptures that do the same. Add to that spiked-heels under water and mysterious sun-glassed women in tropical paradises. But we would be remiss if we did not applaud the 31st year of The Hamptons International Film Festival with an homage to the twins from The Shining and Blockbuster who went from 9000 locations in 2004 to one in 2022 with each closing door repeating the same refrain ‘Why the hell didn’t we buy Netflix when we had the chance?’ But who knew streaming would take off just like IBM never thought anyone would want a computer in their home.
Some of the artists in the exhibit might be recognizable, some are new to the gallery, emerging and established, together showcasing an engaging palette of imagery and interpretations that is nothing if not colorful.